Thursday, August 4, 2016
ORNL in the News

ORNL optimizes formula for cadmium-tellurium solar cells

(EurekAlert) Solar cells based on cadmium and tellurium could move closer to theoretical levels of efficiency because of some sleuthing by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...8/3

New Great Smoky Mountains app helps visitors find species

(WBIR.com) ...The model, which uses computers at the UT/Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Joint Institute for Computational Sciences, also analyzes information like forest type, geology, elevation and sun exposure to predict where certain organisms may be hiding...8/3

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

(Science Daily)...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 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...8/3

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, August 2016

(EurekAlert) ANALYTICS - Johnny on the spot...ENVIRONMENT - Addressing the mercury challenge...ENERGY - High-efficiency heating...ENGINES - Getting the soot out...HYDROGEN - Coming to a station near you...CLIMATE - Future cool down...MATERIALS - Interdependent defects...GEOCHEMISTRY - Storing carbon...8/3

Science and Technology

Fail-Safe Nuclear Power

(MIT Review) Cheaper and cleaner nuclear plants could finally become reality—but not in the United States, where the technology was invented more than 50 years ago...8/2

Scholarly Olympics: How the games have shaped research

(Nature) Whether it’s drug scandals, pollution problems or sheer curiosity at the incredible capabilities of the athletes, the Olympic Games have long fascinated researchers as well as the general public...8/3

Energy and Science Policy

Final Agreement on FY17 Science Agency Spending Not Likely Until After Election

(AIP) If history is any guide, Congress will almost certainly pass one or more stopgap spending measures before reaching a final agreement on funding for fiscal year 2017...8/2

DOE

'Second skin' protects soldiers from biological and chemical agents

(EurekAlert) In work that aims to protect soldiers from biological and chemical threats, a team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists has created a material that is highly breathable yet protective from biological agents...8/3

New silicon structures could make better biointerfaces

(EurekAlert) A team of researchers from the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have engineered silicon particles one-fiftieth the width of a human hair, which could lead to "biointerface" systems designed to make nerve cells fire and heart cells beat...8/1

Photovoltaics research gets Department of Energy funding

(CSO Source) Pushing the boundaries of solar cell technology is the goal of a Colorado State University photovoltaics research team, which has just received support from the U.S Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative....7/28

Local and State

Roane State students construct turtle habitat in Costa Rica

(Oak Ridge Today) Sixteen Roane State Community College students traveled to Costa Rica this summer to build a sea turtle nursery, give needed school supplies to elementary school children, help teach English to college students, and immerse themselves in a foreign culture...8/2