Monday, August 3, 2015
ORNL in the News

Invention will support licensing, transport of spent nuclear fuel

(R&D Magazine) Moving rods of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) to interim storage or a geologic repository requires road or rail travel...With support from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, researchers at the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have devised the Cyclic Integrated Reversible-bending Fatigue Tester, or CIRFT...7/30

Advancing HPC with Collaboration & Co-design

(Inside HPC) The European high performance computing conference, ISC, held in Frankfurt in July was the venue for the announcement of two major US collaborations to develop next generation data-centric supercomputing...The work will involve the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), IBM, the University of Tennessee, Nvidia, and others...8/2

CitrixNational lab trades in two MDM services for Citrix

(GCN) Mobile managers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory were managing lab-owned devices and a bring-your-own-device program with two different systems. It wasn’t long before  running a mobile device management environment using two discrete services became too cumbersome, so they looked for a remedy....7/30

What Do You Do With an Old Supercomputer? Crush It Like a Rusty Car!

(IEEE Spectrum) Several new supercomputers are slated to go online within the next two years, including the highly anticipated 2017 Summit system, which will be located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee...7/31

Science and Technology

Ebola vaccine efficacy trial suggest vaccine provides high protection against disease

(Science Daily) Tests of the experimental Ebola vaccine VSV-ZEBOV in over 7500 participants in Guinea suggest that the vaccine provides high protection against the disease as early as ten days after vaccination, in adults who have potentially been exposed to the virus by coming in close contact with a recently infected person...7/31

Power PlantsObama orders stronger limits on power-plant emissions

(Nature News) US President Barack Obama will release landmark regulations today (3 August) to curb greenhouse-gas emissions from the power sector over the next 15 years. The move could anchor his environmental legacy but is certain to provoke opposition and legal challenges from industry groups and some state governments...8/3

Energy and Science Policy

Sandia Z-MachineSenate energy bill that calls for 4% DOE science boost moves forward

(Science Magazine) Just before Congress takes its August break, the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has finished marking up its bipartisan energy bill, an effort to make the most sweeping update to the country’s energy policy in more than 8 years...7/31


Unbound JournalsSenate panel approves public access bill

(Science Magazine) Open-access advocates are heralding a Senate panel’s approval today of a bill that would require U.S. science agencies to make the peer-reviewed research papers they fund freely available to the public...7/29


State warns DOE of ramifications of Oak Ridge cleanup funding concerns

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The state of Tennessee has historically worked cooperatively with the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge operations on cleanup issues and has adjusted project schedules and milestones because of technical complexities and budget shortfalls...7/30

Lots of work at stake as long-held contract bid

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge Associated Universities has been a government contractor in Oak Ridge since 1946. Back then, it was called the Oak Ridge Institute for Nuclear Security, and it did work for the Atomic Energy Commission, which nowadays is called the U.S. Department of Energy...8/3

Hydroelectric TurbinesThe Renewable Energy Source That’s About to Boom Again

(Time Magazine) Ten years ago hydropower might have been taken for dead in the United States. Environmentalists didn’t want hydropower dams because of the destruction they wreaked on nearby ecosystems...7/31

Local and State

Emerald Ash Borer5 More Tennessee Counties Have Been Included In Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine

(Tech Times) Authorities have added five more counties in Tennessee to the list of quarantined areas due to the infestation of emerald ash borers. The announcement came three weeks after other counties in New Jersey were also added to the list...7/31

Tennessee tops rankings for automotive manufacturing

(WBIR) Tennesse ranks number one in the country when it comes to automotive manufacturing. Tennessee tops rankings for automotive manufacturing. Tennessee is the first state to win the honor back-to-back and has ranked No. 1 for automotive manufacturing strength for an unprecedented five times in the past six years...7/30

Syringe with BottleVaccination rate high among children in Tennessee, Georgia

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) Students need more than a backpack and sharpened pencils to be prepared to enter Hamilton County classrooms this year — they need up-to-date immunization records too. "It's no shots, no school," said Sheryl Rogers, health services coordinator for Hamilton County Department of Education...8/1