Thursday, June 29, 2017
ORNL in the News

ORNL X-ray and neutron-scattering research unlocks sectrets of cellulosic biofuels

(Biofuels Digest) In Tennessee, researchers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and North Carolina State University used a a combination of X-ray and neutron scattering to revealed new insights into how a highly efficient industrial enzyme is used to break down cellulose...6/28

CAM Plants: Food of the Future

(Laboratory Equipment) Researchers, including John Cushman, Ph.D., from the University of Nevada, and Xiaohan Yang, Ph.D., from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are delving into the mechanisms behind how certain crops can tolerate severe drought, with the hopes of translating the new understandings into a way to mitigate the potential effects of climate change on important food and bioenergy sources...6/27

Science and Technology

The multi-colored photons that might change quantum information science

(PhysOrg) With leading corporations now investing in highly expensive and complex infrastructures to unleash the power of quantum technologies, INRS researchers have achieved a breakthrough in a light-weight photonic system created using on-chip devices and off-the-shelf telecommunications components...6/28

Affordable Catalysts Give Green Vehicles a Push

(Scientific American) Battery-powered electric vehicles that give off no carbon dioxide as they drive are about to become mainstream. Today they constitute less than 1 percent of all rolling stock on the road globally...6/26

Energy and Science Policy

'Big Ideas' Create Big Budget Dilemma for NSF

(AIP) The National Science Foundation is mulling how aggressively to pursue its 10 big ideas for future investment, which were crafted to justify budget increases but face an uncertain future in the current budget climate...6/27

Scientists in limbo as US Supreme Court allows modified travel ban

(Nature) The US Supreme Court has reinstated a limited version of President Donald Trump’s temporary order banning travellers from six majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States. The court will hear a legal challenge to the ban in October...6/26

DOE

DOE taps 6 firms for exascale computing research

(Networkworld) The Department of Energy has awarded six tech firms a total of $258 million in funding for research and development into exascale computing. The move comes as the U.S. is falling behind in the world of top supercomputers...6/27

Local and State

Record-Setting Tennessee Gathering of Alternative Fuel Vehicles Held

(Tennessee Today) The Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition recognized six new fleets as being members of its Tennessee Green Fleets Certification Program during the group’s third annual Sustainable Transportation Awards and Forum recently in Nashville...6/28

$200 Million Signs of Growth: Tickle College of Engineering Expands Campaign

(Tennessee Today) UT’s Tickle College of Engineering is extending the goal of its fundraising campaign to $200 million, just 18 months after announcing a now-surpassed initial goal of $150 million...6/27

Oak Ridge firm expands in Loudon County, adds 200 jobs

(Times Free Press) ...Founded in 1997, Protomet is growing its business by more than 20 percent a year and doubled its Oak Ridge operations four years ago when the company opened a $10 million plant expansion that included 22,000 square-feet of new space and high-tech automated manufacturing equipment...6/27