Monday, October 23, 2017
ORNL in the News

Two ORNL-led research teams receive $10.5 million to advance quantum computing for science

(EurekAlert/AAAS) DOE's Office of Science has awarded two research teams, each headed by a member of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Quantum Information Science Group, more than $10 million over five years to both assess the feasibility of quantum architectures in addressing big science problems and to develop algorithms capable of harnessing the massive power predicted of quantum computing systems...10/20

Scientist discusses Amazon rainforest research

(The Johns Hopkins News-Letter) The Portuguese Language Program and the Program for Latin American Studies hosted researcher Richard J. Norby to speak on Monday about his upcoming project in the Amazon rainforest. This project, called the Amazon Free-Air CO2 Enrichment (FACE) experiment, explores the effects of higher levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) on plant life in a section of the Amazon rainforest...10/19

Science and Technology

Renewable Energy Threatens the World’s Biggest Science Project

(Bloomberg Technology) The world's biggest scientific experiment is on course to become the most expensive source of surplus power. Components of the 20 billion-euro ($24 billion) project are already starting to pile up at a construction site in the south of France, where about 800 scientists plan to test whether they can harness the power that makes stars shine...10/20

Energy and Science Policy

Sen. Rand Paul Introduces Bill to Overhaul Federal Research Grant System

(AIP) Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has introduced a bill that would make significant changes to peer review and public access policies for federally funded research, such as requiring that a “taxpayer advocate” sit on every grant review panel...10/20



Perry's warning aside, FERC staff sees no winter grid threat

(E&E News) This winter will likely bring few major risks to energy markets, with predicted warm weather meaning moderate demand for fuel and electricity, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staffers said today in a report challenging the accelerated timeline for a grid rule proposed by the Department of Energy...10/19

DOE, UCOR announce K-25 History Center plans

(Oak Ridge Today) Construction of the K-25 History Center could start early next year on the second floor of Oak Ridge Fire Station Number Four at the East Tennessee Technology Park in west Oak Ridge. Officials celebrated with a signing ceremony and tours of the future home of the history center on Thursday...10/20

Local and State

Smokey Mountain Smelter site made ready for new use through Superfund

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The 13-acre Smokey Mountain Smelter site off Maryville Pike was one nasty place. As far back as 1997, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Environmental Protection Agency began inspection of the area; what it found was not pretty...10/21

Speed Limit vote delayed

(The Oak Ridger) Oak Ridge City Council recently voted to defer a measure for changing the speed limit on state Highway 95 between its interchange with state Highway 58 and the Oak Ridge city limits at the south end of Charles Vanden Bulck Bridge, also known as White Wing Bridge and Melton Lake Dam Bridge...10/18