Feature Stories

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"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
George Crabtree, director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research
The future of batteries: Q&A with the director of the national laboratory battery hub

George Crabtree, director of JCESR, talks about the vision, goals, and challenges on the leading edge of battery research.

June 1, 2014
Prior to joining Argonne, Forrest Jehlik worked in research and development for General Motors. Click to enlarge.
Head of Argonne's Green Racing team takes part in White House's 'Extreme STEM' Hangout

In honor of National Science Week, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) hosted an "Extreme STEM" Google+ Hangout on Tuesday, April 22. Argonne National Laboratory engineer Forrest Jehlik, who leads the lab's Green Racing program, was among the participants.

April 22, 2014
The release of wastes associated with nuclear reprocessing from storage facilities into the underlying sediments and groundwater is an important environmental concern. Scientists working with two national laboratories have found evidence that iron-bearing minerals naturally abundant in some sediments can react with and immobilize contaminants such as technetium. Image courtesy Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory. Click to enlarge.
Iron-bearing minerals in sediments naturally reduce contaminant levels

The release of wastes associated with nuclear reprocessing from storage facilities into the underlying sediments and groundwater is an important environmental concern. Scientists working with two national laboratories have found evidence that iron-bearing minerals naturally abundant in some sediments can react with and immobilize contaminants such as technetium.

April 8, 2014
Argonne Gender Diversity Specialist Erin Thomas (right) accepted the 2014 Society of Women Engineers Golden Family Award on behalf of the laboratory at a recent SWE award presentation. SWE Chicago Regional Section President Jennifer Sciullo (left) presented the award. Click to enlarge.
Argonne receives 2014 SWE Golden Family Award

On June 5, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Chicago Regional Section presented Argonne National Laboratory with its 2014 Golden Family Award. The award recognizes an organization that best supports families in the workplace.

April 7, 2014
In 1979, Walter Massey became the first African-American to assume the post of Director of Argonne National Laboratory. Image courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago. Click to enlarge.
A Director’s Profile: Walter Massey

Walter Massey became director of Argonne National Laboratory at a time of distrust of science and directly after the Three Mile Island nuclear accident. This is his story.

February 27, 2014