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Big Data meets big healthcare for veterans

Veterans will be the ultimate winners in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs-Department of Energy (DOE) Big Data Science Initiative, a collaborative research effort that casts Argonne National Laboratory in a prominent role.

August 7, 2017
Image of the protein tryptophan synthase created using diffraction data from Argonne's Advanced Photon Source. The inhibitor binds between the reaction sites in the protein, represented here by the orange and blue pockets. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
"Monkey wrench" molecule jams tuberculosis protein

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory were part of a recent discovery of a new molecule that attacks tuberculosis-causing bacteria by cutting off its production of a chemical necessary for its survival.

August 4, 2017
In 2016, Argonne conducted a cultural assessment stemming from a Solar Energy Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Solar PEIS) covering six Southwestern states that Argonne’s Environmental Sciences Division. One of the first studies to portray how Spanish and Mexican settlers of the area related to the land before the U.S. government assumed jurisdiction. Argonne’s charge was to determine which public lands within those states would be technically and environmentally suitable for solar energy development. (Image by K. Wescott/Argonne National Laboratory.)
Argonne uses digital tools to preserve Southwestern cultural heritage

Hollywood’s Indiana Jones gained fame for wielding his pistol and bullwhip, but researchers at Argonne National Laboratory prefer to equip themselves with something far more sophisticated: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis.

August 2, 2017
An image of the <a href="http://www.ne.anl.gov/About/reactors/lwr3.shtml">Experimental Boiling Water Reactor (EBWR)</a> in 1956. The EBWR generated plutonium-based electricity for Argonne's physical plant in 1966. When it was decommissioned the following year by Argonne’s D&D Projects Group, EBWR had established a reputation as the forerunner of many commercial nuclear energy plants. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Nuclear energy comes full circle: Argonne takes part in the start-up and shut down of nuclear reactors

Since the world’s first nuclear chain reaction ignited 75 years ago, Argonne has led the way in developing nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. That legacy comes full circle through Argonne’s Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D) Program, which has led the way in decommissioning nuclear facilities at the lab and around the world for over 40 years.

July 31, 2017
Rick Stevens is  Associate Laboratory Director for Computing, Environment and Life Sciences. Stevens is helping to develop the CANDLE computer architecture on the patient level which is meant to help guide drug treatment choices for tumors based on a much wider assortment of data than currently used. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Argonne goes deep to crack cancer code

Argonne researchers tackling cancer through deep learning with an eye towards the future and exascale computing.

July 28, 2017
Lt. Col. Chris Snyder and Maj. Sean “Skeet” Richardson were selected for a prestigious one-year national program to promote open communication between the Air Force and Argonne and encourage collaborations to benefit the departments of Energy and Defense.
Air Force Fellows aim high at Argonne

Science, technology and national security come together in a personal and powerful way through the U.S. Air Force Fellows program at Argonne National Laboratory, which on July 10 will become a second home to Lt. Col. Chris Snyder and Maj. Sean “Skeet” Richardson.

July 25, 2017
Above: 3-D structures of adenine riboswitch RNA calculated using RS3D, a computer program that runs on the supercomputer Mira. RNAs like adenine riboswitch are biological structures found in all human cells; they help control how and when genes are expressed. Some of these structures are linked to cancer and other diseases, and by using RS3D to learn more about them, researchers can better understand how associated diseases evolve, which could lead to better treatments or cures. (Image by Wei Jiang, Argonne National Laboratory; Yuba Bhandari and Yun-Xing Wang, National Cancer Institute.)
Tackling disease in three dimensions: supercomputers help decode RNA structure

In collaboration with staff from the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, researchers at the National Cancer Institute have perfected a technique that accurately computes the 3-D structure of RNA sequences. This method, which relies on a computer program known as RS3D and supercomputer Mira gives researchers studying cancer and other diseases structural insights about associated RNAs that can be used to advance computer-assisted drug design and development.

July 12, 2017
Argonne and Berkeley national laboratories have collaborated to design, build and test two superconducting undulator devices that could make X-ray lasers more powerful, versatile, compact and durable. Above: Argonne Accelerator Systems Division engineer Matt Kasa checks the instrumentation of the undulator. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
New prototypes for superconducting undulators show promise for more powerful, versatile X-ray beams

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Argonne National Laboratory have collaborated to design, build and test two devices that utilize different superconducting materials and could make X-ray lasers more powerful, versatile, compact and durable.

June 20, 2017
This image is a small portion of an output from the "Q Continuum" cosmology simulation; the full simulation evolves more than half a trillion particles. Exascale systems will further enable researchers to run advanced simulations like this to shed more light on the key ingredients that make up our universe. (Image courtesy of the Hardware/Hybrid Accelerated Cosmology Code (HACC) team.)
How to build software for a computer 50 times faster than anything in the world

Researchers at Argonne are working to create new and adapt existing software technologies to operate at exascale by overcoming challenges found in several key areas, such as resiliency, data reduction, software libraries and the management of memory, power and computational resources.

June 15, 2017
Why engines of future hinge on advanced ignition systems developed at Argonne
When the Sparks Don't Fly

In their quest to develop more efficient engines, engineers have lost their spark. Modern gasoline-powered engines are smaller, but generate more power and fewer emissions than ever before.

May 31, 2017