ORNL in the News

ORNL Signs Agreement with Whirlpool Corp. To Develop New Energy-Efficient Refrigerator

(Newswise) The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Whirlpool Corporation are collaborating to design a refrigerator that could cut energy use by up to 40 percent compared with current models. The goal of the cooperative research and development agreement, or CRADA, is to make a next-generation household refrigerator more energy efficient by using WISEMOTION, an innovative linear compressor manufactured by Embraco, and other novel technologies and materials...2/25

Battelle "intrigued" by NNSA possibilities

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Ron Townsend, Battelle’s executive vice president for global laboratory operations, was in Washington, D.C., last week for the 7th annual Nuclear Deterrence Summit, and it was very much a business trip. Townsend was there to better understand the challenges facing the National Nuclear Security Administration and evaluate what roles Battelle might play in the nuclear weapons complex and what it might be able to contribute...2/25

Science and Technology

A Faster Way to Try Many Drugs on Many Cancers

(NY Times) Chemotherapy and radiation failed to thwart Erika Hurwitz’s rare cancer of white blood cells. So her doctors offered her another option, a drug for melanoma. The result was astonishing...2/25

Bio-inspired computer model that can design street layouts

(PhysOrg) Researchers at the Planning and Transport Research Centre (PATREC) at The University of Western Australia have created a biologically inspired computer model that can autonomously design urban residential layouts without human assistance...2/26

Energy and Science Policy

Survey Finds Broad Public Support for Federal Basic Research Funding

(AIP) The Pew Research Center, acting in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has released two important surveys on the American public’s and scientists’ views on a wide variety of science-related activities...2/25

Lawmakers Seek Information on Funding for Climate Change Critics

(NY Times) Democratic lawmakers in Washington are demanding information about funding for scientists who publicly dispute widely held views on the causes and risks of climate change...2/25

DOE

NNSA chief to visit Y-12 March 13

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Frank G. Klotz, the head of the National Nuclear Security Administration, apparently isn’t a superstitious guy. He’s scheduled to visit the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant on March 13 (Friday the 13th) as part of ceremonies recognizing an early milestone on the multibillion-dollar Uranium Processing Facility...2/24

NNSA finishes upgrades at Y-12 enriched uranium buildings ahead of schedule, under budget

(Oak Ridge Today) The National Nuclear Security Administration has completed a major capital improvement project that has resulted in critical infrastructure upgrades to two key production buildings at the Y-12 National Security Complex...2/23

Turning the Manhattan Project into a National Park

(Energy.gov) Once one of America’s national secrets, the Manhattan Project is now on its way to becoming a national park. The project was an unprecedented, top-secret government program implemented by the United States during World War II to beat Nazi Germany in the race to construct a nuclear weapon. By the end of the war the project had grown to employ 130,000 workers -- a labor force comparable to the auto industry at the time -- with a budget of $2.2 billion, about $26 billion in present-day dollars...2/23

Local and State

Volkswagen moves ahead on expansion at Chattanooga plant

(Times Free-Press) Volkswagen's proposed Chattanooga engineering and planning center has found a temporary home as officials finalize a permanent site and prepare to start hiring more than 200 engineers...2/25