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These microcapsules, filled with liquid metal, sit on a gold conductive layer. If the circuit is mechanically damaged, the capsules burst to restore the conductive pathway. Each is just 10 microns across; 10 could fit side by side in a human hair. Image by Amanda Jones and Ben Blaiszik.
Battery, heal thyself: Inventing self-repairing batteries

Imagine dropping your phone on the hard concrete sidewalk—but when you pick it up, you find its battery has already healed itself.

January 11, 2012
Winter snow blankets southwest Alaska on January 12, 2011, bringing the varied topography of the region into sharp relief. Photo courtesy NASA/GSFC/Jeff Schmaltz/MODIS Land Rapid Response Team.
Thawing tundra a new climate threat

A significant source of greenhouse gases has started leaking into the Earth's atmosphere from an unlikely place. Above the Arctic Circle, land frozen for tens of thousands of years has begun to thaw for the first time.

January 19, 2012
Mark Snir heads the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne.
Argonne's Snir honored as one of HPCwire's "People to Watch" in 2012

Argonne National Laboratory's Marc Snir has been named one of HPCwire's "People to Watch" in 2012.

January 24, 2012
Biochemical engineer Seth Snyder is pictured with the laboratory's resin wafer technology.
Argonne wins FLC award for resin wafer technology

Argonne has received a Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer for a separations technology that improves the processing of biomass-based feedstocks into biofuels and chemicals.

February 1, 2012
Researchers at Argonne have begun to investigate adding one more contender to the list of possible energy sources for light-duty cars and trucks: compressed natural gas. Image courtesy of Mercedes Benz.
A 'natural' solution for transportation

Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have begun to investigate adding one more contender to the list of possible energy sources for light-duty cars and trucks: compressed natural gas.

February 2, 2012
Mike Kaminski (left), and Argonne director Eric Isaacs. Kaminski accepted the award on behalf of the Hispanic/Latino club.
Hispanic/Latino club wins first WIST Diversity Award

Argonne's Hispanic/Latino Club is the first winner of the laboratory's annual Women in Science and Technology Diversity Award, created to honor the contributions of an individual or team for their commitment to promoting diversity at the laboratory.

February 8, 2012
Lead-cooled reactors could prove good candidates for a type of nuclear reactor called a small modular reactor, or SMR.
Small modular reactor design could be a 'SUPERSTAR'

Though most of today's nuclear reactors are cooled by water, we've long known that there are alternatives.

February 9, 2012
Coloured Transmission Electron Micrograph (TEM) of a section through the bacteria Neisseria. Image courtesy of Pasieka/Science Photo Library.
Big, bad bacterium is an "iron pirate"

Life inside the human body sometimes looks like life on the high seas in the 1600s, when pirates hijacked foreign vessels in search of precious metals. For Neisseria bacteria, which can cause gonorrhea and meningitis, the booty is not gold or silver but plain old iron.

February 20, 2012
When most of us think of an atom, we think of tiny electrons whizzing around a stationary, dense nucleus composed of protons and neutrons, collectively known as nucleons. A collaboration between Argonne and Jefferson National Laboratory has demonstrated just how different reality is from our simple picture.
New picture of atomic nucleus emerges

When most of us think of an atom, we think of tiny electrons whizzing around a stationary, dense nucleus composed of protons and neutrons, collectively known as nucleons. A collaboration between Argonne and Thomas Jefferson National Laboratories has demonstrated just how different reality is from our simple picture.

March 1, 2012
Argonne chemist Elena Timofeeva conducts a quality control evaluation of thermal nanofluids.
Nanofluids improve performance of vehicle components

Argonne researchers are working with two industrial partners to create nanofluids that improve the cooling of power electronics in hybrid electric vehicles.

March 9, 2012