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ORNL, Chattanooga EPB test the role of sensors in grid innovation
February 8, 2017 – With a fiber-optic network that provides Chattanooga residents and businesses with exceptional high-speed communications, the city’s Electric Power Board (EPB) provides the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) with an ideal testbed for smart grid research.
Biance Haberl
February 6, 2017 - Scientific research can be vexing and tiring at times, but for Bianca Haberl, the euphoria of discovery is the ultimate reward.
A vacuum insulation panel can produce big savings, especially for older Department of Defense buildings.
February 2, 2017 – Significant energy savings could be realized by the Department of Defense with the deployment of a low-cost vacuum insulation panel developed with help from researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. A team led by Kaushik Biswas is evaluating how wall retrofit solutions can cut in half energy loss through walls.
A noise filter developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory could spell doom for unwanted EMI in thermocouple devices.
February 2, 2017 – Electromagnetic interference, a nuisance to electronic devices used in hundreds of applications that include biomedical, automobiles, manufacturing, satellites and space, could be a non-issue because of a noise filter invented at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
This map of New York City shows how many people walk to work each morning. The resolution is block group level.
February 2, 2017 – Simply widening sidewalks and increasing the bike lanes network can boost the number of New York City commuters who choose to take advantage of an option that’s healthy for people and the environment, according to Husain Aziz of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Urban Dynamics Institute.
ORNL researcher and University of Tennessee Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education student Seong Jin An works with lithium-ion batteries undergoing an ORNL-developed fast-formation protocol that shortens part of battery
February 2, 2017 – A new process developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory could alleviate a bottleneck in battery manufacturing and deliver higher capacity batteries for electric vehicles and consumer devices.
A new study evaluates the atomic behavior of metals during solid state welding and finds the resulting oxide film is dissolved near the material’s surface.
February 2, 2017 – Oxide removal for welding can be laborious and costly, yet results from a new study indicate the preparation may be unnecessary for certain solid-state joining.
3-D visualization of chemically-ordered phases in an iron-platinum (FePt) nanoparticle.
February 2, 2017 - Barely wider than a strand of human DNA, magnetic nanoparticles—such as those made from iron and platinum atoms—are promising materials for next-generation recording and storage devices like hard drives.
The team transmitted the ORNL logo, an oak leaf, between two end points in the laboratory with 87 percent calculated fidelity. (Left): The original 4-color, 3.4kB image. (Right): The image received using superdense coding.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 1, 2017 – Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have set a new record in the transfer of information via superdense coding, a process by which the properties of particles like photons, protons and electrons are used to store as much information as possible.
A nuclear density map of the bacterial enzyme HpMTAN’s active site reveals the locations of the hydrogen atoms, including the unexpected observation of a hydrogen ion positioned midway between adenine and D198 residue.
February 1, 2017 – Neutron analysis at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is helping researchers better understand a key enzyme found in a bacterium known to cause stomach cancer.
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January 31, 2017 - Snow falls in winter and melts in spring, but what drives the phase change in between?
Contrasting solvation strategies in conventional electrolytes (top-left) and a new class of Lewis-acidic polymer electrolytes (bottom-left).
January 31, 2017 - Ever since Italian physicist Alessandro Volta invented the first battery out of a stack of copper and zinc disks separated by moistened cardboard, scientists have been searching for better battery materials.
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OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Jan. 27, 2017 -- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam visited the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory today to congratulate the ORNL team involved in the discovery of the element tennessine, named in recognition of the vital contributions of the state of Tennessee to the international search for new superheavy elements.
Gina Tourassi.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., January 26, 2017 – Gina Tourassi, a researcher at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elected fellow of SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics. The society cited Tourassi “for achievements in biomedical computing and health informatics.”
Kinga Unocic.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., January 26, 2017 – Kinga Unocic, researcher at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has received the 2017 Young Leaders International Scholar Award from The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society.
Ramakrishnan “Ramki” Kannan loves the excitement and challenge of working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, home to Titan.
January 25, 2017 – Supercomputers like Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Titan are advancing science at a frenetic pace and helping researchers make sense of data that could have easily been missed, says Ramakrishnan “Ramki” Kannan.
Award-winning mammalian geneticist Lee Russell (right, in a 2014 photo) is the namesake of the Liane B. Russell Fellowship for early career scientists at ORNL.
January 25, 2017 – The famed mouse colony once housed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory had a prominent role in groundbreaking autoimmune disease research recently recognized with an award from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
ORNL researchers have discovered a new type of quantum critical point, a new way in which materials change from one state of matter to another. Featured here are researchers Lekh Poudel (left), Andrew Christianson and Andrew May.
January 19, 2017 – When matter changes from solids to liquids to vapors, the changes are called phase transitions. Among the most interesting types are more exotic changes—quantum phase transitions—where the strange properties of quantum mechanics can bring about extraordinary changes in curious ways. 
Kai Xiao
January 19, 2017 – Kai Xiao's work as a staff scientist at ORNL’s Center for Nanophase Materials Science gives him access to some of the world’s most powerful tools to investigate materials as small as one-billionth of a meter, or at the nanoscale.
GWAS SNP Populus trees under study
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., January 17, 2017—Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, information useful to plant scientists as well as researchers in the fields of biofuels, materials science, and secondary plant
On hand for UT-Battelle's check presentation at the new facility construction site.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., January 12, 2017 – UT-Battelle, the managing contractor for the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, made the final installment of a $250,000 pledge by presenting a $50,000 check in late December to the Emory Valley Center, a community facility that serves people with disabilities.
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OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Jan. 9, 2017 – Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have found a simple, reliable process to capture carbon dioxide directly from ambient air, offering a new option for carbon capture and storage strategies to combat global warming. 
Brian Davison
January 5, 2017 – Brian Davison has advice for anyone planning a long career in science, gleaned from more than three decades in the field: Appreciate the ‘eureka’ moments, both big and small.
The Transforming Additive Manufacturing through Exascale Simulation project (ExaAM) is building a new multi-physics modeling and simulation platform for 3D printing of metals
January 5, 2017 — Oak Ridge National Laboratory experts are playing leading roles in the recently established Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Exascale Computing Project (ECP), a multi-lab initiative responsible for developing the strategy, aligning the resources, and conducting the R&D necessary to achieve the nation’s imperative of delivering exascale computing by 2021.
Atomic arrangements inside the unit cell of an iron-based superconducting material show that reduction of unit cells along the c-axis is necessary for causing superconductivity.
January 4, 2017 – Hundreds of tables and plots from papers published about superconductivity are the focus of a Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter review paper that condenses this data into a single graph.