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Students apply science and engineering principles to real-world applications.
Model Fuel Cell Car Competition: Fueling future scientists and engineers

Fuel cells have been used to power spacecrafts for years and on Saturday, April 16, 2011, Chicago-area middle school students will use fuel cells to power model cars at equipment manufacturer Case New Holland in Burr Ridge, Ill., as part of the Chicago Regional Science Bowl, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and Argonne National Laboratory.

April 11, 2011
One of the fundamental properties of a superconductor is that it hates magnetic fields. If a scientist applies a magnetic field, the superconductor creates its own equal and opposite magnetic field. You can see this above: the force of the opposite field levitates a small magnet above the superconductor. This is called the Meissner effect.
The magnetism—and mystery—of superconductors

Superconductors have already given us MRIs, particle accelerators and better cell phone reception, but further improvements could revolutionize technology as we know it. The trouble is, they still hold some of the greatest mysteries in physics.

April 8, 2011
10 things you may not know about superconductivity

2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of superconductivity, the ability of some materials to conduct electricity with zero energy loss when cooled to extremely low temperatures. Here are 10 things you may not know about superconductivity.

April 8, 2011
Yugang Sun
Argonne Researcher named top five materials scientist of 2000s

Argonne scientist Yugang Sun has been recognized as the one of the five top materials scientists in the world over the past decade, according to a new ranking recently released by Thomson Reuters.

April 1, 2011
Argonne physicist Richard Pardo stands next to CARIBU, which opened this week to create rare neutron-rich nuclei for physicists to study.
Argonne's CARIBU facility opens to study rare nuclei

Last week, a stream of highly unusual ions shot through a tiny nozzle at 76 million miles per hour—and CARIBU, a facility designed to study special nuclei normally only created in stars, officially opened for business.

March 31, 2011
Protein biologists find new chink in staph's armor

Using powerful X-ray beams from the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory, scientists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign documented how a key enzyme enables staph to make a coating that protects the bacteria from human white blood cells.

March 24, 2011
This Thursday, Jeopardy! champions Argonne

This national laboratory is a category on the game show Jeopardy! this week. If you answered "What is Argonne National Laboratory?" you'd have buzzed in correctly!

March 8, 2011
Matthew Tirrell has been appointed founding Pritzker Director of the University of Chicago’s new Institute for Molecular Engineering.
Matthew Tirrell named founding director of UChicago Institute for Molecular Engineering

Matthew Tirrell, a pioneering researcher in the fields of biomolecular engineering and nanotechnology, has been appointed founding Pritzker Director of the University of Chicago’s new Institute for Molecular Engineering, effective July 1.

March 7, 2011
Eric Isaacs speaks at the Brookings Institution.
Brookings Institution Panel Discussion

Argonne director Eric Isaacs and Energy Storage Initiative head Jeff Chamberlain spoke at a panel hosted by the Brookings Institution on February 8, 2011.

February 8, 2011
The SAMM facility at Argonne National Laboratory achieved LEED Gold certification for its energy-efficient design, including a reflective white roof that lowers cooling costs in summer.
Argonne microscopy facility receives LEED Gold award

Argonne’s Sub-Angstrom Microscopy and Microanalysis facility, a building that houses cutting-edge microscopes that enable scientists to observe atoms and molecules at work, is so energy-efficient that it won a gold-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

January 4, 2011