Thursday, June 25, 2015
ORNL in the News

Supercomputers Unleash Big Data's Power

(Information Week) ..."We've got to get [companies] from where they are today to where we are in the massively parallel, multi tens of petaflop capabilities," said Jeff Nichols, associate laboratory director for Oak Ridge National Lab's (ORNL) computing and computational sciences, in an interview. "Companies in the automotive industry, the airline industry, the energy space, and science space want to work with us to solve their big science questions."...6/24

Spikey ScrewsSilica 'Spiky Screws' Could Enhance Industrial Coatings, Additive Manufacturing

(PhysOrg) ...A molecular process developed by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, paves the way for improved silica structure design by introducing microscopic, segmented screw-like spikes that can more effectively bond materials for commercial use...6/24

Science and Technology

Dutch Court CongratulatesLandmark court ruling tells Dutch government to do more on climate change

(Nature News) In a precedent-setting judgment, a Dutch court has ruled that the Netherlands must step up its efforts to reduce domestic greenhouse-gas emissions...6/24

Atomic ClockThe challenge of building a better atomic clock and why it matters

(PhysOrg) Prior to the mid-18th century, it was tough to be a sailor. If your voyage required east-west travel, you couldn't set out to a specific destination and have any real hope of finding it efficiently. At the time sailors had no reliable method for measuring longitude, the coordinates that measure a point's east-west position on the globe...6/25

Energy and Science Policy

FY 2016 House Appropriations Bill: USGS

(AIP) Earlier today the House of Representatives started its consideration of the FY 2016 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill. Roll call votes on amendments to the bill will not occur until July. The bill provides $30,170.0 million in base funding, down $246.0 million from this year's appropriation, and $3,092.4 million less than the Administration's request...6/24

Smoke StackHouse votes to block Obama's climate plan amid veto threat (Update)

(PhysOrg) Defying a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House approved a plan Wednesday to block a key element of President Barack Obama's strategy for fighting climate change. Lawmakers voted 247-180 to support a bill allowing states to opt out of the Obama administration's plan to limit carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants...6/24


Nevada SiteThe CEUSP mystery

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy last month confirmed that it had come to an agreement with the state of Nevada that set the stage for long-stalled shipments of CEUSP (Consolidated Edison Uranium Solidification) materials in Oak Ridge to be delivered to a disposal site on the Nevada National Security Site northwest of Las Vegas.

Black Box Network Services Awarded $33.4 Million Telecommunications Contract by the U.S. Department of Energy's Integrated Support Center-Oak Ridge, TN

(NFV Zone) ...Black Box will be responsible for providing operations, maintenance and upgrades to the Oak Ridge Federal Integrated Communications Network at the Oak Ridge Townsite, the East Tennessee Technology Park, the Y-12 National Security Complex, the Office of Secure Transportation, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education...6/24

Local and State

Five-year, $20 million TN-SCORE program boosts state’s energy research capacity

(Vanderbilt University) For the last five years, scientists and engineers at Vanderbilt University have been collaborating closely with colleagues at other public and private universities and research centers throughout Tennessee in an effort to increase the state’s energy research capacity...6/24

UT signs as research partner with Eastman Chemical

(Bloomberg Business) The University of Tennessee took another step Monday to broaden its role in advanced technology as it signed an agreement with Eastman Chemical Co. to collaborate on research, particularly in neutron science and additive manufacturing...6/22

UT-Related NOvA Neutrino Experiment Recognized by US Department of Energy

(Tennessee Today) A UT-related project exploring the role that neutrinos and dark matter particles can play in the formation of the universe has received a prestigious award from the US Department of Energy. The federal government has recognized the leadership of the NovA neutrino experiment—which includes UT physicists—for exceptional results in completing a project within budget and on schedule, and gave it the DOE Secretary's Award of Excellence...6/24