Monday, July 20, 2015
ORNL in the News

DOE supercomputers get pre-launch tuning

(GCN) When the newest supercomputers come online at the Department of Energy national labs, they'll be working at peak efficiency, thanks to two new Centers of Excellence. Working with IBM and NVIDIA, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have each established mission-specific Centers of Excellence to support the advanced, large-scale scientific and engineering applications that will run on two new supercomputers to be built by IBM with NVIDIA processors....7/17

PlutoORNL, DOE sites help power New Horizons’ journey to Pluto

(Oak Ridge Today) NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft just accomplished one of the most exciting feats in the history of space exploration...The heat-producing ceramic “fuel pellets” of plutonium dioxide for the RTG—designed and safety-tested by Energy Department scientists—were manufactured at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, with special iridium and graphite shielding provided by Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee...7/16

Dow Liquid Armor outperforms tape

(Green Building Elements) Let’s face it; caulking is not very sexy. Done right, you never see it and you can’t really tell if its working. Not unless you have a Heat, Air, and Moisture (HAM) Penetration chamber like the one at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, that is...7/17

Drought-resistant crops: could agave genes hold key?

(Fresh Plaza) Agave may be most associated with tequila, but this plant has a less familiar use — it’s teaching scientists about how to craft more drought-resistant plants...Xiaohan Yang, a staff scientist in the Biosciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and his colleagues are planning to create a C3 hybrid that will be able to switch to a more water-saving metabolism if exposed to drought or high-salinity conditions...7/17

New Pilot Helps Small Businesses Tap ORNL Expertise

(HPC Wire) Small companies in the advanced manufacturing, transportation and building sectors have a new opportunity to partner with the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory....7/17

Science and Technology

Fuel CellDiesel-Powered Fuel Cell Produces Clean Electricity

(IEEE Spectrum) Although several options to store hydrogen as a fuel for cars have been investigated, a practical and affordable way to store and distribute hydrogen is still the biggest hurdle to the wide deployment of green, CO2-emission-free cars...7/17

Energy and Science Policy

House Hearing Finds Support for DOE Energy Innovation Hubs

(AIP) Although last month’s hearing of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Energy was low-key in nature and less than ninety minutes long, it demonstrated considerable support for the Department of Energy’s Energy Innovation Hubs...7/17


GAO: Y-12 could run out of weapons-grade lithium by 2018

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) It’s conceivable Y-12 could run out of purified lithium for use in refurbishing nuclear weapons as early as 2018 if no new actions are taken, according to a Government Accountability Office report released today...7/20

Machine Learning Helps IBM Boost Accuracy Of U.S. Department Of Energy Solar Forecasts By Up To 30 Percent

(IBM News Room) IBM Research (NYSE: IBM) today revealed that solar and wind forecasts it is producing using machine learning and other cognitive computing technologies are proving to be as much as 30 percent more accurate than ones created using conventional approaches....7/17

Oak Ridge cleanup estimate rises to $18 billion

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) About a year ago, a U.S. Department of Energy spokesman estimated it would cost about $12 billion to complete the government’s environmental cleanup responsibilities in Oak Ridge by 2047. That number apparently was far too low...7/17

TrinityNNSA Stockpile of Nuclear Security Supercomputers Continues Evolution

(The Platform) Although it may be tempting to think that supercomputers developed to meet business and general scientific computing needs, a large part early of supercomputing evolution was fed by the need to both develop, test, and maintain nuclear weapon stockpiles...716

Local and State

Tennessee sales tax holiday August 7-9

(WVLT) The Department of Revenue wants residents across the state to remember that they can shop tax-free in Tennessee August 7 through August 9. By law, Tennessee's annual sales tax holiday is held every year, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday in August and ending at 11:59 p.m. the following Sunday night...7/20

Tennessee Gov. Calls for Security Review After Rampage

(NBC New York) Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he would order a review of security and safety at all state military facilities — such as the storefront recruitment center in Chattanooga that was one of two military buildings targeted by a gunman last week, NBC News reported...7/19