ORNL in the News

A modestly good report at SNS

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Spallation Neutron Source is operating “reasonably well” at beam power levels between 1.1 megawatts and 1.3. megawatts, and the research instruments are operating like they should, according to Kevin Jones, the accelerator division chief at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...5/27

2014 foreigner visits to ORNL by country

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Earlier this year, I reported that China had once again topped the list of foreigner visits to Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2014, and I provided the total visit number for the other countries in the Top 10...5/27

Physicists advance understanding of electrical vortices in certain materials

(PhysOrg) Computational physicists have developed a novel method that accurately reveals how electrical vortices affect electronic properties of materials that are used in a wide range of applications, including cell phones and military sonar...supercomputers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory were used to perform large-scale computations...5/26

RAPTOR turbulent combustion code selected for next-gen supercomputer readiness project

(PhysOrg) ...The CAAR partnership project will support preparations to operate RAPTOR on the Summit supercomputer, set to be delivered to Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2017 and available to researchers in 2018. Summit is expected to provide at least five times the performance of the Oak Ridge computing facility's current supercomputer, Titan...5/28

Science and Technology

A Look at Wind and Solar Energy, Part 1: How Far We've Come

(The Energy Collective) After decades of incipient growth, it seems that wind and solar power are finally ready for prime time...5/27

Affirming support for Thirty Meter Telescope, Hawaii's governor calls for closing others

(Science Magazine) In an attempt to break the impasse over a mammoth telescope that astronomers plan to build atop the tallest mountain in the Pacific, Hawaii Governor David Ige has called for the elimination of a quarter of the telescopes already there...5/27

Energy and Science Policy

Parameters in Place: Senate Appropriators Approve FY 2016 DOE Office of Science Funding Bill

(AIP) Funding parameters for the Department of Energy for FY 2016 are largely in place with the approval last Thursday of a $35.4 billion Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill...5/26

Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas Western Hemisphere Clean Energy Initiative

(Energy.gov) Energy Ministers of Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, Panama and the United States announced the creation of a new Western Hemisphere Clean Energy Initiative...5/26

DOE

AMSE opens three new science-themed interactive exhibits

(Oak Ridge Today) Space exploration, supercomputing, and neutron science are featured in three new hands-on exhibits at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge. The exhibits showcase national science topics with local ties to research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory...5/27

ORAU awards 35 research grants totaling $175,000 to junior faculty

(Oak Ridge Today) Oak Ridge Associated Universities has awarded competitive research grants totaling $175,000 to 35 junior faculty from its member institutions...5/27

Could computers reach light speed?

(PhysOrg) Light waves trapped on a metal's surface travel nearly as fast as light through the air, and new research at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory shows these waves, called surface plasmons, travel far enough to possibly be useful for ultra-fast electronic circuit interconnects...5/28

Local and State

U.S. military mistakenly ships anthrax to TN 

(WBIR-TV) The Pentagon says it inadvertently shipped live anthrax spores to as many as nine laboratories - including a Tennessee location - and is investigating how that happened...5/27

ORHS AP Chemistry students place third in nation in science competition

(Oak Ridge Today) Advanced Placement Chemistry students at Oak Ridge High School placed third in the nation in chemistry in the National Science League competition, the school’s Science Department said...5/23

UT Study: Volkswagen Plant Expansion to Add 9,800 Jobs to State Economy

(Tennessee Today) The expansion of Volkswagen’s Chattanooga manufacturing facility to produce a new midsize sport utility vehicle could add about 9,800 jobs to the Tennessee economy, according to a UT study released today....5/27