News Features 2014

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Materials Scientists Play Atomic ‘Jenga’ and Make a Surprising Discovery
— Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory got a surprise when they built a highly ordered lattice by layering thin films containing lanthanum, strontium, oxygen and iron. Although each layer had an intrinsically nonpolar (symmetric) distribution of electrical charges, the lattice had an asymmetric distribution of charges.

Neutron science workshops seek to define field’s grand challenges
— OAK RIDGE, Tenn., August 27, 2014 — The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory concluded a series of workshops this month that engaged scientists from around the country to identify grand scientific challenges and how they might be addressed through application of neutron science.

Scientists learn to control reactions with the shape of a rare-earth catalyst
— Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered they can control chemical reactions in a new way by creating different shapes of cerium oxide, a rare-earth-based catalyst. Their finding holds potential for refining fuels, decreasing vehicle emissions, producing commodity chemicals and advancing fuel cells and chemical sensors.

Health data + ORNL computing = Smarter health care
— As the United States strives to improve health care, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is using computing to delve deeper into big health data and is proposing innovative solutions to grand challenges in the country’s health care system.

Scientists develop low-voltage water splitter that uses abundant materials
— In 2015, American consumers will finally be able to purchase fuel cell cars from Toyota and other manufacturers. Although touted as zero-emissions vehicles, most of the cars will run on hydrogen made from natural gas, a fossil fuel that contributes to global warming.

Scientific sabbatical
— If such a designation existed, Nazanin Bassiri-Gharb would be on the fast track to becoming an Oak Ridge National Laboratory “super user.

Signatures of Selection Inscribed on Poplar Genomes
— One aspect of the climate change models researchers have been developing looks at how plant ranges might shift, and how factors such as temperature, water availability, and light levels might come into play. Forests creeping steadily north and becoming established in the thawing Arctic is just one of the predicted effects of rising global temperatures.

Catalytic Gold Nanoclusters Promise Rich Chemical Yields
— Old thinking was that gold, while good for jewelry, was not of much use for chemists because it is relatively nonreactive.

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.


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