Monday, May 9, 2016
ORNL in the News

Speedy ion conduction clears road for advanced energy devices

(Energy Daily) ..."The solid electrolyte is one of the most important factors in enabling safe, high-power, high-energy, solid-state batteries," said first author Cheng Ma of ORNL, who conducted most of the study's experiments. "But currently the low conductivity has limited its applications."...5/8

Oak Ridge National Lab says old tires can be recycled into batteries

(WATE-TV) Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory say carbon materials from recycled tires show great promise in being used in large scale energy storage...5/7

Physicists discover new state of the water molecule

(Physics World) ...Previous terahertz-spectroscopy studies suggested that rotational tunnelling of hydrogen was occurring in the beryl-trapped water, and now Kolesnikov and colleagues have measured the effect in two separate neutron experiments – one done at the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge and the other at the ISIS neutron source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the UK....5/6

Hollow and filled with potential  

(Nanowerk) ...To improve the catalysts, researchers from Georgia Tech, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Arizona State University, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory developed their own synthesis technique to create hollow, shape-selected nanocages...5/6

Science and Technology

Tiny optical frequency clock measures time accurately to 270 quintillionths of a second

(PhysOrg) Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have created an optical clock that's just 1 cubic centimeter—small enough to fit on a standard silicon chip—and can track time intervals with precision to 270 quintillionths of second. (One quintillionth is equivalent to 1 times 10 to the negative 18th power, or 0.000000000000000001.)...5/9

Energy and Science Policy

Electric Vehicle Industry Leaders Meet with White House Officials

(The Energy Collective) White House and federal agency officials recently convened key stakeholders, including USGBC, to identify challenges and opportunities to support and promote electric vehicles (EV)...5/7

NOAA and DOD Piloting Commercial Sources of Weather Data

(AIP) Led by Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), the House is calling on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Department of Defense to look into utilizing commercial sources of space-based weather data to augment the nation’s weather forecasting capabilities...5/6

DOE

Energy Department Announces Funding for Design and Construction of Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biopower

(Energy.gov) Recognizing the importance of biofuels to energy and climate security, the Energy Department today announced up to $90 million in project funding focused on designing, constructing and operating integrated biorefinery facilities...5/6

Scientists challenge conventional wisdom to improve predictions of the bootstrap current at the edge of fusion plasmas

(PhysOrg) ...At issue has been an accurate prediction of the size of the "bootstrap current"—a self-generating electric current—and an understanding of what carries the current at the edge of plasmas in doughnut-shaped facilities called tokamaks...5/3

How Ameriflux Helped Determine the Impact of the 2012 U.S. Drought on the Carbon Cycle

(Berkeley Lab News Center) ...“This research underscores the importance of Ameriflux in assessing the impact of climate variability on vegetation, especially over a large scale, with respect to carbon flux,” says Trevor Keenan, a research scientist in Berkeley Lab’s Climate & Ecosystems Division...5/4

Local and State

See the Transit of Mercury from the Physics Building Monday

(Tennessee Today) The UT Physics and Astronomy Department will be sponsoring “Observing The Transit Of Mercury” Monday, May 9, on the roof of the Alvin H. Nielsen Physics Building. The roof will be open at 7:00 a.m. and observing will be conducted until 3:00 p.m...5/9