ORNL in the News

ClimateMaster Receives R&D Award for Trilogy Q-Mode

(Contracting Business) ClimateMaster sources have announced the company received a 2013 R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine, for its Trilogy Q-Mode geothermal heat pump system...The ClimateMaster Trilogy Q-Mode, developed collaboratively with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), received the 2013 R&D 100 Award in the "Energy Technology" category, and was evaluated on its design, development, testing, and production elements...4/18

5 Billion Core-Hours Up for Grabs: INCITE’s Call for Proposals

(Inside HPC) The Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program is now accepting proposals for high-impact, computationally intensive research...INCITE’s open call provides an opportunity for researchers to make transformational advances in science and technology through large allocations of computer time and supporting resources at the Argonne and Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility centers, operated by the US Department of Energy Office of Science...4/18

Science & Technology

SpaserResearchers model world's first carbon-based 'spaser'

(PhysOrg) A new version of "spaser" technology being investigated could mean that mobile phones become so small, efficient, and flexible they could be printed on clothing...4/16

Climate benefit of biofuels from corn residue: Researchers cast doubt

(Science Daily) Biofuels made from corn stover -- stalks, leaves and cobs that remain after harvest -- appear to emit more carbon dioxide over their life cycle than federal standards allow, according to new research...4/20

Publishing: Credit where credit is due

(Nature News) Research today is rarely a one-person job. Original research papers with a single author are — particularly in the life sciences — a vanishing breed. Partly, the inflation of author numbers on papers has been driven by national research-assessment exercises...4/16

Energy and Science Policy

Department of Energy Issues Draft Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects Solicitation to Foster Clean Energy Innovation

(altenergymag) In support of the Administration's all of the above energy strategy, the Department of Energy issued a draft loan guarantee solicitation today for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases...4/16

Senate Subcommittee on Science and Space Discusses Path to Mars

(AIP) The Subcommittee on Science and Space of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held an April 9 hearing to discuss NASA’s exploration strategy, international cooperation in space and commercial space efforts as the U.S. prepares for an eventual human mission to Mars...4/18

DOE

UPF project moves ahead despite nagging ‘hot spots’

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Despite multiple encounters with buried pockets of radioactive debris, a $65 million site-preparation project for the Uranium Processing Facility is on schedule and should be completed by year’s end, federal officials said this week during a visit to the construction site at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant...4/18

Red Team’s concepts, approach gain support

(Homeland Security News Wire) ...Even before Red Team delivered its report on alternatives to the expensive Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant by the 15 April 2014 deadline, the group of experts, who come from different disciplines, had already gained support among energy officials and some members of Congress...4/18

State and local

UPFChattanooga, Oak Ridge seek economic, tech ties

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) More than 40 Hamilton County businesses are aiming to bid for work on the huge Uranium Processing Facility going up in Oak Ridge, Tenn., as officials said Tuesday they're trying to better link the two areas economically...4/16

United Way raises $1.17 million, about 90 percent of ‘bold’ goal

(Oak Ridge Today) The campaign was complicated by the partial government shutdown in October, but the United Way of Anderson County raised close to $1.2 million this year, or about 90 percent of its goal...4/17

Eyes on Tennessee as it begins free community college plan

(The Tennessean) Higher education experts and states around the nation will have their eyes on Tennessee as the Volunteer State embarks on an ambitious plan to provide free community college to all high school graduates...4/16

2.6M earthquake shakes Vonore area

(WATE) If you felt the earth shake early Monday morning in parts of East Tennessee, you're not alone. According to the U.S. geological survey, a 2.6 magnitude earthquake was recorded around 1 a.m. near Vonore. That's in Monroe county...4/21

Tennessee's unemployment rate falls again

(Nashville Business Journal) Tennessee's unemployment rate fell to 6.7 percent in March, down from February's revised rate of 6.9 percent, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced today...4/17