Monday, November 16, 2015
ORNL in the News

Proton-Neutron DistributionsPushing the Boundaries of Atomic Nuclei Research

(Lab Manager) A team of researchers, led by Gaute Hagen of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory that includes two Michigan State University nuclear physicists – Morten Hjorth-Jensen and Witold Nazarewicz – has uncovered some of the mysteries of the nucleus of the atom...11/13

California taps Titan supercomputer to help prepare for the next big quake

(Yahoo Finance) ...One of the biggest challenges facing emergency planners and engineers is a lack of data pertaining to large scale earthquakes...To remedy this problem, a team led by the Southern California Earthquake Center’s Thomas Jordan is using the Titan supercomputer at the Oak Ridge National Library to develop physics-based earthquake simulations...11/12

Wireless ChargerWireless In-Road Charging Under Development At Clemson University

(Inside EVs) Clemson University's International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, ITIC, Toyota, Cisco, Duke Energy and Evatran, developed a stationary wireless power transfer test bed. For the first phase of the project, ICAR uses Toyota electric cars – Scion iQ EV...11/15

Minnesota BogA Minnesota bog could shape climate change predictions

(The St. Cloud Times) GRAND RAPIDS — Welcome to a warmer future. The greeting is centered above the entrance to Plot 17. One of 10 greenhouse glass-encased pods in the Marcell Experimental Forest, Plot 17 is part of a 10-year, $50 million federal project involving 100 scientists and technicians from throughout the U.S. and Canada...11/13

Science and Technology

Social Cost of CarbonSocial cost of carbon emissions in spotlight

(Nature News) Putting a price on the damage caused by the release of a tonne of climate-warming carbon dioxide into the atmosphere is an enormously complex exercise. Yet it’s far from a purely academic issue: in the United States, for example, proposed government regulations must be considered in terms of how their effects on climate change will exact costs on the health and well-being of people living far into the future...11/13

Energy and Science Policy

European Commission appoints top scientists to fill policy advice gap

(Science Magazine/AAAS) Seven scientists, including a Fields medalist and the director of CERN, Europe's premier particle physics lab, have been appointed today to provide the European Commission with policy advice—bringing an end to a year of suspense since the awkward exit of Anne Glover, the first and only chief scientific adviser (CSA) in the commission's history...11/10


U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on the COP21 Climate Conference

(Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) Carnegie hosted an on-the-record armchair conversation with U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and the Atlantic’s Washington Editor at Large Steve Clemons. With only a few weeks remaining until the world community gathers in Paris for COP21, the global climate negotiations, the conversation focused on the current state of low-carbon technologies and how these energy solutions will allow ambitious commitments to reduce carbon pollution...11/13

The Department of Energy Seeks to Improve the Better Buildings Challenge

(Energy Manager Today) The U.S. Department of Energy has unveiled The Standard Energy Efficiency Data (SEED) Collaborative. The initiative is a three-year partnership of selected cities and states that will work using a number of different techniques to improve the DOE’s SEED Platform. The platform, according to, is a one of the tools used in the Better Buildings Challenge...11/13

Y-12 shows its age (good and bad)

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Thursday’s celebration of the newly created Manhattan Project National Historical Park got off to a little bit of a rocky start at Y-12 when a morning power outage on the Oak Ridge plant’s west end threatened to interrupt public tours of historic sites...11/12

Local and State

National Manhattan Park opening expands world's awareness of Oak Ridge's 'Secret City'

(The Oak Ridger) Local and state elected officials joined representatives from the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, U.S. Energy Department and the National Park Service in reflecting on the ingenuity, vision and work ethic of the earliest residents of "The Secret City" during an hour-plus community program held Thursday afternoon in the Oak Ridge High School Auditorium...11/12

FBI chief: Tennessee leads U.S. in crime reporting

(The Tennessean) Tennessee is a national leader in its use of data to track crime, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey. Comey visited the agency's Nashville field office on Elm Hill Pike Friday for the second time, discussing state and national issues the agency grapples with on a regular basis...11/13