Argonne National Laboratory

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Argonne chemist Amanda Youker discusses the molybdenum-99 program, which supports nonproliferation goals, with Administrator Frank Klotz of the National Nuclear Security Administration
NNSA Administrator Klotz tours Argonne National Laboratory in demonstration of lab’s critical scientific work supporting nuclear threat minimization

Since its founding in 1946, Argonne has played a key scientific role in developing the beneficial use of atomic energy. In fact, over the last century, Argonne's expertise was involved in the development of every nuclear research reactor in the United States. What may be less well-known about Argonne is its partnership with NNSA to prevent the misuse of that same power.

January 19, 2016
A student from from Chicago's Laura S. Ward STEM School learning to use computational thinking
Inspiring the Next Generation of Computational Thinkers

Argonne hosted a My Brother’s Keeper Event for City of Chicago Students.

January 13, 2016
Researchers used intense X-rays at the Advanced Photon Source to study how the bombardier beetle sprays hot, caustic chemicals when threatened. Top: The bombardier beetle can aim its noxious spray from two separate rear glands. Bottom: This colored scanning electron microscope image shows the structure of the two glands. To protect the beetle’s insides, the chambers holding the chemicals are lined with a thick layer of protective cuticle, shown in brown. Areas with less cuticle—and more flexibility—are shown in blue. The white arrow identifies the reaction chamber; the purple arrow shows the junction between the reaction chamber and the exit channel; and the yellow arrow points out the exit channel dorsal membrane. (Click to view larger.)
10 cool science and technology stories from Argonne in 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, we’re looking back at some of the coolest stories that came out of research conducted by Argonne scientists and engineers this year.

December 23, 2015
(Click to enlarge) The top image is taken from a computer simulation at a specific point in time during the first 90 hours into a 20-day run of a detailed global atmospheric model. The bottom image was taken by NASA's GOES satellite at the same point in time. A comparison of the two images shows how well the model projection matched the observed cloud features. (NASA)
Scientists compose complex math equations to replicate behaviors of Earth systems

At its most basic, a global climate model is a computer software program that solves complex equations that mathematically describe how Earth's various systems, processes and cycles work, interact and react under certain conditions. It's math in action.

December 16, 2015
Engineer Jason Harper works in the Argonne Electric Vehicle-Smart Grid Interoperability Center, developing technologies and standards for charging electric vehicles around the world
New sister Interoperability Center opens in Europe

The European Interoperability Center for Electric Vehicles and Smart Grids opened last month to make sure all of these cars have a standard plug and equipment that can work anywhere. The new center is a sister location to the U.S. Electric Vehicle-Smart Grid Interoperability Center at Argonne.

December 11, 2015
The American Nuclear Society (ANS) presented Nicolas Stauff the 2015 Young Member Excellence Award for his contributions to innovative nuclear developments and collaborative international efforts and his leadership role among young members. He accepted the award on Nov. 9 at the ANS Winter Meeting and Nuclear Technology Expo in Washington, D.C. (Click image to enlarge.)
Nuclear engineer Stauff awarded for excellence in research and early-career leadership

Argonne nuclear engineer Nicolas Stauff is the recipient of the American Nuclear Society’s 2015 Young Member Excellence Award.

November 9, 2015
From left to right: Argonne chemists Larry Harding, Al Wagner, and Joe Michael have, combined, more than 100 years of research in combustion science. Click image to view larger.
Three Argonne scientists combine for 100 years of combustion research

Chemists Lawrence Harding, Joe Michael, and Albert Wagner of Argonne National Laboratory have a century of combined experience in combustion chemistry.

October 30, 2015
This series shows the evolution of the universe as simulated by a run called the Q Continuum, performed on the Titan supercomputer and led by Argonne physicist Katrin Heitmann. These images give an impression of the detail in the matter distribution in the simulation. At first the matter is very uniform, but over time gravity acts on the dark matter, which begins to clump more and more, and in the clumps, galaxies form. Image by Heitmann et. al. (Click to view larger.)
Researchers model birth of universe in one of largest cosmological simulations ever run

Researchers are sifting through an avalanche of data produced by one of the largest cosmological simulations ever performed, led by scientists at Argonne.

October 29, 2015
INCREASE members visited Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source to network and learn how to submit competitive proposals for their research. (Click image to enlarge.)
Keys to Access: Argonne-INCREASE partnership opens doors to collaboration

Argonne hosted 34 members of the Interdisciplinary Consortium for Research and Education and Access in Science and Engineering (INCREASE) group for a two day workshop.

October 27, 2015
In honor of reaching the “future” of Back to the Future Part II, we’re taking a look at the technology its creators predicted for 2015 - including the famous hoverboard, and the scientific research that might get us there someday.
Science Behind the Fiction, Special Edition: Back to the Future Part II [1989]

Science Behind the Fiction critiques the science and engineering portrayed in popular films and literature. In honor of reaching the “future” of Back to the Future Part II, we’re taking a look at the technology its creators predicted for 2015.

October 21, 2015