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ORNL - 3D Printing a House

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are using innovative additive manufacturing techniques to 3D-print a specially designed home for the lab's Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) demonstration project. Researchers, collaborating with industry partners, used this "first-...
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ORNL’s Air Leak Detection System

A novel, nontoxic fluorescent air leak detection system can find cracks in walls and roofs in existing and new buildings. In laboratory experiments, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researchers Diana Hun and Brenda Smith used an off-the-shelf humidifier to release a water-based solution of...
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Pacific Northwest Research Station - Bioenergy From Forests

Under the right logistical and economic conditions, woody biomass is a viable option for local heating and energy production. Science from the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station is helping rural communities determine the technical and financial feasibility of potential biomass...
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PNNL - Fungus for Fuel

The beauty of this mutant strain of the fungus Trichoderma reesei belies the organism’s potential for dismantling biomass. At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory , the study and characterization of the fungus—particularly its proficient production of biomass-degrading enzymes—are critical for the...
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Portable Anthrax Testing With Lab-in-a-Pocket

Developed at Sandia National Laboratories, the Bacillus anthracis Diagnostics (BaDx) cartridge can sample, sense, and detect bacteria that cause anthrax—even in environments with no power, refrigerated storage, or laboratory equipment. Named by Popular Science as one of its 100 best...
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Portable Monitor Frame

This AFRL Information Directorate engineer is using an ultra-high definition, large-format display mounted to a custom-built portable stand with motorized height adjustment. The Advanced Visualization and Interactive Displays group utilizes the latest in state-of-the-art display and computer...
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PPPL’s Langmuir Probe

Langmuir probes like the one pictured above are basic tools for gauging the state of the plasma that fuels fusion experiments at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). Researchers insert an electrode from the probe into the edge of the plasma to measure the temperature and density of the...
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PPPL’s “Star Maker”

Stars and planets form when the cosmic plasma that accretes around celestial bodies falls into those bodies. One of the mysteries of the cosmos is what causes the plasma to swirl into the core, eventually forming a planet or star. At the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), the...