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Argonne microbial ecologist Jack Gilbert (foreground) and Sparkling Pointe winemaker Gilles Martin take samples of the microbes living on the leaves, flowers, soil and roots of grapevines as part of a study on how microbes affect plant health. (Photo courtesy Kristin West (FMC Corporation) and Jack Gilbert. Click to enlarge.)
Researchers study grapevine microbiota

A new study of the microbes growing in and around grapevines, led by researchers from Argonne National Laboratory, surveyed microbes on the plants and their influence on the plants' health.

March 26, 2015
In a simulated collision, two cells deform as they bounce off each other. Many small such collisions can lead to a group of cells moving together in tandem, as modeled by researchers at Argonne National Laboratory. Image by Igor Aronson.
Modeling how cells move together could inspire self-healing materials

A paper published in Nature’s Scientific Reports by a team led by Argonne physicist Igor Aronson modeled the motion of cells moving together. This may help scientists design new technologies inspired by nature, such as self-healing materials in batteries and other devices.

March 18, 2015
Argonne director Peter Littlewood testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on March 17, 2015.
Congressional Testimony: Peter Littlewood

On March 17, 2015, Argonne director Peter Littlewood testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on the future of the U.S. electric grid.

March 18, 2015
Scientists at Argonne proposed theoretical evidence for a new superconducting fluctuation, which may lead to a way of measuring the exact temperature at which superconductivity kicks in and shed light on the poorly understood properties of superconducting materials above this temperature. Above: Sharp peaks are visible as the temperature nears Tc, the temperature at which superconductivity kicks in. Illustration courtesy Alexey Galda. (Click image to enlarge.)
Study proposes new way to measure superconducting fluctuations

A study published last month by researchers at Argonne provides theoretical evidence for a new effect that may lead to a way of measuring the exact temperature at which superconductivity kicks in and shed light on the poorly understood properties of superconducting materials above this temperature.

March 10, 2015
Argonne researchers Pete Beckman and Rajesh Sankaran test the components of their Waggle operating system, which sits inside an Array of Things node. The Array of Things is a network of hundreds of sophisticated sensing and computational devices to be deployed throughout Chicago; the effort is led by Argonne’s Charlie Catlett and the Computation Institute’s Urban Center for Computation and Data at the University of Chicago. Photo by Mark Lopez/Argonne National Laboratory. (Click to enlarge.)
New sensor array changes the data collection game

Researchers at Argonne have developed a platform that outfits researchers with a next-generation data collection experience.

March 5, 2015
Argonne researcher Yuelin Li holds a sample holder containing a single gold nanorod in water. Li and colleagues discovered that nanorods melt in three distinct phases when grouped in large ensembles. Their research will inform the creation of next-generation technologies such as water purification systems, battery materials and cancer research. Photo by Mark Lopez/Argonne National Laboratory. (Click to enlarge.)
Shape-shifting groups of nanorods release heat differently

Researchers at Argonne have revealed previously unobserved behaviors that show how the transfer of heat at the nanoscale causes nanoparticles to change shape in groups.

February 18, 2015
Technology available for license: Charging of liquid energy storage media through radiolysis (ANL-IN-14-036)

This technology utilizes radiolysis to charge liquid energy storage media including nanoelectrofuels. Charged liquid can be used in flow batteries for transportation and stationary energy-storage applications.

January 23, 2015
On Dec. 11, 2014, Argonne hosted a public lecture titled "Invisible Influence: A Bacterial Guide to Your Health." In the above photo, event attendees supply microbial samples by swabbing their shoulders and scalps. Click image to enlarge.
Taking a look at audience sample results from the 'Invisible Influence' public lecture

A look at audience sample results from the Dec. 11, 2014, public lecture titled "Invisible Influence: A Bacterial Guide to Your Health."

January 12, 2015
Researchers are using Argonne's supercomputer Mira to model how explosives detonate, hoping to understand and prevent disasters like this 2005 event, when a semi-truck hauling 35,000 pounds of explosives through the Spanish Fork Canyon in Utah crashed and caught fire, causing a dramatic explosion that left a 30- by-70-foot crater in the highway. Photo courtesy Utah Department of Transportation; click to view larger.
Simulations aimed at safer transport of explosives

In 2005, a semi-truck hauling 35,000 pounds of explosives through the Spanish Fork Canyon in Utah crashed and caught fire, causing a dramatic explosion that left a 30- by-70-foot crater in the highway.

January 7, 2015
The mercury capture system significantly reduces the amount of vaporized mercury produced by gold shops. Pictured here: the approximate cost for the entire system is approximately $500 and uses materials already available in remote locations. Image credit: Habegger et. al. (Click image to enlarge)
Argonne/EPA system captures mercury from air in gold shops

To decrease the accumulation of mercury in the environment, Argonne, in coordination with the Environmental Protection Agency, created a prototype mercury capture system.

December 22, 2014