Monday, June 26, 2017
ORNL in the News

GKN Aerospace, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Form Additive R&D Partnership

(Modern Machine Shop) GKN Aerospace and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have signed a five-year research agreement focused on additive manufacturing. Utilizing the DOE’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL, this $17.8 million cooperative research and development agreement will focus on additive manufacturing processes...6/22

Ce-Al AlloyLicence to commercialise Ce-Al alloy

(Metal Powder Report) Aluminum specialist Eck Industries has signed a licence for the commercialization of a cerium-aluminum (Ce-Al) alloy co-developed by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The alloy is reportedly suitable for creating lightweight, strong components for vehicles and aircraft....6/23

Science and Technology

Planet NineSolar System survey casts doubt on mysterious 'Planet Nine'

(Nature News) An analysis of four icy bodies discovered in the outer Solar System reveals no sign that they are being influenced by a large, unseen planet lurking beyond Neptune. The finding chips away at a line of evidence for a ‘Planet Nine’ proposed in 2014...6/22

Wave InterferenceA 100-year-old physics problem has been solved

(Science Daily) Researchers have found a way around what was considered a fundamental limitation of physics for over 100 years. They were able to conceive resonant systems that can store electromagnetic waves over a long period of time while maintaining a broad bandwidth...6/22

Energy and Science Policy

Energy Secretary Rick Perry: I Didn't Write Department Budget

(Time Magazine) Republicans and Democrats denounced President Donald Trump's proposed energy budget Thursday, and even Trump's energy secretary distanced himself from a plan that would slash funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy and basic science... As senators condemned the budget at a hearing, Energy Secretary Rick Perry made it clear he did not have a say on the request submitted to Congress...6/22

House Science Committee Democrats Hold Roundtable on Climate Science and Policy

(AIP) This week, the leading Democrats on the House Science Committee convened a roundtable forum of experts to explore the science and policy of climate change...6/22



Local business awarded $49M OREM contract

(The Oak Ridger) The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Professional Project Services Inc. (Pro2Serve) a contract to provide technical support services to the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM). The five-year contract has a maximum value of $49 million...6/22

Power LinesDOE grid study release delayed until July

(Photovoltaics Magazine) Some studies are controversial even before they are undertaken. That is certainly the case with the study promised by new U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry. In April Perry announced a 60-day study on whether regulations, subsidies and tax policies are “responsible for forcing the premature retirement of baseload plants”, and further whether this would affect system reliability, according to Bloomberg...6/23

Local and State

NimBiosNIMBioS: Mathematical Biology Tackles Destructive Plant Virus

(Tennessee Today) ...In sub-Saharan Africa, one plant disease in particular – maize lethal necrosis – is ravaging one of the region’s preferred crops for food, feed and income...A team of researchers at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), based at UT, has used mathematical modeling to better understand the dynamics of the disease and how to manage it...6/23

Greg LeMond's firm strikes carbon fiber deal

(Plastic News) A company founded by cycling legend Greg LeMond has licensed carbon fiber technology from an Australian university. Oak Ridge, Tenn.-based LeMond Composites LLC has entered into an exclusive global 20-year licensing agreement with Deakin University in Victoria, Australia...6/23

TEMA: 12 Tennessee counties get help after Memorial Day storms

(WVLT TV) Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced 12 counties will receive federal aid assistance through a Presidential Disaster Declaration as the recovery process continues in several areas from the severe storms and straight-line winds of May 27, and May 28, 2017...6/23