Monday, August 4, 2014
ORNL in the News

Five ORNL scientists rated among world’s most influential

(Oak Ridge Today) Five Oak Ridge National Laboratory physicists, including Deputy for Science and Technology Ramamoorthy Ramesh, have been named by Thomson Reuters as some of the best and brightest of our time. Joining Ramesh as the world’s most influential scientific minds of 2014 are Michael McGuire, Brian Sales, Athena Safa-Sefat, and David Singh. While McGuire and Sefat are relatively early in their careers, Ramesh, Sales, and Singh are established leaders...8/1

Applications being accepted for 2015 spring term of DOE’s Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Program at ORNL

(The Herald) The U.S. Department of Energy is currently seeking undergraduate students for paid internships at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the 2015 spring term of the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Program...8/1

Using Magnets to Keep Cool: Breakthrough Technology Boosts Energy Efficiency of Refrigerators

(Energy Industry Today) With help from about $2 million in Energy Department funding through the Recovery Act, General Electric (GE) partnered with Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers to develop magnetic cooling technology...8/2

Filling up could cost less thanks to biomolecular engineering breakthrough

(PhysOrg) Sticker shock at the gas pump could soon be a thing of the past thanks to research being conducted by UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Among the key components in processing fuels, particularly bio-friendly ones, are the membranes that aid in the process of separating unwanted substances such as water from the fuel...8/1

Science & Technology

Cultural HistoryHumanity's cultural history captured in 5-minute film

(Nature News) All roads lead from Rome, according to a visual history of human culture built entirely from the birth and death places of notable people. The 5-minute animation provides a fresh view of the movements of humanity over the last 2,600 years...7/31

Atlantic WarmingAtlantic warming turbocharges Pacific trade winds

(Science Daily) Rapid warming of the Atlantic Ocean, likely caused by global warming, has turbocharged Pacific Equatorial trade winds. This has caused eastern tropical Pacific cooling, amplified the Californian drought, accelerated sea level rise three times faster than the global average in the Western Pacific and has slowed the rise of global average surface temperatures since 2001...8/3

Energy and Science Policy

Martian RoverNASA limits foreign contributions to U.S. planetary missions

(Science Magazine) How much international collaboration is too much? When it comes to foreign instruments provided to NASA planetary science missions, the answer is anything more than 33%...7/29

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Discusses COMPETES Act Reauthorization

(AIP) “There can be absolutely no question that investing in science and technology, in innovation, and in educating our young people is critical to maintaining our nation’s global leadership…. The money that we put into basic research, into understanding the world around us, has a real world impact,” stated Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV)...8/2


Y-12 protesters' from-prison remarks coincide with 2nd anniversary of breach

(The Oak Ridger) Monday marked the second anniversary of the July 28, 2012, break-in at the Y-12 National Security Complex. And the three protesters currently serving prison terms for their part in breaking into what was for many years referred to as the "Fort Knox of uranium" have released a lengthy joint statement defending their actions....7/30

SREL, DOE bring wood stork back from brink of extinction

(PhysOrg) Thanks to the hard work of conservationists across the United States, the once imperiled American wood stork has been down-listed from endangered to threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service...8/4

Yi CuiStanford breakthrough might triple battery life

(The Town Talk) Annoyed by how often your cellphone needs recharging? Stanford University researchers say they've made a major step toward the "holy grail" of energy storage — a pure lithium battery...8/2

US-Russia work on nuclear materials in jeopardy

(The Boston Globe) Over a two-year period concluding in early 2012, the Department of Energy secretly removed enough highly enriched uranium from Ukraine to make nine nuclear bombs — some of it from parts of the country now wracked by violence and lawlessness...8/3

Wendy CainCain named portfolio federal project director for ETTP cleanup

(Oak Ridge Today) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management has named Wendy Cain as its new portfolio federal project director for cleanup of the East Tennessee Technology Park...8/1

State and local

Kingston PlantTVA to pay Kingston coal ash spill victims $27.8M

(WBIR) The Tennessee Valley Authority has agreed to pay $27.8 million to settle claims with more than 800 property owners affected by the one of the largest man-made environmental disasters in U.S. history...8/1

Inaugural Robotics Revolution showcases tech innovation in Knoxville

(WATE) Robots took over part of Knoxville Saturday. It was all part of the first ever Robotics Revolution event. Hundreds of local children and their families turned out for the event at Chilhowee Park, getting to see all kinds of robotics products created in East Tennessee...8/2