Thursday, March 2, 2017
ORNL in the News

ORNL uses vitamin to enrich home owners' wallets

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A vitamin commonly found in broccoli and Brussels sprouts may soon enrich wallets as much as diets thanks to a collaboration between two Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists. Diana Hun, a building technologies researcher, approached Brenda Smith, a synthetic chemist, to find a solution to structural air leaks...3/1

Yilu Liu: Governor’s Chair pursues a cure for an aging grid

(MilTech) ...For a researcher like Yilu Liu with a love of problem-solving and prowess in both engineering and science, the task of modernizing the aged electricity grid is a surprisingly enjoyable one...2/28

Deuterium and tritium separated using a functionalized metal-organic framework compound

(PhysOrg) ...the process of filtering deuterium out of the natural isotopic mixture of hydrogen is at present both difficult and expensive. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, the University of Leipzig, Jacobs University Bremen, the University of Augsburg, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory may be able to remedy this problem...2/28

Science and Technology

This Battery Runs on the Hidden Power of Estuaries

(Scientific American) There is great opportunity where rivers and oceans meet: the salinity gradient that forms at these freshwater-saltwater boundaries holds a substantial amount of potential energy. Estuaries, for instance, could cover an estimated 40 percent of global electricity generation...3/1

Scientists unveil the most detailed map of dark matter to date

(Science Magazine) Using images from NASA's orbiting Hubble Space Telescope, an international team of astronomers has deduced in unprecedented detail the distributions of dark matter within three clusters of galaxies...3/1

Energy and Science Policy

DOE Basic Energy Sciences Stands at a Moment of Transition

(AIP) On Feb. 23 and 24, the Department of Energy’s Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (BESAC) held its first meeting of 2017. The committee provides external advice to DOE’s Basic Energy Sciences (BES) program, which manages a $1.85 billion research portfolio and oversees DOE-funded user facilities...3/1

Trump Aims To 'Eliminate' Clean Water Rule

(NPR) The Trump administration is moving to roll back an environmental rule intended to define which small bodies of water are subject to federal authority under the Clean Water Act...2/28


Research Project Using Biochar to Improve Anaerobic Digestion to Scale Up

(Waste Management World) Argonne National Laboratory, has developed technology that synergistically uses two waste biomass streams to generate two bioproducts and enhance the process of anaerobic digestion...3/1

Tweaking electrolyte makes better lithium-metal batteries

(EurekAlert) Scientists have found adding a pinch of something new to a battery's electrolyte gives the energy storage devices more juice per charge than today's commonly used rechargeable batteries...3/1

Lab researchers 3D print with high-performance carbon fiber

(Science Daily) Lawrence Livermore National Lab researchers have become the first to 3D print aerospace-grade carbon fiber composites, opening the door to greater control and optimization of the lightweight, yet stronger than steel material...3/1

Local and State

$10 million data center opens in Chattanooga

(Times Free Press) An Atlanta company has started up a $10 million data center in Chattanooga, deciding to locate the facility here due to EPB's smart grid and the city's proximity to major fiber lines...3/2

Engineer Using Big Data to Help Solve Cold Cases

(Tennessee Today) The term “big data” has caught on in recent years as a way to talk about massive quantities of calculations, figures, and computations made by extremely high-tech machines like the supercomputers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...2/28