ORNL in the News

ClimateMaster receives Federal Laboratory Consortium award

(Plumbing Engineer) ClimateMaster, in conjunction with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has received the Federal Laboratory Consortium's (FLC) 2014 Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer for its Trilogy 40 geothermal heat pump system...7/16

James HemrickHonors: Hemrick of ORNL receives ASM International Silver Medal Award

(Oak Ridge Today) James Hemrick of Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the co-recipient of the 2014 ASM International Silver Medal Award. The award recognizes two mid-career researchers each year—one from academia and one from industry—who have filled leadership roles in the society and made significant contributions in materials science and engineering...7/14

Deloitte University Press Launches 3D Printing Online Course

(Accounting Today) Deloitte University Press launched a massive open online course on the business implications of additive manufacturing titled 3D Opportunity: The Course on Additive Manufacturing for Business Leaders...Deloitte University Press, the publisher of original articles, reports and periodicals of business insights, developed the course in collaboration with America Makes, 3D Systems, Marquette University and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory...7/18

Tennessee ties to hydropower run deep

(The Tennessean) This week, more than 3,000 people will gather in Nashville for HydroVision International, the world's largest hydropower conference. With its deep ties to hydropower, Tennessee is certainly a fitting location for the conference...On the research and development side, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory continues to make important contributions to our understanding of how and where our water resources can best be used to produce power...7/20

Science & Technology

CroplandHow existing cropland could feed billions more

(Science Daily) Feeding a growing human population without increasing stresses on Earth's strained land and water resources may seem like an impossible challenge...7/17

CroplandReport: Climate changing more rapidly than at any point on record

(Science Magazine) A new look at the “vital signs” of Earth’s climate reveals a stark picture of declining health. As global temperatures rise, so do sea level and the amount of heat trapped in the ocean’s upper layers...7/17

Energy and Science Policy

House Passes Research and Development Bills

(AIP) On Monday, the House of Representatives passed three bi-partisan bills relevant to the scientific community.  A fourth, the National Institute of Standards and Technology Policy Reauthorization Act was pulled from consideration but is expected to be voted on shortly by the House...7/19

New Energy FacilitiesNew energy facilities will leave massive footprint on U.S., study concludes

(Science Magazine) New energy development in the United States could take up a land area roughly twice the size of Maine by 2040, according to a new estimate...7/18

DOE

Dark LightUS Department of Energy funds new 5-year search for ‘dark light’

(Geek.com) By this point, we’ve all heard of dark matter and dark energy: the elusive materials that, between them, make up the vast majority of our universe...7/17

Tackling the mercury burden

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) During the early Cold War years, the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant secretly used about 20 million pounds of mercury to process lithium for hydrogen bombs. At least 700,000 pounds of the toxic metal, according to government estimates, was released into the environment...7/19

US continues screening LNG export licenses: Department of Energy

(Nikkei Asian Review) U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz said the Department of Energy will continue examining whether to approve more liquefied natural gas export licenses to countries, including Japan, that have no free-trade agreements with the U.S...7/15

Newberry VolcanoDOE forges ahead with research to power 100M homes

(Fierce Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is making available up to $31 million to establish the initial phases of the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) -- a field laboratory dedicated to cutting-edge research on enhanced geothermal systems (EGS)...7/18

State and local

Study: 8 million visited Tennessee's national parks

(TriCities.com) A report shows more than 8 million people visited Tennessee's national parks last year, spending $530 million in the process. The report released last week by the National Park Service also shows that the parks supported more than 7,600 jobs in 2013...7/20

Solar FarmFree exhibit teaches about solar energy

(WBIR) ...The University of Tennessee's new solar farm exhibit helps teach ways the sun creates power. The exhibit, called SPECTRUM, uses interactive activities...7/19

New "Made in Tennessee" ads hope to draw more tourists

(WBIR) Those of us who live in Tennessee know how much this state has to offer. Now a new marketing campaign adds to send that message out to the world. The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development rolled out a new marketing campaign called "Made in Tennessee" to showcase the beauty and inspire people to visit the Volunteer State...7/17