Monday, January 9, 2017
ORNL in the News

ORNL Works On Measuring and Manipulating Graphene

(Printed Electronics Now) Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) found a simpler way to measure adhesion between graphene sheets, compared to a sophisticated method used in a 2015 study: They measured how much graphene deflects when neon atoms poke it from below to create "bubbles."...1/5

Biology and neutrons collide to unlock secrets of fish ear bones

(Infoyu) n a unique pairing of biology and neutron science, researchers from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have gained new insights into aquatic biochemistry using the otoliths of the lake sturgeon, Acipenser fulvescens...1/9

ORNL Researchers Work to Develop Drought-resistant Crops

(Bioscience Technology) Some semi-arid plants use a specific type of photosynthesis known as crassulacean acid metabolism, or CAM, to conserve water and flourish in semi-arid climates. Now scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered the metabolic and genetic underpinnings that allow plants, such as the agave plant, to do so...1/3

Confined Water at Fahrenheit -451

(Newswise) ...In analyzing the properties of water molecules confined inside an emerald at extremely low temperature (about 5 K or -451 Fahrenheit), scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory found that individual molecules undergo a transition, essentially existing simultaneously as six copies of itself, each of which is, in a sense, 1/6 “present.”...1/6

Science and Technology

MiscanthusOpen-source plant database confirms top US bioenergy crop

(Science Daily) Scientists have confirmed that Miscanthus, long speculated to be the top biofuel producer, yields more than twice as much as switchgrass in the U.S. using an open-source bioenergy crop database gaining traction in plant science, climate change, and ecology research...1/6

Energy and Science Policy

Unfinished Business: Energy Policy Bill Runs Out of Fuel

(AIP) The House and Senate failed to reach a compromise on a sweeping energy policy bill with numerous R&D-related provisions before the end of the 114th Congress. The effort may be revived in the new Congress, but the character of the bill could change considerably since the Republicans will control the White House as well as both chambers of Congress...1/5

DOE

U.S. Nuclear Engineer pleads guilty to violating Atomic Energy Act

(WVLT TV) Szuhsiung Ho, aka Allen Ho, a naturalized U.S. citizen, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to unlawfully engage or participate in the production or development of special nuclear material outside the U.S. without required authorization from the U.S. Department of Energy. This violated the Atomic Energy Act...1/6

Local and State

Learn about the construction of Oak Ridge through Westcott photos

(Oak Ridge Today) A Tuesday program will focus on the construction of the city that is now Oak Ridge through Ed Westcott photographs. The program is titled "The Building of the Atomic City—the Ed Wescott Photographs." It will be presented by Emily Hunnicutt, Ed Westcott's daughter, and Don Hunnicutt, Westcott's son-in-law...1/8

Sen. Alexander meets with Trump cabinet nominees

(WVLT TV) Sen. Lamar Alexander met with Secretary of Interior Nominee Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) and Energy Secretary Nominee and Texas Governor Rick Perry separately Wednesday. Sen. Alexander met with Rep. Ryan Zinke to discuss the Sevier County wildfires that blazed late November into early December. "In my meeting, I talked with [Zinke] about the Sevier County wildfires that originated in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park," Sen. Alexander said in a statement...1/5

Tennessee lawmakers face gas tax increase proposal, eye cuts to other taxes as annual session starts

(The Chattanooga Times Free Press) Tennessee lawmakers will find themselves in an unusual situation during the 110th General Assembly that kicks off Tuesday. Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is expected to ask the GOP-dominated House and Senate to raise gas and diesel taxes for the first time in 27 years to keep the state's roads, bridges and other transportation projects moving. "I think everybody agrees we have to do something," Haslam said last week. "Now, the question is what."...1/8