Monday, December 29, 2014
ORNL in the News

Former ORNL employee in inaugural engineering Hall of Fame at UT

(Oak Ridge Today) Richard Rosenberg earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at UT in 1954. He served at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Westinghouse, and General Atomic in the course of his career, and he was a member of several mechanical engineering societies...12/26

ORNL teams embeds crown ethers in graphene for increased performance; potential for separations, sensors, batteries, biotech & more

(Green Car Congress) A team led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has discovered a way to increase significantly the selectivity and binding strength of crown ethers by embedding them within a rigid framework of graphene...12/28

ORNL offers tech assistance to manufacturers

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...The Tennessee Manufacturing Innovation Program, also called RevV!, is an initiative meant to help pair up companies facing a technical challenge with the expertise and facilities they need at ORNL...12/27

Scientists tap trees' evolutionary databanks to discover environment adaptation strategies

(Archaeology News Network) After decades of extrapolating about gene function in trees based on gene function in a tiny, less complex plant, a team of scientists has sequenced whole genomes — determined the DNA sequence of all the genes — from 544 unrelated trees of the same species...12/23

Science and Technology

Road Salt Contributes To Toxic Chemical Levels In Streams

(NPR) This is the time of year when it's not uncommon to see big trucks barreling down highways and streets spreading road salt...12/29

Scientists race to save 'books' in the burning 'library of life'

(PhysOrg) As species blink into extinction all around the world, environmental scientists in Australia have come up with a way to decide 'which of the books we rescue from the blazing library of life'...12/29

Energy and Science Policy

Nuclear: Carbon Free, but Not Free of Unease

(NY Times) If all goes as planned, the 42-year-old nuclear reactor at the Vermont Yankee generating station will be shut down for the last time. The steam turbine at the plant, which at its peak could make enough electricity for about half a million homes with virtually no greenhouse gas emissions, will grind to a halt...12/22

DOE

Oak Ridge advisory panel’s annual report

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy’s environmental advisory board in Oak Ridge has released its annual report. The Site Specific Advisory Board’s report is available here...12/29

DOE works with transuranic waste while NM facility shut down

(Oak Ridge Today) In February 2014, two incidents at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP, in New Mexico caused the shutdown of the only facility in the U.S. that permanently disposes of transuranic waste, or TRU waste. That waste is disposed in shafts, or drifts, about a half-mile below ground in an ancient salt bed. Some of that waste has come from Oak Ridge...12/27

Local and State

Chattanooga touts transformation into Gig City

(PhysOrg) A city once infamous for the smoke-belching foundries that blanketed its buildings and streets with a heavy layer of soot is turning to lightning-fast Internet speeds to try to transform itself into a vibrant tech hub...12/29

Environmental groups question TVA's landfill expansion plans

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The site of a Tennessee Valley Authority landfill in Kingston is pockmarked with sinkholes and not suited for the long-term storage of waste from coal combustion, according to environmentalists opposed to an expansion of the facility...12/29

Obama OK’s Manhattan bill

(Oak Ridger) The culmination of a more than 10-year-long effort to officially — and nationally — recognize the work carried out during the super-secret World War II Manhattan Project received a presidential round of support Friday when President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a provision establishing a Manhattan Project Historical National Park...12/23