ORNL in the News

Making Fuel Out of Thick Air

(Technology Networks) Scientists hoping to develop new energy resources have long pursued the goal of directly converting methane...In a new study, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, Tufts University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory teamed up to explore the potential of rhodium-based catalysts for this conversion under milder conditions...12/14

A lithium-ion battery inspired by safety glass

(Tech Xplore) Researchers in the United States have modified the design of lithium-ion batteries to include slits along the electrodes, a feature which may mitigate the risk of battery failure during automobile accidents..."Small batteries pose a much smaller hazard when they are accidently shorted than do very large batteries," says Nancy Dudney, an author on the study and an energy storage researcher at the Materials Science and Technology Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory...12/13

IBM Announces Collaboration with Leading Fortune 500 Companies, Academic Institutions and National Research Labs to Accelerate Quantum Computing

(Press Release Point)..."Providing access to real quantum computing hardware is fundamental to accelerating the development of applications and programs important to UT-Battelle, LLC., the managing and operating contractor at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory,” said Jeff Nichols, Associate Laboratory Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory"...12/13

'Toolboxes' for quantum cybersecurity

(Science Daily) A quantum information scientist from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed efficient "toolboxes" comprising theoretical tools and protocols for quantifying the security of high-speed quantum communication. Assistant Professor Charles Lim is part of an international team of experimental and theoretical scientists from Duke University, Ohio State University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory that has recently achieved a significant breakthrough in high-rate quantum secure communication...12/8

Science and Technology

Pushing cells to self-destruct combats deadly fibrosis

(Science Magazine) Each year, millions of people suffer life-threatening scarring in their lungs, heart, and other organs. Doctors have few tools to combat this fibrosis, other than an organ transplant. Now, new research offers clues for how to selectively destroy the cells known as myofibroblasts that drive the condition. In mice, this appeared to halt or even reverse fibrosis’s damaging effects...12/13

Energy and Science Policy

Congress Is Looking Into a Last-Ditch Climate Change Solution

(Popular Mechanics) Representative Jerry McNerney (D-CA) recently introduced a bill—called the Geoengineering Research Evaluation Act—that would direct the National Academies of Science to formally study geoengineering. The act would enable the nation’s experts on geoengineering to research different techniques and their possible impacts...12/12

DOE

ARPA-E Issues OPEN Funding Opportunity Announcement to Support Early-Stage Energy R&D

(Energy.gov) The U.S. Department of Energy today announced up to $100 million in funding for new projects as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPAE) latest OPEN funding opportunity. OPEN will support America’s top innovators through dozens of early-stage research and development projects as they build technologies to transform the nation’s energy system...12/13

UPF: Line delay for the Holidays

(Oak Ridger) A weeks-long public debate between the city of Oak Ridge and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration regarding the clear-cutting of property atop Pine Ridge and the installation of a 161kv transmission line for the well-underway multi-billion dollar Uranium Processing Facility at the Y-12 National Security Complex has taken yet another recent turn, as UPF federal project director Dale Christenson has responded to the city’s request to delay the project an additional 30 days ... plus...12/13

Local and State

Hyperlens crystal views live cells in superfine detail

(Optics.org) ...An optical lens powerful enough to enable view features the size of a small virus on the surface of a living cell has been developed by researchers at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, TN...12/14

State appropriates $15 million that could be used for Oak Ridge Airport

(Oak Ridge Today) ...The appropriation, which is pending approval of the Oak Ridge Airport by the Federal Aviation Administration, would be enough to cover about 33 percent to 38 percent of the current estimated project cost of $40 million to $45 million...12/11