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Argonne engineer Mike Kern works in the lab's transportation center by day, but on weekends, he's a crew chief for the National Hot Rod Associaton. Image: Image: Mark Rebilas / Zizzo Racing.
The secret lives of scientists & engineers: Mike Kern

Meet scientists from Argonne with unusual hobbies and interests—and how they bring science to bear on them. Mike Kern is an Argonne engineer by day, but on weekends, he's a crew chief for the National Hot Rod Association.

September 13, 2013
Scientists created this image of a G-protein-coupled receptor perched on a cell membrane. They used the Advanced Photon Source to capturing the elusive receptor, an extremely common drug target, and earned themselves a Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Image by Kobilka et. al, Nature 447, 549 (2011).
Argonne X-rays point way to Nobel Prize, better medicine

You may not know what research earned the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. But chances are that it will impact your life or that of someone you know.

September 13, 2013
Special bacteria can turn biological waste into fuel by converting pigments in their cells into a type of biofuel called phytol—which separates out into the colorless top layer on the left.
New tech could be “Mr. Fusion” for biofuel

A new technology from Argonne may remind viewers of Mr. Fusion of Back to the Future fame, only with a biofuel twist: put in your waste and out comes diesel fuel.

September 13, 2013
50 years ago this December, Argonne physicist Maria Goeppert Mayer became the second woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physics for her work on atom structure. (Click to view larger.)
Science History - 2013

Milestones in science 100, 50, and 25 years ago.

September 13, 2013
To improve safety standards for nuclear reactors, Argonne nuclear engineer Mitchell Farmer leads a team that studies reactor core melt accidents in which molten core debris erodes through concrete. To view larger, click the photo.
Simulating core melt accidents helps improve nuclear reactor safety

When a massive tsunami knocked out power to the Fukushima Daiichi reactors in Japan two years ago, Argonne personnel combed the countryside to measure radiation levels around the reactors. Other Argonne scientists consulted for the Department of Energy, lending their expertise in the very scenario that experts believed took place at Fukushima: nuclear fuel eroding the concrete floor beneath the reactor.

September 13, 2013
Argonne research meteorologist Edwin Campos uses high-performance computers to make up-to-the-minute predictions of sunlight for solar power production. Click to enlarge.
Famous supercomputer Watson provides inspiration for solar power predictions

Argonne research meteorologist Edwin Campos uses high-performance computers to make up-to-the-minute predictions of sunlight for solar power production.

September 12, 2013
In his research, Michael Miksis applies mathematical and computational models to fluid dynamics, for applications in biology.  At Argonne, he studies the effects of electrical fields on cells, as well as the technique of drying cells to preserve them. Click to enlarge.
Northwestern professor reflects on mini-sabbatical at Argonne

As the first Northwestern University faculty member to participate in the new Argonne-Northwestern mini-sabbatical program, Michael Miksis has had the opportunity to collaborate with Argonne researchers in the Mathematics and Computer Science division and make valuable connections with scientists of various disciplines.

September 10, 2013
Argonne researchers Jim Willit (left) and Nick Smith review data from in-situ process monitoring for pyrochemical systems. Click to enlarge.
10 myths about nuclear energy

The American Nuclear Society sets the record straight on 10 misconceptions about nuclear energy.

September 9, 2013
This kit uses Rhodobacter bacteria to “manufacture” proteins that are integral parts of drug discovery research. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Membrane protein kit may lead to better targeted drugs

Argonne biologists Deborah Hanson and Phil Laible developed a method to produce large quantities of membrane proteins, which may lead to better targeted and more effective pharmaceuticals.

August 29, 2013
Argonne Lab Director Eric Isaacs (left) and congressman Bill Foster (middle) meet with attendees.
More than 140 attend first Argonne-Fermilab small business fair

Argonne and Fermilab teamed up on Wednesday, Aug. 21, to hold their first joint fair for small businesses and startups. Called “Doing Business with Argonne and Fermilab,” the inaugural event drew more than 140 representatives from 90 local businesses for an all-day session at Argonne.

August 23, 2013