ORNL in the News

Not just another pretty rock, diamonds are a scientist's best friend - for studying outer planets

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ORNL researchers set a new scientific record when one of the company's 6 mm lab-grown diamonds withstood about 600,000 atmospheres of pressure during a study on how light elements like water and ice react under extreme pressure on other planets...4/19

Spinach used in neutron studies could unearth secret to stronger plant growth

(PhysOrg) ...researchers from Uppsala University are using neutrons at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory to determine the protein structure of a RuBisCO sample obtained from spinach leaves...4/18

Magnum Venus & ORNL Install World's First Medium-Large Scale 3D Thermostat Printer

(Inside 3D Printing) ...Magnum Venus Products, in partnership with the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, installed the first commercially available medium/large-scale thermoset 3-D printer at the DOE’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility in Knoxville, Tenn...4/17

White Graphene Market Size Projected to Rise Lucratively during 2025

(Military Technologies) ...Because of the extraordinary properties displayed by white graphene, it finds applications in quantum computing, spintronics, data storage media (such as hard drives), surface functionalization, and catalysis...key institutions and manufacturers working in the field of white graphene include...Oak Ridge National Laboratory...4/18

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers develop new alloy to enhance nuclear safety

(Daily Energy Insider) A team led by researchers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently developed a new material for use in cladding nuclear fuel rods to enhance nuclear safety...4/17

Science and Technology

These diamonds are tiny, flawed, and may come from a long-lost planet

(Popular Science) In 2008, a rock laced with tiny diamonds hurtled through miles of thickening nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon dioxide, its exterior heating up as it raced through the thick air...4/17

Energy and Science Policy

Final 2018 Appropriations: US Geological Survey

(AIP) Funding for the U.S. Geological Survey is increasing by 6 percent to $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2018. Most of the increase is designated for facilities and natural hazards monitoring programs, while other major program areas, including climate research, receive about level funding...4/17

DOE

Department of Energy announces $20 Million in new projects to lower cost of power electronics in solar energy systems

(Penn Energy) the U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $20 million in funding for nine projects to advance early-stage solar power electronics technologies. These innovations are critical to address solar photovoltaic (PV) reliability challenges, as well as to drive down the cost of installing and maintaining a PV solar system...4/18

Organic battery researcher selected for innovations program at Argonne National Lab

(MSU Today) Future alternative energy success is highly dependent on the ability to store that energy once captured. Tom Guarr, co-founder of Jolt Energy Storage Technologies LLC, and researcher at the MSU Bioeconomy Institute in Holland, Michigan, is pioneering new technology for that purpose...4/18

Department of Energy Announces $39 million for Innovative Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research and Development

(Energy.gov) ...the U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $39 million in available funding to support early stage research and development of innovative hydrogen and fuel cell technologies...4/17

Local and State

Study: Coal Mining Reduces Abundance, Richness of Aquatic Life

(Tennessee Today) Coal mining, under current US regulations, has significantly reduced the abundance and variety of fish, invertebrates, salamanders, and other aquatic life in streams, according to a new study from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville...4/18