Thursday, December 11, 2014
ORNL in the News

Red Team, Mason deserve credit for progress on UPF

(Knoxville News Sentinel) [Editorial]...A group of experts called the Red Team, headed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason, recommended the new direction after National Nuclear Security Administration officials determined the cost of the original vision perhaps could triple the initial $6.5 billion estimate....12/11

US lab advocates tyre pyrolysis to supply EV batteries

(Tyrepress) Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are aiming are advocating tyre pyrolysis as a way of recovering carbon black for use as a graphite substitute in lithium-ion batteries...12/10

Science and Technology

Study Gauges Plastic Levels in Oceans

(NY Times) ...A study published Wednesday in the journal PLOS One estimated that 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic, large and small, weighing 269,000 tons, could be found throughout the world’s oceans...12/10

New Aluminum ‘Foam’ Makes Trains Stronger, Lighter, and Safer

(Wired) Americans have long been promised high-speed rail, but to date, we’re still far behind Europe and Asia when it comes to rolling stock. Now, we have one more train technology to envy our brethren across the pond: Trains made of aluminum foam, a material that’s stronger, lighter, and better in a crash than fiberglass or regular old metal...12/11

Energy and Science Policy

FY 2015 Appropriations: National Science Foundation

(AIP) Congress is nearing completion of the FY 2015 appropriations cycle.  The House and Senate are scheduled to complete action on a $1.1trillion bill providing funding through September 30, 2015...12/10

New U.S. spending deal a mixed bag for science

(Science Magazine) NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) appear to be among the winners—relatively speaking—in a spending deal reached Tuesday night by lawmakers in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, with both agencies receiving modest funding boosts...12/9

Recent Reports: Basic Research Funding, Materials R&D

(AIP) ...Early this year the Defense Materials Manufacturing and Infrastructure Standing Committee, acting under the auspices of the National Research Council, convened a two-day workshop to examine “the impact of big data on materials and manufacturing.” ...12/8

DOE

NNSA lauds early site work on UPF

(Knoxville News Sentinel) According to the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Y-12 site preparations for the Uranium Processing Facility are on schedule and under budget, without a recorded accident or injury over the past 500-plus days...12/7

Department of Energy Issues Final $12.5 Billion Advanced Nuclear Energy Loan Guarantee Solicitation

(Energy.gov) Today, the Department of Energy issued the Advanced Nuclear Energy Projects loan guarantee solicitation, which provides as much as $12.5 billion to support innovative nuclear energy projects as a part of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy...12/10

Berkeley lab builds world record tabletop-size particle accelerator

(Gizmag) Taking careful aim with a quadrillion watt laser, researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Lab claim to have managed to speed up subatomic particles to the highest energies ever recorded for a compact accelerator...12/9

Local and State

Y-12 retirees plan benefits protest at DOE Oak Ridge Office on Thursday

(Oak Ridge Today) Retirees from the Y-12 National Security Complex plan to protest changes to their health insurance benefits in Oak Ridge on Thursday. It’s the second protest for the retirees, who object to changes scheduled to go into effect under the new Y-12 contractor, Consolidated Nuclear Security, on January 1...12/11

Tennessee ranks 45th on list of healthiest states

(WBIR-TV) The latest edition of America's Health Rankings are out and the numbers are alarming. The United Health Foundation said the obesity rates across the country has risen nearly 2 percent since 2013...12/10

Workforce Preparedness in Tennessee

(Tennessee Alumnus) Committing to high educational standards and providing advice are two ways UT President Joe DiPietro says business can help the university better prepare graduates for the workforce...12/5