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Big jobs: Safety, planning key to increasing production performance at SNS

In December 2017, the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory entered into an extended 5-month scheduled outage to perform a number of high-priority jobs. Most notable were the replacement of the facility’s inner reflector plug...
13-Nov-2018 1:05 PM EST Add to Favorites


Scientists find great diversity, novel molecules in microbiome of tree roots

Researchers with the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered that communities of microbes living near tree roots are ten times more diverse than the human microbiome and produce a cornucopia of novel molecules that...
8-Nov-2018 12:05 PM EST Add to Favorites


Feeling the need for speed, neutrons study fluid flow for hypersonic flight

Searching for solutions to supersonic fluid flow behavior, researchers from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the U.S. Air Force are using neutron radiography at DOE’s ORNL. The team says a better understanding of spray dynamics will...
2-Nov-2018 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites


Story Tips from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, November 2018

ORNL story tips: ORNL’s simulation shows 40 percent fuel savings when cars drive themselves; colliding tin isotopes helps scientists better understand unstable nuclei in exploding stars; new method to control HVACs in buildings provides grid...
1-Nov-2018 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites


Seeing a Salt Solution’s Structure Supports One Hypothesis About How Minerals Form

Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists used neutrons, isotopes and simulations to “see” the atomic structure of a saturated solution and found evidence supporting one of two competing hypotheses about how ions come together to form minerals.
23-Oct-2018 4:30 PM EDT Add to Favorites


ORNL demonstrates 120-kilowatt wireless charging for vehicles

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a 120-kilowatt wireless charging system for vehicles—providing six times the power of previous ORNL technology and a big step toward charging times that...
19-Oct-2018 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites


Genetic behavior reveals cause of death in poplars essential to ecosystems, industry

Scientists studying a valuable, but vulnerable, species of poplar have identified the genetic mechanism responsible for the species’ inability to resist a pervasive and deadly disease. Their finding could lead to more successful hybrid poplar...
18-Oct-2018 5:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Scientists Forge Ahead with Electron Microscopy to Build Quantum Materials Atom by Atom

A novel technique that nudges single atoms to switch places within an atomically thin material could bring scientists another step closer to realizing theoretical physicist Richard Feynman’s vision of building tiny machines from the atom up.
9-Oct-2018 4:05 PM EDT 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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