Thursday, July 11, 2013
ORNL in the News

Mason: UT-Battelle deserving of another extension

(Knoxville News Sentinel) I interviewed ORNL Director Thom Mason and UT President Joe DiPietro back in late May for a piece on the partnership of the University of Tennessee and Battelle, which has managed Oak Ridge National Laboratory since 2000. As part of that story, DiPietro spoke strongly about UT wanting to keep the ORNL contract and would be ready, if necessary, to go to battle should the Dept. of Energy decide to put the contract (due to expire in 2015) up for competition...7/10

ORNL-led team completes full-scale simulation of Watts Bar reactor operation

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The ORNL-based Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors today announced that the team of scientists had successfully completed the first full-scale simulation of an operating nuclear reactor. In this case, it was based on TVA’s Watts Bar Nuclear Plant...7/10

Fisk wins fourth science 'Oscar'

(Tennessean) ... Fisk is the only historically black college or university to ever win a R&D 100 Award, which marks the research as one of the most technologically significant national and international innovations of the year...Fisk is sharing the award with the Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, both national facilities of the Department of Energy in Oak Ridge...7/10


Moving Toward a Peaceful Nuclear Future

( Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz highlights the progress the National Laboratories have made toward creating a world free from the threat of nuclear weapons...7/10

NNSA confirms UPF slowdown

(Knoxville News Sentinel) As reported last week, the Department of Energy’s Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan states that the First Phase of the Uranium Processing Facility project will be completed in 2025, which indicated a rather significant delay from previous reports that — just a couple of years ago — had the entire project completed before then...7/10

Titus asks for disclosure of nuclear waste routes

(AP) A frustrated congressional representative is asking for more disclosure about a plan to route nuclear waste through Las Vegas...7/10


Immigration reform: How is the House approaching it?

(CS Monitor) Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives appeared divided on whether to provide immigrants living in the U.S. illegally a path to citizenship following a closed door meeting Wednesday...7/11

State & Regional

TVA appoints new head of nuclear fleet

(Knoxville News Sentinel) TVA has a new chief nuclear officer, who will head the federal utility’s fleet of nuclear power plants. Joseph P. Grimes, an executive with Exelon Nuclear, has been appointed executive vice president and chief nuclear officer for the Tennessee Valley Authority...7/9

Professor Jack Dongarra Announces New Supercomputer Benchmark

(Tennessee Today) The way the power of supercomputers is measured is about to change...The new benchmark, called the High Performance Conjugate Gradient, should better correlate to computation and data access patterns found in many applications today...7/10

energy & science policy

Senate FY 2014 Department of Energy Funding Bill: National Nuclear Security Administration

(AIP) The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved its version of the FY 2014 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill...7/10

science & technology

Energy: The smart-grid solution

(Nature) Massoud Amin outlines how the United States should make its electricity infrastructure self-healing to avoid massive power failures...7/10

Saving One Species At The Expense Of Another

(NPR) To keep America's wilderness anything like it used to be when the country was truly wild takes the help of biologists. They have to balance the needs of wildlife with those of cattle-ranching and tourism, and even weigh the value of one species against another...7/11

Smog-Destroying Pavement Coating Can Cut Pollution In Half

(Popular Science) ...Tested over the course of a year on a block in Hengelo, Netherlands, concrete blocks covered with a titanium oxide coating removed an average of 19 percent of pollution from NO and NO2 over the course of a day...7/10

Shellfish Deep in Antarctic Lake? Experts Doubtful

(National Geographic) Bacteria, fungi, shellfish, and maybe even fish live in Lake Vostok, the buried Antarctic lake that's been likened to habitats that might exist on other planets or moons, a new study says...7/9

Unraveling the Pollinating Secrets of a Bee’s Buzz

(NY Times) Now is the time of year when bees buzz from flower to flower. And for many plants, the very survival of their species depends on that buzz. The flowers and the insects are joined together in a partnership of sound...7/11

Other Stories

Japan Nuclear Regulator Alarmed at Fukushima Contamination Reports

(Scientific American) Japan's nuclear regulator expressed growing alarm on Wednesday at increased contamination beside the seafront of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station and urged the plant's operators to take protective measures...7/10