Moday, December 18, 2017
ORNL in the News

ORNL team proposes new electrode design to mitigate risk of battery failure in accidents; inspired by safety glass

(Green Car Congress) Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are proposing a new design concept for lithium-ion batteries that introduces slits in the electrodes—a feature which may mitigate the risk of battery failure during automobile accidents...12/14

Machines expected to write most of their own code by 2040, one year after Java’s presumed death

(JaxEnter) A team of researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory wrote a paper titled Will humans even write code in 2040 and what would that mean for extreme heterogeneity in computing? in which they argue that “the combination of machine learning, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and code generation technologies will improve in such a way that machines, instead of humans, will write most of their own code by 2040.”...12/14

Researchers compare ‘new’ and ‘aged’ catalytic converter at the nanoscale level

(SAT PR News) Diesel vehicles today emit far fewer pollutants than older vehicles, thanks to a zeolite (hydrous silicate) catalytic converter...By managing to “see inside” the zeolite particles in three dimensions at the nanoscale, researchers from Utrecht University in the Netherlands and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been able to directly image phenomena responsible for their enhanced stability and durability...12/14

‘Femi’ has program for safer winter roads

(Farragut Press) Saying he has a special interest in Town of Farragut as a resident along Choto Road, Dr. Olufemi “Femi” Omitaomu decided to make a study of Town roads and streets for his “Precision De-Icing Technique” program...12/14


Science and Technology

Complete design of a silicon quantum computer chip unveiled

(PhysOrg) Research teams all over the world are exploring different ways to design a working computing chip that can integrate quantum interactions. Now, UNSW engineers believe they have cracked the problem, reimagining the silicon microprocessors we know to create a complete design for a quantum computer chip that can be manufactured using mostly standard industry processes and components...12/15


Energy and Science Policy

NASA Mission Management Scrutinized at Space Telescopes Hearing

(AIP) A recent House Science Committee hearing on NASA’s in-development and future space telescopes probed the agency’s mission management practices and revealed substantial concerns that the James Webb Space Telescope may experience new schedule delays. NASA announced at the hearing it is planning an independent review of the mission’s pre-launch preparations...12/14





DOE Announces Plan to Modernize Department

( Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced its intent to modernize the agency's organizational structure to advance its policy goals consistent with its statutory requirements. Under the DOE Organization Act, the Secretary of Energy has the authority to organize the Department in order to meet the needs of the current time and support and advance the policy priorities of the new Administration...12/15

Trump names pick for nuclear weapons head at Energy Department

(The Hill) President Trump plans to nominate Lisa Gordon-Hagerty to be the Department of Energy's (DOE) undersecretary for nuclear security, a job that oversees the country's stockpile of nuclear weapons. Gordon-Hagerty, a veteran of DOE and the White House, currently leads the national security consulting firms Tier Tech International and LEG Inc., the White House said in a statement...12/14

Offshore Wind PowerDepartment of Energy Announces Research Funding for Offshore Wind

(Power Engineering) The Department of Energy announced $18.5 million in new funding for an offshore wind research and development consortium that will conduct U.S.-specific research aimed at reducing the cost of offshore wind in the U.S...12/13

DOE to put up $100 million into OPEN funding for transformative energy projects

(Daily Energy Insider) The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has created a new OPEN funding opportunity, thanks to $100 million issued by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in the hopes of fueling innovators researching changes to the nation’s energy system...12/15

Local and State

Council to discuss AMSE project, Y-12/UPF power lines on Tuesday

(Oak Ridge Today) The Oak Ridge City Council on Tuesday will discuss the project to move the American Museum of Science and Energy from its current home on South Tulane Avenue to Main Street Oak Ridge...12/16