Monday, October 13, 2014
ORNL in the News

Biochemical SwitchInner workings of powerful biochemical switch revealed

(Science Daily) Using X-rays and neutron beams, a new study has revealed the inner workings of a master switch that regulates basic cellular functions, but that also, when mutated, contributes to cancer, cardiovascular disease and other deadly disorders...The study, published in the Oct. 10 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry as its paper of the week, is a collaboration among researchers at the U of U, University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee...10/10

ORNL home to Titan ... and Tiny Titan

(The Oak Ridger) At more than 18,000 cores, with each core equal to a modern desktop computer, the Titan is not only the second fastest computer in the world, it is extremely difficult for even the most educated people to understand. Enter the Tiny Titan...10/10

wireless charging unitOak Ridge Scientists Demo Wireless Vehicle Charging with 85% Efficiency

(Executive Gov) Scientists at the Energy Department's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have showcased a wireless charging unit that the lab says works at an 85-percent efficiency rate...10/10

America Makes adds leading national security members

(Bloomberg Business Week) ...Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the National Security Campus are all now members of America Makes, the National Manufacturing Innovation Institute that is driven by the Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining...10/10

Science and Technology

Methane MapSpace-based methane maps find largest U.S. signal in Southwest

(Science Daily) An unexpectedly high amount of the climate-changing gas methane, the main component of natural gas, is escaping from the Four Corners region in the US Southwest, according to a new study...10/9

Energy and Science Policy

Science en MarcheEuropean scientists ask governments to boost basic research

(Science Magazine) The economies of Germany and Greece may have little in common. But scientists in those two countries—and across Europe—believe that their national science systems are facing similar assaults from what they view as wrong-headed government policies...10/10


Three MIT-led research teams win 2014 Department of Energy NEUP awards

(MIT News) Three MIT-led research teams have won awards from the Department of Energy's Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) initiative to support research and development on the next generation of nuclear technologies...10/10

DOE contractor says cost savings mean more cleanup gets done

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) UCOR President Ken Rueter said the company has saved the government almost $100 million over the first three-plus years of its Oak Ridge cleanup contract and expects to double those savings by the time the contract expires in 2020...10/12

Local and State

UT ArboretumUT Arboretum begins construction on auditorium

(Oak Ridge Today) Construction work has started on the auditorium at the University of Tennessee Arboretum in Oak Ridge. The auditorium will complement the existing outdoor pavilion, but it will be a stand-alone facility capable of accommodating gatherings of up to 120 people, said Kevin Hoyt, director of the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center and UT Arboretum...10/10

Study shows growth in Tenn. tourism

(WATE) A new study says tourism spending in Tennessee last year grew at twice the overall inflation rate. The Chattanooga Times Free-Press says the U.S. Travel study shows tourism spending helps support about one of every 20 jobs in Tennessee...10/11

Expert: New exhibits needed at Oak Ridge museum

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Updated exhibits, many of them interactive, are vitally needed to re-energize the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge and lure more visitors, the director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum said Thursday...10/10

Jeffrey MoerschProfessor Part of NASA Team Preparing for 2020 Mars Mission

(Tennessee Today) Over the next five years, Jeffrey Moersch will be traveling to faraway places—from the Arctic to the Chilean desert—in a quest to learn more about a place even farther away—Mars...10/10