Monday, October 31, 2016
ORNL in the News

Nickel-78 is a 'doubly magic' isotope, supercomputing calculations confirm

(Science Newsline) Theoretical physicists recently used Titan, America’s most powerful supercomputer, to compute the nuclear structure of nickel-78 and found that this neutron-rich nucleus is indeed doubly magic...10/26

Molten Salt Reactors Could Soon Help Power Earth—And One Day Mars

(Wired) ...While [Frank] Shu’s specific design is novel, the idea comes from the 1960s, when Oak Ridge National Laboratory made a molten salt reactor. The World Nuclear Association calls them “a promising technology today,” and China and India are sinking effort into their own designs...10/28

Collaboration yields open source technology for computational science

(PhysOrg)..."Oak Ridge National Laboratory is renowned for its hardware—like Titan, the world's third fastest supercomputer—but we are also leaders in scientific software development," said Jay Billings, the SWG Chair and a research scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...10/28

Science and Technology

Wildlife in decline: Earth's vertebrates fall 58% in past four decades

(Nature) ...The populations of Earth’s wild mammals, birds, amphibians, fish and other vertebrates declined by more than half between 1970 and 2012, according to a report from environmental charity WWF and the Zoological Society of London...10/28

Virginia Tech flexible solar panel goes where silicon can't

(Tech Xplore) ...Led by Shashank Priya, a team of mechanical and materials engineers and chemists at Virginia Tech is producing flexible solar panels that can become part of window shades or wallpaper that will capture light from the sun as well as light from sources inside buildings...10/31

Energy and Science Policy

Biden's moonshot cancer plan calls for more data sharing

(Science Magazine) Vice President Joe Biden today released his vision for doubling progress against cancer over 5 years. It includes numerous policy recommendations and a laundry list of projects by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and other federal agencies that would require additional funding...10/17

New White House Initiative Reflects Growing Government Interest in Small Satellites

(AIP) Last week, the White House announced a new initiative promoting public-private partnerships for the development and use of small satellites. The announcement comes as interest grows in using small satellites as platforms for scientific research...10/27

DOE

Why have solar energy costs fallen?

(MIT News) MIT researchers have been awarded a grant of nearly $1.3 million through the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative to study the reasons for solar energy’s rapid and sustained cost decline and how to continue reducing costs in the future...10/26

Helping dam north of Grand Canyon balance environment, hydropower needs

(Science Daily) Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have helped develop a plan for the operation of Glen Canyon Dam in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, upstream of Grand Canyon National Park...10/28

The Quantum Bridge—New Quantum Emitters Could Revolutionize Quantum Computing

(All About Circuits) Researchers at Sandia National Laboratory, in conjunction with Harvard University, have developed a method of joining quantum computers together on an atomic scale. What does this mean for future quantum computers and their capabilities?...10/24

Local and State

Trans-Pacific Partnership boosts Tennessee exports, U.S. official says

(The Tennessean)  As the clock ticks for the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a top Obama administration official argued Friday that the contentious international trade pact is vital for Tennessee — particularly its music and whiskey industries — at a time when the state has an increasing stake in the nation’s export market…10/28