ORNL in the News

Gravitational LensingMachine learning and deep learning programs provide a helping hand to scientists analyzing images

(PhysOrg) Physicists on the MINERvA neutrino experiments at the Department of Energy's Fermilab faced a conundrum. Their particle detector was swamping them with images...Enter a new student eager to help. ...But unlike the graduate students who usually end up analyzing physics photos, this one was a bit more – electronic. In fact, it wasn't a person at all. It was a computer program using machine learning. Computer scientists at DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) brought this new student to the table as part of a cross-laboratory collaboration...11/9

Electron Spin BehaviorNew method to detect spin current in quantum materials unlocks potential for alternative electronics

(The Oak Ridger) A new method that precisely measures the mysterious behavior and magnetic properties of electrons flowing across the surface of quantum materials could open a path to next-generation electronics...11/9

Oak Ridge National Laboratory acquires Atos Quantum Learning Machine to support US Department of Energy research

(NASDAQ) Atos, a global leader in digital transformation, today announces a new contract with US-based Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for a 30-Qubit Atos Quantum Learning Machine (QLM), the world's highest-performing quantum simulator...11/13

Science and Technology

Physicists shrink plans for next major collider

(Nature News) Limited funding and a dearth of newly discovered particles are forcing physicists to cut back plans for their next major accelerator project: a multibillion-dollar facility known as the International Linear Collider (ILC) in Japan...11/9

Energy and Science Policy

EPA Bars Grant Recipients from Serving on Science Advisory Panels

(AIP) After EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a directive on Oct. 31 restricting recipients of agency grants from simultaneously serving on its advisory committees, some scientific leaders condemned the move, criticizing its rationale and anticipated effects on the advice the agency receives...11/10

DOE

DOE Joins Congressional Delegation During Visit to Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

(Energy.gov) Three Department of Energy (DOE) officials joined a congressional delegation that traveled to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to assess damages and discuss ongoing recovery efforts on the islands in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria...11/9

Eighth US-China Energy Efficiency Forum Held in Denver

(Huffington Post) On October 13th, the Eighth US-China Energy Efficiency Forum was held in Denver, Colorado. A place for senior officials from the United States and China to discuss new policies and trade and investment opportunities, the forum highlights US-China cooperation on clean energy...11/9

Author Of DOE Grid Reliability Study Describes Being Pressured To Fault Regulations

(Forbes) When Energy Secretary Rick Perry set out this year to prove that Obama-era regulations were killing coal plants and undermining grid reliability, he turned to a veteran energy consultant from his home state of Texas to write the report...11/12

Local and State

Children's Museum of Oak Ridge Gala will be a celestial celebration Dec. 1

(The Oak Ridger) Guests will experience a "Starry CMOR Night" at the 16th annual Gala benefitting the Children's Museum of Oak Ridge. The celestial celebration of children, the arts and science will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at the Museum, 461 W. Outer Drive, Oak Ridge...11/8

Study ranks Tennessee as America's No. 3 fattest state

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) A weighty new study points at consequences Tennesseans face from all the delicious Southern-fried food we have. We're pretty fat. As a matter of fact, we're the third fattest state in the country, outweighed only by Mississippi and West Virginia, according to the study released this week...11/11

Airport plans closer to takeoff in Oak Ridge

(WBIR TV) The winds are shifting in the right direction and plans are taking off to build an airport in Oak Ridge at the East Tennessee Technology Park. Plans have been in the works for a while, and city officials the project is moving quickly toward becoming a reality. The airport would have a 5,000-foot runway, and would be located at the East Tennessee Technology Center on Oak Ridge Turnpike. It would cost between $30 and $40 million...11/10