Monday, June 13, 2016
ORNL in the News

AM1 3D PrinterCosine Additive Partners with Oak Ridge Lab for Ultrafast, Large-Scale 3D Printing

( The 3D printing industry is only becoming more exciting, as evidenced by an increasing number of new 3D printing processes from the likes of Carbon and XJet. A new partnership between Cosine Additive and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) demonstrates that things are just getting warmed up, as the two partners will work to 3D print large composite parts at incredible rates....6/9

ORNL Makes Carbon Fiber Stick to Aluminum

(Design News) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), which has done intensive research into carbon fiber, has developed a surface preparation method to improve joining the composites with aluminum. The ramifications are potentially far-reaching for high-volume industrial applications...6/13

TennessineNaming element Tennessine would be worthy honor

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) (Editorial) The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry announced last week the "provisional recommendation" that the recently discovered Element 117 be called Tennessine...In announcing the provisional names for Tennessine, IUPAC singled out the production and chemical separation of target materials for super-heavy element synthesis at ORNL's High Flux Isotope Reactor and Radiochemical Engineering Development Center...6/13

ORNL licenses carbon fiber processing to RMX Technologies

(Materials Today) RMX Technologies and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have signed an exclusive licensing agreement for a new technology that can reduce the time and energy needed in the production of carbon fiber...6/10

Science and Technology

Meteor Spotting NetworkFrance launches massive meteor-spotting network

(Nature News) Scientists in France have launched an unprecedented campaign to catch shooting stars, an effort that will rely on thousands of volunteers to comb the ground for bits of space rock. The programme already includes 68 cameras that scan the skies for meteors, which are seen when bits of asteroid, comet or other planetary material streak through Earth's atmosphere...6/10

Energy and Science Policy

Final Kyoto analysis shows 100% compliance

(Science Daily) All 36 countries that committed to the Kyoto Protocol on climate change complied with their emission targets, according to a scientific study released today. In addition, the Kyoto process and climate-related policies, represented a low cost for the countries involved -- up to 0.1% of GDP for the European Union and an even lower fraction of Japan's GDP...6/10


DOE Recommends US Stay in ITER, Warns of Potential Delays to Other Projects

(AIP) The Department of Energy recommends that the U.S. remain a member of the international ITER fusion project through fiscal year 2018 and then reassess its participation. The department notes that without budget increases for the Office of Science, the required U.S. contributions to ITER could delay other facility construction projects, such as the pending upgrades to x-ray and neutron user facilities which an advisory committee just finished assessing...6/10

Elemental MercuryMercury cleanup at Y-12 could cost $3B

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The cleanup of mercury contamination at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant could ultimately cost up to $3 billion, according to a Department of Energy report. The report, dated February 2016, states that the estimated cost for mercury remediation at Y-121 is between $1 billion and $3 billion...6/10

Energy Department Invests More than $10 Million in Efficient Lighting Research and Development

( Building on the new commitments to the Global Lighting Challenge announced last week during the Clean Energy Ministerial, the Energy Department is announcing funding for nine research and development projects that will support solid-state lighting (SSL) core technology research, product development, and manufacturing research and development....6/10

Local and State

AMSEAMSE property 'hurdle' to Main Street project

(Oak Ridger) In a June 2 letter to Oak Ridge City Manager Mark Watson, RealtyLink principal Neil Wilson called the possible retail development of the roughly 17 acres of property around the American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE) “devastating to our (the developer's) efforts to provide the community a much needed quality retail centered mixed use town center.”...6/9

Emerald Ash BorerTennessee officials quarantine Marion County for emerald ash borer infestation

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) An infestation of emerald ash borers in Marion County has prompted Tennessee Agriculture Department officials to slap a quarantine on the entire county, blocking the movement of ash trees and ash tree products...6/10