Thursday, October 1, 2015
ORNL in the News

Unions reach tentative agreement with ORNL contractor

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Negotiators for UT-Battelle, the Department of Energy’s managing contractor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Atomic Trades Labor Council, which represents 13 unions and about 700 hourly workers at ORNL, today reached a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract...9/29

Evidence of High-Temperature Superconductivity in Single Layer  

(Newswise) Electron microscopy at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is pointing researchers closer to the development of ultra-thin materials that transfer electrons with no resistance at relatively high temperatures...9/30

New Process Makes Scraped Tires Into Supercapacitors

(New Energy and Fuel) An Oak Ridge National Lab team led by Parans Paranthaman has created flexible polymer carbon composite films as electrodes for supercapacitors...10/1

Researchers Use X-ray Reflection Interfacial Microscope to Provide Nanoscale Structural Detail of Calcite 

(AzoNano) A team of physicists and geochemists at Argonne and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have shown that instead of just passively observing surface reactions of minerals, they can use X-rays to create the conditions by which reactions happen while simultaneously observing them...9/26

Cybersecurity company licenses ORNL’s Data Diode 

(Homeland Security News Wire) Data Diode, developed by ORNL’s researchers, uses a defense-in-depth computer network strategy to create an environment in which an organization’s approved users can work freely inside an enclave of protected data but restricts file transfers outside the network...9/30

Science and Technology

Scientists' discovery could have powerful effect on electronics

(PhysOrg) ...Researchers in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, in collaboration with an international team of engineers and scientists, have uncovered a phenomenon that could have major implications for the development of nano-electronic circuits and devices...10/1

MacArthur Genius Grant Winner Makes Waste a Resource

(Scientific American) Environmental engineer Kartik Chandran of Columbia University won a MacArthur Fellowship for his work on extracting nutrients and energy from wastewater and sewage...9/29

Energy and Science Policy

US budget deal averts government shutdown

(Nature) US science agencies can relax — for now. The US Congress approved a temporary budget on 30 September that will fund government operations through mid-December, heading off the threat of a shutdown with just hours to spare...9/30

U.S. and China Announce Major Climate Change Commitments in Lead Up to Paris Conference

(AIP) With the approaching meeting in Paris of the Conference of Parties of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, the U.S. and China announced on Friday substantial bilateral progress in their nations’ growing cooperation to address global climate change...9/29



Small businesses invited to participate in DOE national lab vouchers pilot

(Oak Ridge Today) Small businesses in the clean energy sector are invited to apply for assistance from the U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratories through the department’s new Small Business Vouchers Pilot...9/30

Signing ceremony for Manhattan Project park on Nov. 10 in DC

(Oak Ridge Today) The birthday of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, which includes Oak Ridge, is now set for November 10, 2015...9/30

House Armed Services chairman asks Energy Secretary Moniz to review DOE Order 350.1

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Texas Congressman Mac Thornberry, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has asked the Department of Energy to review DOE Order 350.1 — a policy that restricts the amount of money spent on contractor employee benefits...9/29

Local and State

AT&T touts McMinn fiber networks

(Knoxville News Sentinel) With high-speed broadband Internet service working its way into outlying areas from Chattanooga, service provider AT&T on Thursday designated three McMinn County industrial parks as "fiber ready"...9/30

TVA's Sequoyah reactors have licenses renewed

(AP) The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has renewed operating licenses for both reactors at Tennessee Valley Authority's Sequoyah Nuclear Plant in Soddy-Daisy...9/29

Flipping the switch: Knoxville officials jumpstart first solar-powered building  

(The Daily Beacon) Over 30 years ago, the Knox Central Building housed a three story Sears department store. As of 10 a.m. Monday morning, the local government facility is now home to a slew of solar panels designed to cut utilities across the city in half...9/29