Thursday, April 9, 2015
ORNL in the News

Optimizing Chilled Water Systems at ORNL

(Inside HPC) Staff members at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are evaluating how supercomputers can be cooled more efficiently. As the flagship supercomputer at ORNL, Titan is a 27 Petaflop Cray XK7 cooled in the same manner as its predecessors—via chillers that cool around 2,200 gallons of water per minute to 42 degrees Fahrenheit...4/8

Big Ideas Become Reality at National Labs

(AMT Online)...“We’ve seen ourselves as bringing science to manufacturing,” Lonnie Love continued, “Developing a lot of scientific tools to help U.S. manufacturers become more competitive worldwide.” Oak Ridge focuses on emerging technologies, such as additive manufacturing and carbon-fiber composites...4/8

Computational framework for optimizing traffic flow could be the beginning of a road revolution

(PhysOrg) ...Scientists with the Urban Dynamics Institute at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are working to reduce travel time and fuel consumption by developing a computational framework for connected vehicle technologies that facilitate vehicle-to-vehicle communication, as well as communication between vehicles and traffic controls like traffic lights...4/3

Science and Technology

Researchers deliver large particles into cells at high speed

(PhysOrg) A new device developed by UCLA engineers and doctors may eventually help scientists study the development of disease, enable them to capture improved images of the inside of cells and lead to other improvements in medical and biological research...4/9

Exotic atom struggles to find its place in the periodic table

(Nature) Measurements of an artificial radioactive element called lawrencium could revive an arcane controversy over the element’s position in the periodic table — and the structure of the table itself...4/8

Energy and Science Policy

Promise and Peril: House Hearing on Defense S&T

(AIP) Three major themes were discussed during the March 26 hearing of the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee reviewing defense science and technology programs.  On each, there was consensus on both sides of the witness table...4/7

Obama To Address Caribbean's 'Economic Achilles Heel' — Energy

(NPR) ...Unlike the United States, which is suddenly awash in cheap oil and natural gas, countries like Jamaica and the Dominican Republic are heavily dependent on imported oil, not only to run their cars but also to keep the lights on...4/9


EPA and DOE Honor 2015 Energy Star Partners of the Year for Leadership on Energy Efficiency, Acting on Climate

( The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy are honoring 128 businesses and organizations in 33 states with the Energy Star’s Partner of the Year award for their commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements...4/6

Analytical innovations bring $10 million back to national laboratory, Battelle

(PhysOrg) A suite of analytical innovations used to detect and measure very low levels of compounds and elements for environmental, national security and health applications has topped $10 million in licensing income for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and its operator Battelle...4/2

Local and State

Fleischmann named vice chair of Appropriations panel

(Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischman, R-Tenn., whose congressional district includes Oak Ridge, has been named vice chair of the House Appropriations energy and water subcommittee...4/8

Sweetwater science class wins $25K ‘extreme makeover’

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Charlie Arp, a science teacher at the Brown Intermediate School, was awarded a $25,000 prize Wednesday for an “extreme makeover” of his classroom in Sweetwater. He was the winner of this year’s competition sponsored by Oak Ridge Associated Universities, and the funding will go toward pumping up the school’s technology...4/8

Secret City Wildbots win Engineering Award, prepare for World Championship

(Oak Ridge Today) Team 4265, the Secret City Wildbots, finished the qualifying rounds ranked Number 10 and successfully negotiated the three-round quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon in Knoxville...4/6