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Argonne researchers Jim Willit (left) and Nick Smith review data from in-situ process monitoring for pyrochemical systems. Click to enlarge.
10 myths about nuclear energy

The American Nuclear Society sets the record straight on 10 misconceptions about nuclear energy.

September 9, 2013
This kit uses Rhodobacter bacteria to “manufacture” proteins that are integral parts of drug discovery research. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Membrane protein kit may lead to better targeted drugs

Argonne biologists Deborah Hanson and Phil Laible developed a method to produce large quantities of membrane proteins, which may lead to better targeted and more effective pharmaceuticals.

August 29, 2013
Argonne Lab Director Eric Isaacs (left) and congressman Bill Foster (middle) meet with attendees.
More than 140 attend first Argonne-Fermilab small business fair

Argonne and Fermilab teamed up on Wednesday, Aug. 21, to hold their first joint fair for small businesses and startups. Called “Doing Business with Argonne and Fermilab,” the inaugural event drew more than 140 representatives from 90 local businesses for an all-day session at Argonne.

August 23, 2013
Argonne’s African American Black Club (AABC) and Hispanic Latino Club (HLC) were presented with $10,000 each to fund their academic scholarship programs and outreach efforts. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
UChicago presents $20k to Argonne’s AABC and HLC for STEM scholarships

On August 15, Argonne’s African American Black Club and Hispanic Latino Club were presented with $10,000 each to fund their academic scholarship programs and outreach efforts.

August 22, 2013
Anirudha Sumant is the first Argonne scientist to win two R&D 100 awards in the same year.  In all, he has now won three R&D 100 awards, all related to his work on nanocrystalline diamond. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
The brilliance of diamonds

Nanocrystalline diamond-related devices developed by Argonne nanoscientist Anirudha Sumant garnered Argonne two of the 2013 R&D 100 awards.

August 20, 2013
Shacara Samuels (left) and Sebastian Despiau (right) are recipients of Argonne's African American Black Club Academic Scholarship Award. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Students receive Argonne’s African American Black Club Academic Scholarship Award

Argonne’s 2013 African American Black Club (AABC) Academic Scholarship Award has been presented to Shacara Samuels and Sebastian Despiau.

August 19, 2013
Interns help EcoCAR coalitions by expanding the number of outreach events they are capable of each year. Here, Alicia Cox, past intern for the Yellowstone-Teton Coalition, staffs a booth at an outreach event. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Students gear up for sustainability now and in the future

Working with Argonne, DOE’s Clean Cities program launched the Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program (CCUWDP) in 2010 to provide the automotive and energy sectors with skilled and knowledgeable talent to help shape the future of on-road transportation.

August 19, 2013
At the GeoSoilEnviroCARS beamline at the Advanced Photon Source, scientists mapped slices of 24 brittle starfish skeletons in 3 dimensions using X-ray tomography to find out how much volume the eroded skeletons had lost, and to reconstruct their structures. Photo courtesy of Shawn Harper. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Dissolving brittle stars hint at implications of ocean acidification

Using the Advanced Photon Source, researchers set out to establish the rate at which brittle stars are dissolving in order to track the effects of ocean acidification on underwater ecosystems.

August 15, 2013
“The power of the collaboration comes from uniting different perspectives and expertise around the same problem,” Argonne's Chris Marshall said. “No single investigator or single lab could reasonably expect to complete this kind of work alone.” To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Researchers hope better catalysts lead to better ways of converting biomass to fuel

Scientists and entrepreneurs of old spent millennia trying to transmute lead into gold. Today, a new and more intellectually rigorous kind of alchemy has begun to produce important benefits for an economy that still relies heavily on fossil fuels.

August 7, 2013
This map catalogues the layers of sediment that make up the Mahomet Aquifer in central Illinois. Researchers at Argonne studied the microbes living deep inside the aquifer. Image courtesy Ted Flynn, Argonne National Laboratory. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Methane-eating microbes found in Illinois aquifer

A survey finds unusual methane-eating archaea in an Illinois aquifer.

July 24, 2013