Monday, July 17, 2017
ORNL in the News

Clarkson University Researchers & Entrepreneurs Partner to Commercialize Technology to Convert Agricultural Waste for Energy Applications

(Clarkson University) Clarkson University Professor / GE Chair in Oil and Gas Systems David Mitlin's work on agricultural-derived carbons is an example of new science being translated into a potential commercial product...Together with Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biomolecular Science Mario Wriedt's group, and with staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Mitlin published a high-profile paper on the material...7/13

Saint-Gobain Takes Advantage of New Better Plants-Diagnostic Equipment Program

(Energy Vortex) Accumulating accurate and reliable energy data is very important for identifying cost-savings and energy-saving opportunities in industrial systems...through the DEP, and with direct technical expert support from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the Lake Charles site borrowed a flow meter and was able to collect a host of valuable data on the cooling water pumping system...[n.d.]

Science and Technology

White GrapheneFluorine grants white graphene new powers

(Science Daily) A little fluorine turns an insulating ceramic known as white graphene into a wide-bandgap semiconductor with magnetic properties. Rice University scientists said that could make the unique material suitable for electronics in extreme environments...7/14

Probing physics beyond the Standard Model with the ATLAS Experiment

(PhysOrg) Although the discovery of the Higgs boson by the ATLAS and CMS Collaborations in 2012 completed the Standard Model, many mysteries remain unexplained. For instance, why is the mass of the Higgs boson so much lighter than expected, and why is gravity so weak?...7/17

Energy and Science Policy

US lawmakers seek $1.1-billion boost for the NIH

(Nature News) The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) would see its budget rise by US$1.1 billion in 2018, to $35.2 billion, under a spending proposal released on 12 July by lawmakers in the House of Representatives...7/12

GAO Urges DOD to Differentiate Management of 'Disruptive' and 'Incremental' R&D

(AIP) On June 29, the Government Accountability Office released a report comparing the Defense Department’s innovation investment and management strategies to practices in the private sector. In preparing the report, GAO reviewed DOD S&T projects and procedures and interviewed officials at Amazon, Dow Chemical, Honeywell, General Motors, IBM, Qualcomm, Siemens, and Valvoline. ...7/13

DOE

Oak Ridge’s Department of Energy Y-12 Complex Recognized for Saving Resources and Taxpayer Money by EPA’s Federal Green Challenge

(Blackbird Miltech) oday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes the efforts of the Department of Energy’s Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, TN for taking steps to improve efficiency, save resources and reduce costs as part of the Federal Green Challenge (FGC)...7/12

Solar CellsRenewable Energy Not a Threat to Grid, Draft of U.S. Study Finds

(Bloomberg) Wind and solar power don’t pose a significant threat to the reliability of the U.S. power grid, Energy Department staff members said in a draft report, contradicting statements by their leader Rick Perry...7/14

Department of Energy Invests Additional $46M in Struggling Solar Energy Sector

(Inside Sources) When it comes to solar power, the forecast seems only partially sunny. The industry has long benefitted from federal subsidies, but the future of these programs is uncertain. On Wednesday, the Department of Energy announced that it was investing $46.2 million in 48 solar energy projects as part of its SunShot Initiative....7/13

Local and State

Tennessee restricts use of Monsanto pesticide as problems spread

(Reuters) Tennessee on Thursday imposed restrictions on the use of dicamba, a flagship pesticide for Monsanto Co, becoming the fourth state to take action as problems spread over damage the weed killer causes to crops not genetically modified to withstand it...7/13

Allen Steam PlantToxins in Water Under Tennessee Power Plant Causing Alarm

( U.S. News and World Report) Memphis residents are as proud of their sweet-tasting water as their barbecue and blues. The water — drawn from the Memphis Sand aquifer beneath this Tennessee city — is so revered that a city utility called it a "community treasure" in an online report on its cleanliness...7/14