Monday, July 2, 2012
ORNL in the News

Stratasys and Oak Ridge National Laboratory Partner to Advance Additive Manufacturing

(Wall Street Journal Market Watch) 3D printer maker Stratasys announced today a joint initiative with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to develop fused deposition modeling (FDM) additive manufacturing for production use...6/29

Incentives aimed at solar innovations

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Federal funds seeking to stimulate the adoption of solar power are targeting the major barrier to solar expansion — cost — and local research institutions are benefitting...The University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have received SunShot funds for research efforts...7/2

DOE

Lithium PlantA Material Change: Bringing Lithium Production Back to America

(Energy.gov) Between 1980 and 2009, the global demand for lithium has tripled. This metal is a key material in a number of growing industries -- including advanced vehicle batteries and consumer electronics...6/29

B&W gets $82M in Naval Reactor contracts

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Babcock & Wilcox announced that the B&W Nuclear Operations Group had received two contracts valued at $82 million for the U.S. Naval Reactors Program. The contracts are for manufacture of steam-generating components as well as "disassembly and recovery of highly enriched uranium materials."...7/1

East Tennessee

Guest column: Alexander supports Manhattan Project park in Oak Ridge

(Oak Ridge Today) The Manhattan Project is one of the most significant events in American history, and according to some historians, it is the single most significant event of the 20th Century....7/1

National

Eastern U.S. hit by heat wave, power outages

(Reuters) Blistering heat blanketed much of the eastern United States for the third straight day on Sunday, after violent storms that took at least 15 lives and knocked out power to more than 3 million customers...7/2

Financial Giants Are Moving Jobs Off Wall Street

(New York Times) New York’s biggest investment houses are shifting jobs out of the area and expanding in cheaper locales in the United States, threatening the vast middle tier of positions that form the backbone of employment on Wall Street...7/1

State & Regional

State colleges get mixed review in report

(WVLT) ...Tennessee's colleges and universities are getting a mixed review in a new national report. The Commercial Appeal reports that the state-by-state "Leaders & Laggards" report prepared by a division of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce gives Tennessee a grade of F in one area because of burdensome state regulations for the accreditation of schools...7/1

energy & science policy

Holdren on Administration’s S&T Policies

(AIP) The June 20 hearing of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee was, Chairman Ralph Hall (R-TX) declared, called “to focus primarily on oversight of OSTP [Office of Science and Technology Policy] since it was created in statute.”...6/29

science & technology

Ancient TextAncient text gives clue to mysterious radiation spike

(Nature News) An eerie "red crucifix" seen in Britain's evening sky in ad 774 may be a previously unrecognized supernova explosion — and could explain a mysterious spike in carbon-14 levels in that year's growth rings in Japanese cedar trees...6/27

Extra-Solar PlanetDramatic change spotted on a faraway planet

(Space Daily) Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have seen dramatic changes in the upper atmosphere of a faraway planet. Just after a violent flare on its parent star bathed it in intense X-ray radiation, the planet's atmosphere gave off a powerful burst of evaporation...7/2

Texas Students Hijack a U.S. Government Drone in Midair

(Popular Science) The U.S. government, understandably, doesn't want its drone technology to fall out of the sky and into other peoples' laps. But being able to hijack a drone and control it? That's even worse. And a team of researchers has done it for 1,000 bucks...6/28

Other Stories

Man in front of Apple StoreChina court: Apple pays $60M to settle iPad case

(SF Gate) Apple has paid $60 million to settle a dispute in China over ownership of the iPad name, a court announced Monday, removing a potential obstacle to sales of the popular tablet computer in the key Chinese market...7/2