Monday, March 7, 2016
ORNL in the News

DOE-funded Bioenergy Research Centers file 500th invention disclosure

(PhysOrg) Three U.S. Department of Energy-funded research centers - the BioEnergy Science Center (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University), and the Joint BioEnergy Institute (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) - are making progress on a shared mission to develop technologies that will bring advanced biofuels to the marketplace, reporting today the disclosure of their 500th invention...3/4

Jeremy C. SmithBio Fuels Digest, Others Highlight Lignin Research by UT-ORNL Faculty Member

(Tennessee Today) To better understand exactly how lignin persists, researchers at ORNL created one of the largest biomolecular simulations to date–a 23.7-million atom system representing pretreated biomass (cellulose and lignin) in the presence of enzymes. The research was led by Jeremy Smith, a Governor’s Chair and director of the UT-ORNL Center for Molecular Biophysics...3/4

Understanding How HIV Defeats Cellular Defender

(Laboratory Equipment) A new study offers the first atomic-scale view of an interaction between the HIV capsid - the protein coat that shepherds HIV into the nucleus of human cells - and a host protein known as cyclophilin A...For the new study, the team used Blue Waters as well as the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to simulate the interactions between cyclophilin A and the HIV capsid...3/5

VortexT Analytics will mine data for industry

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Technology developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for national security applications soon will be used to improve patient care and lower healthcare costs in East Tennessee's largest hospital system....3/6

New Savannah River National Laboratory program will harvest material from aging nuclear assemblies

(Augusta Chronicle) Over the next seven years, nuclear assemblies will be shipped to Savannah River National Laboratory to be dissolved and captured on an “ion exchange resin column” and sent to Oak Ridge National Laboratory for further purification...3/2

Science and Technology

World’s First Scalable Quantum Computer Could Make Today’s Encryption Obsolete

(International Business Times) A team of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Innsbruck in Austria announced Friday that they had built the world’s first scalable quantum computer, paving the path for the creation of a device with a large number of “qubits” — the quantum computing equivalents of bits...3/7

Energy and Science Policy

Nuclear Weapons Modernization a Major Focus of Six Recent Hearings

(AIP) With the means, costs, and justifications for modernizing the aging U.S. nuclear arsenal coming under increased public scrutiny, nuclear weapons modernization has become a growing topic of discussion in recent congressional hearings...3/4


Mercury treatment facility enters final design

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) One of most anticipated projects on the horizon is the new mercury treatment facility at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant. The big project, with a price tag approaching $150 million, is extended to help reduce discharges of mercury into East Fork Poplar Creek...3/3

US agency reaches 'holy grail' of battery storage sought by Elon Musk and Gates

(The Guardian) Breakthrough in next generation of storage batteries could transform the US electrical grid within five to 10 years, says research agency, Arpa-E. A US government agency says it has attained the “holy grail” of energy – the next-generation system of battery storage, that has has been hotly pursued by the likes of Bill Gates and Elon Musk...3/4

CNSJobs, jobs, etc.

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) There still aren’t a lot of details about the hiring campaign at Consolidated Nuclear Security, the government’s managing contractor at the Y-12 and Pantex nuclear weapons plants, but CNS today released some additional information...3/3

Local and State

Researchers make key improvement in solar cell technology: Low-cost alternative boosts maximum voltage

(Nanotechnology Now) Led by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and in collaboration with Washington State University and the University of Tennessee, the researchers improved the maximum voltage available from a cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar cell...3/3

Tennessee 'slow poke' law could soon ban slow drivers from fast lane

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) OK, you're cruising east along the three-lane section of Interstate 24 toward Chattanooga's Missionary Ridge cut when you switch over to the left lane to bypass slowing traffic caused by a heavy truck laboring up the grade...3/5