Thursday, January 19, 2017
ORNL in the News

Largest Populus SNP dataset holds promise for biofuels, materials, metabolites

(EurekAlert) Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, information useful to plant scientists as well as researchers in the fields of biofuels, materials science, and secondary plant metabolism...1/17

ORNL receives interest from appliance makers on dryer that uses vibrations, rather than heat

(Oak Ridge Today) Oak Ridge National Laboratory has received significant interest from appliance manufacturers who could enter into an agreement to continue developing the technology to build a dryer that uses vibrations, rather than heat, to dry clothes...1/18

If successful, ORNL process could play role in fighting climate change

(Oak Ridge Today) In October, Oak Ridge National Laboratory announced that scientists had developed an electrochemical process that uses tiny spikes of carbon and copper to turn carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into ethanol...1/18

Science and Technology

Spider Silk Is Stronger Than Steel — And Now It Can Be Made In A Lab

(NPR) Swedish scientist Dr. Anna Rising was among a team of researchers to discover how to synthesize artificial spider silk. She says they hope to use the strong silk in medical applications and textiles...1/14

Earth Sets a Temperature Record for the Third Straight Year

(NY Times) Marking another milestone for a changing planet, scientists reported on Wednesday that the Earth reached its highest temperature on record in 2016...1/18

Energy and Science Policy

China says it will finish 'super supercomputer' prototype this year

(Wired) ...The US is developing a number of supercomputers that would be capable of beating the Sunway TaihuLight – a 200 petaflop machine called Summit is being developed at the Oak Ridge National Lab and is due to arrive in 2018...1/18


Scientists Concerned For Future Of National Labs As Rick Perry Seeks Top Energy Post

(NPR) When a solar company wants to test new technology, they bring their panels to the National Renewable Energy Lab near Denver. It's a place where federal scientists can measure how powerful and long-lasting solar panels are, so consumers know what they are buying...1/19


Secretary Moniz Statement on Anniversary of JCPOA Implementation Day, IAEA Announcement of Centrifuge Removal from Fordow

( Today, January 16, 2017, is the one-year anniversary of the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which rolls back the Iranian nuclear program and verifiably prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon...1/16

New US Department of Energy study finds improved transmission means a more resilient grid

(Renewable Energy Magazine) A new study from the US Department of Energy has found that upgrades and additions to American transmission infrastructure creates a more resilient grid while delivering low-cost wind energy from mountain states...1/12

Local and State

Watts Bar Reservoir has returned to conditions before Kingston coal ash spill, EPA says

(Oak Ridge Today) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Atlanta reported Thursday that monitoring data shows that areas of Watts Bar Reservoir affected by the 2008 ash spill in Kingston have returned to “pre-spill” conditions...1/18

Zambian doctors visit East TN hospitals and medical centers

(WVLT-TV) A group of five Zambian doctors visited several medical facilities across East Tennessee in hopes of learning and bringing back information to Zambia...1/18

UT Arboretum Society has global warming, climate change program Thursday

(Oak Ridge Today) The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society will present a program on global warming and climate change on Thursday in Oak Ridge...1/15