Thursday, February 23, 2017
ORNL in the News

Supercomputing, Experiment Combine for First Look at Magnetism of Real Nanoparticle

(Scientific …magnetism at the atomic scale is extremely difficult to observe experimentally, even with the best microscopes and imaging technologies. That's why researchers working with magnetic nanoparticles at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and the US Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory approached computational scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to help solve a unique problem: to model magnetism at the atomic level using experimental data from a real nanoparticle....2/22


BETO launches Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium

(Biofuels Digest) ...The launch of ChemCatBio will facilitate industry access to national laboratory capabilities and accelerate the development of catalytic materials for advancing the biofuels and bioproducts industries...2/22

Stanford researchers say extracting uranium from seawater could help nuclear power play a larger role in a carbon-free energy future

(Stanford News) ...The Stanford findings build on years of research in Japan and China, as well as by DOE scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory...2/17

Science and Technology

Split decision in first-ever quantum computer faceoff

(Science Magazine) In a new study, two quantum computers fashioned from dramatically different technologies have competed head-to-head in an algorithm-crunching exercise. One computer was more reliable, and the other was faster. But what’s most important, some scientists say, is that for the first time, two different quantum computers have been compared and tested on the same playing field....2/21

Energy and Science Policy

Science Committee Seeks ‘Continuity’ for NASA, Spotlights Earth Science Amid Talk of ‘Rebalancing’

(AIP) At a hearing convened to discuss future directions for NASA, leaders of the House Science Committee stressed the need for continuity between administrations. Democratic members highlighted the agency’s earth science activities, which could be affected by a “rebalancing” the chairman intends to pursue...2/21


3 Can’t-Miss Technologies at the 2017 ARPA-E Summit

( From solar-powered motorcycles to self-piloting drones that sniff out methane leaks, there’s always something surprising on display at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit...2/22

Local and State

UT, NOAA to Collaborate on Atmospheric Sciences Research

(Tennessee Today) UT has signed a memorandum of agreement with the Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Air Resources Laboratory to advance collaborative research in atmospheric sciences...2/21

Study: Immigrants vital to Tennessee economy

(The Tennessean) Tennessee is home to more than 322,000 immigrants with nearly $6 billion in annual spending power…2/21

Oak Ridge High School team advances to National Science Bowl

(Oak Ridge Today) After months of dogged determination to expand their knowledge of math and science, hone their competition skills, and function as a seamless unit, 60 high school teams from across the state of Tennessee gathered this past weekend to challenge their knowledge in broad science disciplines including chemistry, biology, physics, and energy to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy annual Tennessee Science Bowl...2/19