Tuesday, February 4, 2014
ORNL in the News

Tim Powers to head ORNL’s Research Reactors Division

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Tim Powers has been named director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Research Reactors Division...The move is part of the chain of events precipitated by Kelly Beierschmitt’s departure for a high-level position at Idaho National Laboratory. Ron Crone, who was directing two divisions, including Research Reactor, was named to Beierschmitt’s position — associate lab director for neutron sciences — on an interim basis...2/3

ORNL, Local Motors agree to pave way to world’s first 3-D printed vehicle

(Oak Ridge Today) Local Motors Inc. and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have signed a new partnership to develop and deliver technology to produce the world’s first production 3-D printed vehicle...2/3

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, January 2014

(EurekAlert) HIGHWAYS – The road to efficiency...City Traffic Engineer John Van Winkle, who has positioned Chattanooga as a national leader in intelligent transportation and communication technologies, is headlining a seminar scheduled at Oak Ridge National Laboratory Jan. 10...ENERGY – Challenge Homes gaining steam...Since 2008, more than 1,000 Zero Energy Ready Homes have been built, saving owners millions of dollars in utility bills while increasing comfort, health and durability...ENVIRONMENT – Nano soil science...Cross-disciplinary research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is yielding new insight into the carbon cycle, contaminated soils and soil fertility...2/4

DOE

Officials say little about Monday hearing on Y-12, Pantex contract

(Oak Ridge Today) Officials said little about the federal hearing held Monday to discuss the consolidated but contested contract to manage the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge and Pantex Plant near Amarillo, Texas...2/3

New Energy Efficiency Standards for External Power Supplies to Cut Consumers’ Utility Bills

(Energy.gov) Building on President Obama’s State of the Union address, which called for reducing carbon pollution and helping communities move to greater energy efficiency, the Energy Department today announced new efficiency standards for external power supplies...2/3

State & Regional

Haslam proposes free community college

(The Tennessean) Gov. Bill Haslam, in his final State of the State address before seeking re-election this fall, unveiled a plan Monday night to waive tuition for students at community colleges and technology centers...2/3

National

Improving U.S. budget picture may temper zeal for further cuts

(Reuters) New U.S. budget deficit estimates due on Tuesday will likely show a rapidly improving fiscal picture over the next few years, contributing to a waning appetite in Washington for further budget cutting...2/4

East Tennessee

Oak Ridge team wins regionals in National Science Bowl, headed to finals

(Oak Ridge Today) A team of students from Oak Ridge was among 14 teams of middle and high school students who won their regional competitions for the 2014 National Science Bowl this past weekend and are advancing to the National Finals in Washington, D.C., in April...2/3

Fast Internet Is Chattanooga’s New Locomotive

(NY Times) ...“Gig City,” as Chattanooga is sometimes called, has what city officials and analysts say was the first and fastest — and now one of the least expensive — high-speed Internet services in the United States...2/3

energy & science policy

Feds Will Require All New Vehicles to Talk to Each Other

(Wired News) ...The U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have approved V2V communication systems that regulators say will increase safety, reduce accidents and pave the way for connected cars...2/3

science & technology

Great Barrier Reef to Become Sludge Repository

(Science Magazine) The Australian agency tasked with managing the Great Barrier Reef has authorized what amounts to an experiment opposed by many scientists: how the iconic ecosystem will respond to mountains of sludge dumped into the waters between the reef and the Australian mainland...2/3

Scientists reading fewer papers for first time in 35 years

(Nature) ...A 35-year trend of researchers reading ever more scholarly papers seems to have halted. In 2012, US scientists and social scientists estimated that they read, on average, 22 scholarly articles per month (or 264 per year), fewer than the 27 that they reported in an identical survey last conducted in 2005...2/3

The Problems With Heading Into the Cloud

(Wall Street Journal) When small firms use remote services, they face headaches they never had before...2/3

Researchers develop first single-molecule LED

(PhysOrg) The ultimate challenge in the race to miniaturize light emitting diodes (LED) has now been met: a team led by the Institut de Physique et de Chimie des Matériaux de Strasbourg has developed the first ever single-molecule LED...2/3

Other Stories

Company Struggles to Keep U.S. in the Uranium Enrichment Game

(NY Times) While the only American-owned company that enriches uranium prepares for bankruptcy, its competitor is zooming ahead with construction of what it describes as a cluster of far more economical and efficient new centrifuges...1/27