Thursday, September 11, 2014
ORNL in the News

Brookings study recommends ways to make DOE’s national labs more impactful in their regions

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A new study by the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., recommends that the Department of Energy’s national labs, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, open up more to small- and medium-size businesses and take other measures to increase their relevance and impact on regional economies...9/10

Serial Entrepreneurs Aim to Boldly Reinvent the Petroleum Industry

(Your Renewable News) Citing the latest data from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory on carbon dioxide emissions, serial entrepreneurs Peter Davis and Doug Kruep announced today the launch of their latest venture – GreenPrint, LLC. The ground-breaking new company is based on their invention of Carbon Neutral Gasoline, which enables consumers to drive their cars without leaving a carbon footprint...9/10

Fleischmann touts ORNL role, pushes support for American Super Computing Leadership Act

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. House this afternoon passed the American Super Computing Leadership Act, and U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., spoke on behalf of the act and on Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s role in retaining leadship in an area that’s critical to economic security...9/8

Researchers look to carbon dioxide as a more environmentally friendly refrigerant gas

(PhysOrg) ..."Each supermarket has a lot of refrigerant in its system—two to four thousand pounds—and about 20 percent of that leaks out every year. That's a lot of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere," said Brian Fricke, who works in ORNL's Buildings Technologies Research and Integration Center, a DOE user facility...9/9

Science and Technology

Three Years After Fukushima, Japan Approves a Nuclear Plant

(NY Times) For the first time since the Fukushima disaster three and a half years ago, Japan’s new nuclear regulatory agency declared Wednesday that an atomic power plant was safe to operate, in a widely watched move that brings Japan a step closer to restarting its idled nuclear industry...9/10

More Than Half Of U.S. Bird Species Threatened By Climate Change

(NPR) People in Maryland love their Baltimore orioles — so much so that their Major League Baseball team bears the name of the migrating bird. Yet, by 2080, there may not be any orioles left in Maryland. They migrate each year and, according to a new report, could soon be forced to nest well north of the Mid-Atlantic state...9/9

Energy and Science Policy

Pennsylvanians less likely than New Yorkers to view fracking negatively

(PhysOrg) The word "fracking" evokes negative reactions from two out of three New Yorkers, but from fewer than half of Pennsylvania residents, according to a University of Michigan poll...9/9

US agency updates rules on sharing genomic data

(Nature) Scientists who work on genomics and are funded by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) must post their data online so that others can build on the information, the agency has said in an update to its guidelines...9/1

New report urges DOE's national laboratories to go local

(Science) Think nationally, act regionally. That’s the bumper-sticker version of a new study out today that says the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) 17 national science laboratories need to get more engaged in economic development, innovation, and technology commercialization at the regional level...9/10


Y-12's 3D future

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ”Y-12 is doing some preliminary investigations into additive manufacturing, but they are strictly in the area of tooling...9/11

ARPA-E Project Takes an Innovative Approach to the Electrical Grid

( With support from ARPA-E, AutoGrid Systems developed software to monitor the flow of power through the electric grid and help utilities better meet real-time electricity demands...9/10

Local and State

UT-Battelle donates $100K to Emory Valley Center for capital campaign

(Oak Ridge Today) UT-Battelle recently presented a check to Emory Valley Center in support of their ongoing Capital Campaign for a new facility. The new building will incorporate many features to enhance the lives of people with disabilities being served, including a job training center...9/10

State Champions: A Quest to Find Some of Tennessee's Oldest, Biggest Trees

(Metro Pulse) ...State records haven’t been updated for many years, but it seems that Knox County has more state champion trees than any other county in Tennessee...9/10

Events across E. Tenn. being held to honor 9/11 victims

(WATE-TV) Thursday marks 13 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and people across East Tennessee will be honoring victims of the tragedy...9/11

UT Professor Named American Nuclear Society Fellow

(Tennessee Today) Hash Hashemian, an adjunct professor of nuclear engineering at UT, has been named a fellow of the American Nuclear Society, one of the highest honors in his field...9/10

Knoxville works to improve water quality

(The Daily Beacon) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency includes 12,914.6 miles of Tennessee's rivers and streams on its national list of impaired water sources, 152.1 miles of which supply Knoxville's drinking water...9/9