Monday, November 11, 2013
ORNL in the News

ORNL Uses New 3-D Printers To Break Down Development Barriers

(Aviation Week) Additive manufacturing has captured industry’s imagination, but even as the first parts appear inside jet engines, the technology’s possibilities are only just being realized. As researchers experiment with new materials and optimized designs made possible by 3-D printing, the potential scale of the revolution in manufacturing is becoming clearer...The challenge is to think beyond current materials and designs. To that end, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee is placing thousands of 3-D printers in U.S. schools to give future designers and engineers experience with the technology....11/8

DOE

A key milestone for the Uranium Processing Facility

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) One of the key milestones in tracking the progress of the Uranium Processing Facility is 90 percent design completion, which has been a much-talked-about target for the past few years...11/10

Energy Dept. failed to report concerns as green-tech firm was heading for bankruptcy

(The Washington Post) The Department of Energy failed to disclose concerns about a green-technology company that won $135 million in federal funding but ended up filing for bankruptcy in September, according to a watchdog report released this week...11/8

iPhone AppEnergy Department releases iPhone app to help drivers find alternative fuel stations

(The Verge) In an effort to help drivers use different fuel sources, the US Energy Department has released an iPhone app that can point drivers in the direction of alternative fueling stations...11/8

National

Vast Challenges for Philippines After Typhoon

(The New York Times) Three days after one of the most powerful storms ever to buffet the Philippines, the scale of the devastation and the desperation of the survivors were slowly coming into view...11/11

State & Regional

TDOT chief says $8 billion wish list has department in bind

(The Tennessean) State Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer says his department faces a years-long backlog of road projects totaling $8 billion and the possible loss of funding from the U.S. Highway Trust Fund...11/8

More women are farming in Tennessee

(WBIR) Tennessee is seeing an increase in the number of women farmers. More than 80 East Tennessee female farmers met in West Knoxville Friday for a farming conference hosted by UT Extension. The women learned different skills to make their farms and small businesses successful...11/8

energy & science policy

House Science Subcommittee Hearing on New DOE Office of Science Bill

(AIP) Last week’s hearing of the Subcommittee on Energy of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology had twin objectives.  It offered the opportunity for subcommittee members, a senior official of the DOE Office of Science, and two other witnesses to describe the importance of the research that the Office supports...11/8

science & technology

NBC wins space race, will televise Branson flight

(PhysOrg) NBC has won the television space race. The network announced Friday it has signed a deal with Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic to televise the company's first commercial space flight. Branson and his two adult children, Holly and Sam, will be the first private passengers to travel into space next year through his company...11/8

Asteroid With Six Tails Leaves Astronomers Dumbfounded

(Popular Science) Weird things are afoot in the asteroid belt, located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. A newly identified asteroid called P/2013 P5 is posing as a comet, with not one but six dust tails trailing behind it...11/7

Unbreakable CodeBattelle developing next generation of cyber-security

(Columbus Dispatch) The way to keep secrets, well, secret, is to write them in code. But that works only so well. For example, a key turning point during World War II came when U.S. cryptographers cracked the Japanese military's code...11/11

Other Stories

Divinations of academic success may be flawed

(Nature News) Scientists reacted with curiosity — as well as disdain — to the launch last year of a nifty tool that, according to its architects, could predict a researcher's future scientific impact. A study published last week questions its power to do so...11/8

Planet EarthForget What You've Heard: Humans Are Not Using More Than 1 Planet

(Scientific American) How big is humankind's "footprint" on the planet? That depends on how you measure it. Since the mid-1990s environmentalists, politicians, researchers and others have often used a concept called the ecological footprint to quantify the relative health of the planet under the influence of human activity and industry...11/7