Monday, November 27, 2017
ORNL in the News

Metal-binding polymer continues to surprise

(C&EN) ...Chemists have long been developing polymeric materials that selectively absorb uranium, gold, and other valuable metals from seawater...In a new study, Alexander S. Ivanov of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and coworkers report a nuance in this chemistry: poly(amidoxime)s actually bind vanadium ions better than uranium ions...11/27

David WombleORNL names director of artificial intelligence

(Oak Ridge Today) Oak Ridge National Laboratory has hired David Womble, a leader in high-performance computing and former executive at Sandia National Laboratories, to direct its artificial intelligence work...11/22

Long-lived catalytic converter reduces diesel emissions

(PhysOrg) Diesel vehicles today emit fewer pollutants than older vehicles, thanks to a zeolite catalytic converter that was invented around 10 years ago...By observing the catalyst's interior in three dimensions at the nanoscale level, researchers from Utrecht University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in the U.S. have now found the explanation...11/22

A great technical achievement, Molten Salt Reactor could be entombed

(Oak Ridge Today) Former director Alvin Weinberg once called it the greatest technical achievement at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It was inspired by the campaign to build a nuclear-powered aircraft in the 1950s, and it was the first reactor to ever operate using uranium-233...11/26

About half of uranium-233 waste shipped from Building 3019 at ORNL

(Oak Ridge Today) About half of the uranium-233 waste stored in Building 3019 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been shipped to a disposal facility in Nevada. The shipments were completed in August, said Jay Mullis, manager of the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management...11/26

The Future of Cybersecurity Is in High-Speed Quantum Encryption

(Futurism) The advent of functioning quantum computers has been considered to present a threat to today's encryption methods. On the other hand, these quantum systems might hold the key to keeping computers and the internet secure, thanks to quantum cryptography. A team of researchers from Duke University, Ohio State University, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have tackled quantum encryption on a whole new scale...11/26

Science and Technology

Most Popular GenesThe most popular genes in the human genome

(Nature News) Peter Kerpedjiev needed a crash course in genetics. A software engineer with some training in bioinformatics, he was pursuing a PhD and thought it would really help to know some fundamentals of biology. “If I wanted to have an intelligent conversation with someone, what genes do I need to know about?” he wondered...11/22

Energy and Science Policy

Scientific Societies and Higher Education Associations Alarmed at Proposed Tax Changes

(AIP) A chorus of scientific societies and higher education associations has voiced deep concerns about provisions in the House’s tax reform bill that they argue could significantly increase the cost of graduate education...11/22



Kilopower ReactorNASA, Department of Energy testing ‘Kilopower’ space nuclear reactor

(Space Flight Insider) In preparing for possible missions to the Red Planet in the near future, NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) has been given the go-ahead to test a small nuclear reactor that could one day run equipment on the Martian surface...11/26

New Oak Ridge EM manager Jay Mullis outlines cleanup vision

(Oak Ridge Today) EM Update recently spoke with Jay Mullis, the new manager of the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM), about his vision and priorities for the EM program in Oak Ridge...11/24

Local and State

Developers seek another $72M for Tennessee megasite

(San Luis Obispo Tribune) Tennessee economic development officials want the state to pour another $72 million into a sprawling site that failed to land a new auto plant planned by a joint venture of Toyota and Mazda...11/24

ETSU Innovation Lab hosting Technology Roadshow

(The Johnson City Press) The Tri-Cities is one of five locations across the Southeastern U.S. selected to host a Technology Roadshow to introduce individuals and organizations to federally funded sites, like the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee...11/22

Tennessee LogperchTVA biologist, Yale professor find new fish found only in Tennessee

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Behold the Tennessee Logperch. The fish, a darter, can grow to be 6 inches long. It has flattened little splotches on its flanks. That the splotches are flattened is important; those are what first led TVA aquatic biologist Jeff Simmons and Yale professor Tom Near to suspect they had discovered a new fish...11/26

Arkansas, Tennessee officials move to reduce herbicide drift problems

(The Memphis Commercial Appeal) After a season that saw thousands of acres of crops damaged by a drift-prone herbicide, Arkansas has moved to ban certain uses of the weed-killer known as dicamba, while Tennessee officials are considering new restrictions on the product...11/24