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Argonne is helping Chicago city planners design a new community on the site of an old U.S. steel plant. Models can help designers get a handle on the enormous complexities of travel and transit, electricity and energy use, and infrastructure, for example. Click on the image to enlarge.
A second city in the Second City

Argonne is helping Chicago city planners design a new community on the site of an old U.S. steel plant. Models can help designers get a handle on the enormous complexities of travel and transit, electricity and energy use, and infrastructure, for example.

June 1, 2014
In the 20th century, scientists began to learn exactly how bad soot is for human health—it accelerates heart failure and burrows into lung tissue, aggravating asthma and respiratory conditions. More recently, scientists have started to realize that carbon particulates play a second unwelcome role: the second largest contributor to climate change.  Click image to enlarge.
The Volcano of a Hundred Thousand Mouths

Tiny carbon particles could play a larger role in climate change than we thought.

June 1, 2014
As a middle-schooler, Mia Cochrane (at right, in orange) attended a 2007 Argonne workshop that pairs students with women engineers and scientists. Click image to enlarge.
Argonne helps introduce girls to engineering careers

As Mia Cochrane walks among the tall jack pines on the campus of Michigan Tech University, she represents a success story.

June 1, 2014
Argonne chemist Trevor Dzwiniel sets up a reaction calorimeter at the Materials Engineering Research Facility, which is designed specifically to help get lab breakthroughs more quickly to shelves.
Argonne’s new and improved industry and business outreach

During the last two and a half years, Argonne Technology Development & Commercialization—the business outreach arm of Argonne—underwent an extensive makeover that has put it in the best possible position to help ensure the nation's security and economic prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear-related challenges.

June 1, 2014
Bill Gasper, an Argonne environmental safety & health coordinator, keeps 100,000 bees in his backyard. Here he's introducing a batch of bees to their new homes.
The secret lives of scientists & engineers: Bill Gasper

This Argonne employee keeps 100,000 bees in his backyard.

June 1, 2014
The Science that Stumped Einstein

In 1908, the physics world woke up to a puzzle whose layers have continued to stump the greatest scientists of the century ever since.

June 1, 2014
At the South Pole Telescope, scientists measure cosmic radiation still traveling across space from the early days of the universe - using superconductors. Image by Daniel Luong-Van, National Science Foundation. Click to enlarge.
Seeing Back in Time with Superconductors

For Argonne physicist Clarence Chang, looking backward in time to the earliest ages of the universe is all in a day’s work.

June 1, 2014
Argonne researchers are working to create a “smart” water grid that would help us predict when trouble—like contamination, security threat or shortage—might occur so we can plan accordingly. Photo: Shutterstock.
Building a “smarter” water grid

Argonne researcher Tom Taxon is developing a system for real-time software modeling of water for a more intelligent water distribution system.

June 1, 2014
The temperature inside the combustion chamber of a diesel engine, as modeled by researchers at Argonne. Diesel engines are more efficient than gasoline engines and engineers are looking at ways to make them an even better, more sustainable transportation option.
7 things you might not know about diesel

7 interesting facts about diesel engines, and why they're an option for the sustainably-minded.

June 1, 2014
"I’m a climate modeler, so we’re trying to pin down what’s happening and what might happen, and for that we take the math approach." -Rao Kotamarthi, Argonne atmospheric scientist
Crowdsource: How do we tackle climate change?

"Crowdsource" asks scientists from varying fields to offer their unique perspectives on a universal problem. Today's question: How do we start tackling climate change?

June 1, 2014