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

U.S. cities could save billions with ORNL’s precise approach to de-icing wintry roads; discovery of overlooked function of certain microbes could boost environmental clean-up strategies; novel tools can “see” atomic structures of...
4-Dec-2017 2:35 PM EST Add to Favorites

Genes Found in Drought-Resistant Plants Could Accelerate Evolution of Water-Use Efficient Crops


Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have identified a common set of genes that enable different drought-resistant plants to survive in semi-arid conditions, which could play a significant role in bioengineering...
1-Dec-2017 10:45 AM EST Add to Favorites

Scaling Deep Learning for Science


Using the Titan supercomputer, a research team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed an evolutionary algorithm capable of generating custom neural networks that match or exceed the performance of handcrafted artificial intelligence systems.
29-Nov-2017 11:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

World’s Smallest Fidget Spinner Showcases Access to Serious Science Facility

One drop of liquid, a cutting-edge laser 3D-printer and a few hours are all it takes to make a fidget spinner smaller than the width of a human hair. The tiny whirligig was created by researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Center for...
27-Nov-2017 2:40 PM EST Add to Favorites

ORNL Wins Nine R&D 100 Awards

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have received nine R&D 100 Awards in recognition of their significant advancements in science and technology.
21-Nov-2017 1:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Cyanobacterial Studies Examine Cellular Structure During Nitrogen Starvation


Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis and ORNL are using neutrons to study what happens when cyanobacteria cell samples are starved for nitrogen. They are especially interested in how this process affects phycobilisomes, large antenna...
15-Nov-2017 12:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Neutrons Probe Oxygen-Generating Enzyme for a Greener Approach to Clean Water


An international researcher team used neutron analysis at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, x-ray crystallography and other techniques to study chlorite dismutase, an enzyme that breaks down the environmental pollutant chlorite into harmless...
13-Nov-2017 3:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

INCITE Grants of 5.95 Billion Hours Awarded to 55 Computational Research Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science announced 55 projects with high potential for accelerating discovery through its Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program. The projects will share 5.95...
13-Nov-2017 11:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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National lab tech to help locate people & power outages during Hurricane Irma; helps prep for Jose & Katia


1-Sep-2017 2:05 PM EDT

The Pressure Is on


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


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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