Thursday, January 15, 2015
ORNL in the News

A 3D-printed Shelby Cobra is being featured at the Detroit Auto Show

(UPI) Oak Ridge National Laboratory only needed six weeks to 3D print one of the most famous cars in history. Roughly 50 years after the Shelby Cobra was released, it has now been 3D-printed. The version on display at the Detroit Auto Show is a working replica with an electric engine...1/12

DOE uses SNS as role model for project management

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is speaking Thursday at an event hosted by the National Academy of Public Administration, timed with the release of the agency’s year-in-the-making report on project management reforms...1/13

Water, water, everywhere—controlling the properties of nanomaterials

(PhysOrg) Scientists at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are learning how the properties of water molecules on the surface of metal oxides can be used to better control these minerals and use them to make products such as more efficient semiconductors for organic light emitting diodes and solar cells, safer vehicle glass in fog and frost, and more environmentally friendly chemical sensors for industrial applications...1/14

Announcement near on ORNL deputy?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In an interview last month at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Lab Director Thom Mason indicated an announcement is forthcoming on ORNL’s new deputy laboratory director for science and technology and chief research officer...1/14

ORNL’s research reactor returns to action following upgrades, repairs, maintenance

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Tim Powers, Oak Ridge National  Laboratory’s reactor chief, said the High Flux Isotope Reactor resumed operations on Tuesday (Jan. 13), following a 32-day outage for maintenance and repairs...1/13

New research points way to less vulnerable computer memory

(PhysOrg) Physicists at The University of Texas at Austin, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Arizona State University have taken a big step closer to building a FeFET by creating one of its three components, called a gate...1/14

Science and Technology

New Research May Solve Puzzle in Sea Level’s Rise

(NY Times) A team of researchers reported Wednesday that the ocean did not rise quite as much as previously believed in the 20th century. They proposed a seemingly tiny adjustment that could make a big difference in scientific understanding of the looming problem of sea-level rise...1/14

Energy and Science Policy

U.S. House approves flat funding for DHS science amid fight over immigration policy

(Science Magazine) Funding for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) research programs would remain essentially flat under a 2015 spending bill approved today by the U.S. House of Representatives...1/14

DOE

Pushing America’s Automotive Industry Forward

(Energy.gov) The auto industry is back -- and the Department of Energy has helped to make it even stronger. Since 2009, the Energy Department has issued more than $8 billion in loans to companies through the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) program, including $5.9 billion to the Ford Motor Company...1/12

Berkeley Lab Illuminates Price Premiums for U.S. Solar Home Sales

(Berkeley Lab) A multi-institutional research team of scientists led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkley Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories, universities, and appraisers found that home buyers consistently have been willing to pay more for homes with host-owned solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems —averaging about $4 per watt of PV installed—across various states, housing and PV markets, and home types...1/13

World's Most Powerful Camera Receives DOE Funding Approval

(Scientific Computing) 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...1/14

Local and State

With help from two Oak Ridgers, UT students finish second in supercomputing competition

(Oak Ridge Today) With help from two Oak Ridgers, a team of students from the University of Tennessee recently captured second place at the Student Cluster Competition in New Orleans...1/12

Nashville ranked 12th-best city for STEM workers

(The Tennessean) In recent years, Nashville's business and technology communities have sought to bring attention to the city's tech sector and to the incredible demand for talent that exists in hopes of bringing more software and IT experts to the city...1/14

Record visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

(WVLT-TV) 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. The numbers were spurred by strong July and August visitation as well as the highest October visitation in 27 years...1/14