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2013-05-08 17:55:26

NREL research finds synergy in two approaches to breaking down cell walls of biomass Enzymes could break down cell walls faster — leading to less expensive biofuels for transportation — if two enzyme systems are brought together in an industrial setting, new research by the Energy Department´s National Renewable Energy Laboratory suggests. A paper on the breakthrough, “Fungal Cellulases and Complexed Cellulosomal Enzymes Exhibit Synergistic Mechanisms in Cellulose...

2013-04-21 23:02:02

The Israel Energy Partnership (TIEP) and the US-Israel Science and Technology Foundation (USISTF) announced today that a delegation of Israel's top bioenergy scientists, entrepreneurs, and government officials have arrived in Oak Ridge Tennesse to meet with their counterparts from the Department of Energy's Bioenergy Science Center based at ORNL, to begin building a framework for bi-national collaboration for the research, development and commercialization of advanced biofuels. Oak Ridge, TN...

'Dancing' Silicon Atoms In Graphene Uncovered By ORNL Microscopy
2013-04-03 17:14:54

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Jumping silicon atoms are the stars of an atomic scale ballet featured in a new Nature Communications study from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The ORNL research team documented the atoms' unique behavior by first trapping groups of silicon atoms, known as clusters, in a single-atom-thick sheet of carbon called graphene. The silicon clusters, composed of six atoms, were pinned in place by pores in the graphene sheet, allowing the...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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