ORNL in the News

Local Motors’ 3D Printed ‘Strati’ Car Has Just Taken Its First Test Drive

(3DPrint) This week, at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, Arizona-based automobile manufacturer Local Motors stole the show...Although the Strati is not the first ever car to be 3D printed, the advancements made by Local Motor with help from Cincinnati Inc, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, have produced a vehicle in days rather than months...9/13

HFIRHigh Flux Isotope Reactor at ORNL named Nuclear Historic Landmark

(Oak Ridge Today) The High Flux Isotope Reactor, or HFIR, now in its 48th year of providing neutrons for research and isotope production at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been designated a Nuclear Historic Landmark by the American Nuclear Society...9/11

ORNL’s Lonnie Love: ‘I think we’re positioning ourselves to be a world leader in advanced manufacturing’

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Earlier this week, I had a chance to talk by phone with Lonnie Love, additive manufacturing guru and head of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s manufacturing systems research group...9/12

HFIRImaging fuel injectors with neutrons

(PhysOrg) Blowing bubbles may be fun for kids, but for engineers, bubbles can disrupt fluid flow and damage metal. Researchers from the Fuels, Engines and Emissions Research Center at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and collaborators from ORNL's High Flux Isotope Reactor – a DOE Office of Science User Facility – are using neutrons to study the formation of these damage-causing bubbles in fuel injectors...9/15

Science and Technology

Last decade's slow-down in global warming enhanced by an unusual climate anomaly

(PhysOrg) A hiatus in global warming ongoing since 2001 is due to a combination of a natural cooling phase, known as multidecadal variability (MDV) and a downturn of the secular warming trend...9/11

new reactorsThree Years After Fukushima, Japan Approves a Nuclear Plant

(The New York Times) For the first time since the Fukushima disaster three and a half years ago, Japan’s new nuclear regulatory agency declared Wednesday that an atomic power plant was safe to operate, in a widely watched move that brings Japan a step closer to restarting its idled nuclear industry...9/10

Energy and Science Policy

House Science Committee Chairman and Subcommittee Chairman Express Alarm about Shift in Rocket Schedule

(AIP) “Will NASA be able to fly the SLS [Space Launch System] for Exploration Mission-1 in calendar year 2017?” asked House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Subcommittee on Space Chairman Steven Palazzo (R-MS) in an August 27 letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden...9/12

Environmental costs, health risks, and benefits of fracking examined

(Science Daily) A strange thing happened on the way to dealing with climate change: Advances in hydraulic fracturing put trillions of dollars' worth of previously unreachable oil and natural gas within humanity's grasp...9/12

DOE

Department of Energy’s National Labs Can Also Be Regional Hubs

(Brookings Institute) The Department of Energy's 17 national laboratories are a $12.5 billion network of potentially transformative basic and applied R&D hubs located in or near many of the nation's metropolitan areas. However, the labs are today underutilized as true economic assets. How can they be better leveraged?...

Haixuan XuDepartment of Energy Program Funding UT-Led Alloy Research

(Tennessee Today) An international research team led by UT assistant professor Haixuan Xu has received a US Department of Energy grant to help with work involving a key component of nuclear reactors...Other institutions with researchers collaborating on the project include Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Wisconsin and the University of Lille in France.

Senate panel approves new deputy energy secretary

(The Hill) The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Thursday easily approved Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall's nomination to be second in command at the Energy Department. The panel reported the nomination to the full Senate for its consideration by voice vote with little fanfare...9/11

Pantex, Y-12 contract competition cost $3M, could reap more cost savings

(Lubbock Online) The federal government spent more than $3.3 million in its competition to consolidate contracts for Pantex Plant and a Tennessee nuclear weapons facility, but the Energy Department expects it will receive more cost savings under the contract than originally expected, a cost analysis stated...9/15

Local and State

Engineering professors win National Science Foundation funding award

(Tennessee Journalist) ...The research, which involves measuring the mechanical strength of small particles, is a project that UT professors George Pharr and Erik Herbert have been working on for the past four years...9/11

Tennessee voters to decide ban on income tax

(WATE) Tennesseans are just weeks away from voting on a constitutional amendment to bar lawmakers from ever imposing a state income tax. That vote approaches as a new study from ratings agency Standard & Poor's suggests that rising income inequality has a stronger negative effect on the states most reliant on sales tax revenues compared with those with those more dependent on income taxes...9/15