Monday, May 19, 2014
ORNL in the News

MIT and Oak Ridge Scientists Develop New Methods to Harvest Fresh Water From Fog

(International Business Times) MIT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researchers have devised two different methods to harvest fresh water from fog by using mesh structures and a water droplet network...5/16

Tech business comes to Market Square, partners with ORNL

(WBIR) A new tech business with innovative ideas will soon open its doors on Market Square. Arizona-based company Local Motors plans to open its downtown storefront May 28...5/15

New ORNL-GE Appliances project aims to revolutionize residential refrigerators

(Freenewspos) Not much has changed in refrigeration technology in the past 100 years, until now. Researchers with Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Building Technologies Program have partnered with General Electric (GE) Appliances through a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) to revolutionize home refrigerators...5/16

ElectrodeVisualizing an electrode

(Nanowerk) A material called sodium manganese dioxide has shown promise for use in electrodes in rechargeable batteries. Now a team of researchers has produced the first detailed visualization — down to the level of individual atoms — of exactly how the material behaves during charging and discharging....The work also included researchers Dong Su at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Juan-Carlos Idrobo at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...5/18

Science & Technology

Robot-Built HallBot-Built Exhibit Hall Shows Architectural Flair and Avant-Garde Design

(Scientific American) University of Stuttgart researchers have created what some say is the first permanent building to be significantly designed and built using robotics...5/15

Scientists discover how to turn light into matter after 80-year quest

(Science Daily) Physicists have discovered how to create matter from light -- a feat thought impossible when the idea was first theorized 80 years ago...5/18

Energy and Science Policy

PCAST Discusses Advanced Manufacturing Partnerships, Systems Engineering, and Innovation in China

(AIP) The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) held a May 9 meeting during which they discussed advanced manufacturing partnerships, systems engineering as it relates to healthcare and the implications of Chinese advancements in science, technology, and innovation...5/16

New data show how states are doing in science

(PhysOrg) The newly updated, online, interactive state data tool allows policymakers, educators and other users to discern trends in education, science and research in each of the 50 states...5/15

DOE

Uranium WasteProblems continue to plague the Oxide Conversion Facility at Y-12

(Homeland Security News Wire) Oxide conversion is critical to recycling weapons-grade uranium, making it useful in nuclear warheads or for other purposes. The Oxide Conversion Facility (OCF) at the Y-12National Security Complex has been operating inconsistently in recent years...5/19

DOE issues new regulations for heating, air conditioning units; consumer impacts

(St. George News) The United States Department of Energy issued a new regulation raising minimum standards for central AC systems and for heat pumps beginning Jan. 1, 2015. In 15 southern states, where temperatures tend to be warmer, they will see an increase of their minimum SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) raised to 14 from the old rating of 13...5/18

Nuclear Weapons Complex Reform Could Mean Pay Cut For Contractors

(Government Executive) The for-profit companies that run the U.S. nuclear weapons complex might have a pay cut in their future, though by how much and exactly when is still unclear....5/15

DOE announces energy challenge winners

(Today's Energy Solutions) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) announced the national champions of the America's Home Energy Education Challenge (AHEEC), a student competition created to help families save money by saving energy...5/17

Many ways to reduce your carbon footprint

(St. Louis Post Dispatch) The Department of Energy has published its annual audit of U.S. energy production and use. For those of us who think climate extremes are worsening to the detriment of public health and economies around the world...5/16

State and local

Solar HouseSolar House Moving Saturday, Donated to Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge

(Tennessee Today) UT is donating Living Light, its award-winning solar-powered house, to the Children's Museum of Oak Ridge. Living Light will move to its permanent home on Saturday, May 17. Starting at 7:00 a.m., the 750-square-foot, zero-energy structure will be transported from the UT Gardens to the Oak Ridge museum at 461 West Outer Drive...5/17

Commission to work through Knox budget plan this week

(WBIR) The Knox County Commission this week will begin picking through and potentially tweaking Mayor Tim Burchett's proposed budget. The emphasis, officials say, will be on school spending ...5/18