Thursday, October 30, 2014
ORNL in the News

ORNL technology transfer continues strong upward trend

(PhysOrg) New methods are improving connections between private businesses and technology from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, with 101 licenses and options executed during the last three years...10/29

Scientists use supercomputers to search for innovative answers to rare-earth supply needs

(PhysOrg) ...A team led by Ames Laboratory senior scientist Bruce Harmon - who recently retired - has been given up to 45 million core hours on Titan to look at multi-element materials. With its 27 petaflops (27,000 trillion calculations per second) processing power, Titan is able to examine the interactions of hundreds of thousands of atoms in three- and even four-element compounds...10/29

Another setback at Spallation Neutron Source

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Another target vessel has apparently failed at the Spallation Neutron Source, forcing the shutdown of systems only a week after they’d been restarted following two other problems. The SNS will be down for at least 2 1/2 weeks, once again requiring experiments to be rescheduled...10/28

3D Prints World's Best Inverter

(EE Times) Three-dimensional printers were once a toy, then a curiosity, and now they've become a serious prototyping tool. Oak Ridge National Laboratories in Knoxville, Tenn., firmly believes that 3D printers will eventually become assembly-line manufacturing tools, and it's building a portfolio of intellectual property (IP) to have them ready when that time comes...10/29

Science and Technology

Reversing Course on Beavers

(New York Times) Once routinely trapped and shot as varmints, their dams obliterated by dynamite and bulldozers, beavers are getting new respect these days. Across the West, they are being welcomed into the landscape as a defense against the withering effects of a warmer and drier climate...10/29

Calculating encryption schemes' theoretical security guarantees eases comparison, improvement

(PhysOrg) Most modern cryptographic schemes rely on computational complexity for their security. In principle, they can be cracked, but that would take a prohibitively long time, even with enormous computational resources...10/30

Energy and Science Policy

Holt Seeks Support from House Colleagues on New Funding for Prospective STEM Teachers

(AIP) Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) has asked his colleagues in the House of Representatives to support greater flexibility in how states could utilize Department of Education funding to encourage and support prospective STEM teachers...10/28

NSF Merit Review Process

(AIP) Earlier this month the National Science Foundation released a sixteen-page compilation of statistics about its merit review process that will be of great interest to researchers...10/24




No word on ORAU’s contract

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge Associated Universities is late in the 9th year of its contract to manage the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. How long this long-term relationship will last is uncertain at this point...10/27

NNSA achieves 50 percent production for W76-1 units

(Oak Ridge Today) The National Nuclear Security Administration said last week that it had reached the halfway point in the production phase of the W76-1 warhead Life Extension Program, or LEP...10/29

Energy Department Announces New Lab Program to Accelerate Commercialization of Clean Energy Technologies

( ...Lab-Corps aims to better train and empower national lab researchers to successfully transition their discoveries into high-impact, real world technologies in the private sector...10/29                    

Local and State

Up to 14 inches of snow possible at the highest Tennessee peaks this weekend

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for portions of the region for Friday night into Saturday with up to 14 inches of snow expected at the highest elevations of the Tennessee mountains...10/30

Intel Selects Innovative Computing Laboratory as Computing Center

(Tennessee Today) UT’s Innovative Computing Laboratory received even more acclaim recently as software giant Intel named it the latest Intel Parallel Computing Center...10/29

Body Farm researcher to be honored in Hodges Library

(The Daily Beacon) Bill Bass, a former UT professor of anthropology and founder of UT's Forensic Anthropology Center, will be honored in a reception hosted by Hodges Library Friday evening to celebrate an addition to the special collection at UT, the Dr. William M. Bass III Collection...10/30