Monday, March 9, 2015
ORNL in the News

ORNL's new 3D printer may be world's largest

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory has a new supersized 3D printer — perhaps the largest in the world — and plans to shift its research on additive manufacturing over the next few years to emphasize working with metals such as steel and aluminum...3/9

Spring forward! Tips to cope with losing that hour of sleep tonight

(Daily Herald) ...Ralph Lydic and Helen Baghdoyan's laboratories are based at UT Medical Center, and they hold professorial positions in UT's Department of Psychology and in UT Graduate School of Medicine's Department of Anesthesiology. They also have joint appointments at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...3/7

Calif. man arrested after reportedly seeking entry at Y-12, ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A 24-year-old California man was arrested Friday evening after reportedly seeking entry to a Y-12 facility and then later at a security portal at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...3/8

ORNL microscopy directly images problematic lithium dendrites in batteries

(PhysOrg) Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have captured the first real-time nanoscale images of lithium dendrite structures known to degrade lithium-ion batteries. The ORNL team's electron microscopy could help researchers address long-standing issues related to battery performance and safety...3/6

Science and Technology

Why China's Pollution Could Be Behind Our Cold, Snowy Winters

(NPR) ...Many scientists think that climate change might be one cause of this year's "snowpocalypse" in Boston and bitter cold snaps in New York and Washington. But physicists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have been looking into another culprit: air pollution in China and India...3/8

Energy and Science Policy

Fueling the US innovation economy: New study shows innovation impacts from federal R&D

(PhysOrg) With policymakers looking for hard evidence to demonstrate the effectiveness of federal programs, a new study of federal patent output by the Battelle Technology Partnership Practice (TPP) provides some new insight into certain federal research programs and their substantial role in generating growth-enhancing innovations...3/6

DOE

Reworking the UPF design effort

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...According to reports, there were major revisions in the work assignments through the four multi-company Basic Ordering Agreements (BOAs) set up for the work. Some companies apparently have had their work reduced, such as  CH2M Hill, while others — like Merrick — have apparently survived relatively intact as the management of UPF work shifts to Bechtel corporate...3/6

New sensor array changes the data collection game

(PhysOrg) As urban populations increase, so too does the complexity involved in maintaining basic services like clean water and emergency services. But one of the biggest barriers to making cities "smarter"—for example, comprehensively monitoring sources of waterway pollutants in real time—is quick and easy access to data...3/8

At Idaho National Laboratory, A Year of Renewal And Milestones

(Nuclearstreet.com) It was a year of renewal and milestones at the Idaho National Laboratory, which celebrated 2014 with a video that runs through its many fields of research, including ongoing testing labs and major initiatives to develop fuel systems that make greater use of the power within the fission process...3/4

Optics, photonics industry hub shines brightly in NM

(Albuquerque Journal)...Skorpios Technologies Inc. launched in 2009 with homegrown technology that allows it to merge silicon with traditional materials used in optical communications, a fundamental breakthrough that many industry heavyweights have failed to achieve...3/9

Local and State

Internet 2.0 comes to Chattanooga

(Times Free-Press) Chattanooga led the nation in bringing the fastest Internet speeds to an entire city when EPB pioneered gigabit-per-second Internet service along its fiber optic network in 2010...3/8