Thursday, April 14, 2016
ORNL in the News

Wireless EV Charger With 20 kW Capacity & 90% Efficiency Developed At ORNL

(Clean Technica) Oak Ridge National Laboratory is working on a wireless charging system with 20 kW of power. Most wireless charging systems available today are only capable of 3.3 to 6.6 kW...4/14

Study offers clearest picture yet of how HIV defeats a cellular defender

(Health Medicine Network) ...For the new study, the team used Blue Waters as well as the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to simulate the interactions between cyclophilin A and the HIV capsid. The 3-D structure of cyclophilin A was known from previous investigations...4/13

Alexander: Senate bill has nearly $3B for Oak Ridge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...Alexander touted a big boost in funding for DOE’s Office of Science, supercomputing and nuclear power, which he favors as a big part of the nation’s energy future. Included in the funding packages would be about $110 million for the Leadership Computing Facility at ORNL...4/14

DOE Announces Major Expansion of Crowdsourcing Initiative for Building Technologies

(Southeast Green) ...Together the labs offer a crowdsourcing platform for innovators, particularly small entrepreneurs, to present ideas for new technologies for energy-efficient buildings to private and public sector leaders in research and development...4/14

Science and Technology

A formula for preventing power outages

(TechExplore) The power supply of a city or an entire region often hinges on just a few lines. The loss of an important section may lead to a blackout with potentially severe economic consequences...4/14

How Do We Get Our Drinking Water In The U.S.?

(NPR) Before you take a gulp of water, try to mentally trace where that water that just gushed out of your taps has been: How did it go from that weird-tasting raindrop to the clear, odorless water that is sitting in your glass now?...4/14

Energy and Science Policy

Will the U.S. pull out of ITER? Alexander says he’s waiting to hear from Moniz

(Knoxville News Sentinel) After marking up the FY 2017 energy and water appropriations bill,  U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., fielded questions from reporters in a Wednesday afternoon telephone hookup...4/13

Gene-editing surges as US rethinks regulations

(Nature) The industry that has blanketed more than 181 million hectares of the world’s farmland with genetically modified (GM) crops is in the middle of a sea change. Improved techniques for altering crop genomes are already bringing a new generation of plant varieties to the market — and around the world, regulators are playing catch-up...4/12

DOE

Losing bidder files protest on $1.4B ORISE contract

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The losing bidder on the $1.4 billion contract to manage the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education has filed a protest with a federal court. DOE last month awarded the contract to Oak Ridge Associated Universities, the incumbent...4/13

ARPA-E Announces $60 Million in Funding for Two Innovative New Programs

(Energy.gov) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) today announced up to $60 million in funding for two new programs that aim to solve some of the nation’s most pressing energy challenges by accelerating the development of novel energy technologies...4/12

Local and State

Oak Ridge students experience success at Southern Appalachian Science, Engineering Fair

(Oak Ridge Today) Seventeen research students from Oak Ridge High School competed in the 64th Annual Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair hosted at the University of Tennessee...4/13

Small modular nuclear reactors not likely before mid-2020s

(Oak Ridge Today) The small modular nuclear reactors being evaluated for the Clinch River Site in west Oak Ridge could provide an emissions-free fuel source, but it could be a decade or so before they start operating...4/13

Forbes ranks UT as No. 20 place to work in higher education

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Forbes magazine's 2016 list of America's Best Employers places UT at No. 20 among places to work in higher education, better than any other school in the Southeastern Conference...4/14