Thursday, November 17, 2017
ORNL in the News

Supercomputers' pit crews

(PhysOrg) ... Short, intense programming marathons called hack-a-thons are quite popular. Fernanda Foertter, who leads training at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, a DOE Office of Science user facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, started these events to increase use of the facility's supercomputer, known as Titan...11/16

Harper with Oak Ridge National Laboratory on Carbon Fiber Project

(CFI Ceramic Forum) Harper International, world leader in custom thermal processing solutions for advanced materials, announced that in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory they have been awarded funding for a project through the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office’s HPC4Mfg Program...11/15

'Beautiful accident' leads to advances in high pressure materials synthesis

(Science Daily) Unexpected results from a neutron scattering experiment could open a new pathway for the synthesis of novel materials and also help explain the formation of complex organic structures observed in interstellar space...11/16

World-leading HPC centers partner to form accelerated computing institute

(EurekAlert) ...Forecasting the future of leadership-class computing and managing the risk of architectural change is a shared interest among ORNL, Tokyo Tech, and ETH Zurich," said Jeff Nichols, associate laboratory director of computing and computational sciences at ORNL...11/10

Science and Technology

USGS Announces Its Largest Oil And Gas Discovery Ever In The States

(NPR) The U.S. Geological Survey says it has found the largest continuous oil and gas deposit ever discovered in the United States...11/16

Election 2016: Outlook for Science in the ‘Lame Duck’ and 115th Congresses

(AIP) With Republicans winning one-party control of the federal government in last Tuesday’s election, the party now has more latitude to advance its priorities...11/15

Energy and Science Policy

Alexander Says Next Congress Has A Prime Opportunity To Ensure Future Of Nuclear Power

(The Chattanoogan) Senator Lamar Alexander, the top Senate Republican on energy appropriations, on Wednesday said the next Congress has a “prime opportunity to ensure nuclear power has a future in our country” and laid out steps that should be taken to spur the development of new nuclear reactors and end the nuclear waste stalemate...11/16

DOE

Brookhaven Lab to lead and partner on DOE exascale computing projects

(PhysOrg) The U.S. Department of Energy's Exascale Computing Project (ECP) just awarded $34 million in first-year funding to 35 software development proposals and $12 million to four co-design center proposals...11/16

Move Over Platinum, We Want Nickel!

(Energy.gov) A catalyst developed by researchers at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is revolutionizing catalyst design -- the way they are studied, how they work, and how much they cost -- and it may help meet the ever-growing demand for energy with minimal environmental impact...11/14

Local and State

Record TVA income nets bonuses

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Tennessee Valley Authority recorded $1.2 billion in net income in fiscal 2016 despite lower power sales. TVA's top executives also found the year to be rewarding, with the federal utility's top five executives earning more than $17 million combined compensation...11/15

New International Friendship Bell Peace Pavilion plans to be unveiled Thursday

(Oak Ridge Today) … The International Friendship Bell Advisory Committee will host the community gathering to unveil the Peace Pavilion and plaza design for the bell’s new location in Bissell Park…11/16

New water plant could cost more than $40 million

(Oak Ridge Today) Building a new water treatment plant in Oak Ridge or renovating the current one could cost between $43.1 million and $46.9 million, according to an evaluation prepared for the city by an engineering company…11/13