Monday, July 31, 2017
ORNL in the News

The US Navy 3D printed a 30ft long concept submersible craft in under a month

(International Business Times) The US navy, in collaboration with the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), have 3D printed their first submersible craft. The Optionally Manned Technology Demonstrator is the largest 3D printed vessel currently with the US Navy. The team used a large, industrial-sized machine called Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) at the ORNL to build the craft...7/31

Oak Ridge National Laboratory partners with St. Jude in pediatric medical research

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Computer scientists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory have partnered with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to advance research that may help prevent or treat cancer, ALS, lissencephaly and other pediatric diseases...7/31

D-Wave ComputerU.S. gets Canadian help to take on China in supercomputer race: ‘A perfect world for D-Wave’

(National Post) A new supercomputing partnership between a Canadian pioneer in quantum computers and a U.S. Department of Energy laboratory, which aims to reach "exascale" computing speeds within a few years, offers a glimpse of the future of ultra-fast computation, according to the scientist leading the project. “It’s a perfect world for D-Wave,” said Jeff Nichols, associate laboratory director of computing and computational sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee....7/28

Science and Technology

Spiralling bill for huge EU research neutron project sees schedule slip

(Science Business) Ballooning costs mean deadlines are slipping on the enormous European Spallation Source (ESS) project under construction in Lund, Sweden, with higher than expected prices for concrete, steel, personnel and earthquake insurance pushing the neutron facility at least €150 million over budget [$176 million] and forcing the management to revise its schedule for delivering the project at full power...7/27

Energy and Science Policy

House reverses proposed cut to energy innovation hubs

(Science Magazine/AAAS) The U.S. House of Representatives has reversed course and has now decided to fund the Department of Energy's (DOE’s) five "energy innovation hubs" in fiscal year 2018, which begins 1 October. The House appropriations committee had zeroed out funding for the hubs in the House version of the so-called energy and water bill, which funds DOE...7/27

DOE

Sunshot InitiativeDepartment of Energy ‘Sunshot’ Aims to Accelerate Solar R&D

(R&D Magazine) Solar power has significant promise. It could lower the cost of electricity, reduce climate change, provide energy security, and create thousands of U.S. jobs. However, implementing it on a large enough scale to achieve those goals is no easy task. Enter the Sunshot Initiative, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) effort to drive down the cost of solar electricity and support solar adoption...7/28

Local and State

Randy BresnikUT Back in Space with Bresnik’s Launch

(Tennessee Today) Astronaut Randy “Komrade” Bresnik flew to the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket today, the latest chapter in UT’s 35-year track record with NASA flight missions. Bresnick earned his master’s degree in aviation systems from UT Knoxville through the UT Space Institute program in 2002.

Total solar eclipse Aug. 21 in Oak Ridge area path

On Monday, August 21, a total solar eclipse will blot out the sun starting at 2:31 p.m. for viewers in areas within an hour's drive of Oak Ridge. The 70-mile-wide path of totality will extend from Oregon to South Carolina, passing through Nashville, Murfreesboro, Sparta, Cookeville, Crossville, Sweetwater, Athens, and Clingman's Dome. Oak Ridge will not quite be in the path of totality...7/30

K-832 Cooling TowerWorkers start demolishing Poplar Creek facilities at ETTP

(Oak Ridge Today) Workers began demolishing the Poplar Creek facilities this month, bringing Oak Ridge's environmental management, or EM, program closer to completing major cleanup at the East Tennessee Technology Park by 2020...7/28