Monda, January 12, 2015
ORNL in the News

Obama visit spotlights sports car printed by UT engineers

(WVLT) President Obama highlighted a shiny new car during his visit to Techmer PM in Clinton on Friday....The car was printed at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Lab, and it has a link to the University of Tennessee's College of Engineering. It was produced with major contributions from student interns Alex Roschli and Andrew Messing...1/9

Nuclear forensic experts prepare for worse and hopefully deter it

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) If federal agents ever capture a stolen nuclear weapon — or have to investigate the detonation of one — they will turn to one of the most esoteric groups of detectives in the world....1/10

HFIR’s fuel inventory at historic low

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The High Flux Isotope Reactor, a key research facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has the lowest fuel inventory in its history. And that’s saying something for a nuclear reactor that’s been in business since the mid-1960s...1/9

American Chestnut BlightOak Ridge Lab Confirms Blight Resistance of American Chestnut

(ESF) Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), working collaboratively with scientists funded by The American Chestnut Foundation, have helped confirm that addition of a wheat gene increases the blight resistance of American chestnut trees...1/7

Science and Technology

Better BiofuelHow to Manipulate Plants to Build a Better Biofuel

(Scientific American) A recent study is bringing scientists a step closer to determining how plants regulate their cell wall thickness and strength, an advance that could make biofuel production more efficient...1/9

Researchers conduct first direct measurement of gravity's curvature

(PhysOrg) A team of researchers working in Italy has successfully conducted an experiment to directly measure gravity's curvature for the first time. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the team describes their work and note that what they have accomplished could lead to an improvement in G, the Newtonian constant of gravity...1/12

Energy and Science Policy

Which fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground to avoid dangerous climate change?

(Science Daily) A third of oil reserves, half of gas reserves and over 80% of current coal reserves globally should remain in the ground and not be used before 2050 if global warming is to stay below the 2°C target agreed by policy makers, according to new research. ...1/7

(Beijing Today) A close examination of how 30 universities manage their scientific research funds found that five scholars embezzled more than 16 million yuan in research funds. Based on the revelation, it's not surprising that less than 40 percent China's scientific research funds are actually used to support scientific projects...1/12

DOE

Department of Energy challenges $54M in fines over nuke dump

(WXOW) The U.S. Department of Energy is contesting more than $54 million in fines, the largest penalty levied by New Mexico for numerous violations that resulted in the indefinite closure of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository...1/11

World’s Most Powerful Camera Receives Funding Approval

(Newswise) Plans for the construction of the world’s largest digital camera at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have reached a major milestone. The 3,200-megapixel centerpiece of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), which will provide unprecedented details of the universe and help address some of its biggest mysteries, has received key “Critical Decision 2” approval from the DOE...1/9

Local and State

President Obama’s trip to East Tennessee explained

(Oak Ridge Today) Before President Obama landed in East Tennessee on Friday, a spokesman explained the purpose of the trip to reporters. The 5.5-hour visit included stops at Pellissippi State Community College in Hardin Valley and manufacturer Techmer PM in Clinton...1/10

Falcon 9East TN students' experiment successfully launches into space

(WBIR) A group of eight Knox County students from L & N STEM Academy will have their science experiment tested in space after a rocket successfully launched early Saturday morning. SpaceX launched a cargo capsule from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 4:47 a.m. taking 5,000 pounds of food, supplies and science experiments to the International Space Station and its six-person crew...1/10

Top 100 employers: Where East Tennesseans go to work

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Most Knoxville-area employers reported both employment and revenue gains for fiscal year 2013, according to the Knoxville Book of Lists ranking of the region’s 100 largest organizations by number of employees...1/8

Tourism booms in 2014 in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

(WVLT) Great Smoky Mountains National Park welcomed over ten million visitors in 2014, just the fourth time in 80 years and the first time since 2000. In 2014, 10,099,275 visitors enjoyed the national park, an 8% increase over 2013...1/9