Tuesday, January 3, 2017
ORNL in the News

Smart GlassSamsung licenses ORNL glass coatings for electronics that can repel water, reduce reflection

(Oak Ridge Today) Oak Ridge National Laboratory announced this fall that Samsung Electronics has exclusively licensed a technology that can improve the performance of glass displays on smart phones, tablets, and other electronic devices...12/28

Brian Egle40 Under 40: Brian Egle

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Thanks to Brian Egle's work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, scientists from a variety of disciplines will have the materials they need to solve some of the world's most pressing problems. Egle, a Weinberg Fellow and senior research engineer at the lab, has been working to reestablish a domestic source of stable isotopes that are in short supply...1/2

New ORNL hardware-in-the-loop facility simulates advanced ICEs combined with electrification

(Charged) Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a new testing capability to explore new automotive technology, including hybrid vehicle architectures, in real-world drive cycles. The new facility is focused on low-temperature combustion engines, but builds upon the powertrain-in-the-loop expertise established by ORNL’s Vehicle Systems Integration Laboratory...12/28

Erin Rose40 Under 40: Erin Rose

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Erin Rose knows all too well that elderly people across the country die every year from being exposed to extreme temperatures inside their homes...In 2010, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory hired Rose to develop a survey to assess health and other non-energy-related benefits they believed families had experienced since receiving the upgrades...1/2


Science and Technology

3D Ocean Map3D ocean map tracks ecosystems in unprecedented detail

(Nature News) Oceanographers are carving up the world's seas like the last of the holiday turkey. A new 3D map sorts global water masses — from deep, frigid circumpolar waters to the oxygen-starved Black Sea — into 37 categories. The map groups together marine regions of similar temperature, salinity, oxygen and nutrient levels...1/3

Science and Technology

Languages still a major barrier to global science, new research finds

(Science Daily) English is now considered the common language, or 'lingua franca', of global science. All major scientific journals seemingly publish in English, despite the fact that their pages contain research from across the globe. However, a new study suggests that over a third of new scientific reports are published in languages other than English, which can result in these findings being overlooked—contributing to biases in our understanding....12/29


Photovoltaic CellsMore solar energy was added in 2016 than natural gas or wind

(Green Car Reports) Renewable-energy growth has accelerated in 2016, but this may go down as a milestone year for one renewable-energy source in particular. Together, all renewable-energy sources are expected to account for 8 percent of U.S. electricity-generation capacity in 2017, according to the Department of Energy, and solar energy is responsible for most of that growth...1/1

$100M fine starts over in South Carolina legal battle over MOX at Savannah River Site

(Aiken Standard) The legal saga surrounding plutonium disposition and construction of Savannah River Site's MOX facility began nearly a year ago and will begin a new chapter as the calendar turns to 2017. S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley initiated legal action against the U.S. Department of Energy on Jan. 26, 2016. She sent a letter to State Attorney General Alan Wilson to "initiate litigation on behalf of the state of South Carolina against DOE." That lawsuit is still active.

Local and State

With transfer agreement signed, plans call for developing AMSE site, demolishing building

(Oak Ridge Today) With a property transfer agreement signed, new businesses could be built on the 17 acres that now house the American Museum of Science and Energy, and the museum building could be demolished, officials and a business executive said Friday...1/2

Trump's picks for TVA board could reshape federal agency

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) One third of the board that governs the Tennessee Valley Authority is being vacated today after the Republican-controlled Senate failed last year to confirm President Barack Obama's reappointment of three Democratic directors for America's biggest government-owned utility...1/3

6 notable Middle Tennesseans of 2016

(The Tennessean) Many notable people made a difference in Middle Tennessee and across the state in 2016. The Tennessean Editorial Board made its selection for Tennesseans of the Year based upon an evaluation of the news of the past year and the impact the person or people had on the community...1/1