Thursday, September 24, 2015
ORNL in the News

ORNL works with industry on energy-sharing prototypes

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The future was parked on Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s front lawn Wednesday, and it created quite a stir. A nine-month research project, demonstrating a wealth of energy-efficient technologies and a creative approach to energy planning, was on display for the opening session of Industry Day at ORNL...9/23

Energy from cars power homes using East Tennessee technology 

(WVLT-TV) Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are looking at energy-efficient and money-saving ways to live, and they're thinking outside the walls of a typical house. "What if we didn't have to build houses the same way we've been building them for hundreds of years?" Asked ORNL's Roderick Jackson...9/23

Local company gains worldwide appeal 

(WBIR-TV) A company in Halls is attracting business from around the world - from Detroit to Dubai. Robert Springfield said, "When Rick told me they were going to print a car I laughed at him."...9/23

 ORNL question featured on ‘Jeopardy’

(Jeopardy Productions Inc.) The syndicated TV show “Jeopardy” included an ORNL question during its airing Thursday, Sept. 17. The question: Oak Ridge National Laboratory created a replica Shelby Cobra with this alpha-numeric technology. The first response, What is F1? was incorrect. The second response, What is 3-D printing? was correct...9/17

DOE reviews fire protection at old hot-cell facility at ORNL; finds ‘generally adequate’ with some issues

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A team from the Department of Energy’s Office of Enterprise Assessments conducted a review of fire protection at a 53-year-old hot-cell facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and generally found it to be adequate, although some systems don’t meet modern standards and there were some identified vulnerabilities...9/21

LINE-X® Provides Watertight, Indestructible Seal For Sustainable Energy House Prototype

(PR Newswire) LINE-X, a leading developer of high performance protective coatings, announced today the uncovering of their contribution to Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) demonstration project, a model of innovative and renewable technologies...9/23

Science and Technology

Not Even the People Who Write Algorithms Really Know How They Work 

(The Atlantic) The web's information filters are making assumptions about you based on details that you might not even notice yourself...9/19

When Radiation Isn’t the Real Risk

(NY Times) This spring, four years after the nuclear accident at Fukushima, a small group of scientists met in Tokyo to evaluate the deadly aftermath...9/21

Energy and Science Policy

New U.S. board proposed to tackle regulatory burden on research universities

(Science Magazine) The best way to ease the regulatory burden on U.S. academic researchers is to create another layer of bureaucracy. That surprising conclusion is the top recommendation in a report out today by a National Academies committee that Congress asked to examine the current regulatory jungle confronting universities that receive federal research dollars...9/22


Y-12 uranium shipment reportedly violated DOT rules

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A federal spokesman at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant confirmed that a July shipment did not comply with some Department of Transportation regulations for transporting hazardous materials, and he said Y-12 officials have been in contact with DOT and “are cooperating with their findings.”...9/22

Secretary Moniz and Indian Minister Goyal Chair U.S.-India Energy Dialogue

( As the world’s two largest democracies, the United States and India share the goals of strengthening economies and protecting the environment. This is why the United States and India are committed to working together to find answers to some of the biggest challenges of our time...9/22

DOE Approves $10.5M Grant to Expand CAMERA

(HPC Wire) Experimental science is evolving. With the advent of new technology, scientific facilities are collecting data at increasing rates and higher resolution. However, making sense of this data is becoming a major bottleneck. New mathematics and algorithms are needed to extract useful information from these experiments...9/23

Local and State

Knoxville ranked No. 4, Chattanooga No. 1 for startups

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Knoxville has claimed the No. 4 spot in a ranking by financial technology company SmartAsset of U.S. cities with the lowest business-startup costs...9/23

TVA completes safety testing of new nuclear reactor 

(WVLT-TV) The Tennessee Valley Authority has completed a weeklong safety test of the Watts Bar Unit 2 reactor, which is expected to be the nation's first new nuclear generating plant of the 21st century...9/24

Council to get update on airport this evening

(Oak Ridge Today) ...The airport could cost $30-$40 million, and construction could start in 2018, according to a current timeline and construction estimate. The airport would include a 5,000-foot runway and be built at the front side of Heritage Center, the former K-25 site...9/22