Wednesday, December 28, 2016
ORNL in the News

New Toolkit for First Responders

(ISS Source) ...EXD funded research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to continue development of the Incident Management Preparedness and Coordination Toolkit (IMPACT), a geospatial tool designed to enhance situational awareness, communication, and collaboration during and for security events...12/26

ORNL Researchers Demonstrate 3D-Printed Magnets Outperform Those Manufactured Traditionally

(Additive Manufacturing) Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated that permanent magnets produced by additive manufacturing can outperform bonded magnets made using traditional techniques while conserving critical materials...12/28

CareerLink showcases internships, research opportunities for minorities at ORNL

(Oak Ridge Today) The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, or ORISE, recently partnered with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to host a CareerLink Event Day that provided a full day of networking and workshops for faculty and undergraduate students from minority institutions...12/23

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Responds to Gatlinburg Firestorm

(Energy.gov) ...Firefighters from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, located about 50 miles away, were among those who answered the call. With an immediate go-ahead from the ORNL Site Office, the ORNL Fire Department dispatched resources to assist responders in Gatlinburg and neighboring Pigeon Forge...12/22

Science and Technology

China claims to have a working version of NASA's impossible engine orbiting the Earth - and will use it in satellites 'imminently'

(Daily Mail) Scientists in China claim they’ve created a working prototype of the ‘impossible’ reactionless engine – and they say they’re already testing it in orbit aboard the Tiangong-2 space laboratory...12/20

Scientists in Germany, Peru and Taiwan to lose access to Elsevier journals

(Nature) Thousands of scientists in Germany, Peru and Taiwan are preparing for a new year without online access to journals from the Dutch publishing giant Elsevier. Contract negotiations in both Germany and Taiwan broke down in December, while Peru’s government has cut off funding for a licence...12/23

Energy and Science Policy

Unfinished Business: NASA Authorization Bill Fails to Clear Final Hurdles

(AIP) In the final days of the 114th Congress, the Senate passed legislation to provide new policy guidance to NASA for the first time since 2010...12/27

U.S. DOE research helps identify new geothermal plays on sites in Nevada

(ThinkGeoEnergy.com) Research funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office reported completion last week of seismic data acquisition at two key geothermal sites in northern Nevada which will help identify new geothermal plays...12/23

DOE

Department of Energy invests $18 million in alternative fuel projects

(Daily Energy Insider) The U.S. Department of Energy announced last week that it will invest $18 million in five projects related to alternative fuel technologies, the development and demonstration of plug-in electric vehicles, and accelerated adoption of vehicles that operates on fuels such as biodiesel, E85, natural gas and propane…12/28

U.S. has potential to produce sustainable biomass

(Proud Green Building) According to the 2016 Billion-Ton Report, within the next 15 years (considering technology, prices and demand), the United States has the potential to sustainably produce at least one billion tons of biomass annually, while continuing to meet demands for food, feed, industrial uses and exports. This is about three times more than currently used...12/28

Researchers Use World's Smallest Diamonds to Make Wires Three Atoms Wide

(SLAC) Scientists at Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have discovered a way to use diamondoids – the smallest possible bits of diamond – to assemble atoms into the thinnest possible electrical wires, just three atoms wide...12/26

The U.S. Prepares To Sell Off Its Oil Reserves

(OilPrice.com) The U.S. Department of Energy could begin to sell off some of its strategic petroleum reserve as soon as January, the beginning of a multi-year process to shrink the nation’s stockpile of oil. Congress has authorized DOE to sell off $375.4 million worth of oil in its recent budget resolution...12/23

Local and State

Chattanooga ranked as one of the most improved metro areas in U.S. on new list

(Times Free Press) The Milken Institute, an independent economic think tank based in Santa Monica, Calif., said Chattanooga was the fourth most improved metro area among the 200 largest metro cities included in its 2016 ranking of Best Performing cities...12/28