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Bill Gasper, an Argonne environmental safety & health coordinator, keeps 100,000 bees in his backyard. Here he's introducing a batch of bees to their new homes.
The secret lives of scientists & engineers: Bill Gasper

This Argonne employee keeps 100,000 bees in his backyard.

June 1, 2014
The Science that Stumped Einstein

In 1908, the physics world woke up to a puzzle whose layers have continued to stump the greatest scientists of the century ever since.

June 1, 2014
At the South Pole Telescope, scientists measure cosmic radiation still traveling across space from the early days of the universe - using superconductors. Image by Daniel Luong-Van, National Science Foundation. Click to enlarge.
Seeing Back in Time with Superconductors

For Argonne physicist Clarence Chang, looking backward in time to the earliest ages of the universe is all in a day’s work.

June 1, 2014
Argonne researchers are working to create a “smart” water grid that would help us predict when trouble—like contamination, security threat or shortage—might occur so we can plan accordingly. Photo: Shutterstock.
Building a “smarter” water grid

Argonne researcher Tom Taxon is developing a system for real-time software modeling of water for a more intelligent water distribution system.

June 1, 2014
The temperature inside the combustion chamber of a diesel engine, as modeled by researchers at Argonne. Diesel engines are more efficient than gasoline engines and engineers are looking at ways to make them an even better, more sustainable transportation option.
7 things you might not know about diesel

7 interesting facts about diesel engines, and why they're an option for the sustainably-minded.

June 1, 2014
"I’m a climate modeler, so we’re trying to pin down what’s happening and what might happen, and for that we take the math approach." -Rao Kotamarthi, Argonne atmospheric scientist
Crowdsource: How do we tackle climate change?

"Crowdsource" asks scientists from varying fields to offer their unique perspectives on a universal problem. Today's question: How do we start tackling climate change?

June 1, 2014
From right to left: Greg Martin (SAIC, Inc.) reads and Robert Elwood (Nuclear Consultants and Engineers, Inc.) records the serial number of a vessel containing low-enriched uranium hexafluoride. Martin and Elwood are part of a program that has converted the equivalent of about 20,000 nuclear warheads into fuel that provides electricity in America. (Click image to enlarge.)
Warheads to Plowshares

There’s a decent chance you’re reading this by lights that are powered by the remains of Soviet-era nuclear weapons.

June 1, 2014
Chicago is partnering with University of Chicago and Argonne scientists to look at ways that data can improve city life. Image by Sana Sandler; click to enlarge.
City of the Big Data: Chicago turns to technology to address urban challenges

To solve overcrowding, blight and other urban issues, public agencies have begun to take a new approach: using extensive data analysis for solutions to some of the hardest community challenges.

June 1, 2014
Katie Carrado Gregar is a nanoscientist and the user/outreach programs manager at the Center for Nanoscale Materials.
Ask a scientist: Nanotech in our lives

"Is there nanotechnology already in my consumer products?" Argonne nanoscientist Katie Carrado Gregar answers.

June 1, 2014
Engineers Jason Harper (left) and Daniel Dobrzynski at work in Argonne’s Electric Vehicle Interoperability Center, which seeks to create worldwide standards for electric car plugs and charging stations. Click image to enlarge.
A plug fit for every car

If you can't find a charging cable for your cell phone, it's an inconvenience. But what if you’re away from home and can't find a charging station compatible with your electric vehicle?

June 1, 2014