Monday, October 10, 2016
ORNL in the News

Minnesota bogs offer ecosystem lessons for researchers

(Scenic Range News Forum) Peatland does not look like much to the untrained eye, but the bogs of northern Minnesota are home to a rich diversity of plant life - sphagnum moss, and black spruce flourish here. Even more importantly, our humble bogs are a keystone ecosystem in the global warming equation.  Because of that, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory has come to the Marcell Experimental Forest in Balsam Township and about 25 miles north of Grand Rapids...10/9

SNS accelerator celebrates 10 years of leading the way

(PhysOrg) The first of its kind superconducting linear particle accelerator (LINAC) built for the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory is now celebrating 10 years of successful operations...10/6

Making light work

(AMS) Strong, stiff and light, these properties make composites a compelling proposition for the manufacture of tooling and production aids...The 5.3m long, 1.7m wide, 0.5m high tool was printed in 30 hours using carbon fibre-reinforced acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and it will be tested by Boeing in the building of its 777X passenger jet...10/6

Science and Technology

World leaders discuss ban of climate-busting refrigerants

(Nature) After being directed for almost 30 years at substances that destroy ozone, the Montreal Protocol will for the first time target a group of greenhouse gases...10/10

Physicists just created the world's first time crystal

(Science Alert) Just last month, physicists made the best case yet for why time crystals - hypothetical structures that have movement without energy - could technically exist as physical objects...10/7


Energy and Science Policy

UN Report Promotes Science as Key to Sustainable Development and Sound Decision-Making

(AIP) ...“Science, technology, and innovation can be a game-changer in dealing with nearly all the most pressing global challenges…alleviating poverty, creating jobs, reducing inequalities, increasing incomes, and enhancing health and well-being,” reads the opening paragraph of a report the U.N. Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)...10/7


DOE Monitoring Energy Infrastructure, Responds as Hurricane Matthew Hits Florida

( As Hurricane Matthew bears down on Florida, the Energy Department (DOE) is monitoring energy infrastructure and coordinating responses across the federal community, state and local governments, and with partners in industry...10/6

Scientists rev up speed of bionic enzyme reactions

(EurekAlert) Bionic enzymes got a needed boost in speed thanks to new research at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)...10/6

Local and State

Medical isotope company plans to build manufacturing facility in Oak Ridge

(Oak Ridge Today) ...the company announced Wednesday that it will instead build its facility in Oak Ridge, lured by a gift of 170 acres from the U.S. Department of Energy and the opportunity to work with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a DOE lab...10/9