ORNL in the News

A Community-Driven Data Science System to Advance Microbiome Research

(Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory) ...Spearheaded by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), in partnership with Los Alamos (LANL), Oak Ridge (ORNL), and Pacific Northwest (PNNL) national laboratories, the NMDC will leverage DOE’s existing data-science resources and high-performance computing systems to develop a framework that facilitates more efficient use of microbiome data for applications in energy, environment, health, and agriculture...8/13

Startup licenses ORNL technology for converting organic waste to hydrogen

(Green Car Congress) Electro-Active Technologies has exclusively licensed two biorefinery technologies invented and patented by the startup’s co-founders while working at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The technologies work as a system that converts organic waste into renewable hydrogen gas for use as a biofuel...8/17

Supercomputing Galactic Winds with Cholla

(Inside HPC) Using the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a team of astrophysicists created a set of galactic wind simulations of the highest resolution ever performed. The simulations will allow researchers to gather and interpret more accurate, detailed data that elucidates how galactic winds affect the formation and evolution of galaxies....8/18

How Chattanooga helped Oak Ridge get the world's fastest and most powerful computer

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) When the Oak Ridge National Laboratory was competing with other U.S. labs a decade and a half ago to gain the world's fastest computer to catch up with the Japanese Earth Simulator supercomputer, Oak Ridge was not initially regarded as the favorite U.S. site...8/16

Science and Technology

Chemists make first-ever ring of pure carbon

(Nature News) Long after most chemists had given up trying, a team of researchers has synthesized the first ring-shaped molecule of pure carbon — a circle of 18 atoms. The chemists started with a triangular molecule of carbon and oxygen, which they manipulated with electric currents to create the carbon-18 ring...8/15

Energy and Science Policy

NASA Astrophysics Chief Makes Case for ‘Flagship’ Telescopes

(AIP) Speaking at the kickoff meeting for the astronomy and astrophysics decadal survey, NASA Astrophysics Division Director Paul Hertz offered a full-throated defense of continued investment in multi-billion dollar “flagship” space telescopes...8/15

DOE

Deputy energy secretary visits nuclear, national security sites

(Oak Ridge Today) U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette traveled to Tennessee this week to tour the BWXT-Nuclear Fuel Services Inc. Facility and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and meet with University of Tennessee President Randy Boyd...8/15

DOE Announces $59 Million and 43 projects to Accelerate Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research

(Energy.gov) Today, U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes announced $59 million for 43 projects for new and innovative advanced vehicle technologies research. Funded through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, these projects address priorities in advanced batteries and electric drive systems, co-optimized engine and fuel technologies, materials for more efficient powertrains, and alternative fuels and new energy efficient mobility systems...8/16

Reactor innovation center to come to INL

(Idaho Falls Post Register) ...The National Reactor Innovation Center will be sited at INL, meaning INL will partner with private companies to test new nuclear reactors here. Depending on how many companies enter into reactor development and testing deals with INL and what these projects look like, this has the potential to be a major economic driver for eastern Idaho in the years to come...8/15

Local and State

UCOR contributing $100,000 to new math, science building at Pellissippi State

(Oak Ridge Today (UCOR, the federal government’s cleanup contractor in Oak Ridge, is contributing $100,000 to the construction of a new math and science building at Pellissippi State Community College, a press release said...8/16

Tru-Design announces partnership with Composites One to expand market for 3D printing finishing

(3D Printing Industry) Tru-Design, a Tennessee-based 3D printing coatings specialist has signed a distribution agreement with composites materials company Composites One. Leveraging Composites One’s North American distribution network, Tru-Design seeks to expand its market for its material coatings and finishes...8/16