Thursday, September 29, 2016
ORNL in the News

Samsung licenses ORNL glass coating

( The glass coating on your next phone could be coming from East Tennessee. Samsung is licensing a superhydrophobic film developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...9/26

ORNL United Way campaign tops $900,000, an increase from 2015

(Oak Ridge Today) ...“This is a fantastic and generous offer of support from our employees, management, volunteers, and everyone who has been associated in one way or another with this year’s United Way effort,” said campaign chair Sharon Kohler...9/27

ORNL Is Developing Methods to Recover Rare Earth Magnets from Used Hard Drives

(All About Circuits) Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which attempts to provide solutions to compelling problems in energy and security, has designed a patent-pending process to recover rare earth magnets made using neodymium from used hard drives...9/28

Leaders from 100+ Countries Call for Ambitious Amendment to the Montreal Protocol to Phase Down HFCs and Donors Announce Intent to Provide $80 Million of Support

(White House Press Release) ...The testing program was conducted at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and guided by a panel of prominent technical experts from Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Peru, Saudi Arabia, the United States, the United Nations Environment Programme, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization...9/22

GreenWood Resources licenses ORNL process to boost biofuel yield

(Biomass Magazine) GreenWood Resources has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology based on the discovery of a gene in poplar (Populus trichocarpa) that makes it easier to convert poplar trees into biofuels...9/28

Science and Technology

Promising biomaterial to build better bones with 3-D printing

(Science Daily) Engineers have developed a 3-D printable ink that produces a synthetic bone implant that rapidly induces bone regeneration and growth. This hyperelastic "bone" material, whose shape can be easily customized, one day could be especially useful for the treatment of bone defects in children...9/28

Energy and Science Policy

In Its Waning Months, Obama Administration Continues to Enhance Climate Planning

(AIP) As Barack Obama’s presidency draws to a close, his administration is continuing to improve the nation’s apparatuses for assessing and responding to climate change impacts...9/28




Novel Nanomaterial Could Yield Lossless Charge and Energy Transport

...Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Germany, have produced a new type of topological matter. It can carry an electrical current on its surface at room temperature and then get that electrical current to transport itself to the other side of the material...9/27

6 Charts that Will Make You Optimistic About America’s Clean Energy Future

( ...Today, the Energy Department released a new report called “Revolution… Now,” which details five booming clean energy technologies -- plus a few other promising pieces of clean tech that will be key to solving major problems, like climate change. Let’s take a quick peek at six charts that will warm the hearts of clean energy fans...9/28

Park Service, DOE seek comment on foundation document for new Manhattan Project park

(Oak Ridge Today) The National Park Service and U.S. Department of Energy are asking the public to review and comment on a draft foundation document for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. The park includes Oak Ridge, and it was established in November 2015...9/27

Better Plants Shines at 2016 World Engineering Congress

( [Video] The Better Buildings, Better Plants program took center stage at the 2016 World Energy Engineering Congress in Washington, D.C. as it continues to improve efficiency for U.S. manufacturers and public water utilities...9/22

Local and State

Science Forum: Budke to Discuss Value of Biodiversity on September 30

(Tennessee Today) [Jessica] Budke’s presentation will explain how modern-day natural history collections are evolving due to cutting-edge research techniques and analytical tools used to leverage the data from millions of plant specimens to study climate change, invasive species, and evolutionary relationships...9/28