ORNL in the News

Initiative partners students with companies licensing technologies

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Tony Bova said he hopes one day to start his own company bringing biobased technologies to market...Bova has been working with ORNL researcher Amit Naskar, who developed the lignin-derived plastic technology as well as Adam McCall, president and CEO of TennEra LLC, which has filed a licensing agreement for its exclusive use...9/28

Recycling the DeadRecycling the dead

(Science News for Students) Eventually, all living things die. And except in very rare cases, all of those dead things will rot. But that’s not the end of it. What rots will wind up becoming part of something else...“The carbon cycle really is about life and death,” observes Melanie Mayes. She’s a geologist and soils scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee...9/27

No Time for Car Shopping? Click 'Print' to Make Your Own

(The New York Times) The sign's message was clear enough: Please D Not Touch....This irresistible attraction was a 3-D printed vehicle made by Local Motors, and interest at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens was intense. Local Motors, a Phoenix-area innovator of many forms of vehicles, built this 3-D printed creation, called the Strati, in partnership with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Association for Manufacturing Technology and Cincinnati Inc...9/28

More problems at Spallation Neutron Source: Another month of research lost?

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Spallation Neutron Source was already shut down because of the premature failure of the system’s target vessel, but now the outage — and loss of research time – has been extended because of a water leak in part of the linear accelerator...9/26

Science and Technology

Nature ReserveObama vastly expands Pacific reserve

(Nature News) US President Barack Obama has vastly increased marine protection in the Pacific by declaring 1 million square kilometres of ocean part of a giant marine reserve...9/26

CERN turns 60 and celebrates peaceful collaboration for science

(PhysOrg) Today, CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is blowing out 60 candles at an event attended by official delegations from 35 countries...9/29

Science and Technology

Earth's WaterEarth's water is older than the sun: Likely originated as ices that formed in interstellar space

(Science Daily) Water was crucial to the rise of life on Earth and is also important to evaluating the possibility of life on other planets. Identifying the original source of Earth's water is key to understanding how life-fostering environments come into being and how likely they are to be found elsewhere...9/25

DOE

Detonation risk at DOE site; waste drums contain bits of plutonium

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Department of Energy is taking steps to address a newly identified detonation risk involving decades-old storage drums containing small amounts of radioactive plutonium. The potential threat was first recognized in May by URS-CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR), the federal agency's environmental manager in Oak Ridge...9/25

UCORMajor reorganization at UCOR

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Ken Rueter, who a few months ago succeeded Leo Sain as president and project manager for URS-CH2M Oak Ridge, has announced a major management reorganization at the Department of Energy contractor to address upcoming growth opportunities and also to give priority to some near-term needs — such as the demand for attention to the reactor pool leak at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...9/28

4 Minutes With..Valerie Reed, Deputy Directory, Bioenergy Technology Office, Department of Energy

(Biofuels Digest) She’s officially listed as Deputy Director of the Bioenergy Technology Office at DOE — but I count at least two terms as interim director, and totaling I believe over a year in that post...9/25

Local and State

22,000 enroll in Tennessee Promise for free community college tuition

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) Some 22,800 students have registered so far in Gov. Bill Haslam's Tennessee Promise program, which offers "last dollars" scholarships to high school graduates wanting to attend two-year state community colleges or colleges of applied technology, officials say...9/27

Report: State Economy Looking More Robust as Year End Approaches

(Tennessee Today) More jobs. An unemployment rate that's trending down. Increasing personal income. Thanks to these gains, there is a positive ring to this fall's Tennessee Business and Economic Outlook report prepared by UT's Center for Business and Economic Research...9/25