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  • Chi, Bland earn top honors at UT-Battelle’s Awards Night

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 23, 2015 – Miaofang Chi of the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has earned the ORNL Director’s Award for Outstanding Individual Accomplishment in Science and Technology.

  • Illustration of the structure of a phosphoglycerate kinase protein that was subjected to molecular dynamics simulations. The relative motions of the red and blue domains of the proteins are highly complex, and can be described in terms of motion of a conf

    New supercomputer simulations enhance understanding of protein motion and function

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 23, 2015—Supercomputing simulations at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory could change how researchers understand the internal motions of proteins that play functional, structural and regulatory roles in all living organisms. The team’s results are featured in Nature Physics.

  • ORNL's Zacharia, Paranthaman named AAAS fellows

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 23, 2015 – The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has named Thomas Zacharia and Mariappan Parans Paranthaman of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory as new AAAS fellows. The two are honored for their achievements in science administration and materials chemistry, respectively.

  • ORNL’s Nancy Dudney (center) and former lab researchers Jane Howe and Chengdu Liang were among the developers of lithium-sulfur materials that have been licensed to Solid Power for use in next-generation batteries.

    ORNL, Solid Power sign exclusive license for lithium-sulfur battery tech

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 20, 2015—The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Solid Power Inc. of Louisville, Colo., have signed an exclusive agreement licensing lithium-sulfur materials for next-generation batteries.

  • ORNL microscopy captures real-time view of evolving fuel cell catalysts

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 19, 2015—Atomic-level imaging of catalysts by scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory could help manufacturers lower the cost and improve the performance of emission-free fuel cell technologies.

  • Four ORNL researchers elected fellows of American Physical Society

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 18, 2015 – Four researchers from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been elected fellows of the American Physical Society (APS), one of the nation's top professional organizations for scientists.

  • The Freight Analysis Framework captures detailed data on the movements of freight in the United States, including domestic movements of foreign imports and exports. Image credit: iStockphoto

    Tracking Freight Flows

    November 17, 2015 —A new freight database developed with assistance from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory will help transportation officials improve highways, railroads and other trade routes across the country.

  • DOE's INCITE program promotes transformational advances in science and technology through large allocations of time on state-of-the-art supercomputers, including the Titan supercomputer at ORNL.

    INCITE Grants Awarded to 56 Computational Research Projects

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 16, 2015–The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science announced 56 projects aimed at accelerating discovery and innovation to address some of the world’s most challenging scientific questions. The projects will share 5.8 billion core hours on America’s two most powerful supercomputers dedicated to open science.

  • The Big Area Additive Manufacturing-CI system, developed by ORNL and Cincinnati Incorporated, was among ORNL’s six 2015 R&D 100 award winners.

    ORNL wins six R&D 100 awards

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 16, 2015—Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have received six R&D 100 awards, increasing the lab’s total to 193 since the award’s inception in 1963.

  • The Historic Graphite Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is one of the venues for the Manhattan Project National Park at Oak Ridge. Photo: Lynn Freeny

    Oak Ridge marks dedication of Manhattan Project National Park

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 12, 2015 – Oak Ridge dedicated the new Manhattan Project National Historical Park with Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch proclaiming a new era of telling future generations the story of the city’s contributions to ending World War II.

  • Lieutenant General George Fisher, U.S. Army, Retired

    Retired general says Vietnam veterans finally gain respect

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 11, 20015 – Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. George Fisher told an Oak Ridge National Laboratory Veterans Day audience that Vietnam War veterans are finally gaining respect they deserve for their service in that war 50 years ago.

  • Using high-performance computing, ORNL researchers are modelling the atomic structure of new alloys to select the best candidates for physical experimentation.

    Atoms to Engines

    Nov. 10, 2015 -- The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, FCA US LLC, and the foundry giant, Nemak of Mexico, are combining their strengths to create lightweight powertrain materials that will help the auto industry speed past the technological roadblocks to its target of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

  • ORNL researchers used a new scanning transmission electron microscopy technique to sculpt 3-D nanoscale features in a complex oxide material.

    New electron microscopy method sculpts 3-D structures at atomic level

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 9, 2015—Electron microscopy researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a unique way to build 3-D structures with finely controlled shapes as small as one to two billionths of a meter.

  • A hybrid 3-D optical microscope – mass spectrometry map showing optical brightness (height) and chemical distribution of poly(2vinylpyridine) (red) and poly(N-vinylcarbazole) (blue) signals of a 20 micron-by-20 micron area of a polymer blend. (ORNL/DOE)

    New ORNL device combines power of mass spectrometry, microscopy

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 6, 2015 – A tool that provides world-class microscopy and spatially resolved chemical analysis shows considerable promise for advancing a number of areas of study, including chemical science, pharmaceutical development and disease progression.

  • Looking ahead: SNS users visit to discuss next generation target station

    Nov. 6, 2015—More than 200 scientists from around the world assembled October 27 to 29 at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to provide input on the scientific instruments that would be installed at a proposed Second Target Station (STS) at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS).

  • State automotive manufacturers honor ORNL's Graves

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct.  28, 2015 – The Tennessee Automotive Manufacturers Association (TAMA) has inducted Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Ron Graves into its Hall of Fame. TAMA honored Graves for his leadership of the Department of Energy laboratory's Sustainable Transportation Program.

  • Take a Periscope tour of America's fastest supercomputer

    Inside Titan

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory gave social media users an exclusive tour of its supercomputer Titan on Nov. 5.

  • Chaitanya Narula led analysis of an ORNL biofuel-to-hydrocarbon conversion technology to explain the underlying process.

    Energy-efficient reaction drives ORNL biofuel conversion technology

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 3, 2015—A new study from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory explains the mechanism behind a technology that converts bio-based ethanol into hydrocarbon blend-stocks for use as fossil fuel alternatives.

  • Energy - High-efficiency rooftop A/C

    November 02, 2015 - Trane Commercial Systems and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have coaxed 20 percent greater performance out of a baseline commercial rooftop air conditioning unit with the potential for even better efficiency by switching refrigerants.

  • Buildings - Seeking solutions

    November 02, 2015 - Inventors and innovators are invited to submit their ideas to JUMP, Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s latest buildings technology crowdsourcing platform.

  • Manufacturing - Advanced motor prototyping

    November 02, 2015 - By using additive manufacturing to print active components of motors, Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers are conducting research that cannot be done with conventional methods.

  • Nuclear - Sound inspections

    November 02, 2015 - Inspections will play a crucial role in the decisions to extend operating licenses for many of the nation’s aging nuclear power plants, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory has a tool that could help.

  • Computing - Intelligent user interfaces

    November 02, 2015 - High-resolution imaging of materials produces complex, copious data. Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are developing a visual analytics system that could essentially “look over a scientist’s shoulder,” learning from human actions and improving its predictions of what the scientist thinks is interesting.

  • Supercomputing - Breaking the barrier

    November 02, 2015 - Bioenergy researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have explained the molecular mechanism of an effect that has puzzled scientists for years.

  • Supercomputing - Accelerating climate research

    November 02, 2015 - The next-generation Earth system model will simulate climate systems at unprecedented resolution over an unprecedented time scale in order to understand climate change, Earth system feedbacks and potential tipping points.