Monday, October 2, 2017
ORNL in the News

ORNL Innovation Crossroads program opens second round of energy entrepreneurial fellowships

(Oak Ridger) ... “Up to five innovators will receive a two-year post-doctoral entrepreneurial fellowship that includes vouchers worth up to $350,000 for collaborative research and development at ORNL, startup business guidance and mentoring and health and travel benefits,” a press release stated...9/28

ORNL budget has more at stake this year as GOP sets priorities

(Knoxville News Sentinel) President Donald Trump's budget proposal slashing funds for scientific research was declared "dead on arrival" when it reached Congress.  But as the 2018 fiscal year begins Sunday, questions remain about important programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory now that Republicans control the national government...9/29

Science and Technology

Startling study finds tropical forests are filling the air with carbon — worsening climate change

(Washington Post) A surprising scientific study released Thursday presents troubling news about the enormous forests of the planet’s tropical midsection — suggesting that they are releasing hundreds of millions of tons of carbon to the atmosphere, rather than storing it in the trunks of trees and other vegetation...9/28

Energy and Science Policy

Community Perspectives Aired at National Academies Open Science Symposium

(AIP) The National Academies committee tasked with exploring how to move toward an open science enterprise held a symposium on Sept. 18 where a range of stakeholders discussed how to expand open access to scholarly publications, improve standards and best practices for sharing data, and better manage data repositories...9/28

DOE

With This Breakthrough, Transparent Glass Can Be 3D-Printed

(Forbes) Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have for the first time 3D-printed transparent glass at room temperature. This new 3D printing method can offer not only transparent glass but glass structures with composition gradients, something that has been impossible with conventional manufacturing methods...9/28

Puerto Rico Eyed As Electricity Grid Innovation Testing Ground

(Bloomberg) Energy Secretary Rick Perry and the nominee to head the Energy Department’s electricity office both see potential for U.S. national lab-engineered electricity innovations to rebuild Puerto Rico’s hurricane-shattered grid...9/26

Local and State

'STEAM Festival' Brings Science to Life across Tennessee

(Business Wire) Science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) will come to life at nearly 70 events across the state during the inaugural Tennessee STEAM Festival, taking place Oct. 12-22...9/28