Thursday, February 12, 2015
ORNL in the News

ORNL’s Roberto Named MRS Fellow

(Newswise) James Roberto, the associate laboratory director for Science and Technology Partnerships at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elected a fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS)...2/11

Michelin a double winner at TTI Awards

(Tyre Press) ...In the Environmental Achievement of the Year category, Lehigh Technologies’ Micronized Rubber Powder won in a field of nominees that included Bridgestone’s TPMS, the Biological Odour Removal System from Mesnac and Carbon black anodes from Oak Ridge National Laboratory...2/12

Legislation Introduced to Jumpstart Research Into Exascale Supercomputing

(HPC Wire) U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.), along with U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), today introduced bipartisan legislation that would jumpstart research into exascale supercomputing that they said is “critical to U.S. competitiveness and national security.”...2/11

America’s First ‘3-D Printed’ Car Displayed At Battelle In Columbus

(WBNS -TV) A car-lover's dream in shiny blue and white drew admiring glances from employees of Battelle Memorial Institute. It's an engineering experiment that could point the way for cheaper family cars in the future. The car is modeled on a Shelby Cobra, but it did not come from a factory. It was created at the Oak Ridge National Lab which is managed by Battelle...2/11

Science and Technology

This New Technology Will Make Fonts Look Great on Small Screens

(Wired) Earlier this month, amidst the 27-inch curved TV screens, VR displays, and the rest of the consumer candy on show at CES, an 100-plus-year-old font company called Monotype debuted Spark, a technology that consumers can’t even buy...2/11

Light fantastic

(Nature) From glorious rainbows to the intricate mechanics of the human eye, light lies at the heart of phenomena that have fascinated scientists for millennia. Today, the latest optical technologies — from lasers to solar cells — harness light to advance physics and to serve society's needs...2/11

 

Energy and Science Policy

OSTP Director Holdren on Climate Change Research

(AIP) At last week’s briefing on the FY 2016 budget request for federal R&D agencies, OSTP Director John Holdren discussed challenges and opportunities in science and technology...2/10

Panel Urges Research on Geoengineering as a Tool Against Climate Change

(NY Times) With the planet facing potentially severe impacts from global warming in coming decades, a government-sponsored scientific panel on Tuesday called for more research on geoengineering — technologies to deliberately intervene in nature to counter climate change...2/10

DOE

DOE creates Office of Tech Transitions

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy today announced creation of a new Office of Technology Transitions. According to the agency announcement, “The office will work closely with the national laboratories and engage with industry to commercialize technology and strengthen the global competitiveness of U.S. industries based on scientific and technological innovations.”...2/11

DOE gives ORAU high marks, $3.47M

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In its annual performance evaluation from the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, Oak Ridge Associated Universities earned high grades — A- in three categories and B+ in three others — and received a total management fee of $3,466,768...2/9

DOE proposal to build new waste facility

(Oak Ridge Today) The U.S. Department of Energy has made great strides in cleaning up the Oak Ridge Reservation of outdated and contaminated buildings and soils. But since more work has been added to the original cleanup scope, additional landfill space is needed to handle the additional waste...2/11

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About the Electron Racetrack at Brookhaven National Laboratory

(Energy.gov) It’s called the National Synchrotron Light Source II and it speeds electrons in a circle near the speed of light -- a process that creates X-rays. Scientists will use these X-ray beams like a microscope to peer into the inner workings of everything from batteries to proteins in order to uncover information that could lead to improved energy technologies, medicines and more...2/6

Local and State

Prestige, Conference Grow for UT’s Reliability and Maintainability Center

(Tennessee Today) As the detailed study of best practices within manufacturing has become more commonplace in recent years, the Reliability and Maintainability Center at UT has stepped to the forefront as a well-respected hub of learning...2/5