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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kalinin named fellow of AVS professional society

    Sergei Kalinin, a researcher in the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been named a fellow of AVS.

  • Energy - Samsung Savings

    Although variable refrigerant flow heat pumps are known to have advantages, higher initial costs and difficulty in quantifying those benefits serve as deterrents to their widespread use. ORNL’s flexible research platform, however, provides a solution that enables researchers to characterize real-world performance.

  • Vehicles - New catalyst looms big

    Gains in engine efficiency are often accompanied by emissions challenges, but a catalyst developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers could provide a solution.

  • Climate - Energy data portal

    A new addition to Data.gov, home of the U.S. government’s open data, focuses on the connection between climate change and the nation’s energy infrastructure.

  • Materials - Cleaner crude

    Crude oil refinement can be an extremely costly chemical process.

  • Doug Abernathy, left, ARCS instrument scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Marc Janoschek, Los Alamos National Laboratory, prepare their sample for experiments at the Spallation Neutron Source.

    Neutrons find “missing” magnetism of plutonium

    Groundbreaking work at two Department of Energy national laboratories has confirmed plutonium’s magnetism, which scientists have long theorized but have never been able to experimentally observe.  The advances that enabled the discovery hold great promise for materials, energy and computing applications.

  • Alan Tennant is the new JINS director.

    Tennant Named Director of UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences

    Alan Tennant has been appointed director of the Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The institute is a partnership between ORNL and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

  • ORNL researchers Dudney, Love, Radford named Corporate Fellows

    Nancy J. Dudney, Lonnie J. Love and David C. Radford have been named Corporate Fellows at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

  • ORNL—Dow Evaluation of Advanced Energy-Saving Sealant for Buildings

    Drafty buildings are a thermostat’s worst enemy. Leaks around windows and a multitude of other breaches in the building envelope can cause heat and air-conditioning systems to run excessively, hogging energy as it continually warms — or cools and dehumidifies — the invading outside air.

  • Inserting helium atoms (visualized as a red balloon) into a crystalline film (gold) allowed Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers to control the material’s elongation in a single direction.

    Helium ‘balloons’ offer new path to control complex materials

    Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new method to manipulate a wide range of materials and their behavior using only a handful of helium ions.

  • New tool on horizon for surgeons treating cancer patients

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 18, 2015 – Surgeons could know while their patients are still on the operating table if a tissue is cancerous, according to researchers from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

  • Advanced Composites Expert Named Newest UT-ORNL Governor's Chair

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn., June 12, 2015—The position of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory as leaders in the manufacturing revolution has taken another bold step forward with the hiring of Uday Vaidya as the Governor's  Chair in Advanced Composites Manufacturing.

  • ORNL, Hyundai Motor collaborating through new R&D agreement

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 8, 2015 – Hyundai Motor Company and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have signed an agreement intended to strengthen the automaker’s U.S. research and development portfolio.

  • BESC, Mascoma develop revolutionary microbe for biofuel production

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 3, 2015 – Biofuels pioneer Mascoma LLC and the Department of Energy's BioEnergy Science Center have developed a revolutionary strain of yeast that could help significantly accelerate the development of biofuels from nonfood plant matter.  

  • At the Large Hadron Collider, scientists have begun to collect new data from experiments such as ALICE, which aims to reproduce conditions similar to those that existed immediately after the Big Bang. Image courtesy of CERN

    U.S. joins the world in a new era of research at the Large Hadron Collider

    New LHC data gives researchers from around the world their best chance yet to study the Higgs boson and search for dark matter and new particles.

  • ORNL's Paranthaman named ACerS fellow

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 1, 2015 – Mariappan (Parans) Paranthaman, a researcher at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been named a fellow of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS).

  • The 'why' of models

    Predicting how forests will respond to increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide involves understanding the interplay among carbon dioxide, nutrients, water, plant and soil processes. This multitude of variables challenges scientists who are trying to gauge how future ecosystems will react in a changing climate.