Thursday, February 9, 2017
ORNL in the News

ORNL, Chattanooga Electric Power Board Test the Role of Sensors in Grid Innovation

(Electric Power News) With a fiber-optic network that provides Chattanooga residents and businesses with exceptional high-speed communications, the city’s Electric Power Board provides the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory with an ideal testbed for smart grid research...2/8

ORNL scientists, UT grad student find new way to capture carbon dioxide

(The Daily Beacon) Amid climate change debates, a UT graduate student and a team of scientists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory accidentally discovered a cost-efficient way to remove carbon dioxide from the air...2/7

Oak Ridge steps up to Active Archive Solutions

(Inside HPC) Today the Active Archive Alliance announced that Oak Ridge National Laboratory has upgraded its active archive solutions to enhance the integrity and accessibility of its vast amount of data. The new solutions allow ORNL to meet its increasing data demands and enable fast file recall for its users...2/8

ORNL, Chattanooga Electric Power Board Test the Role of Sensors in Grid Innovation

(EIN News) With a fiber-optic network that provides Chattanooga residents and businesses with exceptional high-speed communications, the city’s Electric Power Board provides the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory with an ideal testbed for smart grid research...2/8

Science and Technology

French auditors criticize €5-billion science super-campus near Paris

(Nature) France’s government auditor has taken a sharp swipe at efforts to develop a science super-campus near Paris that, by 2020, was supposed to rival the world's top campus universities, such as the US Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)...2/8

Researchers determine why the ocean has absorbed more carbon over the past decade

(PhysOrg) With the ocean absorbing more carbon dioxide (CO2) over the past decade, less of the greenhouse gas is reaching the Earth's atmosphere. That's decidedly good news, but it comes with a catch: Rising levels of CO2 in the ocean promote acidification, which breaks down the calcium carbonate shells of some marine organisms...2/8

Energy and Science Policy

Physicists Ponder Outlook for Science in a Time of Budget Battles and ‘Alternative Facts’

(AIP) At a meeting of the American Physical Society, two physicist-congressmen and a former top federal science official discussed challenges the science community may face in the coming years and sketched out ways to respond...2/3

 

DOE

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

(Berkeley Lab) 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...2/1

Lawrence Livermore Petawatt Laser System Reaches Continuous Operation

(Photonics Media) The High-Repetition-Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has demonstrated continuous operation of an all-diode-pumped, high-energy femtosecond petawatt laser system...2/9

Smashing gold ions creates most swirly fluid ever

(Science News) ...To create the überwhirly liquid, scientists slammed gold ions together at velocities approaching the speed of light at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y...2/8

NREL research pinpoints promise of polycrystalline perovskites

(EurekAlert) A team of scientists from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory determined that surface recombination limits the performance of polycrystalline perovskite solar cells...2/7

Local and State

Bill Bass of UT’s ‘Body Farm’ to give Feb. 21 lecture at Pellissippi State

(Oak Ridge Today) Bill Bass, a forensic anthropologist who founded the University of Tennessee Anthropological Research Facility, more popularly known as “The Body Farm,” will give a lecture at Pellissippi State Community College in Hardin Valley on February 21...2/8