Thursday, April 23, 2015
ORNL in the News

National Lab Reins in Data Center Management Chaos

(Data Center Knowledge) Scott Milliken is the computer facility manager at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Speaking Monday at the Data Center World conference in Las Vegas he talked about the challenge of managing one of the most chaotic types of data center environments and what he and his team did to rein in the chaos...4/20

DOE Invests Nearly $8 Million for Development of Next-Generation HVAC

(HPAC Engineering) ...Oak Ridge National Laboratory will receive about $1.4 million to develop a magnetocaloric air conditioner with the potential to improve efficiency by up to 25 percent over conventional vapor-compression systems...4/22

3-D Printers Are Changing The Way People Think About Manufacturing

(NPR) At the Oak Ridge National Laboratory the future of manufacturing is taking shape. At the lab, 3D printers offer some unique design opportunities as well as interesting challenges...4/21

More Americans at risk from strong earthquakes, says new report

(Science Daily) ...Kishor Jaiswal, a research contractor with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), presented the research conducted with colleagues from USGS, FEMA and California Geological Survey. They analyzed the 2014 National Seismic Hazard Maps and the latest data on infrastructure and population from LandScan, a product of Oak Ridge National Laboratory...4/22

Science and Technology

Liquid Batteries for Solar and Wind Power

(NY Times) In an industrial park on the outskirts of Pullman, Wash., 10 white storage trailers sit side by side, neatly arranged in two rows. These are no ordinary storage units. Arranged on racks inside are the guts of a large rechargeable battery, the kind of device that can store and release utility-scale amounts of electricity...4/22

Graphene champions the next generation 3D display technology

(PhysOrg) ...Now researchers at Swinburne University of Technology have shown the capacity of a technique using graphene oxide and complex laser physics to create a pop-up floating display without the need for 3D glasses...4/23

Energy and Science Policy

White House Climate Change Policy Faces Legal Hurdle

(NPR) NPR's Melissa Block speaks to Brian Deese, President Obama's senior adviser in charge of climate policy, about the Obama administration's push for new restrictions around power plant emissions...4/22

New Balance of Power

(NY Times) ...the United States is overtaking the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries as the vital global swing producer that determines prices. That remarkable change has been building since 2008, as American shale fields accounted for roughly half of the world’s oil production growth...4/22

US societies push back against NIH reproducibility guidelines

(Nature) Guidelines from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) that aim to improve the reproducibility of preclinical research are premature, burdensome and may be ineffective, an influential group of scientific societies says...4/17


K-31 demolition 80 percent done; contractor ramping up preparations at K-27 uranium facility

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Demolition of the K-31 Building is now 80 percent complete, according to updated information from cleanup contractor URS/CH2M Oak Ridge, and workers are making headway on preparations for the eventual demolition of K-27...4/20

Combining tech transfer at Y-12/Pantex

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Tech-transfer functions at the Y-12 and Pantex nuclear weapons plants have been combined into a single organization under Consolidated Nuclear Security, the federal contractor that last year took over management of the plants under a single contract...4/20

In Milestone, Energy Department Projects Safely and Permanently Store 10 Million Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide

( In a landmark accomplishment, the U.S. Department of Energy is announcing that a group of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects supported by the Department have safely captured 10 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) – the equivalent of removing more than 2 million passenger vehicles from the nation’s roads for one year...4/22

Local and State

Nuclear Women: Where few have gone before

(Oak Ridger) Five Y-12 women recently had the rare opportunity to tour a nuclear reactor site — including the inside of a containment structure and iconic cooling water tower...4/19

UT Libraries’ New Digital Collection: Smokies Photos, Film Clips Set to Music

(Tennessee Today) The UT Libraries has created an online digital collection of photos and home movies of the Smokies taken in the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s by a Townsend businessman. Folk songs performed by local musicians have been added to the originally silent film clips...4/21