Monday, November 6, 2017
ORNL in the News

ORNL provides building data that helps hurricane response

(Oak Ridge Today) Geospatial scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new computing technique to quickly gather data about building structures to help emergency response teams assessing properties that were damaged by hurricanes Harvey and Irma in August and September...11/3

Trump pick for TVA would restore East Tennessee voice

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) President Trump’s nomination of Jeff Smith, who lives in West Knox County and works in Oak Ridge, to the TVA board of directors was predicted five months ago in this column. It was a poorly kept secret...11/6

Stranger Things at Oak Ridge National Lab?

(WATE TV) Fans of “Stranger Things” have likely binged nearly all of the new second season on Netflix. The science fiction series focuses on a national laboratory that secretly does experiments into the paranormal. There is a national lab in Oak Ridge and scientists there are captivated by the plot...11/2

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, November 2017

(EurekAlert/AAAS) ...Using neutrons produced at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, scientists discovered the molecular mechanism responsible for the flow in a hydrogen-bonding liquid, which has similar characteristics to the molecular motions in organic molecules such as DNA and proteins...11/2

Science and Technology

Energy researcher sues the US National Academy of Sciences for millions of dollars

(Nature News) A scientific dispute about the future of alternative energy has landed in a US court. Mark Jacobson, an environmental and civil engineer at Stanford University in California, has filed a libel lawsuit against the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and a researcher who published a study in the academy's journal that criticized Jacobson's work...11/3


Energy and Science Policy

Former NASA Administrator Mike Griffin Picked for New Defense Research and Engineering Post

(AIP) Mike Griffin has been selected to become the first under secretary of defense for research and engineering since 1986. Griffin was NASA administrator from 2005 to 2009 and has extensive experience in government and private industry...11/3



Report: Chair of nuclear safety board proposes eliminating it

(Oak Ridge Today) The chairman of a nuclear safety board that provides recommendations and advice on public health and safety issues at certain federal facilities, including two in Oak Ridge, has proposed eliminating the board, according to an investigative news organization in Washington, D.C...11/2

ARPA-E DronesHow ARPA-E Tech Helped Detect Hurricane Harvey’s Hidden Hazards

( Images of flooded freeways, entire neighborhoods underwater, and mountains of debris painted a vivid picture of the extent of the devastation. But not all impacts of the storm could be seen with the naked eye. Buried underground, natural gas pipelines threatened by Harvey posed a difficult — and potentially deadly — challenge during the recovery...11/3

Department of Energy Announces Five New Projects Through BIRD Energy Partnership with Israel

( Today, The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in partnership with Israel’s Ministry of Energy (MOE) and the Israel Innovation Authority announced $4.8 million for five newly selected energy projects as part of the Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy program...11/2

Local and State

TVA revises plan for ash pond closure at Bull Run

(The Oak Ridger) The Tennessee Valley Authority is changing its wastewater treatment at its Bull Run Fossil Plant in the Claxton community as part of the final stages of an overall plan to move from wet to dry storage of coal ash at the plant.