Thursday, July 25, 2013
ORNL in the News

TN engineers working on new type of smoke detector

(WSMV-TV) ...Two thirds of fire deaths could have been prevented by functioning alarms, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Bruce Warmack of Tennessee's Oak Ridge National Laboratory is trying to change that. He has designed a new smoke alarm that he says is smarter and more efficient...7/23

Heating, Cooling and Water Heating System in One

( ...Oak Ridge National Laboratory partnered with ClimateMaster -- a leading manufacturer of geothermal and water-source heat pumps -- to develop an appliance that provides space conditioning and all the water heating needs of a typical residence. The ClimateMaster Trilogy 40 Q-Mode Geothermal Heat Pump uses the earth as its heat source and absorber rather than outdoor air...7/24


R&D 100: Battery Technology Goes Viral

( Scientists at the Energy Department's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab have harnessed power from an unlikely source -- viruses...The device developed by the Berkeley Lab team is the first to produce electricity by using the piezoelectric properties of a biological material...7/24

State & Regional

Study shows Tenn.'s debt ratio lowest in nation

(AP) ...The state comptroller's office said in a release this week that the study was conducted by New York-based Fitch Ratings, one of the country's top bond rating agencies...7/24

Obama to talk manufacturing in Tennessee

(AP) The White House says President Barack Obama will travel to Tennessee next week to promote his proposals for boosting U.S. manufacturing and high-wage jobs...7/24


House rejects bid to curb spy agency data collection

(Reuters) A U.S. spy program that sweeps up vast amounts of electronic communications survived a legislative challenge in the House of Representatives on Wednesday...7/24

East Tennessee

NNSA grant funds UT’s new Radiochemistry Center

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A new Radiochemistry Center of Excellence at the University of Tennessee is being launched with a $1.2 million grant from the National Nuclear Security Administration, UT announced today. The university said there is potential funding of $6 million over five years...7/24

Roane State open house will show off advanced manufacturing programs

(WBIR-TV) An upcoming open house at Roane State Community College will give people hoping to get back to work or start a new career a chance to learn more about the school's advanced manufacturing programs...7/23

energy & science policy

FY 2014 Senate Appropriations: National Institute of Standards and Technology

(AIP) The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have approved their versions of the FY 2014 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bills. These bills provide funding to the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology...7/24

science & technology

Cyclotrons come full circle

(Nature News) US physicists hope to rejuvenate a classic technology to support key neutrino experiments...7/24

Boreal Forests Burning More Now Than Any Time in Past 10,000 Years

(Scientific American) ...The study analyzed charcoal found in sediment cores from 14 lakes in the Yukon Flats region of the state to determine the frequency of past fires...7/23

Get Ready: 3D Printing Will Explode Next Year, When Key Patents Expire

(The Atlantic) Here's what's holding back 3D printing, the technology that's supposed to revolutionize manufacturing and countless other industries: patents. In February 2014, key patents that currently prevent competition in the market for the most advanced and functional 3D printers will expire..7/22

Mussel filaments prove that harder isn't necessarily stronger

(CS Monitor) Researchers at MIT have found mussels adhere themselves to rocks in rough waters using a strategic combination of hard and soft material that could have applications in engineering...7/24

Other Stories

Steam And Groundwater Raise Concern At Japanese Nuclear Plant

(NPR) The troubles at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant began over two years ago when an earthquake and tsunami sparked meltdowns in three reactors. But events over the past week serve as reminder that the problems are far from over...7/25

You've Spent Years on Your Ph.D.: Should You Publish It Online for Free?

(The Atlantic) Why the American Historical Association is encouraging graduate programs "adopt a policy that allows the embargoing of completed PhD dissertations"...7/23