Thursday, August 10, 2017
ORNL in the News

ORNL workforce reduction could save $34 million per year

(Oak Ridge Today) The workforce reduction of up to 350 positions at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is expected to decrease personnel costs by about $34 million each year, and the lab expects most of those who apply for voluntary separations from the lab to be of retirement age, a spokesperson said Wednesday...8/9

ORNL: World's smallest neutrino detector finds big physics fingerprint

(Oak Ridge Today) After more than a year of operation at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the COHERENT experiment, using the world’s smallest neutrino detector, has found a big fingerprint of the elusive, electrically neutral particles that interact only weakly with matter...8/8

ORNL Turns to Neutrons to Investigate Performance of Engine Cylinder Head Made from 3D Printed Mold and New Aluminum Alloy

(3D A research team from Oak Ridge National Laboratory  worked with several industry partners to use a 3D printed sand mold and neutrons to investigate how a new high-performance aluminum alloy was performing in a running gasoline-powered engine...8/8

Scientists show growing atom-thin sheets on cones allows control of defects

(PhysOrg) ...The Rice lab of theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson and colleagues at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are combining theory and experimentation to prove it's possible to give 2-D materials specific defects, especially atomic-scale seams called grain boundaries...8/9

Science and Technology

Trees in the Amazon make their own rain

(Science Magazine) The Amazon rainforest is home to strange weather. One peculiarity is that rains begin 2 to 3 months before seasonal winds start to bring in moist air from the ocean. Now, researchers say they have finally figured out where this early moisture comes from: the trees themselves...8/4

Energy and Science Policy

FY18 Appropriations Bills: DOE Applied Energy

(AIP) The House spending bill for the Department of Energy proposes to halve the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and eliminate the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy, changes that would upend the department’s later-stage R&D activities....8/7


City, DOE working together to preserve history at K-25

(Oak Ridge Today) Oak Ridge wants to renovate the fire station where a K-25 History Center will be built, a project that is expected to help preserve the history of the World War II-era Manhattan Project...8/9

Exposure to antibacterials from mother to child may cause adverse effects in development

(Medical Press) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists have discovered that exposure to environmental levels of triclocarban (TCC), an antibacterial chemical common in personal care products like soaps and lotions as well as in the medical field, can transfer from mother to offspring and interfere with lipid metabolism...8/9

South Carolina sues U.S. for $100 million over failure to remove plutonium

(Times Free Press) South Carolina said it had filed its largest lawsuit ever against the federal government, seeking to force the U.S. Department of Energy to make good on a deal to remove plutonium from the state...8/9

Local and State

Knoxville ranked 23rd best place to retire in US

(WATE-TV) The Zumper real estate app put out its list of the best places in the country to retire. Knoxville came in as the 23rd best metro area, earning an overall grade of B+...8/8