Monday, November 9, 2015
ORNL in the News

Graphite ReactorDOE halts registration for ‘special access’ tours at Y-12, ORNL; revised plan will accommodate overflow demand

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration have closed registration for the Nov. 12 “special access” tours of Y-12 and Oak Ridge National Laboratory after demand far exceeded the original plan to limit the historical tours to 140 people...11/6

ORNL Shows Off Titan on Periscope

(HPC Wire) If you need a reason to join the Periscope craze, how about getting an inside look at the fastest supercomputer in the United States? Today staff at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), the DOE Office of Science user facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) took the Periscope audience on a tour of Titan, the world’s second largest supercomputer, built by Cray...11/5

World's Largest Fusion ReactorThis is the World's Largest Fusion Reactor, and It's About to be Switched On

(TechEBlog) Wendelstein 7-X is the largest fusion device created using the stellarator concept which was the brainchild of physicist Lyman Spitzer. It is planned to operate with up to 30 minutes of continuous plasma discharge, demonstrating an essential feature of a future power plant: continuous operation...A three-lab American consortium (Princeton, Oak Ridge, and Los Alamos) became a partner in the project, paying 7.5 million Euro of the projected total cost of 1.06 billion Euros...11/7

New ORNL Device Combines Power Of Mass Spectrometry, Microscopy

(Photonics Online) A tool that provides world-class microscopy and spatially resolved chemical analysis shows considerable promise for advancing a number of areas of study, including chemical science, pharmaceutical development and disease progression....11/6

Science and Technology

Meet The 13 Scientists Honored For Making Big 'Breakthroughs'

(Huffington Post) More than $21 million in prizes was awarded to scientists at the forefront of fundamental physics, life sciences, and math in the glitzy Breakthrough Prize award ceremony at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday night...11/9

Energy and Science Policy

Obama Administration announces actions to sustain and advance nuclear energy in US

(Green Car Congress) Although overshadowed by the announcement on denial of a Presidential Permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline, on Friday, the Obama administration also on Friday announced and highlighted a number of actions to sustain and advance nuclear energy in the US...11/7

DOE

Soil Sample with MercuryMercury discharges decline at Y-12; much work remains

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Department of Energy says mercury discharges at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant have declined in recent years, due — at least in part — to a Recovery Act-funded project in 2011 that cleaned out and repaired the plant’s storm sewer system...11/5

Feds tap Idaho National Lab in push for advanced reactors

(Miami Herald) The U.S. Department of Energy has selected the Idaho National Laboratory to play a key role in a new initiative intended to lead to the building of new or advanced nuclear reactor designs that can be brought to the commercial market...11/6.

Enriched UraniumThe future of highly enriched uranium

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) In a 48-page report to Congress last month (posted online by the Union of Concerned Scientists), the U.S. Department of Energy laid out its plans for management of tritium and enriched uranium through 2060...11/5

The Particle Physics of You

(Energy.gov) Fourteen billion years ago, when the hot, dense speck that was our universe quickly expanded, all of the matter and antimatter that existed should have annihilated and left us nothing but energy. And yet, a small amount of matter survived...11/6

Local and State

Tennessee gets a D on state integrity report card

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Tennessee scored a D but still ranked 15th among the states in a new nationwide analysis of each state’s laws and practices meant to deter corruption and promote accountability and transparency released Monday by two public-integrity research groups...11/9