Tuesday, March 18, 2014
ORNL in the News

Magnetic Refrigeration: GE’s Breakthrough in Home Refrigeration Technology

(WRI) In a major breakthrough for the home refrigeration market, GE’s research on magnetic refrigeration has led to a technology that is 20 percent more energy efficient and makes no use of refrigerants or compressors...In addition to the work GE Appliances’ engineers are doing, GE Global Research and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are also working on the development. ..3/17

Six companies receive ORNL small business awards

(Oak Ridge Today) Six East Tennessee companies doing business with Oak Ridge National Laboratory received 2014 ORNL Small Business Impact Awards from the laboratory Friday morning at a meeting of the East Tennessee Economic Council...3/17


Y-12 apprentice program celebrates third graduating class

(Oak Ridge Today) The apprentice program at the Y-12 National Security Complex recently celebrated its third graduating class as 27 participants gained their journeyman status. The program was restarted in 2008 after an almost 30-year hiatus...3/17

NNSA to extend Sandia contract for up to 3 years, prepare for competition

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration today announced that it will negotiate a three-year extension of Lockheed Martin’s management contract at Sandia National Laboratories while preparing for a full and open competition...3/17

State & Regional

Google Fiber to study bringing high-speed Internet to low-income areas in Nashville

(The Tennessean) A Google Fiber rep is headed to Nashville this week to continue investigating the company’s local expansion efforts, this time focusing on bringing high-speed access into neighborhoods historically lacking access to that kind of service...3/17


Navy SEALs: Libyan oil tanker seized from rebels

(CS Monitor) The SEALs boarded the tanker Morning Glory late Sunday in international waters southeast of Cyprus. Rear Adm. John Kirby says no one was injured in the operation, which was approved by President Barack Obama...3/17

East Tennessee

Fifth in nation: UT graduate program in nuclear engineering

(Oak Ridge Today) The graduate program in nuclear engineering at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville has risen to fifth place among all universities in the country, according to the 2015 U.S. News and World Report graduate rankings released last week...3/17

Distinguished Scientist Awarded Prestigious Geosciences Award

(Tennessee Today) Bob Hatcher, Distinguished Scientist at UT, has been awarded the 2014 Marcus Milling Legendary Geoscientist Medal. The award makes the professor the only recipient of the three most prestigious medals in his field...3/17

energy & science policy

Scholar calls for adjustments to energy forecasting

(PhysOrg) M. Granger Morgan wants to bring uncertainty back to energy forecasting. Morgan, a professor at Carnegie Mellon, has spent his career investigating climate change and the energy system and understands how difficult it is to account for the many variables that can affect gas and oil prices even 10 years into the future...3/17

science & technology

The Challenge: How to Keep Fusion Going Long Enough

(NY Times) Fusion, the process that powers the sun, is the forever dream of energy scientists — safe, nonpolluting and almost boundless. Even here at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where the primary focus of fusion work involves nuclear weapons, many scientists talk poetically about how it could end the world’s addiction to fossil fuels...3/17

Cities Around the World Sharing Climate Solutions via C40

(The Energy Collective) On January 31st, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon named former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as a Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. This appointment reflects the growing recognition of the global impact of cities which, according to Bloomberg, account for "more than 70 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and two-thirds of the world's energy use today."...3/17

Discovery Bolsters Big-Bang Theory

(Wall Street Journal) Scientists said Monday they have detected the earliest signals reaching back to the birth of the universe almost 14 billion years ago, buttressing the big-bang theory of how the cosmos was formed...3/17

Other Stories

Plane search spans Asia, but investigation shows little progress

(Reuters) China deployed 21 satellites to scour its territory for a missing Malaysian jetliner, while Australia said it had drastically narrowed its sector of the search area but was still looking in an expanse of ocean the size of Spain and Portugal...3/18