Monday, November 20, 2017
ORNL in the News

Space TornadoesTaking a spin on plasma space tornadoes with NASA observations

(PhysOrg) ...Using large-scale computer simulations of this mixing, performed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, on the Titan supercomputer, and comparing them to observations MMS took while passing through such a region in space, scientists were able to show that the tornadoes were extremely efficient at transporting charged particles — much more so than previously thought...11/18

Prototype plug-in alerts drivers to vehicle cyberattacks

(GCN) Protecting increasingly computerized cars and other vehicles from cyberattacks is harder than you might think.  In fact, according to Bobby Bridges, a research mathematician at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, even detecting an attack takes some demanding data analysis...11/16

AMO Partners Named Energy Sector Finalists for 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30

(EIN Newsdesk) This week Forbes released its list of energy sector finalists for the 2018 30 Under 30, which included four from the Department of Energy’s Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Programs...The Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Programs include Cyclotron Road at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California; Chain Reaction Innovations at Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Illinois; and Innovation Crossroads at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee...[n.d.]

Renaissance of the iron-air battery

(EurekAlert!/AAAS) Iron-air batteries promise a considerably higher energy density than present-day lithium-ion batteries...Scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich are among the driving forces in the renewed research into this concept, which was discovered in the 1970s. Together with American Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), they successfully observed with nanometre precision how deposits form at the iron electrode during operation. ..11/16

Science and Technology

Neutrino DetectorEurope sets priorities for hunting cosmic particles

(Nature News) Neutrinos, dark matter and γ-rays top European physicists’ wish list for the next decade of efforts to catch high-energy particles from space. The priorities are laid out in a roadmap for 2017–26, posted online last month by a group of funding agencies from fourteen European countries, ahead of being officially unveiled in January...11/16

Energy and Science Policy

House committee passes 3 bills to modernize Department of Energy research infrastructure

(Daily Energy Insider) Investments would be made to modernize Department of Energy (DOE) user facilities that support more than 30,000 researchers around the world each year under three bills that a House committee approved on Wednesday. The House Science, Space and Technology Committee approved the Department of Energy Research Infrastructure Act, H.R. 4376, the Accelerating American Leadership in Science Act, H.R. 4377, and the Nuclear Energy Research Infrastructure Act, H.R. 4378....11/17


Council asks UPF project director to postpone removal of trees on top of Pine Ridge

(Oak Ridge Today) A letter unanimously approved by Oak Ridge City Council on Monday asks federal officials to postpone a project to remove trees and other vegetation from the top of Pine Ridge for 161-kilovolt power lines that will provide electricity to a new substation at the Y-12 National Security Complex...11/20

Argonne to Install Comanche System to Explore ARM Technology for HPC

(HPC Wire) The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory is collaborating with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to provide system software expertise and a development ecosystem for a future high-performance computing (HPC) system based on 64-bit ARM processors...11/17

US restarts nuclear testing facility in Idaho after 23 years

(WTNH TV) Federal officials have restarted an eastern Idaho nuclear fuel testing facility amid efforts to boost the nation's nuclear power generating capacity and possibly reduce concerns about nuclear power safety. The U.S. Department of Energy said the facility at the Idaho National Laboratory about 50 miles west of Idaho Falls began operating Tuesday for the first time since it went on standby status in 1994...11/17

Local and State

Tennessee officials keep radioactive waste details from public

(The Tennessean) Ten years ago, when Murfreesboro residents learned the state had approved the dumping of low-level radioactive waste at a local landfill, a fierce community backlash swiftly put an end to the practice. Today, Tennessee citizens have no way to find out how much low-level radioactive waste is going into other landfills...11/20

Despite huge Millington project, Tennessee lagging in solar power

(Memphis Commercial Appeal) By as early as mid-December, construction crews will invade a 420-acre field in Millington and proceed to fill it with 580,000 sun-tracking photovoltaic panels, creating by far the largest solar-energy project in Tennessee...11/17