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    20-Mar-2019 2:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 709924

Neutrons paint atomic portrait of prototypical cell signaling enzyme

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Direct observations of the structure and catalytic mechanism of a prototypical kinase enzyme—protein kinase A or PKA—will provide researchers and drug developers with significantly enhanced abilities to understand and treat fatal diseases and neurological disorders such as cancer, diabetes, and cystic fibrosis. The discovery was made by an international team of researchers using macromolecular neutron crystallography at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, France.

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19-Mar-2019 7:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 709703

3D printing shapes building industry, creates rapid construction potential

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

A residential and commercial tower under development in Brooklyn that is changing the New York City skyline has its roots in research at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The tower’s white precast concrete façade rising from the waterfront site of the former Domino Sugar Factory evokes the form of a sugar crystal – a pattern created from 3D printed molds produced at DOE’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL.

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15-Mar-2019 1:05 PM EDT
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    11-Mar-2019 12:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 709262

ORNL-led collaboration solves a beta-decay puzzle with advanced nuclear models

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

An international collaboration including scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory solved a 50-year-old puzzle that explains why beta decays of atomic nuclei are slower than what is expected based on the beta decays of free neutrons. The findings, published in Nature Physics, fill a longstanding gap in physicists’ understanding of beta decay, an important process stars use to create heavier elements, and emphasize the need to include subtle effects—or more realistic physics—when predicting certain nuclear processes.

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7-Mar-2019 11:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 709128

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, March 2019

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Neutrons used to study how an antibacterial peptide fights bacteria; decade-long study finds higher CO2 levels caused 30 percent more wood growth in U.S. trees; ultrasonic additive manufacturing to embed fiber optic sensors in heat- and radiation-resistant materials could yield safer reactors; ORNL analyzes “dark spots” where informal neighborhoods may lack power access; new Transportation Energy Data Book released.

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5-Mar-2019 12:20 PM EST
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Article ID: 709107

Scientists at ESS, Swedish Water Research, ORNL use VISION to look at common contaminant for cleaner water applications

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Monika Hartl from the European Spallation Source is using neutron scattering at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source to understand how plastic materials interact with the filters used to remove them from water. Through understanding these interactions, scientists can develop improved water filters that are better at purifying water and reducing water contaminants.

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5-Mar-2019 10:35 AM EST
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Article ID: 709104

New ORNL AI tool revolutionizes process for matching cancer patients with clinical trials

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A team of researchers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Health Data Sciences Institute (HDSI) have harnessed the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to better match cancer patients with clinical trials. The researchers were one of ten teams to develop a digital tool to address complex challenges relevant to medical conditions such as cancer and Lyme disease as part of The Opportunity Project (TOP) Health Sprint, a 14-week effort sponsored by the Census Bureau, coordinated by the Department of Health and Human Services, and led by two Presidential Innovation Fellows.

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5-Mar-2019 10:05 AM EST
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    4-Mar-2019 11:00 AM EST

Article ID: 708946

Right electrolyte doubles novel two-dimensional material’s ability to store energy

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Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Drexel University and their partners have discovered a way to improve the energy density of promising energy-storage materials, conductive two-dimensional ceramics called MXenes.

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1-Mar-2019 10:05 AM EST
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Article ID: 708960

ReactWell licenses ORNL catalyst for energy conversion applications

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

ReactWell has licensed a novel waste-to-fuel technology from Oak Ridge National Laboratory to improve energy conversion methods for cleaner, more efficient oil and gas, chemical and bioenergy production.

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1-Mar-2019 12:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 708651

Vera Bocharova: Advancing the frontiers of knowledge about soft materials

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Profiled is Vera Bocharova of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, who studies the structure and dynamics of soft materials—polymer nanocomposites, polymer electrolytes and biological macromolecules—to advance materials and technologies for energy, medicine and other applications.

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25-Feb-2019 2:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 708214

Story Tips From the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, February 18, 2019

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ORNL neutrons investigate novel carbon capture crystals; gleaning valuable Twitter data to quickly map power outages; ORNL’s lightweight, heat-shielding graphite foam test yields positive results in fusion reactors; open source software scales up analysis of motor designs to run on supercomputers

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18-Feb-2019 10:15 AM EST

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