Monday, October 9, 2017
ORNL in the News

Plutonium 238 PelletNASA's future missions to Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and beyond may hit a nuclear roadblock within the next decade

(Business Insider) ... To forge 3.3 pounds of plutonium a year, the DOE has had to assemble a Rube Goldberg machine out of three facilities spread around the country. In brief, the process goes like this: Neptunium-237 (another Cold War-era byproduct, and the key starter material to make Pu-238) is shipped from Idaho National Laboratory to Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. At ORNL, it's formed into reactor-ready targets...10/6

ORNL develops prototype device to alert drivers of vehicle cyberattacks

(Green Car Congress) Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have built a prototype plug-in device designed to alert drivers (or autonomous vehicles) of vehicle cyberattacks...10/6

Ultrafast AFM delivered

(Microscopy and Analysis) US-based Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have developed a technique for making ultrafast measurements using atomic force microscopy, which previously could only investigate slow or static material structures and functions...10/6

An author’s perspective: Gary Van Berkel on immediate drop on demand technology coupled with mass spectrometry

(Bioanalysis Zone) In this interview, we talk to Gary J. Van Berkel, PhD Distinguished Scientist and Group Leader part of the Mass Spectrometry and Laser Spectroscopy Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (TN, USA). He discusses his career, emerging technologies and immediate drop on demand technology coupled with mass spectrometry as a focus for his recent work...[n.d.]

Nuclear StructuresConnecting the Dots

(Newswise) The Big Bang began the formation and organization of the matter that makes up ourselves and our world. Nearly 14 billion years later, nuclear physicists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and their partners are using America’s most powerful supercomputers to characterize the behavior of objects, from subatomic neutrons to neutron stars, that differ dramatically in size yet are closely connected by physics...10/6

Science and Technology

Fake IslandWhy fake islands might be a real boon for science

(Nature News) The view is unbeatable. To the right, steep volcanic mountains, draped in green, rise up from a beachside coconut grove. To the left, the Pacific Ocean glitters turquoise under the midday sun...10/4

DNA barcoding technology helping monitor health of all-important boreal forest

(Science Daily) The Boreal forest is essential to Canada and the world, storing carbon, purifying water and air and regulating climate. But keeping tabs on the health of this vulnerable biome has proven to be a painstaking and time-consuming undertaking -- until now...10/6

Energy and Science Policy

Courts Thwart Administration’s Effort to Rescind Obama-Era Environmental Regulations

(The New York Times) The rapid-fire push by the Trump administration to wipe out significant chunks of the Obama environmental legacy is running into a not-so-minor complication: Judges keep ruling that the Trump team is violating federal law...10/6

Funding Science in the Trump Era

(Lab Manager) Who will step up to help Andrew Lamar Alexander, Jr., stop the bleeding? The senior U.S. senator from his native Tennessee, Alexander is a consummate political professional and champion for science, an uncommon skill set among members of the 115th Congress...10/9


Energy's Perry having blast running agency he vowed to kill

(Montreal Gazette) But since becoming President Donald Trump's energy secretary, Perry has kept a low profile and rarely has been seen publicly around Washington. Comedian Hasan Minhaj joked at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner that Perry must be "sitting in a room full of plutonium waiting to become Spider-Man. That's just my hunch."...10/5

PPPL completes shipment of electrical components to power site for ITER, the international fusion experiment

(Press Release Point) The arrival of six truckloads of electrical supplies at a warehouse for the international ITER fusion experiment on Oct. 2 brings to a successful conclusion a massive project that will provide 120 megawatts of power — enough to light up a small city — to the 445-acre ITER site in France...105

The Clever Machinations Of Livermore’s Sierra Supercomputer

(The NEXT Platform) The potent combination of powerful CPUs, floating point laden GPU accelerators, and fast InfiniBand networking are coming to market and reshaping the upper echelons of supercomputing. ...10/5

U.S. DOE Awards Multi-Institution Grants for Nuclear Physics Computing

(HPC Wire) Three nuclear physics research projects involving Michigan State University researchers have won grants from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC). The five-year awards are part of the Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC4) program supported by the DOE-SC Offices of Nuclear Physics and Advanced Scientific Computing Research...10/6

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette Kicks Off Solar Decathlon 2017

(“The Solar Decathlon inspires and challenges college students to think creatively about energy innovation for the future through design,” said Deputy Secretary Brouillette. “Students are actively addressing global energy challenges such as reliability, resiliency, and security by incorporating the use of innovative energy and water efficiency technologies into their professional projects.”10/5

Local and State

IDB approves tax abatement as MCLinc plans to build at Horizon Center

(Oak Ridge Today) A city board on Monday approved a six-year, 50 percent property tax abatement for a company that plans to move from Heritage Center, the former K-25 site, to Horizon Center, a few miles northeast...10/5

Auto Supplier Denso: $1B Investment in Tennessee Plant

(U.S. News & World Report) Automotive supplier Denso announced plans Friday to invest $1 billion and create more than 1,000 new jobs in its main Tennessee facility to meet growing demand for electric vehicle parts...10/6