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First New Thorium Salt Reactor in 40 Years Comes Online

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Researchers at NRG, a Dutch firm, have started work on a fission generator that would be the first active thorium salt reactor since the closure of a reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory […] The post First New Thorium Salt Reactor in 40 Years Comes Online appeared first on Geek.com.

High-resolution modeling assesses impact of cities on river ecosystems

(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) New mapping methods developed by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory can help urban planners minimize the environmental impacts of cities' water and energy demands on surrounding stream ecologies.

DC Hot Stick developed for first responder, worker safety

(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) With more volts than ever before in electric vehicles (EVs) and on solar-paneled rooftops, first responder and electrical worker safety is a growing concern. Researchers at the Department of Energy's...Show More Summary

Energy Jobs: National Labs Shed Hundreds of Workers. Plus, Enphase, GE, FERC and Grid4C

Here's an accounting of some top personnel moves from around the energy industry. As many as 525 people could lose their jobs at the Oak Ridge and Brookhaven National Laboratories. Officials say the cuts are not due to the Trump administration's...Show More Summary

Galactic winds push researchers to probe galaxies at unprecedented scale

(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) After using the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to rule out a potential mechanism for galactic wind, UC Santa Cruz astrophysicist Brant Robertson and University of Arizona graduate...Show More Summary

Four ORNL researchers receive DOE early career funding awards

(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Four Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers specializing in nuclear physics, fusion energy, advanced materials and environmental science are among 59 recipients of Department of Energy's Office of Science Early Career Research Program awards.

Energy Department’s national labs plan major staff cuts by end of year

The Department of Energy approved plans to reduce the workforce of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Brookhaven National Laboratory by as many as 525 positions. Both labs maintain the planned staffing cuts are not related to the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to DOE’s science programs. The labs’ explanations for the staffing reductions, though, […]

Landscapes give latitude to 2-D material designers

(Rice University) Researchers at Rice University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory predict and experimentally confirm that two-dimensional materials grown onto a cone allows control over where defects appear. These defects, called grain boundaries, can be used to enhance the materials' electronic, mechanical, catalytic and optical properties.

Physicists Prove 40-Year-Old Prediction With Incredible Neutrino Observation

SNS (Image. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, US DOE, Genevieve Martin) Physicists make a lot of statements about stuff they hope will happen, but might not happen in their lifetimes. One physicist, for example, thought that in certain cases, the incredibly common but hard-to-detect neutrino particles would somehow make entire atomic nuclei wiggle. Show More Summary

Study reveals exactly how low-cost fuel cell catalysts work

(DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory) New work at Los Alamos and Oak Ridge national laboratories is resolving difficult fuel-cell performance questions, both in determining efficient new materials and understanding how they work at an atomic level. The research is described this week in the journal Science

World's smallest neutrino detector finds big physics fingerprint

(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) After more than a year of operation at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the COHERENT experiment, using the world's smallest neutrino detector, has found a big fingerprint of the elusive, electrically neutral particles that interact only weakly with matter. Show More Summary

Interdisciplinary team designs gas flow cell to analyze catalytic behavior

Researchers at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) now have access to a cutting-edge capability for studying catalysts.

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Aug. 2017

(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) New method turns used cooking oil into biofuel with carbon derived from recycled tires; novel technique protects innermost fusion reactor wall from energy created when hydrogen isotopes reach sun-like...Show More Summary

Qubitekk licenses ORNL single-photon source approach for quantum encryption

(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Qubitekk has non-exclusively licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory-developed method to produce quantum light particles, known as photons, in a controlled, deterministic manner that promises improved speed and security when sharing encrypted data.

Gu and Paranthaman named ORNL Corporate Fellows

(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Researchers Baohua Gu and Parans Paranthaman have been named Corporate Fellows of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

3-D models help scientists gauge flood impact

(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Using one of the world's most powerful supercomputers, a University of Iowa team performed one of the first highly resolved, 3-D, volume-of-fluid Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) simulations of a dam break in a natural environment. The simulation allowed the team to map precise water levels for actual flood events over time.

Titan simulations show importance of close 2-way coupling between human and Earth systems

(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) By using supercomputers such as the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility's Titan, a large multidisciplinary team of scientists developed a new integrated climate model designed to reduce uncertainties in future climate predictions as it bridges Earth systems with energy and economic models and large-scale human impact data.

DOE funds Center for Bioenergy Innovation at ORNL to accelerate biofuels, bioproducts research

(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) The DOE has announced funding for new research centers to accelerate the development of specialty plants and processes for a new generation of biofuels and bioproducts.

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, July 2017

(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) ORNL-led team integrates Earth systems with human impact data for climate predictions with fewer uncertainties; ORNL to develop secure platform to analyze large health datasets for Dept. of Veterans...Show More Summary

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