Thursday, November 30, 2017
ORNL in the News

Supercomputing poised for a massive speed boost

(Nature News) At the end of July, workers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee began filling up a cavernous room with the makings of a computational behemoth: row upon row of neatly stacked computing units, some 290 kilometres of fibre-optic cable and a cooling system capable of carrying a swimming pool’s worth of water...11/29

Deep Neural NetworksAlgorithm leverages Titan supercomputer to create high-performing deep neural networks

(PhysOrg) Deep neural networks—a form of artificial intelligence—have demonstrated mastery of tasks once thought uniquely human. Their triumphs have ranged from identifying animals in images, to recognizing human speech, to winning complex strategy games, among other successes...11/29

Oak Ridge National Lab Executive Talks Up Clean Energy At His TVA Nomination Hearing

(Nashville Public Radio) A Senate subcommittee heard from the deputy director of operations at Oak Ridge National Lab on Tuesday, along with President Trump’s three other nominees to the board of the Tennessee Valley Authority...11/28

Smallest Fidget SpinnerWorld's smallest fidget spinner showcases access to serious science facility

(PhysOrg) One drop of liquid, a cutting-edge laser 3-D-printer and a few hours are all it takes to make a fidget spinner smaller than the width of a human hair. The tiny whirligig was created by researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences to illustrate the facility's unique resources and expertise available to scientists across the world...11/28

Light -Based Key Distribution TechniqueResearch Workers Formulate a Light-based Key Distribution Technique

(Startup World) Researchers at Duke University, OSU, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have deciphered one of the prime struggles with latest forms of quantum encryption: quantum key distribution...11/29

Magnet Applications Recognized For Advancements In 3D-Printed Magnets

(Quality Magazine) ...The magnets were developed by a team of researchers at ORNL and co-developed by Magnet Applications, Ames Laboratory Critical Materials Institute (CMI), Tru-Design and Momentum Technologies....11/28

Science and Technology

Big step forward for quantum computing

(Science Daily) Researchers have developed a specialized quantum computer, known as a quantum simulator, which could be used to shed new light on a host of complex quantum processes, from the connection between quantum mechanics and material properties to investigating new phases of matter and solving complex real-world optimization problems...11/29

Energy and Science Policy

FY18 Appropriations Bills: US Geological Survey

(AIP) The House and Senate Appropriations Committee’s fiscal year 2018 spending bills for the U.S. Geological Survey both reject the administration’s request for a 15 percent funding cut to the agency’s current budget of $1.1 billion. Instead, the House bill proposes a more modest 4 percent cut, while the Senate bill would maintain topline funding at the current level...11/29


UC leaders make case to keep managing Los Alamos lab

(The Santa Fe New Mexican) Top leaders of the University of California were in New Mexico this week making the case that despite safety and operational lapses over the past several years at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the university system alone has the experience and expertise to manage the nuclear weapons lab — a role the university essentially has had since the lab's inception...11/30

Energy Department Announces $25 Million for Combined Heat and Power Technologies

( Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced nearly $25 million for a selected eight organizations to further the installation of cost-effective, highly efficient combined heat and power (CHP) technologies...11/28

Top Perry aide: Inaction on coal, nuclear plan endangers power grid

(Houston Chronicle) A top official with the Department of Energy urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Tuesday to approve Energy Secretary Rick Perry's proposal to protect coal and nuclear plants,  saying there was "broad consensus FERC must act."...11/28

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Opposes Elimination Of Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board

(Los Alamos Daily Post) A proposal by its Chairman Sean Sullivan to eliminate the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) is being opposed by the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, according to Executive Director Andrea Romero. In a June 29 letter to the Office of Management and Budget, Sullivan proposed the elimination of the DNFSB calling it "a relic of the Cold War era defense establishment...11/29

Local and State

Roane County Commission to discuss Oak Ridge Airport on Thursday, Dec. 7

(Oak Ridge Today) The Roane County Commission will discuss the Oak Ridge Airport, which would be built at Heritage Center, the former K-25 site, during a workshop next week. The workshop is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, December 7, in the Qualls Commission Room at the Roane County Courthouse...11/29

As Tennessee governor’s race ramps up, so does the conversation around schools

(Chalkbeat) A powerful advocacy group helping to steer Tennessee's education policy is now working to shape the conversation around schools heading into the 2018 governor's race. The State Collaborative on Reforming Education, also known as SCORE, on Wednesday unveiled five priorities aimed at moving Tennessee up from the middle of the pack on student achievement...11/29