Thursday, November 12, 2015
ORNL in the News

Researchers use high-performance computing to drive alloy design

(ECN Magazine) ...The ORNL-led project is part of a new initiative from DOE's Vehicle Technologies Office to develop new high-performance alloys...11/11

Mixing an icy cocktail to safely cool hot plasma

(e Science News)...Recent experiments conducted at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility at General Atomics show promise in an innovative approach to controlling unwanted hot spots inside the devices, called tokamaks, which contain energy-producing fusion plasma at temperatures hotter than the Sun's core...11/11

Science Forum to Examine Global Warming Studies

(Tennessee Today) ...Melissa Allen, postdoctoral researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will focus on what we know—and don’t know—about global warming at this week’s Science Forum. She will look at some of the scientific principles and methods used in those studies and talk about what they can tell us about the earth’s future...11/11

 

Science and Technology

Atmospheric Greenhouse Gas Levels Hit Record, Report Says

(New York Times) Global concentrations of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere surpassed 400 parts per million for a monthly average this past spring, breaching a symbolic barrier set by climate scientists and policy makers, according to a report released Monday...11/10

Research team invents efficient shockwave-based process for desalination of water

(PhysOrg) As the availability of clean, potable water becomes an increasingly urgent issue in many parts of the world, researchers are searching for new ways to treat salty, brackish or contaminated water to make it usable...11/12

Energy and Science Policy

NOAA, House Science Committee At Impasse Over Climate Science Documents

(AIP) Citing the confidentiality of deliberative scientific discussions, NOAA is refusing repeated requests from the chairman of the House Science Committee for all internal staff communications related to a major climate science study published this summer that called into question the so-called global warming hiatus and suggested the pace of Earth’s warming is now as swift as ever...11/10

DOE

Federal safety board raises questions on Electrorefining Project at Y-12

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board has raised a number of questions and safety concerns about the Electrorefining Project, which is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s plans to replace the existing uranium recovery processes at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant...11/11

DOE unveils K-25 Virtual Museum

(Knoxville News Sentinel) As part of today’s official establishment of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, the Department of Energy unveiled its K-25 Virtual Museum...11/10

Interior and Energy Departments Formally Establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park

(Energy.gov) U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz signed a memorandum of agreement today establishing the Manhattan Project National Historical Park...11/10

Local and State

Oak Ridge to celebrate new national park on Thursday 

(Oak Ridge Today) ...The Thursday celebration in Oak Ridge starts in the Oak Ridge High School auditorium at 2 p.m. Federal, state, and local officials, including representatives from the National Park Service and U.S. Department of Energy, will participate...11/11