Monday, September 18, 2017
ORNL in the News

After nearly two decades in space and billions of miles traveled, Cassini's journey is finally over.

( ...The iridium cladding around that precious nuclear fuel was produced by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 National Security Complex...9/15

'Beautiful coal' seeks new life as carbon fiber for submarines

(Taipai Times) ...Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee used carbon fibers to build the submersible for the US Navy with a 3D printer, demonstrating the promise of new manufacturing techniques that are faster, cheaper and more flexible....9/17

Oak Ridge parts crash into Saturn with Cassini probe

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Cassini probe went out in a literal blaze of glory early Friday morning, and with it, roughly $20 million worth of parts developed in Oak Ridge...9/15


Growing the future sustainably WVU biologists team up to research new bioproducts

(The Register Herald) West Virginia University biologists are part of a $40 million Department of Energy effort to create sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts through four new bioenergy research centers. As part of the Center for Bioenergy Innovation led by the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Steve DiFazio and Jonathan Cumming received $1.25 million to increase the viability of the bioproducts industry by enhancing trees’ biofuel production...9/17

Science and Technology

In step toward controlling chemistry, physicists create a new molecule, atom by atom

(Science Daily) Physicists have discovered a unique new molecule that could lead to many useful applications, and show how chemical reactions can be studied on a microscopic scale using tools of physics...9/14

Energy and Science Policy

Senators Make Case Against Trump R&D Strategy at National Labs Hearing

(AIP) At a Senate Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee hearing this week on the Department of Energy’s national labs, committee members praised the labs’ technology development and commercialization activities...9/15


The Race to Build a Computer Powerful Enough to Predict the Future

(Slate) Building an exascale computer is a national-level project. And earlier this summer, the U.S. Department of Energy shelled out $258 billion to six different companies—Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Nvidia, Advanced Micro Devices, Cray, and IBM—all working on the components that would one day go into building such a system...9/18

New Study on Graphene-Wrapped Nanocrystals Makes Inroads Toward Next-Gen Fuel Cells

(Berkeley Lab News Center) A powdery mix of metal nanocrystals wrapped in single-layer sheets of carbon atoms, developed at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), shows promise for safely storing hydrogen for use with fuel cells for passenger vehicles and other uses...9/14

Local and State

TVA keeps its economic development subsidies secret

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Tennessee Valley Authority says its economic development work helped nearly 250 companies create or retain 72,000 jobs during the 2016 fiscal year. But the incentives it awarded those companies are secret...9/17

The VW impact - Jobs versus $800 million in incentives weighed

(Times Free Press) Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant has received more than $800 million in federal, state and local incentives in the past decade, making it the most richly awarded business ever in Tennessee and one of the biggest among U.S. automakers...9/18