Thursday, January 22, 2015
ORNL in the News

Driving 3D Printing into the Future with the Shelby Cobra

(Product Design & Development) The Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine at the Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL printed ORNL’s Shelby from 20 percent carbon fiber reinforced ABS material. The printed Shelby also sports a Class A surface finish...1/20

New model explores location of future US population growth

(PhysOrg) Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a population distribution model that provides unprecedented county-level predictions of where people will live in the U.S. in the coming decades...1/21

Company licenses ORNL cyber security technology that recognizes malicious software

(Oak Ridge Today) A company based in Washington, D.C., has licensed a cyber security technology from Oak Ridge National Laboratory that can quickly recognize malicious software—even if the specific program has not been previously identified as a threat...1/21

Enhancing microbial pathways for biofuel production

(PhysOrg) Researchers from the DOE JGI and the Joint Bioenergy Institute identified genes in an E. coli microbial metabolism pathway that could improve the production of terpenes...1/21

Science and Technology

Thorium Power Is the Safer Future of Nuclear Energy

(Discover Magazine) Nuclear power has long been a contentious topic. It generates huge amounts of electricity with zero carbon emissions, and thus is held up as a solution to global energy woes...1/16

Energy and Science Policy

Watch Energy Highlights from the State of the Union

(Energy.gov) From low gas prices to growth in renewable energy sources like wind and solar, energy featured prominently in President Obama’s sixth State of the Union address last night...1/21

DOE

Peering into cosmic magnetic fields

(R&D Magazine) The generation of cosmic magnetic fields has long intrigued astrophysicists. Since it was first described in 1959, a phenomenon known as Weibel filamentation instability—a plasma instability present in homogeneous or nearly homogeneous electromagnetic plasmas—has generated tremendous theoretical interest from astrophysicists...1/21

Solar Industry Creating Jobs Nearly 20 Times Faster than Overall U.S. Economy

(PR Newswire) The Solar Foundation's National Solar Jobs Census Finds that U.S. Solar Jobs Grew by 86% since 2010; 21.8% More than Last Year More than 31,000 new solar energy jobs created in 2014, bringing U.S. total to more than 173,800...1/15

Local and State

Alexander to oversee funding for Chickamauga Lock, Oak Ridge National Lab

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., was elected by fellow Senate Republicans today to head a key subcommittee that will oversee funding for issues ranging from a new lock for Chickamauga Dam in Chattanooga to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory...1/20

Terrestrial Energy Announces Strategic Collaboration with University of Tennessee

(Business Press) Terrestrial Energy Inc. announces that it has entered into a strategic collaboration with University of Tennessee, in Knoxville, TN, USA. This arrangement includes research and development work that is required to bring the Company's Integral Molten Salt Reactor to the engineering blueprint stage, expected in late 2016...1/21

Knoxville ranked 99th on global growth list

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Brookings Institution on Thursday released a report that ranked Knoxville 99th among the world’s 300 largest metro economies for its economic performance in 2014 compared to 2013, based on GDP per capita and changes in employment...1/22