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Long-term success
— In the early 1980s, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory was just beginning to explore transfer of technology from the lab to industry. Now it's the norm, and one historical example illustrates the long-term benefits.

Nobel Laureate speaks on antibiotics and drug resistance
— Many antibiotics work by blocking protein production in the ribosomes of bacteria. But irresponsibly or incorrectly using antibiotics can contribute to bacterial immunity to antibiotics. Monday's Eugene P. Wigner Distinguished Lecturer, Dr.

A record-breaking month for ORNL’s Spallation Neutron Source
— The Spallation Neutron Source at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory broke records for sustained beam power level as well as for integrated energy and target lifetime in the month of June.

Students Learn to Use Neutrons and X-rays at Oak Ridge and Argonne
— The 16th National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering, or NXS 2014, at Argonne and Oak Ridge National Laboratories came to an end on June 27. A whirlwind 14-day experience jointly conducted by Oak Ridge and Argonne, NXS immerses graduate students in national user facilities to learn in a hands-on environment how to use neutrons and X-rays in their research.

“Take my word for it"
The late Sen. Howard H. Baker was a friend to the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which is in the state he represented in Washington. The Tennessee "favorite son" was invited to present the annual Alvin Weinberg Lecture in June 2000. The following is a story on Sen. Baker's talk.

Understanding heat flows is focus of DOE Early Career Award winner Delaire
— Olivier Delaire, a scientist at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has won a prestigious Early Career Award from DOE’s Office of Science to study how heat propagates, or moves, through matter at an atomic level.

The Smithsonian and ORNL partner to advance science, education
— The Smithsonian Institution and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have announced a new partnership to support collaborative research programs and science education efforts. This is the first partnership between Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Smithsonian, which was formalized during the signing of a memorandum of understanding June 12.

More than Just Food for Koalas
— From antiseptic oils to the construction of didgeridoos, the traditional Australian Aboriginal wind instrument, the eucalyptus tree serves myriad purposes, accounting for its status as one of the world’s most widely planted hardwood trees.

More than 400 attend American Conference on Neutron Scattering
— The American Conference on Neutron Scattering returned to Knoxville this week, 12 years after its inaugural meeting there in 2002. Coordinated by the Neutron Scattering Society of America and hosted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the four-day conference drew 440 attendees and featured oral and poster presentations from the world’s leading experts in neutron science.

UGA, ORNL research team engineers microbes for the direct conversion of biomass to fuel
— New research from the University of Georgia and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has overcome a major hurdle to cost-effective biofuel production by enabling the direct conversion of switchgrass to fuel.

 
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