Tuesday, May 14, 2013
ORNL in the News

ORNL researcher discusses 3-D printing Tuesday

(Oak Ridge Today) The Friends of Oak Ridge National Laboratory will hold its monthly luncheon lecture meeting on Tuesday. The meeting will feature speaker Lonnie J. Love, who will discuss the development of 3-D printing and other advanced manufacturing applications at ORNL..5/13

ORNL Materials Science Scientists Win DOE Early Career Awards

(Azom.com) Materials science and physics research led by early career Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists received a boost this week from the Department of Energy's Office of Science Early Career Research Program...5/13

‘Science Saturdays’ draw teens to National Lab

(Oak Ridger) ...Open to students in grades 8-12, the program’s free weekend lectures and hands-on activities centered on the science of rainbows, robotics and remote handling, the materials genome, crystals, biofuels, supercomputing, climate change and more. “Science Saturdays was designed to introduce area students to the world-class research in science and engineering that’s happening in their back yard,” said Ian Anderson, ORNL director of Graduate Education and University Partnerships...5/13

DOE

Energy Department Launches Public-Private Partnership to Deploy Hydrogen Infrastructure

(Energy.gov) The Energy Department today launched H2USA -- a new public-private partnership focused on advancing hydrogen infrastructure to support more transportation energy options for U.S. consumers, including fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs)...5/13

Rad remnants of German waste ready for return

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ... about 100 tons of Germany's low-level radioactive waste was burned at the EnergySolutions waste-processing plant in Oak Ridge early this year. And, now, per guidelines of the project, the remnants of incineration are about to be shipped back to Europe for disposal...5/13

How to overcome the oxide barrier

(PhysOrg) Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have uncovered the characteristics of a low-resistance electrical contact to strontium titanate, SrTiO3, an important prototypical oxide semiconductor...5/13

National

Inside the drone economy

(Fortune) Unmanned aerial systems -- drones -- are about to unleash $82 billion in economic impact across the 50 United States...5/13

East Tennessee

Future’s So Bright … Generating solar power on unusable industrial park land

(Oak Ridger) Tennessee solar energy developer Vis Solis Inc. and the German Energy Agency , recently dedicated its first U.S. solar project with Christoph Sander, consul general of the Federal Republic of Germany, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau and Mayor Tom Beehan at the Heritage Center in Oak Ridge...5/12

Oak Ridge budget in flux; city schools fiscal outlook 'grim'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Although City Council passed in a 5-2 decision Monday night a new budget on first reading that keeps the tax rate unchanged for the next fiscal year, details of the proposal remain in sharp dispute...5/13

energy & science policy

Obama administration announces manufacturing institutes

(Nature) The administration of US President Barack Obama announced this week that it is committing US$200 million to create three advanced-manufacturing innovation institutes, focusing on digital manufacturing, lightweight composites and next-generation power sources...5/13

U.S. oil boom leaves OPEC sidelined from demand growth

(Reuters) Rising U.S. shale oil production will help meet most of the world's new oil demand in the next five years...5/14

science & technology

Solar panels as inexpensive as paint? It's possible due to new research

(PhysOrg) Most Americans want the U.S. to place more emphasis on developing solar power, recent polls suggest. A major impediment, however, is the cost to manufacture, install and maintain solar panels. Simply put, most people and businesses cannot afford to place them on their rooftops...5/13

Photonic Quantum Computers: A Brighter Future Than Ever

(Science Daily) ...Scientists from the Group of Philip Walther from the Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna succeeded in prototyping a new and highly resource efficient model of a quantum computer -- the boson sampling computer...5/13

Fossil Amber Challenges Theories About Glass

(National Geographic News) In a finding that could help answer fundamental questions about how glass forms, scientists have discovered that the structure of amber barely changes even after tens of millions of years...5/13

Other Stories

Detroit Vehicles Outperform Imports in Quality Study

(Wall Street Journal) Car makers known as the Detroit Three may be turning out their best, most competitive products in the last 10 years, according to a new study...5/13