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"What we are doing now is looking at batteries in situ: that is, actually watching the battery as it charges and drains, using powerful X-rays from the Advanced Photon Source and electrons from the Electron Microscopy Center. That's the cutting edge of battery diagnostics."
Diagnosing advanced batteries for a longer life

Daniel Abraham and his colleagues are working to extend battery life, while simultaneously trying to increase storage capacity.

July 13, 2011
Members of a team from the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute won the college-level biodiesel challenge. From left to right: Vernetta Long, Josh Begay, Dorothy Wester, Dr. Nader Vadiee Back row: Dr. Massoud Ahghar, Monique Mousseaux, Felipa DeLeon, Ralph Kelly. Not pictured: John David.
Tribal schools create their own biodiesel to win energy challenge

Last year, American Indian tribal colleges and high schools competed to build the best wind turbine; this year, their challenge was different, but still related to renewable energy—creating biodiesel fuel out of raw biomass.

July 22, 2011
Maria Goeppert Mayer, an Argonne physicist who shared the 1963 Nobel Prize in Physics, appears on a commemorative stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service.
Nobel Prize-winning physicist honored with U.S. postage stamp

Though physicists know Maria Goeppert Mayer left her own stamp on history, the U.S. Postal Service recently issued one of its own to commemorate the nuclear physicist.

July 28, 2011
Oklahoma State University FaST team: Pictured left to right, Anna Eckhoff, Ashlee Dowdy, Kristin Schieffer  and Dr. Paulette Hebert are working on Argonne's sustainability program by conducting a lighting survey to find opportunities for energy and cost savings
Future scientists and engineers on the FaST track at Argonne

A team from Oklahoma State University spent their summer working at Argonne National Laboratory, performing a lighting survey as part of Argonne's sustainability program, which aims to reduce the laboratory's energy consumption by 30 percent by 2015.

August 2, 2011
A team of researchers at Argonne has developed the new "multilayer Laue lens," that will let scientists study the nanoscale in greater detail than ever before. From left to right: Bing Shi, Lahsen Assoufid, Brian Stephenson, Jörg Maser, Chian Liu, Lisa Gades. Not pictured: Al Macrander.
Argonne-pioneered X-ray lens to aid nanomaterials research

A team of researchers at Argonne National Laboratory has developed the new "multilayer Laue lens". This lens focuses high-energy X-rays so tightly they can detect objects as small as 15 nanometers in size and is in principle capable of focusing to well below 10 nanometers.

August 15, 2011
Brain vasculature, coupled continuum-atomistic simulation: Platelets aggregation on the wall of aneurysm where yellow particles are active platelets, red particles are inactive platelets. Streamlines depict instantaneous velocity field. (i) Onset of clot formation; (ii) Clot formation progresses in time and space, detachment of small platelet clusters due to shear-flow is observed.
Showcasing award-winning scientific visualizations

Computer visualizations of arterial blood flow and the dynamics of early galaxy formation, both created by researchers at Argonne National Laboratory, have won OASCRs at this year's Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing program conference in Denver.

August 26, 2011
The goal of this collaboration is to develop a Systems Biology Knowledgebage (KBase), designed to accelerate our understanding of microbes, microbial communities, and plants.
New knowledgebase will enable energy and environmental innovations

Last month, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a multi-institutional effort composed of leading scientists from several institutions, including Argonne National Laboratory. The goal of this collaboration is to develop a Systems Biology Knowledgebase (KBase), designed to accelerate our understanding of microbes, microbial communities and plants.

August 30, 2011
Members of the team that helped the City of Chicago plan its response to pandemics and emergencies. (From left to right) Front row: Tom Baldwin, Dan Walsh and Ken Lerner. Back row: Ed Tanzman, Chris Kramer and Matt Berry. Not pictured: Kitty Lowey, Don Hanscom, Paul Hewett, Brett Hansard, Rebecca Feaster, Craig Sonnenfeld and Brian Dahlberg.
City of Chicago won't sweat the flu with Argonne's help

Emergency preparedness experts at Argonne National Laboratory have helped the Chicago department plan its response to potential catastrophe, including swine and bird flu epidemics, plague outbreaks and anthrax bioterrorism.

September 7, 2011
Argonne researcher Sabine Gallagher loads a sample mount of battery cathode materials for X-ray diffraction.
New materials engineering labs see early success

After only a few months of work, a small group of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has successfully scaled up the production of a new molecule that protects advanced lithium-ion batteries from thermal overcharge.

September 13, 2011
The structure of NDM-1 shows the protein's enlarged active site, which lets it latch onto and disable a broad range of antibiotics.
Decoding the proteins behind drug-resistant superbugs

Penicillin and its descendants once ruled supreme over bacteria. Then the bugs got stronger, and hospitals have reported bacterial infections so virulent that even powerful antibiotics held in reserve for these cases don't work.

September 15, 2011