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The shape of melting in two dimensions

02-Feb-2017

Snow falls in winter and melts in spring, but what drives the phase change in between? Although melting is a familiar phenomenon encountered in everyday life, playing a part in many industrial and commercial processes, much remains to be discovered about this transformation at a fundamental ...

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Crystallization method offers new option for carbon capture from ambient air

11-Jan-2017

Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have found a simple, reliable process to capture carbon dioxide directly from ambient air, offering a new option for carbon capture and storage strategies to combat global warming. Initially, the ORNL team was studying methods ...

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'Tennessine' acknowledges state institutions' roles in element's discovery

02-Dec-2016

The recently discovered element 117 has been officially named "tennessine" in recognition of Tennessee's contributions to its discovery, including the efforts of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and its Tennessee collaborators at Vanderbilt University and the University of ...

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3-D-printed permanent magnets outperform conventional versions, conserve rare materials

03-Nov-2016

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated that permanent magnets produced by additive manufacturing can outperform bonded magnets made using traditional techniques while conserving critical materials. Scientists fabricated isotropic, near-net-shape, ...

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Nickel-78 is a 'doubly magic' isotope, supercomputing calculations confirm

28-Oct-2016

For many of us, the term "doubly magic" may evoke images of Penn & Teller. However, for nuclear physicists, it describes atomic nuclei that have greater stability than their neighbors thanks to having shells that are fully occupied by both protons and neutrons. Theoretical physicists at the ...

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Nano-spike catalysts convert carbon dioxide directly into ethanol

14-Oct-2016

In a new twist to waste-to-fuel technology, scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed an electrochemical process that uses tiny spikes of carbon and copper to turn carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into ethanol. Their finding, which involves ...

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Samsung licenses ORNL transparent superhydrophobic glass coatings for electronic devices

07-Oct-2016

Samsung Electronics has exclusively licensed optically clear superhydrophobic film technology from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory to improve the performance of glass displays on smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. ORNL's development of a transparent ...

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First-ever 3D printed excavator project advances large-scale additive manufacturing R&D

30-Sep-2016

Heavy construction machinery is the focus of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s latest advance in additive manufacturing research. With industry partners and university students, ORNL researchers are designing and producing the world’s first 3D printed excavator, a prototype that will leverage ...

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Complex materials can self-organize into circuits, may form basis for multifunction chips

16-Sep-2016

Researchers studying the behavior of nanoscale materials at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have uncovered remarkable behavior that could advance microprocessors beyond today’s silicon-based chips. The study, featured on the cover of Advanced Electronic Materials, shows ...

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Electron beam microscope directly writes nanoscale features in liquid with metal ink

13-Sep-2016

Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are the first to harness a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) to directly write tiny patterns in metallic "ink," forming features in liquid that are finer than half the width of a human hair. The automated ...

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