Monday, August 17, 2015
ORNL in the News

The pressure is on

(R&D Magazine) Researchers with Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source have developed technology to squeeze materials with a million times the pressure of the earth’s atmosphere while studying them with neutrons...8/13

SNS prepped and ready for research after ‘extremely productive’ maintenance outage

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Kevin Jones, who oversees operations at the Spallation Neutron Source, said the long summer maintenance outage — from June 28 to Aug. 7 — was “extremely productive.”...8/14

Drexel engineers 'sandwich' atomic layers to make new materials for energy storage

(EurekAlert) ...Now, with the help of theoretical calculations done by researchers at the FIRST Energy Frontier Research Center at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Drexel's team knows that, in principle, it can use this method to make as many as 25 new materials with combinations of transition metals, such as molybdenum and titanium, that previously wouldn't have been attempted. ..8/14

Super-duper microscope at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory this week announced development of a hybrid microscope that will allow researchers to simultaneously look at what’s taking place on and beneath the surface of materials...8/14

Trane Exhibits First Air-Cooled Chiller with Climate-Friendly Refrigerant DR-55 at IIR International Conference of Refrigeration

(Digital Journal) ...Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently completed demonstration testing to assess the overall performance of DR-55 as a design-compatible alternative to R-410A in commercial unitary systems or roof top units (RTUs). RTUs provide more than half of the cooling to the U.S. commercial building space...8/16

BESC Creates Microbe That Bolsters Isobutanol Production  

(Newswise) Another barrier to commercially viable biofuels from sources other than corn has fallen with the engineering of a microbe that improves isobutanol yields by a factor of 10...8/14

Science and Technology

Developing El Niño could be strongest on record

(Nature) ...A strong El Niño — signalled by the periodic warming of ocean-surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific — can lead to heavy rain in parts of North America and drier-than-normal conditions in Australia, Indonesia and parts of India...8/14

Energy and Science Policy

House Committee Highlights NASA’s Exploration of the Solar System

(AIP) “It is crucial that NASA continue to explore our solar system,” asserted Chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee Lamar Smith (R-TX), in his opening statement of a July 28 committee hearing highlighting NASA’s efforts to thoroughly explore our planetary neighborhood...8/14

DOE

Physicist nominated to lead US Department of Energy's Office of Science 

(Physics World) US president Barack Obama has nominated physicist Cherry Murray for the role of director of the Office of Science in the Department of Energy. The Office of Science supports fundamental research in both the physical sciences and energy research. It also oversees 10 of the DOE's 17 national laboratories...8/13

8 Questions for a Scientist: Molecular Biologist Dr. Amanda Barry

(Energy.gov) Dr. Amanda Barry of Los Alamos National Laboratory is one of the Energy Department’s leading molecular biologists in the field of algal biofuels. Dr. Barry is also part of team of researchers from the New Mexico Consortium, a nonprofit focused on solving global environmental and health issues...8/13

Local and State

TVA asks for nuclear operating license

(Times Free Press) The Tennessee Valley Authority has asked regulators for an operating license to load nuclear fuel in its Unit 2 reactor at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant this fall and to add the first new nuclear reactor to America' electric grid in nearly two decades...8/15

Oak Ridge Public Library has open house, new services described

(Oak Ridge Today) The Oak Ridge Public Library will host an open house on Saturday, August 29, from 3 to 5 p.m. All Oak Ridgers are invited to visit the Library to enjoy the newly renovated lights and to learn about two new services—digital magazines and streaming video...8/16

DENSO Officials Visit, Provide Support to UT’s EcoCAR 3 Team

(Tennessee Today) UT’s EcoCAR 3 team got a welcome boost from a familiar place recently, as officials from the DENSO North America Foundation and DENSO Manufacturing came to campus to tour the team’s facilities and present a check for $45,000...8/14