Thursday, July 6, 2017
ORNL in the News

ORNL-led team identifies process that can break down toxic methylmercury

(Oak Ridge Today) A team led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has identified a novel microbial process that can break down toxic methylmercury in the environment, a fundamental scientific discovery that could potentially reduce mercury toxicity levels and support health and risk assessments...7/3

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Interview Released on UAV Market’s Developments

(EIN Presswire) SMi Group have released an interview with Dr Peter Fuhr, Tech Director UAS Research Centre at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, ahead of his talk at the 2nd UAV Technology Central & Eastern Europe conference in Prague on 27 and 28th September 2017...7/3

Merlin TheodoreNew director hired at ORNL Carbon Fiber Technology Facility

(Oak Ridge Today) A new director has been hired at the Carbon Fiber Technology Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Merlin Theodore most recently worked in Moses Lake, Washington, where she established a laboratory and promoted organizational excellence at a startup facility, SGL Automotive Carbon Fiber, ORNL said in a story published on its website in March...7/4

Copper Bromide CrystalNeutrons detect elusive Higgs amplitude mode in quantum material

(PhysOrg) A team led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has used sophisticated neutron scattering techniques to detect an elusive quantum state known as the Higgs amplitude mode in a two-dimensional material. The Higgs amplitude mode is a condensed matter cousin of the Higgs boson, the storied quantum particle theorized in the 1960s and proven experimentally in 2012...7/5

This Ultrasonic Dryer Uses 70% Less Energy And Can Dry Your Clothes In Just 20 Minutes

(Wonderful Engineering) ...The prototype for the Clothes Dryer was built by collaboration of researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the US Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office and GE Appliances. This novel technology for drying clothes has shortened the drying time to only 20 minutes...7/2

Science and Technology

Battery-free cellphoneFirst battery-free cellphone makes calls by harvesting ambient power

(Science Daily) University of Washington researchers have invented a cellphone that requires no batteries -- a major leap forward in moving beyond chargers, cords and dying phones. Instead, the phone harvests the few microwatts of power it requires from either ambient radio signals or light...7/5

Energy and Science Policy

At Materials Science Hearing, Science Committee Debates R&D Policy for the Trump Era

(AIP) At a hearing last week, both Republican and Democratic members of the House Science Committee praised federally supported work in materials research. They also offered contrasting views on how the federal government should structure its support for R&D and technology commercialization...7/3



Brookhaven Lab Hosts Five-Day GPU Hackathon

(HPC Wire) On June 5, coding “sprinters”—teams of computational, theoretical, and domain scientists; software developers; and graduate and postdoctoral students—took their marks at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, beginning the first of five days of nonstop programming from early morning until night...7/5

Crystal GrowthDOE funds local businesses' space observation, nuclear sustainment projects

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy has awarded $2.3 million to two small Knoxville tech companies to develop new technologies in space exploration, radiation detection, and commercial nuclear fleet sustainment. The grants are part of the Energy Department's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs...7/5

Energy Department thinking green when tackling federal real property improvements

(Federal News Radio) Federal real property is getting greener, one lighting fixture, window treatment and HVAC system at a time. The Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program [FEMP] recently awarded 21 indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts to energy service companies [ESCOs] to help the government increase energy savings and lower operating costs...7/4

Local and State

Purple GallinulePurple gallinule sighted for first time on Oak Ridge Reservation

(PhysOrg) It is a bright, hot morning in mid-May on the Oak Ridge Reservation. A wildlife camera trap is hidden in the tall grass, passively waiting for a passerby, when a thin, exotic-looking bird walks into the frame. It is covered in a patchwork of bright colors, with rich purple-blue feathers blending into an iridescent green on its back, a distinctive pale blue spot on its forehead and a bright red beak tipped in yellow...7/3

Tennessee leads nation in small business hiring

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) Tennessee continued to lead the nation in small business hiring last month, as the Volunteer State remained one of the most affordable places to start a company, according to payroll data compiled by the nation's biggest processor of worker paychecks...7/5