Thursday, January 25, 2018
ORNL in the News

Study of 7 years of production data supports billion-ton biofuels feedstock estimate

(Green Car Congress) In 2016, the US Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory released a study concluding that within 25 years, the US could produce enough biomass to support a bioeconomy, including renewable aquatic and terrestrial biomass resources that could be used for energy and to develop products for economic, environmental, social, and national security benefits...1/24

Isotone performs in Pellissippi’s ‘Inner Space/Outer Space’

(Oak Ridger) ...the concert moves from the mind to the lab, presenting tributes to the neutron research facilities of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The first work is “Spallation Quartet” by New York composer Larry Spivack. Larry Spivack joins forces with New York composer and guitarist, Adam Schneider to compose “High Flux Isotope Reactor” which will receive its East Tennessee premiere at the concert and includes special audience participation...1/23

TITAN Supercomputer Reveals How Microbes Cope With Scarcity

(Public Now) A team from Oak Ridge National Labs collected soil from low- and high-phosphorus soils. Their colleagues from the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute extracted DNA and proteins from the samples and then studied the DNA sequences on the Rhea supercomputer. In this first step of the analysis, they discovered 12 completely new genomes...1/24

Meridian Waste Solutions’ Attis Innovations awarded $3 million biorefinery grant from the USDA

(RISI Technology Channels) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has consequently identified the need for technologies to be developed for the efficient use of lignin as a key target for accelerating the growth of the U.S. bioeconomy...1/24

AI Generates High-Performing Neural Nets In A Matter of Hours

(Wall Street Pit) A US research team at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed an algorithm called Multinode Evolutionary Neural Networks for Deep Learning (MENNDL) which they claim can create custom artificial intelligence (AI) deep neural nets in less than 24 hours...1/25

Science and Technology

Chalk River reactor closure threatens to scatter research community

(University Affairs) The impending shutdown of a nuclear reactor in Chalk River, Ontario, is posing some serious challenges for Canadian researchers who depend on this facility’s unique capabilities...1/23

Energy and Science Policy

Biennial Report Shows US at Risk of Losing Global R&D Leadership to China

(AIP) While the U.S. continues to lead in many science and engineering measures, including overall R&D spending, China is rapidly catching up with the U.S. in the rankings, according to the National Science Board’s latest Science and Engineering Indicators report...1/23

DOE

Department of Energy Announces Prize Competition to Accelerate U.S.-Based Solar Manufacturing

(Energy.gov) ...the U.S. Department of Energy announced a $3 million prize competition to reenergize innovation in U.S. solar manufacturing...1/24

Morgan County man sentenced in scheme to trick DOE and hide money from the IRS

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas Phillips on Monday in U.S. District Court sentenced Joseph A. Armes II to a year and a day in prison for a plot to rip off the Department of Energy and the IRS...1/22

Local and State

ORHPA celebrates Ed Westcott’s 96th birthday on Saturday

(Oak Ridge today) The Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association will celebrate renowned photographer Ed Westcott’s 96th birthday on Saturday. Westcott was the official government photographer in Oak Ridge during World War II, and if even you don’t know him, there is a good chance you have seen his wartime photos...1/19

UT Plans $129 Million Engineering, Research Facility

(Tennessee Today) UT will soon begin construction on a $129 million, 228,000-square-foot building that will provide state-of-the-art research and classroom facilities for engineering students and faculty...1/22

UT, Harvard, Penn Team Up on Major Materials Breakthrough

(Tennessee Today) A team including researchers from UT, Harvard University, and the University of Pennsylvania has opened up new pathways to 3D print short-fiber-reinforced materials with precisely controlled fiber arrangements...1/17

GSMNP welcomes more than 11 million visitors in 2017

(WBIR-TV) The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has said a record of 11,338,894 people visited the national park in 2017. That number is a slight increase of 0.2% over the year before, according to park officials. There were 11,312,786 visitors in 2016...1/25