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Beijing's Tiananmen Square enveloped by heavy fog and haze. Argonne scientists help track air pollution worldwide. In China, a quantifiable amount of air pollution was attributed to products created for export to the U.S. In India, rising levels of sulphur dioxide were discovered by analyzing satellite data. Click to enlarge. Image credit: Shutterstock
Tracking air pollution aids policy makers

Recently, Beijing and the nearby Chinese provinces were veiled in smog that reduced visibility, induced health problems, and reached levels described as “beyond index.”

January 30, 2014
In a 3D structure of the protein, the binding site is shown in pink, representing a potential drug target. The green molecule shows binding of an antibiotic to the protein. Click to enlarge. Image courtesy of Wladek Minor.
Newly ID’d protein provides target for antibiotic-resistant hospital bacterium

Researchers have made inroads into tackling a bacterium that plagues hospitals and is highly resistant to most antibiotics. They determined the 3-D structure and likely function of a new protein in this common bacterium that attacks those with compromised immune systems

November 26, 2013
Andrey Elagin (left), postdoctoral scholar at the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago, and Matthew Wetstein, the Grainger Postdoctoral Fellow at the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago, adjust the optics in the Large Area Picosecond Photodetector testing facility. The facility uses extremely short laser pulses to precisely measure the time resolution of the photodetectors. Click to enlarge.
Collaboration between varied organizations develops larger, more precise photodetectors for the market

Scientific particle detectors, medical imaging devices and cargo scanners with higher resolutions and cheaper price tags could become a reality, thanks to a three-way collaboration between industry, universities and U.S. national laboratories.

November 5, 2013
At the South Pole Telescope, scientists measure cosmic radiation still traveling across space from the early days of the universe. Image by Daniel Luong-Van, National Science Foundation. Click to enlarge.
South Pole Telescope helps Argonne scientists study earliest ages of the universe

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

October 28, 2013
Telefonix, Inc., of Waukegan, Ill., recently launched its first commercial charging station for electric vehicles.
Small business success story: Telefonix, Inc.

Telefonix, Inc., was one of the 90 local small businesses and start-ups that participated in Argonne and Fermilab’s inaugural small business outreach event - titled "Doing Business with Argonne and Fermi National Laboratories" - on Aug. 21 at Argonne.

October 10, 2013
The Tully Monster roved the warm, shallow seas that covered Illinois 300 million years ago. Click to enlarge.
High school students use nation’s top X-rays to study Illinois fossils

High school students learned to see fossils in a new light in an educational program that allowed students to work with both Illinois fossils and cutting-edge X-ray technology to gain experience in conducting science research.

October 2, 2013
Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics accepting applications

The University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Laboratory will be hosting one of the American Physical Society’s eight Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics from January 17 to 19, 2014.

October 1, 2013
Most people know the caddisfly as the artificial bug on fly fishing lures. Click to enlarge.
X-ray science taps bug biology to design better materials and reduce pollution

Bug spray, citronella candles, mosquito netting – most people will do anything they can to stay away from insects during the warmer months. But those creepy crawlers we try so hard to avoid may offer substantial solutions to some of life’s problems.

September 17, 2013
Science Behind the Fiction: The Dark Knight Rises [2012]

Science Behind the Fiction critiques the science portrayed in popular films and literature. In this issue, Argonne nuclear scientist Keith Bradley debunks the “fusion” bomb in The Dark Knight Rises, the final installment in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

September 13, 2013
Aboard the cargo ship Horizon Spirit, scientists assembled radar and other instruments to record climate data as the ship traveled across the Pacific Ocean. Click the link to see more images from the mission. Photo by Jim Mather, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Hawaii-bound in search of global climate data

While the idea of a cruise to Hawaii may sound like paradise, making that same journey 25 times back and forth in a year might start to lose its appeal. For a climate data-gathering machine, however, every trip is a chance to gather more data that is critical to understanding the Pacific Ocean’s role in the global climate.

September 13, 2013