Wednesday, July 15, 2015
ORNL in the News

Nature Does Not Always Give Us What We Want

(APS News) Reducing CO2 emissions to address global warming is a high priority for many policymakers in Washington and in capitals throughout the world...I recently attended a conference at Oak Ridge National Laboratory focused on new and better chemistry to bring us closer to an all-electric-car goal. “Beyond Lithium Ion (BLI) VIII,” was the latest in an annual series of such meetings...7/15

ORNL to play big role in small-biz pilot program

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy this week announced a new Small Business Vouchers Pilot Program that will allow small businesses to gain access to expertise — and some world-class research tools — at DOE’s national labs. One of the examples used was ORNL’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, which houses one of the world’s largest 3-D printers...7/11

ORNL scientists create part for spacecraft flying by Pluto

(WATE-TV) ...People around the world took time to watch this moment in space exploration history, and some East Tennessee scientists actually had a hand in making this all happen. Oak Ridge National Lab helped develop the battery that powered parts of the New Horizons spacecraft three billion miles away from home...7/14

Science and Technology

The Telescope of the 2030s

(NY Times) In what they termed “a call to arms,” an organization of American university astronomers said last week that NASA should begin planning now to launch a sort of supersize version of the Hubble Space Telescope in the 2030s to look for life beyond Earth...7/13

Large Hadron Collider discovers new pentaquark particle

(BBC News) Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have announced the discovery of a new particle called the pentaquark...7/15

Energy and Science Policy

Obama Administration Outlines S&T Budget Priorities for FY 2017

(AIP) When the Obama Administration sends its FY 2017 budget to Congress next February, the program requests of agencies such as the National Science Foundation, NASA, DOE Office of Science, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will reflect a White House memorandum issued last week...7/13

States Cut Power Plant Pollution Ahead of New EPA Rule

(Scientific American) Next month, the Obama administration is set to finalize its climate ultimatum to states: Control carbon dioxide emissions from electric power plants or the federal government will do it for you...7/14

DOE

Statement from Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action 

(Energy.gov) "Today’s announcement between the P5+1 and Iran is a historic accomplishment. Building on the Lausanne framework, it will ensure that Iran’s nuclear program is – and will remain – a peaceful one, or that the international community will have more than enough time to respond if Iran’s program proves otherwise...7/14

GAO: Y-12 could run out of weapons-grade lithium by 2018

(Knoxville News Sentinel) It’s conceivable Y-12 could run out of purified lithium for use in refurbishing nuclear weapons as early as 2018 if no new actions are taken, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Monday...7/14

Local and State

Manhattan Project Park headquarters on agenda

(Oak Ridger) The City Council will vote tonight on a resolution asking that Oak Ridge be made the headquarters of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park...7/13

TVA turns to gas, renewables, efficiency in new era of slower growth in power

(Times Free Press) Electricity demand in the Tennessee Valley is projected to grow at the slowest rate in TVA history over the next two decades, negating the need for the federal utility to build new nuclear or coal-fired power plants until after 2030 at the earliest...7/14

EPA decision means clean air, big business for East Tennessee

(WBIR-TV)  A long-awaited decision by the US Environmental Protection Agency on Monday could mean big business for Knox, Blount and part of Anderson counties...7/14

Plans for new Tennessee state museum take shape 

(The Tennessean) ..."It will highlight the story and the legends and the glory of what Tennessee has been, as well as our mistakes and the complications of becoming what we are today," said museum executive director Lois Riggins-Ezzell...7/13