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'On Your Mark, Get Set' Neutrons Run Enzyme’s Reactivity for Better Biofuel Production

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Producing biofuels like ethanol from plant materials requires various enzymes to break down the cellulosic fibers. Researchers from ORNL and NC State used neutrons to identify the specifics of an enzyme-catalyzed reaction that could significantly...
27-Jun-2017 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Neutrons Zero in on the Elusive Magnetic Majorana Fermion

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Neutron scattering has revealed in unprecedented detail new insights into the exotic magnetic behavior of a material that could pave the way for quantum calculations far beyond the limits of a computer’s binary code. A research team led by the...
8-Jun-2017 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Eck Industries Exclusively Licenses Cerium-Aluminum Alloy Co-Developed by ORNL

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Wisconsin’s Eck Industries has signed an exclusive license for the commercialization of a cerium-aluminum (Ce-Al) alloy co-developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory that is ideal for creating lightweight, strong...
7-Jun-2017 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Story Tips From the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, June 2017

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Economical approach created to locate oil- and natural gas-rich shale; electrochemical and ferroelectric link in ultrathin crystalline films discovered; Dallas-based company non-exclusively licensed 3D-printed magnets of recycled materials; Simple...
5-Jun-2017 8:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Newly Identified Microbial Process Could Reduce Toxic Methylmercury Levels

A team led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has identified a novel microbial process that can break down toxic methylmercury in the environment, a fundamental scientific discovery that could potentially reduce mercury...
31-May-2017 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Neutrons Provide the First Nanoscale Look at a Living Cell Membrane

A research team from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has performed the first-ever direct nanoscale examination of a living cell membrane. In doing so, it also resolved a long-standing debate by identifying tiny groupings...
24-May-2017 9:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

ORNL Welcomes Innovation Crossroads Entrepreneurial Research Fellows

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory today welcomed the first cohort of innovators to join Innovation Crossroads, the Southeast region's first entrepreneurial research and development program based at a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory.
18-May-2017 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Assembling Life’s Molecular Motor

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As part of a project dedicated to modeling how single-celled purple bacteria turn light into food, a team of computational scientists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) simulated a complete ATP synthase in all-atom detail....
15-May-2017 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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The Pressure Is on

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Researchers with Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL’s) Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) have developed technology to squeeze materials with a million times the pressure of the earth’s atmosphere while studying them with neutrons. When they...
13-Aug-2015 11:05 AM EDT

Yonath Discusses Visualizing Ribosomes and Antibiotic Resistance

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Ada Yonath, a pioneer in using crystallographic techniques to visualize ribosome structure, was the most recent Eugene P. Wigner Distinguished Lecturer at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Her work continues to contribute to...
12-Feb-2015 10:00 AM EST

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