Thursday, February 8, 2018
ORNL in the News

Hatchet Enzyme, Enabler of Sickness and of Health, Exposed by Neutron Beams

(Georgia Tech News Center) ...The butcher is a common enzyme called presenilin, which chops lengthy protein building blocks down to useable shorter lengths. It resides in membrane spaces that evade ready experimental detection, but in a new study, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have illuminated presenilin using a neutron beam produced by the world's most powerful research nuclear reactor...2/6

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, February 2018

(EurekAlert) New research from Oak Ridge National Laboratory indicates that quantum computers will use dramatically less energy than current supercomputers, which could lead to cost savings for computing equipment manufacturers and data centers...2/1

Report details how SMRs could offer resilience for federal agencies

(American Public Power Association)A report recently released by the Department of Energy details how small modular reactors, or SMRs, can provide energy resilience for federal agencies and focuses on a SMR project being developed by the Tennessee Valley Authority...The report notes that as the largest DOE science and energy laboratory, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the greatest consumer of electricity among the DOE’s sites and has many facilities that require a continuous energy supply to safeguard analytical results and machines...2/5

CBP to test facial recognition on passengers in moving vehicles

(Biometric Update) The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency will run a pilot program as early as this summer to use facial verification to identify automobile drivers and passengers in moving vehicles as they pass through a border crossing between the U.S. and Mexico...Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, sponsored by the U.S. Energy Department, have developed technology that enables facial images to be gathered even through strong windshield tint and glare...2/7

Science and Technology

Super wood could replace steel

(Science Daily) Engineers at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) have found a way to make wood more than 10 times times stronger and tougher than before, creating a natural substance that is stronger than many titanium alloys...2/7

Energy and Science Policy

Trump Nuclear Review Calls for More ‘Responsive’ Weapons Infrastructure and Workforce

(AIP) The Trump administration’s policy toward nuclear weapons development and use, articulated in its Nuclear Posture Review, declares the U.S. needs new “tailored” and “flexible” deterrent capabilities and a more “responsive” production infrastructure and technical workforce...2/7


Department of Energy Launches Competition to Spur Onshore Manufacturing of Energy Technologies

( ...the U.S. Department of Energy announced the opening of the American Inventions Made Onshore (AIM Onshore) prize competition and the availability of DOE’s Build4Scale manufacturing training—both part of a DOE initiative to close the gap between American innovators who develop new energy technologies and domestic manufacturers who produce them...2/6

Local and State

The home of the future? Incredible concept images reveal the world's first freeform 3D-printed house that will be built in Tennessee this year

(Daily Mail) Although 3D printed buildings have been made before, this futuristic home - to be constructed in Chattanooga, Tennessee, later this year - will be the first of its kind, as it will contain no regular shapes or angles....2/5

K-25 History Center moves forward with $5.3 million in new contracts

(Knoxville News Sentinel) UCOR, the Department of Energy’s cleanup contractor for the site, has awarded three subcontracts totaling more than $5.3 million for construction, site improvements and building exhibits for the K-25 History Center at the East Tennessee Technology Park...2/7

Atomic Heritage Foundation launches new program on Oak Ridge

(Oak Ridger) ...The Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) is launching a new online interpretive program on Oak Ridge with 16 audio/visual vignettes. This beta program is part of AHF’s “Ranger in Your Pocket” series on the Manhattan Project, which focuses on former Manhattan Project sites and features vignettes with eyewitness accounts and expert commentary...2/6