Monday, January 29, 2018
ORNL in the News

ORNL Researchers Explore Supercomputing Workflow Best Practices

(HPC Wire) Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are examining the diverse supercomputing workflow management systems in use in the United States and around the world to help supercomputers work together more effectively and efficiently...1/25

Aluminum Alloy Engine BlockNew Aluminum Alloys Can Take the Heat, Improve Engine Efficiency

(R&D Magazine) A new class of aluminum alloys may transform automotive engines by withstanding the higher temperatures produced by more efficient engines. A team led by researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have created ACMZ (aluminum copper manganese zirconium) Cast Aluminum Alloys in cylinder heads of automotive engines...1/25

DoE Research Into Motion of Water Molecules Paves Way for Liquid-Based Electronics

(Design News) ...A team of researchers led by the DoE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have used an advanced high-resolution X-ray technique to measure the strong bond involving a hydrogen atom sandwiched between two oxygen atoms—which is the essential chemical make-up of water...1/29

Ask the Experts: Does Rising CO2 Benefit Plants?

(Scientific American) Climate change skeptics have an arsenal of arguments for why humans need not cut their carbon emissions. Some assert rising CO2 levels benefit plants, so global warming is not as bad as scientists proclaim...There is a kernel of truth in this argument, experts say, based on what scientists call the CO2 fertilization effect. “CO2 is essential for photosynthesis,” says Richard Norby, a corporate research fellow in the Environmental Sciences Division and Climate Change Science Institute of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Science and Technology

NeuronsArtificial neurons compute faster than the human brain

(Nature News) Superconducting computing chips modelled after neurons can process information faster and more efficiently than the human brain. That achievement, described in Science Advances on 26 January1, is a key benchmark in the development of advanced computing devices designed to mimic biological systems...1/28

Energy and Science Policy

We Asked, They're Answering: the 2018 Candidates Are Talking about Science Policy

(Scientific American) Our mission at Science Debate is simple: We ask that all candidates share their science policy perspectives before Election Day so that politicians arrive in office prepared to meet the 21st centuries greatest challenges on day one. We believe that democracy works best when the people are well informed about candidates’ positions...1/17

 

DOE

Department of Energy to Host 2018 ARPA-E Summit

(Energy.gov) The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) will host its ninth annual Energy Innovation Summit from March 13-15, 2018. The Summit draws thousands of participants from across the United States and internationally to convene a forum on the future of energy innovation...1/25

Department of Energy announces $3 million solar prize to spur innovation, partnerships

(Daily Energy Insider) The Department of Energy (DoE) announced Wednesday that it will award $3 million to encourage entrepreneurs to develop new processes and products that help kickstart solar market innovation. The American Made Solar Prize aims to develop a network of partnerships involving entrepreneurs, private investors, universities, and DoE's national laboratories to spur innovation and remove barriers to bringing new products commercial markets...1/26

 

Local and State

Oak Ridgers question feds over contested power line

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration may have gotten more than it bargained for at its Oak Ridge public meeting over a contested power line Wednesday night. Parking was scarce at the Scarboro Community Center, where about 100 Oak Ridgers turned out to pepper the NNSA and the Tennessee Valley Authority with questions about the line, and to voice their discontent with perceived secrecy on the part of the NNSA...1/26

Nashville, state at forefront of autonomous car development

(The Nashville Ledger) Nashville is one of 10 cities worldwide chosen for an autonomous vehicles initiative launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies in New York and the Washington, D.C.-based Aspen Institute. The others are Austin, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Helsinki, London, Los Angeles, Paris, São Paulo, Tel Aviv and Washington D.C...1/26

Atomic Heritage Foundation launches new audio, visual program on Oak Ridge

(Oak Ridge Today) "There was construction going on everywhere you looked," Bill Wilcox remembered, describing his first impressions of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. "Trucks and people just crawling all over the place, hammers and banging. Wooden structures going up everywhere. Nothing was paved, and there weren't any sidewalks."...1/26