ORNL in the News

Bamboo Fiber TableORNL researchers use 3-D printer to print table with bamboo fiber

(Oak Ridge Today) Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using bamboo fiber in 3-D printing experiments, and they've printed a table that contains 10 percent bamboo fiber composite. The goal is to determine whether bio-based feedstock materials from living (or once-living) organisms are feasible in what is known as additive manufacturing...7/8

Transatomic technical paper shows its molten salt reactor would reduce waste by 53-83% depending upon level of enrichment used

(Next Big Future) Transatomic Power Corporation has released technical information on the design of its molten salt reactor (MSR), which it says offers multiple advantages over existing generation technologies...Transatomic published the white paper after the US Department of Energy awarded it a $200,000 grant under its Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) Nuclear Energy Voucher pilot program. The funding will enable the company to perform high-fidelity modelling of the design in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)...7/8

Scaling up and going green—Oak Ridge Lab develops biofermentation technique to manufacture zinc sulfide quantum dots

(The American Ceramic Society) Quantum dots are lauded for their luminescent properties—which give the semiconducting nanoparticles the potential to improve various technologies, including displays, LEDs, and more...Despite their promising potential applications, however, many quantum dots are expensive to manufacture and often require use of toxic chemicals. But they might not have to be limited much longer. That's because researchers at Oak Ridge National Lab (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) are going big when it comes to quantum dots...7/8

New 200-petaflop supercomputer to succeed Titan at ORNL

(Oak Ridge Today) A new 200-petaflop supercomputer will succeed Titan at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and it could be available to scientists and researchers in 2018, a spokesperson said this week. The new IBM supercomputer, named Summit, could about double the computing power of what is now the world's fastest machine, a Chinese system named Sunway TaihuLight, according to a seminannual list of the world's top supercomputers released in June...7/8

Science and Technology

D-PlaceMassive open-access database on human cultures created

(Science Daily) D-PLACE is an open-access database that brings together a dispersed body of information on the language, geography, culture and environment of more than 1,400 human societies. It comprises information mainly on pre-industrial societies that were described by ethnographers in the 19th and early 20th centuries...7/8

Energy and Science Policy

Brexit watch: Scientists grapple with the fallout

(Nature News) Two weeks after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, the future remains opaque. Concerns within the research community are particularly intense for those who rely on the EU for funding, or who have the right to work in the United Kingdom only because they are citizens of other EU countries...7/8

DOE

Chemical ‘Sponges’ Could Make Chemo Safer

(Energy.gov) Doctors today have a powerful arsenal of cancer-fighting chemotherapy drugs to choose from, but a key challenge remains: to better target these drugs. The hope is to kill tumors while limiting a drug's potentially harmful side effects, and researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory may have a found a way...7/8

US Department of Energy pledges $13m to hydrogen and fuel cell advances

(Gasworld) The US Department of Energy (DOE) has pledged more than $13m in funding to advance hydrogen (H2) and fuel cell technologies, in a move that could see the teetering US adoption of H2 as a clean energy finally tip over the edge...7/7

The Future Of U.S. Natural Gas Continues To Shine Brighter

(Forbes) It seems every time you turn around, the future of the U.S. natural gas market continually gets better. One report with unhedged break-even point as low as $2.55 Henry Hub caught my eye. Rising predictions for our gas reliance are now an annual event. Every year, the Energy Information Administration, the statistical arm of the U.S. Department of Energy, releases its Annual Energy Outlook (AEO)...7-6

DOEDOE backs away from new business system mandates

(FCW) A proposal to amend the Department of Energy Acquisition Regulation to define requirements for contractors' key business systems has been withdrawn by the agency. DOE officials gave no reason for the withdrawal in the July 6 Federal Register filing and did not respond to FCW's inquiries...7/6

No Trespassing SignHow the Department of Energy became a major taxpayer liability

(CNBC) If you were to guess which government agency has had to pay out the most in court in recent years, the Department of Energy probably wouldn't come to mind. Yet the DOE is among the most prominent defendants requiring payment from the Judgment Fund, which pays for claims against the government...7/6

Local and State

Hemlock die-off having major impact in Smokies

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) On a recent summer afternoon, the Anthony Creek Trail at the west end of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park presented stark contrasts between sunlight and shadow. Much of the trail was shaded beneath the branches, but in patches of forest where the hemlocks had died, the ground was bathed in bright light...7/11