ORNL staff help students prepare for FIRST LEGO League competition
September 30, 2014 — 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
September 26, 2014 — 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
September 25, 2014 — 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
September 25, 2014 — 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
September 25, 2014 — 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.
Interface Surprises May Motivate Novel Oxide Electronic Devices
September 22, 2014 — OAK RIDGE, Tenn., September 22, 2014—Complex oxides have long tantalized the materials science community for their promise in next-generation energy and information technologies. Complex oxide crystals combine oxygen atoms with assorted metals to produce unusual and very desirable properties.
ORNL researchers develop ‘Autotune’ software to make it quicker, easier and cheaper to model energy use of buildings
September 22, 2014 — There are many ways to save energy in residential and commercial buildings. There are products that use less energy for lighting, heating and cooling; materials that better insulate and seal building envelopes; and architectural and engineering designs that lower utility bills through efficient use of space and renewable energy.
ORNL and DOE team stay ahead of the computing curve in monumental climate modeling project
September 22, 2014 — Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is one of eight Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories that will use high-performance computing (HPC) to develop the most sophisticated Earth system model to date for climate change research with scientific and energy applications.
OLCF Researcher to Work with Clean Combustion Center at Saudi University
September 17, 2014 — If you were to do an internet search for what causes engine knock, you’d receive a number of answers.
September 16, 2014 — When Orlando Rios first started analyzing samples of carbon fibers made from a woody plant polymer known as lignin, he noticed something unusual. The material’s microstructure -- a mixture of perfectly spherical nanoscale crystallites distributed within a fibrous matrix -- looked almost too good to be true.