Thursday, July 10, 2014
ORNL in the News

Squids Offer Possible Defense Against Chemical Weapons

(Homeland Security Today) ...According to their recent study in the publication, Journal of Physical Chemistry, squid enzymes may offer a plausible combatant against chemical weapons and their deadly effects.“Enzymes exist that can potentially chew up nerve agents and render them useless before they’ve had time to act, but they need to be improved to work faster” explained Jeremy Smith, director of the UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) research team...7/7

Record-breaker: SNS operates at full power—1.4 megawatts—for users for first time

(Oak Ridge Today) The Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory operated steadily at its full design power of 1.4 megawatts for researchers for the first time on June 26. "We're producing neutrons now at this intensity for user experiments," spokesman Bill Cabage said in a telephone interview last week...7/8

ORNL employees honored for small-biz work

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Two Oak Ridge National Laboratory employees recently received awards from the Department of Energy's Small Business Awards Program for Fiscal Year 2013. Cassandra McGee Stuart, manager of manager of ORNL's Small Business Programs, received the Facility Management Contractor Small Business Program Manager of the Year award. LeAnne Stribley, director of ORNL's Acquisition Management Services, received the DOE Mentor award...7/8

CASLSupercomputer team wins award for core work

(World Nuclear News) A team from Westinghouse and the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light-Water Reactors (CASL) has been recognised for its work on simulation of conditions in nuclear reactor cores using Titan, the USA's most powerful supercomputer...7/7

Science & Technology

femtosecond photoPostcards from the photosynthetic edge: Femtosecond snapshots of photosynthetic water oxidation

(Science Daily) Using the world's most powerful x-ray laser, an international collaboration took femtosecond 'snapshots' of water oxidation in photosystem II, the only known biological system able to harness sunlight for splitting the water molecule...7/9

ObokataThe rise and fall of STAP

(Nature News) Two papers published in Nature in January 2014 promised to revolutionize the way stem cells are made by showing that simply putting differentiated cells under stress can 'reprogram' them and make them pluripotent — able to develop into any type of tissue in the body...7/3

Energy and Science Policy

House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill Draws Veto Threat

(AIP) The White House has threatened to veto the FY 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill that the full House of Representatives is now considering....7/9

Uncertain Outlook for FY 2015 Appropriations Bills

(AIP) The House and Senate have returned to Washington after the July 4 recess with relatively few legislative days to pass FY 2015 funding bills before the start of the new fiscal year on October 1...7/8

IPCC must consider alternate policy views, researchers say

(Science Codex) In addition to providing regular assessments of scientific literature, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Process (IPCC) also produces a "Summary for Policymakers" intended to highlight relevant policy issues through data...7/7




Sherwood-RandallObama to Pick Defense Aide for Energy Post

(The New York Times) President Obama announced Tuesday that he would nominate Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, the National Security Council’s top nuclear proliferation and defense policy official, to be deputy secretary of energy...7/8

U.S., China ink coal, clean energy deals in climate cooperation

(Reuters) The United States and China on Tuesday signed eight partnership agreements to cut greenhouse gases, bringing the world's two biggest carbon emitters closer together on climate policy...7/8

USEC Chapter 11 process moving forward

(Pike County Daily) USEC Inc. announced on Monday that it will soon begin soliciting holders of the company’s convertible notes as well as its two preferred stockholders for votes on the company’s Plan of Reorganization...“We are taking many steps in advance of emerging as a restructured company. We are working closely with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to continue the demonstration of the American Centrifuge technology...7/9

U.S. Plans Up To $4 Billion In New Cleantech Loan Guarantees

(Renew Grid) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a loan guarantee solicitation, making as much as $4 billion in loan guarantees available for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce or sequester greenhouse gases....7/7

State and local

Amelia KeownBlount Co. faces hurdles enacting Amelia's Law

(WBIR) It's been nine days since new statewide laws went into effect and already 10News has learned at least one of them is not being enforced; officials in Blount County said they cannot enact Amelia's Law since the probation department does not have the technology, funding, or resources...7/9

Feds give Tennessee 10 days to address ACA failures

(The Tennessean) The federal director of Medicaid programs has put Tennessee on notice that it has failed to provide services for people as required by the Affordable Care Act and is giving the state 10 days to submit a correction plan...7/8

UT lands among top schools in international college guidebook

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The University of Tennessee has landed among the “best and most interesting” in an international ranking of schools in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain...UT was singled out for its partnership with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and its strong communications, psychology, business, architecture, accounting and engineering programs...7/9