Thursday, March 6, 2014
ORNL in the News

Mason’s early thoughts on FY 2015

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...The requested budget numbers released Tuesday seem to generally fall without the scope of the two-year budget agreement Congress reached earlier for 2015, as well as the current fiscal year. “It’s kind of consistent with what you would have expected. It’s basically stable. No huge changes in most areas,” the ORNL chief said...3/5

Cincinnati Incorporated and Oak Ridge National Laboratory Advance Large-Part Additive Manufacturing

(Fabricating & Metalworking) Cincinnati Incorporated and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have signed a partnership agreement to develop a new large-scale additive manufacturing system capable of printing polymer components up to 10 times larger than currently producible, and at speeds 200 to 500 times faster than existing additive machines...3/5

DOE

FY 2015 Budget Request: DOE Office of Science

(AIP) The Department of Energy released partial information about its FY 2015 budget request yesterday afternoon. Overall funding for the department would increase 2.6 percent under the Administration’s request. The budget for the Office of Science would increase 0.9 percent...3/5

FY 2015 Budget Request: National Nuclear Security Administration

(AIP) The Department of Energy released partial information about its FY 2015 budget request yesterday afternoon. Overall funding for the department would increase 2.6 percent under the Administration’s request. The budget for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) would increase 4.0 percent...3/5

Postdocs wanted for energy efficiency, renewable energy research awards

(Oak Ridge Today) Oak Ridge Associated Universities and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy are taking applications for the EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards, an opportunity for recent Ph.D. recipients to conduct applied research at universities, national laboratories, and other research facilities...3/5

National

The U.S. Economy's Big Baby Problem

(The Atlantic) Last September, the U.S. government announced that our birthrate fell to "another record low" in 2012, following a long, steady slide since the Baby Boom after World War II...3/5

Pentagon budget: 4 ways White House wants to change the military

(CS Monitor) When top Pentagon officials came to Capitol Hill Wednesday with their 2015 budget in hand, they offered some key clues about what they expect the future US military to look like...3/5

East Tennessee

With new ISO rating, ORFD among top in nation

(Oak Ridge Today) The Oak Ridge Fire Department has been notified by the Insurance Service Office that the fire protection rating for the department will be improving to a Class 2...3/4

Ancient statue on display at McClung Museum to be named official state artifact

(WATE-TV) An ancient statue named "Sandy" is one step closer to being named the official artifact of Tennessee. The 700-year-old figure is currently on display at the McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee...3/6

energy & science policy

Major U.S. Science Agencies Face Flat Prospects

(Science Magazine) President Barack Obama on Tuesday released a $3.901 trillion budget request to Congress, including proposals for a host of federal research agencies...3/4

Europa Mission Gets Boost From President’s New NASA Budget

(Wired) A dedicated mission to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa, one of the best bets for life beyond Earth in our solar system, has inched a little closer to reality today...3/4

A Bright Year for Solar in the U.S.—But There Are Clouds on the Horizon

(Time) Solar was the second-biggest source of new electricity generation capacity in 2013. A trade war between the U.S. and China, however, could change all that...3/5

science & technology

Equations are art inside a mathematician’s brain

(Nature) When mathematicians describe equations as beautiful, they are not lying. Brain scans show that their minds respond to beautiful equations in the same way other people respond to great paintings or masterful music...3/5

The First Mass-Produced Hydrogen Car

(Popular Science) When it comes to alternate energy sources, most automakers think simply—battery power or bust. That’s what makes the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell an outlier...3/4

Schadenfreude and the Future of Energy Storage

(The Energy Collective) ...I had the pleasure this past week of attending the ARPA-E Summit in Washington, D.C...Several speakers and panelists talked about the future of microgrids, distributed generation and distributed storage...3/4

Other Stories

25 Years after Exxon Valdez Spill, Sea Otters Recovered in Alaska’s Prince William Sound

(Scientific American) It took a quarter century, but the northern sea otters (Enhydra lutris kenyoni) living in Alaska’s Prince William Sound have finally recovered from the effects of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill...3/5