Monday, April 13, 2015
ORNL in the News

Vanadium DioxideNew studies explain insulator-to-metal transition of vanadium dioxide

(PhysOrg) ...A fundamental description of the physical and electronic properties during the transition in VO2 has remained controversial for over 50 years. Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory employed advanced neutron and X-ray scattering experiments at DOE user facilities, coupled with large-scale first-principles calculations with super computers, to determine the detailed mechanism for the transition...4/11

U.S. scientists celebrate the restart of the Large Hadron Collider, which involves ORNL

(Oak Ridge Today) Oak Ridge National Laboratory has led an eight-year upgrade of the electromagnetic calorimeter used for LHC's experiment called ALICE (for A Large Ion Collider Experiment). This detector measures the energies of high-energy electrons and gamma rays to learn more about the conditions of the early universe...4/12

Virtual Integrated BatteryORNL researchers develop Virtual Integrated Battery Environment design tool

(ChargedEVs) As part of the DOE’s Computer Aided Engineering for Batteries (CAEBAT) project, scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed an open-architecture battery modeling framework that integrates multi-physics and multi-scale battery models...4/13

China again heads foreign visitor list at ORNL

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) China once again headed the roster of foreign nationals visiting Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2014, continuing a trend in place for at least the past decade. According to statistics provided by ORNL, there were 3,799 total visits by foreign nationals in 2014, with about a fourth of those visits (937) involving Chinese citizens...4/13

Science and Technology

U.S. Blocks Intel From Supplying Chips for Chinese Supercomputers

(eWeek) Around the same time that the Department of Energy announced that it had awarded a $200 million contract to Intel and systems maker Cray to build a powerful supercomputer for the Argonne National Laboratory, news also broke that the U.S. government is blocking Intel and Nvidia from selling their processors to four supercomputing centers in China...4/11

Energy and Science Policy

Research advocates watch, warily, as Congress tries to finish its budget outline

(Science Magazine) Congress returns to work today after a 2-week recess, and a top priority for House and Senate Republican leaders is reconciling their versions of a largely symbolic but politically sensitive budget plan. Many research advocates are watching the machinations closely...4/13

DOE

IntelIntel to build $200 million Supercomputer for US Department of Energy

(PC Tablet) Santa Clara, California headquartered Intel Inc. [NASDAQ:INTC] has been awarded a contract by US Department of Energy to produce two Supercomputers. The Supercomputers would be based at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. This is a major win for Intel which wants to consolidate its position as largest producer of Chips in the world...4/12

Y-12 reports ‘considerable drop’ in mercury levels

(The Knoxville News Senetinel) Early results indicate there has been a “considerable drop” in mercury levels coming out of Y-12 since the plant last year stopped augmenting the water flow (millions of gallons per day) into East Fork Poplar Creek...4/10

Local and State

UT Engineering Team Involved in Major USDA Water Study

(Tennessee Today) Ask someone in Tennessee about drought concerns or shortages of clean water and you are likely to hear comments about Africa, the current crisis facing California, or maybe even memories of the recent squabble between the state and Georgia over water rights on the Tennessee River...4/10

$1.2 billion budgeted for Tennessee infrastructure investments

(WATE) Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer released their three year transportation improvement plan. The plan for 2016 through 2018 features $1.2 billion in spending on infrastructure for 39 projects and 15 statewide programs. Two new projects are scheduled for 2016. The rest of the projects in 2016 were delayed because of federal funding...4/9

FeetTennessee moves to speed up testing process for genetic diseases

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) For new parents still at the hospital, it can be painful to watch a nurse come into their room with a needle and prick their infant's tiny heel to collect a few drops of blood on a piece of filter paper. Parents may forget quickly about the ordeal...4/13