ORNL in the News

The atomic dynamics of rare everlasting electric fields

(EurekAlert) By ricocheting neutrons off the atoms of yttrium manganite (YMnO3) heated to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit, researchers have discovered the atomic mechanisms that give the unusual material its rare electromagnetic properties. The discovery could help scientists develop new materials with similar properties for novel computing devices and micro-actuators...1/10

Victor McCrary Named Vice Chancellor for Research

(Tennessee Today) Victor McCrary, has been named UT Knoxville’s new vice chancellor for research...He will be especially instrumental in facilitating collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratories through UT-Battelle LLC and other research and development institutions in the region and the state...1/9

ORNL Researchers Use Titan to Accelerate Design, Training of Deep Learning Networks

(News Wise) A team of researchers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has married artificial intelligence and high-performance computing to achieve a peak speed of 20 petaflops in the generation and training of deep learning networks on the laboratory’s Titan supercomputer...1/10

Neutrons inspect salt-inclusion materials to improve long-term waste storage

(PhysOrg) ...The USC team recently visited the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory to study salt-inclusion materials (SIMs) that contain internal silicate channels with the capacity to safely immobilize nuclear waste. The researchers hope to obtain valuable insights into the materials' properties using resources at ORNL's Spallation Neutron Source such as the POWGEN instrument, SNS beamline 11A...1/11

Science and Technology

Climate scientists unlock secrets of ‘blue carbon’

(Nature) Tidal wetlands come in many forms, but they could be more alike below the surface than anyone realized. Whether it’s a mangrove forest in Florida, a freshwater swamp in Virginia or a saltwater marsh in Oregon, the amount of carbon locked in a soil sample from each of these coastal ecosystems is roughly the same...1/9

Energy and Science Policy

National Academies Panel Warns Against US Withdrawal From ITER

(AIP) A new National Academies report warns that withdrawing from ITER, a mammoth international fusion project under construction in France, could jeopardize the U.S.’s pursuit of commercial fusion energy...1/9


Federal nuclear watchdog agency publishes government shutdown plan

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A federal oversight board charged with protecting workers and communities surrounding nuclear weapons complexes like Oak Ridge's Y-12 National Security Complex has published a plan for closing out the agency if the government shuts down...1/9

R&D and Labs Strategy a Focus of Expanding DOE Reform Efforts

(AIP) This week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee is kicking off a series of hearings related to its ongoing efforts to reform the Department of Energy...1/8

NREL Launches Electrification Futures Study Series

(Power Plus) The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is spearheading the Electrification Futures Study, a research collaboration to explore the impacts of widespread electrification in all U.S. economic sectors—commercial and residential buildings, transportation, and industry...1/10

Local and State

Construction underway for new American Museum of Science and Energy site

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Construction is underway on the new home of Oak Ridge's American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE), according to the City of Oak Ridge...1/9

NASA recognizes Robertsville Middle School’s satellite work on website home page

(Oak Ridge Today) NASA has recognized the satellite work of Robertsville Middle School on the home page of its website. The project is part of an effort by NASA to encourage learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM...1/10