Monday, June 1, 2015
ORNL in the News

Charge of the lithium brigade

(The Economist) ...The inability of power storage to keep up with new technology frustrates many, especially entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley who bemoan the lack of a Moore’s law for batteries...A similarly huge increase in capacity is promised with work by Chengdu Liang and his team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. ...5/30

FACEThe ‘Why’ of Models

(Newswise) Predicting how forests will respond to increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide involves understanding the interplay among carbon dioxide, nutrients, water, plant and soil processes. This multitude of variables challenges scientists who are trying to gauge how future ecosystems will react in a changing climate...5/27

3D Plastic ResinsAmerican Process Inc. Announces Partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to Make 3D Printing Plastic Resins Stronger and More Sustainable

(Virtual Strategy Magazine) American Process Inc. (Atlanta, GA) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN) recently signed a joint agreement to improve the strength of 3D printing plastic resins using nanocellulose, a rapidly emerging high performance, bioderived nanomaterial...5/28

Brian WirthWirth Receives Top DOE Honor, Credits UT-ORNL Partnership

(Tennessee Today) The US Department of Energy has named Brian Wirth, a joint UT College of Engineering and Oak Ridge National Laboratory appointee, an Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award winner for 2014...5/21

Science and Technology

Donato BosciaItalian scientists vilified in wake of olive-tree deaths

(Nature News) They did not expect to be hailed as heroes, say the scientists tasked with researching a deadly pathogen that is ravaging olive groves in Puglia, southern Italy. But they certainly did not predict that they would end up feeling like villains...6/1

Carbon Storage BatteryNew 'designer carbon' boosts battery performance

(Science Daily) Stanford University scientists have created a new carbon material that significantly boosts the performance of energy-storage technologies. Their results are featured on the cover of the journal ACS Central Science...5/29

Energy and Science Policy

EPA proposes lowering required amount of ethanol in gas

(The Chattanooga Times Free Press) The Obama administration is proposing to reduce the overall amount of ethanol blended in the nation's gasoline in coming years, a blow to renewable fuel companies that have pushed to keep high volumes of their product flowing into drivers' gas tanks...5/29

House Passes America COMPETES Bill

(AIP) "So the bill was passed" reported the May 20 Congressional Record on the 217 to 205 vote of the House of Representatives on H.R. 1806, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015...5/29

Senate Appropriators Approve FY 2016 NNSA Funding Bill

(AIP) Last Thursday the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill providing funding for the National Nuclear Security Administration...5/28


Problems with conduct of operations at Y-12

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Recently released reports indicate there have been persistent problems with “conduct of operations” — not doing things like they should be done — at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant...6/1

Energy Department increases scrutiny of LANL operator after electrical accidents

(Santa Fe New Mexican) In early March, a Los Alamos National Laboratory electrical worker was knocked off a ladder after accidentally touching a live wire in a ceiling at a radiological lab building...5/28

U.S Energy Department To Invest $32 Million In Solar Jobs

( The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is setting aside $32 million to help promote new jobs and research in the nation’s solar energy industry in an effort to accelerate the transition to cleaner forms of energy...5/28

LNGEnergy Department authorizes Alaska LNG Project, exports

( The U.S. Department of Energy has issued an authorization for the Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas Project as well as an export license for gas, in a Thursday decision hailed by the state’s U.S. senators...5/28

Local and State

MoonshineMoonshine continues to permeate East Tennessee culture

(The Albany Times Union) The city's first jar of legal moonshine was sold July 3, 2010. Some saw the moment as a salute to independence, a shedding of antiquated laws that kept the region from telling an important part of its history. For others, that first sale marked a potential shadow that could hang over the image of the tourism-dependent city...5/31

AMSEAMSE opens three new science-themed interactive exhibits

(Oak Ridge Today) Space exploration, supercomputing, and neutron science are featured in three new hands-on exhibits at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge. The exhibits showcase national science topics with local ties to research at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.