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Over 100 middle-school girls attended Argonne’s Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGED) for motivational presentations and hands-on activities. Here, students learn about how computer scientists visualize data collected from researchers. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Warm introductions to science and engineering

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGED) is an opportunity for over 100 girls to learn about STEM careers by participating in hands-on activities, listening to presentations and sitting down with scientists for mentoring sessions.

March 7, 2018
Argonne researchers have collaborated with several industry partners to develop a better hydrogen refueling method that can potentially save time and costs. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
All the right moves

Argonne offers licensing opportunities for a patented refueling method that can significantly lower capital investment costs while increasing capacity at hydrogen refueling stations.

February 28, 2018
Top-three innovator Felipe Gomez del Campo (left) receives his award from Jim Reuter (right), NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate deputy associate administrator, for his innovation in the X-Factor challenge area. (Image courtesy of NASA.)
FGC Plasma Solutions wins top NASA innovation award

Argonne Chain Reaction Innovator Felipe Gomez del Campo has received the 2018 NASA iTech award for X-Factor Innovation.

February 23, 2018
This shows a strand of magnetic molecules atop a dense bed of “armchair” graphene nanoribbons — which appear as a series of closely spaced strings — grown on a gold crystal surface. The image was taken on a low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy tool at Argonne’s <a href="">Center for Nanoscale Materials</a>. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Opening windows for new spintronic studies

A surprising discovery could potentially offer major advantages in speed, heat dissipation and power consumption in electronic devices.

February 22, 2018
Reigning champions Daniel Wright Junior High School won the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) 2018 Illinois Regional Middle School Science Bowl in January. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Regional competition tests knowledge and inspires the next generation to reach towards their future

Thirteen middle school teams faced off at Oswego East High School for the 28th annual Department of Energy Regional Science Bowl in January.

February 9, 2018
The number of lithium-ion batteries has skyrocketed. But what will happen to them after they die? Argonne’s ReCell model examines how much money and energy could be saved if we recycle these batteries. (Image by Shutterstock/Romaset.)
Closing the loop on battery recycling

Argonne’s closed-loop battery recycling model shows a vivid picture of total costs as well as environmental impacts.

January 25, 2018
Two students at Chicago’s Wadsworth Elementary school learn coding basics from Argonne’s Charlotte Haley (not pictured) as part of the worldwide Hour of Code in December 2017. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Power hour

Argonne’s Education department partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the University of Chicago and sent 50 scientists to Chicago area schools in December as part of the global Hour of Code.

January 15, 2018
Argonne scientists are using extremely powerful x-rays to understand the physics of the 3-D printing process. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Printing on patrol

What if our military could dramatically reduce the amount of materials and equipment held on the front lines by printing only what they need? Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory are aiming to do this with new advances in 3-D printing.

January 15, 2018
Summer interns Cayla Hamann (background) and Cheng Chang (foreground) help install a water sensor on the UChicago campus. (Image courtesy of The University of Chicago/ Xufeng Zhang.)
IME scientists dig deep in soil for data to improve agriculture, pollution

Soil is incredibly complex — full of organisms, microbes and chemicals that move and change constantly — and it all feeds into crop health and the Earth’s nutrient cycles in ways that aren’t fully understood. Recent advances in wireless data communications and the growing revolution of portable, cheap sensors have made it possible for scientists, including Profs. Monisha Ghosh and Supratik Guha, to start a pilot program to take real-time soil measurements.

January 12, 2018
Argonne’s Michael Kaminski has developed his own system of interchangeable equipment, tools and materials that decontaminates urban areas faster than other approaches. (Image courtesy of Shutterstock, Bell nipon.)
New Argonne decontamination system improves safety and eases complexity

Argonne researchers have created a new technique that decontaminates urban areas faster than any other approach. The technology is simple and uses widely available materials and tools to clean and isolate radioactivity quickly, helping to restore basic services and reduce the radiation exposure of emergency personnel.

January 4, 2018