Tuesday, July 30, 2013
ORNL in the News

ORNL to Make Carbon Fiber More Available

(TMCnet) Carbon fiber technology has introduced new manufacturing techniques that have benefited many different industries. The strength and light weight property of the material allows it to be used in everything from automobiles to yachts. The only downside to this material is the manufacturing process makes it too expensive. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory and its Carbon Fiber Technology Facility, is accepting proposals from companies with the capacity of introducing a low cost carbon fibers manufactured at the pilot scale plant...7/29

FuelCellsEtc Partners with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in US Energy Department Project to Advance Next Generation Biofuels

(Aviationpros.com) In an effort to accelerate next generation biofuels and drive down the cost of producing gasoline, diesel and jet fuels from biomass, the US Energy Department has announced four new research and development projects...One of the projects will be led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee who will be partnering with FuelCellsEtc, a company that specializes in manufacturing high performance custom fuel cell and electrolyzer components...7/29


DOE prepares to ‘recompete’ TRU Waste Processing Center contract

(Oak Ridge Today) The U.S. Department of Energy is preparing to “recompete” the contract to manage the Transuranic Waste Processing Center off Highway 95 in west Oak Ridge...7/29

Secretary Moniz Dedicates New Supercomputer at the National Energy Technology Laboratory

(Energy.gov) Today, Secretary Moniz dedicated a new supercomputer—one of the world’s fastest and most energy efficient—at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)...7/29

State & Regional

Exports drive economic growth, job creation in Tennessee

(The Tennessean) ... Recent data reported by the U.S. Census Bureau hold some important insights regarding Tennessee’s export-sector performance and its standing with respect to other states....7/29


FBI says it doesn’t need warrant to use drones

(Washington Times) The FBI has told Congress it does not need to get a warrant to conduct surveillance with drones, in a letter laying out some of the top federal law enforcement agency’s policies for how it uses unmanned aerial vehicles...7/29

East Tennessee

Amazon growing Chattanooga area workforce: Dozens here part of 5,000 more full-time jobs nationally

(Times Free Press) Internet giant Amazon plans to add dozens of full-time jobs at its Chattanooga and Charleston, Tenn., distribution centers as part of more than 5,000 slots it is creating nationally...7/29

President Obama to visit Chattanooga Tuesday

(WVLT-TV) President Barack Obama will be in Chattanooga Tuesday. He'll be talking about his new initiative to bring jobs for the middle class...7/30

science & technology

Antibiotic resistance: The last resort

(Nature) Health officials are watching in horror as bacteria become resistant to powerful carbapenem antibiotics — one of the last drugs on the shelf...7/24

Fracking Could Help Geothermal Become a Power Player

(Scientific American) Here's another use for fracking: expanding access to hot rocks deep beneath Earth’s surface for energy production...7/29

The Experts: Will 3-D Printing Live Up to the Hype?

(Wall Street Journal) Will 3-D printing live up to the hype? The Wall Street Journal put this question to The Experts, an exclusive group of industry, academic and other thought leaders who engage in in-depth online discussions of topics...7/14

Best of Both Worlds: Solar Hydrogen Production Breakthrough

(Science Daily) Using a simple solar cell and a photo anode made of a metal oxide, HZB and TU Delft scientists have successfully stored nearly five percent of solar energy chemically in the form of hydrogen...7/29

Tetrapod nanocrystals light the way to stronger polymers

(PhysOrg) Fluorescent tetrapod nanocrystals could light the way to the future design of stronger polymer nanocomposites...7/29

Other Stories

Top 100 Universities

(Center For World University Rankings) The Center for World University Rankings aims to provide the most comprehensive university rankings available, which are trusted by students, academics, university administrators, and government officials from around the world...7/2013

Panel Urges Lung Cancer Screening For Millions Of Americans

(NPR) A federal task force is planning to recommend that millions of smokers and former smokers get a CT scan annually to look for early signs of lung cancer...7/29