ORNL in the News

Belgian and US Research Reactors to Become International Centres for R&D under IAEA Label

(IAEA) The Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK•CEN and the US Department of Energy Idaho and Oak Ridge National Laboratories will make their research reactors, labs and education and training facilities available to scientists from other countries for training and research and development, representatives of the labs announced at the IAEA General Conference today...9/18

DOE, NNSA computing project names new director, to be based at ORNL

(Oak Ridge Today) A collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration has named a new director of the project to build computing systems that are at least 50 times faster than the nation’s most powerful supercomputers in use today—and the new director will be based at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...9/20

Titan Vacuum CleanersTitan Helps Researchers Suck Mystery Out of Cell's 'Vacuum Cleaners'

(DOE Science News Source) In the fight against cancer, cancer cells often find ways to fight back. One means is by stocking the cell membrane with proteins that pump foreign substances—including anticancer drugs—out of the cell. This trait can result in multidrug resistance that undermines the effectiveness of cancer treatment...9/20

Oak Ridge National Laboratory installs Roctool technology for early-stage R&D

(Plastics Today) Roctool, a developer of mold heating and cooling technologies headquartered in Le Bourget du Lac, France, announced the installation of its “leading-edge molding technology” at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, TN...9/19

Science and Technology

For the best aerosol data, ARM embraces harmony

(PhysOrg) Harmony is a state of accord and cooperation. That state of being is also necessary for the aerosol observing systems (AOS) operated by the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Facility, a scientific user facility for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). A few years ago, experts at ARM discovered differences in the final data products linked to one set of AOS instruments in place before 2010, and another set designed and deployed after that...9/21

Energy and Science Policy

NIST Director Nominee Discusses His Vision for the Agency

(AIP) On Sept. 12, President Trump nominated Walter Copan to be director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. FYI spoke with Copan, a scientist who has dedicated much of his career to facilitating technology transfer between the public and private sectors, about why he is interested in the role and his initial vision for the agency...9/19

DOE

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces High Performance Computing for Materials Program to Help Industry Develop New, Improved Materials for Severe Environments

(Energy.gov) “...The High Performance Computing for Materials Program will provide opportunities for our industry partners to access the high-performance computing capabilities and expertise of DOE’s national labs as they work to create and improve technologies that combat extreme conditions,” said Secretary Perry. “...9/19

US shale oil growth to slow in October as Harvey takes a toll, Department of Energy reports

(CNBC) Surging production from U.S. shale fields is set to moderate next month, the Department of Energy's information arm forecast on Monday...9/17

UCOR awards site prep contract for Mercury Treatment Facility at Y-12

(Oak Ridge Today) UCOR, the federal government’s cleanup contractor in Oak Ridge, has awarded a $1.4 million contract to a Knoxville company for early site preparation activities for the Mercury Treatment Facility at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, and the work could start in November...9/19

Y-12 saves more than $500,000 per year, receives energy management award

(Oak Ridge Today) Award-winning energy efficiency upgrades at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge have saved more than $538,000 per year in energy expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy...9/19

Local and State

Tennessee Plant Likely Shut Down for Months After Explosion

(U.S. News and World Report) A Tennessee chemical plant where an explosion occurred will likely remain shut down for several months. In a news release Wednesday, Wacker Polysilicon global president Tobias Brandis says the Charleston facility won't restart production until a thorough inspection is completed and it's certain the facility is safe. ...9/20

Groundbreaking for Friendship Bell Peace Pavilion is Thursday

(Oak Ridge Today) Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new International Friendship Bell Peace Pavilion will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday, September 21, at the bell's new location in Alvin K. Bissell Park, just west of the Oak Ridge Civic Center...9/18