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The Beauty of Science: A Gallery

Energy in Motion

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(Image credit: Courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory | U.S. Dept. of Energy)


Here, a simulation shows how energy flows through a superconducting material's structure. A high-temperature superconducting material is a material that conducts electricity without resistance at a relatively high temperature. Such materials have the potential to be applied to energy-efficient technologies.

Pointillistic Picture

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(Image credit: Courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory | U.S. Dept. of Energy)


A current map shows the colorful pattern of bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3), an inorganic chemical compound. Many of the scientific images created at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory — which is the U.S. Department of Energy's largest science and energy laboratory — have won national honors.

Titanium Tough

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers created a fully functional lightweight robotic hand, shown here holding a complex impeller, also known as a compressor wheel. Both of the pieces were made from titanium powder.

Psychedelic Worlds

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This image shows a series of simulations of the distribution of water vapor in the Earth's climate system. Each globe shows the simulated monthly average distribution of the world's total water vapor.

Energy Map

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(Image credit: Courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory | U.S. Dept. of Energy)


The Oak Ridge National Laboratory's inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy (IETS) was used to map the movement of phonon energy.