ORNL in the News

An accelerated pipeline to open materials research

(PhysOrg) ...At the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, researchers are engineering a solution by creating a novel infrastructure uniting the lab's state-of-the art imaging technologies with advanced data analytics and high-performance computing (HPC)...7/21

Growing Large-Volume Protein Crystals Bigger, Better in Space

(Newswise) An out of this world experiment to grow large-volume protein crystals aboard the International Space Station has proven successful...A group of researchers from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, iXpressGenes, University of Grenada in Spain, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory designed microgravity experiments to grow crystals of inorganic pyrophosphatase (IPPase) in space...7/24

Molten salt reactor neutronics data released

(Your Nuclear News) ...Transatomic published the white paper after the US Department of Energy awarded it a $200,000 grant under its Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) Nuclear Energy Voucher pilot program. The funding will enable the company to perform high-fidelity modelling of the design in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The reactor technology on which the TAP MSR is based was first demonstrated at ORNL in the 1960s...7/22

Science and Technology

Immune CellChinese scientists to pioneer first human CRISPR trial

(Nature News) Chinese scientists are on the verge of being first in the world to inject people with cells modified using the CRISPR–Cas9 gene-editing technique. A team led by Lu You, an oncologist at Sichuan University's West China Hospital in Chengdu, plans to start testing such cells in people with lung cancer next month...7/21

Energy and Science Policy

Tensions Arise between DOD and Congress over Future of Defense Innovation and Research

(AIP) In its research and development planning, the Defense Department is currently following a strategy referred to as the Third Offset, which focuses heavily on technological innovation and implementation...7/21

DOE

Energy Department Selects Argonne National Laboratory to Lead U.S. Consortium for New CERC Medium- and Heavy-Duty Truck Technical Track

(Energy.gov) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today has selected Argonne National Laboratory to lead a consortium of university, private sector and national laboratory partners for a new, medium- and heavy-duty truck technical track under the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) Truck Research Utilizing Collaborative Knowledge (TRUCK) program...7/22

Charging StationObama administration offers EV charging loan guarantees

(Reuters) The White House on Thursday said it was expanding a federal loan guarantee program to include companies building electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, part of a broader effort to boost EV sales. The U.S. Energy Department issued a notice clarifying that charging facilities, including hardware and software, are now an eligible technology...7/21

Local and State

Zika VirusCDC awards Tenn. $1M to help fight Zika

(WATE) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will award $1 million to the state of Tennessee to help fight Zika. The money is Tennessee's share of about $60 million the CDC is awarding to states, cities and territories to support the efforts to protect Americans from the virus....7/22

Hooray! Tennessee's tax-free holiday comes before school starts

(WBIR) After years of complaints from shoppers that the annual sales tax holiday weekend came too late for them to actually do back-to-school shopping, this year is different. Tennessee's sales tax holiday will now be one weekend earlier — before school starts — thanks to the Legislature changing the law and setting the holiday on the last weekend in July instead of the first weekend in August...7/24