Friday, April 28, 2017
ORNL in the News

Alabama to deploy smart neighbourhood pilot programme

(Metering.com) The US utility is collaborating with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to deploy the smart grid pilot ‘Smart Neighbourhood’ to its consumers residing in the Hoover community of Signature Homes...4/26

Molecular genetics and biosystems design research improves water-use efficiency of plants

(Nevada Today) ...The project includes a $7.6 million grant award to the University of Nevada, Reno, with sub-awards to researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Newcastle, and the University of Liverpool...4/24

General Atomics completes heat treatment on experimental fusion reactor's central solenoid module

(Military Embedded Systems) ...The U.S. ITER project is a collaboration of more than 500 companies, laboratories, and universities, hosted by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and supported by the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences within the Office of Science of U.S. Department of Energy...4/27

 

Science and Technology

Ancient-human genomes plucked from cave dirt

(Nature) ...Bones and teeth aren’t the only ways to learn about extinct human relatives. For the first time, researchers have recovered ancient-human DNA without having obvious remains — just dirt from the caves the hominins lived in. The technique opens up a new way to probe prehistory...4/27

Energy and Science Policy

National Science Board Tool Depicts Career Pathways of STEM PhDs

(AIP) ...the National Science Board (NSB) released an interactive policy brief that illustrates the varying pathways science, engineering, and health (SEH) doctorates have taken in the workforce...4/27

Clean energy patent slump in U.S. stirs concern

(Science Magaziine) A surge in innovation tied to low-carbon energy technologies is showing signs of tapering off in the United States, at a time when the Trump administration is targeting the field for cuts in government research spending...4/26

DOE

DOE Lab-Directed R&D Program Praised in Official Review

(AIP) According to a new advisory panel review, the Department of Energy’s Laboratory-Directed Research and Development program is a rigorously overseen mechanism for fostering high-value strategic and exploratory R&D at its national labs and is an important tool for workforce recruitment and retention...4/26

U.S. Department of Energy Authorizes Golden Pass to Export Liquefied Natural Gas from Golden Pass Terminal

(Energy.gov) The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that it has signed an order authorizing Golden Pass Products LLC (Golden Pass) to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States...4/25

Local and State

STEM Stories inspires budding scientists, mathematicians

(Oak Ridge Today) Be kind and show up every day. That’s the advice Erin Webb, an agricultural engineer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory gave to young people during ORAU’s second STEM Stories event...4/26

Chattanooga Airport eyes growing its solar farm

(Times Free Press) ...The power generated by the solar farm goes directly into the power grid, officials said. The airport receives reimbursements from TVA for the electricity generated, and the savings go toward the airport's operating expenses...4/25