Thursday, June 26, 2014
ORNL in the News

Three new Corporate Fellows at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Three of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s top researchers – Michael L. Simpson, Lance L. Snead and Gerald A. Tuskan — have been named Corporate Fellows, a recognition off their career achievements...6/24

Reinventing the 3D printer to make it faster

(Impact Lab) 3D printers are slow...Oak Ridge National Laboratory decided to make a faster printer by embracing thicker layers. Using Cincinnati Inc.’s huge BAAM 3D printer, it is working toward a machine that could print 200 to 500 times faster than a standard desktop 3D printer...6/25

New materials institute at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory has created an Institute for Functional Imaging of Materials “to accelerate discovery, design and deployment of new materials,”...“The institute will meld world-class capabilities in imaging, high-performance computing, materials science and other scientific disciplines to probe materials...6/23

Carbon-fiber epoxy honeycombs mimic the material performance of balsa wood

(PhysOrg) In wind farms across North America and Europe, sleek turbines equipped with state-of-the-art technology convert wind energy into electric power. But tucked inside the blades of these feats of modern engineering is a decidedly low-tech core material: balsa wood...6/26

Science and Technology

Cloud Computing Could Do More to Save the Planet Than Electric Cars

(Wired News) Many will tell you that we can save the planet by switching from gas-guzzling automobiles to electric cars. But Zack Rosen says there’s a better way. He’ll tell you the impact would be greater if we just switched from virtual machines to Linux containers...6/25

Bath-salt chemical promises safer solar cells

(Nature) A common chemical used as a bath salt and in the making of tofu can replace a toxic, expensive chemical in the manufacture of high-tech solar cells, chemists announced today...6/25

Energy and Science Policy

House Appropriators Take Strong Position on Yucca Mountain

(AIP) Last week the House Appropriations Committee approved its version of the FY 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill. In several sections of the committee’s report accompanying this bill the appropriations take a strong position on the Obama Administration’s policy regarding the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository...6/23

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Discusses Securing Radiological Materials

(AIP) The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing on June 12 to focus on the threat of crude explosives using radiological materials and efforts to secure these materials...6/23

DOE

K-25 demolition: it’s really done now

(Knoxville News Sentinel) There have been many, many milestones in the massive, years-long, billion-dollar demolition of the historic K-25 uranium-enrichment facility. Such as when he West Wing was done, when the East Wing was completed and when the North Tower hit the ground, just to name a few...6/24

Local and STate

‘Fingerprinting’ radioactive materials

(Oak Ridger) ...Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, R-Third District, visited Oak Ridge-based ORTEC earlier this week, and told employees he would do everything he could to help them expand their national market for radiation detectors....6/23

NRC chairwoman sees 'no show stoppers' at Watts Bar nuclear plant

(Times Free-Press) More than four decades after construction began at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, nearly 3,200 TVA and contract employees are working around the clock to finish what should be America's first new nuclear reactor of the 21st century...6/25

Oak Ridge firm wins $6M DOE contract

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Synergy Solutions Inc. of Oak Ridge has received a five-year, $6 million contract from the U.S. Department of Energy to provide “technical and administrative support services” at Building 55 at the Denver Federal Center...6/24

Out of the Woods? Air Quality in the Smokies Has Improved—But Still Has a Long Way to Go

(Metro Pulse) ...As early as the 1940s, air pollution in the Smokies gained momentum as numerous power plants and factories introduced excessive pollutants into the atmosphere...6/25

UT Researchers Use Computers for Drug Research

(Tennessee Today) UT researchers are using supercomputing to simulate the interactions of drug compounds and proteins in the body. The computers allow them to rapidly collect and analyze data which could make medicine cheaper, find new uses for existing drugs, and enhance the understanding of a drug’s potential side effects.