Monday, June 5, 2017
ORNL in the News

Thomas ZachariaZacharia named director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory

(Oak Ridge Today) Thomas Zacharia, who built Oak Ridge National Laboratory into a global supercomputing power, has been selected as the laboratory’s next director by UT-Battelle, the partnership that operates ORNL for the U.S. Department of Energy, a press release said...6/1

Video Informs DOE-Funded Researchers about DOE PAGES and Submitting Accepted Manuscripts to DOE OSTI

(Blackbird Miltech) To help get the word out to researchers funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) at DOE national laboratories and research universities around the country, the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) and the DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have teamed up to produce a video about DOE PAGES, the DOE Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science...6/2

GKN Develops Large-Scale Additive Process

(Aviation Week) GKN Aerospace and the U.S. Energy Department's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have signed a five-year research agreement focused on additive manufacturing (AM). Under the agreement, GKN is developing a large-scale AM process that could significantly improve the manufacture of large titanium aerospace components...6/2

MethanotropesNewly identified microbial process could reduce toxic methylmercury levels

(ChemEurope) A team led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has identified a novel microbial process that can break down toxic methylmercury in the environment, a fundamental scientific discovery that could potentially reduce mercury toxicity levels and support health and risk assessments...6/1

Science and Technology

1st Test Track for Superfast Hyperloop Transport System Opens in Europe

(LiveScience) European cities could become even more connected thanks to a superfast transportation system known as a "Hyperloop," which now has its first test facility on the continent. Winners of a Hyperloop technology competition, held by Elon Musk's company SpaceX, unveiled Europe's first test facility for the rail transportation system this week...6/2

Energy and Science Policy

Trump pulls United States out of Paris climate agreement

(Nature News) US President Donald Trump has decided to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris climate accord, after months of heated debate among members of his administration. More than 190 nations agreed to the pact in December 2015, pledging to hold average global temperatures to 1.5–2 °C above pre-industrial levels...6/2

DOE

Once a critic, Perry now a defender of Energy Department

(Tacoma News Tribune) Energy Secretary Rick Perry has emerged as a strong defender of the department's work even though he once proposed closing it. Perry has been especially protective of the 17 national labs that conduct cutting-edge research on everything from national security to renewable energy. He's visited several labs since taking office and has praised staff for "making a difference."...6/5

Energy Department Announces Additional $20 Million in Research Awards

(ExecutiveBiz) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced Thursday that it 10 previously selected Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) awardees will receive a total of $20 million, honoring additional commitments...6/2

U.S. Department of Energy Authorizes Additional Liquefied Natural Gas Exports from an Offshore Project

(EIN News) The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that it has approved a long-term application to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the first offshore project, Delfin LNG, LLC (Delfin).  Exports in the amount of 1.8 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas are approved from Delfin’s proposed offshore Louisiana floating LNG terminal in the Gulf of Mexico...n.d.

Local and State

New concerns arise over US Nitrogen's environmental impact

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The ongoing saga of US Nitrogen added a chapter recently when the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation issued a letter to the company concerning several issues...6/4

Business leaders support new life for Friendship Bell

(Oak Ridge Today) When Ken Rueter and Alan Tatum met beside the iconic Friendship Bell in Bissell Park recently, they took a moment to reflect on the importance of preserving what the Bell symbolizes to the Oak Ridge community...6/2