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Electric Grid – Forecasting system licensed
— Location Based Technologies has signed an agreement to integrate and market an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology that provides real-time status of the electric grid and critical energy sectors. The system, called VERDE (Visualizing Energy Resources Dynamically on the Earth), enables decision-makers to respond swiftly to major power disruptions.

Sensors – Bridge failure warning
— With 25 percent of the nation’s 607,000 bridges structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, millions of people are at risk every day, but NuFortis and an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology could ease tensions and save lives.

Combustion – Supercomputer igniting advance
— Simulations on Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Titan could help Ford Motor Company and other automobile manufacturers meet increasingly stringent fuel economy and emissions standards.

Refrigeration – Look ma, no refrigerants
— Refrigerators featuring magnetic cooling and 20 percent greater efficiency are the product of a cooperative research and development agreement between GE Appliances and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. While the concept of magnetocaloric cooling has been around for many years, only since 2006 has GE explored using the technology for home refrigeration.

Climate – Report highlights advances
— The 2013 annual report of the Climate Change Science Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is now available. It highlights ecosystem-process work that spans microbial to global scales and feeds data into world-class models and simulations run on supercomputers; diverse environmental and climate data sets and tools; and analysis of impacts of climate change on human and natural systems.

Cyber – The science of security
— Dozens of cyber authorities will gather at Oak Ridge National Laboratory April 8-10 to discuss strategies to safeguard cyberspace, which is fundamental to the nation’s prosperity and security.

Biomedical - Collaborative innovation
— Researchers from all disciplines are invited to attend Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s annual Biomedical Science and Engineering Conference, which explores intersecting topics in brain science. The theme of the conference, set for May 6-8 at ORNL, is “The Multi-Scale Brain: Spanning Molecular, Cellular, Systems, Cognitive, Behavioral, and Clinical Neuroscience.

Technology - New superhydrophobic glass
— A new type of durable, superhydrophobic, antireflective glass developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is available for commercialization. The technology differs from comparable superhydrophobic materials in terms of its optical clarity and atomically bonded structure. Potential applications for the technology include building materials, windshields, goggles, glasses and optical lenses.

Materials – Lighter, stronger engines
— Engines could become lighter and more efficient because of a research project that combines the talents and resources of the Chrysler Group, Nemak S.A. of Mexico and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The goal of the four-year $5.5 million cooperative research and development agreement is to develop an advanced cast aluminum alloy for next-generation higher efficiency engines.

Bioenergy – Understanding the enemy
— Insight from a new Oak Ridge National Laboratory study is helping bioenergy researchers defeat lignin, one of the biggest barriers to efficient biofuel production. Lignin, a woody component in plant cell walls, is made of three monomers: guaiacyl, syringyl, and p-hydroxyphenyl (H).


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