Thursday, August 6, 2015
ORNL in the News

U.S. Rare Earths has entered into two agreements with Oak Ridge National Laboratory

(Reuters) U.S. Rare Earths has entered into two agreements with Oak Ridge National Laboratory The first is an exclusive agreement with Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the Recycling of Rare Earths from Electronic E-Waste The second is a licensing agreement for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology for the extraction process of specific elements from mining materials...8/3

Open-port sampling is made simple at ORNL 

(WBIR-TV) Technology that can identify the chemical makeup of an object or specimen with just a simple touch was just made easier at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...8/5

Semiconductor-less Transistors the Goal

(EE Times) ...Michigan Tech has already reported on studding boron nitride nanotubes with gold quantum dots, in cooperation with Oak Ridge National Labs, turning them into a kind of tunneling transistor-like device where electrons jump from quantum dot to quantum dot...8/5

The Dayside: Reverse the polarity of the neutron flow!

(Physics Today) ...Marc Janoschek of Los Alamos National Laboratory and his collaborators published the result of their using neutrons from the Spallation Neutron Source to resolve a long-standing mystery: the absence of ferromagnetism in plutonium...7/17

Tourassi to speak at Friends of ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Georgia Tourassi, director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Center, will speak at the Friends of ORNL luncheon on Aug. 11. Her topic will be “Data-Driven Health Innovations at ORNL.”...8/3

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, August 2015

(EurekAlert)  CYBERSECURITY - Piranha nets honor...SUPERCOMPUTING - Turbocharging materials research...ENERGY - Switchgrass to hydrogen...CHEMISTY - Mining nature for pharmaceuticals...MATERIALS - Machine learning and microscopy...8/5

Science and Technology

U.S. researchers show computers can be hijacked to send data as sound waves 

(Reuters) A team of security researchers has demonstrated the ability to hijack standard equipment inside computers, printers and millions of other devices in order to send information out of an office through sound waves...8/5

Non-magnetic metals turned into magnets

(Nature) ...The magnetism is weak and fades away after a few days, but the discovery could lead to new kinds of hybrid metal–organic magnets that might be useful in applications such as medical imaging, says Oscar Cespedes of the University of Leeds, UK, who led the work reported on 5 August in Nature....8/6

Energy and Science Policy

Statement by Secretary Moniz on Release of Final Clean Power Plan Rules

(  U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today released the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued their final Clean Power Plan rule that will encourage energy innovation by reducing the carbon emissions from America’s power plants...8/3

Obama announces nominees for NSF deputy director, head of DOE Office of Science

(Science Magazine) The White House announced today that President Barack Obama has nominated engineer Richard Buckius, currently the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) chief operating officer, to fill the agency’s second highest position: deputy director...8/6


70 years after Hiroshima: a look at Y-12’s role

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Toward the end of June 1945, Y-12 received orders to clean out the machines known as calutrons, scrape together every last bit of enriched uranium and deliver it to the bomb-makers at Los Alamos, N.M...8/5

Protective shells may boost silicon lithium-ion batteries 

(PhysOrg) Imagine a cell a phone that charges in less than an hour and lasts for three to four days or an electric car that runs for hundreds of miles before needing to be plugged in...8/6

US Carbon Pollution From Power Plants Hits 27-Year Low

(NY Times) Heat-trapping pollution from U.S. power plants hit a 27-year low in April, the Department of Energy announced Wednesday...8/5

Department Of Energy Announces Funding For Reactor Development 

(Nuclear Street) The U.S. Energy Department announced a new round of funding to support research and development of advanced nuclear reactor projects. Using partnership funding, the DOE said two awards of up to $6 million would be allocated in the fiscal year 2015, which ends September 30...8/4

Local and State

NIMBioS Students Create Tool to Stop Invasive Pests

(Tennessee Today) Invasive species—from plants like the kudzu vine to animals like the red scale insect that chomps through citrus crops— threaten the health of vital agricultural and natural lands...Three undergraduate students have developed a new tool to help fight these pests. Their work was done with UT faculty mentors during a summer research program at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), based at UT...8/5

Collaboration a cornerstone of state's entrepreneurial success 

(The Tennessean) While one person may come up with a fantastic concept or innovation, it's unlikely he or she will go all the way from drawing board to capitalization to market all alone. Collaboration is one of the foundational aspects of entrepreneurialism, and it's an area where the robust entrepreneur network in Tennessee continues to shine...8/3