Thursday, September 10, 2015
ORNL in the News

Making fuel for exploring space

(PhysOrg) ...ORNL's Radiochemical Engineering Development Center—or REDC for short—is the key to this project, which is being conducted entirely within existing DOE facilities. The 50-year-old REDC was built in conjunction with the HFIR reactor, and its hot cells allow for the processing of extremely hazardous radioactive materials...9/9

Researchers mine information from next-generation subsurface flow simulations

(PhysOrg) ...[James] McClure and his research team are using resources at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, a US Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility located at DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, to improve understanding of transport phenomena in multiphase systems...9/9

Can Manning actually play chess? UT professor shares experience from commercial shoot

(WATE-TV) ...A new promotional video for the University of Tennessee puts the Denver Broncos quarterback and Volunteer legend across the chess board from George Pharr, Director of the University of Tennessee/Oak Ridge National Laboratory Institute for Advanced Materials. The University said the new spot highlights the university as a place where minds meet and exchange ideas...9/9

LandScan 2014 Global Population Database Released by East View

(GeoConnexion) LandScan is developed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the United States Department of Defense.  Annually updated since the year 2000, this represents the 16th version of LandScan...9/8

Science and Technology

Online security braces for quantum revolution

(Nature) It is an inevitability that cryptographers dread: the arrival of powerful quantum computers that can break the security of the Internet. Although these devices are thought to be a decade or more away, researchers are adamant that preparations must begin now...9/8

When the Lights Go Out 

(The Atlantic) Threatened by massive solar storms, terrorists, and climate change, how safe is the U.S. electrical grid, really?...9/8

Energy and Science Policy

Tight Timing: Congress Returns with Only a Few Days to Pass Funding for New Fiscal Year

(AIP) Congress returned to Washington today from its summer recess with few legislative days left to enact a bill to provide federal funding for the new fiscal year that starts on October 1...9/8



CNS, Auburn agree to collaborate in areas ranging from computing to tool development

(Oak Ridge Today) Consolidated Nuclear Security, which operates the Y-12 National Security Complex, recently signed an agreement with Auburn University with the goal of creating collaborations in areas ranging from computing to advanced machine tool development...9/9

Clock ticking on Y-12 contract

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The labor agreement between the Consolidated Nuclear Security and the Atomic Trades and Labor Council at Y-12, which has been extended multiple times, is due to expire on Sept. 28...9/9

Local and State

Almost half of middle school girls in Sept. 12 STEM conference will be from Oak Ridge

(Oak Ridge Today) ...The day-long event will include hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, led by women scientists...9/9

Baker Center Becomes Diplomacy Lab Partner with US Department of State

(Tennessee Today) The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy has been selected as a partner in the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomacy Lab program, which harnesses the knowledge of students and faculty at universities across the country to study issues of worldwide importance...9/9

UT now ranked 47th in 2016 U.S. News and World Report Rankings

(WVLT-TV) Improvements in graduation rates helped pave the way for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s three-spot rise in U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 undergraduate rankings released today. UT is now ranked 47th among all public universities, up from 50th last year...9/9