Engines - Miniature maximization . . .
November 05, 2013 — Improving efficiency and performance of tiny engines like those used in remote-controlled planes is the focus of a report that may thrust the technology into this century.
Materials - Transient doping success . . .
November 05, 2013 — Using a scanning tunneling microscope tip, scientists at the University of Rostock, Germany, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have accomplished something thought to be virtually impossible.
Big Data - Powerful pattern discovery . . .
November 05, 2013 — Analyzing vast amounts of information to identify suspicious activities could become easier with EAGLE, a technology developed by a team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Rangan Sukumar.
Vehicles - ORNL inverter a boost for EVs . . .
November 05, 2013 — Less expensive, lighter and more efficient inverters could put hybrid electric vehicles on the highway to improved viability. While batteries receive a lot of attention, Oak Ridge National Laboratory inventor Gui-Jia Su noted that inverters, which convert direct current into alternating current, play an equally important role in powering hybrid electric vehicles.
Materials — Improving panel performance
October 22, 2013 — Researchers are using supercomputers to design better and less expensive solar panels that can capture the sun’s rays more efficiently and maximize power production.
Metallurgy - Better magnetic materials
October 22, 2013 — Understanding the electrons that hold materials together may help scientists design strong, compact, lightweight and radiation-resistant metals at a lower cost.
Transportation - Energy-saving lubricant additives
October 22, 2013 — A team of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and General Motors researchers has developed a new group of ionic liquids as lubricant additives that could help improve the energy efficiency of cars and trucks.
Forensics – Mass grave detection
September 03, 2013 — Families of thousands of victims of social violence may gain closure, and killers may receive appropriate punishment, because of a suite of technologies able to locate clandestine graves. While investigators can find some graves, perhaps hundreds of thousands remain undiscovered.
Bioenergy – Super microbe
September 03, 2013 — A newly discovered microbe may offer a cost-effective solution that makes biofuel production more efficient. Researchers have found an anaerobic bacterium called Caldicellulosiruptor bescii that can degrade lignin, the hardy substance in plant cell walls that prevents the conversion of biomass into biofuel.
Climate – Mapping where trees survive, thrive
September 03, 2013 — Climate change spurs heat waves, droughts, fires and infestations that threaten trees. Researchers at the Climate Change Science Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and collaborators on a Forest Service-funded project are mapping the effect of projected climate change on tree populations.