Monday, May 23, 2016
ORNL in the News

One of America's biggest research labs to open in Chattanooga

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) One of America's biggest research labs soon will open an office in downtown Chattanooga, a move city leaders hope will spur growth in the city's Innovation District and connect local businesses and universities with Tennessee's largest research and construction projects...5/22

Zinc Sulfide Quantum DotsDemonstration of large-scale technique to produce quantum dots

(Science Daily) A method to produce significant amounts of semiconducting nanoparticles for light-emitting displays, sensors, solar panels and biomedical applications has gained momentum with a demonstration by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory....5/23

Neutrons probe structure of enzyme critical to development of next-generation HIV drugs

(Science Daily) A team led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory used neutron analysis to better understand a protein implicated in the replication of HIV, the retrovirus that causes AIDS....5/21

Laser treatment, bonding potential road to success for carbon fiber

(ChemEurope) Joining carbon fiber composites and aluminum for lightweight cars and other multi-material high-end products could become less expensive and the joints more robust because of a new method that harnesses a laser's power and precision. The process, [was] developed by a team led by Adrian Sabau of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...5/23

ORNL Develops Energy-Efficient Heat Pump for Cold Climates

(ACHR News) The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), collaborating with Emerson Climate Technologies, developed a prototype for an air-source heat pump for the colder regions of the country - one that heats better and uses significantly less energy...5/20

SNS has strong run leading up to summer maintenance outage

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Spallation Neutron Source, which resumed operations on March 30 after replacing a target vessel that failed unexpectedly, has been on a strong run since then with “very good” reliability (available 92 percent of the time for researchers), according to a status report from Operations Manager Kevin Jones...5/23

Science and Technology

Global spread of Zika 'of utmost concern' say experts

(Science Daily) The President of the World Federation of Neurology (WFN) Prof Raad Shakir (London), said today that following the first confirmed Zika-related case of microcephaly on US territory, in Puerto Rico, and the ever-growing number of sexually-transmitted Zika infections in Europe, "it is increasingly obvious that the Zika epidemic has long assumed global proportions."...5/20

Science and Technology

The Oracle-Google Case Will Decide the Future of Software

(WIRED) Today lawyers for both companies are set to make their closing arguments in the fight over whether Google’s use of the Java application programming interface (API)—an arcane but critically important part of the Android mobile operating system—was legal....5/23


Y-12 inventors

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) It's not always easy to commercialize technologies out of a nuclear weapons plant, but Y-12 gives it a good effort. As part of that effort, Y-12 recently hosted its annual Technology Transfer Awards ceremony and recognized those employees whose ideas have had an impact at the Oak Ridge plant and beyond...5/20

Addressing Economic Challenges Facing Nuclear Power Plants

(Forbes) On Thursday, May 19, the Department of Energy (DOE) hosted a four-hour, invitation-only summit in a meeting room in the Senate Office building. Billed as an action-oriented forum for a variety of stakeholders to discuss what they can do about the economic challenges facing nuclear power plants, it came remarkably close to living up to its promise...5/19

Y‑12 receives six NNSA Sustainability Awards

(Oak Ridge Today) “Y‑12 has a long history of being recognized for their environmental accomplishments, and this year was no exception as acknowledged by U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Lieutenant General Frank G. Klotz,” a press release said...5/22

NREL Announces Innovation Challenge for Crowdsourced Ideas for Energy-Efficiency in Residential Buildings

(Energy Industry Today) The Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), along with industry partner CLEAResult, will launch a Call for Innovation as part of the DOE JUMP initiative during the Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo, Calif., on May 22. NREL's innovation challenge will focus on ideas and topics related to residential buildings. Concepts will be evaluated by a team of judges...5/20

Local and State

Cherokee Farm ExpansionCherokee Farm expands with first private tenant

(WBIR) Construction is underway on a second building at Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus. The new building will house Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (CEC), and it's the first private investment in the research park. According to a press release, CEC practices civil engineering, ecological sciences, environmental engineering and sciences, survey, waste management, and water resources...5/20

Tennessee businesses concerned about new OT rules, lawmakers say

The Tennessean) U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn says she’s heard from dozens of Tennessee businesses concerned about a new federal rule that will make millions of Americans eligible for overtime pay...5/23