ORNL in the News

Energy Department Recognizes Oak Ridge National Laboratory for 50001 Ready Achievement

(Energy.gov) The U.S. Department of Energy’s 50001 Ready program, managed by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, recognized Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the largest of DOE's open science laboratories, for attaining 50001 Ready status across 65 buildings under the Facilities Management Division in Oak Ridge, Tennessee...8/14

Fungus fuels tree growth

(PhysOrg) ...To interrogate the close partnership of endophyte M. elongata and poplar, a team led by Hui-Ling (Sunny) Liao of the University of Florida collected forest samples of poplar and soil from Washington and Oregon. The cuttings included genotypes from the DOE BioEnergy Science Center, predecessor of DOE's Center for Bioenergy Innovation at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...8/21

DOE researchers develop energy-efficient, cost-effective process to extract rare earth elements from scrapped magnets

(Green Car Congress) Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and colleagues have developed a process to extract rare earth elements from the scrapped magnets of used hard drives and other sources. They have patented and scaled-up the process in lab demonstrations and are working with ORNL’s licensee Momentum Technologies to scale the process further to produce commercial batches of rare earth oxides...8/18


Science and Technology

Cryptographers scramble to protect the internet from attackers armed with quantum computers

(Science Magazine) A full-fledged quantum computer is still years, if not decades, away. But developers have long thought that its killer app will be decoding encrypted messages on the internet and elsewhere, be they state secrets or personal information. That prospect has galvanized cryptographers...8/21

Energy and Science Policy

NOAA Betting on ‘EPIC’ to Drive US Weather Forecast Innovation

(AIP) In a bid to regain global leadership in weather forecasting, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is establishing an Earth Prediction Innovation Center to address longstanding challenges in translating research advances into operational forecasts...8/20


A new way to generate solar steam for cleaning water and reducing waste

(Newswise) ...Strategies for purifying water abound, but they tend to require lots of energy. To make use of the sun’s abundant resource, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory are exploring materials that can efficiently convert sunlight to heat and concentrate that heat right at the water’s surface, where it is needed for evaporation...8/21

Genomics-Based Research Will Help Develop Crops for Bioenergy

(Energy.gov) ...the U.S. Department of Energy announced $64 million in funding for 25 university-led genomics research projects on plants and microbes for bioenergy and bioproducts...8/21

Local and State

Students’ satellite to be launched in 2020

(Oak Ridger) ...As the word spread throughout the NASA organization that middle school students had taken an interest in the NASA Cube Satellite Launch Initiative (CSLI), Livesay got a call from Scott Higginbotham, a NASA scientist at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He diligently pursued the idea with Livesay that he and a team of local experts from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and CNS Y-12 should pursue the writing of a proposal to create a mission and send an actual cube satellite into space with the CSLI program...8/21