Monday, August 28, 2017
ORNL in the News

Stock Photo of TitanOak Ridge Turns to Deep Learning for Big Data Problems

(Inside HPC) A team of researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been awarded nearly $2 million over three years from the Department of Energy to explore the potential of machine learning in revolutionizing scientific data analysis...8/27

Titan simulations show importance of coupling between human and Earth systems

(The Daily Observer) By using supercomputers such as Titan, a large multidisciplinary team of scientists led by Peter Thornton of the US Department of Energy's (DOE's) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) had the power required to integrate massive codes that combine physical and biological processes in Earth system with feedbacks from human activity...8/26

DOE disposing of uranium-233 waste stored at ORNL

(Oak Ridge Today) They haven’t agreed on a final budget number, but the Trump administration and the U.S. House and Senate have proposed spending between about $33 million and $52 million in the next fiscal year to continue disposing of uranium-233 waste materials that are stored at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...8/27

Random Home in West Knox CountyORNL secret house hones energy-saving software

(WBIR TV) In West Knox County, you are unlikely to notice a particular normal-looking house that sits quietly in a normal neighborhood. It has a normal yard, normal garage, and normal bedrooms. Then you notice the not-so-normal wires and sensors dangling over the neatly-made bed...8/24

Science and Technology

NGC 4993Rumours swell over new kind of gravitational-wave sighting

(Nature News) Astrophysicists may have detected gravitational waves last week from the collision of two neutron stars in a distant galaxy — and telescopes trained on the same region might also have spotted the event...8/25

Researchers create magnetic RAM

(PhysOrg) MIPT researchers teamed up with collaborators for a successful demonstration of magnetoelectric random access memory (MELRAM). A transition to magnetoelectric memory could enable substantial energy savings, as well as the instantaneous startup of devices...8/23

Energy and Science Policy

States Incorporating STEM Education into Their Draft Education Plans

(AIP) Most of the draft education plans that states have so far submitted for review to the U.S. Department of Education include STEM-related school performance indicators...8/25

DOE denies it has policy to remove ‘climate change’ from agency materials

(Science Magazine/AAAS) The Department of Energy (DOE) denied today that it's banning the use of "climate change" in materials after a public letter alleged scientific censorship and sparked a Twitter storm...8/25


Mission need approved for lithium production facility at Y-12, but cost, schedule not determined

(Oak Ridge Today) The mission need has been approved for a new lithium production facility at the Y-12 National Security Complex and various alternatives have been reviewed, but the cost and schedule have not yet been determined, a federal official said this month...8/24

Department of Energy Announces $50 Million for Large-Scale Pilot Fossil Fuel Projects

( The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the availability of a $50 million funding opportunity through the Office of Fossil Energy to design, construct, and operate two large-scale pilots for transformational coal technologies that improve coal-powered systems’ performance, efficiency, emission reduction, and cost of electricity...8/24

Big Bang – The Movie

(Public Now) If you have ever had to wait those agonizing minutes in front of a computer for a movie or large file to load, you'll likely sympathize with the plight of cosmologists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory. But instead of watching TV dramas, they are trying to transfer, as fast and as accurately as possible, the huge amounts of data that make up movies of the universe...8/24

Local and State

AAA: Hurricane Harvey may spike East Tennessee gas prices

(WATE TV) The oil industry is shutting down operations as Hurricane Harvey moves through the gulf. Oil rigs and refineries along the Gulf Coast are being threatened by the storm's path, some shutting down business before it touches down. AAA East Tennessee is warning drivers that the storm could impact gas prices but it's too soon to tell what kind of problems could happen...8/25

Oak Ridge to begin 75th Anniversary Celebration in September

(Oak Ridge Today) Oak Ridge will begin its 75th Anniversary Celebration in September, a press release said. Oak Ridge Mayor Warren L. Gooch announced Thursday that the city will form a committee to help coordinate and circulate information about the 75th anniversary, the press release said...8/24

Tennessee Governor to Drop Privatization Push at State Parks

(U.S. News and World Report) ... According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press , Tennessee Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau told lawmakers Thursday he will focus on using the $138 million previously approved over the last five years to address capital needs at state parks. ..8/25