Monday, December 8, 2014
ORNL in the News

Land ScanLandScan Global 2013 Launched by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and East View

(GIS User) Developed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Defense, LandScan provides the ambient population distribution at a resolution of one square kilometer covering all inhabited land mass on Earth...12/2

2015 Technology Showcase at NAIAS Offers Street-Level View of the Future

(WSPA) Innovation will be front and center at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) when the inaugural NAIAS Technology Showcase looks at the integration of technology and the automotive industry during Press Preview and Industry Preview...Some of the companies on display include:  Alpine Electronics, ASC, Covisint, Modern Car Safety Technologies, NextEnergy, Ricardo, Square One, Mojio, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and others...12/5

Science and Technology

In world first, researchers convert sunlight to electricity with over 40 percent efficiency

(Science Daily) Australia's solar researchers have converted over 40 percent of the sunlight hitting a solar system into electricity, the highest efficiency ever reported...12/7

CRISPRWho Owns the Biggest Biotech Discovery of the Century?

(MIT Technology Review) Last month in Silicon Valley, biologists Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier showed up in black gowns to receive the $3 million Breakthrough Prize, a glitzy award put on by Internet billionaires including Mark Zuckerberg...12/4

Energy and Science Policy

Captain PlanetSticky issues re-emerge at UN climate talks

(U-T San Diego) The momentum from a historic U.S.-China pact to resist global warming is showing signs of fading at U.N. climate talks as the familiar rich-poor conflict persists over who should do what to keep the planet from overheating...12/7

Encouraging Signs for FY 2015 Appropriations; Senate Confirms Orr; Coalition’s Recommendations for DOE Office of Science and ARPA-E Funding

(AIP) There are encouraging signs that the FY 2015 appropriations cycle is moving toward its conclusion.  The House leadership is scheduled to bring legislation to the floor next week that would provide new funding through the end of this fiscal year for all but the Department of Homeland Security...12/4

DOE

Franklin OrrOrr confirmed as DOE under secretary for science, energy

(Oak Ridge Today) More than a year after his nomination was announced, Franklin “Lynn” Orr has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the under secretary for science and energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. Orr was confirmed Thursday...12/4

Y-12 probes worker's possible exposure to mystery material

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) On Oct. 30, Y-12 production officials were notified that an air sample taken eight days earlier in Beta-2E — an area of the plant where nuclear warhead parts are assembled and dismantled — had revealed contamination above the action level for a "material of industrial hygiene concern."...12/7

Local and State

UT Wins Second Place in International Student Supercomputing Competition

(Tennessee Today) UT’s role as a leader in computing advancements was affirmed again recently as a team of students captured second place at the Student Cluster Competition in New Orleans... 12/5

House OKs act to name Oak Ridge a national historic park

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Sought for years, a move to designate Oak Ridge and two other Manhattan Project sites as a national historical park cleared a key hurdle Thursday in the U.S. House and returns to the Senate — possibly as early as next week — for final passage...12/4

3M will invest $135 million, create 100 jobs at Clinton manufacturing facility

(Oak Ridge Today) The 3M Company will buy a large building in the Eagle Bend Industrial Park in Clinton and use it to manufacture products for the oil, gas, and automotive industries. The company is expected to invest $135 million and create 100 new jobs in Anderson County...12/5