Thursday, April 30, 2015
ORNL in the News

New Report From ORNL Details US Hydropower Fleet

(Clean Technica) Until now, the US hydropower fleet has never been fully documented, but a new report conducted by the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has filled this gap, providing industry and policy makers with a full run-down on the country’s hydropower capabilities...4/28

3D-Printed Car on Display at Orange and White Game

(Tennessee Today) More than 60,000 people attended the Orange and White Game on Saturday, April 25, at Neyland Stadium. Some of those visitors also checked out the Shelby Cobra 3D-printed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which was in the spotlight when President Barack Obama’s visited East Tennessee in January...4/29

ORNL researchers find way to see early cancer cells

(WVLT-TV) Researchers in Oak Ridge have come up with a way to see signs of the disease quicker than ever before. "We need the wavelength to stay in the exact right spot, within a thousandth of a percent," said Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher Benjamin Lawrie...4/29

Six ORNL researchers receive SAE International awards

(Oak Ridge Today) Six researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory received awards at last week’s Society of Automotive Engineers International, or SAE, World Congress...4/29

Novel superconducting undulator provides first x-ray light at ANKA

(Alpha Galileo) ...Thanks to the lessons learned by ANKA and the extensive experience of BNG in designing and fabricating conduction cooled systems e.g. a solenoid system operating successfully at the Spallation Neutron Source at the Oak Ridge National Lab, a new design was implemented in SCU15...4/30

Science and Technology

Scientists achieve critical steps to building first practical quantum computer

(PhysOrg) IBM scientists today unveiled two critical advances towards the realization of a practical quantum computer...4/29

Batches of ultra-thin transistors made from 2D materials

(Nature) Researchers dream of making miniature, flexible electronic circuits from films just a few atoms thick. But growing such 2D films at the scale needed to produce batches of reliable electronic devices has been a challenge...4/29

Energy and Science Policy

Along Party Lines: House Science Committee Passes COMPETES Reauthorization Bill

(AIP) Last week’s approval by the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee of a reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act was fully expected.  Expected too – with only minor exception – were the straight party line recorded votes on unsuccessful amendments to the bill and its final passage sending it to the House floor...4/27

DOE

UPF to be built outside PIDAS

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration has confirmed that construction of the Uranium Processing Facility, a cluster of three buildings as conceived under the revised design strategy for the production complex, will take place outside the Protected Area of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge...4/23

Energy Dept. Report Finds Major Potential to Grow Clean, Sustainable U.S. Hydropower

(Energy.gov) Building on the Obama Administration’s commitment to an all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department and its Oak Ridge National Laboratory released a renewable energy resource assessment today detailing the potential to develop new electric power generation in waterways across the United States...4/29

Energy Department to Provide $75 Million for ‘Fuels from Sunlight’ Hub

(Energy.gov) The U.S. Department of Energy today announced $75 million in funding to renew the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), a DOE Energy Innovation Hub originally established in 2010 with the goal of harnessing solar energy for the production of fuel....4/28

Local and State

Oak Ridge tour season expanded to 9 months

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Department of Energy has expanded its tour season from three to nine months, with bus tours to continue this year through November. In the future, the tour season will be March through November, a DOE spokeswoman said...4/24

Kragenbrink named president, CEO of Tech 2020

(Oak Ridge Today) Kevin Kragenbrink, who has been serving as interim executive director of Tech 2020, has been named president and chief executive officer, a press release said...4/28