Thursday, June 19, 2014
ORNL in the News

DOE awards $100M for Frontier Centers; two at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Dept. of Energy today announced $100 million in funding for the agency’s Energy Frontier Research Centers “to accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to build the 21st-century energy economy.” The second-round funding includes money for existing research projects as well as 10 new ones...6/18

Federal budget cuts leave national labs with questions

(The Daily Beacon) For Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a continuing future of budget cuts may be inevitable. In 2011, the lab announced the first of three voluntary separations linked to decreased federal funding resulting in hundreds of employees leaving the lab...6/18

Discoveries Could Help Neutralize Chemical Weapons

(Laboratory Equipment) ...Researchers at The Univ. of Tennessee are a step closer to creating a prophylactic drug that would neutralize the deadly effects of the chemical weapons used in Syria and elsewhere. Jeremy Smith, UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair and an expert in computational biology, is part of the team that is trying to engineer enzymes — called bioscavengers — so they work more efficiently against chemical weapons....6/18

FuelCell Energy : Energy Department Invests $20 Million to Advance Hydrogen Production and Delivery Technologies

(4-Traders) ...Oak Ridge National Laboratory of will receive $2 million to demonstrate a low cost, steel concrete composite vessel for high pressure hydrogen storage...6/17

Science and Technology

Assessing Fukushima Damage Without Eyes on the Inside

(NY Times) A particle that barely ranks as a footnote in a physics text may be about to lift the cleanup of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex in Japan over a crucial obstacle...6/17

Rare material key to computer advances

(PhysOrg) Researchers from Victoria University of Wellington have answered fundamental questions about a rare class of materials that could lead to faster, more reliable memory storage in computers...6/19

Energy and Science Policy

House FY 2015 DOD Appropriations Bill: S&T Programs

(AIP) Yesterday the House Appropriations Committee posted House Report 113-473 that accompanies H.R. 4870, the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for FY 2015...6/18

U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Area Would Nearly Double Under New Plan

(NPR) A large swath of the Atlantic Ocean could soon be used to generate electricity, as a U.S. agency proposes opening more than 1,000 square miles of ocean to wind energy projects...6/18



Fleischmann cites UPF funding in House Energy & Water bill; amendment ‘clarifies’ pension concerns

(Knoxville News Sentinel) After the House Appropriations committee passed its FY 2015 Energy and Water appropriations bill today, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann released a statement that said, “The Energy and Water bill will strengthen our national defense and fund essential infrastructure projects while also setting federal spending levels...6/18

DOE Awards $100 Million for Innovative Energy Research

( U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today announced the awarding of $100 million for Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) to accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to build the 21st-century energy economy...6/18

NNSA dedicates nation’s largest federal wind farm

(Oak Ridge Today) The National Nuclear Security Administration dedicated the nation’s largest federally owned wind farm on Tuesday at the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, Texas....6/18

U.S. Senate panel would give slight boost to energy science budget

(Science Magazine) The U.S. Department of Energy’s science program would see a slight budget increase under a spending bill approved today by a U.S. Senate appropriations subcommittee...6/17

Scientists take first dip into water's mysterious 'no-man's land'

(PhysOrg) Scientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have made the first structural observations of liquid water at temperatures down to minus 51 degrees Fahrenheit, within an elusive "no-man's land" where water's strange properties are super-amplified...6/18

Local and STate

TVA making improvements to East TN dams

(WBIR-TV) TVA is working on several projects to help make some of East Tennessee's dams stronger for years to come...6/18

Tennessee Valley Authority aims to slice carbon emissions in half by 2020

(The Daily Beacon) On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a new rule –to be implemented next year – that will limit the amount of carbon emissions each state can produce. However, the affect on Tennessee may be mild...6/18