Monday, March 23, 2015
ORNL in the News

ORNL, Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics cooperate on salt-cooled reactors

(Oak Ridge Today) Representatives from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics met at ORNL last week as part of an agreement between the two institutions to work together on the advancement of salt-cooled nuclear reactor technologies...3/22

New Geothermal Heat Pump Uses 50% Less Energy

(Green Building Elements) Working with ClimateMaster — a leading manufacturer of geothermal and water-source heat pumps — the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has achieved a breakthrough in technology to create a geothermal heat pump...3/22

Scientists 3D Print Cars

(BBC) Scientists have 3D printed a replica of a vintage 1965 Shelby Cobra sports car to showcase this rapid prototyping technology. The team at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) took only six weeks from start to finish (Audio Broadcast)...3/19

Jack Dongarra: China Isn’t the Emerging HPC Power You Think It Is

(VR World) an exclusive interview with VR World, Dr. Jack Dongarra of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, said that China’s HPC stature may be something of a facade. Tianhe-2, while definitely the world’s fastest supercomputer, is somewhat idle and is not being used to its full capacity...3/22

City Seeking To Be Test Site For Connected Vehicle Pilot Development; Kickoff Set For Safer Streets Initiative

(The Chattanoogan) The city of Chattanooga is planning to enter into an agreement with the University of Tennessee to establish the city of Chattanooga as a test site for Connected Vehicle Pilot Development...A team, including experts from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and University of Tennessee, has been formed to pursue the opportunity accordingly...3/23

Science and Technology

New processing technology converts used packing peanuts to battery components

(Science Daily) Researchers have shown how to convert waste packing peanuts into high-performance carbon electrodes for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that outperform conventional graphite electrodes, representing an environmentally friendly approach to reuse the waste...3/22

DNA reveals the origins of modern Europeans

(PhysOrg) Europe is famously tesselated, with different cultural and language groups clustering in different regions. But how did they all get there? And how are they related? One way of answering these questions comes from digging up relics of the past...3/23

Energy and Science Policy

Science JournalsNSF unveils plan to make scientific papers free

(Science Magazine) The National Science Foundation (NSF) today released a long-anticipated policy that will require its grantees to make their peer-reviewed research papers freely available within 12 months of publication in a journal...3/18

Efficiency to be first piece of Senate energy package, potentially complicating water heater bill

(E&E Publishing) The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is expected to begin assembling its wide-ranging energy legislation as soon as next month with a markup focused on energy efficiency -- one of four titles expected to be included in a final bill...3/20


Fleischmann says fiscal pressures are UPF concern

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., is a supporter of the Uranium Processing Facility — unabashedly so. In fact, he's a big supporter of Y-12 operations at general. "The Uranium Processing Facility is an example of how we can come together as Americans and get things done," Fleischmann said last Friday during a milestone celebration for the multibillion-dollar UPF project that's to be constructed in Oak Ridge...3/19

How President Obama Wants To Shrink The Government's Carbon Footprint

(NPR) President Obama wants to shrink the federal government's carbon footprint. With hundreds of thousands of buildings and vehicles, the government is the nation's single biggest energy consumer. The president signed an executive order Thursday directing agencies to get more of their power from clean energy sources...3/19

Local and State

TN State CapitolTennessee Poised To Pass Impressive Slate Of Reforms

(Forbes) There are a lot of interesting policy proposals being debated in state legislatures across the country this year, but Tennessee is proving to be a hotbed of free market, pro-taxpayer reforms in 2015...3/19

UT-Sponsored Robot Invasion to Take Over Downtown Knoxville

(Tennessee Today) Robots are coming, and they've targeted the Knoxville Convention Center. This is no science fiction nightmare, however. This robot invasion is the fifth annual FIRST Robotics Competition Smoky Mountain Regional, sponsored in part by the College of Engineering...3/20

Smokies officials bracing for a busy spring

(WATE) March 20 was the first official day of spring. Despite the rain, the Smokies are already seeing crowds from all over the country ready for a new season. "We're just glad the snow has melted and we can put our snow boots away," said Pam Garner, who was with her husband and children visiting from Iowa. They were seeking out a warmer and scenic destination...3/20

Voter SignTennessee ranks fourth-worst state for voter turnout

(The Tennessean) When it came to voting in the 2014 elections, Tennessee voters weren't flocking to the polls, according to a Nonprofit VOTE report. Tennessee ranked as the fourth-worst state for voter turnout during the past election season in Nonprofit VOTE's "America Goes to the Polls 2014" report...3/21