Thursday, July 31, 2014
ORNL in the News

Is 3D Printing the Future of Automotive Manufacturing?

(iChainnel) U.S. based automotive company Local Motors is changing the way cars are manufactured. Based in Phoenix, the industrial design and manufacturing outfit was one of the pioneers of cloud-based co-creation...Called the Strati, it’s a collaboration of Local Motors, industrial parts shaping specialist Cincinnati Incorporated and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where a custom printer was created for the car...7/31

ORNL reactor’s restart delayed until August; ‘minor issues’ with computer codes cited

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Restart of the High Flux Isotope Reactor, which was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, has been postponed until August because of what was described as “minor issues” with the reactor’s computer codes...7/30

Y'all Keep Talking: Lab Scratches 'Southern Accent Reduction' Course

(NPR) Oak Ridge National Laboratory has announced that in response to complaints from staff, it's canceling plans to hold a six-week "Southern Accent Reduction" course...7/29

Science and Technology

Scientists Find a Lost Trove of Insect-Laden Amber

(Wired News) When Sam Heads started his new job at the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) in 2009, he heard rumors of buried treasure. As a paleoentomologist, his research focuses on insects of the past...7/30

Team in Denmark breaks data transmission rate over single fiber cable—43 terabits per second

(PhysOrg) A team at Denmark's Karlsruhe Institute for Technology has broken the data transmission rate record previously set by a team in Germany (32 terabits per second)...7/31

Energy and Science Policy

Senate FY 2015 National Nuclear Security Administration Appropriations Bill

(AIP) Senate appropriators have released their draft committee report accompanying the FY 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill...7/30

Obama's Offshore Energy Policy Could Rescue Oil And Gas Explorers

(Forbes) Has the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster run its course? The Obama administration may think so, having shifted gears in recent weeks and removed potential barriers to more drilling off the coast of the Atlantic Ocean.



Annual report details physical concerns at 9212 and other old facilities at Y-12; funding for long-term rehab could be a problem

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A newly released memo by staff of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board highlights key findings in the annual report by the Continued Safe Operability Oversight Team (CSOOT) at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge...7/31

Department of Energy Announces Steps to Help Modernize Natural Gas Infrastructure

( Building on the President’s Climate Action Plan, today the White House and the Department of Energy hosted the fifth in a series of meetings on reducing methane emissions from natural gas systems...7/29

Ebola Outbreak: Livermore Lab Working on Procedure to Quickly Diagnose Virus

(NBC Bay Area) ...In the Bay Area, scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are working on perfecting a method that could be the key to diagnosing the virus quickly in the future...7/30

A Path to Reduce Methane Emissions from Gas Systems

( As part of his Climate Action Plan, President Obama called for a comprehensive, interagency strategy for cutting methane emissions. Since then, the Department of Energy has hosted a series of roundtable discussions with government, industry, non-profit, union and environmental leaders to help identify opportunities, share technical solutions and coordinate best practices to reduce these emissions...7/29

Local and STate

Council starts discussions on taking over Clark Center Park

(Oak Ridge Today) It’s an 80-acre “crown jewel” park, the site of cherished memories dating back decades. But now the future of Clark Center Park is in doubt...7/30

AP Academy held at Oak Ridge High School

(Oak Ridge Today) ...Now in its 14th year, the academy hosted new and veteran teachers of Advanced Placement courses for a four-day, subject-specific workshop aimed at providing support and training needed to teach AP courses...7/30