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Above: 3-D structures of adenine riboswitch RNA calculated using RS3D, a computer program that runs on the supercomputer Mira. RNAs like adenine riboswitch are biological structures found in all human cells; they help control how and when genes are expressed. Some of these structures are linked to cancer and other diseases, and by using RS3D to learn more about them, researchers can better understand how associated diseases evolve, which could lead to better treatments or cures. (Image by Wei Jiang, Argonne National Laboratory; Yuba Bhandari and Yun-Xing Wang, National Cancer Institute.)
Tackling disease in three dimensions: supercomputers help decode RNA structure

In collaboration with staff from the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, researchers at the National Cancer Institute have perfected a technique that accurately computes the 3-D structure of RNA sequences. This method, which relies on a computer program known as RS3D and supercomputer Mira gives researchers studying cancer and other diseases structural insights about associated RNAs that can be used to advance computer-assisted drug design and development.

July 12, 2017
Argonne and Berkeley national laboratories have collaborated to design, build and test two superconducting undulator devices that could make X-ray lasers more powerful, versatile, compact and durable. Above: Argonne Accelerator Systems Division engineer Matt Kasa checks the instrumentation of the undulator. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
New prototypes for superconducting undulators show promise for more powerful, versatile X-ray beams

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Argonne National Laboratory have collaborated to design, build and test two devices that utilize different superconducting materials and could make X-ray lasers more powerful, versatile, compact and durable.

June 20, 2017
This image is a small portion of an output from the "Q Continuum" cosmology simulation; the full simulation evolves more than half a trillion particles. Exascale systems will further enable researchers to run advanced simulations like this to shed more light on the key ingredients that make up our universe. (Image courtesy of the Hardware/Hybrid Accelerated Cosmology Code (HACC) team.)
How to build software for a computer 50 times faster than anything in the world

Researchers at Argonne are working to create new and adapt existing software technologies to operate at exascale by overcoming challenges found in several key areas, such as resiliency, data reduction, software libraries and the management of memory, power and computational resources.

June 15, 2017
More than 30 students from 19 countries came to Argonne in Mid May to learn the essentials of nuclear security, one of many IAEA courses offered at Argonne on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and technology. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
The global reach of Argonne’s nuclear security training team

For more than 40 years, Argonne has promoted the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and technology through its affiliation with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

May 25, 2017
An engineer at CNH Industrial takes a closer look at design components of TAG Illinois’ electric car during the design component of the 2017 Electric Car Competition. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory/Mark Lopez.)
Middle school engineers find success in iteration in Electric Car Competition

Argonne National Laboratory joined with CNH Industrial to showcase the engineering talents of Chicago-area middle school students at the annual Electric Car Competition in March.

May 24, 2017
Schematic of the experimental setup. Six YIG/Pt nanowires (in red) integrated in the signal arm (S) are measured in parallel. A bias-T is utilized for simultaneous RF transmission and DC voltage detection by lock-in techniques. (Image adapted from Jungfleisch et al., Nano Lett., 17, 8 (2017).)
Report sheds new insights on the spin dynamics of a material candidate for low-power devices

In a report published in Nano LettersArgonne researchers reveal new insights into the properties of a magnetic insulator that is a candidate for low-power device applications; their insights form early stepping-stones towards developing high-speed, low-power electronics that use electron spin rather than charge to carry information.

May 22, 2017
Chick Macal, Jonathan Ozik and Nick Collier (not shown) received the DOE Secretary’s Appreciation Award for their advanced modeling research on how an Ebola outbreak might affect U.S. cities. Pictured above (from left) are: Paul Kearns, Chick Macal, Jonathan Ozik, Joanna M. Livengood and Dmitri Kusnezov. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Department of Energy Secretary recognizes Argonne scientists’ work to fight Ebola, cancer

Two groups of researchers at Argonne earned special awards from the office of the U.S. Secretary of Energy for addressing the global health challenges of Ebola and cancer.

May 18, 2017
The researchers integrated X-ray imaging with computer modeling and simulation to characterize zinc oxide nanoparticles, which have attractive electrical properties for use in technologies. Shown above, from left to right, are co-authors Mathew Cherukara, Ross Harder, Haidan Wen and Kiran Sasikumar. (Image by Mark Lopez/Argonne National Laboratory)
X-ray imaging and computer modeling help map electric properties of nanomaterials

Argonne researchers have developed a new approach for studying piezoelectric materials using ultrafast 3-D X-ray imaging and computer modeling. Their integrated approach, reported in Nano Letters, can help us better understand material behavior and engineer more powerful and energy-efficient technologies.

May 4, 2017
Electrical power plants are often built near bodies of water because the water can be used for cooling, but this proximity to water can also leave plants vulnerable to natural threats, such as flooding. Argonne is helping utilities better manage this dynamic by supplying them with superior climate data and world-class infrastructure planning and decision support. (Image by Shutterstock/leungchopan.)
New effort by Argonne helps power utilities and others better plan for the future

If you’re an electric utility planning a new power plant by a river, it would be nice to know what that river will look like 20 years down the road. Will it be so high that it might flood the new facility? Will the water be so low that it can’t be used to cool the plant? A new initiative by Argonne combines climate data and analysis with infrastructure planning and decision support to offer real help.

May 4, 2017
Keeping cyber attackers at bay, the team from the University of Illinois at Chicago won Argonne’s second annual Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.
2017 Cyber Defense Competition enthralls crowd at Argonne

Argonne’s second annual Cyber Defense Competition kept spectators on the edge of their seat. New dynamics added suspense to this daylong educational event for college and high school students.

April 14, 2017