Thursday, September 22, 2016
ORNL in the News

Knoxville business accelerator program aimed at entrepreneurs developing energy technologies

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The push for innovative approaches to energy continues, and the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory aims to be at the vanguard of the transition toward more reliable, cost-effective and carbon neutral technologies through a new program called Innovation Crossroads...9/20

UPS Pursues Sustainability Research

(Global Trade Magazine) The first grant, worth $1 million with a possible expansion to $10 million if the technology proves successful, will fund a joint project between UPS, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Workhorse, CALSTART, and Cisco...9/22

Modeling radiation damage

(Science Codex) In nuclear reactors, energetic neutrons slam into metal atoms that are ordered in a lattice, displacing them with enough force to trigger a cascade of collisions. Laurent Béland, Yuri Osetsky and Roger Stoller, of the Energy Dissipation to Defect Evolution Energy Frontier Research Center at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, modeled radiation damage and discovered that the number of defects ultimately created in a material correlates with atomic displacements that high-pressure shock waves generate early in the collision cascade...9/21

From western movie set to climate science

(Arizona Daily Sun) ...the U.S. Forest Service, which acquired the ranch in 2003, granted permission to Northern Arizona University’s Southwest Experimental Garden Array project to use up to 22 acres on the property as one of 10 common garden sites...Lead researcher Jerry Tuskan of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory said his team has mapped the genome of each tree and will compare how the various clones survive in different climates...9/21

Science and Technology

Researchers discover a cell in spinach that uses sunlight to produce electricity and hydrogen

(PhysOrg) Using a simple membrane extract from spinach leaves, researchers from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed a bio-photo-electro-chemical (BPEC) cell that produces electricity and hydrogen from water using sunlight...9/22

Japan likely to scrap experimental nuclear power reactor

(Science Magazine) Japan is apparently finally pulling the plug on Monju, an experimental reactor plagued by accidents, cover-ups, cost overruns, and other problems that have idled it for all but a few months since it came online in 1994...9/21

Energy and Science Policy

National Nanotechnology Initiative Review Urges ‘Focus,’ Emphasizes Commercialization

(AIP) The National Academies has issued its latest triennial review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative, focusing many of its recommendations on the need to foster commercialization...9/20


Improving the Transmission Permitting Process to Strengthen our Nation’s Grid

( More than three years ago, President Obama directed the Energy Department to improve how federal, state, local and tribal governments work together to modernize our aging electric transmission grid. Why?...9/21

Local and State

Oak Ridge, Naka-shi Japan celebrate 25 years of sister city relationship

(Oak Ridge Today) This year, the Oak Ridge Sister City Support Organization, or SCSO, is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Sister City agreement between Oak Ridge and Naka-shi, Japan...9/21

Seeding Tomorrow in West Tennessee

(Tennessee Alumnus) Things grow in Hardeman County. Crops, livestock, husbandry in all its forms—and relationship grows there, too, between the wild and the tame, between an abundance of resources and their conservation, between awe and understanding. The University of Tennessee is planting something new there in fertile ground...8/31

UT Student Spent Summer Conducting Tests at Nuclear Sites in Pacific

(Tennessee Today) Adam Stratz was the lone student taking part in the recent radiation survey of former United States atomic and thermonuclear test sites in the islands on a team led by Terry Hamilton, scientific director of the Marshall Islands Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory...9/16