Thursday, March 24, 2016
ORNL in the News

Drone technology could cut emergency response time

(WBIR-TV) Drones may not be a novelty in the skies anymore, but the technology is taking off with a higher purpose. Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been researching the use of drones in case of emergencies and discovered the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) could cut response times...3/21

ORNL achieves milestone reducing carbon-fiber costs; seeks commercial partners

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory has achieved a milestone in manufacturing research, significantly lowering the cost of producing industrial-grade carbon fiber and broadening the potential use of the light and strong material in motor vehicles and a range of other products...3/21

ORNL, 9/11 and Bethel Valley Road

(Knoxville News Sentinel) On the heels of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Oak Ridge National Laboratory closed its entrances, setting up security portals on Bethel Valley Road to the east and west of the lab. No longer could vehicles proceed toward or travel through the Department of Energy lab without a security pass...3/23

Researchers Invent Tougher Plastic  

(R&D Magazine) ...researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have made a better thermoplastic by replacing styrene with lignin, a brittle, rigid polymer that, with cellulose, forms the woody cell walls of plants...3/23

Atomic-scale 'sandblaster' produces novel 2D material

(Materials Today) Two-dimensional (2D) electronic devices could inch closer to their ultimate promise of low power, high efficiency and mechanical flexibility with a processing technique developed at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...3/16

Science and Technology

New Tetraquark Particle Sparks Doubts

(Scientific American) Exotic particles can be incredibly ephemeral, sticking around for tiny fractions of a second before decaying. The recent discovery of a new type of particle called a tetraquark may turn out to be equally short-lived, according to a new study casting doubt on the finding, although the issue is not yet settled...3/23

Energy and Science Policy

Advanced Manufacturing the Focus of House Science Committee Hearing on NIST Budget

(AIP) “NIST may be the most important federal agency that most people have never heard of,” proclaimed House Science Committee ranking member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) at a Mar. 16 hearing to review the president’s fiscal year 2017 budget request for the National Institute of Standards and Technology...3/22



NRC to discuss TVA application process for small modular reactors in Oak Ridge

(Oak Ridge Today) The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be in Oak Ridge in April to discuss the safety and environmental review process related to a Tennessee Valley Authority permit application for small modular reactors at the Clinch River Nuclear Site in west Oak Ridge...3/23

Energy Department Announces Over $9 Million in Funding for 16 Indian and Alaska Native Community Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects

( The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today funding for 24 American Indian and Alaska Native communities to deploy clean energy and energy efficiency projects. DOE plans to invest over $9 million in 16 facility- and community-scale energy projects in 24 tribal communities...3/22

Women in STEM: Deputy Secretary Liz Sherwood-Randall

( From working for then-Senator Biden to denuclearizing former Soviet states while working at the Department of Defense to serving on President Obama’s National Security Council staff, Dr. Sherwood-Randall has an extensive history of public service -- something she strongly encourages young men and women to consider as they plan their careers...3/22

Local and State

Anderson County secures Tennessee College of Applied Technology facility

(Oak Ridge Today) The Anderson County Commission learned Monday night that the county has been chosen by the state to be the next home of a Tennessee College of Applied Technology—or TCAT. TCATs are training facilities aimed at improving the skill levels of members of Tennessee’s workforce and are seen by potential industries as great training grounds for potential employees...3/22