Thursday, November 19, 2015
ORNL in the News

Four ORNL researchers elected fellows of American Physical Society

(EurekAlert)  Jaime Fernandez-Baca, Sergei Kalinin, Mark Lumsden and Thomas Maier were selected for the honor by the APS Council of Representatives. They will be formally recognized at the APS's March meeting...11/18

ORNL's Titan retains No. 2 world ranking 

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The latest biannual Top500 rankings of the world’s fastest supercomputers has been released, with China’s Tianhe-2 still on top of the list — for the sixth consecutive time — and Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Titan (a Cray XK7 system) retaining the No. 2 slot...11/17

Tracking freight flows

(PhysOrg) A new freight database developed with assistance from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory will help transportation officials improve highways, railroads and other trade routes across the country...11/18

ORNL may receive hot nuke fuel for research

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason confirmed Tuesday that a proposal under review could bring spent nuclear fuel from a Virginia reactor to the lab for analysis and research...11/17

ORNL researchers win six R&D 100 Awards

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory were associated with six projects that received R&D 100 Awards, which recognize the year’s top new technologies and science innovations. Since R&D Magazine began the program in 1963, the Oak Ridge lab has received 193 of the awards...11/16

Science and Technology

Estimates of Undiscovered Copper in Middle East Ten Times Current World Production 

(USGS Newsroom) More than 180 million metric tons of undiscovered copper resources may be found in an area of the Middle East that covers Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, western Pakistan and southwestern Afghanistan, according to a recent assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey...11/18

Energy and Science Policy

U.S. and Cuba Sign Environmental Pact

(NY Times) The United States and Cuba on Wednesday signed an agreement to join forces and protect the vast array of fish and corals they share as countries separated by just 90 miles...11/18

NIH to end all support for chimpanzee research

(Science Magazine) The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is effectively ending its support for invasive research on chimpanzees. Agency head Francis Collins says that a colony of 50 chimps it had planned to keep in reserve for research—after retiring the rest—is no longer needed...11/18

DOE

General Aluminum Company Hosts Process Heating In-Plant Training to Deal with Natural Gas Shortage

(Better Buildings) In October, General Aluminum and the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Plants program hosted a four day In-Plant Training (INPLT) event at a Conneaut Plant in Ohio. The INPLT focused on the plant’s natural gas consuming consumption as the Conneaut area is experiencing a natural gas shortage...11/9

6 Charts that Will Make You Optimistic About America’s Clean Energy Future 

(Energy.gov) ...the Energy Department released a new report called “Revolution… Now,” which details five booming clean energy technologies -- plus a few other promising pieces of clean tech that will be key to solving major problems, like climate change...11/13

Local and State

UT-Led Research Benefiting Alternate Fuels, Materials

(Tennessee Today) As interest in biofuels has surged in recent years, the question about how to best handle lignin—a material found in the cell walls of plants that is a byproduct of biofuel production—has become a primary concern. Thanks to ongoing research being led in part by Art Ragauskas, UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Biorefining, an answer to that problem could be just over the horizon...11/18

TVA refuels Sequoyah Nuclear Plant Unit 2 after 18-month run

(Times Free-Press) After generating more than 13.6 billion kilowatt hours of electricity over the past 18 months, the Tennessee Valley Authority's Sequoyah Nuclear Plant Unit 2 began a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage over the weekend...11/18