Argonne National Laboratory

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By day, Argonne physicist Robert Wiringa studies nuclear physics - what's happening inside the nuclei of atoms.
The secret lives of scientists & engineers: Robert Wiringa

In this series, meet researchers from Argonne with unusual hobbies and interests. Today we're interviewing Robert Wiringa, a physicist who describes the behavior of atoms—and has collected more than 2,000 model ships.

April 3, 2017
Lisa Goodenough, astrophysicist
Science in the 1000 most common words: nuclear engineering & Dark Matter

Webcomic author Randall Munroe is famous for his series that explains science using only the 1000 most commonly used words in the English language. So we asked two of our postdoctoral researchers to try a hand at explaining their research the same way.

April 3, 2017
The world is dotted with research reactors that run on highly enriched uranium. For nearly four decades, scientists and engineers at Argonne National Laboratory have been leading the global effort to convert such reactors to run on low-enriched uranium instead.
Into Kazakhstan to Convert a Reactor

The world is dotted with research reactors that run on highly enriched uranium. Argonne engineers are traveling the world to convert them one by one.

April 3, 2017
Science Behind the Fiction: Extreme weather catastrophes

In the past few decades, Hollywood has responded to our own fascination with disaster, pumping out movies in which humans try to survive on an Earth that’s been flooded, dried out, poisoned, frozen, or devastated by flying sharks.

April 3, 2017
Linda Gaines is an Argonne transportation systems analyst.
Ask a scientist: When is it more efficient to turn off my car instead of idling?

Click to find out what science says. Hint: It’s a matter of seconds.

April 3, 2017
Students get ready to race the cars they've built at the 2016 Electric Car
From the classroom to the real world

Argonne’s educational opportunities help students apply
classroom knowledge to real-world problems.

April 3, 2017
"To take the next step in nanoscience, we need to master reproduction and adaptation. How can we think about making it easier to repair individual units in artificial systems?"
Crowdsource: What will your field of science look like in 50 years?

CROWDSOURCE asks Argonne scientists from different disciplines to each provide a perspective on a complex question. Today we’re asking: What might your field of science look like in 50 years?

April 3, 2017
The random nature of fuel spray leads to significant cycle-to-cycle variations in engines. High-resolution computer simulations conducted on Argonne’s massively powerful supercomputers depict the flow structures that occur during fuel injection. Through its Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative (VERIFI), Argonne has developed engine models and software for large-scale computer simulations that provide—in virtual space, before costly physical production ever begins—a better understanding of how internal combustion engine parameters interact. Image courtesy Sibendu Som; click to view larger.
Four examples of industry gaining an edge by using Argonne facilities

Companies large and small regularly collaborate with Argonne, tapping into the lab’s expertise, facilities, and unique tools.

April 3, 2017
 It created the first human-made controlled nuclear chain reaction exactly 75 years ago. (Click to view infographic larger.)
7 things you might not know about the world's first nuclear reactor

It was built in a squash court under the University of Chicago football stands.

April 3, 2017
The giant synchrotron at Argonne never sleeps, even when the rest of the lab's inhabitants go home at night. Illustration by Rich Lo; click to view larger.
All-nighters for Science

The giant synchrotron at Argonne never sleeps.

April 3, 2017