Thursday, April 18, 2013
ORNL in the News

ORNL scientists developing high-tech bomb detection system

(WATE-TV) ...Ken Tobin is part of a team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory developing a device with unprecedented sensitivity to be able to detect bombs...Researchers believe this new "sniffer" will achieve a detection level beyond other chemical sensors. The system uses lasers to detect explosive devices from a distance of a football field....4/16

Innovation: Additive Manufacturing

(Huffington Post) ...Lockheed Martin and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory are developing a revolutionary concept they call Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) that will be able to manufacture much larger components in open air environments. The vision is of a swarm of robots depositing layers of material in close synchronization with each other...4/16

System Provides Clear Brain Scans of Awake, Unrestrained Mice

(Science Daily) Setting a mouse free to roam might alarm most people, but not so for nuclear imaging researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Johns Hopkins Medical School and the University of Maryland who have developed a new imaging system for mouse brain studies...4/9

ORNL Leading Study Focused on Afterlife of Electric Vehicle Batteries

(Innovations Report) ...Five used Chevrolet Volt batteries are at the heart of the Department of Energy Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s effort to determine the feasibility of a community energy storage system that would put electricity onto the grid...4/17

DOE

Second breathing incident at Oak Ridge nuclear waste plant prompts DOE action

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A second incident in recent months involving loss-of-supplied-air to nuclear workers at the Transuranic Waste Processing Center in Oak Ridge prompted the Department of Energy to take a closer look at what's going on there...4/17

State & Regional

Energy Department Highlights Nissan’s Better Plants Challenge Showcase Project in Tennessee

(Energy.gov) As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to lowering energy bills for U.S. businesses, the Energy Department today recognized Nissan’s participation in the Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge and its showcase project at the company’s new energy efficient paint plant in Smyrna, Tennessee...4/17

National

Senate Rejects Expanded Background Checks For Gun Sales

(NPR) A bipartisan compromise that would have expanded federal background checks for firearms purchases has been rejected by the Senate...4/17

East Tennessee

Baker Center Releases White Paper on Base-Load Electricity

(Tennessee Today) UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy has released a white paper examining the difficult choices that utilities and public policymakers face as they weigh alternatives to coal-fired power plants...4/17

energy & science policy

If Carbon Markets Can’t Work in Europe, Can They Work Anywhere?

(Time) [Editorial] America may be a bit of a mess when it comes to climate policy—though that mess has been surprisingly effective in reducing carbon emissions in recent years...4/17

FY 2014 STEM Education Budget

(AIP) The President’s request for FY 2014 significantly restructures federal spending in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education...4/17

science & technology

Forest ecology: Splinters of the Amazon

(Nature) Decades after Thomas Lovejoy isolated fragments of the Brazilian rainforest in a grand experiment, researchers are building on his legacy around the world...4/17

A silicon platform for quantum computers

(PhysOrg) A team of Australian engineers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has demonstrated a quantum bit based on the nucleus of a single atom in silicon, promising dramatic improvements for data processing in ultra-powerful quantum computers of the future...4/17

Flexible electronics could transform the way we make and use electronic devices

(Penn State News) Flexible electronics open the door to foldaway smartphone displays, solar cells on a roll of plastic and advanced medical devices -- if we can figure out how to make them...4/8

To Attract More Girls to STEM, Bring More Storytelling to Science

(Scientific American) Women and girls are historically underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields and much has been written lately about why girls in school seem disinterested in these areas...4/16

Lionfish Attacking Atlantic Ocean Like A Living Oil Spill

(NPR) A gluttonous predator is power-eating its way through reefs from New York to Venezuela. It's the lionfish...4/17

Other Stories

Putin Announces $50 Billion Toward Space Program

(Slate) In the same week the proposed NASA budget was released with decidedly mixed news, Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged that a new push to space will get backed handsomely, to the tune of $52 billion over about eight years years...4/15