Monday, July 14, 2014
ORNL in the News

ORNL Wins Eight R&D 100 Awards

(HPC Wire) Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have received eight R&D 100 awards, presented by R&D Magazine in recognition of the year’s top technological innovations...7/11

3D printerLab produces car using 3-D printing

(USA Today) What if you didn't need a billion-dollar factory and an assembly line to make a car? What if a customer could pick the design they wanted and have it made to order in a machine that looks like something out of "Star Trek?" That's exactly what's happening at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where the 3-D printing lab is building a car in a radical new way that could change how the auto industry works...7/13

Thom MasonRed Team chief talks about uranium czar, etc

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) I had a chance earlier this week to talk with Oak Ridge National Laboratory Thom Mason by phone for a story I’m doing on the Spallation Neutron Source (which recently achieved its design power of 1.4 megawatts)...7/12

ClimateMaster's Trilogy™ 40 Geothermal Heat Pump System Receives FLC Award

(Altenergymag) ClimateMaster, in conjunction with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has received the Federal Laboratory Consortium's (FLC) 2014 Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer for its Trilogy™ 40 geothermal heat pump system...7/10


Science & Technology

PublishingThe 1% of scientific publishing

(Science Magazine) Publishing is one of the most ballyhooed metrics of scientific careers, and every researcher hates to have a gap in that part of his or her CV. Here’s some consolation: A new study finds that very few scientists—fewer than 1%—manage to publish a paper every year...7/11

US disease agency suspends pathogen shipments

(Nature News) Workers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, accidentally shipped highly dangerous H5N1 influenza virus to another government laboratory in March, the agency revealed today...7/11

Energy and Science Policy

Science Committee Reviews Pathways to Mars and the Future of Human Space Exploration Report

(AIP) ...“The first human footsteps on the Moon are a distant memory…. There is a sense that America is falling behind, with our best days behind us.  Today, America’s finest spaceships and largest rockets are found in museums rather than on launch pads,” stated Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) in opening the hearing...7/11

Carbon EmissionsStudy charts path to low carbon in major emitting countries

(PhysOrg) A report for the United Nations released today shows how the major emitting countries can cut their carbon emissions by mid-century in order to prevent dangerous climate change...7/9


U.S. Department of Energy Projects Win 31 R&D 100 Awards for 2014

(Energy Industry Today) U.S. Department of Energy researchers have won 31 of the 100 awards given out this year by RD Magazine for the most outstanding technology developments with promising commercial potential. The RD 100 awards, sometimes called the “Oscars of Innovation,” are given annually in recognition of exceptional new products or processes that were developed and introduced into the marketplace during the previous year....7/11

US chases supercomputing crown with multipetaflop Trinity system

(Computerworld Malaysia) The U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration has paid hardware company Cray US$174 million to make a multipetaflop supercomputer called Trinity that will run tests and simulations to ensure "the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear deterrent without the use of underground testing," NNSA said in a statement...7/11

GAO’s continuing concerns on U.S. ITER

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Government Accountability Office, dating back to 2007, has raised concerns about the need to monitor and control the U.S. costs of participating in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project, which is under construction in France...7/13

State and local

Tennessee researchers investigate the potential for drones in agriculture

(Knoxville Daily Sun) Unmanned aerial systems (UASs), which include unmanned aerial vehicles commonly known as drones, are one of the hottest topics in agriculture. These remote-controlled machines have seen a meteoric rise in popularity among farmers, who believe UASs could be the next tool to increase crop production and reduce costs...7/12

VW SUVVolkswagen to announce new SUV for Chattanooga

(WBIR) Volkswagen is announcing this morning that it will add production of a new crossover utility vehicle to its Chattanooga plant, a move that will bring millions in new investment and hundreds of new jobs...7/14

Roane County group uses Facebook to help solve crimes

(WATE) A group of people in Roane County are using Facebook to help keep their communities safe. It's called the Roane County Neighborhood Watch Group. You'll see posts about anything from lost and found, to stolen items and scams...7/13