Thursday, February 1, 2018
ORNL in the News

ORNL Director Thomas Zacharia on his first six months as ORNL director

(Knoxville News Sentinel) [Video] ORNL Director Thomas Zacharia speaks about his first six months as ORNL director in his office on Friday, January 26, 2018.

US vehicle-miles traveled in 2016 7x more than in 1950 with double the population

(Green Car Congress) From 1950 to 2016, the US population approximately doubled; however during that time, the number of vehicles in operation increased by six times and total vehicle-miles traveled grew by seven times, according to the latest edition of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Transportation Energy Data Book...1/30

DoE Research Into Motion of Water Molecules Paves Way for Liquid-Based Electronics

(Design News) ...A team of researchers led by the DoE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have used an advanced high-resolution X-ray technique to measure the strong bond involving a hydrogen atom sandwiched between two oxygen atoms—which is the essential chemical make-up of water...1/29

Supercomputers to Improve Transportation Energy Efficiency

(Sustainable City Network)...Oak Ridge National Laboratory will work with GRIDSMART Technologies, Inc., on reinforcement learning-based traffic control approaches to optimize energy usage and traffic efficiency...1/29

Science and Technology

Missing Neutrons May Lead a Secret Life as Dark Matter

(Scientific American) Neutrons shouldn’t be all that mysterious. Found inside every atomic nucleus, they may seem downright mundane—but they have long confounded physicists who try to measure how long these particles can live outside of atoms...1/29

Energy and Science Policy

E.P.A. Blocks Obama-Era Clean Water Rule

(NY Times) The Trump administration has formally suspended a major Obama-era clean water regulation ahead of plans to issue its own version of the rule later this year...1/31

Rapid Rise of China’s STEM Workforce Charted by National Science Board Report

(AIP) China’s strikingly rapid expansion of its STEM workforce has continued, according to the National Science Board’s latest Science and Engineering Indicators report...1/31

DOE

Department of Energy to Host 2018 ARPA-E Summit

(Energy.gov) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) will host its ninth annual Energy Innovation Summit from March 13-15, 2018. The Summit draws thousands of participants from across the United States and internationally to convene a forum on the future of energy innovation...1/25

Y-12 helps make reactor that could power the next space outpost

(Knoxville News Sentinel) NASA has been working with Oak Ridge's Y-12 National Security Complex and the Nevada National Security Site to create a new power source that could provide safe, plentiful energy for future robotic and human space exploration missions...2/1

House science committee spars over who loves the Department of Energy more

(Science Magazine) The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology met Tuesday to hear about management and priorities at the Department of Energy (DOE), and at first blush, the hearing could not have been more bipartisan...1/31

Local and State

Study: TVA service costs burden residential customers over industry

(Knoxville News Sentinel) As the Tennessee Valley Authority considers raising the grid-maintenance burden on residential customers through fixed rates, the utility has been giving large businesses in the Valley discounts over the past six years, according to a new TVA rate study...1/30

University of Tennessee team is NASA contest finalist to make Martian water

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A team of University of Tennessee engineering students may have a hand in providing the water astronauts use on the Red Planet. They are one of 10 finalists in NASA’s Mars Ice Challenge, a college competition to design and build a machine to extract liquid water from Mars’ subsurface ice...2/1

Student Startup Grow Bioplastics Awarded NSF Grant

(UT News) Grow Bioplastics, a student startup, has received a $225,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant. The award will fund research and development work on lignin-biomass-based biodegradable plastics for agricultural applications, specifically plastic mulches...1/29