Monday, November 21, 2016
ORNL in the News

New class of drugs could combat antibiotic resistance

(The Knoxville Times) Researchers have discovered a new class of drugs that boosts the effect of antibiotics on disease-causing bacteria and holds promise for combating resistance to antibiotics. "In contrast to previous approaches, our new mechanism uses mechanics to revive an existing antibiotic's ability to fight infection," said one of the researchers Jeremy Smith from University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Center for Molecular Biophysics in the US...11/18

Summitt ComputerDetails Emerge On “Summit” Power Tesla AI Supercomputer

(The Next Platform) The future “Summit” pre-exascale supercomputer that is being built out in late 2017 and early 2018 for the US Department of Energy for its Oak Ridge National Laboratory looks like a giant cluster of systems that might be used for training neural networks. And that is an extremely convenient development...11/20

Extreme engineering: Embedding orchestration and control during 700 degrees Celsius

(ORNL) When it comes to a challenging application for embedded instrumentation and control, none quite beats an environment of molten salt at 700 degrees Celsius. But that is just the application chosen by scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to demonstrate the advantage of embedding controls—or systems that drive moment-by-moment adjustments to a machine or process to improve efficiency and reliability...11/18

UT-Battelle donates $150,000 for new Friendship Bell pavilion

(Oak Ridge Today) UT-Battelle has announced a $150,000 gift toward construction of a new Peace Pavilion to house the International Friendship Bell located in Oak Ridge's Alvin K. Bissell Park. Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason presented a check to Pat Postma and Alan Tatum, co-chairs of the International Friendship Bell Citizens Advisory Committee, during a Thursday evening ceremony at Oak Ridge Associated Universities' Pollard Auditorium...11/20

Science and Technology

ChromosomesOnly half of a chromosome is DNA, study finds

(PhysOrg) DNA makes up only half of the material inside chromosomes – far less than was previously thought – a study has revealed. Up to 47 per cent of their structure is a mysterious sheath that surrounds the genetic material, researchers say...11/21

Energy and Science Policy

EPA Aims to Finish Climate Rules; Decisions Fall to Trump

(Bloomberg News) The Obama administration aims to cement its greenhouse gas regulations in the time remaining, but some of the largest greenhouse gas decisions will slide to President-elect Donald Trump, according to the updated federal regulatory agenda...11/18

 

 

DOE

AquaHarmonics Wins the Energy Department’s Wave Energy Prize

(Energy.gov) Today the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced AquaHarmonics as the winner of the Wave Energy Prize  – which comes with a $1.5 million grand prize...11/18

DOE Laboratory Water Patents with a High Potential for Commercialization by the Private Sector

(US Politics Today) The Department of Energy (DOE) has been continuously engaged in the energy-water nexus since issuing The Water-Energy Nexus: Challenge and Opportunities in 2014. This factsheet contains a selection of patents from DOE’s National Laboratories that align with the energy-water initiative and have high potential for commercialization...11/17

Local and State

Face to face with DOE: View of declining community support challenged

(Oak Ridger) Ken Tarcza, the manager of the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge office since the beginning of June, spoke to the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge last week with hopes of connecting on a more personal level from a DOE perspective. "I'm here to be more of a face to the community," he said. "I'm here today to do that; but also, hopefully, to educate."...11/18

FEMA authorizes federal funds to help fight Walland fire

(WATE TV) The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized federal funds to reimburse costs to fight the East Miller Cove Fire burning in Blount County. This authorization makes FEMA grant funding available to reimburse 75 percent of the eligible firefighting costs for managing, mitigating and controlling the fire...11/20