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.