Thursday, May 14, 2015
ORNL in the News

Bacteria the Newest Tool in Detecting Environmental Damage

(Tennessee Today) The reaction most people have when they hear the word bacteria is rarely a good one. While it’s true that food- and water-borne bacteria cause untold illnesses and even death around the world, a team of researchers from UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory has found a way to use bacteria to help prevent some of the very symptoms most people associate with them...5/12

Canada Carbon’s Graphite Suitable for Nuclear Applications, Says Evans Analytical

(Resource Investing News) Canada Carbon has been in discussions with senior scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory which is working with Idaho National Laboratory and other government agencies towards the design and development of high-temperature, gas-cooled, graphite-moderated nuclear reactors, under a program supervised by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy...5/13

DOE awards contract for legacy waste plant design

(World Nuclear News) Merrick & Company is to design equipment for handling and treating transuranic materials for a sludge treatment facility at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory under a project awarded to a consortium led by CH2M Hill...5/12

Glass Coating Makes Solar Panels More Efficient

(Energy.gov) Have you ever treated your windshield with Rain-X or bought eyeglasses with an antireflective coating? A new technology combines the benefits of both in a unique glass coating that can improve tomorrow’s solar panels, lenses, detectors, windows and many other products. Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory looked to some surprising sources of inspiration when developing the new technology: a moth’s eye (which is anti-reflective) and lotus leaf (which is water-repellant)...5/13

Plugging up leaky graphene: New technique may enable faster, more durable water filters

(PhysOrg) For faster, longer-lasting water filters, some scientists are looking to graphene —thin, strong sheets of carbon—to serve as ultrathin membranes, filtering out contaminants to quickly purify high volumes of water...5/7

ORNL Group Leads Calorimeter Upgrade for Large Hadron Collider Experiment

(Newswise) Run-2 for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)—the world’s largest and most powerful particle collider—began April 5 at CERN, the European Laboratory for Nuclear Research. In preparation, Thomas M. Cormier, who leads the LHC Heavy Ion group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, led an upgrade of the electromagnetic calorimeter used for LHC’s experiment called ALICE (for A Large Ion Collider Experiment)...5/12

Science and Technology

A Sharp Spike in Honeybee Deaths Deepens a Worrisome Trend

(NY Times) A prolonged and mysterious die-off of the nation’s honeybees, a trend worrisome both to beekeepers and to farmers who depend on the insects to pollinate their crops, apparently worsened last year...5/13

GE engineers make engine using additive manufacturing process

(PhysOrg) GE engineers have been getting firsthand insights about additive manufacturing as applied to jet engines. News of their success in 3D-printing a mini-jet engine has gathered some attention..5/14

Energy and Science Policy

First Information: FY 2016 House Funding Bill for NASA, NIST, NOAA, NSF

(AIP) The House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee meets tomorrow to consider its FY 2016 funding bill...5/13

Texas’ shortsighted wind energy policy

(The Dallas Morning News) Texas produces the most wind power of any U.S. state. Wind power accounted for 8.3% of the electricity generated in Texas during 2013. Texas, which in just the last five years has tripled its oil production and delivered hundreds of billions of dollars into the economy, is looking at what could be a sustained downturn in oil prices. Crude oil prices are almost 60 percent lower now than they were six months ago...4/15

DOE

Y-12 restricts public access to New Hope Center; cites ‘overall threat’ of terrorism

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration has restricted access to New Hope Center — the most publicly available part of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant — because of what a spokesman characterized of the “overall threat” of terrorism that currently exists at government facilities...5/13

Intense lasers cook up complex, self-assembled nanomaterials

(PhysOrg) Nanoscale materials feature extraordinary, billionth-of-a-meter qualities that transform everything from energy generation to data storage. But while a nanostructured solar cell may be fantastically efficient, that precision is notoriously difficult to achieve on industrial scales...Now, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have developed a laser-based technique to execute nanoscale self-assembly with unprecedented ease and efficiency...5/14

Out with heavy metal  

(EurekAlert) Researchers have demonstrated a new process for the expanded use of lightweight aluminum in cars and trucks at the speed, scale, quality and consistency required by the auto industry. The process reduces production time and costs while yielding strong and lightweight parts, for example delivering a car door that is 62 percent lighter and 25 percent cheaper than that produced with today's manufacturing methods...5/11

DOE Finds Illuminance Degradation at Border Patrol Lighting Retrofit 

(Energy Manager Today) The US Department of Energy has released an updated report on its lighting evaluation project along the US-Mexican border in Yuma, Arizona, LEDs Magazine reports. In February 2014, DOE installed six LED-based area luminaires on three poles to evaluate their performance in an environment with extreme temperatures and other environmental challenges before proceeding with the complete installation of more than 400 luminaires...5/13

Local and State

How Chattanooga made $1 billion last year from tourism

(Times Free-Press) ...To be sure, the $1 billion economic-impact mark is an estimate; the firm number won't be known until September. "It will be fairly close," says Bob Doak, the president and CEO of the Convention and Visitors Bureau...5/13