ORNL in the News

ORNL, Strangpresse LLC sign additive manufacturing patent license agreement

(Oak Ridge Today) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Strangpresse LLC of Youngstown, Ohio, have signed a non-exclusive licensing agreement on a portfolio of ORNL patents related to large-scale additive manufacturing...10/11

Oak Ridge National Laboratory highlights benefits of ethanol's high octane rating

(Bio Fuels Digest) ...“High-octane fuels can create additional demand for large amounts of ethanol and enable improved fuel economy in dedicated vehicles,” said Tim Theiss of ORNL’s Sustainable Transportation Program...10/7

Better fluorescent lighting through physics

(PhysOrg) General Electric , Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have created new kinds of fluorescent lighting phosphors that use far less rare-earth elements than current technology...10/8

50-year-old reactor requires a lot of maintenance

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The High Flux Isotope Reactor is one of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's most important assets. It's also one of the oldest, having operated since the 1960s, which is why it requires a lot of maintenance, preventive and otherwise...10/9

Science and Technology

Scientists Try Radical Move To Save Bull Trout From A Warming Climate

(NPR) Something unusual is happening in America's wilderness — some animals and plants are moving away from their native habitats. The reason is a warming climate. It's getting too hot where they live...10/8

Can Campus Networks Ever Be Secure? 

(The Atlantic) Universities are struggling to find balance between academic openness and the need for computer security across their networks...10/11

Energy and Science Policy

President Signs STEM Education Bill Into Law

(AIP) President Obama yesterday signed into law the STEM Education Act of 2015...10/8

No Go: Senate Blocks Consideration of FY 2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill

(AIP) Earlier today the Senate blocked itself from considering the FY 2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.  A motion to proceed with the bill’s consideration on the Senate floor that required 60 votes failed by a vote of 49 yes to 47 no votes...10/8


Energy Department Invests More than $20 Million to Advance Fuel Cell Technologies as New Report Shows Unprecedented Growth in Industry 

(Energy.gov) The Energy Department announced today a new report that shows the fuel cell industry is continuing to grow at an unprecedented rate, totaling more than $2.2 billion in sales in 2014...10/9

Alternative energy key to a greener future

(PhysOrg) Los Alamos National Laboratory is leading a Department of Energy- Fuel Cells Technologies Office-funded project to enhance the performance and durability of polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells, while simultaneously reducing their cost...10/9

Electrorefining Project at Y-12 could cost up to $76.7M

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration has approved development of a new uranium-purification capability at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, and the estimated cost range for the project is between $58.6 million and $76.7 million...10/9

Local and State

Geotechnical testing for eighth lane on Oak Ridge rowing course starts next week

(Oak Ridge Today) An engineering company will start geotechnical testing next week along Melton Lake Greenway for the installation of an eighth rowing lane, officials said Thursday...10/8

OR-based RAMP unites regional manufacturers

(Oak Ridger) Building a stronger manufacturing cluster in East Tennessee was the focus of the second annual Regional Advance Manufacturing Partnership (RAMP) trade conference and expo Tuesday at the Airport Hilton in Alcoa...10/9