ORNL in the News

Genes could help crops in drought

(The Oak Ridger) Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have identified a common set of genes that enable different drought-resistant plants to survive in semi-arid conditions. A press release stated the genes "could play a significant role in bioengineering and creating energy crops that are tolerant to water deficits."...1/3

Video: How the USA Department of Energy is Supporting Industrial Additive Manufacturing

(Engineering.com) Project AME is the Additively Manufactured Excavator, and this fascinating project is a proof of principle showing that metal deposition printing can be used to build large-scale functional parts. The project is a collaboration between the USA Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) and several industry partners...1/5

With the Summit Supercomputer, U.S. Could Retake Computing’s Top Spot

(IEEE Spectrum) In November of 2012, the semiannual Top500 rankings of the world's supercomputers gave top billing to a machine constructed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in Tennessee. Aptly named Titan, the machine boasted a peak performance of more than 27 × 1015 floating-point operations per second, or 27 petaflops...1/6

Lithium-ion battery inspired by safety glass could reduce fire risk

(Charged) Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a way to mitigate the risk of battery failure during automobile accidents by including slits along the electrodes...1/4


Science and Technology

Earth From SpaceLong-awaited US report charts course for studies of Earth from space

(Nature News) Improving weather forecasts, predicting sea-level rise, and understanding ecosystem change top a new list of priorities for future US Earth-observing satellites...1/5

Energy and Science Policy

Sweeping Review of Technology Transfer Laws Among Top Priorities of New NIST Director

(AIP) At a recent stakeholder forum, National Institute of Standards and Technology Director Walter Copan said he plans for NIST to lead a review of the laws underpinning federal technology transfer policy...1/4


Department of Energy awards $30 million to support unconventional oil, natural gas recovery

(Daily energy Insider) The Department of Energy (DoE) awarded a total of $30 million to six projects on Wednesday that will help promote research and development of unconventional oil and natural gas recovery. The funds will be administered by the Office of Fossil Energy's Advanced Technology Solutions for Unconventional Oil and Gas Development funding opportunity...1/5

Can't please everyone: Trump energy policy riles competing sectors

(Reuters) When the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump proposed new subsidies for coal and nuclear plants, it seemed like an obvious way to deliver on campaign promises to boost the nation’s energy industry...1/5

ReactorsUS Targets Next Generation Nuclear Reactor Design With $30Mln in Grants

(Sputnik) The United States is earmarking $30 million in cost-sharing grants to private researchers in a bid to develop new designs for nuclear reactors and related technologies as affordable sources of clean energy, Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry said in a press release on Tuesday...1/2

Local and State

'Elevated' flu rate reported in Tennessee

(Shelbyville Times Gazette) Flu is widespread in Tennessee, with an "elevated" rate being reported, officials say. Tennessee is in the Centers for Disease Control's Region 4, which they say shows an "elevated" rate of 17.1 percent of respiratory specimens showing positive for the flu. That's the highest rate in the nation. The data is current as of Dec. 30...1/7