Monday, August 21, 2017
ORNL in the News

ORNL-led team uses carbon material derived from tire waste to convert used cooking oil to biofuel

(Green Car Congress) Using a novel, reusable carbon material derived from old rubber tires, an Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)-led research team has developed a simple method to convert used cooking oil into biofuel...8/21

Southern Research To Play Key Role In Low Cost Carbon Fiber Project

(Telemundo) The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) recently announced that Western Research Institute (WRI) was selected for an award with DOE funding of $3,745,413 to develop low cost carbon fiber components...Team members working on the project led by WRI are Ramaco Carbon LLC, Oak Ridge National Laboratory...8/17

Tennessee site marks milestone with shipment to US nuke dump

(WIAT TV) A processing center for radioactive waste in Tennessee has made its first shipment in five years to the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository...Dozens of employees gathered earlier this month at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee to watch casks of waste loaded onto a truck for the trip to the repository in southern New Mexico...8/19

How One Energy Department Lab Uses Physics to Boost Cybersecurity

(FedTech) t's drilled into businesses and government agencies alike: encrypt your data. But what if normal encryption is not enough? The Energy Department's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has designed a cybersecurity protocol that uses physics to make it faster and more secure to share and protect encrypted data...8/17

Science and Technology

Solar EclipseEclipse research: Following in the moon's slipstream to capture high-res sunspot images

(Science Daily) While much of the research around the eclipse on Monday will focus on the effects of the Sun's brief, daytime disappearance on Earth and its atmosphere, a group of solar physicists will be leveraging the rare event to capture a better glimpse of the star itself...8/18

Energy and Science Policy

Trump’s first list of science priorities ignores climate—and departs from his own budget request

(Science Magazine/AAAS) ...The White House today issued a four-page memo telling federal agencies that their research dollars should be focused on delivering short-term dividends in strengthening national defense and border security, the economy, and “energy dominance,” as well as improving public health...8/17

DOE

Tennessee duo replicates 1976 'Atomic Man' incident

(The San Francisco Chronicle) A postgraduate student intern and an Oak Ridge Associated University researcher teamed up to replicate the 1976 McCluskey Room Incident, in which a chemical worker now known as "the Atomic Man," survived the highest known exposure to the radioactive isotope Americium-241 at Hanford Plutonium Finishing Plant in Washington...8/20

Powerful Laser Lets Scientists Study What the Inside of Planets Are Like

(Popular Mechanics) Scientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, based out of Stanford in California, have a powerful optical laser system that creates shockwaves. These shockwaves are supposed to create high-pressure conditions similar to ones found in other planets. That laser just got three times more powerful...8/18

Ostrowski, Long Garner Early Career Awards from Department of Energy

(Tennessee Today) The US Department of Energy's Office of Science recently picked two UT assistant professors for its Early Career Research Program. Industrial and systems engineering's James Ostrowski was selected for his research into complex algorithms, while chemistry's Brian Long was chosen for his work on developing membranes for gas separations...8/17

Newly Released Documents Reveal Energy Department Wasting Hundreds of Millions on Flawed Nuclear Technology

(Union of Concerned Scientists) Government documents recently obtained by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request reveal that the Department of Energy (DOE) has spent more than $210 million on an unproven technology that has failed to meet the unrealistic projections the agency used to convince Congress to back the project..8/16

Local and State

TVA Fuel Costs are down

(WGNS Radio) The wholesale cost for September's TVA monthly fuel cost, starting with bills on Sept. 1st, will be at the lowest amount since May 2016. That's good news for consumers of TVA power... but may NOT actually mean bills will go down in September...8/18