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Students from the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (Albuquerque, NM) pose with their windmill, constructed for the Indian Education Renewable Energy Challenge hosted by Argonne National Laboratory.
Tribal internship students energize alternative fuel science

Argonne National Laboratory, together with the U.S. Department of the Interior, are working together to help educate future tribal leaders on energy resource development and environmental evaluations by offering several hands-on learning opportunities such as Tribal Energy Internships and the Indian Education Renewable Energy Challenge.

June 15, 2010
Above, the project that pushed the ACLF over two billion processor-hours: a visualization of Rayleigh-Taylor instability, which is the result of the mixing of two fluids at different densities. The heavy fluid (top) is accelerated by the light fluid (bottom), yielding bubbles of light fluid and spikes of heavy fluid, each penetrating into the other fluid, followed by the development of a chaotic mixing layer. Gravity is going down in the plot.  Accurate simulation of the turbulent mixing of two fluids is a long-standing challenge. Image courtesy Research team from SUNY at Stony Brook, Department of Applied Mathematics & Statistics.
Over two billion hours served

The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, located at Argonne National Laboratory, has run over two billion processor-hours of computations at a mind-boggling speed of over 557 trillion calculations a second as it enables scientists and engineers to conduct cutting-edge research in just weeks or months rather than years.

June 18, 2010
Ethanol engineers found that ethanol-fueled engines produced more horsepower than traditional racecar engines with environmentally unfriendly leaded fuel. Photo credit: Darryl Moran / Creative Commons.
Ethanol-fueled racecar engines outpower lead-fueled engines

A group of automotive researchers from Argonne National Laboratory and industry have shown that a fuel-injected racing car engine fueled by E-85, an ethanol-based fuel, outperforms the same engine with a carburetor and leaded racing fuel.

July 7, 2010
Argonne's Ali Erdemir has been named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Argonne scientist Ali Erdemir named ASME fellow

Argonne Distinguished Fellow Ali Erdemir of Argonne National Laboratory has been named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

July 20, 2010
DOE awards Argonne projects 200 million hours of supercomputer time

Five researchers at Argonne National Laboratory will lead projects that have been awarded almost 200 million processor-hours of computing time at Argonne’s Leadership Computing Facility.

July 28, 2010
Workers prepare and load a shield plug crucial to the former Chicago Pile-5 Reactor, which has long been dismantled. The plug was decontaminated and shipped for waste disposal.
Argonne makes great strides in reducing legacy nuclear waste

Argonne National Laboratory took a significant step in reducing its legacy waste earlier this week by ridding itself of a 22,000-pound device once associated with a historic reactor.

August 10, 2010
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles use electricity to partly replace gasoline, but will their widespread adoption actually lead to lower carbon emissions?
Different energy mixes will fuel plug-in hybrid cars

Led by engineers Michael Wang and Amgad Elgowainy, the Argonne team expanded and used the laboratory’s GREET model to assess which types of power plants are likely to satisfy the additional electrical demand that PHEVs will represent in different regions of the United States.

August 17, 2010
Scientists at Argonne worked together to better understand bacteria and enzymes in the human gut. Pictured (left to right) are Christine Tesar, Kemin Tan, Andzej Joachimiak, Gyorgy Babnigg and Rosemarie Wilton.
Exploring the role of gut bacteria in digestion

Scientists know the bacteria inside our gut can influence our maturation, immune system development, metabolism and production of essential biocompounds.

August 19, 2010
Jorge Alvarado received an award for his work in environmental remediation and organic chemistry.
Two Hispanic researchers from Argonne receive national acclaim

Jorge Alvarado was honored by the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation, and Monica Regalbuto was named one of the 2010 Powerful Hispanics in Energy by the editors of Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology.

August 25, 2010
Current computer simulations of the Earth's climate capture only a fraction of the many intricate processes that shape our climate. (GOES satellite image, courtesy NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/GOES.)
Supercomputing brings the climate picture into focus

Recent advances in supercomputing have brightened the future of climate modeling, but they also bring to light complicated questions about the fundamental workings of our planet and our atmosphere.

August 31, 2010