Thursday, October 26, 2017
ORNL in the News

Workers removing asbestos, reducing risks at former ORNL research reactor

(Oak Ridge Today) Workers recently passed the halfway mark removing asbestos from a former research reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as part of an effort to remove risks and prepare excess facilities in Oak Ridge for eventual demolition...10/24

Jerzy Bernholc, PhD, Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

(24-7 Press Release) Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Jerzy Bernholc, PhD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award...Dr. Bernholc is currently a member of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Science advisory board...10/26

Summit supercomputer nears completion, will be fastest in the world

(Techspot) Summit , as it will be named, is scheduled to have between 150 and 300 petaflops of computing performance and will be unveiled at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2018...Looking to the future, Oak Ridge also plans to develop an exascale computer by 2021 (that's one billion billion operations per second)...10/26

Oak Ridge teams get $10.5 million to try to make quantum algorithms work on near term architectures

(Next Big Future) Two Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Quantum Information Science Group teams received 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...10/26

Science and Technology

CRISPR hacks enable pinpoint repairs to genome

(Nature News) The toolbox for editing genes expanded this week, as two research groups announced techniques that enable researchers to make targeted alterations to DNA and RNA. Unlike the original CRISPR gene-editing system — a relatively unpredictable and blunt form of molecular scissors that cut sizeable sections of DNA — the new systems rewrite individual letters, or genetic bases...10/25

Energy and Science Policy

Plan for US Withdrawal from UNESCO Prompts Concern in Scientific Community

(AIP) While a few leaders in the scientific community have expressed concern that U.S. withdrawal from the U.N. Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will obstruct long-term international scientific collaboration, the U.S. plans to continue supporting and participating in UNESCO science programs as well as other international science efforts...10/24

DOE

Congressmen praise consolidated contract at Y-12, Pantex

(Oak Ridge Today) Two congressmen, one from East Tennessee and other the chair of the House Armed Services Committee, praised the consolidated contract that has been used to manage and operate the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge for more than three years...10/25

Department of Energy, Oak Ridge launch project to preserve history of old nuclear plant

(Knoxville News Sentinal) The Department of Energy and the City of Oak Ridge launched a project to preserve the history of the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant on Thursday with a tour of the K-25 History Center's future home in the Oak Ridge Fire Station Number Four building at the East Tennessee Technology Park...10/23

DOE, NNSA deny alleged risk of ‘catastrophic collapse’ of old Y-12 buildings

(Oak Ridge Today) The plaintiffs in a civil lawsuit filed in federal court in July alleged that there is a risk of a catastrophic collapse of old buildings containing nuclear weapon components at the Y-12 National Security Complex, possibly due to a large earthquake...10/23

Lab Plasma Optic Combines Lasers to Form ‘Superbeam’

(The Independent) A team of researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have added a plasma – a charged mixture of ions and free electrons -- to the concept and successfully combined several separate lasers into a superbeam...10/26

Local and State

Consciousness of Streams

(Tennessee Alumnus) Four researchers at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga could hardly be more conscious of streams. And what flows through them...Many factors impact streams, but all four scientists agree on one conclusion: Water quality is deteriorating...Fall 2017