Thursday, December 31, 2015
ORNL in the News

New acoustic technique reveals structural information in nanoscale materials

(EurekAlert) ...Now, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new nondestructive technique for investigating these material changes by examining the acoustic response at the nanoscale...12/28

ORNL Cell-free Protein Synthesis Is Potential Lifesaver

(Technobahn) Lives of soldiers and others injured in remote locations could be saved with a cell-free protein synthesis system developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...12/29

UT-ORNL breakthrough aims to improve tech gadgets, TVs

(Oak Ridge Today) ... touchscreen devices have quickly become one of the hallmarks of the modern world. Phones, tablets, computers, and even televisions use the technology, which relies on substances known as transparent conductive films. All but a small fraction of those films are made from a particular class of oxides that, although they do the job very effectively, contain rare and costly elements. Now, thanks to a breakthrough led by the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, that problem could soon be in the past...12/28

Science and Technology

Scientific American's Top 10 Science Stories of 2015

(Scientific American) An historic climate-change agreement, new views of the solar system, cybersecurity shortcomings and the discovery of a new human species—these and other events highlight the year in science and technology as selected by SA's editors...12/23

Hint of new boson at LHC sparks flood of papers

(Nature) Experimenters revealed their observations in a 15 December announcement at CERN, the European laboratory of particle physics that hosts the LHC near Geneva...12/24

Energy and Science Policy

FY 2016 Appropriations: STEM Education Programs Mostly Funded Flat

(AIP) The annual spending law for FY 2016 modestly increases funding for the Department of Education and National Science Foundation, but the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education programs within the Department and Foundation are getting mostly flat funding...12/23

DOE

Oak Ridge brings it all together in 2015

(Oak Ridger) The world came to Oak Ridge in 2015 because:— Our science and engineering is paving new paths for commerce and pure knowledge;— Our national security programs are essential to enforcing treaties and making our world more secure; and— Our environmental management and cleanup programs are about to do what no one else in the world has done — successfully decommission and decontaminate a gaseous diffusion plant...12/28

New contractor operating Transuranic Waste Processing Center

(Oak Ridge Today) North Wind Solutions took over the operation of the Transuranic Waste Processing Center in west Oak Ridge in December. The Idaho-based company was awarded the $123 million contract to operate the facility in June...12/30

Safety allegations at Y-12 not confirmed; IG report cites positives at Oak Ridge plant

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General investigated allegations that the contractor at Y-12 (Consolidated Nuclear Security) had “encouraged employees to ignore safety regulations” and made employees reluctant to report injuries for fear of reprisal...12/29

Local and State

Radioactivity lingers at Oak Ridge sewer plant

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In early 2014, evidence of radioactive pollution was discovered in the city of Oak Ridge's sewage treatment facility on the west side of town...12/29

TVA says its dams are saving Chattanooga $130 million in flood damages

(Times Free Press) The Tennessee River has risen more than seven feet in Chattanooga since Wednesday when rains began dumping what has grown to nearly 5 inches of precipitation in as many days...12/28