Thursday, October 29, 2015
ORNL in the News

ORNL seeks $1.5B expansion of neutron source

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory is pushing hard for an expansion of the Spallation Neutron Source, which would double the research capabilities and further establish the Oak Ridge lab as a world leader in neutron science and a destination point for scientists eager to use the streams of neutrons to perform experiments with materials...10/29

Local Motors signs contract to deliver first 3D-printed electric vehicle at IMTS 2014

(Machines4sale.com) ...Designed by the company’s global community and built using the material science and advanced manufacturing techniques available at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Local Motors will produce an electric vehicle purpose-built for the urban transportation needs of Chicago...10/27

Alexander expresses support for national labs

(Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, who chairs the House Appropriations energy and water subcommittee, today spoke on the importance of Oak Ridge National Laboratory in his home state and other national labs as part of a hearing that discussed findings in the report of a commission to review the effectiveness of the labs...10/28

Researchers developing roads that charge your electric car while you're driving

(Computerworld) Clemson University's International Center for Automotive Research in Greenville, S.C., has been testing stationary wireless vehicle charging and is now preparing to test mobile wireless recharging for vehicles. Clemson's R&D project is backed in part by a multimillion-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, and is in collaboration with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Toyota, Cisco and other companies...10/28

Science and Technology

Are Underwater Internet Cables Vulnerable to Attack? 

(The Atlantic) Underlying the internet, often literally lying under the sea, is a surprisingly vulnerable array of cables that keep the world connected...10/27

Scientists Urge National Initiative on Microbiomes

(NY Tines) Scores of leading scientists on Wednesday urged the creation of a major initiative to better understand the microbial communities critical to both human health and every ecosystem...10/28

Energy and Science Policy

US budget deal could ease uncertainty over science spending

(Nature) Leaders in the US Congress and President Barack Obama have agreed on a deal that could avoid a December showdown over government funding — and a possible shutdown...10/28

DOE

National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center taps PNNL

(Newswise) The Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has been named a supporting Laboratory to the National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center...10/26

Local and State

UT to break ground on science building in Fort Sanders

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...The new $102.5 million science building will have six floors of classroom and laboratory space for microbiology, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, psychology and nutrition. It is scheduled to open in fall 2018...10/28

‘Oak Ridge Corridor’ 35 years in the making

(Oak Ridger) “It’s time to name the four-lane highway from the Knoxville airport to Oak Ridge the ‘Oak Ridge Corridor.’” — Sen. Lamar Alexander, Sept. 3, 2015, Oak Ridge...10/28

Bill Nye 'The Science Guy' to speak at UT on Thursday night 

(WBIR-TV) ...Widely known as “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” Nye is the host of the Emmy Award-winning children’s television show under the same name. The show aired on PBS from 1992 to 1998...10/29

Dura-Line investing more than $25 million, adding 70 jobs at new manufacturing facility, R&D center 

(Oak Ridge Today) Dura-Line, a communication and energy infrastructure manufacturer, is opening a new manufacturing facility and research and development center in Clinton, investing more than $25 million and creating 70 new jobs. The jobs will include engineering, research and development, and manufacturing jobs.