Thursday, October 12, 2017
ORNL in the News

ORNL researchers' prototype device enters the race to head off vehicle cyberattacks

(EE World) The potential of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) also comes with the legitimate possibility of network intrusion. As a first step toward developing solutions for protecting vehicles, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently developed a prototype plug-in device designed to alert drivers of vehicle cyberattacks...10/11


Daylight Saving Time 2017: A Guide to the When, Why, What and How

(Live Science) ...Brighter evenings may save on electric lighting, said Stanton Hadley, a senior researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory who helped prepare a report to Congress on extended daylight saving time in 2007...10/11

How using molten salt to cool nuclear reactors is gaining momentum in the Southeast

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Molten salt reactors, a scientific innovation previously passed over by the Department of Energy, are gaining momentum as the next "big thing" in clean energy production...10/10

Gevo, National Labs collaborate to enhance ethanol-to-olefins process

(World of Chemicals) Gevo Inc will be partnering with National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory on a project to fine-tune the composition of the catalyst used in Gevo’s proprietary ethanol-to-olefins (ETO) process...10/12

Science and Technology

California Winds Are Fueling Fires. It May Be Getting Worse

(NY Times) ...The impact of climate change on the winds is uncertain, although some scientists think that global warming may at least be making the winds drier. “That is a pretty key parameter for fire risk,” said Alex Hall, a climate researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles...10/11

IAEA Affirms Japan’s Fukushima-Related Radioactivity Monitoring

(EOS) Laboratories outside Japan have validated the results. Marine radioactivity levels from the nuclear disaster have fallen, but questions remain years after the meltdown...10/11

Energy and Science Policy

Plutonium Supply for Robotic NASA Missions Probed by Science Committee, GAO

(AIP) At a hearing last week, members of the House Science Committee heard testimony about the status of domestic plutonium-238 supplies, an essential fuel for many robotic science missions...10/11

EPA Proposes Repealing Its Own Obama Era Clean Power Plan

(EOS) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency yesterday formally announced its intent to repeal carbon pollution emission guidelines for power plants, which the agency had issued in October 2015 as a signature effort by the Obama administration to fight climate change...10/11


Reps. Fleischmann, Thornberry talk budget plans for defense, nuclear security

(Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., who represents Oak Ridge, and Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, gave an exclusive interview to the Knoxville News Sentinel ahead of their visit to Oak Ridge last week...10/9

Why the DOE Needs Blockchain to Secure the Grid

(Green Tech Media) An increasingly open and transactional grid edge is forcing the U.S. Department of Energy to shore up electricity network defenses with blockchain technology. Last month, the DOE embarked on a multimillion-dollar push “to develop blockchain cybersecurity technology to help secure distributed energy resources at the grid’s edge,”...10/11

How Berkeley Lab Software Helped Lead to the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics

(Berkeley Lab News) On September 14, 2015, LIGO instruments detected gravitational waves for the first time. This detection confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos. This finding also earned Barry Barish and Kip Thorne of Caltech and Rainer Weiss of MIT the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics...10/3

Local and State

See the future home of the K-25 History Center

(Oak Ridge Today) The K-25 History Center is a project of the U.S. Department of Energy and UCOR, DOE’s cleanup contractor in Oak Ridge...The History Center will tell the story of the workers. The Equipment Building will focus on the technology. The Viewing Tower will show visitors the size of the site. All three facilities will be on the south side of the former mile-long, U-shaped K-25 Building...10/6