Thursday, October 5, 2017
ORNL in the News

IACMI announces discontinuous recycled carbon fiber project for automotive Class A surface finishes

(JEC Group) ...The project is led by BASF, with the project team including Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The goal of this technical collaboration is to develop processing and material technologies that provide automotive Class A surface appearance and suitable mechanical properties for automotive body panels by utilizing a thermoplastic resin matrix reinforced with discontinuous recycled carbon fiber...10/4

Oak Ridge scientist gives insight into 3D printing research with Fabrisonic, Cummins and DM3D

(3D Printing Industry) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is frequently covered by 3D Printing Industry. We've reported on projects such as the first 3D printed submarine hull, record-breaking BAAM machines and even a drug-sniffing 3D printed moth. I spoke to Dr. Niyanth Sridharan – a Postdoctoral researcher in the Material Science and Technology Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory – to learn more about what it is like to work at the lab...[n.d.]

Aggressive driving burns up to 40% more fuel and can waste one dollar per gallon

(Utah Standard News) Researchers from the DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory say you should drive more sensibly - if you like saving money, that is. They've recently published a paper analyzing the impact patterns of aggressive driving, such as speeding and forceful breaking, have on fuel economy...10/2

Amanda RandlesIEEE Recognizes Three Early Career Researchers in HPC

(Inside HPC) ...Dr. Amanda Randles is an Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Duke University with secondary appointments in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Mechanical Engineering. She is also a member of the Duke Cancer Institute, and a jointly appointed faculty member of Oak Ridge National Laboratory...10/2

Science and Technology

Periodic Table’s Heaviest Elements Alter Theory of Quantum Mechanics

(Sci News) Quantum mechanics are essentially the rules that govern how atoms behave and fully explain the chemical behavior of most of the elements on the periodic table. But, Florida State University Professor Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt and co-authors found that these rules are somewhat overridden by Einstein's Theory of Relativity when it comes to the heavier, lesser known elements of the table...

Energy and Science Policy

Trump Orders Education Department to Prioritize STEM & Computer Science Activities

(AIP) On Sept. 25, President Trump directed the Department of Education to annually commit at least $200 million of existing grant funds to activities that expand access to STEM and computer science education. The order makes clear that STEM education is an administration priority, although it contrasts with Trump’s budget request for fiscal year 2018, which called for the elimination of several DOEd programs that support STEM education...10/4


Energy groups warn Trump and Perry are rushing major change to electricity pricing

(CNBC) A coalition of 11 industry groups is pushing back on Energy Secretary Rick Perry's efforts to quickly implement a major change to the way electric power is priced in the United States. The Energy Department on Friday proposed a rule that stands to bolster coal and nuclear power plants by forcing the regional markets that set electricity prices to compensate them for the reliability they provide...10/3

J. Craig Venter Institute-led Team Awarded 5-year, $10.7 M Grant from U.S. Department of Energy to Optimize Metabolic Networks in Diatoms, Enabling Next-Generation Biofuels and Bioproducts

(Cision) Scientists, led by the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit genomic research organization, were recently awarded a 5-year, $10.7 million grant by the United States Department of Energy, Office of Science, Biological and Environmental Research (BER), BER Genomic Science Program to optimize metabolic networks in model photosynthetic microalgae, called diatoms...10/3

AMSE move delayed 5 months

(The Oak Ridger) The move of the American Museum of Science and Energy will be delayed up to five months, according to information that came out during last week's meeting of the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge. The move of staff, exhibit equipment and other items from AMSE's current South Tulane Avenue building to the Main Street complex next to the JCPenney store was expected to take place at the end of the year...10/4

Local and State

Drone over field100 companies in five years is Tenn. agriculture industry goal

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) An agricultural revolution is coming to Tennessee. At least that's the goal Ag Innovation Group in Memphis has set, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, through the formation of AgLaunch. AgLaunch is a state-wide organization working to grow 100 agricultural companies in Tennessee throughout the next five years, Pete Nelson, CEO of Ag Innovation Group, said...10/2