Thursday, April 16, 2015
ORNL in the News

3D Printing Brings Classic Shelby Cobra to Life

( Six highly skilled and ambitious engineers. Six weeks of intense focus. One stunning 3D-printed, all-electric vehicle. These are the results of an Energy Department-supported project that could help shape the future of American manufacturing...4/15

Mixing up a batch of stronger metals

(PhysOrg) A team of researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee has found that this class of alloy retains enhanced mechanical properties even when the mixing is uneven or disordered, which opens up new possibilities for future alloy design...4/14

HFIR: 50 years old and going strong

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s High Flux Isotope Reactor officially became a part of nuclear lore Monday when it was designated a Nuclear Historic Landmark — joining an elite list that includes Chicago Pile-1 at Stagg Field, the world’s first nuclear reactor...4/13

Science and Technology

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars Return for Another Run

(NY Times) ...In 2015, even with gasoline cheaper than it has been in years, hydrogen is back to haunt those who insist that battery electric vehicles, or EVs, are the long-term solution for reducing fossil fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions...4/15

New Discovery Of World's Oldest Stone Tools

(NPR) ...A team led by Sonia Harmand from Stony Brook University in New York found the tools in Kenya, near Lake Turkana. It's an area that's yielded numerous fossils and tools from early humans...4/15

Energy and Science Policy

Controversy awaits as House Republicans roll out long-awaited bill to revamp U.S. research policy

(Science Magazine) The science committee in the U.S. House of Representatives took a major step today in its 2-year effort to reshape federal research policy, introducing a long-awaited and controversial bill that covers the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, research at the Department of Energy, and federal science education policy...4/15

Congress group tours Yucca Mountain nuke dump site in Nevada

(PhysOrg) ...Estimates are that $15 billion was spent drilling a 5-mile U-shaped tunnel and studying whether 77,000 tons of hazardous material could remain safe and dry in casks wheeled on rails into a honeycomb of tunnels 1,000 feet underground. Some estimates put the final cost at $100 billion...4/10


Kevin Hall named manager of DOE’s Oak Ridge Office

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Kevin Hall, who came to Oak Ridge in 2013 following a stint at the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site Office, has been named manager of DOE’s Oak Ridge Office and will oversee the Oak Ridge Integrated Support Center...4/14

Packing heat: New fluid makes untapped geothermal energy cleaner

(PhysOrg) ..."Our new fluid can make enhanced geothermal power production more viable," said lead fluid developer Carlos Fernandez, a chemist at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. "And, though we initially designed the fluid for geothermal energy, it could also make unconventional oil and gas recovery more environmentally friendly."...4/15

How American Businesses are Leading the Way in Green Building Technology

( In 2014, two daredevils broke into a construction site and climbed to the top of the second tallest building in the world: the Shanghai Tower. You may recognize it from their vertigo-inducing viral video, which leaves no doubt that the Tower is tall. What it doesn’t show is how much American businesses have had an impact on making the structure one of the greenest large buildings in the world...4/15

Local and State

ET bats disappearing as white-nose syndrome spreads

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Three of Tennessee’s most common species of bats have been hit hard by a fast-spreading fungal disease that has wiped out entire bat populations in the northeastern U.S. and Canada...4/16

UT Researchers Explore Fundamental Forces of Nature in Large Hadron Collider Experiments

(Tennessee Today) With the world’s largest science project now smashing particles again after a two-year pause, UT researchers will play a role in experiments that could challenge the accepted understanding of the universe...4/13