A national laboratory supercomputer used to model neutron star collisions now is peering into inner space to explore potential vulnerabilities in COVID-19. The Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), described by officials there as the world’s most powerful and smartest, is matching small-molecule drug compounds against the coronavirus in the hope of blunting the virus’s activities on two fronts.
The Air Force wants to bring top-level researchers into its laboratories and is turning to Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to help with recruiting efforts. The service awarded a $49,264,158 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, hybrid firm-fixed-price/cost-reimbursable contract to ORAU "for the enlistment and hiring of highly-qualified, non-government, Ph.D.-level scientists and engineers," for limited-term appointments as research associates, DOD reported.
By reinventing technology decades old, researchers have created a new sensor with the ability to perceive nanoscopic amounts of chemical or biological materials. It now awaits development and manufacturing for practical application.
In this month's SIGNAL Magazine, Rita Boland explains the method and impact of new sensor technology in the article "Technology Aims to Trace Sub-Microscopic Troubles."
Scientists Nickolay Lavrik and Panos Datskos at Oak Ridge National Laboratory employ microelectromechanical systems and nanoelectromechanical systems, which have been around a while, to create a generic sensor that can spot a specific substance.