Monday, July 13, 2015
ORNL in the News

ORNL: Neutrons find ‘missing’ magnetism of plutonium

(Oak Ridge Today) Groundbreaking work at two U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories has confirmed plutonium’s magnetism, which scientists have long theorized but have never been able to experimentally observe. The advances that enabled the discovery hold great promise for materials, energy, and computing applications...7/12

Beckwood to develop composite forming press for Oak Ridge National Laboratory

(InTextiles) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), a leader in the research and development of advanced materials and economical green energy solutions, has awarded Beckwood Press Company a contract to manufacture a custom hydraulic press for the compression moulding of various composite materials...7/10

Supercomputing Centers-of-Excellence Twin

(EE Times) For its next-generation Coral supercomputers IBM announced today at the International Supercomputer Conference 2015 (July 12-15, Frankfurt, Germany) the establishment of two Centers-of-Excellence to jointly develop Coral's application software. Located on the sites of the Department of Energy's (DoE's) two Coral supercomputers--Oak Ridge National Laboratories, where it will be called Summit, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where it will be called Sierra...7/13

Alan TennantTennant Named Director of Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences

(Tennessee Today) Alan Tennant has been appointed director of the Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The institute is a partnership between ORNL and UT...7/9

Science and Technology

Frozen Plant RepositorySmithsonian sets up frozen-plant repository

(Nature News) The Smithsonian Institution has embarked on an effort to preserve biodiversity by assembling a large collection of frozen vegetables. On 8 July, its National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington DC launched an initiative to collect and freeze plant tissues from half of the world’s families of flora...7/8

Nanoscale device that can emit light as powerfully as an object 10,000 times its size

(PhysOrg) University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have created a nanoscale device that can emit light as powerfully as an object 10,000 times its size. It's an advance that could have huge implications for a variety of imaging and energy applications...7/13

Energy and Science Policy

Invest 3.5 percent GDP in science, technology, innovation for sustainable development, experts say

(PhysOrg) Investing up to 3.5% of a nation's GDP in science, technology and innovation - including basic science and education - is a key benchmark for advancing sustainable development effectively, leading experts say...7/9

Congress Considering STEM in Education Overhaul

(AIP) On July 8, the House passed major legislation, by an almost party line vote of 218 to 213, reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the primary legislation providing for a federal role in the nation’s K-12 education...7/10


DOE Hosts National Lab Day on Capitol Hill

(AIP) On July 8, the Department of Energy (DOE) hosted the second in its series of five National Lab Days on Capitol Hill.  The National Lab Days are a relatively new education and outreach effort organized by the DOE Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs on a semi-annual basis to highlight the national laboratory system as a cornerstone of the U.S. innovation ecosystem...7/10

What to do with DOE's radioactive lake?

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) More than 30 years ago, when the magnitude of pollution problems on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge reservation was just becoming apparent, White Oak Lake was dubbed the nation’s — if not the world’s — most radioactively polluted body of water...7/10

$18 Million Algae Biofuel Blast From US Energy Department

(Clean Technica) Tesla or no Tesla, the US Department of Energy is determined to stake out a place for liquid fuel in the sustainable personal transport world of the future, and to that end the agency is placing an $18 million bet on six new algae biofuel projects. The ultimate aim is to bring the cost of algae down to a cost of $3 compared to gasoline by 2030...7/10

Low Cost Solar PanelsNew design could dramatically boost efficiency of low-cost solar panels

(Science Daily) A new material design tested in experiments at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory could make low-cost solar panels far more efficient by greatly enhancing their ability to collect the sun's energy and release it as electricity...7/12

How long will it take to clean up Oak Ridge?

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy environmental cleanup program has been an evolving effort since the early 1980s, when the legacy of pollution from the World War II and Cold War nuclear weapons work came to the public’s attention in a big way...7/12

Local and State

With funding for new Tennessee State Museum comes questions about its operations

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) For more than 30 years, the Tennessee State Museum has huddled in a cramped basement of a state office building under the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and 24 floors of offices. But this spring, nudged by Gov. Bill Haslam, state lawmakers approved $120 million to build a new museum on the state's Bicentennial Capitol Mall, to be bolstered by a $40 million private fundraising campaign...7/12