ORNL Media Highlights: Week of Nov. 6-9, 2017


Rekindling the spark

This story in the American Society of Mechanical Engineering quotes ORNL researcher Robert Wagner in a story about states and nations moving toward mandating alternative-energy vehicles, noting recently-developed technology has enhanced the ability to control and manipulate the combustion process, resulting in cleaner and more energy efficient combustion engines.

Nov. 2017



Real-time sensor net helps cities evaluate trends

The publication GCN reported ORNL is working with the city of Oak Ridge, Tenn., to deploy sensors to deliver real-time information regarding population density, traffic and environmental conditions.

Nov. 6



‘Stranger Things:’ ORNL nuclear physicist Kelly Chipps talks fiction vs. reality

The Knoxville News Sentinel, which is part of the USA Today Network-Tennessee, published this story as Kelly Chipps of ORNL’s Physics Division discussed differences between research taking place at ORNL compared to research depicted in the TV show “Stranger Things,” which takes place at a fictional national laboratory.

Nov. 6



Trump pick for TVA would restore East Tennessee voice

Victor Ashe, former Knoxville mayor and ex-U.S. ambassador to Poland, wrote this column published in the Knoxville News Sentinel, which is part of the USA Today Network-Tennessee, supporting the nomination of Jeff Smith, ORNL’s deputy for operations, to serve on the TVA Board of Directors.

Nov. 6



Global potential

Eureka published this story about the growth of industries employing additive manufacturing technologies, using the example of a collaboration between ORNL and British-based GKN Aerospace to help expand use of additive manufacturing technology on an international scale.

Nov. 6



Building a buzzy hive of invention and collaboration

This New York Times story about cities partnering with major research universities or tech companies to enhance innovation and collaboration includes the example of ORNL’s establishment of a satellite office in Chattanooga to assist that city with development of its downtown innovation district.

Nov. 7



Satellite data gives responders baseline for recovery efforts

The publications GCN, The Business of Federal Technology and Oak Ridge Today reported ORNL scientists have developed a method that leverages satellite imaging data from extremely specific local areas to help response teams assess properties damaged by the storms.

Nov. 7







The dead can unlock iphones, offering possible clues to a killer’s plan after memories go

USA Today published this story about investigators working on the Nov. 5 Texas church shooting and the difficulty they are encountering in getting into his cell phone to search for clues as to a motive notes that a 2016 ORNL study including research involving decomposed bodies found iris and biometric data could be obtained from bodies up to four days after death in warmer seasons and for as many as 50 days during the winter.

Nov. 9



8 essential facts about uranium

The publication Mental Floss quotes ORNL researcher Denise Lee about the energy potential from a small amount of uranium in this story listing essential facts about U92.

Nov. 9