ORNL in the News

AFMResearchers probe chemistry, topography and mechanics with one instrument

(PhysOrg) The probe of an atomic force microscope (AFM) scans a surface to reveal details at a resolution 1,000 times greater than that of an optical microscope. That makes AFM the premier tool for analyzing physical features, but it cannot tell scientists anything about chemistry. For that they turn to the mass spectrometer (MS) Now, scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have combined these cornerstone capabilities into one instrument... 5/1

A Two-in-One Energy Solution: Capturing Waste Heat for Electricity

(Energy Collective)...Currently, CHP provides 12 percent of U.S. electricity, virtually the same as solar, wind, biomass, and hydropower combined, but, according to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, CHP could supply as much as 20 percent of U.S. electric capacity by 2030...5/2

Linda LewisSTICKY FINGERS: How One Researcher is Improving the Science of Fingerprints

(Energy.gov) From the bluebird painting propped against her office wall and the deer she mentions seeing outside her office window, Linda Lewis might be mistaken for a wildlife biologist at first glance. But rather than trailing animal tracks, Lewis, a researcher at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is more interested in marks left behind by humans...5/1

Six ORNL researchers receive SAE International awards

(Oak Ridge Today) Six researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory received awards at last week’s Society of Automotive Engineers International, or SAE, World Congress. Scott Sluder received SAE’s Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award...Scott Curran, Sujit Das, and Derek Splitter were presented the Forest R. McFarland Award...Jim Szybist and Brian West received the Harry L. Horning Memorial Award...4/30

Science and Technology

Elon MuskWill Tesla's battery change the energy market?

(Nature News) Tesla Motors, the electric-car maker based in Palo Alto, California, has announced that it will sell versions of its battery packs directly to consumers to help to power their homes, as well as to businesses that run larger facilities, and utility companies...5/1

Online voting a step closer thanks to breakthrough in security technology

(Science Daily) A technique to allow people to cast their election vote online -- even if their home computers are suspected of being infected with viruses -- has been developed by researchers...4/30

Energy and Science Policy

Oil DerrickHouse passes 2016 energy spending bill

(The Hill) The House passed its second 2016 appropriations bill on Friday, this time to fund the Department of Energy and water infrastructure projects. Passed 240-177 along party lines, the measure would provide $35.4 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Energy and nuclear weapons programs...5/1

Administration Opposition to FY 2016 DOE Funding Bill, NASA Authorization Bill

(AIP) The Obama Administration expressed its opposition to the FY 2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill and the NASA Authorization Act of 2016 and 2017 in three statements released this week...5/1

DOE

U.S. Department of Energy awards AECOM-CH2M Hill joint venture cleanup scope at Oak Ridge Reservation

(Market Watch) AECOM, the world's #1-ranked engineering design firm, announced today that an AECOM-led joint venture with CH2M Hill, commonly known as UCOR, has been authorized by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to perform optional work within the existing contract to continue cleanup of Tennessee's Oak Ridge Reservation...4/30

PNNL scientist to Congress: Better batteries mean better grid

(Tri-City Herald) Renewable energy use is being held back for lack of a better battery, said the chairman of a House subcommittee Friday after hearing testimony from a Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientist and others...5/2

Department of Energy to examine crude oil volatility

(Progressive Railroading) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will pursue a two-year study of how crude oil properties affect its combustibility in rail accidents, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) announced this week...4/30

Berkeley lab shines with $75 million Energy Dept. award

(San Francisco Business Times) A lab affiliated with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Caltech snagged $75 million in federal funding to focus on artificial photosynthesis to produce transportation fuels...4/30

Local and State

TVA boosts net income 68 percent despite drop in power sales

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) The Tennessee Valley Authority boosted its net income by 68 percent in the the first three months of 2015 as the utility's cost-cutting measures offset a drop in electricity sales compared with a year ago...5/1

Tennessee tops nation in students requesting Federal aid

(The Tennessean) Tennessee's push to improve access to higher education is a national example of "what progress looks like," according to a new analysis of data tracking applications for federal aid...5/3

Out-of-state interests seek to influence Tennessee's legislators

(The Chattanooga Times Free Press) Out-of-state interests have long sought to shape public policy in Tennessee, but some national organizations that are relative newcomers to the Volunteer State have added millions of dollars to the mix of political money and lobbying intended to achieve that influence...5/3