Friday, July 26, 2013
ORNL in the News

Possibilities of 3-D Printers

(News Channel 9) When you picture a printer, you generally think of ink on a page. Well, that's now the past of printing...Building a bracelet in layers from the bottom up is just one of practically a million different things Thom Mason says this 3-D printer can do. "People can actually buy one of these in their home and use it to make toys and trinkets and so forth and even more complicated, useful things if you want," said Thom Mason, the Director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory...7/25

Newly discovered marine viruses offer glimpse into untapped biodiversity

(PhysOrg) ...The viruses in this study, led by [Matthew] Sullivan's former postdoctoral fellow Karin Holmfeldt, were so new that the researchers enlisted the help of colleagues at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn. to apply a technique called experimental proteomics to figure out what kinds of proteins make up the viruses...7/24

Energy Department Announces Investment to Accelerate Next Generation Biofuels

(North American Clean Energy) ...Oak Ridge National Laboratory will use a microbial electrolysis process to efficiently remove the hydrogen from the water found in bio-oil. This technology will help reduce the corrosivity of bio-oil and improve the efficiency of converting hydrogen and biomass to biofuels...7/25

DOE

David Allen named to top safety position at DOE’s Oak Ridge Office

(Oak Ridge Today) David Allen has been named assistant manager for Safety and Technical Services at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office...7/25

Visualizing Electric Vehicle Sales

(Energy.gov) ...electric vehicle sales have taken off in the last few months as prices have dropped and more manufacturers install fast charging stations across the country...7/25

State & Regional

Tennessee No. 1 in auto manufacturing

(The Tennessean) Tennessee is still driving full speed ahead, leading the country in automotive manufacturing strength, according to Business Facilities magazine...7/25

National

U.S. indicts hackers in biggest cyber fraud case in history

(Reuters) Federal prosecutors said on Thursday they have charged five men responsible for a hacking and credit card fraud spree that cost companies more $300 million and two of the suspects are in custody, in the biggest cyber crime case filed in U.S. history...7/25

East Tennessee

State lagging, but Knox job numbers show slight uptick

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Unemployment rose to 8.5 percent across the state in June, driven largely by a loss of government jobs, but the Knoxville area saw a slight improvement in job growth over the year...7/26

energy & science policy

Americans continue to use more renewable energy sources

(PhysOrg) Americans used more natural gas, solar panels and wind turbines and less coal to generate electricity in 2012, according to the most recent U.S. energy charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory...7/18

science & technology

Will These Guys Kill The Computer Interface As We Know It?

(Popular Science) David Holz and Michael Buckwald have built a device called the Leap Motion controller that allows users to interact with computers with a wave of a hand...7/24

New IRIS telescope sends stunning images of sun to befuddled scientists

(CS Monitor) The IRIS solar observatory, launched last month, has sent back new pictures that show a key part of the sun's atmosphere in unprecedented detail. Some of the data are surprising...7/25

UK forests still feeling the impacts of 1976 drought

(BBC) Scientists found that the long dry spell that year - the UK's most intense drought between 1914 and 2006 - killed off many drought-sensitive beech trees. Growth of the trees is still restricted more than 30 years later...7/23

Mojave Mirrors: World's Largest Solar Plant Ready to Shine

(National Geographic) The Ivanpah Valley of the Mojave Desert in California is home to spiky yucca trees, long-nosed leopard lizards, loggerhead shrikes, and a rare species of tortoise—and soon, the largest solar thermal energy plant in the world...7/25

Other Stories

For American Defectors To Russia, An Unhappy History

(NPR) If NSA leaker Edward Snowden is allowed to leave the Moscow airport and enter Russia, as some news reports suggest, he'll join a fairly small group of Americans who have sought refuge there...7/25