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Many experts are increasingly interested in making electricity a local affair. This idea, useful for both cost savings and for backup power, moves the main source of electricity away from remote large-scale plants to smaller local ones. This approach is called distributed energy.
Personalized energy

The local food movement is booming. Can we do the same for electricity?

March 7, 2016
Ask a Scientist: Ask a battery scientist

Jeff Chamberlain, head of the Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science (ACCESS) and external integration officer of the Joint Center for Energy Storage (JCESR) at Argonne, dishes on the next generation of batteries, why new inventions take so long to get to market, and clean room suits for dogs (they exist!).

March 7, 2016
Sibendu Som (left) and computational scientist Raymond Bair discuss combustion engine simulations conducted on Argonne’s Mira supercomputer, with the aim of gaining further insight into the inner workings of combustion engines. (Click image to view larger.)
The complex chemistry of combustion

Your car is powered by a series of tiny explosions. Scientists think they could make them cleaner and more efficient.

March 7, 2016
Cyber security expert Mike Skwarek shares tips on security in the digital age. Click image to view larger or download for educational purposes.
Top 9 tips on how to prevent cyber “break-ins”

Cyber security expert Mike Skwarek shares tips on security in the digital age.

March 7, 2016
Record drought in 2012 sent the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers scrambling to keep the Mississippi, Ohio, and Missouri Rivers open for shipping. Researchers at Argonne are working to help prepare the nation for the drought, heat, and floods of climate change. (Image by the Army Corps of Engineers.)
Weather or not we're ready

Are America’s cities prepared for the drought, heat, and floods of climate change?

March 7, 2016
Matt Kwiatkowski is cyber security manager at Argonne during the day - and on the weekends he flies over it in a plane he built himself. Click to view the photo gallery.
The secret lives of scientists & engineers: Matt Kwiatkowski

In this series, meet researchers from Argonne with unusual hobbies and interests. Today we're interviewing Matt Kwiatkowski, cyber security manager—and a pilot who built his own plane.

March 7, 2016
Suresh Sunderrajan is the director of the Technology Development & Commercialization division at Argonne. (Click to view larger.)
Working with Argonne: 5 questions with Suresh Sunderrajan

Sunderrajan took a few minutes out of his schedule to sit down with us and talk business development, Argonne’s role in spurring U.S. innovation, and regional cuisine.

March 7, 2016
"I was interested in mathematics and problem solving from a very early age," said Katrin Heitmann, a computational physicist and computational scientist in Argonne's high energy physics department.
Women in STEM careers: Breaking down barriers

Three Argonne researchers share their experiences, why they pursued STEM careers, and how they’re continuing to help the next generation of scientists and engineers to flourish.

March 7, 2016
"We’re spending a lot of power to reduce the frequency of error. What if you built a system that makes mistakes much more frequently but uses much less energy?" - Marc Snir, director of Argonne's mathematics & computer science division
Crowdsource: How do we make computers faster?

Five Argonne scientists with very different specialties answer the same question: "How do we make computers faster?"

March 7, 2016
Argonne engineer Aaron Greco works to improve the reliability of wind turbines using tribology. (Click to view larger.)
7 things you might not know about tribology

Objects rubbing together cause friction which eventually wears down one or the other surface. Finding ways to reduce this friction—in your knees, in an engine, or in factory machinery—can help scientists develop stronger materials that last longer and slide easier, which increases efficiency.

March 7, 2016