News Features 2014

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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.

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.


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