Monday, November 7, 2016
ORNL in the News

ORNL Wins Seven R&D 100 Awards

(PhysOrg) Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have received seven R&D 100 Awards in recognition of their significant advancements in science and technology. The honorees were recognized on Nov. 3 at the 54th annual R&D 100 Conference, sponsored by R&D Magazine...This year’s seven honors bring ORNL’s total of R&D 100 awards to 200 since their inception in 1963...11/4

Does Daylight Saving Time Really Save Energy?

(Live Science) On Nov. 6, most Americans will sigh heavily and turn back their clocks one hour for the end of daylight saving time...The problem is, no one really knows whether daylight saving time saves energy at all..."I could see the answer being either way," said Stanton Hadley, a senior researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, who helped prepare a report for Congress on the energy effect of extending daylight saving time by four weeks — a policy that became effective in 2007.

Harper Teams with Oak Ridge National Laboratory on Carbon Fibre Project

(Observatorio del Plastico) Harper International, in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has been awarded funding for a project through the US Department of Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office's HPC4Mfg Program. According to Harper, the Program was designed to spur the use of high performance supercomputers to advance US manufacturing via public-private partnerships...n.d.

Samsung taps into ORNL technology

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Thanks to cutting-edge technology developed by scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, look for smartphones and other electronic devices with enhanced glass display capabilities and self-cleaning properties in the near future...11/3

 

 

Science and Technology

Virgo ConsortiumSupercomputer comes up with a profile of dark matter

(Science Daily) In the search for the mysterious dark matter, physicists have used elaborate computer calculations to come up with an outline of the particles of this unknown form of matter. To do this, the scientists extended the successful Standard Model of particle physics which allowed them, among other things, to predict the mass of so-called axions, promising candidates for dark matter.

 

Energy and Science Policy

NSF to Decide Fate of Arecibo by June 2017, Green Bank by Winter 2017-18

(AIP) NSF is currently undertaking a formal process by which it will determine whether or not to divest from the Arecibo and Green Bank Observatories, with final decisions for each facility expected within the next year and a half...11/3

Secretary Carter Working to Build Bridges Between DOD and Civilian Scientists and Engineers

(AIP) In an address last week, Defense Secretary Ash Carter provided an update on the Defense Department’s efforts to facilitate work with innovation-centric companies and to strengthen relations with researchers and engineers who might otherwise not work on defense problems...11/3

DOE

U.S. Department of Energy Projects Win 32 R&D 100 Awards for 2016

(Electric Energy Online) U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) researchers have won 32 of the 100 awards given out this year by R&D Magazine and received a special recognition award for the most outstanding technology developments with promising commercial potential...11/7

Tyrranosaur SueUnlocking the Secrets of T-Rex’s Tiny Arms

(Energy.gov) Sue, the Tyrannosaurus Rex at the Field Museum in Chicago, lent a hand -- well, a whole arm -- to Argonne National Lab earlier this month. But don't worry -- seems the T-Rex didn't really use its arms much anyway. Scientists at Argonne wanted to figure out once and for all whether T-Rex arms were useful, so they turned to the Advanced Photon Source (APS) -- a high-tech x-ray used to see things on a molecular level. It's been used for research in materials science, biology, physics, medicine and now paleontology...11/3

Local and State

Oak Ridge Company Adds Jobs After Carbon Fiber Breakthrough

(The Greeneville Sun) LeMond Composites has announced the company will begin manufacturing a new industry-disrupting carbon fiber for the transportation, renewable energy and infrastructure markets, according to a recent state-issued news release. LeMond Composites will invest $125 million to expand its campus by building its first carbon fiber production line at its facility at 103 Palladium Way in Oak Ridge, which is located adjacent to Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Carbon Fiber Technology Facility...77/3

How will this year's winter be different from last year?

(WBIR) February and June are the only two months this year that recorded above normal rainfall totals, sending our region into the worst drought that we've seen in almost a decade. The forecast for this winter season calls for near to slightly above average snowfall or winter precipitation in general, which would be very good news for the drought situation. Temperatures are expected to be above average overall, though cold spells are possible...11/4