Thursday, January 14, 2016
ORNL in the News

ORNL, SCIEX Sign License Agreement for Analytical Chemistry Tech

(Newswise) The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and SCIEX of Framingham, Mass., have signed a licensing agreement for technologies that speed up, simplify and expand the use of analytic chemistry equipment...1/13

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, January 2016

(EurekAlert) COLLABORATION - World of opportunities...MATERIALS - Clear advantages...POPULATION - New modeling component...SENSORS - Extending limits...ECOLOGY - Mapping forest canopies...COMPUTING - Patterns and predictions...MATERIALS - Steel like none other...1/5

UT Physicist Helped Discover New Elements Recently Added to Periodic Table

(Tennessee Today) ...Robert Grzywacz, along with collaborators at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, developed the software used in the equipment that detects the new elements and helps analyze data from the experiments...1/13

Strongest ever spin-phonon coupling observed

(PhysOrg) A research team led by Kazunari Yamaura, chief researcher, Superconducting Properties Unit, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan, and Dr. Stuart Calder and others at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the United States, jointly demonstrated that the strongest ever spin-phonon coupling was observed in osmium oxide synthesized for the first time...1/14

Are Drones the First Responders of the Future?

(UAV Expert News) ...The Clark County Fire Department offered input and worked with UNLV, Praxis Aerospace Concepts, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the U.S. Geological Survey to propose and design a study on how drones could be used in fire response and emergency management....1/14

Science and Technology

Sacramento Has the Most Net Zero Buildings of Any City in America

(The Energy Collective) California has more than half of the net zero buildings in the U.S., according to a new survey from the Net-Zero Energy Coalition. The survey is the first effort to catalog all of the zero energy buildings in North America...1/13

Energy and Science Policy

Science Policy in 2015: Year in Review

(AIP) The biggest story in science policy in 2015 was the unexpectedly large boosts in science funding in Congress’ annual spending bill for FY 2016, some of which matched or exceeded the President’s budget request and even requests from the scientific community...1/12

DOE

Y-12, Pantex workers get Defense Program Awards

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration’s Production Office today released info stating that 260 employees at Y-12 and Pantex received Defense Programs Awards of Excellence at ceremonies last month at the two sites in Oak Ridge and Amarillo, Texas...1/12

Solar Energy Jobs Outpace U.S. Economy

(Energy.gov) ...U.S. solar energy capacity has grown thirtyfold since President Obama took office. And in just the first nine months of 2015, solar accounted for 31 percent of all new electric generating capacity. Across the United States...1/12

Local and State

Crab Orchard wind farm would be state’s largest, with 23 turbines

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Crab Orchard, Tenn., area will be the site of the state's largest wind farm when Charlottesville, Va.,-based Apex Clean Energy completes construction of up to 23 wind turbines by the end of 2017...1/13

Setting a new standard: EPB smart grid wins national environmental recognition

(Times Free Press) ...The $220 million platform of fiber optic wires, intelliruptors and other smart grid equipment installed over the past six years across EPB's 600-square-mile service area gained national attention Tuesday when the U.S. Green Building Council recognized Chattanooga as America's first city to be certified for a new environmental distinction for electric power systems...1/12