Thursday, July 9, 2015
ORNL in the News

Lab Spotlight: ORNL – Low Cost Carbon Fiber Production

(Newslink) Carbon fiber is a strong, stiff, lightweight material; however, its use in cost-sensitive applications is limited by today’s relatively high price. In this Oak Ridge National Laboratory photo, fibers move from a low temperature furnace into a high temperature furnace, where material is converted into carbon fiber...7/6

Local Motors Set to Launch World’s First 3D Printed Car 

(The Detroit Bureau) ...Local Motors has been working with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory on 3D printing, which is also referred to as stereo lithography. And it claims to have tapped into a vast, worldwide network of pioneers, some professional, some amateurs, to work out the kinks in 3D printing...7/8

Supercomputing Flood Maps Using the Titan Supercomputer

(Inside HPC) In this NPR podcast, Dag Lohmann describes how his startup company called KatRisk is using the Titan supercomputer at ORNL to create detailed flood maps for use by insurance companies...7/6

Recycling Rare Earths From E-Waste More Sustainably

(C&EN) ...Ramesh Bhave of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and his colleagues decided to apply a method—codeveloped by Bhave and Kamalesh K. Sirkar in the 1980s to remove organic molecules from aqueous solutions—that combines traditional solvent extraction with membrane separation techniques to recover these elements...7/8

ORNL: Unlocking lignin for sustainable biofuel

(Ethanol Producer Magazine) ...Using high-performance computing, a group of researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory provided insight into how this might be accomplished...7/8

Science and Technology

Genome researchers raise alarm over big data

(Nature) Storing and processing genome data will exceed the computing challenges of running YouTube and Twitter, biologists warn...7/7

IBM Announces Computer Chips More Powerful Than Any in Existence

(NY Times) IBM said on Thursday that it had made working versions of ultradense computer chips, with roughly four times the capacity of today’s most powerful chips...7/9

Energy and Science Policy

Sun power for all? Solar panels coming to low-income neighborhoods 

(CS Monitor) The White House announced a wide range of initiatives for sun-powered energy on Tuesday to increase lower and middle income families' access to renewable energy...7/7

Senate National Defense Authorization Act: Selections from Committee Report on R&D

(AIP) The Senate passed S. 1376, the National Defense Authorization Act in mid-June.  Accompanying this bill is a 552-page report providing important program policy guidance.  There is extensive report language in Title II, Research, Development, Test and Evaluation in Senate Committee Report 114-49, starting on page 43, pertaining to the conduct of research programs...7/7

DOE

K-27 demolition to cost about $292M

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Department of Energy estimates it will cost about $292 million to demolish K-27, a highly deteriorated uranium-enrichment plant that hasn’t operated since 1964...7/6

Radiation Safety for Sunken-Ship Archaeology  

(Newswise) Berkeley Lab researchers help scientists determine the radiation risk of exploring an underwater aircraft carrier...7/7

Meet the National Labs

(Energy.gov) Join us on the National Labs Road Show, a virtual journey to see the people, places and science of the Department of Energy's National Laboratories. Stop One: Meet the National Labs and learn about their groundbreaking work...7/6

Local and State

Oak Ridge looking at more growth

(Knoxville News Sentinel) There's lively interest by retail and commercial firms in Oak Ridge, and not just in the Main Street Oak Ridge project to revitalize the Oak Ridge Mall area, officials say...7/7

University Honors Ecologist Paul Armsworth with Cox Professorship

(Tennessee Today) Paul Armsworth, an ecologist whose research helps conservation organizations be more effective, has been selected as a James R. Cox Professor. The three-year award provides Armsworth with a stipend of $25,500 to support his research. He is an associate professor in the department of ecology and evolutionary biology...7/8