Monday, June 9, 2014
ORNL in the News

StratiLocal Motors Announces Winners of First-ever 3D-printed Car Design Challenge

(Engineering.com) The winning concept, Strati, created by Michele Anoé of Italy, will highly inspire the full-size 3D printed prototype. “It’s simple and clean, with character,” says challenge judge and MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis. “It has a nice style that really hangs together.” Lonnie Love, Group Leader, Robotics and Manufacturing Systems Research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, adds, “Michele’s design offers an excellent balance between innovation, complexity and practicality..”...6/6

Arcam Launches a Nickel Base Superalloy Process for Additive Manufacturing with Arcam’s EBM Systems

(Ariva) Arcam today launches a process for Inconel 718® as a qualified material for use in Arcam’s EBM systems. The Inconel process is initially available for the Arcam A2X platform. The machine material parameters and mechanical testing was done in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory....6/9

Science & Technology

DARPA Kicks Off Two-Year Cybersecurity Hack-A-Thon

(Yahoo News) Over the past year, computer security experts have been preparing for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Cyber Grand Challenge — a first-of-its-kind cybersecurity competition — but now, the time has come to get hacking...6/6

Hill of BeansMore than just a hill of beans: Phaseolus genome lends insights into nitrogen fixation

(Science Daily) Research into the common bean has been pursued because of its importance in enhancing nitrogen use efficiency for bioenergy crops sustainability, and for increasing plant resilience and productivity in the face of the changing climate and environment...6/8

Energy and Science Policy

Space X CapsuleSenate’s NASA budget bill may hamper commercial spacecraft makers

(ARS Technica_ Back when it was still flying its own vehicles, NASA primarily relied on contractors to maintain and operate them. The agency's current plan takes this approach a bit further, paying private companies a fee for service to take materials and, eventually, people into low-Earth orbit...6/6

Science Committee Examines the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report Process

(AIP) The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing on May 29 to evaluate the process that the United Nations used in producing an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report...6/6 

DOE

KlotzY-12 replacement redesigned after project cost overruns

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) A decade after military planners began its design, the largest construction project in Tennessee is starting over with a new and different layout. The Department of Energy's Uranium Processing Facility in Oak Ridge has been revamped to help reduce its escalating costs by more than a third...6/6

Subcontractor demands $17.5 million from MOX Services

(Aiken Standard) A subcontractor hired by Shaw AREVA MOX Services – the contractor responsible for construction of the Savannah River Site's MOX facility – has requested a trial by jury in an attempt to claim $17.5 million from MOX Services following the contractor's decision to terminate its contract...6/5

Department of Energy (DOE) Proposes Changing Process for Non-FTA (Free Trade Agreement) LNG Exports

(National Law Review) In a recent notice of proposed procedures issued by DOE, the agency proposes to act on applications to export LNG to countries without a free trade agreement with the U.S. only after any review required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is completed...6/3

State and local

Gov. Bill Haslam looks over horizon as he runs again

(WBIR) Two months before the Aug. 7 primary and five months before the November general election, Gov. Bill Haslam doesn't sound like his sole focus is on winning a second term. He sounds like a candidate looking farther out than that...6/8

UT camp to spark interest in STEM, showcase public transit systems

(Oak Ridge Today) The Center for Transportation Research will give area high school students a behind-the-scenes look at public transit in Knoxville and Atlanta when it hosts its first Transit Camp July 29-31 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville...6/6

West coast legalization of marijuana impacts Tenn.

(WATE) Nashville drug agents say the legalization of marijuana in western states is having a serious impact on the amount of illegal drugs coming into Tennessee. Pot is legal in Colorado and Washington State, while medical marijuana is legal in California...6/9

Secret City Festival something for all ages

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The time for the 12th annual Secret City Festival in Oak Ridge is quickly approaching. Last year more than 20,000 people attended the event that is scheduled to take place June 13-14 this year...6/9