Thursday, October 9, 2014
ORNL in the News

MesoCoat Receives Two Grants to Develop CermaClad Arc Lamp Applications

(Digital Journal) Abakan Inc., an emerging leader in the advanced coatings and metal formulations markets, today announced that its subsidiary, MesoCoat, Inc., along with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, have been awarded $1 Million by the Department of Energy to develop a process to join dissimilar metal alloys...10/6

Atom-scale semiconducting composites

(Before It's News) A little change in temperature makes a big difference for growing a new generation of hybrid atomic-layer structures, according to scientists at Rice University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Vanderbilt University and Pennsylvania State University...10/8

Researchers find isolated Pd atoms efficient low-temperature catalysts to convert CO in automotive exhaust

(Green Car Congress) Researchers have found that isolated palladium atoms on γ-alumina supports along with a small amount of lanthanum oxide can efficiently turn the carbon monoxide in automotive exhaust into carbon dioxide at temperatures as low as 40 ˚Celsius, potentially reducing toxins emitted by vehicle exhaust...10/8

Science and Technology

Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Improving Microscopes

(NY Times) Three scientists, two American and one German, have received this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry for, in effect, circumventing a basic law of physics and enabling optical microscopes to peer at the tiniest structures within living cells...10/8

The Quest To Harness Wind Energy At 2,000 Feet

(Popular Science) High-altitude wind contains enough energy to power the planet. A Boston start-up wants to be the first to bring it down to Earth...10/6

Energy and Science Policy

US initiates prototype system to gauge national marine biodiversity

(PhysOrg) The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA are funding three demonstration projects that will lay the foundation for the first national network to monitor marine biodiversity at scales ranging from microbes to whales. The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management also plans to contribute...10/7

DOE

Y-12’s Building 9206: Dealing with legacy uranium

(Knoxville News Sentinel) While preparing for future missions, Y-12 is also undergoing site-wide assessments of its legacy facilities — perhaps in greater detail than decades past, and one of the sites getting special attention regarding uranium risks is Building 9206...10/5

DOE issues final RFP for Paducah support contract valued at more than $100M

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy today released its final Request for Proposals for the infrastructure support services contract at the Paducah (Ky.) Gaseous Diffusion Plant. The total estimated value is between $100 million and $180 million, according to DOE, which said the contract will have a three-year base period, with a 22-month option...10/6

ORISE receives DOE Legacy of Stars safety, health award

(Oak Ridge Today) ...This is the third consecutive time ORISE has received the prestigious designation and only one of 10 such awards granted nationwide in 2014, a press release said. ORISE first achieved this designation in 2008...10/7

Local and State

New Norris House Lands National Research Award

(Tennessee Today) The New Norris House, a sustainable home and landscape designed by UT students and faculty has earned a national Honor Award for Research from the American Society of Landscape Architects...10/8

TVA takes steps to avoid Fukushima problems with new reactor

(WBIR-TV) After years of delays, construction and testing of the country's first nuclear reactor in nearly two decades is well underway in East Tennessee. Part of the project includes implementing lessons learned from the Fukushima disaster in Japan...10/8