Thursday, March 12, 2015
ORNL in the News

HorsefeathersEnergy Retrofit Standard Gets Revamp

(Durability+Design) Processes and procedures for retrofitting residential and commercial structures to improve energy efficiency is the focus of a newly revised joint standard...The document directly addresses "a building’s energy efficiency in a quantitative manner and provides a means to improve that efficiency with an objective benchmark" created with the help of the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Federal Energy Management Program, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory...3/12

Unprecedented neutron images of refrigerant flow through heat exchangers

(PhysOrg) Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have captured undistorted snapshots of refrigerants flowing through small heat exchangers, helping to further elucidate characteristics of heat transfer...3/10

World's Biggest 3D PrinterORNL’s new 3D printer may be world’s biggest

(The 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

Science and Technology

Discovery demystifies origin of life phenomenon

(Science Daily) Biomolecules, if large enough (several nanometers) and with an electrical charge, will seek their own type with which to form large assemblies. This is essentially 'self-recognition' of left-handed and right-handed molecule pairs. ..3/11

New CO2 EpochMass Deaths in Americas Start New CO2 Epoch

(Scientific American) The atmosphere recorded the mass death, slavery and warfare that followed 1492. The death by smallpox and warfare of an estimated 50 million native Americans—as well as the enslavement of Africans to work in the newly depopulated Americas...3/11

Energy and Science Policy

Funding Constraints Highlighted at House Appropriations Hearings on FY 2016 NIH Request

(AIP) A common theme at last week’s House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the National Institutes of Health was the impact that funding constraints have had on medical research...3/11

Important Hearings on FY 2016 Commerce Department Request – NOAA and NIST

(AIP) House and Senate appropriators have held important hearings in the last two weeks on the FY 2016 budget request for the Department of Commerce...3/10

DOE

Alexander: Uranium Facility Must Meet Design Requirements, Stay Within $6.5 Billion And Be Done By 2025

(The Chattanoogan) Senator Lamar Alexander on Wednesday held a hearing on the National Nuclear Security Agency’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2016, in which he said there “is a lot more work to be done” to keep large government construction projects, such as the Uranium Processing Facility in Tennessee, on time and on budget as he and other senators work to fund critical defense priorities...3/12

Energy storage to triple in 2015 as industry heads beyond the $1B mark

(Portland Business Journal) The U.S. will add an estimated 220 megawatts of energy storage in 2015, more than three times 2014's 62 megawatt total, according to a new report from GTM Research...3/10

Nuclear Speed-Dating

(Energy.gov) The future of nuclear energy needs smart, creative thinkers. That's why more than 120 experts met up last week to "speed-date" each other's ideas....3/10

Local and State

Court to hear sabotage appeal of 85-year-old nun, activists

(WATE) On Thursday, an 85-year-old nun and two fellow Catholic peace activists will ask a federal appeals court in Ohio to overturn convictions for sabotage and destruction of government property. Attorneys for Sister Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed argue in court documents that the sabotage charge was government overreach that should not have been applied for the activists' symbolic, nonviolent actions...3/11

PotholesTDOT launches statewide pothole repair initiative

(WATE) The Tennessee Department of Transportation announced Wednesday it is launching a massive statewide effort to fix the abundance of potholes along Tennessee's interstates and state highways formed by a series of winter storms and heavy rainfall...3/11

Johnson City hosts Tennessee Valley Corridor summit

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) ...The corridor was assembled in the 1990s by then U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn., to help link the assets of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Marshall Space Institute in Huntsville, the Arnold Air Force Base and Space Institute in Tullahoma and other federal and research facilities in the region.