ORNL in the News

Developing New Computer Tools

(Federal Telemedicine News) “Creating computers that can understand human language and make intelligent decisions based on programmed reasoning skills is a more challenging computational problem than most people can appreciate”, said Georgia D. Tourassi, Director, Health Data Sciences Institute (HDSI) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)  and Co-Principal for a research project between ORNL and the National Cancer Institute (NCI)...12/4

TennessineName of new element, tennessine, recognizes state’s contributions, including at ORNL

(Oak Ridge Today) The recently discovered element 117 has been officially named “tennessine” in recognition of Tennessee’s contributions to its discovery, including the efforts of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and its Tennessee collaborators at Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee...11/30

Ames Laboratory Awarded $5 Million to Improve Metal Powders for Advanced Manufacturing

(Newswise) Ames Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been awarded $5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) to improve the production and composition of metal alloy powders used in additive manufacturing...12/2

New ORNL hardware-in-the-loop capability to integrate advanced combustion, new fuels, and electrification pathways

(Green Car Congress) A multi-disciplinary team of researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has developed a new testing capability which integrates a driver model, full vehicle model, and hardware to explore the synergies of advanced combustion, new fuels, and emerging hybrid vehicle architectures over real-world drive cycles...12/2

Science and Technology

Quantum ComputingConstruction of practical quantum computers radically simplified

(Science Daily) Scientists at the University of Sussex have invented a ground-breaking new method that puts the construction of large-scale quantum computers within reach of current technology...12/2

Energy and Science Policy

House Passes Sweeping Biomedical Innovation Bill with $4.8 Billion Boost for NIH

(AIP) The House easily passed the bipartisan “21st Century Cures Act” yesterday. Among its numerous provisions, the bill allocates $4.8 billion over 10 years to the National Institutes of Health in support of the Obama administration’s Cancer Moonshot, BRAIN, and Precision Medicine Initiatives...12/1



Ellen SmithProposed DOE waste disposal site to be discussed at Lunch with the League on Tuesday

(Oak Ridge Today) The U.S. Department of Energy’s proposal for a new disposal site for waste from ongoing cleanups, and some concerns that have been raised regarding the DOE proposal, will be the subject of Ellen Smith’s presentation at Lunch with the League on Tuesday...12/4

Officials set to repackage radioactive waste in New Mexico

(The San Francisco Chronicle) Isolated in a temperature-controlled storage area at one of the nation's premiere nuclear weapons laboratories, dozens of containers of radioactive waste similar to one that ruptured in 2014 remain under 24-hour surveillance, awaiting treatment so they can be stabilized and disposed of...12/1

Senators ask for quick action to address Hanford chemical vapors

(Tri-City Herald) Three key senators are pressing the energy secretary to move quickly and definitively to take action on new recommendations to protect workers from chemical vapors at the Hanford nuclear reservation. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, or NIOSH, released a review with multiple recommendations last week following a June request by the Department of Energy...12/4

Local and State

Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge fire information

(WATE TV) The National Park Service confirmed there have been 14 confirmed fatalities and more than 1,684 structures damaged or destroyed in the fire. There have also been 134 injuries related to the fire...12/4

MarmosetHistorically Speaking: Memories - An early history of the Medical Division of ORINS/ORAU

(The Oak Ridger) Dr. William "Bill" R. Bibb, then Director, Research Division Oak Ridge Operations, Office U. S. Department of Energy, presented a statement before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight Committee on Science and Technology on Sept. 23, 1981...11/29