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ORNL Researcher Is Working to Predict Electric Power Blackouts Before They Happen

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Blackouts are often the result of automated protection measures that ensure power surges or downed power lines don’t damage trees, people, appliances or other parts of the grid.

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ORNL Researchers Develop ‘Autotune’ Software to Make It Quicker, Easier and Cheaper to Model Energy Use of Buildings

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Building Energy Modeling (BEM) uses computer simulations to estimate energy use and guide the design of new buildings as well as energy improvements to existing buildings.

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ORNL Team First to Fully Sequence Bacterial Genome Important to Fuel and Chemical Production

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Researchers sequence the entire genome of the Clostridium autoethanogenum bacterium, which is used to sustainably produce fuel and chemicals from a range of raw materials, including gases derived from biomass and industrial wastes.

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New UT Dallas Technology May Lead to Prolonged Power in Mobile Devices

Researchers from the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science have created technology that could be the first step toward wearable computers with self-contained power sources or, more immediately, a smartphone that doesn’t die after a few hours of heavy use

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ISIS Control of Oil Fields: Minimal Impact on U.S. Consumers, Global Oil Market

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New Mobile Solar Unit is Designed to Save Lives When the Power Goes Out

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Brooke Ellison draws her own power from will, but the ventilator that keeps her alive requires uninterrupted electricity. Dr. Ellison is allowing scientists to field-test, at her home, the Nextek Power Systems STAR, a mobile solar generator.

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Sandia Magnetized Fusion Technique Produces Significant Results

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Working with two magnetic fields and a laser, Sandia's Z machine has released an amount of neutrons surprisingly close to 'break-even' fusion.

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Graphene Imperfections Key to Creating Hypersensitive 'Electronic Nose'

UIC researchers have discovered a way to create a highly sensitive chemical sensor based on the crystalline flaws in graphene sheets. The imperfections have unique electronic properties that the researchers were able to exploit to increase sensitivity to absorbed gas molecules by 300 times.

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A Nanosized Hydrogen Generator

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Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have created a small scale “hydrogen generator” that uses light and a two-dimensional graphene platform to boost production of the hard-to-make element.

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