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A SLAC researcher works on the newly-opened Linac Coherent Light Source. Image courtesy of SLAC.
LCLS comes online, with some help from Argonne

The recently opened Linac Coherent Light Source at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory provides scientists around the world with a brilliant new tool to understand fundamental properties of atoms and materials at previously unreachable dimensions. Its birth, however, could not have occurred without the expertise of Argonne scientists.

September 3, 2010
This carbon tetrachloride-contaminated field in Centralia, Kansas underwent test injections of iron microparticles and bacteria, intended to clean the soil.
Argonne cleans contaminated Kansas site by feeding bacteria

When cleaning the bathroom, we usually consider bacteria the enemy. However, a new study conducted by environmental scientists at Argonne National Laboratory has demonstrated a way to enlist bacteria in the fight to cleanse some of the country’s most intractably polluted locations.

October 8, 2010
Juan Carlos Campuzano, an Argonne Distinguished Fellow, jointly won a Buckley Prize for his physics work in spectroscopy.
Argonne Distinguished Fellow receives Buckley Prize for physics research

Juan Carlos Campuzano, an Argonne National Laboratory Distinguished Fellow, together with P. Johnson of Brookhaven National Laboratory and Z.X. Shen of Stanford University, was awarded the prestigious Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize by the American Physical Society for 2011.

October 13, 2010
Recently honored with a federal award for energy and water savings, Argonne is lowering its campus energy footprint in creative ways. These hybrid solar- and wind-powered streetlights, which are completely off the grid, adorn Argonne sidewalks. A small solar panel and wind turbine powers the LED light atop the fixture. The light can store energy in batteries for up to three days without sun or wind.
Green goal: Argonne wins federal award for energy savings

Argonne National Laboratory won a 2010 Federal Energy and Water Management Award for its aggressive energy savings plan, which relies on in-house personnel to find creative ways to reduce energy. The lab also employs outside companies for larger projects.

October 19, 2010
Argonne researcher Roger Johnston finds vulnerabilities in surprising places — including GPS and even high-tech security devices that use iris or fingerprint scans.
The security fallacy: Seven myths about physical security

Argonne security experts have revealed the dirty secrets behind electronic voting machines, "high-security" electronic locks, iris and fingerprint scanners and even GPS navigation systems.

October 26, 2010
Bob Fischetti, senior scientist in Argonne's Biosciences Dvision, stands alongside Glen Nemerow, a professor in the Department of Immunology and Microbial Science at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., and Vijay Reddy, an associate professor in Scripp's Department of Molecular Biology. The Scripps researchers used the APS to answer key questions about a cold virus.
APS helps answer key questions about common cold virus

Until recently, scientists knew little about the viruses that spread this seasonal nuisance. But that may be changing now that researchers have mapped one virus's atomic structure using the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory.

November 1, 2010
This film of block copolymers shows the material's characteristic tendency to separate into distinct regions.
Molecular "stencils" open up new possibilities for solar energy

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory have begun to use molecular “stencils” to pave the way to new materials that could potentially find their way into future generations of solar cells, catalysts and photonic crystals.

November 15, 2010
Argonne's Jeff Chamberlain testified before the House Committee on Science and Technology on November 15, 2010.
Congressional Testimony: Jeff Chamberlain

Jeff Chamberlain, head of Electrochemical Energy Storage Research, testified before the Congressional House Committee on Science and Technology about Options and Opportunities for Onsite Renewable Energy Integration.

November 15, 2010
Argonne researcher Byeongdu Lee has determined that different shapes of gold nanoparticles, above and below, will self-assemble into different configurations when attached to single strands of DNA.
DNA can act like Velcro for nanoparticles

Argonne researcher Byeongdu Lee and his colleagues at Northwestern University discovered that strands of DNA can act as a kind of nanoscopic "Velcro" that binds different nanoparticles together.

November 17, 2010
These high core count experimental chips from Intel could provide one path to exascale computing—in which computers would perform one quintillion operations per second. Photo by Intel Corporation.
New institute to tackle exascale computing

Renowned supercomputing expert Pete Beckman has been named director of a newly created Exascale Technology and Computing Institute at Argonne National Laboratory.

November 19, 2010