Monday, September 12, 2016
ORNL in the News

ORNL in inkElectron microscope draws nano-sized patterns in metal ink

(Engadget) One of the greatest challenges in designing electronics is drawing very fine details. You normally need lithography, which complicates the process by requiring masks. However, Oak Ridge National Laboratory has now found a way to write at an extremely fine level -- and even get a little bit creative. Its researchers have developed a technique that relies on an electron microscope to draw nanoscale patterns using metal ink....9/12


USA – Shiloh Industries Awarded DOE Grant to Reduce Environmental Impact of Casting

(Foundry Daily News) Shiloh Industries, Inc. (SHLO), a leading supplier of lightweighting, noise and vibration solutions, has been awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) HPC4Mfg program to accelerate the development of innovative energy efficient casting methods. For the project, titled "Development of a Transformational Micro-Cooling Technology for High-Pressure Die Casting using High-Performance Computing", Shiloh will work with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to accurately model the detail boiling in casting cooling channels...9/12

Science and Technology

Milky Way mapper: 6 ways the Gaia spacecraft will change astronomy

(Nature News) Astronomers the world over are about to get their first taste of a tool that will transform their working lives. Gaia, a space telescope launched by the European Space Agency (ESA) in late 2013, will release its first map of the Milky Way on 14 September. The catalogue will show the 3D positions of 2,057,050 stars and other objects, and how those positions have changed over the past two decades...9/9/16

Energy and Science Policy

National Academies panel urges overhaul of energy policies

(E & E Publishing) The United States needs to put a price on carbon dioxide and other pollutants and overhaul energy policies to help avoid catastrophic climate change and other public health calamities, according to a report released today by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine...9/8

Hearing Spotlights Decaying Facilities within Nation’s Nuclear Security Enterprise

(AIP) The Strategic Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee held a hearing this week on aging facilities and deferred maintenance within the National Nuclear Security Administration...9/9


Los Alamos Lab in for long environmental clean-up process

(San Francisco Chronicle) A team of specially trained workers has been busy excavating plutonium-laden dirt one bulldozer load at a time along rugged canyons in the shadow of Los Alamos National Laboratory. The work is part of a $3 billion clean-up effort at the northern New Mexico lab where the atomic bomb was developed decades ago...9/10

Energy Department continues push to stop MOX plant

(The Augusta Chronicle) The mixed-oxide fuel fabrication project at Savannah River Site has had “very significant cost overruns and delays” and should be replaced with an alternative method, a top Department of Energy official said Thursday...9/8

Octet TrussDOE’s HPC for Manufacturing Program Seeks Proposals From Industry to Advance Energy Efficient Technology

(Newswise) The U.S. Department of Energy’s High Performance Computing for Manufacturing program, designed to spur the use of national lab supercomputing resources and expertise to advance innovation in energy efficient manufacturing, is now seeking a new round of proposals from industry to compete for $3 million in new funding...9/8

Local and State

Oak Ridge Sister City in Japan makes $10K donation to new 'Bell' pavilion

(Oak Ridger) Naka-shi, Japan, Oak Ridge's sister city for 25 years, recently made a major contribution for the newly designed Peace Pavilion to house the International Friendship Bell in Bissell Park. Residents of the city of Naka contributed almost $10,000 for the new Peace Pavilion when an Oak Ridge Sister City delegation visited the Japanese city this summer...9/8