Monday, September 26, 2016
ORNL in the News

Global population database released worldwide

(EE Publishers) The latest worldwide release of the LandScan 2015 Global Population Database utilises data collected during the 2015 calendar year, and features a number of updates, including adjusted population totals and distributions for Syria, Iraq and Ukraine to account for refugee and internally displaced persons movements as of June 2016...9/26

ORNL retiree hikes the world

(Oak Ridger) ...Born in Ann Arbor, Mich., in 1950, Dawn Eipeldauer was destined for adventure. When a group of doctors and scientists came down from Michigan to Oak Ridge National Laboratory to conduct cancer research, Eipeldauer's parents packed up the family and made the move...9/23

ORNL launches new business accelerator for energy tech entrepreneurs

(Oak Ridge Today) The nation’s top innovators will soon have the opportunity to advance their promising energy technology ideas at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in a new program called Innovation Crossroads...9/22

"Phase Separation" in Oxides Could Produce a Multifunctional Chip

( Researchers studying the behavior of nanoscale materials at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have uncovered behavior that could advance microprocessors beyond today’s silicon-based chips...9/25

Science and Technology

Two Chemicals Together May Knock out Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes

(Scientific American) Aerial spraying of the insecticide naled, followed by a product that targets mosquitoes when they are in the larval stage, may be responsible for a sharp drop in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in a part of Miami where local transmission of the Zika virus was first found, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday...9/23

Energy and Science Policy

House Republicans Accuse DOE of Manipulating Briefing to Derail Radiation Research Legislation

(AIP) This week, the House Science Committee held a hearing to investigate the firing of a Department of Energy scientist following a briefing that she and two other DOE scientists gave to congressional staff on the department’s Low Dose Radiation Research Program...9/23



Energy Department’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Program Has Saved $3 Billion in Energy Costs

( Today, Secretary Ernest Moniz announced that 12 partners in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings, Better Plants program have met their energy or water savings goals this year, and 30 new partners have joined the program, representing significant growth for the program to accelerate progress in energy and water savings...9/23

Armor for the Grid

( Scientists at Idaho National Laboratory designed this ballistic barrier system to protect it. Until 2013, an electricity substation in California was surrounded by nothing more than a chain link fence, just like thousands of others across the United States...9/23

Local and State

Congress blasts TVA’s plan on floating homes

(News Sentinel) Members of a congressional panel took issue Friday with a new Tennessee Valley Authority policy that requires removal of floating homes from public waterways controlled by the utility...9/23

Great Smoky Mountains National Park launches species mapping application

( ...Protected in the park are some 65 species of mammals, over 200 varieties of birds, 67 native fish species, and more than 80 types of reptiles and amphibians. The park is making it easier to find where many of those species are located with their new species mapper...9/26