Tuesday, September 5, 2017
ORNL in the News

Sahil MahajanORNL's Salil Mahajan: Gaining perspective on climate variability with high-resolution modeling

(Oak Ridge Today) Simulating the global climate in high resolution at multiple scales will help answer questions about future global and regional climates. However, as performance expectations increase for Earth system models, so do computing challenges...9/3

ORNL researchers turn to 'deep learning' to solve science’s big data problem

(Oak Ridge Today) A team of researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been awarded nearly $2 million over three years from the U.S. Department of Energy to explore the potential of machine learning in revolutionizing scientific data analysis...9/3

ORNL helps Harvey victims through technology

(WBIR TV) Experts at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory are already helping Hurricane Harvey victims following the storm. The lab has an interactive web tool called Eagle-I. It automatically collects information about energy resource availability including everything from electricity and petroleum to natural gas and coal...9/1

ORNL: Neutrons peer into a running engine

(Oak Ridge Today) In a first-of-a-kind experiment, researchers used neutrons to investigate the performance of a new aluminum alloy in a gasoline-powered engine—while the engine was running. A team from the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory worked with industry partners to perform the test...9/3

Science and Technology

Physicists propose new theories of black holes from the very early universe

(Science Daily) UCLA physicists have proposed new theories for how the universe's first black holes might have formed and the role they might play in the production of heavy elements such as gold, platinum and uranium...9/1


Energy and Science Policy

Trump finally nominates new leader for NASA

(Nature News) James Bridenstine, a Republican member of the US Congress from Oklahoma, has been tapped to be the next head of NASA. Bridenstine is a strong supporter of lunar exploration and commercial space flight...9/2



GAO: DOE has more than 80 percent of U.S. government’s environmental liabilities

(Oak Ridge Today) The U.S. Department of Energy is responsible for more than 80 percent of the U.S. government's estimated $450 billion in environmental liabilities, a federal agency said in a report published this year. The agency, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, added the government's environmental liabilities to a high-risk list of federal programs and operations in a report published in February....9/4

Argonne Steps up to the Exascale Computing Project

(Inside HPC) Argonne National Laboratory, a US Department of Energy (DOE) science and energy lab located outside of Chicago, provides supercomputing resources aimed at accelerating the pace of discovery and innovation. It is home to Mira, currently the ninth fastest supercomputer in the world...8/31

U.S. Department of Energy Proposes Expedited Approval for Small-Scale Natural Gas Exports

(Energy.gov) Today the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a proposed rule that will provide for faster approval of small-scale exports of natural gas, including liquefied natural gas (LNG), from U.S. export facilities...9/1

Local and State

Tennessee lawmakers still critical of outsourcing, say it will remain a matter of debate in 2018

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) State lawmakers once again vented their dissatisfaction with outsourcing Wednesday, signaling that the controversial issue would continue to generate debate and legislation in 2018. Republican senators were roundly critical of expanded outsourcing during a meeting of the Finance, Ways and Means Committee's subcommittee on investigations and oversight...9/4