Thursday, March 13, 2014
ORNL in the News

3-D printing yields advantages for US ITER engineers

(PhysOrg) ITER, the international fusion research facility now under construction in St. Paul-lez-Durance, France, has been called a puzzle of a million pieces. US ITER staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using an affordable tool—desktop three-dimensional printing, also known as additive printing—to help them design and configure components more efficiently and affordably...3/12

U.S. infrastructure vulnerable to “cascading system failures” caused by weather disasters

(Homeland Security News Wire) Two U.S. government reports released last Thursday warn that U.S. infrastructure is vulnerable to the effects of climate change. One report focuses on energy, the second on infrastructure more generally...Thomas Wilbanks, a research fellow at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and lead author and editor of the reports, says climate-fueled weather disasters could cause “cascading system failures” unless changes are adopted to minimize such effects...3/13

DOE

Tapping University Students for Energy Efficiency Business Solutions

(Energy.gov) ...Now in its third year, the Better Buildings Case Competition challenges the next generation of engineers, entrepreneurs and policymakers to devise actionable ways to cut energy waste and improve commercial building efficiency...3/12

National

Government's Empty Buildings Are Costing Taxpayers Billions

(NPR) Taxpayers are footing the bill for the upkeep of 77,000 empty or underutilized federally owned buildings. And a faulty database means the government doesn't know just how many properties it owns...3/12

 

East Tennessee

ORAU’s four new members

(Knoxville News Sentinel) City College of New York, Illinois Institute of Technology, Temple University and the University of Colorado at Boulder are the newest members of Oak Ridge Associated Universities...3/12

State redraws emergency zone in case of disaster at Oak Ridge

(WBIR-TV) The emergency zone covers four counties in about a five-mile radius around each of the three DOE sites. About 50,000 people live and work in the zone...3/12

Alexander Inn removed from endangered places list

(Oak Ridge Today) The Alexander Inn, a historic Oak Ridge hotel being converted into an assisted living center, has been removed from an annual list of endangered places in East Tennessee...3/11

State & Regional

Researchers find small traces of pharmaceuticals in Tennessee River

(WATE-TV) Researchers at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga studied samples from the Tennessee River and detected small traces of pharmaceuticals...3/12

energy & science policy

FY 2015 Budget Request: National Science Foundation

(AIP) The National Science Foundation (NSF) has requested $7.255 billion for FY 2015, an increase of $83.1 million or 1.2 percent. The NSF budget supports core research activities within and across all science disciplines...3/12

U.K. to Shower Money on Three Big Science Projects

(Science Magazine) The U.K. government announced nearly £300 million ($500 million) of new investment in large-scale science projects yesterday. The beneficiaries will be a new European neutron source soon to be built in Sweden, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope, and an exoplanet-hunting mission by the European Space Agency...3/12

science & technology

Tiny diamond impurity reveals water riches of deep Earth

(Nature) Mineral never before found on Earth points to a vast reservoir in the mantle...3/12

'Ultracold' molecules promising for quantum computing, simulation

(PhysOrg) Researchers have created a new type of "ultracold" molecule, using lasers to cool atoms nearly to absolute zero and then gluing them together, a technology that might be applied to quantum computing, precise sensors and advanced simulations...3/12

Intel’s Plan to Move Your Data at the Speed of Light

(Wired) Inside the massive data centers that run the most popular web services — from Google to Facebook to Amazon — beams of light may soon move data from machine to machine....3/12

Other Stories

EU moves toward sanctions on Russians; Obama meets Ukraine PM

(Reuters) The European Union agreed on a framework on Wednesday for its first sanctions on Russia since the Cold War, a stronger response to the Ukraine crisis than many expected and a mark of solidarity with Washington in the drive to make Moscow pay for seizing Crimea...3/13