Tuesday, September 8, 2015
ORNL in the News

HFIR PhotoIsotope Reactor Basically Looks Like a Sci-Fi Weapon in These Photos

(Gizmodo) The so called High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee was refueled a few weeks ago, and the lab posted great images of the process. And what images!...9/4

Lamar AlexanderAlexander and additive manufacturing

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) As part of a multi-stop visit to the Knoxville area on Thursday, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander got a briefing and look-see at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility — one of the world’s top locations for 3-D Printing...9/3

Science and Technology

Molten Salt ReactorMeltdown-Proof Nuclear Reactors Get a Safety Check in Europe

(MIT Technology Review) For years nuclear scientists have talked about a revival of molten salt reactors, which are powered by a liquid fuel rather than solid fuel rods, that will help spark the long-awaited “nuclear renaissance.”...9/4

PhotonicsPhotonics to revolutionise internet speeds

(PhysOrg) While people may have never heard of photonics before, they will surely have heard about the technology that relies on its existence, namely the internet, computers and smartphones. Therefore people should appreciate how groundbreaking research in photonics is changing the very fabric of our lives...9/8

Energy and Science Policy

National Academies Examines Lessons Learned From Decadal Surveys

(AIP) A committee of the Space Studies Board of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) recently completed a review of the four most recent decadal surveys in the space sciences - solar and space physics (2013), planetary science (2011), astronomy and astrophysics (2010), and Earth science and applications from space (2007) - all published in the last decade...9/4

New education think tank wants research to drive U.S. policy

(Science Magazine/AAS) The United States conducts more education research than any other country. But that output hasn’t translated into a world-class education system. Now, a prominent academic has formed a California-based think tank with the goal of improving that sorry record by putting research results to better use...9/4

DOE

Solar PanelsSolar Decathlon 2015: The Next Generation Of Clean Energy Leaders

(Breaking Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 will kick off at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California, On October 8. The nine-day collegiate competition challenges teams to design, build and operate energy-efficient solar-powered houses that are cost-effective and appeal to consumers...9/4

Large Synoptic Survey Telescope gets final approval from Department of Energy

(Press Examiner) In addition to visible wavelengths of light, the camera will capture images from the near-infrared to the near-ultraviolet, courtesy of a selection of filters that can automatically by positioned in front of the giant camera...9/3

Insider at Y-12 nuclear weapons complex takes a look at 2012 security breach in new book

(SecurityInfoWatch) It was late-night Friday, July 27, 2012, and Steve Gibbs was too excited to go to sleep. He turned on the TV to watch the opening ceremonies for the summer Olympic Games in London...9/3

Local and State

Fully-Accredited SignThe Power of Free Community College

(The Atlantic) Caitlin McLawhorn could nev­er have gone to col­lege, she says, without the free tu­ition she re­ceived to at­tend com­munity col­lege first and to earn an as­so­ci­ate’s degree...9/5

Alexander says Time for 'Oak Ridge Corridor'

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander says naming the highway from Knoxville airport to Oak Ridge the "Oak Ridge Corridor" would give the area "a signature like Research Triangle in North Carolina or Silicon Valley in California." "I can think of no better calling card for a job recruiter than to be able to go anywhere in the world and say, 'I'm from the Oak Ridge Corridor,'" Alexander said in a news release...9/6