Tuesday, February 18, 2014
ORNL in the News

ORNL joins with Ohio firm to go big on 3-D printing

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory will partner with an Ohio company over the next year to develop an additive manufacturing system — also known as 3-D printing — capable of producing large-scale polymer parts much faster and a lot cheaper than today’s technologies....2/17

How These Partners Are Working to Make Gigantic 100-Foot 3-D Printed Parts a Reality

(The Motley Fool) Oak Ridge National Laboratories is working with Lockheed Martin and at least one other commercial partner to scale up 3-D printing to produce parts up to 60 to 100 feet in size for the aerospace and other industries, according to Aviation Week & Space Technology. The ultimate goal is to be able to print structures such as the wings of a large unmanned aircraft...2/16

DOE

Bacteria-filled liquid crystals could improve biosensing

(PhysOrg) ...The new type of active material, which holds promise for improving the early detection of diseases, was developed by a research collaboration based at Ohio's Kent State University and Illinois' Argonne National Laboratory...2/17

State & Regional

Possible removal of daylight saving time in TN stirs debate

(WBIR-TV) ..."The impact that it would have on commerce and the confusion it would create if you were traveling through Tennessee," said Rep. Ryan Haynes. "Eastern time zone, Central time zone -- financial markets would be an hour ahead of us."...2/17

National

U.S. seeks prisoner swap with Taliban

(Washington Post) ...Five members of the Afghan Taliban who have been held at Guantanamo for years would be released to protective custody in Qatar in exchange for the release of Bergdahl, who was captured in Afghanistan in 2009 and is thought to be held in Pakistan by the Haqqani network, an allied insurgent group...2/18

East Tennessee

Sentencing for Y-12 protesters

(WBIR-TV) ...Sentencing for Sister Megan Rice and two other anti-nuclear activists, convicted of breaking into the Y-12 Security Complex and defacing a uranium-processing building with human blood, is set for Tuesday at 9 a.m. in downtown Knoxville...2/18

energy & science policy

Obama to Propose $1 Billion Climate Resilience Fund

(Science Magazine) President Barack Obama yesterday used a visit to drought-parched California to announce that his 2015 budget request to Congress, to be released in early March, will include a proposal to create a $1 billion “Climate Resilience Fund.”...2/15

science & technology

Police Eye Google Glass as Surveillance Tool

(Time) ...A few months ago, an officer for the Byron Police Department in Georgia made a routine traffic stop equipped with an unusual piece of technology: Google Glass...2/17

Caps not the culprit in nanotube chirality

(PhysOrg) A single-walled carbon nanotube grows from the round cap down, so it's logical to think the cap's formation determines what follows. But according to researchers at Rice University, that's not entirely so...2/18

US Navy ready to deploy laser for first time

(PhysOrg) That future is now. The Navy plans to deploy its first laser on a ship later this year, and it intends to test an electromagnetic rail gun prototype aboard a vessel within two years...2/17

Other Stories

One Year After Russia’s Sky Exploded

(Slate) In the early hours of Feb. 15, 2013, a small rock, probably 19 meters (60 feet) in diameter, was gliding silently through space … but a blue-green world lay directly in its path. Moving at a speed of 20 kilometers per second—45,000 miles per hour, two dozen times faster than a rifle bullet..2/14