Thursday, August 3, 2017
ORNL in the News

3D printing a 'billion dollar industry' for tooling

(Plastics News) ...Early results of 3D printed tooling are promising, said Lonnie Love, corporate fellow and group leader at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, during a presentation July 31 at the Center for Automotive Research's Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City...8/1

How to Make Plutonium

(Popular Mechanics) ...The strangest product catalog on earth belongs to the Isotope Business Office, which manages the sale of atomic isotopes produced at Department of Energy labs around the country. It's got your calcium, platinum, and titanium. Your ytterbium, your strontium-90, and of course uranium-235 and plutonium-239...8/1

Story Tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, August 2017

(Newswise) Materials – Cooking up biofuel...Fusion – Blocking the heat...Chemistry – Discovery doubles output...Batteries – Promising electrode material...8/1

Here's the Navy's first 3D printed submarine

(EBL News) The US Navy has 3D printed a prototype submarine hull at the Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee. It could be in service by 2019. The departments of Defense and Energy collaborated on the project...8/2

Interdisciplinary team designs gas flow cell to analyze catalytic behavior

(PhysOrg) Researchers at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory now have access to a cutting-edge capability for studying catalysts...8/2

Science and Technology

The race to reveal antimatter's secrets

(Nature) In the shadow of the Large Hadron Collider, six teams are competing to answer one of the Universe’s deepest existential questions...The experiments have a lot riding on them: even a slight difference between the properties of matter and antimatter could explain why anything exists at all...8/2

Energy and Science Policy

Trump's DOE Under Secretary Nominees Could Reshape Department’s R&D Strategy

(AIP) Paul Dabbar and Mark Menezes, President Trump’s nominees for the two open under secretary positions in the Department of Energy, are awaiting confirmation...8/2


Energy Department Announces Eleven Projects to Boost Private-Sector Support of Energy Innovation

( The U.S. Department of Energyannounced $7.8 million in support of eleven projects to unlock private-sector resources for energy innovation. The projects, part of DOE's Innovative Pathways program, are designed to address the systemic barriers currently preventing the private sector from more fully supporting energy innovation and bringing new energy technologies to market...8/1

Argonne uses digital tools to preserve Southwestern cultural heritage

(PhysOrg) Hollywood's Indiana Jones gained fame for wielding his pistol and bullwhip, but researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory prefer to equip themselves with something far more sophisticated: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis...8/3

Local and State

Senate committee rejects proposal to close NOAA lab with Oak Ridge division

(Oak Ridge Today) appropriations bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee in a 30-1 vote on Thursday explicitly rejected the proposed elimination of the Air Resources Laboratory, which is part of NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research...8/2

NRC issues second order to TVA to correct nuclear safety concerns

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a second confirmatory order to the Tennessee Valley Authority to correct safety concerns in its nuclear fleet...8/2

UT Arboretum in Oak Ridge will be viewing site for solar eclipse

(Oak Ridge Today) The University of Tennessee Arboretum in Oak Ridge will be a viewing site for the solar eclipse on August 21. It is estimated that the total solar eclipse in Oak Ridge will last 27 to 31 seconds at approximately 2:33 p.m. EDT August 21...8/2