ORNL in the News

ORNL to help lead $16M advanced materials project

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory will play a key role in a $16 million U.S. Department of Energy initiative to speed up the design of new materials through the use of supercomputers, the DOE announced Tuesday...8/17

Rare Earth Magnets Mined from Used Computers

(IEN) A process developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for large-scale recovery of rare earth magnets from used computer hard drives will undergo industrial testing under a new agreement between Oddello Industries LLC and ORNL, as part of the Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Institute. The effort was announced today at CMI’s annual meeting at ORNL...8/17

DOE aims to accelerate new materials design through use of supercomputers

(Oak Ridger) ...Two four-year projects — one team led by DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the other team led by DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)—will take advantage of superfast computers at DOE national laboratories by developing software to design fundamentally new functional materials destined to revolutionize applications in alternative and renewable energy, electronics, and a wide range of other fields...8/17

“Semi-open” residential water heater concept promises high efficiency, lower cost

(Energy Manager) A team of scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Florida has developed a method that could yield lower-cost, higher-efficiency systems for water heating in residential buildings...8/17

Science and Technology

Chemists to get their own preprint server

(Nature) The American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, announced on 10 August that it wants to establish the site to help chemists to share early results and data with colleagues online, ahead of formal publication...8/11

US endangered-species recovery surges to record high

(Nature) More species protected by the US Endangered Species Act (ESA) have recovered during President Barack Obama’s administration than under all other presidents combined...8/17

Energy and Science Policy

Decadal Survey Midterm Assessment Highlights Dilemmas of Game-Changing Astronomy

(AIP) ...A key theme is that increasingly expensive top-priority projects are responsible for outstanding breakthroughs, but are also putting pressure on high-priority medium-scale projects...8/17

 

DOE

Energy Department Announces $137 Million Investment in Commercial and Passenger Vehicle Efficiency

(Energy.gov) ...One initiative, SuperTruck II, will fund four projects to develop and demonstrate cost-effective technologies that more than double the freight efficiency of Class 8 trucks, commonly known as 18-wheelers...8/16

Local and State

UT Research Reveals Certain Pollutants Worse Than Thought

(Tennessee Today) ...“Air pollution is a growing concern around the world, and one that everyone is forced to pay attention to because, by nature, airborne pollutants don’t obey borders,” said Joshua Fu, who is a joint faculty member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. “While overall nitrous oxide pollution has been reduced in the United States, nitrate pollution is really growing by leaps and bounds...8/12

Wynona Arrington Butner – Calutron Girl

(Oak Ridger) ...I worked as a calutron operator at the Y-12 plant, separating the U-238 and U-235. The building had silver electromagnets that pulled bobby pins out of your hair. Screwdrivers would stand out in your pockets...8/17