ORNL in the News

3D printable resin: The Digest's 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to melt-stable engineered lignin thermoplastic

(Biofuels Digest) The DOE is supporting an Oak Ridge-led project to produce and commercialize lignin-derived, industrial-grade composites with properties including 3D printability, rivaling current petroleum-derived alternatives...8/16


Study Finds Drought Recoveries Taking Longer

(San Fernando Valley Sun) As global temperatures continue to rise, droughts are expected to become more frequent and severe in many regions during this century...8/16

Safety: ORNL developing probe to detect energy in electric vehicles, solar rooftops

(Oak Ridge Today) Oak Ridge National Laboratory is developing a probe to accurately detect direct current, or DC, energy in electric vehicles and rooftops with solar panels. That is expected to help ensure the safety of first responders and electrical workers...8/14

Science and Technology

Scientists Move To Establish Wildlife Preserve At Guantanamo Bay

(NPR) In the 15 years since the Guantanamo Bay detention camp was established to house suspected terrorists, a green buffer surrounding the facility to keep out the world has reverted back to the wild. Now some scientists would like to turn it into a protected research area...8/15

California scientists push to create massive climate-research programme

(Nature) California has a history of going it alone to protect the environment. Now, as US President Donald Trump pulls back on climate science and policy, scientists in the Golden State are sketching plans for a home-grown climate-research institute — to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars per year...8/16

Energy and Science Policy

Senators Look to Forecasting and Technology Investments to Quench Water Security Concerns

(AIP) At a recent Senate Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee hearing convened to highlight innovative technologies to increase water infrastructure resiliency, the three members present also emphasized the importance of forecasting investments to the nation's water security...8/16

FY18 Appropriations Bills: National Nuclear Security Administration

(AIP) The House and Senate appropriations bills for the National Nuclear Security Administration would provide much of the Trump administration’s requested 10 percent increase to weapons-related research, development, test, and evaluation activities...8/11


Oak Ridge makes first transuranic waste shipment

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge's Tranusranic Waste Processing Center just made its  first shipment to a permanent disposal facility in five years…8/15

Simulation Demonstrates How Exposure to Plasma Makes Carbon Nanotubes Grow

(Lab Manager) At the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, research performed with collaborators from Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Computational Science at the State University of New York at Stony Brook has shown how plasma causes exceptionally strong, microscopic structures known as carbon nanotubes to grow...8/15

DOE Invests $17.4 Million in Projects To Advance Recovery of Rare Earth Elements From Coal and Coal Byproducts

(Energy.gov) Today, the U.S. Department of Energy selected four projects to move on to a second phase of research in their efforts to advance recovery of rare earth elements (REE) from coal and coal byproducts. DOE will invest $17.4 million to develop and test REE recovery systems originally selected and designed under phase 1 of a prior funding opportunity announcement through DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy...8/16

Local and State

AMSE hosting weekend and totality day eclipse events

(Knoxville News Sentinel) AMSE visitors can participate in the National Informal STEM Education Network's "Hands-on “Explore Science: Earth & Space” exhibit, which is being used in over 250 museums...8/17

2017 USRowing Masters National Championships return to Oak Ridge’s Melton Hill Lake this week

(Oak Ridger) The USRowing Masters National Championships will be at Melton Lake Park this weekend, August 17-20. There will be a detour for non-local traffic at Melton Lake Drive and Emory Valley Road to reduce congestion and increase pedestrian safety, a press release said...8/15