Thursday, July 20, 2017
ORNL in the News

DOE funds Center for Bioenergy Innovation at ORNL to accelerate biofuels, bioproducts research

(Oak Ridge Today) ...The Center for Bioenergy Innovation, led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is one of four bioenergy centers chosen by DOE to advance a new biobased economy with the production of fuels and other products directly from nonfood biomass...7/17

Hover Energy Announces Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Oak Ridge National Laboratory

(PRWeb) Hover Energy Announces Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Oak Ridge National Laboratory...7/20

Using Veterans' Health Data, Oak Ridge National Lab Takes On Massive Medical Research Project

(Nashville Public Radio) ...Oak Ridge National Laboratory is working through a massive batch of records from the Department of Veterans Affairs — the records that VA doctors keep on their more than 22 million patients...7/11

3-D models help scientists gauge flood impact

(EurekAlert) ...Using one of the world's most powerful supercomputers--Titan, the 27-petaflop Cray XK7 at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF)--George Constantinescu's team performed one of the first highly resolved, 3-D, volume-of-fluid Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) simulations of a dam break in a natural environment...7/18

Leading the way: ORNL builds more reliable, longer-lasting targets for high-powered neutron scattering

(PhysOrg) Since the Spallation Neutron Source began operation in 2006, engineers at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have continued to develop new approaches to target design, seeking unprecedented levels of power for reliable neutron production...7/19

Titan simulations show importance of close two-way coupling between human and Earth systems

(Science Daily) By using supercomputers such as the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility's Titan, a large multidisciplinary team of scientists developed a new integrated climate model designed to reduce uncertainties in future climate predictions as it bridges Earth systems with energy and economic models and large-scale human impact data...7/18

Science and Technology

Satellite snafu masked true sea-level rise for decades

(Nature) The numbers didn’t add up. Even as Earth grew warmer and glaciers and ice sheets thawed, decades of satellite data seemed to show that the rate of sea-level rise was holding steady — or even declining...7/17

Energy and Science Policy

DOE Basic Energy Sciences Program Contemplating Its Role in Advanced Computing

(AIP) At its meeting last week, the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (BESAC) discussed one of the Department of Energy’s top priorities: advanced computing...7/19


Senate subcommittee advances proposed DOE budget; proposal good for Oak Ridge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee's budget funds key projects and research areas in Oak Ridge…7/18

Turning the lights out: Manhattan Project-era switchyard clean-up complete

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Contractors just hauled the last trailer off the four-acre gravel site that was once the K-732 switchyard Friday, adding another four acres to the portion  of the East Tennessee Technology Park that is ready to be reindustrialized…7/12

DOE/NNSA test mobile nuclear facilities with Army during national security exercise

(ORNL Today) Experts from across the U.S. Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration recently teamed up with the U.S. Army at Naval Air Station Key West, Florida, to exercise the capabilities of two rapid response facilities critical to national security...7/17

Local and State

House bill would fund commission that has helped Oak Ridge Airport

(Oak Ridge Today) A bill approved Wednesday by the U.S. House Appropriations Committee funds the Appalachian Regional Commission, which has provided money for the Oak Ridge Airport project. The legislation does not include money to shut down the commission, as the Trump administration has proposed...7/17

Alexander Says Funding Bill Includes Up To $78 Million For Chickamauga Lock Construction

( ...The bill makes full use of the Inland Waterways Trust Fund revenues for water infrastructure projects, including up to $78 million to continue construction of Chickamauga Lock in Chattanooga...7/18