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October 3, 2017 - For many scientists and engineers, the first real test of their mettle comes not in a classroom, but in a lab or the field, where hands-on experience can teach volumes. For Susan Hogle, that hands-on experience just happened to be with material that was too hot to handle—literally.
conventional sedan
September 28, 2017 –  It’s common knowledge that driving aggressively can dent gas mileage, but it’s difficult to determine exactly how much gas drivers waste. A new study by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has quantified the impact speeding and slamming on the brakes has on fuel economy and consumption. They found that aggressive behavior behind the wheel can lower gas mileage in light-duty vehicles by about 10 to 40 percent in stop-and-go traffic and roughly 15 to 30 percent at highway speeds. This can equate to losing about $0.25 to $1 per gallon.
Former University of Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer (right) helps ORNL celebrate $858,000 of contributions to this year’s United Way campaign.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Sept. 27, 2017 -- Former University of Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer praised UT-Battelle employees at Oak Ridge National Laboratory during a Leadership Givers Breakfast for contributing $858,000 to this year’s United Way campaign.
Ctherm on Biomass CSLM
September 27, 2017 - With the licensing to Enchi Corporation of a microbe custom-designed to produce ethanol efficiently, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) mark the culmination of 10 years’ research into ways to improve biofuels production.
Baldwin with the HERMIES III robot at ORNL in 1988. Photo courtesy, ORNL.
September 22, 2017 – Michelle Baldwin’s engineering work has taken her from the public to the private sector and back again, although it was not certain early in her academic career that she would pursue a technical field at all.
Anna Douglas, founder of SkyNano, is among the first cohort of Innovation Crossroads fellows at ORNL.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Sept. 19, 2017 — Entrepreneurs are invited to apply for the second round of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Innovation Crossroads program.
Teressa McKinney
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Sept. 18, 2017 – Teressa McKinney, a program manager in the Nonproliferation, Safeguards and Security group in the Global Security Directorate of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elected fellow of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management. 
Mike Fitzsimmons
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Sept. 18, 2017 – Mike Fitzsimmons of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been elected vice president of the Materials Research Society (MRS). His three-year term starts in 2018 and will last three years.
Niyanth Sridharan's research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has contributed to understanding the unexpected behavior of irradiated alloys.
September 13, 2017 – Niyanth Sridharan grew up in a family that indulged his questions by using real-world examples to explain scientific concepts. That natural curiosity still drives the materials researcher today as he explores additive manufacturing techniques at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory research house collects data about the home’s simulated energy use from sensors strategically located throughout the home. Credit: Jason Richards/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy
September 5, 2017 – Ways to give homeowners more centralized control over how much electricity their home uses—from the air conditioning unit to the heat pump water heater—are being developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
The 2017 Molten Salt Reactor Workshop will continue to build on the success of the 2016 event, with numerous presentations on the current research and development on new MSR designs. Credit: Carlos Jones/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy
September 5, 2017 – In response to the nuclear industry’s growing interest in molten salt reactors, Oak Ridge National Laboratory will bring together leading experts from around the world to discuss recent developments at its third annual MSR Workshop, October 3–4.
The ORNL team used atomic force microscopy to characterize ionic movement at a solar material’s surface. Using other microscopy techniques, spectroscopy and simulations, they analyzed ionic movement deeper down, revealing ionic movement across grain bound
September 5, 2017 – An Oak Ridge National Laboratory team discovered that adding chloride to promising photovoltaic materials enhances their ionic conduction, signaling a step toward developing electrically and optically tunable technologies.
Arjun Shankar
September 5, 2017 — The field of “Big Data” has exploded in the blink of an eye, growing exponentially into almost every branch of science in just a few decades.
ORNL is co-developing a prototype device, known as a Smart Power Integrated Node or SPIN, which is designed to route multiple direct current energy sources in a home. Credit: Jason Richards/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy
September 5, 2017 – Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Flex Power Control are developing a home energy router that collects, converts and distributes electricity from multiple power sources through a single unit.
A 3D printing process developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory repairs and strengthens a Cummins engine without the need to recast parts, which reduces costs and saves energy. Credit: Brittany Cramer/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy
September 5, 2017 – Diesel engine maker Cummins, Inc., is working with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop a material to repair heavy-duty vehicle engines damaged by a million miles of extreme conditions under the hood.
Computational climate scientist Salil Mahajan simulates the complex and chaotic aspects of climate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
August 30, 2017 – Simulating the global climate in high resolution at multiple scales will help answer questions about future global and regional climates. However, as performance expectations increase for Earth system models, so do computing challenges.
Scientists will use ORNL’s computing resources such as the Titan supercomputer to develop deep learning solutions for data analysis. Credit: Jason Richards/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy.
August 25, 2017 – A team of researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been awarded nearly $2 million over three years from the Department of Energy to explore the potential of machine learning in revolutionizing scientific data analysis.
2017 GEM Fellows
August 25, 2017 — Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) hosted eight graduate students as part of the National GEM Consortium summer fellowship program this year—seven in the Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorate and one in the Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate.
Mindy Clark with a crop of more than 5,000 Populus plants in an ORNL greenhouse.
August 23, 2017 – Mindy Clark’s enthusiasm for plant biology has only grown from her time in the classroom at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) to her years working in greenhouse operations for private industry and more recently at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Particles collide and stream through ALICE’s detectors, such as the time-projection chamber shown here, and leave tracks that reveal their velocities, momenta and energies. Image credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy; photographer Ja
August 23, 2017 – The world’s most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), began running at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, in 2009.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 23, 2017 – New mapping methods developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory can help urban planners minimize the environmental impacts of cities’ water and energy demands on surrounding stream ecologies.
Researchers at Rice University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory determined that two-dimensional materials grown onto a cone allow control over where defects called grain boundaries appear.
August 17, 2017 – Rice University researchers have learned to manipulate two-dimensional materials to design in defects that enhance the materials’ properties.
Richard Norby
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 14, 2017 – Richard Norby, UT-Battelle Corporate Research Fellow at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elected fellow of the American Geophysical Union.
L-R, ORNL’s Bruce Warmack, Nance Ericson with an early prototype of the Hot Stick (ORNL photographer Carlos Jones).
August 14, 2017 – With more volts than ever before in electric vehicles (EVs) and on solar-paneled rooftops, first responder and electrical worker safety is a growing concern.
Kelly Chipps, David Green, Zac Ward, David Weston
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 10, 2017 – Four Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers specializing in nuclear physics, fusion energy, advanced materials and environmental science are among 59 recipients of Department of Energy’s Office of Science Early Career Research Program awards.