Thursday, January 18, 2018
ORNL in the News

DOE approves use of ORNL uranium stores for medical research

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge is one of the first sites working to package and ship transuranic waste (materials and debris that are contaminated with elements listed after uranium) offsite...1/17

Titan used to accelerate training on deep learning networks

(Oak Ridger) A team of researchers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has married artificial intelligence and high-performance computing to achieve a peak speed of 20 petaflops in the generation and training of deep learning networks on the laboratory’s Titan supercomputer...1/14

Thomas Zacharia from ORNL Testifies at House Hearing on the Need for Supercomputing

(Inside HPC) In this video, Thomas Zacharia from ORNL testifies before the House Energy and Commerce hearing on DOE Modernization. The hearing will examine plans for modernizing and realigning the Department of Energy to better execute its various missions...1/13

Arconic & Vader Systems 3D printing projects receive DOE HPC4 funding

( A metal additive manufacturing project organized by Arconic, LLNL, and ORNL has received $300,000 in funding, split evenly between the Office of Fossil Energy’s HPC4Mtls program and the Advanced Manufacturing Office’s HPC4Mfg program...1/17

DOE Selects Seven Companies for Its HPC for Manufacturing Program

(Top 500) The US Department of Energy is investing 1.87 million in seven projects intended to advance manufacturing using high performance computing...1/16

USDA awards $3M biorefinery grant to support conversion of lignin into renewable alternative for ABS Resin

(Green Car Congress) The USDA has awarded a consortium including Attis Innovations, Inc., a subsidiary of Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc.,a $3-million grant to support the commercialization of its patented and patent-pending lignin conversion and refining technologies...1/15

Breakable electrode design brings safer batteries for electric cars

(Materials Today) With impact safety being a key challenge for the wider deployment of lithium-ion battery technology in electric automobile manufacture, scientists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US have produced a prototype design that reduces the risk of their failure if an accident occurs...1/12

The dark side of light: how artificial lighting is harming the natural world

(Nature) The world is lit at night like never before, and ecologists are assessing the damage...1/16

Biologists' new peptide could fight many cancers

(PhysOrg) MIT biologists have designed a new peptide that can disrupt a key protein that many types of cancers, including some forms of lymphoma, leukemia, and breast cancer, need to survive...1/16

Science Policy in 2018: Ten Stories to Watch

(AIP) The U.S. scientific community will face challenges new and old in 2018 as the Trump administration and Congress continue to advance their agendas and install new leaders at federal agencies...1/11


Department of Energy funding $1.87 million in industry projects

(Daily Energy Insider) The Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office recently announced it will provide $1.87 million in funding for seven industry projects designed to utilize DOE’s high-performance computing resources and expertise to advance U.S. manufacturing and clean-energy technologies...1/15

DOE Eyes Big Data, Computing Tools for Transportation Energy Efficiency Initiatives

(Executive Gov) The Energy Department‘s Vehicle Technologies Office has earmarked $2.5 million in fiscal 2018 funds for two new programs that seek to address transportation energy management challenges with big data and high-performance computing platforms...1/12

After years of avoidance, Department of Energy joins quest to develop quantum computers 

(Science Magazine) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is joining the quest to develop quantum computers, devices that would exploit quantum mechanics to crack problems that overwhelm conventional computers...1/10

Local and State

What's the Knoxville business forecast for 2018?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Where will the swirl of economic currents drive Knoxville over the next year? If the area can avoid a few rocks, indications are for clear weather ahead, according to several local analysts...1/12

Chattanooga Recognized By The U.S. Department Of Energy For Solar Industry Growth And Economic Potential

(The Chattanoogan) The outlook for economic development in the Scenic City is now a little sunnier. In December, the City of Chattanooga’s Office of Sustainability was notified that the city is receiving a Bronze designation from the national SolSmart program for making it faster, easier, and more affordable for homes and businesses to go solar...1/11