September 8, 2014
ORNL in the News

Car BatteriesRubber meets the road with new ORNL carbon, battery technologies

(PhysOrg) Recycled tires could see new life in lithium-ion batteries that provide power to plug-in electric vehicles and store energy produced by wind and solar, say researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...9/7

Scattering chamberDOE Office of Enforcement to investigate ORNL accident

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Enforcement has notified UT-Battelle, the managing contractor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, that is plans to investigate an accident earlier this year in which a worker was severely injured while moving a 1,600-pound piece of equipment...9/7


Titan ‘running well’ with ‘great science results’

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Buddy Bland, director of ORNL's Leadership Computing Facility, this week said the Cray XK7 system know as Titan — America's fastest supercomputer – is producing great results. "Titan is running well," Bland said in response to questions. "We're seeing strong utilization and great science results."...9/4

World’s First 3D-printed Car to Be Live Printed, Assembled During IMTS

(Business Wire) History will be made when the world’s first 3D-printed car drives out of McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. During the six-day IMTS...“This project represents the unique opportunity DOE’s National Laboratory System offers to the industry, to collaborate in an open environment to deliver fast, innovative, manufacturing solutions,” said Craig Blue, Director, Advanced Manufacturing Program and Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL...9/8

ORNL developing precision projectile tracker

(The Daily Times) Rifle optical sighting systems with a 19th century heritage could blast into modern times with a laser-based bullet tracking system being developed by at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...9/5

Science and Technology

Seeing below the surface: Ultra-thin, high-speed detector captures unprecedented range of light waves

(Science Daily) Research could lead to light detectors that can see below the surface of bodies, walls, and other objects, with applications in emerging terahertz fields such as mobile communications, medical imaging, chemical sensing, night vision, and security...9/7

Energy and Science Policy

Report Reviews Funding and Management Problems Facing Space Launch System

(AIP) NASA is developing the first of three rockets for the human exploration of space beyond low-earth orbit.  The first flight of a Space Launch System (SLS) rocket is scheduled for December 2017...9/5


Y-12 being investigated for possible breach of classified information

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Department of Energy has notified the contractor at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant of its plans to investigate a possible security breach and release of classified information. There were no immediate details of the breach, and a plant spokesman said he couldn't comment on the situation...9/4

US bankruptcy court confirms uranium enrichmant company USEC's reorganization plan

(Platts) USEC said Friday that the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware had confirmed its reorganization plan and that US uranium enrichment company will emerge from Chapter 11 restructuring when the plan goes into effect later in September....9/5

Wind EnergyU.S. Department of Energy Releases 2013 Distributed Wind Market Report

(Energy Digital) The U.S. Department of Energy released its Distributed Wind Energy Market Report earlier this week, detailing the state of the U.S. wind market. It outlines key facts and figures and provides a snapshot of what the market currently looks like...9/5

Local and State

UT Space Institute Celebrating Fifty Years of Service

(Tennessee Today) One of UT's most world-renowned components celebrates a milestone soon, and the public is invited to join in the fun. The UT Space Institute was founded in 1964 to support Arnold Engineering Development Center at nearby Arnold Air Force Base as a graduate education and research facility...9/5

TN One of Cheapest States to Live

(The Tennessean) How important is your location to you? When searching for a place to live, generally each person (or family) has something at the very top of their priorities list, which is the single most important factor for them in choosing a home. For many people, this factor is location...9/7

5 Tennessee counties added to disaster area from June storms

(WVLT) Five more Tennessee counties have been added for disaster assistance for eligible private, nonprofit organizations damaged by storms in June. Counties now covered are Anderson, Bledsoe, Carroll, Claiborne, Decatur, Gibson, Giles, Haywood, Henry, Hickman, Houston, Lawrence, Lewis, Madison, Marion, Maury, McNairy, Moore, Perry, Roane, Sequatchie, Tipton and Weakley...9/8