Thursday, June 15, 2015
ORNL in the News

The protein problem

(PhysOrg) The importance of proteins is difficult to overstate; they play a critical role in countless biological processes. An enhanced understanding of their structure and function is essential to advancing the state of the art in numerous arenas of science, from drug design to pollution mitigation to genetic engineering, but they are difficult to pin down...6/17

Composite manufacturing initiative launched

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A signing ceremony Wednesday marked the formal launch of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, a $295 million project to develop East Tennessee into an advanced manufacturing hub...6/18

HFIR ready for neutron school

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The High Flux Isotope Reactor has resumed normal operations following last weekend’s disruption and should be ready for dozens of students who will use the facility next week as part the annual National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering...6/17

Mastering magnetic reconnection

(PhysOrg) ...For 5 years a team led by William Daughton of Los Alamos National Laboratory has been simulating magnetic reconnection in space using the Cray XK7 Titan supercomputer and its predecessor, the Cray XT5 Jaguar supercomputer, at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, a US Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility located at DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...6/17

Science and Technology

Study: A Third of Global Groundwater Basins Are Overstressed

(NY Times) ...Researchers from the University of California, Irvine say it's unclear how much water is left in the most overburdened aquifers. The problem is expected to worsen with climate change and population growth...6/16

Energy harnessed from humidity can power small devices

(Science Magazine) Researchers have built devices that harness changes in atmospheric humidity to generate small amounts of electricity, lift tiny weights, and even power a toy car. In the grand scheme of things, that captured energy is not free, but it’s pretty darn close. The study suggests that evaporation could be used to operate a variety of gadgets that don’t require a lot of power, scientists say...6/16

Energy and Science Policy

US ‘export rules’ threaten research

(Nature) The US government is considering policy changes that could dramatically affect how researchers handle equipment and information that have national-security implications. Among other impacts, scientists would need to reconsider what they can discuss with graduate students from other countries, or when travelling abroad on work trips...6/16

More wetlands, streams protected under new Clean Water Rule, EPA says

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...The Clean Water Rule defines the scope of the Clean Water Act in order to safeguard a larger percentage from possible farming and development pollution...6/17

Senate Committee Approves FY 2016 NSF Appropriations

(AIP) The Senate Appropriations Committee’s report for the FY 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill, now released to the public, recommends flat funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF) in FY 2016...6/17

DOE

Delegation of US Department of Energy to visit Serbia

(InSerbia Network) Serbian Minister of Mining and Energy Aleksandar Antic stated that a delegation of the U.S. Department of Energy will visit Serbia in July in order to consider the possibility of exploitation of coal for electricity generation according to the new green technology...6/18

Energy Department Announces New Initiatives as Part of Administration’s Clean Energy Investment Summit

(Energy.gov) Today, the Department of Energy announced several new and expanding initiatives as part of the Administration’s Clean Energy Investment Summit, including the launch of a Clean Energy Impact Investment Center (CEII), which will work to make the Department’s resources more readily available to the public, including to mission-driven investors...6/16

Local and State

Obed tract to be named in honor of Oak Ridge couple

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ... The Nature Conservancy hosted a ceremony and reception to name the new property in honor of Liane Russell, a retired geneticist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory who led the push to create the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in 1974 and the Obed Wild and Scenic River in 1976...6/2

High tech manufacturing institute launches in East Tennessee 

(WVLT-TV) East Tennessee is another step closer to becoming a leader in high tech manufacturing and it could change the way people travel. The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation launched. It's mission is to find a way to make materials efficiently and cheaply that they can be used for every day products, like cars...6/17

Tennessee could be a major player in $200B advanced energy economy

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Tennessee is poised to take a significant chunk of the nation's $200 billion advanced energy sector according to a new report from the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council..."The University of Tennessee, the Tennessee Valley Authority, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the state's expanding automobile and logistics sectors offer Tennessee an unparalleled platform for collaboration, innovation, testing, and implementation of advanced energy technologies, companies and jobs,"...6.17