Thursday, November 9, 2017
ORNL in the News

'Stranger Things': ORNL nuclear physicist Kelly Chipps talks fiction vs. reality

(Knoxville News Sentinel) "There's a long history in popular culture of associating secrecy with the diabolical or the paranormal, and secret labs certainly fall into that category," said Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientist Kelly Chipps.
She's a big fan of the show, "Stranger Things."...11/6

Two Research Teams Receive $10.5M to Advance Quantum Computing for Science

(Scientific Computing) DOE's Office of Science has awarded two research teams, each headed by a member of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Quantum Information Science Group, more than $10 million over five years to both assess the feasibility of quantum architectures in addressing big science problems and to develop algorithms capable of harnessing the massive power predicted of quantum computing systems...11/8

Research Reveals the Potential of “Oxygen Sponge” to Function as “Hydrogen Sponge”

(Azo Materials) Researchers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and their colleagues have unearthed the fact that an “oxygen sponge”—a reliable catalyst, used in vehicle exhaust systems, with the ability to extract oxygen from air and store it for future use in oxidation reactions—can also be used as a “hydrogen sponge.”...11/8

Using neutrons to study how resistant bacteria evolve

(PhysOrg) The discovery of penicillin almost 90 years ago ushered in the age of modern antibiotics, but the growth of antibiotic resistance means bacterial infections like pneumonia and tuberculosis are becoming more difficult to treat...Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are conducting a series of experiments at ORNL's Spallation Neutron Source to make sense of this phenomenon...11/7

Science and Technology

Dark-matter hunt fails to find the elusive particles

(Nature) Physicists are growing ever more frustrated in their hunt for dark matter — the massive but hard-to-detect substance that is thought to comprise 85% of the material Universe...11/8

Energy and Science Policy

NSF Selects Astrophysicist Anne Kinney to Lead Math and Physical Sciences Directorate

(AIP) The National Science Foundation has chosen Anne Kinney, currently chief scientist of the Keck Observatory, to lead NSF’s Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate...11/8

DOE

First-ever U.S. experiments at new x-ray facility may lead to better explosive modeling

(Huffington Post) For the first time in the U.S., time-resolved small-angle x-ray scattering (TRSAXS) is used to observe ultra-fast carbon clustering and graphite and nanodiamond production in the insensitive explosive Plastic Bonded Explosive (PBX) 9502, potentially leading to better computer models of explosive performance...11/8

DOE names Jay Mullis as new cleanup manager in Oak Ridge

(Oak Ridger) He’s been the acting manager, and on Wednesday, Jay Mullis was named manager of the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management. That’s the office that oversees federal cleanup projects at East Tennessee Technology Park, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Y-12 National Security Complex...11/8

AbbVie’s North Chicago Facility Receives DOE 50001 Ready In-Plant Training to Assist in Adoption of the ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard

(Better Buildings) ...In-Plant Trainings (INPLT) are 3- to 4-day workshops that train participants on how to identify, implement, and replicate energy-saving projects...11/3

Local and State

Tennessee has risen sharply in New Economy Index

(Venture Nashville) Tennessee scores big in some categories of the 2017 New Economy Index released today, rising 8 points to 32d among U.S. states overall, according to the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan think tank...11/6