Monday, November 2, 2015
ORNL in the News

New CatalystNew catalyst features unsurpassed selectivity

(ChemEurope) Catalysts that power chemical reactions to produce the nylon used in clothing, cookware, machinery and electronics could get a lift with a new formulation that saves time, energy and natural resources. The catalyst developed by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and highlighted features unprecedented selectivity and a conversion rate nearly twice that of conventional catalysts....11/2

ORNL tires-to-carbon technology licensed to RJ Lee Group

(Green Car Congress) RJ Lee Group has signed an agreement to license an invention developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory that converts waste rubber into a valuable energy storage material...10/31

Chemical complexity promises improved structural alloys for next-gen nuclear energy

(Science Daily) Designing alloys to withstand extreme environments is a fundamental challenge for materials scientists. Energy from radiation can create imperfections in alloys, so researchers in an Energy Frontier Research Center led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are investigating ways to design structural materials that develop fewer, smaller flaws under irradiation....10/30

ORNL Challenge ProgramStudents: Apply for the ORNL Challenge Program

(InsideHPC) Oak Ridge National Laboratory has opened up submissions for their ORNL Challenge Program. Designed to propel the careers of bright young minds in computational science, the challenge program offers college students 10-week paid internships at Oak Ridge National Lab, DOE’s largest multi-program science and energy laboratory...11/1

Researchers Model Birth of Universe in Cosmological Mega Simulation

(Quarks & Quasars) Researchers are sifting through an avalanche of data produced by one of the largest cosmological simulations ever performed, led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory. The simulation, run on the Titan supercomputer at DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, helped model the evolution of the universe from just 50 million years after the Big Bang to the present day—from its earliest infancy to its current adulthood...11/1

Snacks: BioEnergy Science Center passes audit but . . .

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s BioEnergy Science Center, one of three established by the Department of Energy in 2007 to up the effort on biofuel production, recently got a pretty good review by auditors of the DOE Office of Inspector General...10/30

Science and Technology

Low-Fat DietsLow-fat diets have low impact

(Nature News) An analysis of 53 weight-loss studies that included more than 68,000 people has concluded that, despite their popularity, low-fat diets are no more effective than higher-fat diets for long-term weight loss. And overall, neither type of diet works particularly well. A year after their diets started, participants in the 53 studies were, on average, only about 5 kilograms (11 pounds) lighter...10/30

Energy and Science Policy

Give U.S. national labs freer rein, commission urges skeptical senators

(Science Magazine/AAAS) Like a familiar movie, sometimes a predictable congressional hearing can still be enlightening and engaging. That’s one way to view a hearing held Wednesday by a Senate spending panel on how the Department of Energy (DOE) should manage its 17 National Laboratories. For decades, directors of the national labs have grumbled that DOE micromanagement leaves them little leeway to guide their institutions....10/30



Federal oversight reworked at Y-12, Pantex

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) As part of an effort to make operations in the nuclear weapons complex more efficient and less expensive, the National Nuclear Security Administration combined the management contracts at the Y-12 and Pantex plants...11/2

Test Bed Advances Washington State as Hotbed of Energy Innovation

(Newswise) The U.S. Department of Energy is matching a $2.25 million Clean Energy Fund grant from the Washington Department of Commerce to research, develop and demonstrate the technologies needed to create "smart" buildings, campuses and cities to better manage energy usage...10/30

Vampire PowerVampire power: sucking the life, and the savings, out of electronic devices

(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) As households become smarter and appliances more energy efficient, a greater chunk of home energy consumption has quietly emerged in the dead of night...Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California have tried to cast some light on the mysterious standby power consumed by appliances and equipment while they are switched off or not performing their primary function...10/30

Failed Idaho nuclear waste deal snagged on treatment plant

(Tri-City Herald) Federal officials offered to remove twice the amount of high-level nuclear waste they proposed to send for research to an eastern Idaho nuclear facility in a deal with state officials that collapsed amid mounting concerns a nearly $600 million waste-treatment facility might never operate...10/28

Local and State

Fred ThompsonFred Thompson, with larger-than-life persona, dies at 73

(The Tennessean) Fred Thompson, a former U.S. senator from Tennessee, GOP presidential candidate, Watergate attorney and actor who starred on the television drama "Law and Order," died on Sunday in Nashville. He was 73. Mr. Thompson died after a recurrence of lymphoma, according to a prepared statement issued by the Thompson family...11/1

TN Promise LineTN Promise hopefuls face Monday application deadline

(WBIR) High school seniors have until 11:59 p.m. Monday to apply for Tennessee Promise, and officials are staging a late-night effort to help last-minute applicants. Staffers at the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation hotline will be on hand to guide students through the application process until midnight...11/1