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ORNL inventors Bruce Warmack, left, and Nance Ericson display an early prototype of the DC hotstick. Credit: Carlos Jones/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 21, 2018 – North Carolina-based Hotstick USA has exclusively licensed a direct-current detector technology developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to help emergency responders safely detect high voltages.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher Arnab Banerjee has charted several accomplishments in his neutron studies of quantum phenomena.
May 21, 2018 – Raman. Heisenberg. Fermi. Wollan. From Kolkata to Göttingen, Chicago to Oak Ridge. Arnab Banerjee has literally walked in the footsteps of some of the greatest pioneers in physics history—and he’s forging his own trail along the way.
Assembly of the PROSPECT neutrino detector. (Credit: PROSPECT collaboration / Mara Lavitt)
May 18, 2018 – The Precision Reactor Oscillation and Spectrum Experiment (PROSPECT) has completed the installation of a novel antineutrino detector that will probe the possible existence of a new form of matter.
Neutron scattering studies of lattice excitations in a fresnoite crystal revealed a way to speed thermal conduction. Image credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy; graphic artist Jill Hemman
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 17, 2018—Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory made the first observations of waves of atomic rearrangements, known as phasons, propagating supersonically through a vibrating crystal lattice—a discovery that may dramatically improve heat transport in insulators and enable new strategies for heat mana
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 16, 2018—The American Nuclear Society has designated the Radiochemical Engineering Development Center at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory an ANS Nuclear Historic Landmark, recognizing more than 50 years of isotope production and nuclear fuel cycle research. 
Kevin Robb, a staff scientist at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is taking what he learned from developing the Liquid Salt Test Loop—a key tool in deploying molten salt technology applications
May 15, 2018 — Thanks in large part to developing and operating a facility for testing molten salt reactor (MSR) technologies, nuclear experts at the Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are now tackling the next generation of another type of clean energy—concentrating solar thermal power (CSP).
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OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 14, 2018 – Panos Datskos, a researcher at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elected fellow of SPIE for his work in sensor and nanomaterials research.
Xin Sun of Oak Ridge National Laboratory has received the 2018 Institute Medal from the American Iron and Steel Institute.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 14, 2018 – Xin Sun, a division director at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has received the 2018 Institute Medal from the directors of the American Iron and Steel Institute. The award was presented at the AISI Board of Director's Breakfast in Washington, D.C.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher Larry Baylor has received the 2018 Fusion Technology Award from IEEE.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 14, 2018 – Larry Baylor, distinguished staff scientist at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has received the 2018 Fusion Technology Award from the IEEE’s Nuclear and Plasma Science Society (NPSS).
From left, ORNL’s Rick Lowden, Chris Bryan and Jim Kiggans were troubled that target discs of a material needed to produce Mo-99 using an accelerator could deform after irradiation and get stuck in their holder.
May 14, 2018 – “Made in the USA.” That can now be said of the radioactive isotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), last made in the United States in the late 1980s. Its short-lived decay product, technetium-99m (Tc-99m), is the most widely used radioisotope in medical diagnostic imaging.
May 10, 2018 — For the past six years, some 140 scientists from five institutions have traveled to the Arctic Circle and beyond to gather field data as part of the Department of Energy-sponsored NGEE Arctic project. 
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May 9, 2018 – When whistler waves are present in a fusion plasma, runaway electrons pay attention.  A research team led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the first to directly observe the elusive waves inside a highly energized magnetic field as electrons zoom around the plasma.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thomas Zacharia (left) congratulates Jan Jakowski, winner of the 2018 UT-Battelle Scholarship to the University of Tennessee. Photo by Genevieve Martin
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 7, 2018 – Oak Ridge High School senior Jan Jakowski has been named recipient of the 2018 UT-Battelle Scholarship to attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (UTK).
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 2, 2018—High school students in Anderson and Roane counties are invited to apply for a new summer internship program at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 
Nanoscale spikes of carbon help catalyze a reaction that generates ammonia from nitrogen and water.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 2, 2018—The search for a more energy efficient and environmentally friendly method of ammonia production for fertilizer has led to the discovery of a new type of catalytic reaction.
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May 1, 2018 – An Oak Ridge National Laboratory-led team has observed how a prolific class of antibiotics may be losing its effectiveness as certain bacteria develop drug resistance by acquiring enzymes known as aminoglycoside modifying enzymes.
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May 1, 2018 – Algorithms designed to parse data gathered by roadside sensors could make it easier to identify vehicles sought in AMBER Alerts and to assist researchers studying traffic patterns.
May 1, 2018 – A study by Oak Ridge National Laboratory detailed the response and recovery of certain tree species after short-term, extreme weather events such as heat waves. Scientists exposed sets of four different saplings to dramatic temperature swings that peaked above 120 F, or around 50 C, in a climate-controlled test chamber.
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May 1, 2018 – Researchers from the Max Planck Institute, renowned for advances in nonmetallic catalysis, leveraged computational modeling suppor
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May 1, 2018 – A shield assembly that protects an instrument measuring ion and electron fluxes for a NASA mission to touch the Sun was tested in extreme experimental environments at Oak Ridge National Laboratory—and passed with flying colors.
ORNL researcher Heather Buckberry adjusts settings on a home appliance. Smart appliances and heating/cooling systems are designed to give homeowners the ability to closely manage electricity usage.
April 27, 2018 – A few miles from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory sits a quiet house in a suburban neighborhood.
Visitors to ORNL’s Lab Day can enjoy activities such as the interactive Traveling Science Fair, which showcases the lab’s diverse research efforts.
April 27, 2018 – Oak Ridge National Laboratory will welcome community members onsite Saturday, June 9, for family-friendly activities, tours, demonstrations and talks to mark the lab’s 75th anniversary.
New exascale earth modeling system for energy
April 24, 2018 – A new earth modeling system will use advanced computers and have weather scale resolution to simulate aspects of Earth’s variability and anticipate decadal changes that will critically impact the United States’ energy sector.
Dane Morgan and Ryan Jacobs opened up new windows into how strain alters the superconducting properties of a class of materials called Ruddelsden-Popper oxides.
April 23, 2018 – University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have added a new dimension to our understanding of why straining a particular group of materials, called Ruddlesden-Popper oxides, tampers with their superconducting properties.
Neutron interactions revealed the orthorhombic structure of the hybrid perovskite stabilized by the strong hydrogen bonds between the nitrogen substituent of the methylammonium cations and the bromides on the corner-linked PbBr6 octahedra.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 23, 2018 – Neutron scattering has revealed, in real time, the fundamental mechanisms behind the conversion of sunlight into energy in hybrid perovskite materials.