Thursday, July 3, 2014
ORNL in the News

A record-breaking month for ORNL's Spallation Neutron Source

(PhysOrg) The Spallation Neutron Source at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory broke records for sustained beam power level as well as for integrated energy and target lifetime in the month of June...7/1

Top 500 List Recognizes Fastest Supercomputers

(Energy.gov) ...At number 2 on the Top 500 list is Oak Ridge National Lab's Titan. With a peak theoretical performance of roughly 27 petaflops -- that's 27 quadrillion calculations per second -- Titan is the fastest of the Energy Department's supercomputers...6/30

Jim Roberto to speak at FORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Jim Roberto, Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s associate lab director for science and technology partnerships, will be the guest speaker at the July 8 lunch meeting of Friends of ORNL...7/2

David Moore named AMSE director

(Knoxville News Sentinel) David Moore, who joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory in April as a consultant, has been named director of the American Museum of Science and Energy. The museum is owned by the Department of Energy and managed by ORNL...7/1

Science and Technology

Second Try Puts Carbon Observatory Into Orbit

(NY Times) NASA’s new spacecraft to sniff carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere reached orbit on Wednesday after launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California...7/2

Researchers invent 'meta mirror' to help advance nonlinear optical systems

(EurekAlert) Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have created a new nonlinear metasurface, or meta mirror, that could one day enable the miniaturization of laser systems. ..7/2

Energy and Science Policy

As threatened, Senate budgetmakers move to end U.S. participation in ITER

(Science Magazine) Budgetmakers in the U.S. Senate have moved to halt U.S. participation in ITER, the huge international fusion experiment now under construction in Cadarache, France, that aims to demonstrate that nuclear fusion could be a viable source of energy...7/2

NASA Security Examined at House Science Committee Hearing

(AIP) “These reports confirm our worst fears: that the incidents at Langley and Ames are not isolated incidences” said Space Subcommittee Chairman Steven Palazzo (R-MS) at a hearing on security procedures at NASA’s centers...7/2

DOE

Oak Ridge cleanup: the road to 2046

(Knoxville News Sentinel) According to the current timetable, the U.S. Department of Energy is scheduled to complete its Oak Ridge cleanup goals around 2046...7/2

CNS begins managing, operating Pantex, Y-12

(Oak Ridge Today) Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC on Tuesday assumed full responsibility for managing and operating the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, and Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge. The two nuclear weapons facilities perform missions vital to national security...7/2

Energy Department Offers Conditional Commitment to Cape Wind Offshore Wind Generation Project

(Energy.gov) The Department of Energy today announced the first step toward issuing a $150 million loan guarantee to support the construction of the Cape Wind offshore wind project with a conditional commitment to Cape Wind Associates, LLC...7/1

Local and STate

Community Pays Tribute to a Great American

(Tennessee Today) More than 700 people paid tribute to Senator Howard H Baker Jr. on Monday on the UT campus. The UT alumnus and veteran died Thursday at his home in Huntsville, Tennessee...7/1

World Coming to UT for College of Engineering’s Lean Program

(Tennessee Today) ...Sponsored by the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, the program will bring almost 120 students for a chance to study ways of reducing waste and increasing efficiency while partnering with students from countries around the world...7/1