Monday, February 5, 2018
ORNL in the News

HPC4Manufacturing Program Seeks Industry Proposals

(Inside HPC) ...The funding represents the latest round of solicitations for the High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) program, led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), in partnership with the Oak Ridge and Lawrence Berkeley national laboratories...2/1

HFIRHatchet enzyme, enabler of sickness and of health, exposed by neutron beams

(PhysOrg) ...The butcher is a common enzyme called presenilin, which chops lengthy protein building blocks down to useable shorter lengths...but in a new study, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have illuminated presenilin using a neutron beam produced by the world's most powerful research nuclear reactor...2/2

Cloud based quantum computing used to calculate nuclear binding energy

(PhysOrg) A team of researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has demonstrated that it is possible to use cloud-based quantum computers to conduct quantum simulations and calculations. The team has written a paper describing their efforts and results and uploaded it to the arXiv preprint server...2/2

EthanolEthanol's next breakthrough? Turning greenhouse gas into fuel

(Des Moines Register) Somewhere within the walls of a Tennessee lab, researchers stumbled upon an accidental finding that could potentially revolutionize the ethanol market hundreds of miles away in Iowa...Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory unintentionally uncovered a process that uses tiny bits of carbon and copper to convert the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into ethanol fuel...2/2

Science and Technology

Curiosity's Mars PictureCuriosity’s five-year journey across Mars — in one stunning photo

(Washington Post) After 1,856 Martian days among blue sunsets, sand dunes and small, lumpy moons, the Mars rover Curiosity sat on the ridge of an ancient lake bed and looked back on its five-year-long journey so far. NASA released a composite photo of what Curiosity saw in October this week, and if the rover could breathe, it might gasp...2/3

Energy and Science Policy

DOE Under Secretaries Grilled on Departmental Reorganization and R&D Priorities

(AIP) Department of Energy Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar and Under Secretary of Energy Mark Menezes appeared before the House Science Committee this week to discuss a recent realignment of their responsibilities as well as DOE’s R&D priorities, including its plans for nuclear fusion research...2/1

DOE

Trump once again seeks to slash funding for clean energy in 2019 budget

(CNBC) ...The spending reductions would hit programs aimed at driving down the cost of solar energy, a sector that is creating jobs at a faster pace than the broader U.S. economy. It would also wipe out a home weatherization program that has trained thousands of Americans and lowered utility bills for ratepayers, the Post reports...1/31

Exascale: No. 1 priority for DOE Science Office

(GCN) ...The DOE expects its first exascale computer, Aurora, to go online in 2021 at Argonne National Laboratory. Two other exascale machines, Frontier at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and El Capitan at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, are expected to be up and running between 2021 and 2022, according to a timeline presented at a recent Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee meeting...2/1

Local and State

Rocketry Team Taking Part in NASA Competition

(University of Tennessee News) A team of engineering students has been selected to participate in NASA’s Student Launch project, which pits 45 teams from across the country against one another in an attempt to overcome a specific challenge...2/1

Why It Matters That Tennessee Again Leads The Nation In Filing For College Financial Aid

(Nashville Public Radio) A higher percentage of high school seniors from Tennessee have filled out their federal financial aid forms for college than from any other state. It's a familiar refrain for state higher education officials: Tennessee has led the nation ever since Tennessee Promise went into effect in 2015, requiring students to fill out the financial aid form to stay eligible for free community or technical college...2/5

Federal Utility Appeal: Judge Wrongly Ordered Ash Cleanup

(U.S. News and World Report) An appeal by the nation's largest public utility says a federal judge abused his discretion by ordering a massive coal ash cleanup at a Tennessee power plant. The Tennessee Valley Authority argues the Clean Water Act shouldn't have been applied in the case over the Gallatin Fossil Plant, and says there's little evidence of harm done...2/5