Thursday, December 3, 2015
ORNL in the News

Metallic Glass Research Nets Breakthroughs, Yale Honor for Egami

(Tennessee Today) ...“It’s been around and available for quite some time, but the cost has remained fairly prohibitive because it hasn’t been produced in any significant amount,” said Takeshi Egami, a UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distinguished Scientist and professor of materials science and engineering...12/1

ORNL process could be white lightning to electronics industry

(Lab Manager) A new era of electronics and even quantum devices could be ushered in with the fabrication of a virtually perfect single layer of "white graphene," according to researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...12/1

IG critiques the ORNL steam plant resolution

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General this week issued an audit report that looked at the agency’s resolution of the steam plant problems at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...12/2

Level repulsion in quantum magnets

(PhysOrg) Neutron measurements at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Spallation Neutron Source are giving physicists new insight into the behavior of quantum magnets. A research team led by Young-June Kim from the University of Toronto used neutron spectroscopy to observe a novel type of energy band repulsion in a magnetic insulator...12/2

Belgian Regulators Approve Restart of Flawed Reactors 

(IEEE Spectrum) Belgian nuclear authorities have authorized the restart of two reactors whose steel reactor pressure vessels (RPVs)—which contain the reactors' fissioning cores and primary coolant—are riddled with flaws...An independent structural analysis by Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the United States affirmed the structural integrity of the Tihange 2 and Doel 3 reactors, says Richard Bass, a corporate fellow at ORNL...11/24

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, December 2015  

(EurekAlert) CLIMATE - Electricity usage versus price...MATERIALS - Lead-free electromechanics...PHYSICS - 'Repulsive' quantum magnet...12/2

Science and Technology

Why Finland now leads the world in nuclear waste storage

(Nature) Nuclear-power plants have been around since the 1950s, and provide around 11% of the world’s electricity. But the spent nuclear fuel that they produce is highly radioactive and there are no facilities that can permanently and safely store it...12/2

NASA Uses Lessons From Space To Design An Efficient Building

(NPR) There's a building in Mountain View, Calif., where energy-saving technologies of the future are being tried on for size...12/2

Energy and Science Policy

How Solar and Wind Got So Cheap, So Fast 

(The Atlantic) ...These plunging costs are key to many popular assessments of global warming. When Jonathan Chait, a writer for New York Magazine, declared 2015 the year that humanity “got serious about climate change,” he pegged much of his optimism to technological change...12/2


ArcelorMittal’s Cleveland Ohio Plant Hosts U.S. DOE’s Fan In-Plant Training

(DOE - Better Buildings) On October 19th and 20th, Better Plants partner, ArcelorMittal, hosted its first Fan In-Plant Training at its Cleveland plant. Over the course of two days, a team of 20 ArcelorMittal staff, and representatives from Dow Chemical Company and Owens Corning, dug into fan energy efficiency opportunities...11/30

DNFSB raises emergency-management concerns at Pantex

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, in a Nov. 24 letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, outlined multiple concerns with emergency management at the Pantex nuclear weapons plant and identified steps to be taken in the official Recommendation 2015-1, which builds upon earlier correspondence addressing the need for improvements in the nuclear weapons complex...12/2

CNS, ATLC reach tentative agreement

(ORNL Today) On Monday, negotiation teams from Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC and the Atomic Trades and Labor Council reached tentative agreement on a new five-year labor agreement for work at the Y-12 National Security Complex. The tentative agreement will go to ATLC members for a ratification vote on Thursday, December 3...12/2

Department of Energy Selects UT to Develop Cutting-Edge Classes

(Tennessee Today) The US Department of Energy gave a major boost to UT and Virginia Tech recently when it selected those two institutions to receive almost $6 million in combined funding for the development of postgraduate courses and studies in power electronics...11/30

Local and State

Murals on electrical utility boxes across Oak Ridge

(Oak Ridger) The Manhattan Project National Historical Park is here. Can you feel the excitement? Word is getting around. People are coming here looking for it...12/1

TVA temporarily closes Chickamauga lock

(Times Free Press) The navigation lock at the Chickamauga Dam is closed as the Tennessee Valley Authority manages water levels in the face of heavy rain that has blanketed the area since Sunday...12/2