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It Might Take A Long Time For The U.S. To Become Self-Sufficient In Rare Earth Minerals
A Forbes story about access to rare earth minerals for technology applications mentioned ORNL’s research in extracting neodymium from old hard drives. Feb. 24

Novel lithium-metal batteries will drive the switch to electric cars
MIT Technology Review’s story quoted ORNL’s Nancy Dudney about solid-state batteries research. Feb. 24

Accelerating Innovation
A story posted by local news website Compass Knox detailed the combined ORNL, TVA and UT investment of $9 million to create a hub for budding national and international entrepreneurs. Feb. 24

Fleischmann supports all-of-the-above approach to clean energy | Opinion
The Knoxville News Sentinel posted an opinion piece about Congressman Chuck Fleishmann’s support of an all-of-the-above approach to clean energy and his work to increase funding at ORNL for clean energy innovation. This also appeared in the Tennessean. Feb. 19

The Time Is Right For U.S. To Build Pilot Fusion Plant, National Academies Panel Says
A Forbes story included comment from ORNL’s Kathy McCarthy about the U.S.’s involvement in ITER. Feb. 17

Bienvenue named first executive director of Oak Ridge Institute
Oak Ridge Today reported on ORI naming Joan Bienvenue as the new institute’s first executive director. Knoxville News Sentinel, WATE and HPCwire also reported the story. Feb. 16

ORNL's contribution to help with NASA’s Mars 2020 mission
A story posted by WBIR reported on the lab’s role producing Pu-238, iridium clad vent sets and carbon-bonded carbon fiber sleeves for NASA’s Perseverance Rover mission. Oak Ridge Today, The Oak Ridger and WVLT also carried the story. Feb. 16

United Way struggles to reach goal
The News-Herald, which covers Loudon County, mentioned ORNL among the local United Way location’s largest donors. Feb. 17

6 women who are changing chemistry as we know it
 In a story posted in BBC Science Focus Magazine, ORNL’s Clarice Phelps was named one of six influential chemists. Feb. 11

U.S. Military Turns to New Supercomputers to Push the Limits of Weather Forecasting
A Nextgov story reported about a powerful system operational at ORNL that supports worldwide U.S. Army and Air Force weather modeling and forecasting operations. HPC Wire, The Register, Inside HPC and Data Center Dynamics also covered the story. Feb. 10

Quantum computing enables simulations to unravel mysteries of magnetic materials
R&D World posted about the lab’s quantum computing research using materials science simulations that can be verified with neutron scattering experiments. Feb. 9

Chemists create and capture einsteinium, the elusive 99th element
A story by Live Science about new properties of einsteinium mentioned ORNL as one of the few places in the world where the element can be made. The New York TimesNBC News, IFL ScienceUPIVICE,  GizmodoSmithsonian Magazine and Chemical & Engineering News also carried the story. Feb. 7

A crystallization lab in Buffalo is at center of global war against coronavirus
A story by The Buffalo (NY) News mentioned ORNL among those who have worked with the Crystallization Center at the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute on coronavirus samples. Feb. 7

Critical piece of nuclear fusion project completed by General Atomics
The San Diego Union-Tribune posted a story about U.S. ITER’s progress on the central solenoid, a powerful magnet in the heart of the ITER project in France. U.S. ITER is managed by ORNL. World Nuclear News and NEI Magazine ran similar stories. Feb. 5

From Nicaragua to ORNL, program manager tells of his journey to success
The Oak Ridger republished ORNL's story about the Package Testing Program manager, Oscar Martinez. Feb. 4

Deep-sea surprises: Scientists discover new species around an undersea volcano
World News group shared the news of a study co-authored by Mircea Podar, a researcher with ORNL specializing in the genetics of lifeforms living near deep-sea vents. Feb. 4

Big Boost for Framatome’s Accident-Tolerant Nuclear Fuel
Power recounted how ORNL received the first GNF-developed nuclear fuel test rods in December, which spent 24 months at Southern Co.’s Edwin Hatch nuclear plant. The test samples feature IronClad, an FeCrAl fuel cladding, and ARMOR, a hard, oxidation-resistant coating layered on top of zirconium cladding with UO2 fuel. Feb. 4

Twenty women making their mark in robotics & automation
SME featured ORNL researcher and AAAS If/Then Ambassador Amy Elliott. Feb. 3


What an Astrophysicist Sees in Basketball That You Don’t
A book excerpt posted by Slate discusses ORNL’s Bronson Messer’s take on the physics of basketball from a theoretical astrophysicist’s perspective. Feb. 2

ORNL, UT developing whistle that screens for COVID-19
WVLT posted a story about ORNL’s collaboration with University of Tennessee Health Science Center to develop a breath-sampling whistle that could make COVID-19 screening easy to do at home. 
WDEF and WBIR also covered the story. Feb. 2

Simultaneous Drought and Heat Wave Events Are Becoming More Common
A story in Eos includes ORNL perspectives on the increasing number and duration of combined stress events, causing harmful environmental and human impacts. Feb. 2

Neutrinos Have a Newly Discovered Method of Interacting With Matter, Opening up Ways to Find Them
Universe Today reported on ORNL's COHERENT project, which achieved a major breakthrough with evidence of a new kind of neutrino interaction, which effectively demonstrates a process known as coherent elastic neutrino-nuclear scattering. Feb. 1

Aluminum-infiltrated 3D printed parts
Materials Today posted about ExOne licensing ORNL technology to 3D print collimators used in neutron scattering instruments. Jan. 27

How to stop your house’s expensive drafts — and save the planet
The Washington Post’s Climate Curious section posted a story about weatherization that mentioned and linked to an ORNL report on home energy savings. Jan. 27

Why is Artificial Intelligence so Energy Hungry?
A story from Tech Register mentioned ORNL research that demonstrated a promising way to improve AI energy efficiency by converting deep learning neural networks into a spiking neural network. Jan. 24

Study Says Benefit Of Smart Grid System Is $2.69 Billion
A story posted by the Chattanoogan mentions ORNL has one of EPB’s smart grid research partners. The Pulse-Chattanooga also carried the story. Jan. 22

Hundreds of never-before-seen life-forms live in this 6,000-foot-deep volcano's acid jets
A story posted by Live Science mentions ORNL’s role in studying microbes in challenging, deep-sea environments. IFL Science also carried the story. Jan. 21

Sharing science, technology in the time of COVID-19: AMSE offers online videos, podcasts
The Oak Ridger posted about science and technology online resources offered by the American Museum of Science and Energy, including a podcast episode featuring ORNL Director Thomas Zacharia. Jan. 21

Airport Authority board names new chairman, vice chairman
A story by The Daily Times (Maryville) mentions ORNL’s Jeff Smith taking vice chairman role of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority board of commissioners. Jan. 21

6 developments that will define AI governance in 2021
Brookings mentioned DOE 's plans to switch on its first two exascale computers—Frontier at ORNL and Aurora at Argonne National Labs. Jan. 21

Final FY21 Appropriations: DOE Office of Science
An FYI Science Policy News Bulletin from American Institute of Physics about appropriations mentioned the lab’s MPEX experiment and exascale computing. Jan. 15

ORNL’s Brian Damiano elected ASME fellow
The Oak Ridger posted about Damiano being elected as an American Society of Mechanical Engineers fellow. Jan. 15

40 Under 40: Clarice Phelps played key role in discovering a new element on periodic table
The Knoxville News Sentinel honored ORNL’s Clarice Phelps on its 40 Under 40 list. The story also mentioned ORNL’s Candace Halbert,  founder of a (nonprofit) organization Yo STEM. (The story about Christa Brelsford, ORNL’s other honoree, was posted on Jan. 6.) Jan. 18

What Is 'Error-Correcting Memory' and Why Does the Creator of Linux Think You Need It?
A story by VICE mentioned ORNL’s Al Geist who discussed the importance of error-correcting code memory (from a 2012 Wired piece). Jan. 13

Advanced energy means jobs for Tennesseans
An opinion piece posted by the News Sentinel mentions the lab’s research as it influences the region’s economic growth potential. Jan. 11

Bridging the Gaps (paywalled)
Local news website Compass mentioned ORNL’s participation in a report that highlights potential solutions in Knoxville’s entrepreneurial landscape. Jan. 11

Magnetism Does the Twist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Magnetics Magazine reported on ORNL's strategy for layering dissimilar crystals with atomic precision to control the size of resulting magnetic quasi-particles called skyrmions. Jan. 7

ORNL’s PlanetSense Real-time Mapping Platform Uses Volunteered Data to Track Disasters
Datanami shared a story about Gautam Thakur, a research scientist in ORNL’s Geospatial Science and Human Security Division, and his team who helped direct relief after Hurricane Dorian using geographic data. Jan. 7

Local inventors pushing limits of computing to solve challenges
WVLT-TV reported on researchers who were recognized as distinguished inventors for cutting edge work. Jan. 7

DOE Fusion Panel Approves Long-Range Plan
The FYI Bulletin by the American Institute of Physics reported about DOE’s fusion research plan, which includes ORNL’s Material Plasma Exposure Experiment, or MPEX. Jan. 7

Top nuclear power stories of 2020
Nuclear Engineering International included a story about BWX Technologies and ORNL developing new additive manufacturing technologies among their top stories of the year. Jan. 7

These 5 Advanced Nuclear Reactors Will Shape the Future of Energy
Popular Mechanics’ story references ORNL’s research on fluoride-salt-cooled high-temperature reactors. Jan. 5

ORNL’s groundbreaking experiment tracks real-time transport of individual molecules
R&D World shared an ORNL release about an experiment at CNMS that tracks the real-time transport of individual molecules. Jan. 5

Programming the Soon-to-Be World’s Fastest Supercomputer, Frontier
HPC Wire reported on the University of Delaware’s Sunita Chandrasekaran who is designing an app for Frontier. Jan. 5

Copper + Carbon Nanotubes Yield Lower-Resistivity, Higher-Capacity Conductors
Electronic Design described ORNL research to develop a copper/carbon-nanotube composite. Jan. 5

HPC Career Notes: January 2021 Edition
HPC Wire reported that Thomas Potok was named a Battelle Distinguished Inventor, one of six scientists at ORNL selected for the honor, and that the SIAM Activity Group on Computational Science and Engineering announced the appointment of Judith Hill as program director. Jan. 5

The Memphians Cracking the Covid-19 Code
Memphis Magazine mentioned ORNL’s collaboration with Dr. Colleen Jonnson from UT Health Science Center using Summit as part of her COVID-19 research. Jan. 5

Meet the 40 Under 40 class of 2020
The Knoxville News Sentinel’s annual list includes ORNL’s Christa Brelsford and Clarice Phelps. Jan. 4

ORNL: Co-Optima research develops roadmap for biofuels design
Ethanol Producer Magazine shared a story about Co-Optima's Jim Szybist and his research work. Jan. 4

Biden’s environmental team looks good, but there is a troubling sign on climate
A perspective piece in The Washington Post mentions an ORNL analysis of “the indirect economic costs of U.S. reliance on foreign oil markets.” Jan. 4

Public college in every state with the best ROI
A listing by MSN mentions ORNL on the UT/Tennessee slide (slide #43). Jan. 4