ORNL in the News

Shelby CobraTour of ORNL’s 3D Printing Facility: 3D Printed Podium for Obama, Titanium Robotic Arms & More

(3D Print.com) It was a distinct pleasure to join a tour of the Manufacturing Development Facility (MDF) of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) on June 23rd, 2015. Our group consisted of College, Career, and Technical Education Directors and leaders from the Tennessee State Department of Education who toured together...6/25

MAHLE Powertrain receives $2.5 million energy grant

(Farmington Hills Hometown Life) ...“MAHLE Powertrain is pleased to have the opportunity to work with the Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory,” said Hugh Blaxill, head of MAHLE Powertrain North America. “Combustion development is a key enabler to achieving future fuel economy and emissions targets...6/26

Helium balloonsHelium 'balloons' offer new path to control complex materials

(Materialsgate) Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new method to manipulate a wide range of materials and their behavior using only a handful of helium ions...6/29

Science and Technology

Karijini National ParkIron: A biological element?

(Science Daily) Think of an object made of iron: An I-beam, a car frame, a nail. Now imagine that half of the iron in that object owes its existence to bacteria living two and a half billion years ago. That's the upshot of a new study. Its findings have meaning for fields as diverse as mining and the search for life in space...6/26

Little faith in carbon capture in the EU and USA

(PhysOrg) Pessimism prevails about the future of carbon capture and storage in both the USA and EU. This is despite the fine promises that it was precisely this technology that would save the oil and gas industry. "There's a sombre mood among people who work with carbon capture and storage now. Lobbyists in the US and the EU wonder how much longer they can keep going,"...6/29

Energy and Science Policy

Obama Administration Outlines Objections to Senate NASA, NIST, NOAA, NSF Funding Bill

(AIP) Appropriators in the House and Senate have been working diligently on FY 2016 funding bills since President Obama sent his budget request to Congress in early February.  House appropriators will likely complete their work by the middle of next month, and it is expected that their Senate counterparts will not be far behind...6/26

US Congress moves to block human-embryo editing

(Nature News) The US House of Representatives is wading into the debate over whether human embryos should be modified to introduce heritable changes. Its fiscal year 2016 spending bill for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would prohibit the agency from spending money to evaluate research or clinical applications for such products...6/25


MOX FacilityEnergy officials order review of MOX

(Greenville Online) The U.S. Energy Department on Thursday ordered a high-level review of South Carolina's troubled mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility and of possible alternatives for disposing of surplus weapons-grade plutonium. The director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Thom Mason, will lead what the agency calls a red team assessment and report back to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in August...6/26

DOE exercises UCOR’s contract option to 2020; contractor says it has saved the government $122M

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Praising UCOR’s safe, efficient and cost-effective cleanup work in Oak Ridge since 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy has exercised the option that extends the contractor’s role until mid-2020...6/28

Sandia's Z-MachineSandia’s Z machine could help Researchers find correct age of Saturn

(NY City News) There is a contrast here, planets cool down as they age, but such is not the thing with Saturn, which is hotter than it should be without any additional energy source. The unexplained has been acting as a hurdle to estimate Saturn's age...n.d.

Local and State

Tennessee Strengthens Alignment Between Education and Workforce

(Clarksville Online) Tennessee has earned national recognition for forging critical relationships between education and economic development through Pathways Tennessee, the state’s multi-agency initiative established in 2012, focused on providing rigorous education that leads to relevant careers...6/26

Property reappraisal delay: Heavy impact

(Oak Ridger) Tennessee's counties are in the midst of a five-year property reappraisal. The Anderson County portion of Oak Ridge is complete, but there is a significant delay in reappraisals for the properties in the Roane County portion of Oak Ridge...Why do Roane County and Oak Ridge stand to lose such a large amount of tax revenue from Oak Ridge National Laboratory?...6/26

Tennessee State Data Center: Sixty Tennessee Counties Saw Growth in 2014

(Tennessee Today) ...Twenty of the 60 counties—Bedford, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Cumberland, Davidson, Knox, Macon, Maury, Montgomery, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Rutherford, Sevier, Sumner, Trousdale, Van Buren, Williamson, and Wilson—saw rates higher than state and national averages. Tennessee grew at a rate of 0.8 percent in 2014, slightly higher than the 0.75 percent US rate...6/25