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In nature, communities of microorganisms have been refining and improving the way in which they conduct biochemical transformations for billions of years. Argonne researchers recently uncovered a new way to map how communities of organisms are organized at a fundamental level to enable this biochemical research and development. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Minimizing complexity in the microbial world

In a recent study published by Frontiers in Microbiology, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory describe a new way to map how communities of organisms are organized at a fundamental level to tap into nature’s biochemical “research and development.”

February 14, 2018
Pete Beckman delivers keynote on edge computing

Pete Beckman, co-director of the Northwestern-Argonne Institute for Science and Engineering, presented a keynote address at the 19th IEEE international conference on High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC), held in Thailand in December 2017.

January 5, 2018
It takes increasingly powerful computing resources to perform more and more complex simulations of nuclear reactor fuel assemblies. This image shows the coolant-flow pressure distribution in a 217-pin wire-wrapped subassembly. (Image by Paul Fischer)
Exascale Computing Project announces $48 million to establish four exascale co-design centers

DOE’s Exascale Computing Project is announcing it has selected four co-design centers as part of a 4-year $48 million funding award, including one to be led by Argonne.

November 11, 2016
Elia Merzari, a nuclear engineer at Argonne, received the George Westinghouse silver medal for his leadership and contributions to the power field.
Argonne engineer receives prestigious medal

Argonne nuclear engineer Elia Merzari has been awarded the George Westinghouse Silver Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

August 18, 2016
The three peptides shown in the shaded box are currently being experimentally validated by the Baker Laboratory. For comparison, the peptides are shown with the small molecule that is the active agent in aspirin and a large protein that is used as an anti-HIV antibody.
Software optimized on Mira advances design of mini-proteins for medicines, materials

Scientists at the University of Washington are using Mira to virtually design unique artificial peptides, or short proteins. As the researchers begin to develop new peptides, they are optimizing their in-house software to test thousands of potential peptide structure designs in tandem, requiring a state-of-the-art supercomputer.

February 12, 2016
10 highlights celebrating 10 years of Argonne Leadership Computing Facility

The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility turns 10 years old this week. Here are 10 highlights to celebrate its first decade of accomplishments.

February 2, 2016
Assistant professor Matthew Kirk and a student from Kansas State University sample water from natural gas production wells in the Cherokee basin of southern Kansas. Kirk and colleagues are interested in understanding the role of microorganisms in the generation of natural gas from organic matter in the subsurface. Photo courtesy Brianna Kwasny, Kansas State University; click to view larger.
Natural gas from coal, courtesy of microbes

The key to extracting usable energy from deep coal seams and depleted oil reservoirs may lie with their tiniest residents: the microscopic organisms known as methanogenic Archaea.

November 20, 2015
Researchers at Argonne, Scripps Research Institute, and Rice University provide greater insight into the process of manipulating nature’s biosynthetic machinery to produce more effective antibiotics and cancer fighting drugs. (Click image to enlarge.)
New information about bacterial enzymes to help scientists develop more effective antibiotics, cancer drugs

Results of a new study from Argonne, Scripps Research Institute, and Rice University allows researchers to manipulate nature’s biosynthetic machinery to produce more effective antibiotics and cancer-fighting drugs.

November 5, 2015
The image shows staining and quantification of IgA-bound bacteria in the small intestine and colon from healthy humans, while the graph on the right shows the decrease in the fraction of IgA-bound bacteria in the colon. (Image courtesy Dion Antonopoulos and Ted Flynn, Argonne National Laboratory; Click to view larger.)
New insights into regulating the gut’s microbial community

In a study published in the journal Immunity, researchers at Argonne and the University of Chicago have gained new insight into the role the antibody IgA plays in regulating the gut’s microbial community.

August 27, 2015
The Shedd Aquarium will test its environments to explore the microorganisms living and contributing to the ecosystems there. (Image courtesy John G. Shedd Aquarium; click photo to view larger.)
Shedd Aquarium teams up with Argonne, others for first study of aquarium microbiology

Chicago’s John G. Shedd Aquarium announced the launch of the Aquarium Microbiome Project – the first-ever study exploring the microscopic living community in a controlled aquarium environment and its impact on the animals that live in them.

February 3, 2015