Archived Story Tips for 2002
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Robotics—Easing the warrior's load . . .
Soldiers, the elderly and handicapped alike will get a big assist with exoskeleton technology being developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and partners.
Materials—Woodman, spare that tree . . .
An average house in the United States can be framed with wood harvested from one-third acre of forest or with steel recycled from six old cars.
Information Processing—Evaluating the threat . . .
VIPAR goes where no other software has dared to go.
Chemical Monitoring—Keeping labs safer . . .
Laboratory chemicals with dated shelf lives can become dangerous if not carefully monitored.
Military—ORNL aims to cut gun barrel casualties . . .
Oak Ridge National Laboratory's 300,000-watt plasma arc lamp and a touch of science could help the Army solve a problem that's causing major casualties to heavy artillery barrels.
Chemistry—Guarding the nation's water supplies . . .
ORNL's water sentinel enlists the help of naturally occurring algae biosensors to serve as a first-alert warning system for chemical warfare attacks on water supplies.
Military—Combat ID targets enemy . . .
Researchers at ORNL and Sandia National Laboratories are attacking the problem of soldiers and noncombatants killed by friendly fire using technologies that will help them better understand the battlefield and battle space.
Forensics—Invisible fingerprints . . .
Law enforcement agencies could have another way to trace the origin of anthrax and other chemical or biological agents with a technique being developed by researchers in ORNL's Chemical Sciences Division.
Manufacturing—Crackdown on boiler breaks . . .
Paper mills across the country have more reliable and efficient recovery boilers because of ORNL and partners.
Homeland Defense—Towers of power . . .
If a so-called dirty bomb were deployed anywhere in the United States, a system developed at ORNL could save thousands of lives.
Energy—Power to go . . .
Ecotera Energy's new microturbine-based engine promises to deliver high performance in a compact and energy-efficient package.
Energy—Biomass to the rescue . . .
A change in agricultural policy focus could lead to greater energy security, lower greenhouse emissions and a cleaner environment, according to researchers at ORNL and the University of Tennessee.
Biology—Mice on the move . . .
ORNL's 3,500 strains of mice made at ORNL can be shared for studies among the seven partners in the Tennessee Mouse Genome Consortium because researchers were able to develop a way to transfer mouse stocks via embryo.
Electronics—Revolutionary sensors . . .
Single electron transistors developed at ORNL hold great promise as smaller and less expensive sensors that are also easier to make than conventional devices.
Chemistry—3D polymer strings . . .
Chemists at ORNL are the first to build a three-dimensional chain of spherical polymer particles with unique optical and physical properties they believe will be useful for probing properties of materials.
Biology—Collision course . . .
Carbon nanofiber-based biosensors able to work on the same scale as nature - the nanoscale -- could lead to giant leaps in the such areas as chemical and biological sensing, disease detection and management, and a number of other areas.