ORNL in the News

UT Physics Professor works with ORNL to discover two new periodic elements

(Daily Beacon) Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Robert Grzywacz, a physicist and professor at UT, were recently credited with discovering two of four new super-heavy elements that will soon be added to the Periodic Table...2/4

ACCEL Program at ORNL Still Going Strong Says Suzy Tichenor

(HPC Wire) Last year the Accelerating Competitiveness through Computational Excellence (ACCEL) program at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory launched 24 new projects with industry. With national competitiveness garnering growing attention and the launch of the National Strategic Computing Initiative, programs such as ACCEL are poised for growth...1/26

Better Fluorescent Lighting Through Physics

(Breaking Energy) General Electric, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have created new kinds of fluorescent lighting phosphors that use far less rare-earth elements than current technology...2/3

Oak Ridge Scientists Produce First Plutonium-238 in 28 Years

(AIP) A joint NASA-DOE effort to restart production of plutonium-238 has borne its first fruit: a 50 gram demonstration batch created at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...2/2

Research Taking a Shot at Improving Solar Energy

(Tennessee Today) SunShot might sound like the next wave of NASA missions, or perhaps even the latest weapon of a James Bond villain, but it’s a US Department of Energy research initiative that holds the potential to reshape the way we think about, gather, and use solar energy...2/3

Oak Ridge Lab preps code for supercomputer transition

(GCN) As the Oak Ridge National Laboratory prepares for the installation of its new Summit supercomputer, engineers are working to standardize application development tools that will work on both the lab’s current Titan supercomputer and the new Summit...1/25

Science and Technology

Moving the Cloud to the Bottom of the Ocean 

(The Atlantic) The cold water of the deep sea may be an ideal environment for server farms...2/2

ArXiv rejections lead to spat over screening process

(Nature) A heated debate about arXiv’s screening policies has flared up after a high-profile physicist said that moderators at the popular preprint server rejected reasonable papers without justification...1/29

Energy and Science Policy

Report: U.S. Global Lead in R&D at Risk as China Rises

(AIP) The 2016 edition of the biennial Science and Engineering Indicators report depicts a world in which U.S. dominance in science and engineering is fading as the U.S. federal investment in R&D declines while China and other competing nations rapidly grow their science and engineering capacities...2/1

DOE

Y-12's 'work for others' steady at about $50M

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge receives most of its funding from the Department of Energy, via the semi-independent arm known as the National Nuclear Security Administration. But the Oak Ridge plant also receives money — substantial amounts of money — from other sources...2/3

Coupling two 'tabletop' laser-plasma accelerators: A step toward ultrapowerful accelerators

(PhysOrg) Laser-plasma accelerators (LPAs) got the nickname "tabletop" because, as shown by the unique BELLA accelerator at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, they can boost electron beams to multibillion electron-volt energies (GeVs) in a few centimeters—a distance thousands of times shorter than conventional accelerators...2/1

Metropia Drives Architecture for NREL's Dept of Energy "Connected Traveler" Project

(PRNewswire) Metropia, Inc., in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, was awarded a lead role in developing an architecture that incentivizes drivers to improve their commuting behavior through more energy-efficient  choices...2/2

Local and State

Planning the Manhattan Project Park’s future

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...Oak Ridge City Manager Mark Watson said it’s going to take a while for a lot of the park plans to come to fruition, but he said Oak Ridge is a town that “likes to see progress” and he urged that near-term projects get some priority...2/2