Thursday, October 19, 2017
ORNL in the News

Summit supercomputer, nation's next step to exascale, loping forward at ORNL

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory's new supercomputer is coming together, piece by piece. A team from IBM, the computer's manufacturer, has already begun installing computer cabinets for Summit, the country's next step between our current computing capabilities and a national goal to create the world's first exascale computer by 2021...10/17

Neutrons Observe Vitamin B6-dependent Enzyme Activity Useful for Drug Development

(Technology Networks) Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have performed neutron structural analysis of a vitamin B6-dependent protein, potentially opening avenues for new antibiotics and drugs to battle diseases such as drug-resistant tuberculosis, malaria and diabetes...10/19

Researchers customize catalysts to boost product yields, decrease separation costs

(EurekAlert) For some crystalline catalysts, what you see on the surface is not always what you get in the bulk, according to two studies led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...10/18


Aggressive driving could cost you as much as $1 more per gallon of gasoline

(The Leaf Chronicle) Aggressive drivers are paying more for fuel than more sensible drivers with whom they share the road, according to a new Oak Ridge National Laboratory study...10/18

Science and Technology

How Earth’s Outer Radiation Belts Lose Their Electrons

(EOS) A new analysis of three space storms reveals the mechanisms of particle loss from the Van Allen belts...10/17

Energy and Science Policy

Myers Nomination to Head NOAA Stirs Controversy

(AIP) Following President Trump’s nomination of AccuWeather CEO Barry Myers to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, some community leaders have expressed support while others have reservations about his lack of scientific background and potential conflicts of interest...10/18


Department of Energy Announces Up to $26 Million in Funding Opportunity for Transformational Carbon Capture Technologies

( The U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $26 million in federally funded financial assistance for cost-shared research and development projects under the Office of Fossil Energy’s (FE) Novel and Enabling Carbon Capture Transformational Technologies funding opportunity announcement (FOA)...10/17

US nuke waste repository in New Mexico will get more space

(AP) Workers are expected to begin mining operations at the U.S. nuclear waste dump in New Mexico for the first time in three years following a radiation release that contaminated part of the underground repository, the Energy Department said Tuesday...10/17

Local and State

Does Knoxville have what Amazon wants for its second headquarters?

( Could Amazon's second headquarters be coming to Tennessee? The Knoxville Chamber of Commerce submitted a proposal to the tech giant to try and lure the company to build its second headquarters, HQ2, in the Scruffy City...10/18

Rail, downtown tunnel part of Nashville's $5.2 billion transit plan

(Times Free Press) A $5.2 billion proposal to build an extensive transit system in Tennessee's booming capital city would introduce light rail and carve out an underground tunnel downtown, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry announced Tuesday...10/18