News Features 2014

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ORNL videos a gold mine for students, teachers
— A series of short videos featuring Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists and engineers explaining their work offers a glimpse inside the world of “Big Science” for students, educators and anyone interested in the process of discovery.

Atomic trigger shatters mystery of how glass deforms
— Throw a rock through a window made of silica glass, and the brittle, insulating oxide pane shatters. But whack a golf ball with a club made of metallic glass—a resilient conductor that looks like metal—and the glass not only stays intact but also may drive the ball farther than conventional clubs. In light of this contrast, the nature of glass seems anything but clear.

Researchers Look Inside to Reveal Workings of a Powerful Biochemical Switch
— (SALT LAKE CITY)—Using X-rays and neutron beams, a team of researchers from the University of Utah, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have revealed the inner workings of a master switch that regulates basic cellular functions, but that also, when mutated, contributes to cancer, cardiovascular disease and other deadly disorders.

Smithsonian-ORNL collaboration kicks off with ORNL tour
— More than 40 visitors with Smithsonian Associates concluded a four-day study tour Tuesday in Oak Ridge as part of a partnership formalized this summer between Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Smithsonian Institution.

Hardwoods in peril
— With leaves taking on more golden hues, trees skirting the drive to the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in northeastern Tennessee are beginning to show the first signs of fall. A few even look like they’ve closed shop for winter early, already having shed all their leaves.

ORNL staff help students prepare for FIRST LEGO League competition
— About 30 students ages 9 through 14 are gearing up for the 2014-15 FIRST LEGO League competition with weekly training sessions at the National Transportation Research Center (NTRC) in West Knoxville.

NTRC is part of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and ORNL operating contractor UT-Battelle co-sponsors the LEGO League tournament.

Unlocking enzyme synthesis of rare sugars to create drugs with fewer side effects
— A team led by the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has unlocked the enzymatic synthesis process of rare sugars, which are useful in developing drugs with low side effects using a process more friendly to the environment.

ORNL researcher is working to predict electric power blackouts before they happen
— The largest power outage in United States history, the 2003 Northeast blackout, began with one power line in Ohio going offline and ended with more than 50 million people without power throughout the Northeast and the Canadian province of Ontario.

Despite the apparent failure of the electric grid during such cascading events, blackouts aren’t necessarily grid failures.

ORNL team first to fully sequence bacterial genome important to fuel and chemical production
— Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are the first team to sequence the entire genome of the Clostridium autoethanogenum bacterium, which is used to sustainably produce fuel and chemicals from a range of raw materials, including gases derived from biomass and industrial wastes.

Materials science matchmaker
— Scientific research may be the primary focus of the Department of Energy’s national laboratories, but for David Mandrus, the institutions play an equally important role in shaping the instruction and career paths of students.


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