Thursday, October 16, 2014
ORNL in the News

New electric vehicle technology packs more punch in smaller package

(PhysOrg) Using 3-D printing and novel semiconductors, researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have created a power inverter that could make electric vehicles lighter, more powerful and more efficient...10/14

How magnetic dimers interact to create long-range order

(PhysOrg) Researchers carrying out experiments at the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Photon Source (APS) and Spallation Neutron Source have shed new light on how magnetic long-range order forms and remains stable despite the presence of disruptive quantum fluctuations...10/13

Plants May Be Taking Up More Atmospheric Carbon Than Models Previously Estimated

(Red Orbit) New research led by scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee has found that global climate change models may have underestimated the amount of carbon dioxide absorption by green plants...10/15

Unique capabilities of 3-D printing: Innovative manufacturing process holds unparalleled potential for engineering

(PhysOrg) Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated an additive manufacturing method to control the structure and properties of metal components with precision unmatched by conventional manufacturing processes...10/15

Researchers make first observation of atoms moving inside bulk material

(PhysOrg) Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have obtained the first direct observations of atomic diffusion inside a bulk material. The research could be used to give unprecedented insight into the lifespan and properties of new materials...10/13

Science and Technology

For concrete, climate change may mean a shorter lifespan

(Boston Globe) When climate change comes for Boston, many expect it to come by sea, in the form of rising tides and massive storm surges that will sweep Logan Airport into the Atlantic. The city is already beginning to plan its defense, with proposals for “amphibious architecture,” levees, storm baffles, and pumping stations...10/12

 

Energy and Science Policy

Australia puts science in ‘competitiveness’ drive

(Nature) The Australian government has unveiled plans to increase the commercial return on its billions in research funding and to pump more resources into boosting industry-science links...10/14

Skunk works reveals compact fusion reactor details

(Aviation Week) Hidden away in the secret depths of the Skunk Works, a Lockheed Martin research team has been working quietly on a nuclear energy concept they believe has the potential to meet, if not eventually decrease, the world's insatiable demand for power...10/15

DOE

Weapons lab directors visit Y-12

(Oak Ridge Today) Laboratory directors from Sandia National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Los Alamos National Laboratory recently visited the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge...10/15

Rueter: UCOR has saved $90M so far

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In an interview last week, UCOR President Ken Rueter said the contractor has saved the government $90 million over the past three years and expect that total to reach $200 million by the time the environmental management contract expires in 2020...10/13

Driving Innovation at the National Labs

(Energy.gov) As electric vehicles become more affordable, as cars become lighter and more efficient, and as alternative fuels become more accessible, the way we get around is changing. The Energy Department’s 17 National Labs play a big role in researching and developing these transportation advancements, which are improving air quality, increasing energy security and creating new jobs...10/9

Local and State

News Sentinel layoffs include Metro Pulse staff

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The News Sentinel today announced that it was laying off 23 employees, including the staff of Metro Pulse, a standalone weekly publication owned by the newspaper...10/15

Homeland Security Turns to UT Engineering for Nuclear Detection Help

(Tennessee Today) Researchers in UT’s College of Engineering have been tied to advancements in safety and detection surrounding nuclear-related issues since the dawn of the atomic age. Now, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is once again recognizing UT’s leading role in that realm through its Academic Research Initiative...10/15

Volunteer Bat Monitoring Finds Endangered Species at UT Arboretum

(Metro Pulse) Some guys like to tinker with engines for a hobby, or mess around on the computer, maybe do a little woodworking. Gerry Middleton listens to bats...10/9