ORNL in the News

Four ORNL researchers receive DOE early career funding awards

(PhysOrg) Four Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers specializing in nuclear physics, fusion energy, advanced materials and environmental science are among 59 recipients of Department of Energy's Office of Science Early Career Research Program awards...8/10

Used tires, bacon grease can be the fuel of the future

(True Viral News) Scientists have figured out how to turn the tiny amount of carbon in a scrap tire plus used cooking oil into biofuel that could power thousands of delivery trucks. Both old items are considered waste now. "We are functionalizing the carbon in these tires and using it as a catalyst, converting waste cooking oil into a biofuel," said Parans Paranthaman, lead scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...8/11

ORNL starts installing Summit, could be world's most powerful supercomputer

(Data Center Dynamics) The Oak Ridge National Laboratory has begun to install what could become the world's most powerful supercomputer - Summit. The IBM-developed 10MW system will take six months or more to install, and will then be available to Department of Energy researchers and a few universities, before becoming generally available to scientific users by January 2019...8/10

Galactic WindsGalactic Winds Push Researchers To Probe Galaxies At Unprecedented Scale

(Los Alamos Daily Post) ...To better understand how galactic wind affects star formation in galaxies, a team turned to high-performance computing at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), a US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility located at DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)...8/12

Landscapes give latitude to 2-D material designers

(Rice University News & Media) The Rice lab of theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson and colleagues at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are combining theory and experimentation to prove it’s possible to give 2-D materials specific defects, especially atomic-scale seams called grain boundaries...8/9

Defense Department Issues Corrosion Awards

(Paint Square) ...In the area of corrosion-resistant materials, Sergei Shipilov (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) received the top honor for his study of fielded, double V-hull Stryker light-armored vehicles found to have structural cracking issues that affected availability...8/11

Science and Technology

US biomedical-research facilities unprepared for attacks and natural disasters

(Nature News) When Hurricane Sandy hit New York City in 2012, the storm destroyed scientific equipment worth more than US$20 million at the New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center. Tropical Storm Allison hit the University of Texas Health Science Center (UT Health) in Houston in 2001, and caused so much damage that some researchers had to restart their careers elsewhere....8/10


Energy and Science Policy

FY18 Appropriations Bills: National Nuclear Security Administration

(AIP) The House and Senate appropriations bills for the National Nuclear Security Administration would provide much of the Trump administration’s requested 10 percent increase to weapons-related research, development, test, and evaluation activities...8/11



White House is reportedly considering replacing Rick Perry at the Energy Department

(Business Insider) GOP officials are floating the idea of having Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia head the Department of Energy, replacing Sec. Rick Perry, according to four sources cited in a Bloomberg report...8/11

US natural gas output will grow more than expected next year, says Dept of Energy

(CNBC) U.S. drillers will produce more natural gas next year than previously expected as exports rise and gas-fired plants generate more electricity, the Department of Energy reported on Tuesday...8/8

Coalition Of LANL Communities Board Voices Deep Concern Over RFP For Lab Management Contract

(Los Alamos Daily Post) The Draft Solicitation for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Site Management and Operating Contract as presently proposed has generated expressions of alarm among members of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities who voiced their concerns at a meeting of their Board of Directors Friday in Santa Fe...8/13

Unheeded warnings, repeated mistakes put workers’ health at risk at Idaho nuclear lab

(The Idaho Statesman) Ted Lewis knew the plutonium plates at the government lab where he worked could leak potentially lethal radioactive dust. He had seen it occur in the 1970s, when he was helping load some of those plates into a nuclear reactor at the lab near Idaho Falls. A steel jacket enclosing one of the plates somehow cracked, spilling plutonium oxide particles into the air...8/10

Rep. Cramer proposes revamp to DOE

(Williston Herald) U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., has proposed sweeping changes for the Department of Energy, including moving the Environmental Protection Agency under its umbrella. Those changes are now in the hands of Joe Barton, R-Texas. Barton, vice chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is working to introduce a Department of Energy reauthorization bill this fall...8/10

Local and State

Stores selling out of eclipse glasses

(WATE TV) The total solar eclipse will darken parts of the country on August 21. With the date quickly approaching, and many stores selling out, people are wondering where to buy eclipse safety glasses...8/11

Lab-in-a-Box: Giving teachers needed resources

(The Oak Ridger) From deciphering the ancient stories in fossils, to the physics lessons in friction, to assembling and operating robots, area teachers now have the latest educational tools thanks to the Rural Communities STEM Initiative Lab-in-a-Box program...8/11