A record-breaking month for ORNL’s Spallation Neutron Source
July 02, 2014 — 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
June 27, 2014 — 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"
June 26, 2014 — 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
June 20, 2014 — 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
June 12, 2014 — 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
June 11, 2014 — 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
June 05, 2014 — 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
June 03, 2014 — 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.
Neutrons and X-rays Reveal Structure of High-temperature Liquid Metal Oxides
May 30, 2014 — By levitating a bead of ceramic oxide, heating it with a 400-watt carbon dioxide laser, then shooting the molten material with X-rays and neutrons, scientists with the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge and Argonne national laboratories have revealed unprecedented detail of the structure of high-temperature liquid oxides.
A tipping point for lignin
May 15, 2014 — Led by Art Ragauskas, the newly appointed Oak Ridge National Laboratory-University of Tennessee Governor's Chair in Biorefining, a multi-institutional team of researchers offers a new view of an organic polymer often dismissed as a worthless by-product. Their perspective appears in Science magazine as Lignin Valorization: Improving Lignin Processing in the Biorefinery.
New ORNL-GE Appliances project aims to revolutionize residential refrigerators
May 15, 2014 — Not much has changed in refrigeration technology in the past 100 years, until now. Researchers with Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Building Technologies Program have partnered with General Electric (GE) Appliances through a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) to revolutionize home refrigerators using magnetocaloric cooling.
ORNL Researchers Contribute to Report on Impacts of Climate Change in U.S.
May 07, 2014 — Scientists at the Climate Change Science Institute (CCSI) at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), including Thomas Wilbanks, Steve Fernandez, Peter Thornton, Virginia Dale, and Benjamin Preston, were among the 240 authors who contributed to the Third National Climate Assessment (NCA) report.
Bredesen Center Graduates First Class, Sees Phenomenal Growth
May 06, 2014 — Two students will be the first to earn a new doctoral degree Thursday from the Energy Science and Engineering program founded by former Gov. Phil Bredesen in partnership with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
New sighting of superheavy element 117
May 02, 2014 — Aided by a supply of the extremely rare element berkelium produced at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, an international research collaboration has presented new evidence of element 117.
'One more house'
May 01, 2014 — UT-Battelle, the managing contractor for the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is contributing $10,000 in matching donations to a Habitat for Humanity project dedicated to Tim and Teresa Myrick, who have been enduring supporters of the organization that provides shelter for deserving families.
How to create nanowires only three atoms wide with an electron beam
April 28, 2014 — Junhao Lin, a Vanderbilt University Ph.D. student and visiting scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has found a way to use a finely focused beam of electrons to create some of the smallest wires ever made. The flexible metallic wires are only three atoms wide: One thousandth the width of the microscopic wires used to connect the transistors in today’s integrated circuits.
‘Sweet spot’ for salty water
April 25, 2014 — Computational modeling has given materials researchers new insight into the properties of a membrane that purifies saltwater into potable water. The resulting technology could help speed up inefficient desalination processes in use today.
Keys to competitiveness
April 11, 2014 — Like any veteran from an intensely competitive field, former Intel CEO Craig Barrett stays, in his vernacular, paranoid about the competition, In fact, his mentor and Intel predecessor, Andy Grove, said "only the paranoid survive" in the open marketplace.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory Researchers Contribute to Prestigious Climate Report
April 10, 2014 — Thomas Wilbanks and Benjamin Preston, both of the Climate Change Science Institute (CCSI) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), are among the 309 coordinating lead authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC’s) Working Group II (WG II) report.
ORNL supports local teams in FIRST Robotics Competition
April 03, 2014 — Robotics fever continues to spread in East Tennessee, thanks in part to Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s ongoing support for the FIRST Robotics Competition. Many ORNL staff members donate their time and expertise to mentoring local teams throughout the grueling six-week build season, during which students design and build a robot to meet the challenges of the year’s game.
ORNL hosts World Nuclear University Summer Institute Assembly alumni
April 02, 2014 — The Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are hosting the World Nuclear University (WNU) Summer Institute Alumni Assembly this week at the ORNL Conference Center and around the laboratory.
Rethinking soil science
March 28, 2014 — Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may get the lion’s share of attention in climate change discussions, but the biggest repository of carbon is actually underfoot: soils store an estimated 2.5 trillion tons of carbon in the form of organic matter.
Titan Project Explores the Smallest Building Blocks of Matter
March 25, 2014 — Our world is made up of particles so tiny they may actually be points in space.
Holdren describes S&T's 'rightful place' in administration
March 14, 2014 — Presidential science advisor John Holdren described a host of initiatives and programs that support the Obama Administration's science and technology policy in the latest in the Wigner Distinguished Lecture Series at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory on Thursday, March 13.
3D printing yields advantages for US ITER engineers
March 11, 2014 — ITER, the international fusion research facility now under construction in St. Paul-lez-Durance, France, has been called a puzzle of a million pieces. US ITER staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using an affordable tool—desktop three-dimensional printing, also known as additive printing—to help them design and configure components more efficiently and affordably.