Thursday, November 5, 2011
ORNL in the News

UT-ORNL Study: Calcium-48’s ‘Neutron Skin’ Thinner Than Previously Thought

(Tennessee Today) An international team led by joint UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory faculty used America’s most powerful supercomputer, Titan, to calculate the neutron distribution and related observables of calcium-48, an isotope with an atomic nucleus consisting of twenty protons and twenty-eight neutrons...11/3

Energy-efficient reaction drives biofuel conversion technology 

(R&D Magazine) A new study from the U.S. Dept. of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory explains the mechanism behind a technology that converts bio-based ethanol into hydrocarbon blend-stocks for use as fossil fuel alternatives...11/4

ORNL team discovers mechanism behind direct ethanol-to-hydrocarbon conversion; implications for energy efficiency and cost of upgrading

(Green Car Congress) Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered that the reactions underlying the transformation of ethanol into higher-grade hydrocarbons unfolds in a different manner than previously thought...11/4

Special catalyst developed at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A catalyst developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory reportedly offers special qualities of use in the production of nylon for many products, according to information released by the lab...ORNL chemist Sheng Dai said in a statement, “The greater the selectivity, the more products that can be derived...11/2

DOE Says Stimulus Spending Produced Significant Dividends For Energy Efficiency And Carbon Reduction  

(Solar Industry Magazine) The U.S. Department of Energy says a multiyear, peer-reviewed study led by its Oak Ridge National Laboratory shows that the $3.2 billion spent under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program between 2009 and 2015 has spurred significant economic development, energy savings, job creation and carbon emissions reductions...11/4

Science and Technology

Scientists announce progress toward better battery to power cars

(Reuters) Scientists have created a battery whose technology in principle could power electric cars and other energy-hungry devices far better than current lithium-ion batteries, but it remains years away from commercial use...10/29

 

Energy and Science Policy

Nation’s Top Science Officials Hail Fifteen Years of Continuous Human Presence in Space

(AIP) number of top science officials in the federal government took a moment today to recognize the milestone of fifteen years of continuous human presence in outer space aboard the International Space Station, as well as the scientific progress that presence is enabling...11/3

DOE

Audit: UCOR meeting small-biz subcontracting goals

(Knoxville News Sentinel) URS-CH2M Oak Ridge, the Department of Energy’s cleanup manager in Oak Ridge for the past four years, is meeting its goals for subcontracting to small businesses, according to a DOE Inspector General report...11/3

National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month: Improving the Security and Resilience of the Nation’s Grid

(Energy.gov) ...At the Energy Department, the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) works diligently with private and public partners to help ensure the nation’s power grid is reliable, resilient and secure 365 days a year in the face of natural and manmade hazards...11/3

Local and State

Thursday ribbon-cutting for historic hotel converted into assisted living center

(Oak Ridge Today)  A ribbon-cutting ceremony has been scheduled for Thursday evening at The Alexander Guest House, a historic hotel converted into an assisted living center...11/4

UT researcher is developing Guide Glass 

(WBIR-TV) Earlier this year, Google stopped producing its Google Glass prototype. But a professor at the University of Tennessee is using the wearable device in his research. It could be an exciting breakthrough...11/4

Pendergrass Library Provides Access to 3-D Printing

(Tennessee Today) From an irrigation pump prototype to a replica of human anatomy, 3-D printing options at the Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library are endless...11/4