Monday, February 2, 2015
ORNL in the News

Energy Department Announces Five Year Renewal of Funding for First Energy Innovation Hub

(Energy.gov) In support of the President’s call during his State of the Union Address to advance an all-of-the-above energy strategy, the U.S. Department of Energy announced today it would renew funding, subject to congressional appropriations, for the Consortium for the Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL)...1/30

SNS up and running at conservative power level; investigation continues on target failures

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Spallation Neutron Source, one of ORNL’s signature research facilities, resumed operations a week ago following an abbreviated winter maintenance outage. According to Kevin Jones, who heads the lab’s Research Accelerator Division, the SNS is operating well at a reduced power level of 850 kW, which he acknowledged was a “target conservation mode.”...1/30

UT, ORNL: partners in science

(The Daily Beacon) In April 2000, UT linked itself with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to give students something few other schools could offer. The collaboration provided university students unprecedented access and experience in the "secret city," preparing many students to go directly into the field of science and technology...1/30

3D Printing News: World's First 3D Printing Car Factory Plus Showroom Coming to the Washington, D.C Area

(NASDAQ) If you live in the Mid-Atlantic region, you should soon be able to buy a 3D-printed car -- or at least see one made. Developers at National Harbor -- a 350-acre waterfront property in Prince George's County, Maryland -- announced their plans earlier this month to open a facility for Local Motors by year's end...Local Motors is using Autodesk's Spark, a new open platform for 3D printing, as it continues to work with privately held Cincinnati Inc. and Oak Ridge National Laboratory...1/31

Science and Technology

SunflowerNew Report Urges Western Governments to Reconsider Reliance on Biofuels

(The New York Times) Western governments have made a wrong turn in energy policy by supporting the large-scale conversion of plants into fuel and should reconsider that strategy, according to a new report from a prominent environmental think tank..1/30

Public and scientists express strikingly different views about science-related issues

(Science Daily) Despite similar views about the overall place of science in America, the general public and scientists often see science-related issues through a different lens, according to a new pair of surveys by the Pew Research Center in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)...1/29

Gravitational WavesGravitational waves discovery now officially dead

(Nature News) A team of astronomers that last year reported evidence for gravitational waves from the early Universe has now withdrawn the claim. A joint analysis of data recorded by the team's South Pole telescope and by the European spacecraft Planck has revealed that the signal can be entirely attributed to dust in the Milky Way rather than having a more ancient, cosmic origin...1/30

Energy and Science Policy

House Hearing Highlights Importance of DOE Supercomputing Program

(AIP) A subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing on Wednesday to review the DOE Office of Science program in Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR)...1/30

DOE

Dept. of Energy Releases New Standards for Fluorescent Lights

(Main Street) At the end of 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) released new energy efficiency standards for linear fluorescent lights that will effectively and significantly lower electric bills in the national building sector...1/29

uranium bound for MOXDon't Kill a Non-Proliferation Success Story

(US News & World Report) (Editorial) The 114th Congress is finally underway, and all eyes are now on the White House, which will soon reveal the policy priorities of its fiscal 2016 budget request. Pundits and bloggers alike expect, and sometimes cheer, stalemate: the president’s veto pen versus anything substantive passed by Republicans who now control both houses of Capitol Hill...1/31

Department of Energy CIO Says Digital Drive Must Not Be Stunted By Cyber Threats

(Forbes) Wary of the cybersecurity threat, with everything from refineries to the power grid and much else in between regarded as strategic infrastructure, the energy sector as a whole is often seen to be behind the IT investment curve...1/31

Sue CangeSue Cange named DOE’s cleanup chief in Oak Ridge

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) After holding the executive position in an acting role multiple times over the past few years, Sue Cange has been named the Department of Energy’s environmental cleanup manager in Oak Ridge...1/29

Government app to help companies export clean energy solutions

(BioMass) The International Trade Administration has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Department of Energy are providing U.S.-based suppliers and providers of certain energy solutions the opportunity to participate in the pilot phase of an interactive directory of renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions...1/30

Local and State

State officials rolling out Yellow Dot program

(WATE) Officials are rolling out a new program across Tennessee to help first responders treat patients with medical issues. The initiative called the Yellow Dot Program aims to make first responders aware of medical issues when they respond to emergencies such as car crashes...2/1