Thursday, November 6, 2014
ORNL in the News

Spin Dynamics: Computational Model Predicts Superconductivity

(Scientific Computing) Researchers studying iron-based superconductors are combining novel electronic structure algorithms with the high-performance computing power of the Department of Energy’s Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to predict spin dynamics, or the ways electrons orient and correlate their spins in a material...11/4

Microgrid could standardize small, self-sustaining electric grids

(R&D Magazine) When U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researcher Yan Xu talks about “islanding,” or isolating, from the grid, she’s discussing a fundamental benefit of microgrids—small systems powered by renewables and energy storage devices. The benefit is that microgrids can disconnect from larger utility grids and continue to provide power locally....11/4

Mike PaulusORNL Technology Transfer Continues Strong Upward Trend

(Lab Manager) Mike Paulus, director of Technology Transfer, attributes the growth in large part to the Technology Innovation Program, Bridging the Gap and SPARK! These programs helped the lab double the number of licenses for the fiscal years 2012-2014 compared to 2009-2011, and Paulus expects a new initiative, the Invention to Innovation Webinar Series, to help maintain the upward trend...11/3

The Method: Researching Auto Pollution And Protecting Nuclear Plants

(WUOT) Automakers decided to meet fuel economy standards by making new gasoline direct-injected engines. But scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered those engines may be bigger polluters than current motors, generating as much as ten times more particulate matter, or soot. ORNL researcher John Storey talks with WUOT's Chrissy Keuper...10/31

Science and Technology

Great Barrier ReefFuture of Great Barrier Reef divides scientists

(Nature News) The health of the world’s most famous swathe of ocean real estate — the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park — will take centre stage next week as conservationists from around the world head to Sydney, Australia, for a once-in-a-decade meeting on ecosystem management...11/5

Diamond Laser'Direct writing' of diamond patterns from graphite a potential technological leap

(Science Daily) What began as research into a method to strengthen metals has led to the discovery of a new technique that uses a pulsing laser to create synthetic nanodiamond films and patterns from graphite, with potential applications from biosensors to computer chips...11/5

Energy and Science Policy

Energy Department Releases Climate Plans on Fifth Anniversary of President Obama’s Sustainability Initiative

(Breaking Energy) As a part of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Department of Energy released plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change impacts such as flooding, sea level rise, severe weather and temperature extremes...11/4

U.S. Senate science panels will have new leadership in wake of Republican takeover

(Science Magazine) The new Republican majority in the U.S. Senate will mean new chairs of all committees. Although the choices won’t become official until January, here are likely changes atop key committees that affect the U.S. research committee...11/5

DOE

Y-12, UPF and transparency (or lack thereof)

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) There have been increasing calls for the National Nuclear Security Administration and its contractors to be more open and transparent regarding operations at Y-12 and, more specifically, the multibillion-dollar Uranium Processing Facility...11/5

DOE invests further in advanced nuclear reactors

(Penn Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced awards for five companies to lead key nuclear energy research and development projects supporting advanced reactor technologies. These projects will receive $13 million in cost-share agreements to help address significant technical challenges to the design, construction and operation of next generation nuclear reactors...11/3

A Statement from U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Final Synthesis Report

(Energy.gov) “The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s final Synthesis Report reiterates many of the critical takeaways from the last three reports. Leading climate scientists from many countries have restated their conclusion that the atmosphere and ocean have warmed, sea level is rising and the effect of human activity on the climate system is clear..."...11/3

Local and State

Smokies crews still cleaning up mess left after early season snowfall

(WATE) A wintry weekend in Sevier County left a mess in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and crews have been working tirelessly this week to get it all cleaned up. One particularly hard hit place was Laurel Falls Trail...11/5

UT Wins APLU’s Prestigious National Trailblazer Award

(Tennessee Today) UT has won a prestigious national honor for improving its retention and graduation rates. At its meeting this morning in Orlando, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities honored UT with its "Most Visible Progress" Trailblazer award.

WineWine in grocery stores passes; what's next?

(WBIR) Around 80 Tennessee towns, cities, and counties voted on whether to allow wine sales in grocery stores. In our area, it passed in all 22 places where it was on the ballot. Around 80 Tennessee towns, cities, and counties voted on whether to allow wine sales in grocery stores. In our area, it passed in all 22 places where it was on the ballot...11/5