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  • Coastal wetlands are just one of dozens of environments where scientists found genes that transform mercury into the neurotoxin methylmercury. (Photo courtesy of Smithsonian Environmental Research Center/Grace Schwartz)

    Field widens for environments, microbes that produce toxic form of mercury

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 9, 2015 — Thawing permafrost and contaminated sediment in marine coastal areas pose some of the greatest risks for the production of highly toxic methylmercury, according to findings published in the journal Science Advances.
  • New additive manufacturing technologies are being explored at DOE's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL.

    ORNL, Strangpresse LLC sign additive manufacturing patent license agreement

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 8, 2015—The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Strangpresse LLC of Youngstown, Ohio, have signed a non-exclusive licensing agreement on a portfolio of ORNL patents related to large-scale additive manufacturing. ORNL is leading advances in the production of large-scale 3-D printed materials, refining industrial processes to decrease costs and increase efficiency.
  • An artist’s rendering of the five protein structures solved using neutrons shown on top of the MaNDi instrument detectors. Image credit - ORNL/DOE

    Neutrons help understand enzymes that could produce improvements in biomass processing

    October 7, 2015 — Plants and other biomass can be converted into a variety of renewable high-value products including carbon fibers, plastics, and liquid fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel that are beneficial for reducing petroleum use and vehicle emissions. Breaking down plants in order to release energy can require many steps and harsh chemicals, so researchers are seeking efficient natural catalysts, specifically enzymes, to deconstruct plant material.
  • Laser spectroscopy of ultrathin semiconductor reveals rise of ‘trion’ quasiparticles

    October 7, 2015 - Quasiparticles—excitations that behave collectively like particles—are central to energy applications but can be difficult to detect. Recently, however, researchers have seen evidence of quasiparticles called negative trions forming and fading in a layer of semiconducting material that is 100,000 times thinner than a human hair.

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Meet AMIE - the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy demonstration project. Through this project, ORNL and its industry partners are changing the way we think about generating, storing, and using electrical power.