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What do you do when you can’t test your technology?

The United States faced that question when it halted nuclear weapons testing in 1992. The answer came in the form of virtual tests using high-performance computers.

Although “stockpile stewardship,” as it was known, drove the rapid developmen...

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Conspiracy theories are nothing new. When President Zachary Taylor took sick and died 16 months into his presidency in 1850, he had been a relatively healthy war hero. A fatal gastric malady struck after he consumed fruit and iced milk at a July 4th celebration.

Slavery was the issue of the day, ...

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You can gain a lot by creating and sorting ions.

Mass spectrometry, as the technique is known, was the basis for the calutrons at the nearby Y-12 Plant that enriched uranium for Little Boy, the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, and it continues be a powerful analytical tool today.

“From the very orig...

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As use of electric vehicles grows, ORNL is working to make them better.

A battery research team led by chemist Nancy Dudney, an interna- tionally recognized leader in energy storage, focuses on technologies that make EV batteries crash- tolerant while keeping them rela- tively lightweight and cos...

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In outer space, beyond what is considered our solar system, a small spacecraft that looks like a TV satellite dish is still transmitting back to Earth. Deep-space missions have revealed the secrets of the solar system and beyond for nearly a half century. ORNL technology helps make these missions...

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Two years after the detonation of the atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Bill and Liane Russell came to Oak Ridge with a purpose: to explore the genetic effects of radiation on mammals.

The work of this husband-and-wife team shaped our modern-day understanding of how radiation affects the bo...

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While ORNL researchers produced isotopes for medicine, designed and tested nuclear power reactors, and studied the biological effects of radiation, the advent of nuclear weapons transformed global politics.

During the four-decade Cold War, new feats of science and technology fed threats and fears...