ORNL in the News

Story tips From the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, October 2018

(EurekAlert) Magnets--Coming around again...Magnets recovered from used computer hard drives found new life in an electric motor in a first-ever demonstration at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...Nuclear--Radiation effects...With an organ-on-a-chip technology, scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are testing the effects of radiation on cells that mimic human respiration...Computing--Reaching rare earths...Scientists from the Critical Materials Institute used the Titan supercomputer and Eos computing cluster at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to analyze designer molecules that could increase the yield of rare earth elements found in bastnaesite, an important mineral for energy and technology applications...10/1

IACMI is closing the loop on automotive carbon fiber prepreg manufacturing scrap

(JEC Composites) The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) announces a project to close the loop on automotive carbon fiber prepreg manufacturing scrap for use in new automotive applications. The project, which is led by Vartega, a start-up company focused on carbon fiber recycling, with project partners including Michelman, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Colorado School of Mines, Michigan State University, the University of Dayton Research Laboratory, and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville...10/18

GE Appliances wants to vaporize the water in your laundry

(Insider Louisville) ...ORNL researchers have worked with GE Appliances on the ultrasound dryer, primarily because it’s the sort of technology that allows for the potential replacement of century-old technology with a much more efficient and cost-effective approach...10/17

Science and Technology

What’s in a Half a Degree? 2 Very Different Future Climates

(Scientific American) A new IPCC report shows the impacts in the near future that can be avoided by limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius instead of 2 degrees C...10/17


Energy and Science Policy

Science Strategies Chart Course for Detecting Life on Other Worlds

(AIP) In the past two months, the National Academies has released science strategies for astrobiology and the study of exoplanets...10/17


Arctic Greening Thaws Permafrost, Boosts Runoff

(Los Alamos Daily Post) A new collaborative study has investigated Arctic shrub-snow interactions to obtain a better understanding of the far north’s tundra and vast permafrost system. Incorporating extensive in situ observations, Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists tested their theories with a novel 3D computer model and confirmed that shrubs can lead to significant degradation of the permafrost layer that has remained frozen for tens of thousands of years...10/17

ESnet’s Network, Software Help SLAC Researchers in Record-Setting Transfer of 1 Petabyte of Data

(HPC Wire) Using a 5,000-mile network loop operated by ESnet, researchers at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) and Zettar Inc. recently transferred 1 petabyte  in 29 hours, with encryption and checksumming, beating last year’s record by 5 hours, an almost 15 percent improvement...10/17

Department of Energy Announces $46 Million to Improve Resiliency of Solar Generation

(Energy.gov) the U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $46 million in research funding to advance holistic solutions that provide grid operators the situational awareness and mitigation strategies against cyber and physical threats...10/15

Local and State

UT fracking study to break new ground, may lead to antibiotic-resistant microbes

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A University of Tennessee professor is involved in a study looking at the effects fracking can have on people's health and the environment. Terry Hazen, the University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Lab Governor's Chair for Environmental Biotechnology, is involved with a new study investigating how fracking can affect regional water health...10/17