Monday, June 2, 2014
ORNL in the News

Bredesen Center graduates first class with help from ORNL, UT

(Oak Ridge Today) Two students were the first to earn a new doctoral degree this month from the Energy Science and Engineering program founded by former Gov. Phil Bredesen in partnership with the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Scott Curran and Vincent Kandagor earned their doctorates in energy science and engineering at UT’s graduate hooding on Thursday, May 8.

CIMMYT, Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists collaborate on food security challenges

(SeedQuest) On 20-22 May, CIMMYT [International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center] hosted a summit with researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), a U.S. Department of Energy facility that is the largest multipurpose science laboratory in the U.S. and a committed member of the Knowledge Systems for Sustainability community of practice...5/29

Additive ManufacturingLarge-Scale Additive Manufacturing: Bigger Is Better

(Fabricating and Metalworking) Until now, additive manufacturing has largely been limited by the size of the finished product being “grown” inside the work envelope. But the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) managed by the U.S. Department of Energy is about to change that by bringing new life to the old cliché “bigger is better” with its introduction of Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) technology...5/30

Number of foreign visitors on the rise at Oak Ridge lab

(The Stars and Stripes) The number of foreign visitors at Oak Ridge National Laboratory increased significantly in 2013, and China once again dominated the roster with nearly 20 percent of the total visits...5/30

Science & Technology

Bioprinted Blood Vessel3-D bioprinting builds a better blood vessel

(Science Daily) The tangled highway of blood vessels that twists and turns inside our bodies, delivering essential nutrients and disposing of hazardous waste to keep our organs working properly has been a conundrum for scientists trying to make artificial vessels from scratch...5/30

Gravitational Waves‘No evidence for or against gravitational waves’

(Nature News) The astronomers who this spring announced that they had evidence of primordial gravitational waves jumped the gun because they did not take into proper account a confounding effect of galactic dust, two new analyses suggest...5/29

Energy and Science Policy

NSF Dodges Most House Amendments, Census Bureau Not So Lucky

(Science Magazine) The National Science Foundation (NSF) has withstood a freewheeling assault on its 2015 budget by the U.S. House of Representatives. But the Census Bureau took it on the chin...5/30

Science Committee Examines Astrobiology Research and the Search for Life in the Universe

(AIP) The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing on May 21 to review the current state of astrobiology.  Members were interested in hearing about the use of radio and optical astronomy in the search for intelligent life...5/29

DOE

Car with MoneyU.S. Department of Energy Wants to Get Into the Self-Driving Car Business

(IEEE Spectrum) One week after Google made a splash with a demo of the latest iteration of its self-driving cars, we learned about the company’s plans to produce a limited number of custom-built prototypes with no steering wheels or control pedals. Right on its heels came news that California plans to issue driver’s licenses to experimental self-driving cars...5/29

NNSA approved UPF management changes

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration, as would be expected, gave its blessing to the leadership changes taking place at the Uranium Processing Facility — a big project in transition. “NNSA approved the UPF management changes,” federal spokesman Steven Wyatt said...6/1

U.S. To Miss Deadline For Removing Nuclear Waste From Los Alamos

(Scientific American) The U.S. Department of Energy on Friday said it would be unable to meet a deadline to remove drums of nuclear waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico because of safety concerns tied to the radiological materials...5/30

State and local

Affidavit: TV 'Millionaire' in Extortion Bid

(ABC News) A Tennessee man who appeared on "The Millionaire Matchmaker" is accused of trying to extort $2.5 million from a nuclear weapons plant in exchange for 1,200 slides that he allegedly claimed would be damaging if released publicly...5/31

Students weighing Tennessee Promise of free college

(The Tennessean) Juniors walking out of Tennessee high schools for the summer have a big decision for the fall: Will they take the path to free associate degrees laid out in Tennessee Promise or stick with the plans they already had?...5/29

Haslam: Administration 're-engaged' in talks with Volkswagen on Chattanooga expansion

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday his administration is back in discussions with Volkswagen officials over state incentives and other assistance programs needed to persuade the German auto manufacturer to build a new line of vehicles at its Chattanooga plant...5/30

Kingston Ash ParkTVA opens community park at Kingston ash spill site

(WATE News) A new community park opened in Roane County Friday at the site of the 2008 massive coal ash spill. The disaster happened at the TVA Kingston fossil plant almost five and a half years ago....5/30