Monday, November 10, 2014
ORNL in the News

ProtopopescuProtopopescu named ORNL’s Scientist of the Year

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Vladimir A. Protopopescu, a senior research staff member in Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Computational Sciences and Engineering Division, was honored Friday as scientist of the year at the lab’s annual Awards Night at the Knoxville Convention Center...11/7...

For a complete list of awards, please visit the 2014 ORNL Honors and Awards Honorees page.

ORNL Solid-State Battery Test: 90% Of Original Capacity After 10,000 Cycles

(Inside EVs) Researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently presented a high-voltage (5V), long-lasting solid-state battery. According to ORNL, this new cell can achieve an extremely long cycle life of over 10,000 cycles, while retaining more than 90% of its original capacity...11/6

CASLVirtual reactors and things like that

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) ...CASL was the first of the Department of Energy-created Innovation Hubs, now in its fourth year out of a five-year commitment. The consortium — which includes universities and partners from the nuclear industry — reportedly plans to seek an additional five years and will submit a proposal to DOE...11/9

otolithResearchers team up to study Kingston spill restoration efforts

(PhysOrg) ...While snagging a catch can make an angler's dinner, scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are bagging fish for another reason: a fish's ability to act as a permanent ecological record...11/5

Science and Technology

Tsunami ImpactOffshore islands amplify, rather than dissipate, a tsunami's power

(Science Daily) A long-held belief that offshore islands protect the mainland from tsunamis turns out to be the exact opposite of the truth, according to a new study...Instead, islands focused the energy of the tsunami, increasing flooding on the mainland by up to 70 percent...11/7

Energy and Science Policy

White House Report Recommends Nanotechnology Grand Challenges

(AIP) A new report issued by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology urges coordinated federal action to support the development of commercial products based on discoveries from nanotechnology research...11/7

DOE

Oak Ridge TRU waste contractor gets 68.5% of fee

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) In an Oct. 28 letter, the Department of Energy informed Wastren Advantage Inc. (WAI) that it would receive $405,601 in fees for its management of DOE's Transuranic Waste Processing Center in Oak Ridge. The evaluation was for the six-month performance period, Feb. 1, 2014 through July 31, 2014...11/6

Aging nuclear arsenal grows ever more costly

(Los Angeles Times) Pipes, tanks and other equipment rust in the humid Southern air. Leaky roofs leave puddles on factory floors. Abandoned buildings are scattered across an 800-acre site contaminated with hundreds of tons of mercury...11/8

Local and State

Report reveals signs of Tenn. economic growth

(WATE) A new state report reveals signs of economic growth in Tennessee. More new businesses filed paperwork to register with the Secretary of State's office during the third quarter of this year, compared with the previous quarter...11/10

Small earthquake felt on the plateau

(WBIR) ...The USGS reported a 2.5 magnitude earthquake hit just north of the Grimsley community and south of Jamestown at 5:06 a.m. A 10News viewer told us they felt the quake in Burrville...11/8

TVA chief Bill Johnson could earn more than $1M extra

(The Tennessean) The Tennessee Valley Authority's president and CEO could earn more than $1 million extra this year. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the agency's board voted unanimously on Thursday to raise Bill Johnson's salary and performance pay after the 60-year-old attorney met all of TVA's targets for 2014...11/9

Trail of TearsPreserving a path in history: Key piece of the Trail of Tears receives new protection

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) As he walks the trail that leads across almost 400 acres of woodland south of Coker Creek, Tenn., it's not hard for Jim Sirmans to imagine the Appalachian native peoples living and thriving among the hollows and majestic peaks...11/10