ORNL in the News

Alexander Says Record Funding For Most Important Federal Program That Supports ORNL

(The Chattanoogan) United States Senator Lamar Alexander Wednesday said the government funding bill increases funding for the most important federal program – the Office of Science – that supports work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the third consecutive year...3/21


Department of Energy resumes Oak Ridge facility tours

(Knoxville News Sentinal) The U.S. Department of Energy is again giving public bus tours of its Oak Ridge Facilities. 
The reservation-wide tours begin at the American Museum for Science and Energy and visit all three historic Manhattan Project sites in Oak Ridge...3/21

Neutrons help demystify multiferroic materials

(PhysOrg) Materials used in electronic devices are typically chosen because they possess either special magnetic or special electrical properties. However, an international team of researchers using neutron scattering recently identified a rare material that has both...3/19

For first time in 30 years, Savannah River dissolving spent nuclear fuel from ORNL reactor

(Oak Ridge Today) For the first time in 30 years, spent nuclear fuel from the High Flux Isotope Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been dissolved at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. The work is important because it is expected to allow the reactor, known as HFIR, to continue its mission, according to the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management...3/20

Giant thermometer; hyperspectral imaging; neutron diffraction

(Semiconductor Engineering.com) The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has devised a new way to take the temperature of a material at the nanoscale—the organization has developed a giant thermometer...3/20

Science and Technology

IBM talks about world's smallest computer smaller than grain of salt

(Tech Xplore) World's best. World's fastest. World's smartest. Superlatives are the stuff of which news headlines are made. IBM, taking center stage at its Think 2018 conference in Las Vegas, scores big in superlatives this week in unveiling the world's smallest computer...3/21

Energy and Science Policy

Science Committee Examines National Labs’ Role in Technology Development

(AIP) At a House Science Committee hearing dedicated to the national laboratories, committee members probed the role the labs play in developing and commercializing technologies. Members also announced two bills directing DOE to conduct demonstration projects in nuclear energy and energy storage, respectively...3/21


Alexander: Funding Bill Includes $663 Million For The Uranium Processing Facility

(Public Now) United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the government funding bill provides $663 million for the Uranium Processing Facility at the Y-12 National Security Complex -- one of the largest construction sites in the country -- with an overall budget of $6.5 billion and scheduled to be completed in 2025...3/21

STEM Education Shapes the Future

(Energy.gov) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory cannot carry out its mission of strengthening the nation’s security through cutting-edge science, technology and engineering without a world-class workforce. As part of the network of National Labs, we also have a critical role in ensuring American competitiveness by helping to develop new generations of science and engineering leaders...3/20

This Tiny Fake Fish Could Spark A Hydropower Revolution In The USA

(Clean Technica) The Energy Department is looking at existing, nonpowered dams as part of a broader hydropower initiative called HydroNEXT. The initiative also includes undeveloped streams or canals and pumped-storage as part of a road map for increasing the nation’s store of hydropower (including upgrades for existing hydro dams)...3/21

Local and State

Tennessee Valley Corridor Summit has presentations on energy, manufacturing, security

(Oak Ridge Today) The Tennessee Valley Corridor National Summit in Oak Ridge in May will feature presentations on advanced manufacturing, clean energy and a nuclear renaissance, and national security and cyber security. The 2018 TVC National Summit is scheduled from May 29-31 at the New Hope Center at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge...3/18