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Argonne high-energy physicist Wei Gai and engineer Scott Doran work on a newly developed positron target that could help provide a key component for the proposed International Linear Collider. (Image by Wes Agresta/Argonne National Laboratory.)
Cooling technique helps researchers “target” a major component for a new collider

Researchers at Argonne have recently developed a new ultra-low-friction sliding contact mechanism that uses chilled water to remove heat from a key component of a next-generation collider.

December 2, 2016
Jack Gilbert is the director of the Microbiome Center, an interdisciplinary institution led by Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Chicago and the Marine Biology Laboratory. The center seeks to build our understanding of the microbes found in our surroundings and inside our bodies in order to improve human and environmental health. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Komodo dragons help researchers understand microbial health in captive animals

Researchers at the University of California San Diego, the University of Colorado-Boulder, the University of Chicago and Argonne are the first to identify similarities in the way in which Komodo dragons and humans and their pets share microbes within closed environments.

November 28, 2016
Located fifteen miles north of the Grand Canyon, the Glen Canyon Dam delivers water from the Upper to the Lower Colorado River Basin. Argonne experts helped recommend a long-term strategy for the dam’s operation that would balance hydropower with the protection of environmental, cultural and recreational resources in the area. (Image by John Hayse/Argonne National Laboratory.)
New report balances environmental interests and power needs for Glen Canyon Dam

Researchers at Argonne have helped develop a plan for the operation of Glen Canyon Dam in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, upstream of Grand Canyon National Park. The plan, known as the Glen Canyon Dam Long-Term Experimental and Management Plan, and documented in a final environmental impact statement, recommends a strategy that would balance hydropower with the protection of environmental, cultural and recreational resources in the area.

November 17, 2016
Argonne chemist Amanda Youker uses a remote manipulator arm to process and purify radioisotopes in a radiation cell. (Argonne National Laboratory)
Argonne radioisotopes have potential for medical diagnosis and treatment

Using its electron linear accelerator, Argonne enabled two companies to demonstrate new methods for the production of molybdenum-99, the parent isotope of technetium-99m — a medical isotope that could face short supply.

November 14, 2016
Argonne scientists Ivan Sadovskyy (left) and Valerii Vinokur published a paper showing a mathematical construction to a possible local violation of the Second Law of the Thermodynamics. One implication for the research could be a way to one day remotely power a device — that is, the energy expended to light the lamp could take place anywhere. (Image by Mark Lopez/Argonne National Laboratory.)
Argonne researchers posit way to locally circumvent Second Law of Thermodynamics

For more than a century and a half of physics, the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which states that entropy always increases, has been as close to inviolable as any law we know. In this universe, chaos reigns supreme. But Argonne researchers announced recently that they may have discovered a little loophole in this famous maxim.

October 19, 2016
DOE is partnering with the National Cancer Institute in an “all-government” approach to fighting cancer.  Called the Joint Design of Advanced Computing Solutions for Cancer, this initial three-year pilot project makes use of DOE supercomputing resources to build sophisticated computational models that facilitate breakthroughs in the fight against cancer on the molecular, patient and population levels. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory)
Cancer’s big data problem

The U.S. Department of Energy is partnering with the National Cancer Institute in an “all-government” approach to fighting cancer. Part of this partnership is a three-year pilot project called the Joint Design of Advanced Computing Solutions for Cancer, which will use DOE supercomputing to build sophisticated computational models to facilitate breakthroughs in the fight against cancer on the molecular, patient and population levels.

October 19, 2016
Building project managers and scientific leads confer at the site of a new clean room under construction at Argonne National Laboratory. When completed, the lab will enable scientists and engineers to build extremely sensitive detectors — such as those capable of detecting light from the early days of the universe. (Image by Mark Lopez/Argonne National Laboratory.)
Building a room clean enough to make sensors to find light from the birth of the universe

Work is underway at Argonne on an expansion of its “clean room.” The new lab will be specially suited for building parts for ultra-sensitive detectors — such as those to carry out improved X-ray research, or for the South Pole Telescope to search for light from the early days of the universe.

October 17, 2016
SUE the Dinosaur’s forearm came to the Advanced Photon Source for its most detailed scan ever, which could shed light on why the large dinosaur had such small arms. (Image courtesy Field Museum)
Why did T. rex have such small arms? SUE arrives at Advanced Photon Source for its most detailed scan ever

SUE the Dinosaur’s forearm came to the Advanced Photon Source for its most detailed scan ever, which could shed light on why the large dinosaur had such small arms.

October 12, 2016
Hydrogen fuel cells, like the one shown above, could provide many advantages and pathways for cleaner energy use. (science photo/Shutterstock)
Six things you might not know about hydrogen

October 8th is National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day. To celebrate, here are a few things you might not know about hydrogen and fuel cells.

October 7, 2016
The new Materials Design Laboratory at Argonne will be the final building to complete Argonne’s Energy Quad, a group of four adjoining buildings designed to maximize collaboration between energy and materials scientists at Argonne. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on September 2.
Lab breaks ground on new Materials Design Laboratory to spur transformative technologies

From designing tailored superconductors to transform the nation's energy grid to developing better materials for wind turbines and finding potential replacements for silicon for next-generation computers, the next new building at Argonne will allow scientists to discover new materials, understand how they work and put them to use.

September 26, 2016