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Why U.S. science needs costly supercomputers; China could overtake US
(Oak Ridger) Thanks to Frontier, DOE's first $600 million exascale supercomputer — located at ORNL — the United States ranks first on the Top500 supercomputer list in the number of calculations that can be performed per second. June 29

No, ORNL is not opening a portal to a parallel universe
(WBIR) Information about an ORNL researcher's work was released alongside the latest Stranger Things season, inspiring posts about whether parallel universes are real. WATE, WVLT and WHAS also reported on the work. June 28

VERIFY: Is there more ethanol in our gasoline?
(CBS19) ORNL's Shean Huff said ethanol has been blended into gasoline for the last two decades. It replaced lead and methyl tert-butyl ether as an additive to increase the octane in gasoline, which prevents the engine from knocking. June 28

SME announces 2022 Sandra L. Bouckley Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineers
(SME) This year’s 22 awardees were selected based on their diverse manufacturing backgrounds, technology advancements/improvements and state-of-the-art research and include ORNL scientists Amy Elliott, Thomas Feldhausen, Vipin Kumar and Kyle Saleeby. June 28

Advancing the A in PTA
(GPS World) ORNL's Carter Christopher described the lab’s Center for Alternate Synchronization and Timing (CAST), which provides a redundant and resilient satellite-based service backed up by a network of terrestrial master clocks. June 27

As heat waves sweep South Asia, they take a hidden toll on women
(The Fuller Project) Moetasim Ashfaq, a computational climate scientist at ORNL, says the evidence is clear that such events are set to become more intense and more frequent. Currently the planet is 1.1 degree Celsius (2 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than in the pre-industrial era. June 27

Tennessee partners launch ‘second-life’ battery storage project as electric vehicle adoption grows
(Williamson Source) Nissan, Middle Tennessee Electric, the University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute, Tennessee State University and Seven States Power Corporation are teaming up to launch a second-life battery storage project. June 26

ORNL upcycling process doubles the strength of ABS for 3D printing
(Design Engineering) Researchers at ORNL announced the development of an upcycling technique that converts discarded plastics for reuse in additive manufacturing. June 26

The $6 million plan: Department of Energy invests in geothermal
(ACHR News) DOE is investing up to $6 million in research and design to lay the groundwork for more geothermal and cooling systems at federal facilities. The two-year effort will be led by ORNL. June 24

50 million Americans are under a heat advisory and they should be cautious
(NPR) A heat wave is dropping daily temperatures of around 90 degrees all over the country. Around 45 million Americans were under a heat advisory. NPR spoke to Kate Evans, an ORNL atmospheric scientist who develops weather models, about the heat wave. June 24

Rhizosphere-on-a-chip with a simulated soil allows scientists to view how roots grow over time
(AZo LifeSciences) Paired with specialized mass spectrometry techniques, scientist can also use the rhizosphere-on-a-chip to map the location of root-exuded molecules, like amino acids, without hurting the plant. June 23

Orano and TerraPower awarded GAIN vouchers to help advance nuclear technologies
(EE Online) Orano is partnering with ORNL to develop a new technical study that updates the physical chemistry limits of uranium hexafluoride gas enriched up to 10 percent that can be safely transported in existing shipping containers. June 23

Closed-loop additive manufacturing could be possible thanks to ORNL research
(3D Natives) Researchers at ORNL have developed an upcycling approach that allows for discarded plastics to be reused in FFF 3D printing. This thus would allow for fully closed-loop additive manufacturing, officially ensuring that there is no waste in the process. Phys.org also reported on the new technique. June 22

ORNL's hydroelectric improvements
(Compass newsletter) Researchers at ORNL are combining statistical modeling with advanced field methods to monitor six reservoirs in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, according to a news release. June 22

'Machining' with a Microscope
(Cutting Tool Engineering) Scientists at ORNL precisely machined tiny, electrically conductive cubes that can interact with light and organized them in patterned structures that confine and relay the electromagnetic signal of light. June 21

These are the world’s top 10 fastest supercomputers
(World Economic Forum) The US has retaken the top spot in the race to build the world’s fastest supercomputer. 'Frontier' is capable of more than a billion, billion operations a second, making it the first exascale supercomputer. Engineering.com published a story about Frontier's placement at the top of the Green500 list. June 21

HPE supercomputer breaks exascale barrier
(Technology Decisions) ORNL's Frontier, a new supercomputer built by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, has become the first supercomputer to break the exascale speed barrier. Frontier Enterprise also reported the news. June 17

Second-life battery storage project announced during yesterday’s 'TVC National Summit'
(Teknovation) Nissan, Middle Tennessee Electric, the University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute, Tennessee State University and Seven States Power Corporation are teaming up to launch an innovative second-life battery storage project. Williamson Herald and Main Street Nashville also reported the news. June 16

Summit-trained AI brings HPC power to the people
(HPC Wire) GURU, an AI tool trained on ORNL's Summit supercomputer, automates installation and setup for a wide range of simulation programs to shorten tedious work to mere minutes of computation. June 16

ANS Annual Meeting: A new outlook for fusion
(Nuclear Newswire) ORNL's Kathy McCarthy spoke as a panelist at a June 14 ANS Annual Meeting executive session titled “The New Fusion Outlook." June 16

Fusion experts tackle cooling strategies for fusion fuel cycle
(RACA Journal) ORNL fusion experts are exploring how tiny 3D-printed obstacles placed inside the narrow pipes of a custom-made cooling system could be a solution for removing heat from the fusion system "blanket" component. Machine Design also reported the story. June 15

DOE invests $6 million in geothermal heating, cooling technologies at federal facilities
(HVAC and Plumbing Product News) DOE selected ORNL to receive up to $6 million to help expand the deployment of geothermal heating and cooling technology at federal sites. June 15

Closed-loop additive manufacturing fueled by upcycled plastic
(Lab Manager) ORNL researchers have developed an upcycling approach that adds value to discarded plastics for reuse in additive manufacturing, or 3D printing. 3D Printing Industry and Omnexus also reported the news. June 14

Jack Dongarra to present the A.M. Turing Award Lecture as SC22 keynote event
(HPC Wire) Dongarra is a University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at UT. He also holds appointments with ORNL and the University of Manchester. June 14

Yes, aluminum foil can be used over windows to help keep homes cool
(We Are Iowa) Mahabir Bhandari, a member of the ORNL's Building Envelope and Urban Systems Research Group, agreed that aluminum foil and cardboard are useful for cooling the home in emergency situations. June 14

Siemens sets up collaboration with ORNL
(Digital Engineering 247) Siemens has engaged in early-stage research and development projects with multiple partners including ORNL's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, an institution focusing on manufacturing analysis and simulation, materials development, large-scale metal systems, robotics and automation. Modern Machine Shop also reported the news. June 14

Novel upcycling approach adds value to discarded plastics for reuse in additive manufacturing
(AZo Materials) Researchers at ORNL have developed an upcycling approach that adds value to discarded plastics for reuse in additive manufacturing, or 3D printing. AZo CleanTech and the Compass newsletter also shared the news. June 14

Not Lonely at the Top: ORNL Leads Open Science with the Frontier Exascale Supercomputer
(Campus Technology) The latest list, published in June 2022, highlighted a new milestone in computing as ORNL's Frontier HPE Cray EX soared into the number one spot as the first supercomputer ever to demonstrate true exascale speeds. Thomas InsightsInteresting Engineering and World Nuclear News also reported the news. June 13

Siemens and ORNL announce new R&D partnership to boost US manufacturing innovation
(3D Printing Industry) Industrial manufacturing firm Siemens has announced a new research and development partnership with ORNL to enhance the adoption of additive manufacturing, workforce training, and decarbonization efforts within the US manufacturing sector. June 10

Microorganisms mediate Sphagnum peatmoss resilience to warming
(AZO Life Sciences) ORNL scientists discovered that certain bacteria increase the climate resilience of Sphagnum moss, the tiny plant responsible for storing a third of the world's soil carbon in peat bogs. Heat tolerant microbes transfer that protection to the plants, helping them survive climate warming. June 10

R&D 100 winner of the day: BIG NET
(R&D World) BIG NET, from ORNL, ReactWell, and Holocene Climate Corp., is a negative emission technology that captures carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere through direct air capture. The technology involves a new class of absorbents called bis-imino-guanidines that absorb CO2 from air into aqueous solutions and convert it into crystalline carbonate salts. June 10

Anything Is Possible: Thomas Zacharia
(Anything Is Possible with Hallerin Hilton Hill) As a junior scientist, Thomas Zacharia took full advantage of all his opportunities at ORNL, the lab he now leads as director. June 9

ANS names Annual Meeting award winners, two new Fellows
(Nuclear Newswire) Christian M. Petrie, ANS member since 2008 and senior research scientist at ORNL, was recognized for his leadership in developing novel irradiation capabilities, fiber optic sensors, and advanced manufacturing processes for embedding sensors to accelerate qualification of new nuclear materials. June 9

New Superconductors Could Make Faster Quantum Computers
(Lifewire) Making practical quantum computers could hinge on finding better ways to use superconducting materials which have no electrical resistance. ORNL researchers have discovered a method to find linked electrons with extreme precision. June 9

At ISC, the Green500 Witnesses a New Frontier in Efficient Computing
(HPCwire) The “June” (late May, actually) Green500 list was led by ORNL. In first place: Frontier’s test and development system, Frontier TDS—though we prefer its less official name, “Borg.” June 8

Researchers use new technique to examine the composition of cell walls from young poplar trees
(AZO Life Sciences) A team of physicists including Ali Passian, a research scientist at ORNL, and researchers from the French National Centre for Scientific Research, or CNRS, used state-of-the-art microscopy and spectroscopy methods to provide nondestructive alternatives. June 8

ExaSMR Models Small Modular Reactors Throughout Their Operational Lifetime
(HPCwire) According to Steven Hamilton, a senior researcher at ORNL and PI of the project, ExaSMR integrates the most reliable and high-confidence numerical methods for modeling operational reactors. June 8

Newly-Observed Higgs Mode Holds Promise in Quantum Computing
(HPCwire) The first-ever appearance of a previously undetectable quantum excitation known as the axial Higgs mode – exciting in its own right – also holds promise for developing and manipulating higher temperature quantum materials for quantum computing and quantum information sciences broadly. June 8

Critical Update: To Bridge Quantum’s Valley of Death, Labs Need Funding and Workforce
(Nextgov) "The types of quantum computers that we have developed and demonstrated are still on the order of toy problems, you know, demonstrations of the feasibility of quantum computing, but not of its true potential,” Travis Humble, the interim director of the Quantum Science Center, told Nextgov. June 7

This is Nashville: We talk supercomputers
(WPLN) Tennessee is home to the fastest computer in the world. We learn what that means and how long it might take until we have that kind of power in our pockets. Justin Whitt, program director for the DOE’s Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, is a guest. The Financial Times, Yahoo! News and Gadgets 360 also reported on Frontier's exascale debut. June 7

25 Leaders Transforming Manufacturing
(SME) During a 25-year career in materials and manufacturing technologies R&D, Craig Blue has amassed patents, publications and awards. But one of his proudest moments was seeing ORNL’s experts in manufacturing and materials, coupled with its facilities and capabilities, help out in the pandemic. June 7

ORNL and INL develop low-cost rare earth extraction technique
(Powder Metallurgy Review) At the DOE Critical Materials Institute, researchers from ORNL and Idaho National Laboratory have been working together to develop cost-effective technologies for the separation of in-demand, rare-earth elements. June 6

How artificial intelligence brings new superpowers to supercomputers
(VentureBeat) Among the big announcements, AMD revealed that its silicon now powers the most powerful supercomputer ever built with the Frontier system, which is being built by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and will be deployed at ORNL. June 6

Are the world's most powerful supercomputers operating in secret?
(New Scientist) ORNL's supercomputer Frontier has been officially crowned as the world's first exascale computer – one capable of a billion billion operations per second – but more powerful machines may be out there. June 6

US DOE offers funds for geothermal deployment at federal sites
(Think Geoenergy) Working with a team led by ORNL, the U.S. Department of Energy will provide funding to deploy geothermal heating and cooling systems in federal facilities and buildings. June 6

Wildfire in Athens worsened by heavy winds losing intensity
(Al Mayadeen English) A recent study used machine learning to model where wildfires are likely to strike in coming years, as well as their impact on humanity. The researchers, from Peking University in Beijing and ORNL, believe that their work will be used to reveal regional inequalities in wildfire exposure, allowing them to better prepare for flames in particular places. June 5

Slow Down to Save Gas: Fuel Economy Decreases ~27% When at 80 mph vs. 60 mph
(Motor Biscuit) A study showed that the most fuel-efficient speed was somewhere between 40 mph and 50 mph for light-duty vehicles. This applies to cars and light trucks, but ORNL studied 74 different vehicles to get this number. “The best fuel economy is typically obtained when the vehicle is traveling at the lowest speed in the vehicle’s highest gear,” the study noted. June 4

The final Frontier: Talking exascale with Oak Ridge's Jeff Nichols
(Next Platform) Technology could become the final arbiter of how much lithium mining is needed for the all-electric vehicle market of the future. … ORNL has been working on a reusable material that would extract lithium from concentrated brine at geothermal plants. ViceData Center Knowledge, The New Stack, Freethink and PC Mag also had new stories about Frontier. June 3

Using advanced microscopy to nanoengineer new materials for computing and electronics
(Swift Telecast) Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Korea’s Sungkyunkwan University are using advanced microscopy to nanoengineer promising materials for computing and electronics in a beyond-Moore era. June 3

Tailor-made molecules for clean energy
(Verve Times) Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using state-of-the-art methods to shed light on chemical separations needed to recover rare-earth elements and secure critical materials for clean energy technologies. June 3

New study will help sharpen accuracy for climate-change models and weather prediction
(Techstreet Now) A study led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers promises to help sharpen accuracy for climate-change models and enable more reliable predictions of extreme weather. June 3

Polymers — Better battery electrolytes
(Technology.org) New polymer materials under development at Oak Ridge National Laboratory could enable safer, more stable batteries needed for electric vehicles and grid energy storage. Energy Central also ran the news. June 2

From smartphone skin care to hacker trackers, the Techstars startups could change our world
(News Sentinel) These startups are using new technology, artificial intelligence and big data to address society's biggest challenges, from natural disasters to cybersecurity. ORNL, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the University of Tennessee System invested $9 million to bring Techstars here. June 2

Slow Down To Save Fuel: Fuel Economy Decreases About 27% When Traveling At 80 Mph Versus 60 Mph
(CleanTechnica) Between 40 and 50 mph is the optimum cruising speed for the best fuel economy in cars and light trucks, according to an ORNL study of 74 different vehicles. June 2

USA - Scientists develop environmental justice lens to identify neighborhoods vulnerable to climate change
(Coastal News Today) This method developed by ORNL builds from environmental justice research — a key aspect of the federal government’s strategy to manage the adverse effects of climate change. AZO CleanTech also ran a story. June 2

Understanding Building Energy Use and Microclimate Impacts from Changes in Urban Design
(AZO CleanTech) Five one-year, four-domain (with different levels of horizontal resolution), nested meteorological simulations using 2015 data were run using the Weather Research and Forecasting model on the Titan and Eos supercomputers at ORNL for two locations: one for the ORNL research campus and four for the Chicago Loop area. June 2

East Tennessee's Carbon Valley building a bridge to prosperous economy | Opinion
(News Sentinel) This strategic vision for carbon fiber and composite manufacturing and recycling is exactly what IACMI and our core founding partners — the University of Tennessee and ORNL — have been working towards. June 1

ORNL executes license with Campbell Scientific for technology that monitors plant productivity and health
(Teknovation) Logan, UT-based instrumentation firm Campbell Scientific Inc. has licensed technology developed at ORNL to monitor plant productivity and health at wide scales. June 1

CEMEX USA Promotes Environmental Awareness; Sustainability
(Rock Products) CEMEX USA is collaborating with Carbon Clean and ORNL to develop a pilot breakthrough carbon capture unit at its cement plant in Victorville, Calif. June 1

ORNL, partners launch first experiments using new facility to make cosmic isotopes on Earth
(STEM Magazine, June issue) Two decades in the making, a new flagship facility for nuclear physics opened on May 2, and scientists from ORNL have a hand in 10 of its first 34 experiments. ORNL researchers and their partners at other national laboratories and universities launched the first experiment May 11.

Spiking temperatures could cause more blackouts this summer. They won't be the last.
(Politico) Hotter, drier weather will continue to exacerbate the failures of power plants — particularly coal, gas and nuclear generators — according to Melissa Dumas, a research scientist at ORNL. The story also ran on Yahoo! News. May 31

Will Government Aid Really Boost US Additive Manufacturing?
(Forbes) AM Forward’s plan calls for DOE to make its Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL available to SME manufacturers to test new additive manufacturing techniques. May 31

ORNL announces return of in-person “Technology Innovation Showcase” on June 16
(Teknovation) After a several year hiatus due to COVID-19, ORNL is resuming its annual “Technology Innovation Showcase.” May 30

Frontier Named No. 1 Supercomputer on TOP500 List and ‘First True Exascale Machine’
(Inside HPC) The United States has regained a coveted speed crown in computing with a powerful new supercomputer in Tennessee, a milestone for the technology that plays a major role in science, medicine and other fields. Other coverage included New Scientist, Popular ScienceThe Register, HPCwire, Next Platform article 1 and article 2, Serve the Home, Tom's Hardware, Engadget/Yahoo! Finance, PC Mag, SingularityHub, Kyodo News, WBIR, WVLT, Tech Radar, New Atlas, WPLN, Computing, Green Car Congress, ZDNet, Teknovation, Data Center Dynamics, Mashable Middle East, AIthority, Financial Times, Graphic SpeakExecutiveBiz, Interesting Engineering, Federal News Network, Data Center Frontier, Network World, Gizmodo, R&D World, Nextgov, News Sentinel (also ran via the Leaf Chronicle and the Commercial Appeal), IFL Science, Science News, Oak Ridger, Compass, London Evening Standard and Ars Technica. May 30

U.S. Retakes Top Spot in Supercomputer Race
(New York Times) The United States has regained a coveted speed crown in computing with a powerful new supercomputer in Tennessee, a milestone for the technology that plays a major role in science, medicine and other fields. May 30

Has the Techstars startup accelerator impacted Knoxville's economy as investors hoped?
(News Sentinel) Florida-based FLUIX will manufacture its products in East Tennessee, and Colorado-based Silvis will set up a lab here to work closely with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. May 25

Satoshi Matsuoka on the TOP500, Fugaku and Arm, Quantum and Winning Japan’s Purple Ribbon Medal of Honor
(InsideHPC podcast) Prof. Satoshi Matsuoka, director of the RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R-CCS) and professor of computer science at Tokyo Institute of Technology, joined the @HPCpodcast for a far ranging discussion of supercomputing. Matsuoka discussed Frontier and the TOP500 list. May 25

R&D 100 winner of the day: Autonomous Self-Healing Sealant
(R&D World) ORNL’s autonomous self-healing sealants self-repair microcracks and cuts, recover mechanical properties and adhere well to dusty surfaces. May 25

Moving toward next-generation wind blade recycling
(Composites World) Also working on both recycling solutions and new end-use products is the Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies Group at ORNL, led by Soydan Ozcan, senior R&D scientist. The researchers’ ongoing work includes researching and optimizing mechanical and pyrolysis recycling methods, as well as developing new uses for the reclaimed materials. May 25

Designing the ultimate outdoor space with western red cedar
(GB&D Magazine) Wood has very good insulating value compared to other materials. Lab tests at the National Research Council of Canada and ORNL show that light metal framing significantly reduces the effective thermal resistance, or R-value, of a wall assembly, resulting in increased energy use. May 25

55 Ways To Trim Your Living Expenses Right Now
(GOBankingRates) If you already own a car, treat it with care to reduce your spending on gas. According to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, aggressive driving — such as repeated braking and bursts of speed — can cost you up to $1 per gallon. The story also ran on Yahoo! Finance. May 25

Asset Disposition Services Get Rid of Devices So Agencies Don’t Have To
(FedTech) ORNL arranged for vendors to remove a retired supercomputer; other agencies provide recycling services. May 24

NGA opens access to human geography population data
(Intelligence Community News) The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, in partnership with ORNL, is offering its LandScan Global and LandScan High-Definition data sets free without restrictions to the public for the first time since their initial publication in 1999. CleanTechnica also ran a story. May 24

8 Things You Can Do to Increase Fuel Efficiency and Save Money on Gas
(Real Simple) FuelEconomy.Gov reports that a car that fails an emissions test or is "out of tune" can cause a 4 percent drop in fuel efficiency. Additionally, a study conducted by ORNL observed that a faulty oxygen sensor reduced fuel economy by over 40 percent in the vehicles it tested. May 23

ORNL licenses electrolyte and thin-film coating tech to BTRY
(Charged EVs) ORNL has licensed some electrolyte and thin-film coating technologies it developed to battery technology company BTRY, which plans to use them to manufacture lithium-ion batteries. May 23

4 ways to assure homeowners that metal roofs are a good investment
(Roofers Coffee Shop) Studies conducted by ORNL show that energy-efficient metal roofing can save homeowners up to 40 percent on cooling costs compared to asphalt shingles. ENERGY STAR-certified metal roofs can reflect the sun’s energy back into the atmosphere, resulting in a cooler home that is much more energy efficient. May 23

TVA execs outline initiatives to reach net zero by 2050
(Teknovation) Calling out ORNL, Amy Henry highlighted the fact that it is DOE's largest science and energy lab, and TVA is the nation’s largest public power provider and third largest generator of electricity in the nation. “We’re committed to working collaboratively with the lab to advance these initiatives,” she said. May 22

Decarbonizing diesel trucks may be next step in clean energy goals
(The Oklahoman editorial) According to the ORNL Transportation Energy Book, medium-duty and heavy-duty fleets make up almost 80% of total diesel consumption for transportation in the U.S. Of that, medium-duty fleets account for about 11% of emissions generated from the transportation sector. The story also ran on MSN Money. May 20

The Voyager 1 space probe appears to be confused about its location
(Engadget) The nearly 45-year-old probe is otherwise in good shape — its signal is still strong and the glitch hasn’t triggered its safe mode. ... DOE re-started domestic plutonium-238 production at ORNL, making a number of current and future NASA missions possible —including NASA’s Perseverance Rover. The story also ran on Yahoo! News. May 19

Why Do You Need Robots in Quality Control?
(Power Electronics Now) Robots can also support quality control by vastly improving the still largely inefficient process of battery disassembly. Researchers at ORNL developed a robotic system that protects people from the numerous hazards of this task, including toxic chemicals. May 19

Additive Talks: How has AM advanced in the nuclear industry? Opportunities & Challenges
(3D Adept Media) Benjamin Betzler, a senior R&D staff member at ORNL and group leader of the Research and Test Reactor Physics Group, spoke to 3D ADEPT Media’s Managing Editor Kety Sindze and co-host Iwan Grecht. May 17

ECP Director Doug Kothe named ORNL associate laboratory director
(HPCwire) ORNL has selected Doug Kothe to be the next Associate Laboratory Director for its Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate. Kothe will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Jeff Nichols, whose last day is July 1. Inside HPC also reported the news. May 16

Entire rare earth metals family could help address acid gas pollution
(Mining.com) Using a REE foundation, researchers at the ORNL, the Sandia National Laboratory and UT Knoxville have set up to find metal-organic frameworks, that can effectively detect and trap acid gases. May 16

In Power Generation, the Changes From 3D Printing Will Be System-Wide
(Additive Manufacturing) At Oak Ridge National Laboratory, additive manufacturing machines supplied by GE Additive were used to make hundreds of turbine blades used in testing of 3D printed blades conducted by Solar Turbines. May 16

Perfect pitch – closing the loop on carbon fibre production
(Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining) A US university collaboration has developed carbon fibres from petroleum pitch – a by-product of oil refining. The four-year research project at MIT and ORNL also tested coal pitch from coking coal in steel production. May 16

What makes a computer 'super?'
(Dataconomy) IBM supercomputers Summit and Sierra take second and third place, reaching 148.8 and 94.6 petaflops, respectively. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a US Department of Energy facility in Tennessee, is home to Summit. May 13

US manufacturer invests in two ViLS for EV and AV development
(Autonomous Vehicle International) As a multiprogram science and technology national laboratory sponsored by DOE, ORNL maintains a Toyo-supplied ViLS in DOE’s National Transportation Research Center at ORNL to support such endeavors. Green Car Congress also ran the story. May 13

Official climate reports pile up. But do they connect with the public?
(Christian Science Monitor) “It’s taking this mass of knowledge, taking all the experts involved, saying ... ‘This is what we know; this is what policymakers need to know,’” says David McCollum, senior scientist at ORNL and an IPCC author. The story also ran on Yahoo! News. May 10

Self-Driving Microscopes Could Lead to Material Innovations
(Technology Networks) Researchers at ORNL are teaching microscopes to drive discoveries with an intuitive algorithm, developed at the lab’s Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, that could guide breakthroughs in new materials for energy technologies, sensing and computing. AZO Materials and Wiley Analytical Science also reported the story. May 10

New data on uranium’s behaviour revealed by fastest supercomputer in the US
(Mining.com) An important but little-studied uranium compound could be key to a cleaner, safer world, according to new research emerging from the ORNL, the Savannah River National Laboratory and the Colorado School of Mines. May 10

Rare Isotopes for the Choosing
(Physics) FRIB will offer unprecedented capabilities to mimic astrophysical scenarios by making most of the isotopes that may be present in a stellar environment and by accelerating them to relevant energies, says nuclear astrophysicist Kelly Chipps from ORNL. The Lansing State Journal also reported on the FRIB launch. May 9

How to Get Better Gas Mileage: 9 Simple Ways to Save
(Reader's Digest) Speeding and slamming on the brakes—hallmarks of aggressive driving—waste gas big time. Researchers at the government’s ORNL found that aggressive driving reduces gas mileage in stop-and-go traffic by up to 40 percent. May 9

How Large-Format 3D Printing Supports Micro-Scale Hydropower
(Additive Manufacturing) After seeing BAAM in action during a site visit to ORNL, Cadens teamed up with Lonnie Love and others at the DOE lab to apply the large-format 3D printing technology to building physical systems based on guidance from the turbine design software. May 9

Tiny traps for toxic gases
(Envirotec) Metal organic frameworks could take acid-gas sequestration to the next level, and offer a practical approach to improving air quality, says a group from ORNL, which is tuning these devices to trap gases like NO2 and SO2. May 9

Supercomputer gets down to uranium vibes
(Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining) A study by researchers from ORNL, Savannah River National Laboratory and the Colorado School of Mines used simulations conducted on ORNL’s Summit supercomputer and neutron spectroscopy experiments conducted at the Spallation Neutron Source to identify key spectral features of uranium tetrafluoride hydrate. HPCwire also reported the story. May 8

Novel Carbon-Negative Route for Producing the Commodity Chemicals
(AZO Cleantech) Scientists from ORNL, LanzaTech Inc., Northwestern University, and the UT utilized an interdisciplinary method to improve strains of the bacterium Clostridium autoethanogenum to improve the production of isopropanol and acetone from waste gases. May 8

Biden Administration bets big on AM Forward program
(3D Printing Media Network) To support AM Forward, the Department of Energy will make its Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory available to SME manufacturers to test new additive techniques. May 6

Biden Administration Celebrates Launch of AM Forward and Calls on Congress to Pass Bipartisan Innovation Act
(Additive Manufacturing) To support AM Forward, DOE will make its Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL available to SME manufacturers to test new additive techniques. The Additive Report also shared the news. May 6

Discovering effective drugs, vaccines by supercomputer
(Oak Ridger) Supercomputers, like Summit and Frontier at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, are expensive. But so are tests of new therapeutic drugs and vaccines on people in clinical trials. May 5

Groundbreaking Knoxville researcher wins A.M. Turing award, 'Nobel Prize' of computer science
(News Sentinel) Jack Dongarra has held a joint appointment at the UT and ORNL since 1989. While he doesn't have a household name, his foundational work in computer science has undergirded the development of high-performance computers over the course of his 40-year career. May 4

TVA, ORNL creating new way for people to control their homes
(WATE) TVA and ORNL are looking to change the way East Tennesseans control their homes. On Wednesday, a tour was given of ORNL’s Yarnell house to show what they have been working on. May 4

Californium - Periodic Table of Videos
(Periodic Table of Videos) An extensive video about Californium, which reportedly costs up to $27m per gram. We go to where it's made in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. This video features Professor Martyn Poliakoff at the University of Nottingham and Julie Ezold at ORNL. May 4

The high cost of cobalt cathodes and some potential alternatives
(Charged Electric Vehicles Magazine) According to an article published in Advanced Energy Materials by researchers at ORNL, cobalt is currently the most expensive cathode material used in lithium-ion batteries. May 4

$80M in state funds allocated to Oak Ridge institute
(Oak Ridger) Tennessee Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, and state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston, this week announced the appropriation of $72 million in the newly adopted state budget for the University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute in Oak Ridge. May 4

ORNL’s Chi elected fellow of the Microscopy Society of America
(Bioengineer) Miaofang Chi, an ORNL scientist, has been elected a fellow of the Microscopy Society of America, or MSA. Chi is one of three fellows elected to the 2022 class. May 4

DOE lab develops satellite-supercomputer link system
(ExecutiveGov) ORNL has built a satellite terminal designed to collect and connect satellite data to a high-performance computing facility. ORNL aims to finish the installation of the supercomputer-powered ground station this summer to support the transmission of imagery for automated detection of changes on the Earth’s surface. May 3

COVID — Changing behavior
(Compass newsletter) It wasn’t your imagination — weekdays became more like weekend days during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Using cell-phone mobility data, ORNL researchers found that people in the United States changed their daily travel habits in response to COVID-19 ​​restrictions. May 3

Quantum computing promises to solve data center energy drain
(Venture Beat) Quantum computers will be vastly more energy-efficient than supercomputers in certain computational problems. Published research by a team of experts from NASA’s Ames Research Center, Google, and ORNL has demonstrated this benefit. May 2

R&D 100 of the day: Autonomous Self-Healing Sealant
(R&D World) ORNL’s autonomous self-healing sealants self-repair microcracks and cuts, recover mechanical properties and adhere well to dusty surfaces. They are formulated by mixing a low-cost additive into commercial sealants according to a process developed at ORNL. May 2

Company opens; hopes to hire 20 people for new Oak Ridge office
(Oak Ridger) Burns & McDonnell — with an office in Chattanooga — recognized the need for an Oak Ridge office as several new critical infrastructure projects were awarded to the firm within the area, including the Second Target Station project at ORNL. May 2

AM will change power generation, but needs to prove itself first
(Additive Manufacturing) In gas turbines and in nuclear power, Oak Ridge National Laboratory is working with major manufacturers to validate metal 3D printing for conventional parts as a prelude to developing the unconventional ones. May 2

New report examines the U.S. hydropower permitting process
(CleanTechnica) A report titled An Examination of the Hydropower Licensing and Federal Authorization Process, authored by a team from NREL and ORNL, examines the factors that have the greatest impact on the hydropower licensing process. May 1

Perceptron: AI mixes concrete, designs molecules, and thinks with space lasers
(TechCrunch) Researchers at ORNL are getting in on the AI formulation fun. Using a dataset of quantum chemistry calculations, whatever those are, the team created a neural network that could predict material properties — but then inverted it so that they could input properties and have it suggest materials. April 30

Researchers develop novel technique to identify relationships among medical concepts
(News Medical Life Sciences) A team of researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs, ORNL, Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital has developed a novel, machine learning–based technique to explore and identify relationships among medical concepts using electronic health record data across multiple healthcare providers. April 28

Details of “Demo Day” for “Techstars Industries of the Future Accelerator” announced
(Teknovation) In a little less than a month, the 10 start-ups participating in the inaugural “Techstars Industries of the Future Accelerator” will pitch their companies at a “Demo Day.” The event will begin at 5 p.m. EDT May 26 in the Student Union on the UT Knoxville campus, and the public is invited. April 28

Gas mileage & tire pressure: What you can do to save money at the pump | Expert interview with Shean Huff
(WBIR) WBIR featured an interview with ORNL’s Shean Huff for VERIFY. The video conversation covered tips for vehicle safety and savings on gas prices and fuel efficiency. April 27

IT Lab Partners LLC is a collaboration among several firms to provide IT support for ORNL
(Teknovation) Earlier this month, ORNL publicly announced the winners, and a joint venture named IT Lab Partners LLC was selected for the information technology BOA. ITLP, as the company is known, is comprised of XCEL Engineering, Information Technology Resources, and Cadre5. April 27

Michigan State's FRIB opens Monday. What does it actually do?
(Lansing State Journal) Kelly Chipps is an experimental nuclear astrophysicist and researcher at ORNL. Her research at FRIB centers on the types of nuclear reactions that power stars and stellar explosions. April 27

Bringing big science to address the climate challenge
(Homeland Security News Wire) Tackling the climate crisis and achieving an equitable clean energy future are among the biggest challenges of our time. ORNL is deeply invested in the big science capabilities and expertise needed to address the climate challenge on multiple fronts. April 27

UT-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute will help make Tennessee a national leader in STEM | Opinion
(News Sentinel) Tennessee is becoming a hub for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent and discovery. An integral component of that goal is the University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute (UT-ORII) in Oak Ridge. April 26

Video: Aquatic drone measures water quality in streams, rivers
(Engineering 360) An aquatic drone from ORNL is being used to measure water quality along rivers and streams to determine where pollutants like excess fertilizer are entering waterways. April 26

Changes afoot at Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, Exascale Computing Project
(Inside HPC) Change is afoot at the Exascale Computing Project and at OLCF. Jeff Nichols, associate laboratory director of ORNL with oversight over NCCS, is retiring. Osni Marques, staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will lead ECP’s Training & Productivity effort, taking over for Ashley Barker. April 26

New GE facility focuses on R&D of 3D printed wind turbine towers
(3D Printing Industry) In February last year, GE Renewable Energy was awarded a $6.7 million project by DOE to explore the design and manufacture of 3D printed wind turbine blades, working alongside ORNL and NREL. April 25

Affordable housing and decarbonization are no longer mutually exclusive
(Wealth Management) On the retrofit front, ORNL and the Knoxville Community Development Corporation are using 3D printing to create new exteriors for public housing units. 3D printing enables major cost-savings. April 25

ORNL invests in big science to address the climate challenge on multiple fronts
(AZO CleanTech) Tackling the climate crisis and achieving an equitable clean energy future are among the biggest challenges of our time. ORNL, the largest DOE science and energy laboratory in the country, is deeply invested in the big science capabilities and expertise needed to address the climate challenge on multiple fronts. April 22

Rooting out whether soil will store or release carbon during warming
(Oak Ridger) “Soil holds twice as much carbon as the atmosphere,” said Colleen Iversen, distinguished staff scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in a recent virtual talk to Friends of ORNL. April 21

How an experimental Minnesota forest is helping predict what could happen in different climate change scenarios
(CBS News) David Weston, a senior scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, along with more than 100 other researchers, comes to the forest to study how different degrees of global warming might impact the world's northern forests. April 20

Traffic-based analyses of buildings advance smart city capabilities
(STEM Magazine page 7) To determine how daily mobility patterns affect energy usage, researchers at ORNL partnered with the Smart City Division within the City of Chattanooga’s Department of Information Technology. 

ORNL's Dongarra to receive 'Nobel prize of computing'
(Oak Ridger) Jack Dongarra, UT distinguished professor of computer science and distinguished research staff member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will receive the 2021 A.M. Turing Award from the Association of Computing Machinery. April 20

Knoxville startup named finalist for Elon Musk's $100M carbon removal tech prize
(News Sentinel) "We're really a Tennessee homegrown company," said Anna Douglas, SkyNano CEO and co-founder. "The technology was born at Vanderbilt, incubated at Oak Ridge National Lab and it's flourishing in the Knoxville region. It's a moment of pride to be able to represent Tennessee." The story was also reported by the Oak Ridger and Teknovation. April 19

Battery startup licenses ORNL electrolyte and thin-film coating technologies
(Green Car Congress) Several ORNL electrolyte and thin-film coating technologies have been licensed by BTRY, a battery technology company, to make batteries with increased energy density, at lower cost, and with an improved safety profile in crashes. Battery Industry and Teknovation also reported the news. April 19

ORNL Researchers Investigate the Effects of Manganese on Soil Carbon and Climate
(AZO CleanTech) At the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, biogeochemist Elizabeth Herndon is working with colleagues to investigate a piece of the puzzle that has received little attention thus far: the role of manganese in the carbon cycle. April 19

Game-Changing Rare-Earth Elements Separation Technology Licensed to Marshallton
(Magnetics) Developed by scientists from ORNL and INL in DOE's Critical Materials Institute, or CMI, the technology provides insight into how to cost-effectively separate in-demand rare-earth elements, which could dramatically shift the industry to benefit producers in the United States. April 18

Hydropower supply chain deep dive assessment: Report
(Techstreet Now) A new Department of Energy report produced by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) identifies several supply chain must-haves in maintaining the pivotal role hydropower will play in decarbonizing the nation's grid. April 18

Targeted radioactive drugs raise hopes for treating cancer
(C&E News) Some of the producers of radioactive isotopes include Canada’s particle accelerator center, Triumf; the nuclear innovation company TerraPower, founded by Bill Gates; and an initiative from Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US. April 18

ORNL scientist to speak on plant root responses to climate change
(Oak Ridger) Colleen Iversen, distinguished staff scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will deliver a virtual talk in honor of Earth Day to Friends of ORNL at noon Tuesday, April 19. April 17

Top US Supercomputer Supports Mental Health Research
(HPCwire) “We are working with Oak Ridge National Laboratory … to develop the first decision support tool capable of analyzing all of the many significant factors that can set a child on a course toward becoming an adult with severe anxiety, depression or suicidal ideation.” April 16

ORNL computational study finds 15% bio-oil mixture in two-stroke marine engines can cut NOx 13% with efficiency parity
(Green Car Congress) A team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has developed a new computational model of a two-stroke scaled marine engine, with reduced chemical mechanisms for diesel, biodiesel, bio-oil, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). April 15

UT professor named Turing Award recipient
(WBIR) Jack Dongarra was named a recipient of the Turing Award from the Association for Computing Machinery. April 14

3D Printed Brackets Secure Fuel for Nuclear Power: The Cool Parts Show #45
(Additive Manufacturing) A nuclear reactor is essentially a large-scale heat exchanger, a point Ryan Dehoff of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility notes in this latest episode of The Cool Parts Show. April 14

Discovery could reduce production costs
(Agri-View) A genetic pathway to encourage a type of lignin formation in plants could make processing of crops for biofuels easier and less costly. Researchers at the ORNL focused on C-lignin, a polymer in the seed coats of certain exotic plants. April 13

Lithium ion batteries going cobalt-free; nickel next on the chopping block
(UPI) Sparkz, which expects to break ground on a new lithium ion battery production facility, or gigafactory, and deliver batteries to its first customers by the end of 2022, is the proud owner of six patents transferred from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. April 13

Robots Combine for Faster DED Build Rate (Video)
(Modern Machine Shop) The Medusa system developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility combines three robots performing directed energy deposition (DED) metal additive manufacturing via Lincoln Electric Additive Solutions’ wire arc additive manufacturing process. April 12

Hybrid approach for cellulosic biofuel production shows promise
(Ethanol Producer Magazine) Researchers collaborating through the Center for Bioenergy Innovation make the case that scientific advances support a hybrid approach using biological and catalytic methods for producing cellulosic biofuel for use in airplanes, ships and long-haul trucks. Biomass Magazine also ran the story. April 11

Government Deep Tech 2022 Top Funding Focus Explainable AI, Photonics, Quantum
(Forbes) DARPA, In-Q-Tel, US National Laboratories (examples: Argonne, Oak Ridge) are famous government funding agencies for deep tech on the forward boundaries, the near impossible, that have globally transformative solutions. The story also ran on Tech Register. April 11

DOE Announces $1 million in Funding for Radioisotope Research
(SNMMI Value Initiative) Topics funded seek to address key challenges associated with the advancement of therapeutic radioisotopes. Awardees include Nikki Thiele, ORNL, for establishing the chelation chemistry of antimony-119 for targeted Auger therapy. Read the funding announcement from DOE. April 11

Top 10 Countries in Asia Competing Against US in Supercomputer Making
(Industry Wired) Recently among the Top 10 supercomputers, two teams working on Summit won the prestigious Gordon Bell Prize for outstanding achievement in high-performance computing, commonly referred to as the Nobel Prize of supercomputing. April 11

Labor shortages, skills and training: Employers and orgs sound off
(Oak Ridger) "We are currently hiring in all areas of the organization in areas such as administrative support, engineering, IT, nuclear science, and cybersecurity, just to name a few," Morgan McCorkle, media relations manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. April 11

Across the Boreal Forest, Scientists Are Tracking Warming’s Toll
(Inside Climate News) The SPRUCE experiment — a collaboration between the U.S. Forest Service and ORNL — features 10 open-top glass chambers. Each is 30 feet high, 40 feet in diameter, and designed — by controlling temperature and CO2 levels — to mimic what will happen to boreal peatlands under various global warming scenarios. April 11

Video Friday: DALL-E 2 Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos
(IEEE Spectrum) Measuring water quality throughout river networks with precision, speed and at lower cost than traditional methods is now possible with AquaBOT, an aquatic drone developed by ORNL. April 8

Keeping energy inside: Grant to install 3-D printed walls at Knoxville’s oldest public housing complex
(Hellbender Press) Scientists at ORNL will partner with Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation to retrofit eight to 12 buildings at Western Heights using 3-D printed exterior “overclad” panels equipped with heat pumps and heat recovery systems. April 7

Ask Asa: More ways to save money on gas
(WJCL) If it rolls on four wheels, Oak Ridge researchers like Stacy Davis can tell you what it costs to operate. Davis says people should match their vehicles with their transportation needs to save money. April 7

How to Make Home Insulation From Recycled Clothing
(eHow) To determine what the sufficient R-value is for your insulation needs, review ORNL's Insulation Fact Sheet. The calculator within the fact sheet is based on new or existing construction, type of heating unit and your ZIP code. April 7

'Global EV Battery Innovations Conference' casts spotlight on Tennessee activities
(Teknovation) Initially incubated in the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL, Sanjiv Malhotra noted that much of the “world came to a standstill” soon after SPARKZ executed a license with the lab in February 2020. April 7  

4 Small Businesses Win $100M in DOE Lab Support Contracts
(GovConWire) Four small businesses have won two-year, basic ordering agreements worth $100 million combined to provide a range of contingent support services to the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. April 6

High-tech energy retrofits coming to Western Heights neighborhood renovation project
(News Sentinel) ORNL and the Knoxville Community Development Corporation will work together to retrofit the exteriors of roughly a dozen single-family public housing units to cut home heating energy costs. But the project is wildly different from a typical home improvement upgrade. April 6

ORNL and collaborators confirm antiviral material's effectiveness for COVID-19 mask use
(FLC News) ORNL researchers and collaborators from Iowa State University and industrial forensics company RJ Lee Group have demonstrated a safe and effective antiviral coating for N95 masks that destroys the COVID-19-causing coronavirus and could enable reuse of masks made from various fabrics. April 5

Environment — Clean Water Bots
(CleanTechnica) Measuring water quality throughout river networks with precision, speed and at lower cost than traditional methods is now possible with AquaBOT, an aquatic drone developed by ORNL. Hackster and WaterWorld also shared the story. April 5

Oak Ridge Seeks Potential Commercial Licensors of Wireless Drone Charging Tech
(ExecutiveGov) ORNL is planning to commercialize its wireless charging invention aimed at increasing the flight time of unmanned aircraft vehicles. April 5

SAE WCX 2022: Internal-combustion’s life extension
(SAE International) “The continued development of ICEs must support de-carbonization,” asserted Jim Szybist, senior research staff scientist at ORNL, who kicked off the 2022 Sustainable Low-Impact Combustion Engine Symposium. April 5

Suddenly, Heat Pump Clothes Dryers Are Having A Moment
(CleanTechnica) In 2014, DOE partnered its ORNL with GE Appliances for a $1,000,000 cost-shared project aimed at developing a heat pump clothes dryer for home use. April 4

Oak Ridge National Lab turns pollution into fuel, plastics and ... high-end clothes?
(News Sentinel) What if you could capture pollution off a smokestack and turn it into a polyester dress, jet fuel or high-end running shoes? That's something that Oak Ridge National Lab scientists have been working on and it's already hitting stores. The Oak Ridger also ran the story. April 3

Scientific successes of the Summit supercomputer
(Oak Ridger) COVID-19. Exploding stars. Jet engines. Diamonds and fusion energy. These and other scientific challenges are being addressed by users of Summit, the nation’s most powerful supercomputer, which is located at ORNL. MSN republished the story. April 3

Selective separation of individual rare-earth elements using DGA-based ligands
(Chemical Engineering) A process featuring new diglycolamide-based ligands and liquid-liquid extraction exhibits more effective separation of individual REEs, and will allow lower-cost processing of REE-containing ores. The process was developed by ORNL and INL through DOE's Critical Materials Institute, an Energy Innovation Hub. April 1

It’s about time for the electrical grid
(GPS World) The Center for Alternative Synchronization and Timing is located at and led by ORNL and has been underway for almost two years. More than just an academic center for research, CAST is building a network of atomic master clocks and methods of time delivery by fiber that will ensure power grids always have failsafe and resilient time. April 1

Is There an Optimal Driving Speed that Saves Gas—and Money?
(Wired) Fortunately, some people tested a bunch of cars and created at least an approximate way to estimate fuel efficiency: It’s a 2013 paper from Oak Ridge National Laboratory that produces multiple speed-efficiency models. April 1

Big Tech is robbing talent from government labs. This Turing winner doesn’t like it.
(Protocol) Turing Award winner Jack Dongarra’s new “Nobel Prize of computing” trophy for his supercomputing work comes with a cool $1 million courtesy of Google. But Dongarra would rather the company and its Big Tech brethren quit drafting talent from his lab system. Forbes ran a story about Dongarra's career and his Turing Award recognition. April 1

Marie Kurz: Helping science on watersheds flow across disciplines
(Hellbender Press) Spanning no less than three disciplines, Marie Kurz’s title — hydrogeochemist — already gives you a sense of the collaborative, interdisciplinary nature of her research at ORNL. Still, those six syllables only hint at the vast web of relationships encompassed in her work. April 1

Study Sheds new Light on Promising Photvoltaic Material
(Printed Electronics World) A study by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory takes a fresh look at what could become the first step toward a new generation of solar batteries. Advanced Batteries and Energy Storage Research also reported on the study. April 1

Cooperative effort secures plutonium removal
(World Nuclear News) Technical experts from ORNL and Savannah River National Laboratory worked with a team from the IAEA for several years to complete the activities required for the safe and secure transportation of the material to the USA. April 1

Prototype spacecraft power system for deep space secures $600k NASA grant
(Aerospace) Leading the APPLE project is Aerospace in conjunction with teams from ORNL and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. NASA JPL joined the team for Phase II and ORNL completed the radiation testing for the project during Phase I. March 31

New Oak Ridge supercomputer outperforms the old in a fraction of the space
(Network World) Crusher is a Mini Me version of Frontier, an exascale supercomputer due to be deployed this year or next. Both computers are based on the same hardware, but Crusher much smaller and serves as a testbed for applications that will eventually run on Frontier. March 31

Supercomputing vet named Turing Award winner
(Axios) This year's Turing Award, often dubbed the Nobel Prize of the computing industry, is going to Jack Dongarra, a pioneer in the field of supercomputers. Forbes, CNET, ZDNet, Protocol, Fortune, HPCwire, Inside HPC, and Compass also covered the news. March 30

Turing Award Won by Programmer Who Paved Way for Supercomputers
(New York Times) Dongarra, now a professor at the University of Tennessee and a researcher at nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory, was a young researcher in Chicago when he specialized in linear algebra, a form of mathematics that underpins many of the most ambitious tasks in computer science.

Utility-scale batteries? VPP programs? Both? How states are valuing energy storage
(Solar Builder) “In Hawaii, organizations have moved from trying to protect a utility from rooftop PV to trying to take advantage of it — it’s been a sea change,” says Larry Markel, a technical researcher at ORNL. March 30

Phenomenal News From ClimateTech Unicorn, LanzaTech
(Forbes) In a paper published by Nature Biotechnology, LanzaTech scientists and colleagues from Northwestern University, ORNL, and DOE's Joint Genome Institute announced they had succeeded in engineering two new strains of C. auto that would create two additional industrial platform chemicals – acetone and isopropanol. March 30

Yo-STEM program encourages underserved students in East TN to pursue STEM careers
(WBIR) Candice Halbert, a chemist who works at ORNL, is currently working on her Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Tennessee and spends her free time mentoring young students who want to work in science, technology, engineering and math through her non-profit, Yo-STEM. March 29

Early Frontier supercomputer tests show decent performance leaps
(Next Platform) Oak Ridge said in a statement, when talking about benchmarks run on the “Crusher” testbed system that is based on the same exact hardware and software used in Frontier, that the “promising performance on Crusher points toward success on the full Frontier system, which will be operational in the second half of 2022." Similar coverage ran in Electronic Design, Computing, ZDNet, and The Register. March 28

HPCwire Unveils 2022 People to Watch
(HPCwire) The 2022 HPCwire People to Watch selections include Bronson Messer, Distinguished Scientist and director of science at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility at ORNL. March 28

Ask Asa: How to save money on gas
(WJCL) If you want to get better gas mileage, you can talk to car dealers, mechanics, gas station owners. You can also talk to Stacy Davis, an ORNL researcher. DOE entrusts this Tennessee-based lab to supply up-to-the-minute research on all forms of energy. March 24

U.S. DOE Scientists Create New High Heat Resistant Adhesive From Household Plastics
(Adhesives) A study at ORNL has resulted in a new, very tough, and highly heat resistant adhesive, created by using dynamic crosslinking to adapt the chemical structure of  household plastics commonly used in toothbrushes, mouth guards used for sports, and handlebar grips. March 24

Public Housing to Receive Efficiency Upgrades as Part of Energy Department Experiment
(Scientific American/E&E News) DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy will attempt to create construction and renovation practices this year by focusing on public housing in seven cities, beginning with Knoxville, Tenn. Compass also covered the news. March 23

Smithsonian exhibit honors Fayetteville native
(Elk Valley Times) Amy Elliott, a Fayetteville native, is one of the women featured in the exhibit IfThenSheCan on display in the Smithsonian Castle. The statues honor women in STEM fields who are shaping a better world. 3DPrint.com also ran a story about the statues and mentioned Elliott. March 23

Salt Marsh Grass on Georgia’s Coast Gets Nutrients for Growth from Helpful Bacteria
(ECO) The new study's research in salty wetlands is similar to climate-related work Joel Kostka leads on peat mosses in freshwater bogs at the Spruce and Peatland Responses Under Changing Environments research facility in northern Minnesota. The facility is managed by the USDA's Forest Service and ORNL. March 23

ORAU welcomes new board members, six new universities
(Oak Ridger) Alan S. Icenhour, ORNL deputy director for operations, has been elected as an at-large member of the ORAU board of directors. March 22

Nvidia speeds AI, climate modeling
(CIO) Nvidia has developed a compiler for this language, nvq++, that will first be used by researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and an SDK for accelerating quantum workflows, cuQuantum, which is available as a container optimized to run on its A100 GPU. March 22

Wildfires will pose great socioeconomic risk in future, say researchers
(The Guardian) The researchers, from universities including Peking University, Beijing and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US, hope their study can be used to show regional disparities in wildfire exposure to help prepare for fires in those areas. March 22

10 Ways to Save On Gas
(Government Fleet) Analysis by ORNL revealed aggressive driving behaviors like speeding and rapid acceleration and braking can lower fuel economy by up to 30% at highway speeds and up to 40% in stop-and-go traffic. March 22

The Car of the Future May Be Built From Crude Oil Leftovers
(Daily Beast) These new chemical combinations were recreated in the real world by scientists at ORNL and used to produce tangible carbon fibers that could bear the sort of weight and compressive force most other carbon fibers are notable for. The story also ran on MSN and Yahoo! News. March 21

Can 3D printing debottleneck prototype tool production?
(Composites World) A study conducted jointly by ORNL and IACMI attempted to 3D print developmental tooling to compression mold sheet molding compound using high-temperature carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastics on a large-format additive manufacturing system at ORNL. March 21

3D printer updates from ORNL
(3D Printing Industry) ORNL has installed an ElemX metal 3D printer from US printer and photocopier manufacturer Xerox. Installed at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, the printer will enable ORNL and Xerox to cooperate on advancing the latter’s liquid metal additive manufacturing technology for high-volume applications in sectors such as automotive. March 21

Participants in “Techstars Industries of the Future Accelerator” introduced at event
(Teknovation) “We did it because we were here in Knoxville,” he explained, noting three key factors that make this a great place to start and grow a company: great partners like UT, Tennessee Valley Authority, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory; a great place to live; and an abundance of people who want to help. March 20

Conferences, awards, ribbon cuttings and pitch events highlight our “News & Notes”
(Teknovation) Oak Ridge National Laboratory received $5 million to demonstrate the use of 3D-printed modular overclad panels with heat pump systems in eight to 12 single-family attached public housing homes and one commercial building in Knoxville. March 20

Women – yes, we can. And we will.
(Chattanooga Times Free Press opinion) At ORNL, manufacturing scientist Amy Elliott is among 120 women featured in a new Smithsonian exhibit titled "IfThenSheCan." The exhibit, on display through March 27 at the Smithsonian Castle in Washington, D.C., features women who have excelled in STEM fields. The article was republished on Yahoo! News. March 19

Chiplets Enter The Supercomputer Race
(Semiconductor Engineering) Later this year, the U.S. is expected to deploy its first exascale supercomputer, a 1.5 Eflop/s or faster system called Frontier. Based on AMD’s server processors and GPU accelerators, Frontier is located at ORNL. March 17

Wide-Bandgap Materials Address EV Power and Efficiency Requirements 
(Power Electronics Now) “We are still focused on pure EVs and looking at electric vehicles going beyond the 200-mile range, with 60-kWh or higher energy storage,” ORNL's Burak Ozpineci said. “We are currently looking at ways of integrating the motors and power electronics inside the chassis.” March 16

IARPA Project Aims to Identify People from Drones by More Than Just Their Face
(Nextgov) Officials from DOE's ORNL, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command will provide testing and evaluation for this work. Intelligence Community News and Homeland Preparedness News also shared the news. March 16

How a breakthrough in geothermal could change our energy grid
(Grist) After a decade of research, Paul Woskov is now working with a geothermal company called Quaise to test millimeter waves for geothermal drilling. They’re doing tests at ORNL— essentially, melting holes in rocks. March 16

Paddlewheel-like molecules push sodium ions through next-generation battery
(Physics World) Led by Olivier Delaire, the Duke researchers used neutron scattering experiments at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to study one possible electrolyte, sodium thiophosphate. March 16

Scientists discover genetic pathway for better biofuel processing
(Ethanol Producer Magazine) A team of researchers working within the Center for Bioenergy Innovation at ORNL has discovered a pathway to encourage a type of lignin formation in plants that could make the processing of crops grown for products such as sustainable jet fuels easier and less costly. Biomass Magazine also reported the news. March 16

3D printed statue of Tennessee scientist on display in DC
(Associated Press) Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Amy Elliott is one of 120 women featured in the exhibit IfThenSheCan on display in the Smithsonian Castle through March 27. WBIR also covered the story. March 15

USA pilots next-generation building upgrades
(Construction Index) ORNL will demonstrate 3D-printed modular overclad panels with heat pump systems in 8 to 12 single-family attached public housing homes and one commercial building in Knoxville, Tennessee. Daily Energy Insider also covered the news. March 15

People and Honors: Major career moves happening at PYA, Tranzonic and The Stokely Company
(News Sentinel) This Business Journal briefs package includes news of ORNL personnel including new posts for Susan Hubbard and Moe Khaleel and honors for Miaofang Chi, Shaun Gleason, Mark Lumsden and Mircea Podar. March 13

Researchers find genetic pathway for improved biofuel processing
(Industry and Energy) Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CBI) have discovered a way to encourage the formation of lignin in plants, which could make the processing of crops grown for products such as sustainable jet fuels easier and less expensive. March 11

Yes, properly inflating your car’s tires can help improve your gas mileage
(WBIR-TV) Shean Huff, a staff researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory — the largest multi-program science and energy research lab in the U.S. — explained the science behind why tire pressure affects a car’s fuel economy. March 10

Fermentation turns greenhouse gases into useful chemicals
(Physics World) A carbon-negative process that produces industrial-scale quantities of acetone and isopropanol has been developed by researchers in the US. Their work could lead to the replacement of some emissions-heavy chemical production methods with more flexible and environmentally friendly processes. March 10

ORNL honors small business partners
(Oak Ridger) Four small businesses and one employee were recognized for their exceptional performance in support of ORNL at the lab’s Small Business Awards ceremony held virtually. March 10

LanzaTech Converts Carbon into Ethanol, Acetone/IPA
(CHEManager) LanzaTech researchers, together with their counterparts at Northwestern University and ORNL, have created a new gas fermentation process using C. auto to convert waste gases, such as emissions from heavy industry or syngas generated from a biomass source, into either isopropyl alcohol (IPA) or acetone. March 10

Summit Supercomputer Used to Model Classroom Covid Spread
(HPCwire) As the world’s students return to classrooms, a general unease remains over the dynamics of Covid transmission even as the omicron variant settles into a lull. Researchers used ORNL's Summit, the most powerful supercomputer in the country, to simulate how Covid particles might spread in a classroom. March 10

ORNL scientist featured in Smithsonian exhibit honoring women in STEM
(WBIR) ORNL said Amy Elliott leads the lab's robotics and intelligent systems group and specializes in the inkjet-based 3D printing of metals and ceramics. March 9

Bell State Analyzer Brings Quantum Internet Closer
(Photonics Media) Collaborators from industry and academia — researchers at ORNL, Freedom Photonics, and Purdue University — have made strides toward a fully quantum internet. The collaborators have designed and demonstrated what they report is the first Bell state analyzer for frequency bin coding. March 9

Polymer upcycles to structural adhesive
(Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining) Researchers at the ORNL say the new adhesive can bear heavy loads, endure extreme stress and heat, and reversibly bond to different surfaces, including glass, aluminum and steel. March 9

DOE: cobalt is the most expensive material used in lithium-ion battery cathodes
(Green Car Congress) A team from ORNL recently reviewed the science and technology gaps and potential of numerous cobalt-free Li-ion cathodes including layered, spinel, olivine, and disordered rock-salt systems. March 8

Carmakers Race to Control Next-Generation Battery Technology
(New York Times) Ilias Belharouak, who runs the Oak Ridge Battery Manufacturing Facility, said the goal was to cut battery costs by as much as half, increase their range beyond 300 miles and get charge times down to 15 minutes or less. March 7

Smart City capabilities enhanced with Traffic-based analyses
(Highways Today) Researchers at ORNL partnered with the Smart City Division within the City of Chattanooga’s Department of Information Technology. Benefits from this work could ultimately include more efficient heating and cooling of buildings based on their populations and faster, better informed responses in emergency scenarios. Teknovation also covered this story. March 7

ORNL is working with LanzaTech to develop carbon capture technology using microorganisms
(Compass newsletter) Researchers from LanzaTech, ORNL and Northwestern University built on LanzaTech’s technology to develop the gas fermentation process, part of the company’s “carbon-negative platform,” which aims to help achieve net-zero carbon emissions in the coming decades. March 7

Science and supercomputers at ORNL topic of March 8 talk
(Oak Ridger) Bronson Messer, director of science at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will speak virtually to Friends of ORNL at noon Tuesday, March 8, on “Computational Science at the Dawn of the Exascale Era.” March 7

Simulating the spread of pathogens in a classroom environment
(HVACR Online) A team used the US’s fastest supercomputer, Summit, to model the spread of aerosol viral particles in classrooms. A team led by Rao Kotamarthi at Argonne National Laboratory is using supercomputers at ORNL to study how aerosol viral particles are distributed in a ventilated classroom. March 7

Black women continue to make history across industries
(ABC News) Clarice Phelps is a nuclear chemist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and in 2010 she played a key role in discovering and confirming Tennessine, a new element on the periodic table. But her groundbreaking work isn't done -- she's also part of the international effort to discover elements 119 and 120. March 5

Cincinnati Children's doctors hopeful supercomputer can help decrease mental illness
(WCPO) "We teach the computer [Summit] what it looks like, and that's called the training stage," Dr. John Pestian said. "We get all the data we want and clean it, and then we give it to the computer and say, 'This is what depression looks like.'" March 4

USNC to benefit from Oak Ridge nuclear 3D printing capabilities with new fuel facility
(3D Printing Industry) The Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation has announced plans to locate its pilot fuel manufacturing operations in Oak Ridge in close proximity to ORNL. The News Sentinel also covered this story. March 3

Seattle-based nuclear reactor company to set up new manufacturing facility in Oak Ridge
(WBIR) Since the new manufacturing facility will be located close to Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 National Security Complex, the company said it hopes to hire people in Oak Ridge who are trained in making and handling nuclear fuel. The story was also covered by WATE3D Printing IndustryPower Engineering International and World Nuclear News. March 2

Oak Ridge, TVA to partner on decarbonization technologies
(AP) ORNL and TVA announced on Tuesday they have signed a new memorandum of understanding to work together on decarbonization technologies. The story also was covered by the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Oak Ridger, Compass, TeknovationAZO CleanTech and Energy CentralYahoo! republished the Oak Ridger's story. March 2

Doctors Using AI, Supercomputer To Predict And Prevent 50% Of Mental Illness
(Forbes)  Almost a billion people globally suffer from some form of mental illness. But doctors from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital are using artificial intelligence and Summit, the world’s second most powerful supercomputer, for early diagnosis. March 2

Researchers develop a way to capture furnace emissions
(Techstreet Now) ORNL researchers have developed a novel solution to reduce the environmental impact of natural gas-condensing furnaces commonly used in U.S. homes. March 2

Waste not: Turning pollution into products
(Beauty Matter) LanzaTech, ORNL, and Northwestern University recently revealed a pilot model using fermentation methods and LanzaTech’s Clostridium autoethanogenum bacterium to manufacture inexpensive waste gas feedstocks like synthesis gas and industrial emissions into manufacturing carbon-negative acetone and isopropanol. March 2

5 Things to Know This Morning — Tuesday, March 1, 2022
(Innovation and Tech Today) A team of researchers at LanzaTech, Northwestern University, and ORNL developed the microbe to convert waste carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide into acetone and isopropanol. March 1

Powering the renewable energy transition with 3D printing: wind
(3D Printing Industry) Working alongside ORNL and NREL, GE seeks to increase the competitiveness of both onshore and offshore wind energy by leveraging 3D printing to reduce manufacturing costs and improve supply chain flexibility. March 1

Marie Kurz: Helping science on watersheds flow across disciplines
(STEM Magazine pgs. 10-15) Spanning no less than three disciplines, Marie Kurz’s title — hydrogeochemist — already gives you a sense of the collaborative, interdisciplinary nature of her research at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. March 2022 issue

Danielle Castley has launched three core products in the Becqshield line
(Teknovation) Almost halfway through the second year of ORNL “Innovation Crossroads” program, Danielle Castley, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Becq, has been making strides with its radiation shielding materials. Feb. 28

R&D 100 winner of the day: UCC: Ultraconductive Copper-CNT Composite
(R&D World) ORNL's ultraconductive Cu-CNT composite is a new class of high-performance conductors in which carbon nanotubes are incorporated into a copper matrix, demonstrate improved electrical conductivity, higher current-carrying capacity, and improved mechanical properties compared to pure Cu. Feb. 28

Scientists stumble into new discovery
(NNY360) The finding could lead to better treatments for a condition that many struggle to keep in check, the authors reported this month in Science Translational Medicine, collaborating with researchers at Penn Medicine’s dermatology department and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, among other institutions. Feb. 27

NCAR to investigate impact of weather conditions on autonomous electric vehicles
(Autonomous Vehicle International) In addition to NCAR and Western Michigan University, the overall project includes ORNL and DriveU.auto, bringing together expertise from the academic, government and private sectors. Feb. 25

ORNL honors local small business partners and more business news
(Teknovation) ORNL held its “2021 Small Business Awards Ceremony," honoring the exceptional performance of four businesses and one employee for their support of the lab. A news release from ORNL said the lab allocated 53 percent of its subcontracting funds to small businesses for a total of nearly $400 million. Feb. 25

JuggerBot 3D to Double Production Capacity
(Business Journal Daily) JuggerBot will officially launch the second phase of a cooperative research and development agreement with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The company will work with additive manufacturing process technology developed in 2021. Feb. 24

One of Most Diverse Biobanks in the USA Held by UTHSC and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
(Biobanking) “This repository, one of the largest databases in the United States to contain the genetic information of Black Americans linked to their de-identified electronic medical data, is a powerful tool,” said Robert Davis, director of the UTHSC Center in Biomedical Informatics and the UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair in Biomedical Informatics. Feb. 24

Robots Combine for Faster DED Build Rate (Video)
(Additive Manufacturing) The Medusa system developed at ORNL's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility combines three robots performing directed energy deposition metal additive manufacturing via Lincoln Electric Additive Solutions’ wire arc additive manufacturing process. Feb. 24

Carbon Capture Technology Harnesses Emissions to Produce Valuable Chemicals
(AZO Materials) A team of scientists from LanzaTech, Northwestern University and ORNL have developed carbon capture technology that harnesses emissions from industrial processes to produce acetone and isopropanol, known as IPA. These widely used chemicals serve as the basis of thousands of products, from fuels and solvents to acrylic glass and fabrics. Green Car Congress, Bioenergy International, Highways Today, Packaging Insights and Industry and Energy also reported the news. Feb. 22

Penn scientists’ accidental discovery could change the way doctors think about eczema
(Philadelphia Inquirer) The finding could lead to better treatments for a condition that many struggle to keep in check, the authors reported this month in Science Translational Medicine, collaborating with researchers at Penn Medicine’s dermatology department and ORNL, among other institutions. Feb. 22

Breakthrough proves fusion is a shot at the stars worth taking
(Reuters) Efficiently producing electricity from fusion requires more than making a better fusion heat source and there are still some major technological challenges to be overcome, including the materials used, says director of ORNL's Fusion Energy Division Mickey Wade. Feb. 22

Meet Clarice Phelps, the first Black woman to be involved in the discovery of a periodic element!
(WBIR) Phelps is now part of an outreach program to encourage young girls of color to take an interest in science. Feb. 21

Summit Study Spins Up New Insights Into Correlated Electron Systems
(Swift Telecast) A study led by researchers at ORNL used the nation’s fastest supercomputer to close in on the answer to a central question of modern physics that could help conduct development of the next generation of energy technologies. Feb. 19

ORION meeting Monday on urban microclimates
(Oak Ridger) The next ORION meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, via Zoom. The title of the talk will be “Studying Urban Microclimates.” The talk will be given by Melissa Allen-Dumas, research scientist at ORNL. Feb. 18

Mahle Gets US Government’s Aid To Reduce Methane Emissions
(Mobility Outlook) The project partners of Mahle Powertrain include the State University of New York in Buffalo/New York and ORNL. The research programme is part of the Reducing Emissions of Methane Every Day of the Year (REMEDY) initiative. Feb. 18

Powering the renewable energy transition with 3D printing: Nuclear
(3D Printing Industry) “Clearly, further electrification of the manufacturing sector through 3D printing is the near-term opportunity for decarbonization,” said ORNL's Xin Sun, associate laboratory director for the Energy Science and Technology Directorate, and Kathy McCarthy, associate laboratory director for the Fusion and Fission Energy and Science Directorate. Feb. 17

Clinch River in the Spotlight
(Nuclear Newswire) Last week’s announcement from the Tennessee Valley Authority about its “New Nuclear Program,” which outlines the potential development of the Clinch River site near ORNL, is the catalyst for this week’s #ThrowbackThursday post. Feb. 17

Algorithms May Take Over the Job of Scanning Dense Federal Documents
(FedTech) “It’s an extremely difficult problem,” says Robert Patton, who leads the Learning Systems Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. “From a Word document, we can easily access information and do natural language processing.” Feb. 16

Solving the Quantum Decryption 'Harvest Now, Decrypt Later' Problem
(Security Week) Qrypt uses several different quantum mechanics-based random number generators. All are based on published technology with a roadmap of new quantum source types from research partners including ICFO, LANL, ORNL, and EPFL. HelpNet Security also reported on Qrypt. Feb. 16

Actinic’s Joe Fortenbaugh says supply chain issues have impacted R&D efforts
(Teknovation) Joe Fortenbaugh has been working out of the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He plans to continue working with the 3D printing experts and engineers at the MDF to develop Actinic’s thermally cured thermoset materials. 

Gov. Bill Lee announces $72 million to the UT-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute to make East TN a STEM hub
(WBIR) Dustin Gilmer, one member of the Oak Ridge Institute, said he grew up on a farm in Kingsport. His family has lived in Appalachia for five generations. Gilmer is a Ph.D. student at the University of Tennessee, and through the Oak Ridge Institute, Gilmer researches 3D printing. Feb. 15

ORNL Receives Federal Laboratory Awards for Paper-Thin, Customizable Batteries
(Printed Electronics Now) ORNL, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development were recognized by the Federal Laboratory Consortium for their impactful partnership that resulted in a record $2.3 billion investment by Ultium Cells.Teknovation also shared news of the FLC Awards. Feb. 15

This fuel plant will use agricultural waste to combat climate change
(MIT Technology Review) “Certainly the added costs of BECCS, or any negative-emissions decarbonization strategy, would need to be somehow compensated for the industry to grow,” Matthew Langholtz said. Feb. 15

Qubitekk Named Finalist for Edison Award for Quantum-Based Security Technology
(HPC Wire) This new cybersecurity application is an extension of previous research and development by Qubitekk and EPB in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Chattanoogan also reported the news. Feb. 11

Tennessee Tech women in scientific careers celebrated during national Women in Science Day
(Upper Cumberland Business Journal) Amy Elliott, a scientific leader in the field of 3D printing of metals and ceramics at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, was named to Knoxville’s 40 Under 40 list and discussed what she has learned in her professional career. Feb. 11

Electrostatic engineering gets the lead out for faster batteries
(Plant Engineering) To understand these electrostatic interactions, and the theory that explains the new antiferroelectric they stabilized, the Cornell team worked with collaborators from Harvard; Pennsylvania State University; University of California, Berkeley; ETH Zürich; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; and the Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth. Feb. 11

Advanced Simulations, Additive Manufacturing Drive CAD/CAM Innovations
(SME) "While we work with many machine builders, universities and end users, Open Mind has had intensive collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Knoxville, Tenn. to test software parameters and build parameters, variant strategies, and more." Feb. 10

Why Improving The Cold Weather Performance of Heat Pumps Can Help Achieve Decarbonization Goals
(Energy Central)  In August 2021, DOE awarded a three-year grant to EPRI to develop a new, more energy efficient heat pump system, in coordination with ORNL. The new system will combine elements of a thermoelectric heat pump with a conventional air-source version to better perform during extreme cold weather. Feb. 9

Precision machining produces tiny, light-guiding cubes for advancing info tech
(Paradigm/Medium) Drilling with the beam of an electron microscope, scientists at ORNL precisely machined tiny electrically conductive cubes that can interact with light and organized them in patterned structures that confine and relay light’s electromagnetic signal. Feb. 9

Examining DNA In Drops Of Water Near Hydropower Plants
(CleanTechnica) Researchers at ORNL are using a novel approach in determining environmental impacts to aquatic species near hydropower facilities, potentially leading to smarter facility designs that can support electrical grid reliability. Feb. 9

Carbon Killers
(Compass) Ultra Safe Nuclear Corp. will be using additive manufacturing technology developed at ORNL to fabricate parts for carbon-free micro modular nuclear reactors that can be deployed almost anywhere. 3D Printing also shared news of the licensing. Feb. 8

In their own words: Be Global Safety execs on TechStars ‘Future’ selection
(WRAL TechWire) The Industries of the Future Accelerator will run in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the University of Tennessee System. Venture Nashville Connections also posted a story about the accelerator. Feb. 8

Geothermal startup nabs $40M for deep drilling push
(Axios) Quaise, working with ORNL, plans to move from indoor drilling to in-ground field under lab conditions allowing expansion to depths around 10 meters this year. Feb. 8

These tech founders are heading to a new downtown Knoxville hub for startups
(News Sentinel) Ten national and international tech startups coming to East Tennessee to grow their companies will set up shop inside one of the most visible spaces in downtown Knoxville. Global firm Techstars will launch its Knoxville-Oak Ridge Industries of the Future Accelerator inside the former Regions Bank office at the corner Gay Street and Union Avenue. Feb. 7

Manufacturing bits: Design tool for solid-state batteries
(Semiconductor Engineering) ORNL has devised a new tool designed to accelerate the development of energy-dense solid-state batteries. The tool, called the Solid-State Battery Performance Analyzer and Calculator, enables researchers to assess the impact of battery designs and choice of cell components for solid-state batteries. Feb. 7

This week’s “News & Notes” feature covers a number of areas
(Teknovation) The budget that Governor Bill Lee presented last Monday night to a joint session of the Tennessee General Assembly included fully funding the University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute (UT-ORII). Feb. 6

Scientists Make Glue So Strong It Can Hold 300 lbs, Withstand 400 F
(Newsweek) Tomonori Saito, a scientist at ORNL, and colleagues describe how they have produced a material with enhanced temperature endurance plus "unprecedented tough adhesion characteristics" that "surpass those of many existing commercial adhesives." The story was also shared by MSN. Feb. 4

ORNL’s Govindarajan Muralidharan Elected NAI Fellow
(Printed Electronics Now) ORNL's Govindarajan Muralidharan has been elected a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Muralidharan was recognized for “a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development and welfare of society.” Feb. 4

Quantum material should be a conductor but remains an insulator
(Nanowerk) This work used high intensity neutron beams at the Spallation Neutron Source at ORNL to look deep inside an archetype quantum material, lanthanum nickel oxide, in which one-sixth of the lanthanum atoms were replaced with strontium atoms. Feb. 3

How to Make an Impossible Nuclear Reactor (3D Printer Sold Separately)
(IEEE Spectrum) Ultra Safe Nuclear Corp. has licensed a novel 3D-printing technology from ORNL that will allow the company to make nuclear reactor components not with metals but with technical ceramics that are much more resistant to radiation and extreme temperatures, enabling them to speed up the development of next-generation reactors. This news was also covered by the Oak Ridger and republished by Yahoo! News. Feb. 2

Polymer Upcycling Of Common Plastic Adds Toughness, Recyclability To Structural Adhesives
(Adhesives and Sealants) Researchers at ORNL used polymer chemistry to transform a common household plastic into a reusable adhesive with a rare combination of strength and ductility, making it one of the toughest materials ever reported. Feb. 2

Environmental DNA Samples Used To Explore Impact of Hydropower Facilities
(Technology Networks) Researchers at ORNL are using a novel approach in determining environmental impacts to aquatic species near hydropower facilities, potentially leading to smarter facility designs that can support electrical grid reliability. Feb. 2

Q&A: ORNL’s Early Steps in DOE’s March to Build a Quantum Internet
(HPCWire) ORNL recently became one of a handful of organizations funded by DOE to develop the underlying technology required to build a Quantum Internet. The move came at roughly the same time ORNL reorganized its quantum research under a Quantum Information Science Section headed by Nicholas Peters. Feb. 2

Oak Ridge Supercomputing Team Seeks Novel Covid Therapeutic Pathways
(HPCWire) Researchers at ORNL are using the most powerful supercomputer in the country to identify “flexible” regions of the virus’ spike protein, which could prove to be viable targets for new therapeutics. Feb. 2

Philip Roth Named General Chair for SC24
(HPCWire) Philip Roth, a group leader in the National Center for Computational Sciences at ORNL, has been named the general chair of SC24, the 2024 edition of the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis. Feb. 1

Industry Leaders in Aerospace and Defense Composites Manufacturing Honored
(Manufacturing News) Ahmed Arabi Hassen, ORNL R&D staff scientist, is the recipient for the 2021 J.H. "Jud" Hall Composites Manufacturing Award. He is leading ORNL's development efforts for advanced manufacturing of molds and dies for the composite manufacturing industry. Feb. 1

ASHRAE Recognizes Outstanding Achievements at Winter Conference
(Retrofit) ASHRAE recognized the outstanding achievements and contributions of members to the Society and the built environment industry during its 2022 Winter Conference in Las Vegas. Among the honorees are ORNL's Brian Fricke and Jason DeGraw. Feb. 1

EV Battery Recycling Made Safer with Automated Disassembly
(Tech Briefs) ORNL engineers are creating the robotic tools and controls that will automate the process of disassembling batteries. "With our system, when the robot picks up the battery pack and puts it on the production line, it marks the last time a human will touch it until it’s in pieces and parts." Feb. 1

Precision machining produces tiny, light-guiding cubes for advancing info tech
(R&D World) Drilling with the beam of an electron microscope, scientists at ORNL precisely machined tiny electrically conductive cubes that can interact with light and organized them in patterned structures that confine and relay light’s electromagnetic signal. Feb. 1

ORNL employees, UT-Battelle donate $900K+ to nonprofits
(Oak Ridge Today) Most of the donations, almost $800,000, came from laboratory employees. UT-Battelle provided an additional $144,000 in corporate contributions. That’s a total of $944,000 in donations. Jan. 31

Secretary’s Honor Awards recognize ORNL employees
(Oak Ridge Today) ORNL employees received DOE Secretary’s Honor Awards from Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm in January for their work on projects related to computer tools and classified information, a new alloy, and the production of plutonium-238 and special components for the Mars Perseverance rover. Jan. 31

R&D 100 of the day: MSC MillMax
(R&D World) MSC MillMax, developed by ORNL and MSC Industrial Supply, Manufacturing Laboratories, uses impact testing equipment and software to improve the milling performance on Computer Numerical Control machine tools. Jan. 31

The future of (sustainable) safe nuclear energy is 3D printed at ORNL
(3D Printing Media Network) TRISO fuels and 3D printing of refractory metals are shaping the new generation of safer and more economical nuclear reactors. Jan. 30

Solid-state battery start-up Sparkz opens pilot plant
(Electrive) The company was founded in 2019 and has since completed the transfer of six patents from the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which continues to be an R&D partner. Jan. 29

ORNL gains patent for 'SkyBAAM' cable-hoisted construction 3D printing technology
(3D Printing Industry) ORNL has patented a novel cable-driven construction process in which a nozzle can be used to 3D print entire buildings while suspended in mid-air. Sky Big Area Additive Manufacturing, or ‘SkyBAAM,' is designed to be operated using cords attached to cable winders, that provide users with full spatial control over the movements of its end effector. Jan. 28

The Broad Promise of Large-Format AM
(Additive Manufacturing) "ORNL has this kind of neat idea for taking the robot deposition concept even farther. So their system is called Medusa. And it's three different robots, equally spaced around a turntable. ... And the deposition program kind of splits the work among the different robots." Jan. 28

ORNL Reviews Quantum Research Milestones, Will Triple Its Quantum-Dedicated Lab Space
(HPC Wire) The race for quantum competency holds massive implications for the United States’ economic and national security, and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is poised to lead the way. Jan. 28

Federal employers upbeat on staffing issues
(Oak Ridger) "To meet the demands of the lab’s growing scientific portfolio, we have hired over 1,200 new scientists, engineers and support staff in the past two years. Today the lab has more than 5,800 employees representing over 60 nations, and we plan to hire up to 1,000 new employees over the coming year." Jan. 27

Europe holds its own in supercomputer race as China squeezes out US
(Science Business) Oak Ridge will soon be upgrading, with its Frontier exascale computer due to enter operation this year. And China is believed to already have two exascale machines, although has so far kept them relatively quiet, not yet submitting performance data to the Top500. Jan. 27

Video: Functional Excavator Features 3D Printed Parts
(Additive Manufacturing) The Additive Manufactured Excavator created at the ORNL Manufacturing Demonstration Facility in Tennessee, swaps three of the standard components on a Case New Holland excavator for 3D printed alternatives. Jan. 27

ORNL is a leading producer of radioactive materials used to treat aggressive cancers
(WBIR) ORNL produced uranium-233 as potential fuel for nuclear reactors in the 1950s. However, the project did not succeed, leaving a stockpile of waste uranium-233 on the site. Now, scientists are using that stockpile to create isotopes used to treat aggressive forms of cancer. Jan. 26

Adhesive Made Using Upcycled Plastics Is One Of The Toughest Materials Ever
(Wonderful Engineering) Researchers at ORNL have created one of the “toughest materials ever reported” in the form of a reusable adhesive. The adhesive was made from everyday household plastics. Jan. 25

Insulation Innovation is Still Too Expensive but Even More Important
(Propmodo) To figure out how to upgrade exterior walls to give them the best R-Value, the Wall Retrofit Solution project examined various materials and methods to identify retrofit recommendations and best practices. Researchers at ORNL and Bayer MaterialScience narrowed down their recommendation to two solutions, but each has major flaws. Jan. 25

Have You Ever Seen A Giant 3D Printer?
(CBS Mission Unstoppable) Manufacturing scientist Dr. Amy Elliott works with a 3D printer big enough to print a car at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Mission Unstoppable is a TV show geared toward STEM engagement among girls. Jan. 24

Upcycled adhesive is one of the toughest materials ever reported
(New Atlas) The strong new adhesive is the handiwork of scientists at ORNL, who used polystyrene-b-poly(ethylene-co-butylene)-b-polystyrene, or SEBS, as their starting point. The story was also shared by SpecialChem. Jan. 24

ORNL targets electric grid security, EV battery charging
(Oak Ridger) In a recent talk to Friends of ORNL, Richard A. Raines, director of ORNL’s Electrification and Energy Infrastructures Division, said, “We are making a difference. We are developing capabilities in the lab that are being field tested.” Jan. 24

Zeiss and Oak Ridge Develop New Characterization Methodology
(Production Machining) Technology could become the final arbiter of how much lithium mining is needed for the all-electric vehicle market of the future. … ORNL has been working on a reusable material that would extract lithium from concentrated brine at geothermal plants. Jan. 24

Installation of newest supercomputer underway at ORNL
(Oak Ridger) Installation and integration of the system is now underway. Frontier will be available to researchers for open science this year and will be in full user operations on Jan. 1, 2023. Jan. 23

$200 Million Says Solid-State Batteries Will Soon Crack Gasmobile Death Grip
(CleanTechnica) ORNL chimed in last November with a breakthrough that involves a cost effective, scalable method for joining the various materials used in solid state batteries, which is considered “one of the big challenges” in the field. Jan. 21

Oak Ridge National Lab works on cooling vaccines
(Oak Ridger and Yahoo! News) ORNL researchers have retrofitted a commercial refrigeration container designed to ensure COVID-19 vaccines remain at ultra-low temperatures during long transport and while locally stored. Jan. 21

FDA urges doctors to prioritize blood draws as collection tube supplies dwindle
(Fierce Biotech) In one out-of-the-box effort to help meet that demand, when sterile tubes were needed to simply hold swab samples before testing, the U.S. government and ORNL began collaborating with a group of independent soda bottle manufacturers working for Coca-Cola to help fill the gap. Jan. 20

3D Printed Concrete Is Key to This Smart Wall: The Cool Parts Show #40
(Additive Manufacturing) At ORNL's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, building layer by layer with concrete opens the opportunity to embed functional items inside a structure. The EmPower Wall, built using the MDF-developed SkyBAAM cable-driven concrete 3D printer, incorporates cooling water lines to help conserve energy and save cost. Jan. 20

ORNL uses upcycled plastics to make new powerful, reusable adhesive
(WATE and MSN) It’s not your average sticky tape. One of the “toughest materials ever reported” in the form of a reusable adhesive has been developed by researchers at ORNL. The new adhesive was made from common household plastics. Jan. 20

Simulations help drive innovation, but real-world data still key for nuclear
(Reuters) For modelling and simulation to be useful tools, they must also submit to rigorous validation and verification, and uncertainty quantification, says Dave J Kropaczek, Director of the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors at ORNL. Jan. 19

ORNL data helps FEMA respond quickly to natural disasters
(WBIR) Researchers at ORNL are working with FEMA to catalog storm damage. In December, one of the worst tornadoes in Kentucky's history tore through the town of Mayfield, leveling hundreds of homes and buildings. Jan. 19

Pioneering Refrigerant Work Delivers Big Gains In Carbon Footprint Reduction
(CleanTechnica) When Brian Fricke walks into a supermarket, evidence of his scientific achievement is all around in the refrigerated cases housing the fresh fruits and vegetables. As an ORNL building equipment researcher, Fricke has a long history of making sure that produce is kept fresh in an energy efficient and environmentally sound manner. Jan. 19

Sustainability or Resilience: Either or Both?
(Roofing Magazine) White membranes often lose much of their reflectivity in the early years of their service life. In a study reported by senior members of the staff at ORNL, reflective roofing lost between 30 to 50 percent of its reflectivity during the first three years of service. Jan. 19

Refrigeration solution keeps COVID vaccines cool
(Engineering 360) Researchers from Carrier and ORNL collaborated on the design of an effective/solution to mitigate the challenges posed by vaccine distribution logistics. The engineers retrofitted a commercial refrigeration container designed to ensure that vaccines remain at ultra-low temperatures during long transport and while locally stored. Jan. 19

We’ll meet the newest career official on the nuclear non-proliferation beat
(Federal Drive/Federal News Network) As national security threats seem to multiply constantly, nuclear non-proliferation remains an abiding priority. Now there’s a new guy at the helm of the National Security Sciences Directorate at ORNL: Associate Lab Director Moe Khaleel. Jan. 18

Researchers Introduce High-Performance Deep Learning Toolbox for Genome-Scale Prediction of Protein Structure, Function
(MarkTechPost) Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and ORNL are using supercomputing and new deep learning technologies to anticipate the structures and functions of thousands of proteins with unknown activities. Jan. 18

Breaking down climate change, a neighborhood at a time
(Oak Ridger) The world is full of “huge, gnarly problems,” as ORNL research scientist and musician Melissa Allen-Dumas puts it — no matter what line of work you’re in. Jan. 17

Major improvements in quantum fidelity
(Morning News) Researchers used ORNL’s Quantum Computing User Program to achieve major improvements in quantum fidelity, a potential step toward more accurate, reliable quantum networks and supercomputers. Jan. 17

New Filter Doubles Nuclear Fuel Extractable from Seawater 
(IEEE Spectrum) The membrane’s high uranium-capturing capacity is appealing and indeed surpasses its predecessors, says Costas Tsouris, a chemical engineer at ORNL. What’s also really important, especially for the marine setting, is the membrane’s kinetics. Jan. 17

Visualising the race to build the world’s fastest supercomputers
(Al Jazeera) Fugaku has at least three times the processing power as the world’s second-fastest computer known as Summit – an IBM-built system at ORNL, which measured 148,600 TFLOPs. Jan. 14

Virtual twins will drive the digital evolution of industrial
(Design World) The ability to run simulations on the basis of large datasets makes digital twin technology an important asset in smart city initiatives. Testament to this is the partnership of the researchers from NREL and ORNL with Chattanooga, on the use of digital replicas to enhance energy efficiency, whilst optimizing the speed, safety, and travel time for drivers. Jan. 14

The boreal of Minnesota could look like Kansas if CO2 emissions remain ‘business as usual’
(Grist) The experiment — a collaboration between the U.S. Forest Service and ORNL — features 10 open-top glass chambers. Each is 30 feet high, 40 feet in diameter, and designed — by controlling temperature and CO2 levels — to mimic what will happen to boreal peatlands under various global warming scenarios. Jan. 14

QT/ Photon pairs are more sensitive to rotations than single photons
(Paradigm/Medium) Neutron-scattering experiments by physicists from Rice, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of California, San Diego and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University revealed telltale signs of antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations that were coupled to superconductivity in uranium ditelluride. Jan. 14

Coronavirus: Probing for particles at Oak Ridge National Lab
(Oak Ridger and Yahoo! News) Scientists from ORNL, along with Pacific Northwest, Sandia and Ames national laboratories used an atomic force microscope to measure how easily particles of the virus’s spike protein attached to surfaces, a property called adhesion energy. Jan. 14

Tailored polymer strengthens 3D-printed sand structures
(Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining) Scientists from ORNL have tailored polyethylenimine to enable sand structures with intricate geometries and enhanced strength. It is said to double the strength of sand parts compared with conventional binders. Jan. 14

USNC licenses ORNL method to 3D print nuclear reactor components
(3D Printing Media Network) Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation has licensed a novel method to 3D print highly resistant components for use in nuclear reactor designs. USNC Executive Vice President Kurt Terrani, formerly of ORNL, said the novel method will allow the company to make parts with desired complex shapes more efficiently. The news was also reported by World Nuclear NewsManufactur3D, ANS' Nuclear Newswire and the News Sentinel's Biz Ticker. Jan. 13

Middle school students launch satellite into space to learn about the effects of the Gatlinburg wildfires
(WBIR) "All the mentors and instructors and students put in a huge amount of time," said Peter Thornton, an ORNL scientist who helped the students with the project. "Oh, it's huge fun. Yeah. Now, I wouldn't trade it for anything." Jan. 13

Summit Powers Novel Protein Function Prediction Work
(HPC Wire) Researchers led by ORNL and the Georgia Institute of Technology have applied supercomputer-powered deep learning to quickly predict the structures and functions of tens of thousands more proteins. Jan. 13

AI makes it possible to simulate 25 billion water molecules at once
(New Scientist) Computer simulations of clouds of atoms and molecules must always trade scale for accuracy, but a new technique using ORNL's Summit shows that both are possible at once using AI and clever coding. Jan. 12

Using 3D-printed molds to create unitized window forms
(Building Design and Construction) COOKFOX designer Pam Campbell and Gates Precast's Mo Wright discuss the use of 3D-printed molds from Oak Ridge National Lab to create unitized window panels for One South First, a residential-commercial high-rise in Brooklyn, N.Y. Jan. 12

Artificially altered material could accelerate neuromorphic device development
(Nanowerk) Researchers from Oak Ridge and Argonne national laboratories, Tampere University and the University of Hamburg applied complementary many-body theoretical methods at multiple computing facilities to obtain new insights into VO2’s interactions with different types of point defects. AZO Materials also shared the news. Jan. 12

Across the Boreal Forest, Scientists Are Tracking Warming’s Toll
(Yale Environment 360) The experiment — a collaboration between the U.S. Forest Service and ORNL — features 10 open-top glass chambers. Each is 30 feet high, 40 feet in diameter, and designed — by controlling temperature and CO2 levels — to mimic what will happen to boreal peatlands under various global warming scenarios. Jan. 11

FORNL talk Jan. 11 on electrified infrastructure
(Oak Ridger) Richard A. Raines, director of the Electrification and Energy Infrastructures Division of ORNL, will speak at noon Tuesday, Jan. 11, to Friends of ORNL on “An Electrified U.S. Infrastructure Ecosystem: Opportunities and Challenges.” Jan. 10

Multi-Axis Machining: Beyond Mainstream
(SME) Scott Smith, the group leader for intelligent machine tools at ORNL, working with the MDF, made a point we can all relate to: “NC machine tools, which were once rare and expensive, are now common—yet they did not completely supplant manual machine tools, which are also still common and useful.” Jan. 10

HyBlend project to assess hydrogen compatibility with pipeline materials and operations
(Green Car Congress) Led by NREL — with participation from ORNL and other national labs — the two-year HyBlend project will assess hydrogen compatibility with pipeline materials and operations and deliver important information regarding long-term impacts. POWER and H2 View also shared the news. Jan. 7

The Climate Report: The road to safer, greener & more accessible transport
(GovInsider) The Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US is using AI imaging to identify vehicles which consume more fuel, GCN reported. It is also training traffic lights to change their timings, so they send these vehicles through traffic faster. Jan. 7

Fusion energy is a reason to be excited about the future
(Vox) The journey toward fusion has yielded benefits for other fields, particularly in plasma physics, which is used extensively in manufacturing semiconductors for electronics. “Plasma processing is one of the things that make your iPhones possible,” said Kathryn McCarthy, a fusion researcher at ORNL. Jan. 6

ORNL researchers find way to keep vaccines cold for longer
(WATE) Oak Ridge National Lab researchers say they’ve figured out a way to make sure COVID-19 vaccines stay super-cold for long periods of time while they’re being stored or transported. Cooling Post also shared the news. Jan. 5

40 Under 40: Amy Elliott innovates in 3D printing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
(News Sentinel) A scientific leader in the field of inkjet 3D printing of metals and ceramics, Amy Elliott's work is expected to transform advanced manufacturing in automotive, aerospace and other industries. Her numerous patents and co-authored papers, along with her innovations, make her one of ORNL's most accomplished innovators. Jan. 6

Video: 3D Printing Rotors for Electric Motors
(Additive Manufacturing) Amiee Jackson is a researcher with Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, and in this video, she discusses her work in producing rotors via laser powder bed fusion. Rotors are usually made by winding a conductive alloy. Jan. 5

40 Under 40: Leah Jacklyn Broussard explores the fundamental forces of nature
(News Sentinel) Leah Jacklyn Broussard grew up on a Louisiana farm with cows, crayfish, and sugarcane. Now the realm of fundamental physics is her work and her playground at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. With her experiments she seeks the places where our models of physics break. Jan. 4

Susan Hubbard Named ORNL Deputy for Science and Technology
(Inside HPC) Susan Hubbard has been named deputy for science and technology at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory effective March 1, 2022. Jan. 3

Moe Khaleel to Oversee National Security Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
(ExecutiveGov) Moe Khaleel, formerly deputy for projects at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will lead ORNL’s National Security Sciences Directorate as an associate laboratory director. Jan. 3

Meet the outstanding young professionals in the Knox.biz 40 Under 40 class of 2021
The Knoxville News Sentinel’s Business Journal named ORNL’s Leah Broussard and Amy Elliott to its 2021 class of 40 under 40 winners. Jan. 3

Sand, surf and science: 7 of the best beach stories of 2021
(Cosmos) A superstrong sand structure could be used in aeronautics, according to new ORNL research. Jan. 3

How Do Scientists Find Something That Doesn’t Exist Naturally?
What is an isotope and how do scientists find something that doesn’t exist naturally? ORNL nuclear engineer Clarice Phelps explains in a segment for CBS Mission Unstoppable, show geared toward STEM engagement among girls. (Re-aired) Jan. 1  

Melissa Allen-Dumas & Breaking Down Climate Change One Neighborhood At A Time
(CleanTechnica) The world is full of “huge, gnarly problems,” as Oak Ridge National Laboratory research scientist and musician Melissa Allen-Dumas puts it — no matter what line of work you’re in. That was certainly the case when she would wrestle with a tough piece of music. Jan. 1

YSU lands $2.3M grant for research
(Tribune Chronicle) The partnership with YSU also includes the Blairsville, Pa.-based National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining, the organization that manages America Makes, and ORNL. Jan. 1

Superheavy science: ORNL’s actinide abilities enable the discovery of new elements
(STEM Magazine) When it comes to unveiling parts of the periodic table yet undiscovered, ORNL is doing some heavy lifting. A combination of unique facilities, people with specific skills and expertise, and a storied history has the lab leading the effort for superheavy element discovery. January 2022 issue