Thursday, December 28, 2017
ORNL in the News

Oak Ridge National Laboratory creates world's smallest fidget spinner

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Kids across the world emptied their stockings Christmas morning to a host of treats and trinkets, undoubtedly including the newly popular fidget spinner: a simple gadget made of flat plastic spinning on a ball bearing. 
Well, Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists have created their own version, but don't expect to see kids playing with them at the New Year's party this year...12/22

ORNL exec, three others join TVA board

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Senate confirmed four new members to the nine-seat Tennessee Valley Authority board on Thursday, including the deputy for operations at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. President Donald Trump nominated Jeff Smith and three others in September. The new members come from four of the seven states TVA serves...12/22

Senate confirms Smith of ORNL, three others to TVA Board

(Oak Ridge Today) Jeff Smith, deputy lab director for operations at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been confirmed to the Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors. The confirmations—there were a total of four to the TVA Board, including Smith—were announced by U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander in a press release Friday...12/22

Neutrons Track Quantum Entanglement in Copper Elpasolite Mineral

(Newswise) ...A research team including Georgia Institute of Technology professor Martin Mourigal used neutron scattering at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to study copper elpasolite, a mineral that can be driven to an exotic magnetic state when subjected to very low temperatures and a high magnetic field...12/21


Nuclear engineering science lab program at ORNL accepting applications for spring, summer 2018

(Oak Ridge Today) NESLS is a cooperative research initiative at ORNL administered through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education and geared toward undergraduate and graduate students interested in nuclear engineering and science, a press release said...12/27

ORNL Researchers Partner with Magnet Applications to Develop 3D Printed Magnets

(Prototype Today)  The magnets were developed by a team of researchers at ORNL and co-developed by Magnet Applications, Inc., Ames Laboratory Critical Materials Institute (CMI), Tru-Design and Momentum Technologies...12/27

Science and Technology

Get Ready for More Volcanic Eruptions as the Planet Warms

(Scientific American) A new study shows that even relatively small-scale climatic changes affect volcanic activity...12/21

Energy and Science Policy

Congress Wraps Up Session with Consequential Week: Implications for Science

(AIP) Congress concluded its 2017 session with a week of productive legislating that included final passage of the Republican tax reform bill and an extension of federal spending through Jan. 19...12/22


U.S. energy department reshuffles science’s place within sprawling agency

(Science Magazine) As part of a major reorganization of the sprawling, $31 billion Department of Energy (DOE) in Washington, D.C., U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has separated responsibility for the department's science and energy components...12/21

PNNL’s holiday gifts include science and technology for the nation

(Tri-City Herald) This time of year finds many of us busy with holiday shopping. While the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory might not be developing the latest video games or hoverboards, we are working hard to deliver a few presents you might like....12/25

NNSA delivers preliminary report on development of new nuclear fuel

(Daily Energy Insider) The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has reached its first milestone in the development of a new nuclear fuel for future U.S. research reactors, according to a preliminary report to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission...12/22

More radioactively contaminated cars, trucks found at Hanford

(Tri-City Herald) The number of vehicles contaminated with specks of radioactive material at Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant has jumped to 19 as checks continue...12/27

Jason Davis named health physicist for ORISE REAC/TS facility

(Oak Ridge Today) Jason Davis has been named health physicist for the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site, a world-renowned U.S. Department of Energy asset located at the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education and managed by ORAU...12/27

Local and State

President Donald Trump to speak in Nashville in early January

(Tennessean) President Donald Trump will return to Nashville in early January to speak at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 99th Annual Convention...12/24