ORNL in the News

Super stable garnet ceramics may be ideal for high-energy lithium batteries

(ChemEurope) Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered exceptional properties in a garnet material that could enable development of higher-energy battery designs...10/23

KarakoramKarakoram glacier anomaly resolved, a cold case of climate science

(Science Daily) Researchers from Princeton University and other institutions may have hit upon an answer to a climate-change puzzle that has eluded scientists for years, and that could help understand the future availability of water for hundreds of millions of people...Kapnick, who received her bachelor's degree in mathematics from Princeton in 2004, worked with Thomas Delworth, a NOAA scientist and Princeton lecturer of geosciences and atmospheric and oceanic sciences; Moestasim Ashfaq, a scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Climate Change Science Institute;...10/22

DOE, ORNL and EPB form smart grid partnership

(Energy Business Review) The US Department of Energy (DOE), Oak Ridge National Laboratory and EPB announced the beginning of a partnership that will use Chattanooga’s smart grid as a living laboratory for testing new energy technologies...10/22

Scott SluderORNL’s Scott Sluder elected fellow

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Scott Sluder, an engineer in Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s fuels and engines research group, has been elected a fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers International...10/21

ORNL research reveals unique capabilities of 3-D printing

(Space Daily) Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated an additive manufacturing method to control the structure and properties of metal components with precision unmatched by conventional manufacturing processes...10/20

Science and Technology

Melting iceMelting ice cap opening shipping lanes and creating conflict among nations

(PhysOrg) It's July and a cargo ship, laden with some 70,000 tons of coal, is slowly wending its way from Russia to China across the top of the world. This ship is functional, not beautiful;..10/23

Energy and Science Policy

Energy Department Announces $53 Million to Drive Innovation, Cut Cost of Solar Power

(Energy.gov) Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and continue U.S. leadership in clean energy innovation, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today announced more than $53 million for 40 innovative research and development (R&D) projects...10/22

DOE

Paducah PlantEnergy Department officially retakes Paducah plant

(WTVQ-DT) The U.S. Department of Energy has officially retaken control of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant as decontamination and decommissioning work continues at the western Kentucky site. United States Enrichment Corporation turned over control of the 750-acre uranium enrichment complex Tuesday morning...10/21

Oil EmbargoCongressional study questions embargo-era oil policies: Kemp

(Reuters) Lifting restrictions on U.S. crude oil exports could actually lower fuel prices for U.S. motorists and other consumers by contributing to a drop in world oil prices, according to a report from an influential congressional watchdog released on Monday...10/21

DOE hits brakes on efficiency rules

(The Hill) The Department of Energy (DOE) is hitting the brakes on a couple of energy conservation standards. The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is reversing course and will not regulate high-intensity discharge lamps that are often used in gymnasiums, warehouses and parking lots...10/20

Government responds to Y-12 protesters’ appeal; argues that sabotage convictions were justified

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) ...The response was filed in the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeff Theodore, who led the prosecution of the case in U.S. District Court in Knoxville and argued in his response to appeal that the Y-12 intruders did try to injure or interfere with the nation’s defense and that their convictions were justified...10/22

ORISE attains high safety designation

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) For the third time, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education has received the Legacy of Stars Award for health and safety excellence from the Department of Energy...10/21

Local and State

Haslam pushes Common Core review to after 2015 session

(The Tennessean) Gov. Bill Haslam laid out a process Wednesday for Tennesseans to review and comment on Common Core in this state, putting flesh to what he has said will be a “full vetting” of the controversial academic standards...10/22