Thursday, May 7, 2015
ORNL in the News

ORNL offering Cirrus Aircraft grant, resources

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Cirrus Aircraft may be Tennessee’s newest business-recruitment coup, but it shares a common goal with East Tennessee — both want to be leaders in cutting-edge technology...It’s already working with Oak Ridge National Laboratory on the details of an R&D partnership...5/7

Bringing high-energy particle detection in from the cold

(Space Daily) ...In recent years, scientists have been seeking new semiconductor materials to develop high-performance radiation detectors that can operate at room temperature. Now researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory think they have a good candidate material...5/7

DOE on verge of shipping hot-and-fissile materials from Oak Ridge to Nevada

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...After a two-year delay because of objections from the state of Nevada, the U.S. Department of Energy is once again on the verge of shipping highly radioactive and fissionable materials from Oak Ridge to a federal site north of Las Vegas...5/5

Story Tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, May 2015

1) 3-D face analysis. 2) Turbine-associated fish injuries. 3) Imaging atoms for better batteries...5/6

Science and Technology

Kitchen microwaves baffle Australian space scientists

(BBC News) After 17 years of fruitlessly searching the galaxy, Australian scientists have discovered the source of mysterious radio signals hitting a telescope...5/6

BioBots bioprinter to complement cutting-edge research

(PhysOrg) A high-resolution desktop 3D bioprinter that builds functional 3D living tissue was shown recently at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York. The machine is significant as a less expensive way for researchers to build 3D functional structures of living tissue. BioBots is the name of the company behind the printer...5/7

Energy and Science Policy

House Passes FY 2016 DOE Funding Bill

(AIP) ...Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL) offered the only amendment directly pertaining to the Office of Science.  The bill appropriated approximately $240 million less for the Office of Science than that requested by the Obama Administration...5/6

U.S. Senate makes progress on chemical regulation reform, but obstacles await

(Science Magazine) A bipartisan effort to revamp how the U.S. government tests and regulates toxic industrial chemicals reached a new milestone last week when a Senate panel easily advanced a measure to overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)...5/6

DOE

INL and NREL demonstrate power grid simulation at a distance

(PhysOrg) The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Idaho National Laboratory (INL) have successfully demonstrated the capability to connect grid simulations at their two labs for real time interaction via the Internet...5/5

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Oregon Health & Science University team up to accelerate biomedical discovery

(EIN News) ..."The goal of this alliance is to pursue new lines of scientific inquiry not possible before at our institutions and bring that knowledge to bear on human health," said Mary Stenzel-Poore, senior associate dean for research in the OHSU School of Medicine...5/5

Local and State

UT’s Research Enterprise Helps Boost State’s Profile

(University of Tennessee) ...The Council of State Governments (CSG) and Elsevier, a company that publishes and provides research information and tools, this week released “America’s Knowledge Economy: A State by State Review,” which hails Tennessee’s growth in research impact...4/24

Solar panels on 11 Knox schools could be installed this summer

(WBIR-TV) The Knox County Board of Education voted to move forward Wednesday on plans to install solar panels at 11 schools. It has been a plan in motion for the last year...5/6

Partnerships That Make a Difference: Great Smoky Mountains National Park and UT

(Tennessee Today) As part of the university’s successful Carnegie Community Engagement Classification application process, the Office of Research and Engagement has compiled a list of fifty of UT’s best community-campus partnerships...5/6