Monday, February 6, 2017
ORNL in the News

New ORNL protocol reduces Li-ion battery formation time 6x or more without affecting battery performance

(Green Car Congress) A new process developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory could alleviate a bottleneck in battery manufacturing and deliver higher capacity batteries for electric vehicles and consumer devices...2/3

Gastric Cancer-Related Bacterial Enzyme Details Identified Through Neutron Analysis

(The Science Times) It seems that the big C is getting clearer these days. With the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's research, gastric cancer will be better understood. With the help of neutron analysis, researchers from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) saw a key finding that can give a light on gastric cancer research...2/4

Welding ProcessManufacturing – Improved welding

(PhysOrg) Oxide removal for welding can be laborious and costly, yet results from a new study indicate the preparation may be unnecessary for certain solid-state joining. An Oak Ridge National Laboratory-led research team evaluated the atomic behavior of iron and aluminum when joined through solid-state welding to determine the fate of resulting oxide film build-up, a part of the process not well researched...2/3

Researchers at Tenn. lab set record for communications speed

(USA Today) Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have set a new world record in superdense coding, a technique by which electrical particles are communicated, that could have far-reaching implications for Internet users and cybersecurity...2/3

Science and Technology

Terahertz wireless could make spaceborne satellite links as fast as fiber-optic links

(Science Daily) Scientists have announced the development of a terahertz (THz) transmitter capable of transmitting digital data at a rate exceeding 100 gigabits (= 0.1 terabit) per second over a single channel using the 300-GHz band...2/5



Energy and Science Policy

Can Nuclear Power Rise From The Chaos In Washington?

(Forbes) In January, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Advanced Nuclear Technology Act of 2017, HR 590, that is intended “to foster civilian research and development of advanced nuclear energy technologies and enhance the licensing and commercial deployment of such technologies.”...2/5


Scientists Determine Precise 3-D Location and Identity of All 23,000 Atoms in a Nanoparticle

(Lab Manager) Scientists used one of the world’s most powerful electron microscopes to map the precise location and chemical type of 23,000 atoms in an extremely small particle made of iron and platinum. Microscopy data was obtained and analyzed by scientists from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) at the Molecular Foundry, in collaboration with Foundry users from UCLA, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the United Kingdom’s University of Birmingham...2/3

Exascale Computing Project (ECP) Announces Formation Of ECP Industry Council

(Los Alamos Daily Post) The Exascale Computing Project (ECP), a collaborative project led by six Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories with the project management office established at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Wednesday announced the formation of the ECP Industry Council...2/3

Local and State

Nashville Capitol5 things to watch this week in the legislature

(WBIR TV) As lawmakers enter their second week of the session, they'll continue organizational work and receive presentations from various government agencies and outside organizations. At the same time, they will work to finalize any bills they want to introduce before the filing deadline, which comes at the end of the week...2/5

School voucher legislation reintroduced in Tennessee House

(WATE TV) School voucher proponents are hopeful that this is the year they can finally pass legislation to direct state money to pay for private school tuition in Tennessee. Republican Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville on Wednesday reintroduced a bill similar to one that stalled in the House last year when he couldn't gain support from enough wary rural lawmakers for the measure to pass...2/2