Monday, December 12, 2016
ORNL in the News

Quantum Spin LiquidNeutrons Identify Key Ingredients of the Quantum Spin Liquid Recipe

(PhysOrg)...In a paper published in Nature Physics, a team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Tennessee and the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory used neutrons to examine the origins of unusual magnetic behavior in a rare earth-based metal oxide, ytterbium-magnesium-gallium-tetraoxide (YbMgGaO4)...12/10

Using Sensors for Cellular Population Modeling

(Printed Electronics Now) A technology being developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory could be a valuable tool for urban planning, emergency management and understanding where people are and how they move...12/9

Labs Receive Funding for AM Metal Powders

(Industrial Heating) Ames Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been awarded $5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office to improve the production and composition of metal-alloy powders used in additive manufacturing (AM)...12/10

Flotsam and Jetsam'Flotsam & Jetsam' is the World's Largest 3D-Printed Structure

(TrendHunter) 'Flotsam & Jetsam,' a new sculptural installation by SHoP Architects, has set the world record for the largest 3D-printed structure ever created. The sculpture, which was designed by SHoP and realized by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is currently on display at the Design Miami pavilion...12/9

Science and Technology

Natural gas and wind are the lowest-cost generation technologies for much of the U. S.

(Science Daily) Natural gas and wind are the lowest-cost technology options for new electricity generation across much of the U.S. when cost, public health impacts and environmental effects are considered, according to new research released today by The University of Texas at Austin...12/11

Energy and Science Policy

Senate Funds 21st Century Cures Law

(WDEF) The Senate’s vote today to fully fund the government through April and keep national parks open would also fully fund his 21st Century Cures bill for next year, “sending $500 million in state grants to boost the front lines in the opioid fight,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)...12/10

Trump Team Memo Hints at Big Shake-Up of U.S. Energy Policy

(Bloomberg) Advisers to President-elect Donald Trump are developing plans to reshape Energy Department programs, help keep aging nuclear plants online and identify staff who played a role in promoting President Barack Obama's climate agenda. The transition team has asked the agency to list employees and contractors who attended United Nations climate meetings, along with those who helped develop the Obama administration's social cost of carbon metrics, used to estimate and justify the climate benefits of new rules...12/8

U.S. Slated to Sell $375 Million of Emergency Reserve Oil This Winter

(Fortune) The U.S. government is slated to sell $375 million worth of crude oil from the country’s emergency reserve this winter after Congress passed a temporary spending bill on Friday that contained a measure authorizing the sale...12/10

Local and State

Tennessee Science on the Map: Fastest improving state on the Nation’s Report Card

(Oak Ridge Today) Have you ever run on a treadmill until you are out of breath? Have you ever gotten to a comfortable point and then pushed that speed up just a little more to give yourself a better workout? Tennessee science teachers are on the treadmill, have pushed themselves, are seeing results, and are gearing themselves up for more...12/11

Oak Ridge Friendship BellPhotos, video: See plans for the new International Friendship Bell Pavilion

ORAU donated $100,000 on Friday, and organizers said they have now raised $525,000 in a drive to  build a new Peace Pavilion for the International Friendship Bell in Alvin K. Bissell Park in Oak Ridge. Organizers have said it could cost $750,000 to build a new structure for the 8,000-pound bronze bell. The Japanese-style bell symbolizes unity between the United States and Japan...12/11