Thursday, August 24, 2017
ORNL in the News

High Resolution Mapping of RiversHigh-resolution modeling assesses impact of cities on river ecosystems

(PhysOrg) New mapping methods developed by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory can help urban planners minimize the environmental impacts of cities' water and energy demands on surrounding stream ecologies...8/24

Launching A Supercomputer: How To Set Up Some Of The World's Fastest Computers

(ECN) As you walk out of an electronics store clutching the cardboard box with your new computer, you dream of all of the cool things you'll be able do...But while you can immediately plug in your laptop and boot up your computer, things aren't so simple for the three DOE Office of Science supercomputing user facilities. These are the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) in California, the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) in Tennessee, and the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) in Illinois...8/22

Oak Ridge lab eyes Chattanooga as testing ground for driverless trucking

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) Oak Ridge National Laboratory's new director said Wednesday the lab is considering testing in Chattanooga related to autonomous driving and long-haul trucking. Also, lab chief Dr. Thomas Zacharia said during a visit to the city's Innovation District that a Chattanooga office set up last year "absolutely" will remain in place as the lab tries to forge new partnerships with EPB, businesses and others...8/24

The Wonderland of ALICE: Q&A with Thomas M. Cormier

(Newswise) ...An experiment at the LHC is dedicated to the study of heavy-ion collisions. Called ALICE, it is the only experiment there dedicated entirely to the study of the nuclear physics of the QGP [quark-gluon plasma]. ALICE stands for “A Large Ion Collider Experiment.” Its aim is spotting the high-energy, elementary particles, like electrons and gamma rays, streaming from the QGP, to explore the physics of the early universe...8/23

Science and Technology

MicrobeNew microbe has potential to help rebalance Earth's nitrogen cycle

(Science Daily) New research from University of Alberta and University of Vienna microbiologists provides unparalleled insight into the Earth's nitrogen cycle, identifying and characterizing the ammonia-oxidizing microbe, Nitrospira inopinata. The findings, explained Lisa Stein, co-author and professor of biology, have significant implications for climate change research...8/23

Energy and Science Policy

FY18 Appropriations Bills: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

(AIP) The Senate spending bill’s 2 percent cut to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is modest in comparison to the double-digit cuts proposed in the House bill and the Trump administration’s budget request...8/21

 

DOE

DOE issues $6M request for proposals for H2@Scale projects

(Green Car Congress) The US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a request for proposals for research projects that address the Hydrogen at Scale concept, which enables wide-scale production and use of hydrogen to address issues such as grid resiliency, energy storage and security, domestic job creation, and domestic leadership in innovation...8/21

Coal, Nuclear Power Would Benefit From Energy Department's Power Grid Study

(NPR) The U.S. power grid could become less reliable if too much electricity comes from renewable energy and natural gas, according to a study from the Department of Energy. But not everyone is buying it. Environmentalists suspect the Trump administration is just trying to prop up an ailing coal industry...8/24

Department of Energy Announces 21 New Projects to Develop High-Performance Circuits for Industrial, Consumer Use

(Energy.gov) The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) today announced $30 million in funding for 21 innovative projects as part of the Creating Innovative and Reliable Circuits Using Inventive Topologies and Semiconductors (CIRCUITS) program...8/23

Local and State

Court order to remove Gallatin coal ash would cost TVA $2 billion, impact other coal plants

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) The Tennessee Valley Authority "is very likely" to appeal a federal court order that the utility dig up and remove coal ash stored for decades at its Gallatin coal plant in Middle Tennessee, TVA President Bill Johnson said Thursday...8/23

TVA approves $10.37 billion budget, 1.5 percent rate increase

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors approved a $10.37 billion 2018 budget and a 1.5 percent retail rate increase at its board meeting Wednesday. "Our budget has gone down for about five years and it will keep us on the financial track to pay down our debt to below $20 billion by 2023," said TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson...8/23