Thursday, February 2, 2017
ORNL in the News

ORNL researchers break data transfer efficiency record

(EurekAlert) Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have set a new record in the transfer of information via superdense coding, a process by which the properties of particles like photons, protons and electrons are used to store as much information as possible...2/1

 

Team identifies better lithium-ion electrolytes

(New Electronics) By running hundreds of simulations using the Cray XK7 Titan supercomputer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a team from the California Institute of Technology has found new electrolytes which could enhance the performance of lithium-ion batteries...2/2

Science and Technology

First ever blueprint unveiled to construct a large scale quantum computer

(PhysOrg) An international team, led by a scientist from the University of Sussex, have today unveiled the first practical blueprint for how to build a quantum computer, the most powerful computer on Earth...2/1

This mysterious $2 billion biotech is revealing the secrets behind its new drugs and vaccines

(Science Magazine) In a recent morning meeting of scientific leaders at Moderna Therapeutics, conversation swerved toward the philosophical. Biochemist Melissa Moore, recently hired to head RNA research at the Boston-area biotech, had something on her mind: hype...2/1

Energy and Science Policy

Anxiety Mounts at National Labs Over Future of Climate Research

(Scientific American) ...“We provide the data, and the policy and the decisions are in the hands of federal officials,” said David Keim, a spokesman for Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. “We don't do policy. We do science.”...1/30

House Passes Comprehensive Bill to Guide Energy Department Science

(AIP) On Jan. 23, the House unanimously passed the “Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act,” which would provide the first-ever comprehensive statutory guidance for DOE’s Office of Science and its network of national laboratories...1/27

Government Releases 16 Years Of Data About Solar Weather

(NPR) ...the GPS solar weather data has been released for all who might study it or use it to prepare for the next radiation storm...1/30

DOE

Scientists Determine Precise 3-D Location and Identity of All 23,000 Atoms in a Nanoparticle

(Technology Today) The atomic composition of an iron-platinum nanoparticle revealed. This video begins with an overview of the 3-D positions of individual atoms, with iron atoms in red and platinum atoms in blue. It then splits apart into the large and small grains that compose the nanoparticle...2/2

Wind power jobs now top 100,000, says Department of Energy

(Windpower) More Americans now work in the wind industry than in nuclear, coal, natural gas or hydroelectric power plants. These wind jobs span all 50 states, and tens of thousands work at the more than 500 U.S. factories building the towers, blades, and other wind turbine parts and supplies...2/1

Local and State

Haslam promises community college for all

(UT Daily Beacon) ...The Tennessee Reconnect is similar to the Tennessee Promise. Introduced in 2014, the Tennessee Promise provides last-dollar scholarships to high school seniors entering into community college. Haslam’s new proposal will expand the Promise to adults as well...2/1

$6.4 million grant to improve traffic flow on North Broadway in Knoxville

(WBIR-TV) ...The federally funded grant will fund the Accelerated Bus Corridor project and is complementary to the city's ongoing Advanced Traffic Management System  project...2/1