Monday, September 21, 2015
ORNL in the News

Andrew BinderNew ORNL catalyst addresses engine efficiency, emissions quandary

(Oak Ridge Today) A catalyst being developed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory could overcome one of the key obstacles still preventing automobile engines from running more cleanly and efficiently...9/21

Research BuildingORNL research demo combines clean energy, 3-D printed building, vehicle

(Oak Ridge Today) Oak Ridge National Laboratory will unveil a research demonstration next week that combines clean energy technologies into a 3-D printed building and vehicle to showcase a new approach to energy use, storage, and consumption...9/17

 

Nano-Trapped MoleculesNano-Trapped Molecules Are Potential Path To Quantum Devices

(Photonics Online) ...In a paper published in Physical Review A, a team composed of Ali Passian of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Marouane Salhi and George Siopsis of the University of Tennessee describes conceptually how physicists may be able to exploit a molecule’s energy to advance a number of fields...9/17

Weatherization Assistance Program: Getting the Facts Straight

(NRDC Switchboard) Years of hard work collecting and analyzing an enormous set of facts about energy efficiency paid off as the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Lab rolled out a synthesis of 33 studies of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) this week that showed it saved families an average of almost $300 annually in energy costs while reducing carbon pollution by 2.2 million metric tons...9/18

Science and Technology

Tree of Life'Tree of life' for 2.3 million species released

(Science Daily) A first draft of the tree of life for all 2.3 million named species of animals, plants, fungi and microbes has been released. Thousands of smaller trees have been published over the years for select branches, but this is the first time those results have been combined into a single tree...9/18

UK scientists apply for licence to edit genes in human embryos

(Nature News) Scientists in London have asked for permission to edit the genomes of human embryos — a request that could lead to the world’s first approval of such research by a national regulatory body...9/18

Image of HurricaneScientists develop better approach to predict the intensity of tropical hurricanes

(PhysOrg) Category 1, Category 3, the dreaded Category 5—Americans are becoming too familiar with the ratings of hurricanes or tropical cyclones. Scientists use a measure called Potential Intensity to help them forecast the strength of tropical cyclones, aka hurricanes or typhoons...9/21

3D Computer Chip3D Computer Chips Could Be 1,000 Times Faster Than Existing Ones

(LiveScience) A new method of designing and building computer chips could lead to blisteringly quick processing at least 1,000 times faster than the best existing chips are capable of, researchers say...9/20

 

DOE

Zero Energy BuildingsThe Department of Energy Defines Zero Energy Buildings

(Energy Manager Today) The U.S. Department of Energy has officially designed zero energy buildings, which also are referred to as net zero or zero net energy buildings. The definition – which took a year-and-a-half to formulate – defines an a zero-energy building as "an energy-efficient building where, on a source energy basis, the actual annual delivered energy is less than or equal to the on-site renewable exported energy."...9/18

Energy Department Announces $70 Million for Innovation Institute on Smart Manufacturing

(Energy.gov) With this investment, the Department aims to support research and development advancements that can reduce the cost of deployment for technologies such as advanced sensors, controls, platforms, and modeling for manufacturing by as much as 50 percent...9/17

Alexander: Y-12 incident must be treated ‘very seriously’

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration still hasn’t released many details of a July shipment of special nuclear material from Y-12 to a NRC-licensed commercial facility...9/19

Spun Out of Control

(US News and World Report) This week, the Department of Energy announced it would cut funding for the troubled American Centrifuge Project. In a time of acrimony and appropriations gridlock in the Capitol, a sensible decision, albeit a belated one, deserves some recognition...9/16

Local and State

Tennessee education leaders seek input on science standards

(WATE) The Tennessee State Board of Education has launched a new website to collect public feedback on Tennessee's grade 3-12 science standards. The standards were developed by a committee of Tennessee science educators last year and set grade specific-goals for what students are expected to know and be able to do at the end of a given grade or course...9/18

Tennessee jobless rate unchanged last month despite nationwide drop in unemployment

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) Unemployment in Tennessee remained unchanged last month at 5.7 percent despite a drop in the U.S. jobless rate. The Tennessee Labor and Workforce Development estimates unemployment in the Volunteer State is six tenths of a percentage point above the U.S. jobless rate of 5.1 percent in August, which was down from 5.3 percent in July...9/18