Monday, November 17, 2014
ORNL in the News

U.S. to build two new world-class supercomputers

(Science Magazine) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today two major efforts to push supercomputing power well beyond where it is today. DOE will spend $325 million on two extreme-scale computers to be built at national labs in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Livermore, California...11/14

Will the Natural Gas Boom Give EVs a Boost?

(Forbes) Natural gas is better used to generate electricity to power electric vehicles (EVs) than as a direct transportation fuel, according to a new study by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The study, entitled “Well-to-wheel analysis of direct and indirect use of natural gas in passenger vehicles,” rates EVs powered by electricity from natural gas as being more energy efficient...11/13

Vanadium AtomsORNL Researchers Calculate Thermodynamic Forces Driving Transformation of Vanadium Oxide

(AZOM) Researchers from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) of the Department of Energy have made a breakthrough in comprehending vanadium oxide, a typical transition metal oxide, by calculating the thermodynamic forces that cause the transformation...11/12

Accepting the SNS challenge: Lab works to overcome problems, restart experiments

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) These are tough times at the Spallation Neutron Source, which hasn't produced neutrons — its reason for being — on a regular basis since summer. The shutdown has brought important experiments, exploring the very essence of materials and how they behave and interact with other materials, to a standstill...11/15

Science and Technology

Darpa MazeDARPA Will Fund Your Biotech Startup Without Red Tape

(InTheCapital) DARPA wants to help biotech startups skip the red tape around government grants, offering up to $700,000 in funding to with a two-page application. The long and sometimes very complicated process for getting government funding can take the kind of expertise...11/7

Scientists light the way for future electronic devices

(PhysOrg) Researchers from the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton have demonstrated how glass can be manipulated to create electronic devices that will be smaller, faster and consume less power...11/17

Energy and Science Policy

DOE Report Recommends New Approach for Disposal of Defense Nuclear Waste

(AIP) A new report by the Department of Energy (DOE) recommends a strategy for the permanent underground disposal of defense high-level radioactive waste and spent fuel.  Under this plan, waste material from atomic energy defense activities would be placed in a separate mined depository or deep boreholes...11/13

Science adviser role in the new European Commission in limbo

(Science Magazine) Anne Glover's mandate as chief scientific adviser (CSA) to the president of the European Commission ended last month, when the entire commission left office—and it is still unclear how and where the new administration will get scientific advice...11/11

DOE

Energy Department Awards New Contract to Manage and Operate Brookhaven National Laboratory

(Breaking Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a new five-year, $3.2 billion contract to Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) to manage and operate Brookhaven National Laboratory...11/13

After Solyndra Loss, U.S. Energy Loan Program Turning A Profit

(NPR) In 2011, solar panel company Solyndra defaulted on a $535 million loan guaranteed by the Department of Energy. The agency had a few other high-profile bankruptcies, too — electric car company Fisker and solar company Abound among them. But now that loan program has started turning a profit...11/13

U.S. Dept. of Energy Says Price of Gas Will Stay Low in 2015

(ABC News) The U.S. Department of Energy believes the average price of gasoline will be below $3 a gallon in 2015. That could save drivers more than 60 billion dollars. Dominos Pizza workers have been slammed with an uptick in deliveries...11/13

Sandia WorkmenIG: Energy contractor and ex-lawmaker lobbied officials for no-bid contract worth $2.4 billion per year

(Washington Post) A top government contractor managing a key Department of Energy laboratory inappropriately sought help from lawmakers and Obama administration officials to obtain a no-bid contract extension worth $2.4 billion per year, according to a federal review...11/12

Local and State

Smokies set record tourism numbers in October

(WATE) The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is celebrating a record setting October. Rangers say more than one million people hit the trails last month. That is the most in nearly three decades...11/13

Run-down trailerUT Groups Use Research, Heart to Improve Appalachian Region

(Tennessee Today) UT students and professors from various disciplines are working together to make an Appalachian community a safer and healthier place to live—and serve as a model to help other communities like it...11/11