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Simulated structures showing the starting material of carbon-60 “buckyballs” (magenta) and m-xylene solvent (blue) before being compressed. (Credit: Carnegie Institute of Washington)
Scientists create new diamond-denting carbon

A new super-hard form of carbon has been created by an international team of scientists working with X-rays at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory.

August 20, 2012
Argonne is readying one of the Department of Energy's mobile climate testing facilities for a run aboard the cargo container ship Horizon Spirit as it traverses the Pacific Ocean. During a test run in February 2012, scientists launched a type of sensor called a radiosonde from different locations on the ship to determine the best location to accomplish the launch. Photo courtesy ARM Climate Research Facility.
Mobile climate observatory prepares for campaign aboard ship

Following a six-month land-based campaign in the Maldives to study tropical convective clouds, the Department of Energy’s second Atmospheric Radiation Measurement mobile facility is being readied for a research campaign aboard a cargo container ship in the Pacific Ocean.

August 16, 2012
Argonne scientists analyzed how proposed solar development would affect waterways. This figure, put together by Argonne researchers, shows stream channel sensitivity to surface disturbances near the Brenda Solar Energy Zone in Arizona.
Argonne supports solar energy planning in Southwest

With Argonne's help, the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Energy have reached a milestone in their efforts to accelerate solar energy development on public lands in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah — a corner of the country where the sun shines strong and hard.

August 14, 2012
On the surface, Fulla Abdul-Jabbar seems like any other young Argonne researcher. She is eager to learn, deftly navigates laboratory spaces and speaks passionately about her work. But one major detail sets her apart from her colleagues — she is 21 years old and has only worked at Argonne for a brief 10 weeks.
U.S. Department of Energy student internships foster scientific and self-discovery

On the surface, Fulla Abdul-Jabbar seems like any other young Argonne researcher. She is eager to learn, deftly navigates laboratory spaces and speaks passionately about her work. But one major detail sets her apart from her colleagues — she is 21 years old and has only worked at Argonne for a brief 10 weeks.

August 9, 2012
Argonne materials scientist Anil Mane examines a microchannel plate.
Award-winning technology provides a breakthrough in particle physics

High-energy physics, it turns out, is a lot like life – it’s all about the timing.

August 3, 2012
Argonne bioscientist Phil Laible displays a sample of a photosynthetic bacterium capable of creating usable biofuels from wastewater streams.
Biofuels: Anywhere, anytime

Five questions about Argonne’s Endurance Bioenergy Reactor.

August 2, 2012
Though they come from all over and have taken different paths to get to Argonne, these early-career investigators are now all part of the same dynamic fleet of battery researchers at the laboratory.
Off to a good start: Argonne’s rising stars in battery research shine

Though they come from all over and have taken different paths to get to Argonne, these early-career investigators are now all part of the same dynamic fleet of battery researchers at the laboratory.

July 27, 2012
Michael Thackeray is a Distinguished Fellow and senior scientist in the Electrochemical Energy Storage Department in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division at Argonne National Laboratory.
The long, winding road to advanced batteries for electric cars

Batteries have come a long way since Alessandro Volta first discovered in 1800 that two unlike metals, when separated by an acidic solution, could produce an electric current. In their evolution, batteries have taken on various forms, ranging from lead-acid, to nickel-metal hydride, to current-day lithium-ion.

July 18, 2012
SiteDiagnostics, a start-up biotechnology company based on research by Aeraj ul Haque and Dan Schabacker (pictured here), also of Argonne, won fourth place in the 2012 Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge. Their research has created new biochips that can detect bovine mastitis infection in dairy cows.
Biochips to investigate cattle disease win entrepreneurial challenge

Researchers at Argonne are feeling bullish about new biochips that can detect bovine mastitis infection in dairy cows.

July 9, 2012
Science Behind the Fiction: Contagion [2011]

Science Behind the Fiction critiques the science portrayed in popular films and literature. Argonne emergency planning experts review “Contagion”, the hit 2011 movie directed by Steven Soderbergh, which follows the spread of a killer virus in modern-day society.

July 1, 2012