Monday, October 3, 2016
ORNL in the News

3D printing grows up: scientists are using the tech to make an earthmoving machine

(Wired) ...Scientists at the US Oak Ridge National Laboratory are assembling the world’s first 3D-printed hydraulic excavator, a prototype which they say will explore the feasibility of printing with metal alloys...10/1

Business Journal Honors: October

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...Phillip Britt, director of Chemical Sciences Division at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has won the 2016 Henry H. Storch Award in Fuel Science from the Energy and Fuels Division of the American Chemical Society...10/3

Next Samsung Galaxy Smartphone Might Literally Repel water

( With the new iPhone 7 models offering water resistant feature, Samsung is looking to go further. A new report by digital spy claims that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy smartphones might literally repel water. Apparently, the South Korean company has signed a deal with US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Lab for the licence of a hydrophobic glass coating...10/2


Science and Technology

Democratic databases: science on GitHub

(Nature) Scientists are turning to a software–development site to share data and code. Launched in 2008 to assist software developers, GitHub now boasts some 15 million users and is an increasingly popular site for researchers to share, maintain and update scientific data sets and code...10/3

Universal flu vaccine designed by scientists

(Science Daily) ...Researchers have devised two universal vaccines; a USA-specific vaccine with coverage of 95% of known US influenza strains; and a universal vaccine with coverage of 88% of known flu strains globally...9/30

Energy and Science Policy

Congress Extends Government Funding Through Dec. 9, Punts on Science-Related Legislation

(AIP) ...the president signed a stopgap spending bill that extends current fiscal year funding for the federal government through Dec. 9. With Congress recessing at the end of this week to campaign for the general election, major science-related legislation will not see further movement earlier than mid-November...9/29



Department of Energy selects LLNL to lead development of manufacturing training program for energy entrepreneurs

(Newswise) ...“Cleantech entrepreneurs are finding it a challenge to get from prototype stage up to scale; it's difficult for them to find the help they need,” said the program’s lead at LLNL, Director of Strategic Engagements in Engineering Patrick Dempsey...9/29

Local and State

Aries Energy powers into community solar

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Aries Energy, a Knoxville-based company founded in 2011 to deliver simple, profitable and responsible renewable energy solutions, has jumped head first into community solar, one of the hottest topics in renewable energy...10/3

Baker Center Report: Consumers Benefit from Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

(Tennessee Today) Consumers at all income levels have benefited from improvements that have made vehicles more fuel efficient. That’s the finding of a study recently published by David Greene, a senior fellow at UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, and Jilleah Welch, Baker Center research associate...9/29

Knoxville helps pave way for Grow Bioplastics

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Grow Bioplastics is a Knoxville startup company that is working to commercialize plant-based biodegradable plastic made from lignin, a renewable waste stream from the paper industry...10/3