Oak Ridge

March 31, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
The Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is modeling the effects of drug molecules to stop the COVID-19 coronavirus. Credit: Carlos Jones/ORNL

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.

June 5, 2018
U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration squadron, who will be performing for the Vectren Dayton Air Show later this month, performed at last year’s event, flying over Dayton International Airport in Vandalia, Ohio. The Air Force wants its laboratory research to soar to new heights, and is tapping Oak Ridge Associated Universities to bring in new Ph.D.-level scientists.

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.

June 25, 2010
By Jordan Garegnani

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.