Thursday, June 8, 2017
ORNL in the News

ORNL 3D-printed magnets attract 'Momentum'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Magnets are much more than a nifty ornament used to display artwork on the refrigerator.
“You have 100 or more magnets in any automobile,” explained Paran Paranthaman, from Oak Ridge National Laboratory. “In the ignition and the motor or to open the roof or move the seat – every moving part is made with a magnet...6/7

Eck Industries exclusively licenses cerium-aluminum alloy co-developed by ORNL

(PhysOrg) Wisconsin's Eck Industries has signed an exclusive license for the commercialization of a cerium-aluminum (Ce-Al) alloy co-developed by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory that is ideal for creating lightweight, strong components for advanced vehicles and airplanes...6/7

Fantastic Voyage—Flying Through a Turbine Blade

(Engineering.com) Researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory  Spallation Neutron Source have recently utilized neutron imaging to examine the cooling channels and other inner workings of Inconel 718 turbine blades...6/7

GKN Aerospace, Oak Ridge National Laboratory partner on AM technology

(The Fabricator) GKN Aerospace has signed a five-year agreement with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to used additive manufacturing to develop large titanium parts for aerospace applications...6/6

U.S. government lab develops in-car facial recognition solution

(Biometric Update) At the request of US Customs and Border Patrol, Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a new facial recognition system intended for use at land borders that draws on light-field sensor arrays to mitigate the glass barrier of vehicles, according to a report by The Verge...6/5

Science and Technology

Physicists have finally created a 2D magnet

(Nature) ...Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, a condensed-matter physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, and Xiaodong Xu, an optoelectronics researcher at the University of Washington in Seattle, were searching for a 2D magnet separately before meeting in 2016. They decided to combine forces to investigate...6//7

Energy and Science Policy

House Science Committee Delves into Research Overhead Costs

(AIP) ...On May 24, the Research & Technology and Oversight subcommittees of the House Science Committee held a joint hearing to examine the use of federal grants to fund the overhead costs of research, also known as indirect costs....6/6

DOE

Researchers image quasiparticles that could lead to faster circuits, higher bandwidths

(PhysOrg) ..."These are waves just like water waves," said Fei, an Iowa State University assistant professor of physics and astronomy and an associate of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory. "It's like dropping a rock on the surface of water and seeing waves. But these waves are exciton-polaritons."...6/7

Departments of Agriculture and Energy Announce Up to $9 Million through the Interagency Biomass Research and Development Initiative

(Energy.gov) The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy, announced that up to $9 million in funding will be made available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative to increase the nation’s energy independence by supporting the development of bioenergy feedstocks, biofuels, and biobased products...6/7

Local and State

East Tennessee middle school students attempt to launch satellite into orbit

(WATE-TV) ...Robertsville Middle School is in the process of signing a Space Act Agreement with NASA, and once they do, they’ll be the first school in Tennessee to do so, allowing its students to work hand in hand with NASA on their latest classroom mission...6/6

TVA will keep west tower at downtown Knoxville property

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Tennessee Valley Authority will keep at least one of its downtown Knoxville Office Complex towers, the federal utility announced Wednesday. The decision comes a little more than a year after the utility said it was looking into selling both towers and moving into a new building...6/7

University of Tennessee professor: Great Smoky Mountains National Park is 520,000 acres of tinderbox

(Knoxville Nes Sentinel) For nearly a decade, Henri Grissino-Mayer has warned of megafires consuming communities along the boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
“This is the greatest concentration of people in the wildland-urban interface in the nation,” the University of Tennessee professor said...6/6