ORNL in the News

Neodymium-iron-boron bonded magnet3-D printing key to conserving rare-earth materials for high-power magnet production

(American Ceramic Society) Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tenn., are focused on using 3-D printing to create permanent magnets that outperform conventional versions—a process they say can help preserve the rare materials used to create those standard magnets...11/9

Automated-connected-vehicleORNL awarded $3.36 million for automated, connected vehicle research

(Oak Ridge Today) Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been awarded $3.36 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, to develop novel control technologies for connected and automated vehicles with the goal of achieving a 20 percent improvement in vehicle energy efficiency, a press release said...11/7

Titan supercomputer tests new deep learning methods for cancer research

(ZDNet) The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), home of the Titan supercomputer and a research team dedicated to Vice President Joe Biden's Cancer Moonshot program, is experimenting with how deep learning can be used to improve cancer research...11/8

UT, ORNL see future of eye disease diagnosis

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) As a retinal specialist, Dr. Edward Chaum pores over hundreds of images of patients’ eyes a year, looking for diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, which can lead to blindness if not caught and treated early...11/9

ORNL-led team developing breakthrough high-temperature, high-strength Al alloy for advanced light-duty engines

(Green Car Congress) A team led by researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is developing a lower-cost cast aluminum (Al) alloy capable of at least a 50 ˚C temperature increase over the current cylinder head alloys 319 and 356 for use in light duty engines...11/8

Science and Technology

Model predicts elimination of GMO crops would cause hike in greenhouse gas emissions

(Science Daily) Using a model to assess the economic and environmental value of GMO crops, agricultural economists found that replacing GMO corn, soybeans and cotton with conventionally bred varieties worldwide would cause a 0.27 to 2.2 percent increase in food costs, depending on the region, with poorer countries hit hardest...11/8

Energy and Science Policy

The U.S. election is over. Who will hold key science leadership jobs?

(Science Magazine/AAAS) Typically, a new president means an entirely new cast of cabinet members and political appointees—some 4000 senior positions across the federal government. Already, President Barack Obama has said he will ask his appointees to submit resignation letters that will take effect on Inauguration Day, 20 January...11/9

 

DOE

Yale program to bring solar power to low-income households

(Yale News) Low- and middle-income households will soon be able to join the nation’s growing renewable energy movement, thanks to a new Yale-led collaboration that seeks to examine and expand the market for solar power...11/9

Carbon-hungry plants impede growth rate of atmospheric CO2

(PhysOrg) New findings suggest the rate at which CO2 is accumulating in the atmosphere has plateaued in recent years because Earth's vegetation is grabbing more carbon from the air than in previous decades. That's the conclusion of a new multi-institutional study led by a scientist from the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)...11/8

Local and State

Forest FireNo rain in sight for East Tennessee

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) " 'Abnormal' seems like too weak a word," said Matt Anderson as he studied the weather on his computer screen. Anderson is a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Morristown. His numbers show the Knoxville area has received 1.6 inches of rain since Sept. 1, a total that is 24 percent of what it would usually receive in that time. The precipitation deficit from the year-to-date average has grown from 6 inches to 7.9 inches...11/10

Knoxville Mobilization Center activated in response to wildfires

(WBIR) Dozens of active wildfires have prompted officials to activate the Knoxville Mobilization Center at the Hilton Knoxville Airport Hotel at McGhee Tyson Airport in Alcoa. The mobilization center is serving as a check-in and staging area for hundreds of firefighters and suppression resources that are helping fight the on-going wildfires...11/10