Monday May 15, 2017
ORNL in the News

Model One 3-D Printer from Impossible Objects Could Transform Manufacturing

(Composites Manufacturing) ...“The development of an automated, low-cost composite additive manufacturing system could revolutionize the U.S. composite tool and composite end user parts industries,” says Lonnie Love, PhD, Group Leader of Automation, Robotics and Manufacturing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. “Impossible Objects’ CBAM technology has the potential to revolutionize this market.”...5/15

DOE to Fund HPC for Manufacturing

(Inside HPC) ...DOE announced nearly $3.9 million for 13 projects designed to stimulate the use of high performance supercomputing in U.S. manufacturing...The 13 new project partnerships include application of world-class computing resources and expertise of the national laboratories including...Oak Ridge National Laboratory...5/9

Bacterial boost for biobased fuels

(Biomass Magazine) Electrical bacteria are the key ingredient in a new process developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory that recycles wastewater from biofuel production to generate hydrogen. The hydrogen can then be used to convert bio-oil into higher grade liquid fuels such as gasoline or diesel...5/8

This machine uses sound waves to dry your laundry

(The Week) ...Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have built an energy-efficient clothes dryer that blasts laundry with high-frequency sound waves. The machine uses ultrasound to vibrate water droplets out of fabric, forming a fine mist that's siphoned out like a regular dryer...5/11

Science and Technology

Tesla Begins Taking Orders For Its Solar Energy Roof Tile Systems

(NPR) Tesla is now accepting deposits for its new solar roof system, offering an "infinity" warranty for tiles that integrate solar power into roof coverings. Installations will begin in June, the company says...5/11

Energy and Science Policy

With 2017 Budget Signed into Law, Eyes Turn to 2018 Battle

(EOS) The $1.1 trillion omnibus budget bill that President Donald Trump signed into law on Friday to cover funding through the current fiscal year (FY 2017) is generally favorable for science agencies. However, scientists and other observers caution that a bigger battle over funding for science agencies will be waged over the president’s proposed budget for FY 2018, which the administration is expected to release in full on 22 May...5/9


Unique glass technology holds promise for medical applications

(Aiken Standard) ...The glass technology, originally developed at the Savannah River National Laboratory for strategic material purposes, was further advanced and improved by ARC and tailored for applications outside the nuclear complex...5/14

Researchers shape the future of nano-electronics

(PhysOrg) The future of nano-electronics is here. A team of researchers from the Air Force Research Laboratory, Colorado School of Mines, and the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois have developed a novel method for the synthesis of a composite material that has the potential of vastly improving the electronics used by the Air Force...5/12

Design complete for Emergency Operations Center at Y-12

(Oak Ridge Today) ...The project will replace an outdated Manhattan Project-era facility by building a new Plant Shift Superintendent’s facility, a new Technical Support Center, and a new plant Fire Department Alarm Room...5/11

Local and State

TVA Studies Economic Impact, Deals With Heavy Rains

(WUOT) Earlier this month, the Tennessee Valley Authority released a report that, for the first time, placed a dollar value on recreation on the agency's 49 reservoirs. That total, calculated by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, is about $11.9 billion dollars...5/11