Monday, March 28, 2016
ORNL in the News

Phasor PlotNew ORNL method could unleash solar power potential

(Solar Daily) Measurement and data analysis techniques developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory could provide new insight into performance-robbing flaws in crystalline structures, ultimately improving the performance of solar cells...3/28

Plutonium 238Upkeep on ORNL’s hot cells

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) If case you haven’t noticed, Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been adding some nuclear work for its multiple hot cell facilities, including the lab’s heralded role in producing plutonium-238 for the space program and conducting research on high-burn-up nuclear fuel from the North Anna Reactor in Virginia...3/23

SAE International Announces 2015 Class of SAE Fellows

(KTEN TV) 18 engineers and scientists from industry and academia now have the prestigious SAE International status of "SAE Fellow." The group will be honored at the Fellows Reception and Dinner during the SAE 2016 World Congress on Monday, April 11 in Detroit...Dr. Johney B. Green, Jr., Director, Energy and Transportation Science Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory...3/24

Researchers Use Microwave Microscopy to Study Nanoscale Objects and Processes

(AZO Nano) ...Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) of the Department of Energy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have developed a new nondestructive technique that integrates ultrathin membranes with a scanning probe, known as scanning microwave impedance microscopy (sMIM), and microwaves....3/23

Science and Technology

J. Craig Venter‘Minimal’ cell raises stakes in race to harness synthetic life

(Nature News) Genomics entrepreneur Craig Venter has created a synthetic cell that contains the smallest genome of any known, independent organism. Functioning with 473 genes, the cell is a milestone in his team’s 20-year quest to reduce life to its bare essentials and, by extension, to design life from scratch....3/24

Energy and Science Policy

House Passes Bill to Inspire Girls and Women to Enter STEM Fields

(AIP) The House easily cleared legislation sponsored by Rep. Barbara Comstock that would call on NASA to continue three initiatives supporting women’s involvement in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and aerospace, and develop a plan to leverage NASA’s workforce to inspire girls to enter these fields...3/25



Top 25 Global Innovators – Government

(Reuters) The Department of Energy (DOE) is a cabinet-level department of the U.S. federal government assigned to the mission of 'ensuring America's security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology.'...n.d.

DOE Releases First Annual National Energy Employment Analysis

( The U.S. Department of Energy today released the agency’s first annual analysis of how changes in America’s energy profile are affecting national employment in multiple energy sectors...3/24

Department Of Energy Agrees To Participate In Clean Line Energy Project

(KFSM TV) The U.S. Department of Energy has agreed to participate in a several hundred mile-long project to transfer energy across multiple state lines. U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced that DOE would participate in the development of the Plains & Eastern Clean Line Project, according to the release from the department...3/25

Y-12/Pantex contractor grappling with funding ‘imbalance’

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Midway through the fiscal year, Consolidated Nuclear Security — the manager of two nuclear weapons plants, including Y-12 in Oak Ridge — is reportedly well within its budget and meeting its production goals...3/25

Local and State

Small nuclear reactors on Clinch River could power several cities the size of Oak Ridge

(Oak Ridge Today) The small nuclear reactors that could be built along the Clinch River could provide enough electricity to power several cities the size of Oak Ridge. They could also be, depending upon the timing, the first commercial reactors of their type in the United States...3/26