Thursday, June 30, 2016
ORNL in the News

ORNL part of administration's beat-cancer program

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory is part of the Obama administration’s sweeping program to defeat cancer, joining with other labs and the National Cancer Institute on pilot projects that use supercomputers to analyze data on how cancer develops and to accelerate development of promising therapies...6/29

IBM Plans to Trump China, Announces Plans to Release a 200 Petaflop Supercomputer by Early 2018

(Tech News) In a bid to outrun Chinese super-computing tech, the US plans to unveil an IBM supercomputer that will roughly double the computing power. The latest supercomputer named — Summit — will be installed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and will be rated at 200 petaflops...6/29

Climate study finds human 'fingerprint' in Northern Hemisphere greening

(Oak Ridge Today) A multinational team led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory Climate Change Science Institute has found the first positive correlation between human activity and enhanced vegetation growth...6/29

Heat, light stimulate self-assembly: Researchers develop shape-changing 'smart' material

(PhysOrg) ...The Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers used facilities at their Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences to study the mechanisms responsible for the material's unique abilities...6/30


Science and Technology

Brexit's Impact Stretches From Deep Space To Nuclear Fusion

(NPR) The U.K.'s fraught decision to exit the European Union was motivated by everyday issues such as trade and immigration. But its impact could soon be felt in some of Europe's most esoteric locales — like particle accelerators...6/29

New, Extremely Valuable Helium Deposit Discovered in Africa

(Scientific American) The element, crucial for medical scanners and chemical analysis, has been vanishing but a giant new field may lie beneath Tanzania...6/29

Energy and Science Policy

Senate Committee Advances Bill Authorizing Funding Increases for NSF and NIST

(AIP) During a markup session today, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee adopted a set of 14 amendments to the “American Innovation and Competitiveness Act” (AICA)—its successor to the 2010 America COMPETES Act—before approving the overall bill...6/29


Y-12/Pantex contractor hires more than 650

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Consolidated Nuclear Security, the government’s managing contractor at the Y-12 and Pantex nuclear weapons plants, confirmed that it has hired more than 650 employees since the start of Fiscal Year 2016....6/26

Putting pressure on 3D-printed structures

(PhysOrg) Through a series of dynamic compression experiments on additively manufactured (AM) structured lattices, a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory team, supported by colleagues at Los Alamos National Laboratory, has found that the assemblies have unique properties not exhibited by disordered cellular materials...6/28

Local and State

Learn about secrecy, security, spies at Turnpike Gatehouse on July 8

(Oak Ridge Today) Learn about secrecy, security, and spies in a program presented by the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Oak Ridge on Friday, July 8. The program will start at 3 p.m. July 8 at the Oak Ridge Turnpike Gatehouse on the west end of town...6/29

T is for Texas, D is for Dino: UT Professor Part of Dallas Dinosaur Dig

(Tennessee Today) A UT paleontologist is helping uncover a treasure trove of fossils from the age of dinosaurs in a seemingly unlikely place: the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex...6/28