Wednesday, July 6, 2016
ORNL in the News

Arctic GreeningThanks to climate change, the Arctic is turning green

(The Washington Post) Earlier this month, NASA scientists provided a visualization of a startling climate change trend — the Earth is getting greener, as viewed from space, especially in its rapidly warming northern regions...Starting from this set of observations, the researchers, led by Jiafu Mao of Oak Ridge National Laboratory but including 18 others from multiple institutions in the United States, France, and China, conducted what scientists call a “detection and attribution” study...6/27

Carbon fiber recycling agreement signed today

(Peninsula Daily News) An agreement was signed today creating a new partnership in carbon fiber recycling among the Composite Recycling Technology Center, Peninsula College and the Institute for Advanced Composite Manufacturing Innovation...The agreements signed today establish CRTC as a strategic partner and as a West Coast satellite location for the Department of Energy’s Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), which is based at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee...7/1

Yellowstone Hot SpringsScientists isolate, culture elusive Yellowstone microbe

(Science Daily) A microbial partnership thriving in an acidic hot spring in Yellowstone National Park has surrendered some of its lifestyle secrets to researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Mircea Podar of ORNL's Biosciences Division led a team that isolated the archaeon Nanopusillus acidilobi, cultured these tiny microbes -- just 100 to 300 billionths of a meter in size ...7/5

WSU researchers develop shape-changing 'smart' material: Heat, light stimulate self-assembly

(Nanotech Now) This is the first time researchers have been able to combine several smart abilities, including shape memory behavior, light-activated movement and self-healing behavior, into one material. They have published their work in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. The work is led by Michael Kessler, professor and Berry Family director and in the WSU School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME), and Yuzhan Li, MME staff scientist, in collaboration with Orlando Rios, a researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...7/4

Science and Technology

Tesla RoadsterTesla fatal crash is setback to autonomous cars

(PhysOrg) It could be a wakeup call for the self-driving car movement. The Tesla Model S cruising on "Autopilot" failed to pick up a crossing tractor-trailer against a bright sky, sending the driver to his death without any effort to hit the brakes. The first known fatality from autonomous driving technology, it was a nightmare scenario for an industry promoting a way to improve road safety and reduce traffic fatalities that come mostly from human error...7/1

Energy and Science Policy

John HoldrenObama’s top scientist talks shrinking budgets, Donald Trump, and his biggest regret

(Nature News) John Holdren is no stranger to the spotlight. Over his long career in science, Holdren — a physicist by training — has worked on controversial issues such as climate change and nuclear non-proliferation...7/6


Uranium FibersUranium extracted from the oceans could power cities for thousands of years

(Inhabitat) Over four billion tons of uranium present in the ocean could help provide energy for ” the next 10,000 years,” according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The element could be used to fuel nuclear power plants , except extraction poses significant challenges. The element could be used to fuel nuclear power plants, except extraction poses significant challenges....7/5

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Dedicates New Supercomputer Facility

(The Livermore Patch) Officials from the US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and government representatives dedicated a new supercomputing facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)...7/1

DOE to start toxic waste cleanup at LA Canyon

(Los Alamos Monitor) Department of Energy contractors will start removing toxic contaminated soil along the south-facing slopes of Los Alamos Canyon next week, as part of a program to clean up legacy waste sites in Los Alamos. The contaminated soil is mostly leftover from the Manhattan Project and early Cold War research activities from 1943–1965...7/1

Local and State

UT LogoFiske Guide Rates UT Among Best and Most Interesting Schools

(WVLT TV) The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is one of the "best and most interesting" schools in the 2017 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges, which reviews higher education institutions in the United States, Canada and Britain. The guide was released on Friday. UT is one of more than 300 universities to be included in the guide, which advises prospective students about academics, campus setting, housing, financial aid and extracurricular activities, according to UT News...7/2

Lawler-Wood to develop new facility in Texas

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Knoxville developer Lawler-Wood LLC, which previously orchestrated two privately financed facilities at the government's Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, has been selected to carry out a similar project at Y-12's sister plant near Amarillo, Texas...7/4