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  • Scientists Accidentally Discover Efficient Process to Turn CO2 Into Ethanol

    11/25/2016 4:11:06 PM PST · by Enchante · 50 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | October 17, 2016 | Avery Thompson
    Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have discovered a chemical reaction to turn CO2 into ethanol, potentially creating a new technology to help avert climate change. Their findings were published in the journal ChemistrySelect. The researchers were attempting to find a series of chemical reactions that could turn CO2 into a useful fuel, when they realized the first step in their process managed to do it all by itself. The reaction turns CO2 into ethanol, which could in turn be used to power generators and vehicles.
  • World’s smallest fidget spinner made at Oak Ridge lab

    12/27/2017 6:13:00 AM PST · by deoetdoctrinae · 16 replies
    Knox News ^ | 12/27/2017 | Brittany Crocker
    ORNL scientists have created the world’s smallest fidget spinner, which measures just 100 microns wide, almost 130 times smaller than Texas A& M University’s earlier take on the record,...
  • Perry tours Y-12 nuclear weapons plant and Oak Ridge lab

    05/22/2017 11:28:48 PM PDT · by blueplum · 1 replies
    Chron ^ | 22 May 2017 6:48pm | Erik Schelzig, AP
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Monday that he will fight to keep jobs and boost funding for research facilities like Oak Ridge National Laboratory. {snip} Perry, who once called for the abolition of the Energy Department, has since become an outspoken proponent of the department's importance, particularly of the cutting-edge research conducted at the national labs. Perry acknowledged he has "not been in the job long enough to go through the budget line item by line item" but said he is "doing my homework every day." Perry was joined on the tour by U.S. Sen....
  • 'Tennessine' acknowledges state institutions' roles in element's discovery

    12/02/2016 4:39:37 AM PST · by bert · 20 replies
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory ^ | November 30, 2016 | Bill Cabbage
    The recently discovered element 117 has been officially named "tennessine" in recognition of Tennessee’s contributions to its discovery, including the efforts of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and its Tennessee collaborators at Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee. "The presence of tennessine on the Periodic Table is an affirmation of our state's standing in the international scientific community, including the facilities ORNL provides to that community as well as the knowledge and expertise of the laboratory's scientists and technicians," ORNL Director Thom Mason said.
  • ORNL achieves milestone with plutonium-238 sample

    12/25/2015 12:08:10 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 12/22/2015 | Ron Walli
    With the production of 50 grams of plutonium-238, researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have restored a U.S. capability dormant for nearly 30 years and set the course to provide power for NASA and other missions. ... Researchers will analyze the sample for chemical purity and plutonium-238 content, then verify production efficiency models and determine whether adjustments need to be made before scaling up the process. ... There are currently only 35 kilograms, or about 77 pounds, of plutonium-238 set aside for NASA missions, and only about half of this supply meets power specifications. This is...
  • Former F.B.I. Agent Sues, Claiming Retaliation Over Misgivings in Anthrax Case

    04/16/2015 10:30:01 AM PDT · by Theoria · 2 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 08 April 2015 | Scott Shane
    When Bruce E. Ivins, an Army microbiologist, took a fatal overdose of Tylenol in 2008, the government declared that he had been responsible for the anthrax letter attacks of 2001, which killed five people and set off a nationwide panic, and closed the case. Now, a former senior F.B.I. agent who ran the anthrax investigation for four years says that the bureau gathered “a staggering amount of exculpatory evidence” regarding Dr. Ivins that remains secret. The former agent, Richard L. Lambert, who spent 24 years at the F.B.I., says he believes it is possible that Dr. Ivins was the anthrax...
  • DOE Issues New Rule for Workers: Don’t Put Highly Enriched Uranium in Your Pocket

    10/31/2015 7:59:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies ^ | October 30, 2015 | Melanie Hunter
    ( – Following an investigation by its inspector general, the Department of Energy has issued a new rule advising its workers to refrain from putting highly enriched uranium in their pockets.“After interviewing chemical operators and reviewing revised Y-12 procedures, we confirmed that chemical operators are no longer allowed to place samples in their pockets and must check their pockets before removing their coveralls,” said a report issued by the DOE Office of Inspector General.The report, released in September, described a safety violation that occured last year at the DOE’s Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn."We received allegations that special...
  • Police report: Motorist drives through Y-12 entrance, across plant site (TN)

    06/08/2013 12:19:10 PM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 9 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | June 7, 2013 | Bob Fowler
    OAK RIDGE — A woman with suspected mental issues was able to drive into the main entrance and all the way through the high-security Y-12 National Security Complex unhindered Thursday morning, according to an Oak Ridge Police Department report obtained by the News Sentinel. The security breach occurred less than a year after three protesters cut through a series of security fences and walked to the innermost sanctum of Y-12, the country’s largest repository of weapons-grade uranium.
  • Y-12 fallout: winners, losers and lots and lots of blame

    09/02/2012 9:55:16 AM PDT · by SmithL · 33 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 9/2/12 | Frank Munger
    No shortage of blame after July break-in OAK RIDGE — For decades, protesters have gathered at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant on the Aug. 6 anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, to call for a halt to production of nuclear weapons at the Oak Ridge plant. A few days before this year's event, they got their wish. At least temporarily. On Aug. 1, the National Nuclear Security Administration and its Y-12 contractor announced that all nuclear operations at the Oak Ridge plant, which enriched the uranium for the "Little Boy" bomb dropped on Hiroshima during...
  • U.S nuclear bomb facility shut [down] after security breach

    08/02/2012 2:46:43 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 13 replies
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | 2 August 2012 | Mark Hosenball
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government's only facility for handling, processing and storing weapons-grade uranium was temporarily shut this week after anti-nuclear activists, including an 82-year-old nun, breached security fences, government officials said on Thursday. WSI Oak Ridge, the contractor responsible for protecting the facility at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is owned by the international security firm G4S, which was at the center of a dispute over security at the London Olympic Games. Officials said that the facility was shut down on Wednesday at least until next week after three activists cut through perimeter fences to reach the outer wall of...
  • Prophet forecast Oak Ridge, but nobody envisioned the mud

    05/27/2012 5:56:29 AM PDT · by don-o · 18 replies
    Twenty-eight years after the prophet's death, a secret complex code-named Y-12 was built in Bear Creek, and a secret city sprang up — seemingly almost overnight — in the next valley over in the shadow of Black Oak Ridge. Not shown on any maps at the time, Oak Ridge — first called Clinton Engineering Works after the nearby town of Clinton — was born in 1942 during World War II. It was the key facility in the huge effort called the Manhattan Project to build the world's first atomic bomb.
  • Missing money from city coffers leads to Oakridge plan B: Ask citizens for a loan

    08/06/2011 9:53:23 AM PDT · by Baynative · 5 replies
    Oregon Capitol News ^ | 8/5/2011 | JACOB SZETO
    OAKRIDGE, Ore. – Oakridge is facing a serious cash shortage after its bank statement showed the City had $420,000 less than planned, prompting a city planning commissioner to solicit private loans from citizens. George Custer began seeking “investors” soon after the City acknowledged it would be laying off eight city employees, about one quarter of the staff, to fill the budget gap, saying it was a win-win for the City and the citizens.
  • A Renewable Twist on Fossil Fuels (CO2 to Methanol)

    05/09/2011 6:09:06 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    Science Daily ^ | May 5, 2011 | Staff
    Pulling valuable fuels out of thin air? It sounds like magic, but Joel Rosenthal, a chemist at the University of Delaware, is working to transform carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, into gas for your car and clean-energy future fuels. Such a feat could help reduce the rising CO2 levels implicated in global warming and also offer a new method of renewable energy production. Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), a consortium of 98 Ph.D.-granting universities, of which UD is a member, has selected Rosenthal to receive the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award to pursue the...
  • Oak Ridge National Lab halts email after sophisticated cyber attack over the weekend

    04/19/2011 11:24:24 AM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 2 replies
    WHNT ^ | 04/19/11 | AP
    OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) — The Oak Ridge National Laboratory hopes to restore limited email on Tuesday after a cyber attack over the weekend. Laboratory Director Thom Mason says officials shut down electronic access to the lab Friday night after a highly sophisticated cyber attack, known as Advanced Persistent Threat, according to The Knoxville News Sentinel. Closing access ensured that no data was extracted from ORNL computers.
  • Russian arms accord may come at a cost (Senator Earmarks?)

    12/23/2010 7:09:11 PM PST · by VRWCTexan · 14 replies
    Yahoo Newa ^ | Dec 23, 2010 | Zachary Roth
    But the modernization isn't likely to be carried out in anything like a rational, cost-effective way..... It will likely include more than $6 billion dollars for a uranium processing facility, to be built at the Y-12 weapons compound in Oak Ridge, Tennessee..... Indeed, the states' two GOP senators, Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander, both said that money for modernization -- and therefore, in all likelihood, pork for their district -- was a key condition of their support.
  • Four Y-12 security guards fired after testing positive for steroids (Oak Ridge nuke facility)

    07/18/2009 4:18:42 AM PDT · by don-o · 9 replies · 554+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | July 18, 2009 | Frank Munger
    OAK RIDGE - Four security guards at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant were fired after testing positive for steroids, a spokeswoman for Wackenhut Services Inc., the government's security contractor, confirmed Friday. The guards' union, however, is challenging two of the cases, claiming that the positive readings were linked to use of over-the-counter supplements. News of the drug firings comes just a few days after Wackenhut confirmed that three Y-12 guards had been suspended without pay for bringing electronic game devices into the inner sanctum of the high-security weapons facility. Security police officers at Y-12 are subject to regular and random...
  • A yellow light for electric cars (may raise electricity rates 40%)

    05/06/2009 11:30:24 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 187 replies · 3,955+ views
    In a move that will help cut oil use and greenhouse gases, at least eight big automakers are gearing up to sell new types of electric cars. GM, for example, plans to sell its Volt in 2010, while China wants to become the world's largest producer of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). And a few entrepreneurs, such as Segway inventor Dean Kamen, are designing novel prototypes. Leading the charge is President Obama. He wants carmakers to put a million PHEVs on US roads by 2015. Advocates of these next-gen cars, however, often act like someone who takes for granted that...
  • America Supports You: Grammy-Winning Oak Ridge Boys to Perform After Freedom Walk

    08/22/2008 5:08:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 99+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2008 – Award-winning music will greet participants in the 4th Annual National America Supports You Freedom Walk when they reach the Pentagon on Sept. 7. Country music group the Oak Ridge Boys will perform a musical tribute in the Pentagon’s south parking lot Sept. 7, 2008. The tribute will conclude the 4th Annual National America Supports You Freedom Walk. Defense Dept. graphic  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Country music group the Oak Ridge Boys will perform a musical tribute at the conclusion of the walk. The musical tribute has become an important part of the...
  • Workers overcook nuclear warheads at Y-12

    08/16/2008 4:10:14 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies · 146+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 8/16/8 | Frank Munger
    Report shows items misidentified, oven temperature too high - OAK RIDGE - A federal spokesman confirmed that Oak Ridge workers overcooked some nuclear warhead components during a drying process to such an extent that the parts could no longer be "used as intended." Beyond that, the government isn't saying much.The incident at the Y-12 National Security Complex was revealed in a June 20 report by staff of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.The timing was about a month after the Oak Ridge plant received approval to restart production work on W76 warheads, which had been delayed for more than a...
  • OAK RIDGE: Hiroshima Day brings contrasting reactions

    08/06/2008 10:58:42 PM PDT · by SmithL · 29 replies · 342+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 8/7/8 | Bob Fowler
    Annual event near Y-12 features protest, praise of nukes - OAK RIDGE - At the minute Wednesday that an atomic bomb was dropped 63 years ago, Ralph Hutchison suddenly stopped reading somber reflections on that historic instant when the world forever changed.During the moment of silence that followed, a woman in favor of nuclear weapons could be heard in the background, defiantly singing "Onward Christian Soldiers." Such is the study in contrasts typical for the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance's annual commemoration of Hiroshima Day.In front of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, alliance members protested the production of nuclear weapons,...