Thursday, May 1, 2014
ORNL in the News

DOE, ORNL report estimates more than 65 gigawatts of hydropower

(Oak Ridge Today) The U.S. Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory on Tuesday released a renewable energy resource assessment detailing the potential to develop new electric power generation in waterways across the United States...4/29

Energy Secretary Moniz lauds Oak Ridge electric power projects

(Utility Products) U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz praised Department of Energy projects at Oak Ridge during a speech Friday at the University of Tennessee, saying they were central to America's science and economic competitiveness...4/29

Huge OR Project Salvaged

(Metro Pulse) Thom Mason, director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is getting kudos for saving a $6.5 billion construction project for neighboring Y-12...4/30


World's thinnest nanowires may lead to foldable tablets, smartphones

(Computer World) ...Junhao Lin, a Vanderbilt doctoral student and visiting scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, created a way to use a finely focused beam of electrons to build what university scientists believe are some of the smallest wires ever made...4/29


Science and Technology

US biodefence facilities ramp up

(Nature) The future of the US government’s biodefence strategy sits in a warehouse in rural Texas...4/29

Physicists discover how to change the crystal structure of graphene

(PhysOrg) A University of Arizona-led team of physicists has discovered how to change the crystal structure of graphene, more commonly known as pencil lead, with an electric field, an important step toward the possible use of graphene in microprocessors that would be smaller and faster than current, silicon-based technology...4/30

Energy and Science Policy

House Science Committee Developments: NASA and NSF Authorization Bills

(AIP) ...Chairman Steven Palazzo (R-MS) reiterated Members’ praise for the efforts made by the staff of both parties saying “this truly is a bipartisan agreement.”  Members from both sides spoke of the importance of legislative language that will require NASA to develop a clear roadmap for its future exploration activities...4/29


Energy Department Releases New Guidance for Strengthening Cybersecurity of the Grid’s Supply Chain

( As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to a strong and secure power grid, the Energy Department today released new guidance to help U.S. industry strengthen energy delivery system cybersecurity...4/28

DOE Office of Science Seeks Comments on New Accelerator Stewardship Program

(AIP) The DOE Office of High Energy Physics is establishing a cross-cutting program in Accelerator Stewardship and is requesting input on this initiative by May 19...4/28

ARPA-E Announces $60 Million for Disruptive Technologies to Cut Emissions, Boost Energy Efficiency

( ...Acting ARPA-E Director Cheryl Martin announced up to $60 million for two new programs to detect and measure methane emissions and develop innovative localized thermal management systems that cut the energy needed to heat and cool buildings...4/29

Y-12, Pantex workforce reductions could total about 170 jobs

(Oak Ridge Today) Workforce reductions at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge and Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, are expected to total about 170 jobs, officials said this week...4/30

Local and STate

Fish and Wildlife tables proposed refuge expansion

(AP) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has tabled a proposed expansion of the Chickasaw and Lower Hatchie National Wildlife Refuges in West Tennessee...5/1

Chattanooga ranks seventh in nation for fastest-growing rents, ahead of even NYC

(Times Free-Press) ..."Chattanooga is attracting companies and attracting workers," said Divya Raghavan, senior analyst at NerdWallet. "It's both a good thing and a bad thing...5/1