ORNL in the News

Bundling big science tools to shed light on flexible proteins

(PhysOrg) Nearly a dozen scientists across Oak Ridge National Laboratory are teaming with medical researchers and leveraging ORNL's biggest science tools to solve a modern-day biology grand challenge: unlocking the secrets of disordered proteins...4/19

Leaky GraphenePlugging up leaky graphene

(Filtration Products) ...Making membranes in one-atom-thick layers of graphene is a meticulous process that can tear the thin material — creating defects through which contaminants can leak. Now engineers at MIT, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) have devised a process to repair these leaks...4/22

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke sets new goals for 'city of creators'

(The Chattanooga Times Free Press) Chattanooga has a great quality of life, a thriving economy and enviable rates of job creation, but not for everyone, the city's mayor said Thursday night...Berke said partnerships with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, along with $1 billion in new downtown investment, provide momentum...4/19

Using the Titan Supercomputer to Develop 50,000 Years of Flood Risk Scenarios

(Inside HPC) In 2012, a small Berkeley, California, startup called KatRisk set out to improve the quality of worldwide flood risk maps...4/21

Science and Technology

Plasmonic GoldStructured light and nanomaterials open new ways to tailor light at the nanoscale

(Science Daily) New research has shown that carefully structured light and matching arrangements of metal nanostructures can be combined to alter the properties of the generated light at the nanometer scale...4/20

 

Energy and Science Policy

Senate Appropriations Grill Energy Secretary Perry on Proposed R&D Cuts

(AIP) At a hearing on the fiscal year 2019 Department of Energy budget, Senate appropriators questioned the rationale behind the administration’s proposed spending cuts to energy R&D programs and made clear they will reject them again this year...4/19

DOE

Wind Turbine ViewerU.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Department of Energy Release Online Public Dataset and Viewer of U.S. Wind Turbine Locations and Characteristics

(USGS.gov) Today, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the American Wind Energy Association, released the United States Wind Turbine Database (USWTDB) and the USWTDB Viewer to access this new public dataset...4/19

Seaweed-into-biofuel project gets Department of Energy support

(Biomass Magazine) A Colorado State University project to grow and harvest ocean macroalgae for biofuel production has received support from the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)...4/18

Department of Energy announces $20 Million in new projects to lower cost of power electronics in solar energy systems

(PennEnergy) Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $20 million in funding for nine projects to advance early-stage solar power electronics technologies. These innovations are critical to address solar photovoltaic (PV) reliability challenges, as well as to drive down the cost of installing and maintaining a PV solar system...4/18

 

Local and State

Tennessee adds jobs at 1.5 times the U.S. rate

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) Tennessee employers added jobs at more than one and a half times the rate of the rest of the country over the past year, adding 69,700 jobs in the past 12 months and cutting Tennessee's jobless rate well below the national average...4/19