Thursday, January 2, 2014
ORNL in the News

Inside the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Carbon Fiber Technology Facility

( The Department of Energy’s Carbon Fiber Technology Facility located in Oak Ridge National Laboratory accommodates a state-of-the art process line. This 390ft/118m process line was supplied by Harper International, who secured the DOE contract because of its capability to design, develop, set up, and commission a fully integrated carbon fiber process line...1/2

Ensuring accuracy of weights and measurements

(PhysOrg) Americans rely on many measurements of mass and volume in their daily lives, from weighing broccoli at the grocery store to putting gas in the family car. In order to ensure both consumer confidence and uniformity in commerce, the accuracy of the devices used in those measurements must be tested at regular intervals...About 20 % to 30 % of PT participants are not from state weights and measures labs. They come from the military, DOE national laboratories such as Sandia and Oak Ridge, and industry...12/31


‘Perpetual Care Fund’ for Oak Ridge landfill at $15.5M

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...The total project cost of a new landfill, including the years of disposal activities, is estimated at $817 million, but that’s just a fraction of what it would cost to ship the wastes off site for disposal, according to DOE estimates...1/1

UCOR earns $3.1M for last half of FY2013

(Knoxville News Sentinel) URS-CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR), the U.S. Department of Energy’s cleanup manager in Oak Ridge, received performance grades of “excellent” and “very good” and earned a total fee of more than $3.1 million for the six-month period that ended Sept. 30...12/31

Oak Ridge security rated high

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Department of Energy’s new security contractor in Oak Ridge got a “very good” grade on its first report card and earned a fee of $519,320...1/2


Surveillance network built to spot secret nuclear tests yields surprise scientific boon

(Washington Post) It records sounds that no human ear can hear, like the low roar of a meteor slicing through the upper atmosphere, or the hum an iceberg makes when smacked by an ocean wave...1/1

East Tennessee

Ed Westcott: Chief photographer in Oak Ridge during WWII, Muddy Boot winner today

(Oak Ridge Today) He was one of the first workers hired in Oak Ridge as part of the top-secret race to build the world’s first atomic bombs during World War II. At only 20 years old, he became the chief photographer for what was then the Manhattan Engineer District, Clinton Engineer Works...12/31

energy & science policy

X-ray source left without home

(Nature) Accelerator physicists have a vision: an energy-efficient X-ray source that can make high-resolution movies of molecules in chemical reactions. And the US National Science Foundation (NSF) has backed the dream — since 2005, it has invested more than US$50 million to develop such a source, most likely beneath the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York...12/31

Cape Wind, Siemens agree to Siemens turbines for offshore wind farm

(PhysOrg) ...According to the Cape Wind site, "Cape Wind has secured all of its Federal and State permits in addition to a 25-year commercial lease from the U.S. Department of Interior. "...1/2

science & technology

National Geographic’s ‘Around the World in 125 Years’ is one colossally stunning view

(Washington Post) It was at a stoplight in what was then called Bombay, two decades ago. Photographer Steve McCurry was in the back seat of a rented car. Raining. Traffic. Thirteen million people. Misery...1/1

How Mass-Produced Meat Turned Phosphorus Into Pollution

(NPR) It's a quandary of food production: The same drive for efficiency that lowers the cost of eating also can damage our soil and water. Take the case of one simple, essential, chemical element: phosphorus...1/2

In 1964, Isaac Asimov Imagined the World in 2014

(The Atlantic) In August of 1964, just more than 50 years ago, author Isaac Asimov wrote a piece in The New York Times, pegged to that summer's World Fair...12/31

Other Stories

Ford to unveil solar hybrid concept car at CES

(AP) Ford plans to unveil at this month's International CES gadget show a solar-powered concept car that offers the same performance as a plug-in hybrid but without the need for a plug...1/2

Iran: Bill to Raise Uranium Enrichment

(AP) Iranian lawmakers introduced a bill in Parliament that would force the government to increase uranium enrichment to 60 percent if new sanctions are imposed on Iran...12/25