ORNL in the News

Pooran JoshiORNL Researchers Develop New Wireless Sensor Technology to Reduce Energy Consumption of Buildings

(AZoNetwork) Regulating comfort in small commercial buildings could become more efficient and less expensive thanks to an innovative low-cost wireless sensor technology being developed by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...3/2

Hydro Research Foundation announces New Pathways for Hydropower report

(Hydroworld) The Hydro Research Foundation has released a new report, called New Pathways for Hydropower: Getting Hydropower Built -- What Does It Take?...This report is part of the New Hydropower Innovation Collaborative, a partnership between HRF and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy Water Power Program...2/27

Big Area Additive ManufacturingIndustrial-Sized 3D Printing

(Manufacturing News) Cincinnati Incorporated offers its first Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) system...Cincinnati Incorporated, in conjunction with the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Local Motors, printed and assembled the world's first 3D-printed car...3/1

Kano Nigeria MapMapping the World with GPUs Reveals Population Trends

(NVIDIA) How should governments, health agencies and first responders allocate resources to such areas with fast-changing circumstances?...some geographers, computer scientists and engineers are...deploying the world's fastest supercomputers to map and analyze population size and shifts in unprecedented detail. To do this, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using NVIDIA GPUs to produce LandScan high-definition global population data...2/27

Science and Technology

Magnesium MeltingNew process recycles valuable rare earth metals from old electronics

(PhysOrg) Scientists at the Critical Materials Institute, headquartered at the US Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, have developed a new two-step process to make recycling rare-earth metals easier and more cost-effective...2/27

Energy and Science Policy

Energy Secretary Moniz Appears Before House Science Committee on FY 2016 Request

(AIP) Many of the issues falling within the jurisdiction of the Department of Energy are highly controversial on Capitol Hill.  They include topics such as Yucca Mountain, climate change, nuclear power, fossil fuels, and alternative energy...2/26

DOE

Larry Kelly, manager of DOE Oak Ridge Office, dies

(Oak Ridge Today) Larry Kelly, manager of the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Office since July 2012, has died. "Words cannot describe the sadness we feel with the passing of Larry," said ORO Deputy Manager Kevin Hall. "The loss of our leader is heavy on our hearts, but it is the loss of a friend that leaves an emptiness that will be difficult to endure...2/28

NEI Pushes Department Of Energy On Nuclear Technology Export Licensing

(Nuclear Street) The Nuclear Energy Institute this week commended the U.S. Department of Energy for its efforts to revamp nuclear technology exporting laws for the first time in 25 years. But, as the DOE has issued the final changes to the regulations that have gone through substantial agency and public review, the NEI said more work remains to be done to keep U.S. companies as competitive as possible in the nuclear power industry...2/27

Local and State

Gallatin Fossil PlantArsenic in water from coal ash at center of TVA dispute

(The Tennessean) John Kammeyer compares the environmental pollutants in a coal ash pond to the minerals in a bottle of vitamins. Photocopied and enlarged, the list of supplements is the first evidence he presents to show that concerns are overblown about the Gallatin Fossil Plant contaminating the source of drinking water for almost 1 million people...3/1

Barry WilmoreUT grad completes third spacewalk in 8 days

(WBIR) University of Tennessee graduate Barry "Butch" Wilmore completed a nearly six hour spacewalk Sunday morning. About 7 a.m., the commander of the International Space Station embarked on his third space walk in eight days...3/1

UT, Vanderbilt scientists are taking the science fiction out of invisibility

(Memphis Daily News) ...Drs. Ramki Kalyanaraman and Gerd Duscher have opened the door to applying the magic of Hogwarts to military camouflage, cancer treatment or even Halloween costumes for a new generation. It's not a magic wand or a witch's hat. It's a cloak of invisibility. And its discovery was an accident...2/28