Thursday, April 13, 2017
ORNL in the News

No Heat? No Problem: This Ultrasonic Dryer Dries Clothes In Half The Time

(Public) We spend $9 billion each year powering our clothes dryers. That's a lot of money and energy (up to 4% of America's residential energy use) we're wasting. But scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are about to change all that - and the way that you do laundry. They recently developed an ultrasonic drying concept that uses vibrations instead of heat to dry clothes. This technology is expected to be up to five times more efficient than today's products and will dry clothes in half the time...4/12

New pipeline now in use, says Vermont Gas

(VT Digger) Vermont Gas Systems says its 41-mile natural gas pipeline to Addison County went into operation Wednesday, although opponents continue to fight it and a federal safety-related investigation is underway...The federal agency has sent representatives from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee to look at work done on the pipeline...4/12

Quick-Coating Lithium-ion Batteries to Improve Efficiency

(Electronics 360) ...Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are working to improve lithium-ion batteries by developing a method to instantly adhere cathode coating to the batteries. The development would not just improve how much energy the devices save but cut production and capital costs while eliminating the use of toxic solvents...4/5

Science and Technology

Europe’s paradox: Why increased scientific mobility has not led to more international collaborations

(Science Magazine) A new analysis suggests that lowering barriers to scientific migration can, paradoxically, decrease international collaborations...4/12

Energy and Science Policy

U.S. report calls for research integrity board

(Science Magazine) The U.S. research community needs to do a better job of both investigating misconduct allegations and promoting ethical conduct—or the government might act unilaterally in ways that scientists won’t like...4/11


Inside the US Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Initiative

(Energy Digital) ...In the US, about $200 billion a year is spent on running commercial buildings, with another $200 billion on manufacturing facilities, and on average, between 20 and 30 percent of the energy used in those buildings can be saved cost-effectively...4/7

Insights into the reaction mechanism of lithium-oxygen batteries could lead to better batteries

(PhysOrg) For the lithium-oxygen battery system, it is well recognized the charging and discharging reaction produces peculiar reaction product shapes that resemble doughnuts and balloons. Yet, how these shapes form has remained a mystery...4/12

Lawrence Livermore advances understanding of metal 3D printing

(3D Printing Industry) A paper from Californian federal research facility Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory demonstrates a method for predicting the structural integrity of 3D printed metal structures. The research focuses mainly on 3D printed lattice geometries, favored for their relative strength to weight ratios...4/11

Local and State

UT, NIMBioS Create Organization to Improve Success of Students with Disabilities in STEM

(Tennessee Today) UT and the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) have partnered to create a new organization that aims to improve the success of students with disabilities in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines...4/12

UT To Play Leading Role In NASA Aviation Revolution

(The Chattanoogan) A team led by University of Tennessee, Knoxville, researchers is one of five selected by NASA as part of an overall investment of nearly $50 million to lead the next aviation revolution. ..4/10