ORNL in the News

Effective ChargeRediscovered trapping mechanism favours smaller particles

(Nanotechweb.org) A long overlooked aspect of electric field effects on small particles and molecules in fluid environments, dubbed AC electrophoretic (ACEP) phenomena, is in the spotlight thanks to the work of scientists in the US....The group, led by Mark A Reed (Yale University) and Predrag S Krstic (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), has discovered that particles, when placed in a liquid with a spatially non-uniform electric field, experience not only the well known dielectrophoretic (DEP) force due to the polarizability of the particle, but also an electrophoretic (EP) force due to the charge on the particle...6/21

Manhattan Project memos: Roots of secrecy

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A couple of memos from Arthur H. Compton, head of the so-called Metallurgical Laboratory charged with developing the uranium reactors to produce plutonium and the methods to separate it, provide a good sense for what scientists were told at Clinton Labs -- where the Graphite Reactor served as a pilot facility for the plutonium work. Tim Gawne, who's doing research in the archives at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, passed along electronic copies of the declassified memos...6/18


Tracking progress on W76

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Life-extension work on W76 warheads is one of major production efforts underway by the National Nuclear Security Administration, with work scheduled to continue through FY 2018. The Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge is playing a role on the W76 project, and federal spokesman Steven Wyatt said the plant's work is currently in good shape.

DOE alleges mistakes in safety board's report on vit plant

(Tacoma News Inc.) The Department of Energy plans to detail the inaccuracies in the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board's highly critical review of the safety culture at Hanford's vitrification plant, Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman said in a message to employees...6/21

East Tennessee

Many in Tennessee see little economic change

(Tennessean) Home-care worker Kesha Solomon-Knighten hasn’t noticed much of a change in the American economy over the past year.  “It’s about the same,” said Solomon-Knighten, who was going into the Nashville Public Library’s Southeast branch in Antioch with her 5-year-old daughter, Rhian, on Thursday...6/21



Wal-Mart ProtestSupreme Court Dumps Wal-Mart Sex Discrimination Class Action

(Forbes) The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a massive class action on behalf of 1.5 million female Wal-Mart employees, saying there was no way a single court proceeding could determine whether they were all victims of sex discrimination...6/20

Flooding Brings Worries Over Two Nuclear Plants

(New York Times) As record floodwaters along the Missouri River drench homes and businesses, concerns have grown about keeping a couple of notable structures dry: two riverside nuclear power plants in Nebraska...6/21

Supreme Court backs EPA over states on climate change

(USA Today) The Supreme Court unanimously rejected Monday a lawsuit by six states that were suing five major power companies for emitting greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change...6/20

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

6/20 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
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  • Power sector applauds high-court ruling
  • FTC to look for oil-market manipulation
  • Salazar extends Grand Canyon uranium ban
  • Senators ask Interior to revisit wind rules
  • GAO urges government climate strategy


science & technology

Black Hole Eating a StarBlack Hole Caught Eating a Star, Gamma-Ray Flash Hints

(National Geographic) Earlier this year astronomers spied a burst of high-energy gamma rays emanating from the center of a dwarf galaxy 3.8 billion light-years away. The odd flash, dubbed Sw 1644+57, is one is the brightest and longest gamma ray bursts (GRBs) yet seen...6/16

HIVNew study finds HIV Achilles Heel

(Phys.Org) One of the main things that make HIV so difficult to combat is its extreme ability to mutate. However, this research has identified what are being called HIV sectors and are groups of amino acids that are rarely seen making mutations. The researchers believe that the virus needs to maintain these sectors in order to survive and it is these sectors that should be the main target of treatments...6/21

Scientists Find Simple Way to Produce Graphene

(Science Daily) Scientists at Northern Illinois University say they have discovered a simple method for producing high yields of graphene, a highly touted carbon nanostructure that some believe could replace silicon as the technological fabric of the future...6/20

Other Stories

Google to Digitize 250,000 Historical Books

(Fox Business) Google is paying for all costs to digitize 250,000 out-of-copyright books offered by The British Library over the next few years. The library, which has been partnering with a variety of entities as part of its 2020 Vision of increasing access to books, is providing Google with 40 million pages from 1700 at the time of the French Revolution to the abolition of slavery in 1870...6/20