Thursday, December 8, 2016
ORNL in the News

Story tips from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, December 2016

(ScienMag) ANALYTICS – Almeria licenses ORNL technologies…SENSORS – Cellular population modeling…BUILDINGS – Better leak seeking…MOTORS – Powering up…MICROSCOPY – Faster scanning…FEEDSTOCKS – Increasing nutrition…12/7

New discovery may lead to the development of super premium gasoline

(PhysOrg) ...Over the past year, using high flux neutron sources at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, an Illinois group led by Yang Zhang, assistant professor of nuclear, plasma, and radiological engineering and Beckman Institute at Illinois, has been able to videotape the molecular movement of alkanes, the major component of petroleum and natural gas...12/7


Water-Saving Plant Study Advances Drought-Resistant Crops

(Kentucky Ag Connection) As part of an effort to develop drought-resistant food and bioenergy crops, scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have uncovered the genetic and metabolic mechanisms that allow certain plants to conserve water and thrive in semi-arid climates...12/7

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Produces 3D-Printed Magnets

(Design News) Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently used additive manufacturing techniques to produce isotropic, near-net-shape, neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) bonded magnets using the lab’s Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine...12/1

Science and Technology

Climate Change Will Bring Wetter Storms in U.S., Study Says

(NY Times) ...The study by scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., published on Monday in Nature Climate Change, found that across the country, rainstorms may become more frequent and intense if greenhouse gas emissions remain at current levels...12/6

Information Overload? Not Everybody Is Feeling It, Pew Study Says

(NPR) ...Pew surveyed 1,520 Americans 18 and older. According to the study, 20 percent of Americans feel overloaded by information — down from 27 percent a decade ago. In fact, three-quarters of Americans like having a lot of information at their disposal...12/7

Energy and Science Policy

House Passes Sweeping Biomedical Innovation Bill with $4.8 Billion Boost for NIH

(AIP) ...Among its numerous provisions, the bill allocates $4.8 billion over 10 years to the National Institutes of Health in support of the Obama administration’s Cancer Moonshot, BRAIN, and Precision Medicine Initiatives, and creates a Research Policy Board...12/16



United States Commits to IAEA Monitoring for the Verifiable Disposition of Six Metric Tons of Surplus Plutonium

( In remarks to the delegates of an event hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz today announced in Austria that the United States is beginning consultations with the IAEA to monitor the dilution and packaging of up to six metric tons of surplus plutonium at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in Aiken, South Carolina...12/5

Local and State

Federal government bans ridgetop mining in East Tennessee

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The federal government on Wednesday banned mountaintop coal mining from more than 500 miles of ridges in East Tennessee’s Cumberland Mountains, handing a victory to the state and to conservationists who have long sought to protect the region’s forests and streams...12/7

Pioneering new electric semi-trucks to be made in Tennessee

(Times Free Press) Chattanooga's biggest trucking carrier is going electric, at least with some of its fleet, in the next three to five years...12/8

Nonprofit marks 30 years of electrifying research in Knoxville

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A blink-of-an-eye power disruption can mean days of lost production for a factory, but a little-known Knoxville research organization has devoted 30 years to making sure that problem and others don't happen...12/5

ORISE accepting applications for DOE energy fellowship summer program

(Oak Ridge Today) The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education is currently accepting applications for the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2017 Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program, or MLEF, which is a 10-week summer program for students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math...12/7