Monday, June 24, 2016
ORNL in the News

New electron microscope method detects atomic-scale magnetism

(Analytica World) Scientists can now detect magnetic behavior at the atomic level with a new electron microscopy technique developed by a team from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Uppsala University, Sweden. The researchers took a counterintuitive approach by taking advantage of optical distortions that they typically try to eliminate...6/27

IBM prepares Power9 to take on Intel and ARM

(InfoWorld) IBM has many goals with its upcoming Power9 chip, and one is to challenge the dominance of Intel's x86 chips in the data center....A 200-petaflop supercomputer called Summit with Power9 chips will be deployed in early 2018 by the U.S. Department of Energy at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. When deployed, Summit could be one of the world's fastest computers...6/24

ORNL Researchers Develop New Electron Microscopy Technique for Identifying Atomic Level Magnetic Behavior

(AZO Nano) A new electron microscopy technique created by a group of researchers from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Uppsala University, Sweden, allows scientists to identify magnetism at the atomic level....6/22

Liyuan LiangLiang accepts leadership role at Pacific Northwest Lab

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Liyuan Liang, a celebrated chemist and emerging science administrator at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been named director of the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory in Washington state. The lab is a research user facility at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory....6/24

DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory Publishes Report Finding Bioenergy Crops Are Not A Risk To Food Security

(National Law Review) On June 14, 2016, DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), through UT-Battelle, LLC, published a report determining that bioenergy crops do not impact food security. The report, "Reconciling food security and bioenergy: priorities for action," was put together by experts from ten institutions, including ORNL, the International Food Policy Research Institute, the World Bank, and Imperial College London...6/24

Science and Technology

Expansion of the Early UniverseExpansion of early Universe modelled in unprecedented detail

(Nature News) For the first time, cosmologists have used the full power of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity to perform detailed calculations of the Universe's evolution. The two groups' techniques — which break with nearly a century of tradition — could help to settle a controversy over the accuracy of previous, simplified simulations, and could help researchers to interpret the results of astronomers' increasingly precise observations...6/24

Energy and Science Policy

COMPETES Successor Released by Senate Committee, Markup Scheduled for Next Week

(AIP) Today, Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI) released a successor to the America COMPETES Act—the primary legislative vehicle in recent years for setting policy for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, as well as for setting some broader R&D and STEM education policy...6/23


DOE official touts natural gas despite ‘volatile’ prices

(Washington Observer-Reporter) A surplus of supply suppressed natural gas prices for more than a year, causing some U.S. producers to curtail or halt operations. The industry consensus is an oil and gas rebound won't occur until the last quarter of 2017. Carmine Difiglio does not dispute that, but stressed there are many factors that play on the price of oil, including the current production decline of OPEC countries. ...6/23

Feds’ request to delay summary ruling in MOX case denied

(Charleston Post and Courier) South Carolina may be one step closer to getting a quick ruling in its lawsuit against a federal agency — a case in which the state is seeking $100 million and the removal of plutonium from the Savannah River Site in Aiken. A federal judge decided Tuesday that she will not delay her summary ruling on the state's lawsuit against the Department of Energy...6/22

Leaks persist at Y-12’s old uranium hub despite fix-it campaign

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Leaks are a big problem at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, particularly at Building 9212 — the World War II-era facility where bomb-grade uranium is processed. A newly released report by staff of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board said there are 47 new or previously identified leaks awaiting repair inside Building 9212...6/23

Raising Our Game in Clean Energy Innovation

( "Recently I traveled to San Francisco to participate in international efforts to meet the challenge of climate change and accelerate the global transition to clean energy. The main event was the Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) , a meeting of 23 countries and the European Commission."...6/23

Utility MeterHow Unleashing Energy Data Promises A Future Of Fewer Kilowatts

(Forbes) In an era of "big data," powerhouses like Amazon and Netflix NFLX -3.51% have figured out how to put enormous amounts of consumer data to use to target their products and services, boost sales and make consumers happy. Consumers in turn have come to expect that their laptops and smart phones will tell them what they want to watch, listen to or buy next. The same revolution is possible to help save energy...6/23

Local and State

Pat Summitt not doing well, family preparing to say goodbye

(WBIR) Prayers and support are flooding social media for former Tennessee Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt. Multiple sources confirm to WBIR that Summitt is not doing well, and her family and friends are preparing to say goodbye. Her worsening health has led to many visits that some consider final, according to sources...6/27