Thursday, December 4, 2014
ORNL in the News

Vertimass Receives Up to $2 Million Grant From U.S. Department of Energy to Convert Ethanol Into Jet Fuel, Diesel Fuel, and Gasoline

(Yahoo Finance) ...With an exclusive world-wide license with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), an innovative developer of patented catalyst technology, Vertimass seeks to expand the ethanol gas market, while creating an outlet for the use of ethanol as a precursor to the diesel and jet fuel markets. The blend-stocks produced with this catalyst technology are anticipated to fall under the Renewable Fuel Standard at the same level as the ethanol used as feedstock....12/1

Chemical SpongeNew chemical sponge has potential to lessen the carbon footprint of oil industry

(PhysOrg) Professor Martin Schröder and Dr Sihai Yang from The University of Nottingham have led a multi-disciplinary team of scientists from Nottingham, the Science and Technology Facilities Council's (STFC) ISIS Neutron Facility, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Diamond Light Source, to discover a porous material that works like a chemical sponge...12/4

Science and Technology

UN warning as 2014 is set to be hottest year on record

(The Independent) The global figures come in estimates from the UN's World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). If this year's current global trend continues for the next two months, the previous record years of 1998, 2005 and 2010 will be overtaken by a narrow margin...12/4

OrionNASA Launching Orion Spacecraft on Test Flight

(NBC News) NASA's quest to send astronauts out into the solar system begins this week with a two-laps-around-Earth test flight. The new Orion spacecraft is not going to Mars just yet; Thursday's debut will be unmanned and last just 4½ hours...12/4

Energy and Science Policy

Energy Sciences Coalition Urges Congress to Confirm DOE Nominations

(AIP) The Energy Sciences Coalition, a broad based coalition of organizations representing scientists, engineers, and mathematicians in universities, industry and national laboratories, sent a November 25 letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) requesting that the Senate move promptly to confirm Franklin M. (Lynn) Orr, Jr. and Marc Kastner to serve as Under Secretary for Science and Energy and Director of the Office of Science at the Department of Energy (DOE)...12/3



ORNL Reactor PoolDOE will dredge, drain and cover reactor pool

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Department of Energy has decided to move ahead with removal of most of the radioactive contents in the leaking reactor pool at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and take steps to secure it safely until full-scale decommissioning takes place...12/3

Cold War radiation exposure results in $800 million in federal payments

(The Stars and Stripes) More than 8,000 current or former workers of the Department of Energy nuclear site in Aiken, S.C., have received at least $800 million in federal compensation and paid medical expenses for job-related illnesses, Labor Department data show...12/2

UPF Design

New design for UPF touted, but questions remain on cost, schedule

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) A revised strategy appears to have rebuilt confidence in the Uranium Processing Facility, at least among those closest to the multibillion-dollar project, although some details of the government plans to move forward on UPF have yet to made public and there are still plenty of questions...12/2

Local and State

TVA shifts focus on Oak Ridge nuclear reactor

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) A key partner may have throttled back on its part of the project, but the Tennessee Valley Authority plans to move ahead on plans to develop an Oak Ridge site for a small nuclear reactor...12/4

EbolaEbola vaccine trial begins in Knoxville

(WVLT) Ebola killed nearly six thousand people in Africa and caused great concern when it infected four and killed one in the US. Recent trial tests at Walter Reed hospital in Washington, D.C., showed a vaccine proven to increase Ebola antibodies worked. Now researchers want to test a "watered down" version with a lower dose of that vaccine right here in Knoxville...12/3