Tuesday, August 2, 2016
ORNL in the News

This ultrasonic dryer will dry your clothes in half the time

(CNN Money) ..."Evaporating water with heating elements, [like] commercial dryers do, is energy-intensive no matter how you design it," Momen, a researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, told CNNMoney. The ultrasonic concept is, "just displacing the water with a low-energy, high-frequency vibration."...6/21

ORNL-led study analyzes electric grid vulnerabilities in extreme weather areas

(Innovations Report) Climate and energy scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new method to pinpoint which electrical service areas will be most vulnerable as populations grow and temperatures rise...8/1

Novel graphene detects toxic gases

(Microscopy and Analysis) Thanks to scanning tunneling microscopy, researchers have shown that graphene sheets doped with boron are set to detect noxious gases better than ever before...8/1

Scientists using technology in Pokemon Go to save lives

(WBIR.com) The same technology used in the Pokémon Go app is being used in East Tennessee to try and save lives. “The science behind Pokémon Go is driving a lot of the research we do here at ORNL,” said Jesse Piburn, a research scientist in geographic data sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...8/1

Demonstrating strong electric fields in liquid helium for tests of matter-antimatter symmetry

(PhysOrg) ...A multi-institutional team has been developing an experiment to search for a neutron EDM. The experiment will take place at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...8/1

ORNL Announces New JUMP Partnership with Siemens, Launches Crowdsourcing Call on the Internet of Things

(EIN Newsdesk) The Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office has announced a new partnership between DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Siemens to seek innovative ideas for the use of personal “smart” devices to control such things as lighting and air conditioning in public spaces...8/2

Science and Technology

Israel Proves the Desalination Era Is Here

(Scientific American) ...Driven by necessity, Israel is learning to squeeze more out of a drop of water than any country on Earth, and much of that learning is happening at the Zuckerberg Institute, where researchers have pioneered new techniques in drip irrigation, water treatment and desalination...7/29

Energy and Science Policy

FY17 Appropriations Bills: STEM Education

(AIP) NSF’s education programs would see steady funding under current spending bills, while the Department of Education’s STEM programs are undergoing major statutory realignment, leading to disagreement between the president, House, and Senate on the best level of support...8/1



Electrolux's Green Spirit Summit

(Better Buildings)...In line with Electrolux’s corporate goals of ISO 50001 certification by 2018, the Better Plants team from ORNL delivered a session on ISO 50001 which delved into the eGuide, a toolkit designed by DOE to help organizations implement a robust energy management system....7/11

Using X-Rays to Zap the Zika Virus

(Energy.gov) The Zika virus is a growing public health crisis. We don’t yet have a vaccine or drug treatment to combat the spreading problem, but a team of researchers just got a big step closer. Researchers from the University of Michigan and Purdue University used powerful X-rays from the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory...7/29

Giant Leap Technologies and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Receive U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Grant to Use Invisibility to Harvest Sunlight

(PR Newswire) Microfluidics will make it possible to move solar collectors into the digital age by exploiting invisibility to eliminate mechanical collectors and replace them with Digital GlassTM and non-mechanical electronic light steering...7/29

Local and State

After 80 years, Norris Dam added to National Register of Historic Places

(ORNL Today) One of East Tennessee’s most iconic energy sources, and a popular tourist and recreation destination, is officially now a protected American historic resource. The National Park Service has added majestic Norris Dam, which extends 1,860 feet across the Clinch River in East Tennessee, to the National Register of Historic Places...8/1