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  • Automated calibration software for building efficiency studies, developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers Jibonananda Sanyal (left) and Joshua New, is now available as an open source code.

    ORNL-developed building efficiency software now available

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn, Sept. 1, 2015 -- A set of automated calibration techniques for tuning residential and commercial building energy efficiency software models to match measured data is now available as an open source code.

  • Michele Wolfgram

    Wolfgram named outstanding emergency manager

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Sept. 1, 2015 – Emergency Management Specialist Michele Wolfgram of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory received an excellence in emergency management award at the Emergency Management Issues Special Interest Group’s (EMI SIG) annual meeting, held in West Virginia.

  • Computing – New tool improves modeling …

    Software developed by researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory allows users to simulate the structure of advanced materials, explore the design of quantum computers and investigate battery performance.

  • Electric Vehicles – Wireless charging success …

    With the successful demonstration of a 6.9-kilowatt wireless power transfer system boasting 85 percent grid-to-vehicle efficiency, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and partners are gearing up for the next phase of the electrified vehicles project.

  • Transportation – Synergistic lubricant pair …

    A new hybrid lubricant additive discovered by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Shell Global Solutions shows tremendous promise for improving energy efficiency and durability of the nation’s 250 million cars and trucks. The research team, led by Jun Qu, recently reported on synergistic effects between ORNL-invented ionic liquids and a lubricant additive.

  • Health – Diabetes progression …

    A team of Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers — Jack Schryver, James Nutaro and Mallikarjun Shankar — has produced an agent-based simulation model for behaviors critical to the progression of diabetes type 2. This research approximates essential findings from a complex model of diabetes progression over an aggregated U.S. population.

  • Materials – Solar bake test for NASA …

    To test an instrument for a spacecraft that will fly closer to the sun than any before, engineers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of California–Berkeley used ORNL’s powerful plasma-arc lamp to simulate the sun’s intense heat flux.

  • Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker inspects the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, hosted by Craig Blue, IACMI’s chief executive officer. (Jason Richards photo).

    Commerce secretary praises manufacturing innovation at ORNL

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 28, 2015 -- Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker visited the new Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, praising the advances in manufacturing technology taking place in East Tennessee.

  • DOE event marks beginning of landmark ecosystem experiment

    Scientists are getting a glimpse of the future with a Department of Energy large-scale experiment designed to answer questions about how carbon-rich peatlands will respond to projected warming of the climate and increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide.

  • Material dissolved in the liquid at the port tip is immediately transported into the mass spectrometer, ionized, detected and characterized.

    ORNL chemical sampling interface features simplicity, speed

    In mere seconds, a system developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory can identify and characterize a solid or liquid sample, providing a valuable tool with applications in material science, forensics, pharmaceuticals, biology and chemistry.

  • A new study published in Nature reassesses China’s carbon emissions from fossil fuels and cement production. Image credit - iStockphoto

    Carbon number crunching

    A booming economy and population led China to emerge in 2006 as the global leader in fossil-fuel carbon emissions, a distinction it still maintains. But exactly how much carbon China releases has been a topic of debate, with recent estimates varying by as much as 15 percent.

  • The Neutron Sciences Directorate’s two most recent distinguished fellows, Panchao Yin (left) and Bianca Haberl (below), are making major contributions to their respective fields. Image credit - Genevieve Martin

    Never Done If Not For Neutrons

    For early career researchers, a fellowship can be a valuable foot in the door, exposing them to the opportunity to gain experience in areas of science and technology of national importance.

  • Viral Comparisons

    Viruses are tiny—merely millionths of a millimeter in diameter—but what they lack in size, they make up in quantity.  

  • Beth Papanek, working with nutrients for bacterial growth, and Adam Guss are among the ORNL authors of a paper published in Metabolic Engineering.

    BESC creates microbe that bolsters isobutanol production

    Another barrier to commercially viable biofuels from sources other than corn has fallen with the engineering of a microbe that improves isobutanol yields by a factor of 10.

  • The “Big, Deep and Smart Data Analytics in Materials Imaging” workshop

    Eyes on the Prize

    In the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages, the state of the art of materials science defined technology’s zenith and accelerated economies.

  • Chemistry - Mining nature for pharmaceuticals

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have invented an automated droplet-based sampling probe system that scientists at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro are using for quick identification of bioactive compounds in fungi.

  • New ORNL hybrid microscope offers unparalleled capabilities

    A microscope being developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory will allow scientists studying biological and synthetic materials to simultaneously observe chemical and physical properties on and beneath the surface.

  • Critical Materials Institute rare-earth recycling invention licensed to U.S Rare Earths

    A new technology developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Institute that aids in the recycling, recovery and extraction of rare earth minerals has been licensed to U.S. Rare Earths, Inc.

  • Preston to receive AGU's Falkenberg Award

    Climate researcher Benjamin Preston of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been named to receive the American Geophysical Union's 2015 Charles S. Falkenberg Award.

  • Cybersecurity - Piranha nets honor

    Piranha, an award-winning intelligent agent-based technology to analyze text data with unprecedented speed and accuracy, will be showcased at the Smithsonian’s Innovation Festival Sept. 26-27.

  • Supercomputing - Turbocharging materials research

    Lightweight powertrain materials could play a hefty role in helping automakers meet stricter Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s supercomputer could accelerate their deployment.

  • Energy - Switchgrass to hydrogen

    Biorefineries could benefit from a new process developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory that produces hydrogen from plant sources such as switchgrass. The method converts biomass waste streams into hydrogen through heating and processing in microbe-based electrochemical cells.

  • Materials - Machine learning and microscopy

    A new technique developed by microscopy and computing experts at Oak Ridge National Laboratory could accelerate advances in materials science and engineering. The team’s approach combines high-performance computing and machine learning algorithms to analyze atomic-scale images and videos from electron and scanning probe microscopes.

  • Developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers, CIRFT bends and vibrates used nuclear fuel rod segments to test the impact of normal traveling conditions—before the fuel rods ever leave the premises.

    Rigors of the road: ORNL invention will support licensing and transport of spent nuclear fuel

    Moving rods of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) to interim storage or a geologic repository requires road or rail travel. Although a heavy shielding cask protects the rods, long distance transportation subjects SNF to vibrations, sudden movements and other potentially agitating forces.

  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory employees view the exhibits during the July 27 ORNL United Way Agency Fair.

    ORNL kicks off 2015 United Way campaign with agency fair

    The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory kicked off its 2015 United Way campaign with an agency fair displaying services United Way organizations provide to East Tennesseans.

    Jeff Smith, ORNL’s deputy director for operations, said ORNL is one of the largest contributors to United Way in the area.