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From left, researchers Ani Sumant, Ali Erdemir, Subramanian Sankaranarayanan, Sanket Deshmukh, and Diana Berman combined diamond, graphene, and carbon to achieve superlubricity. (Click image to view larger.)
Slip sliding away: Graphene and diamonds prove a slippery combination

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have found a way to use tiny diamonds and graphene to give friction the slip, creating a new material combination that demonstrates the rare phenomenon of “superlubricity.”

May 22, 2015
Argonne high-energy physicist Peter Winter, who recently won a DOE Early Career Award, is reusing old MRI magnets, like the one seen above, to benchmark instrumentation for new high-energy physics experiments. Photo by Mark Lopez; click to view larger.
Used MRI magnets get a second chance at life in high-energy physics experiments

Researchers at Argonne recently acquired two decommissioned magnets from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners from hospitals in Minnesota and California that will find a new home as proving grounds for instruments used in high-energy and nuclear physics experiments.

May 21, 2015
Crop cultivation will always result in a loss of soil carbon, but management practices will have a large influence on soil's ability to retain it. Image by Efired/Shutterstock.
Land management practices to become important as biofuels use grows

The handling of agricultural crop residues appears to have a large impact on soil's ability to retain carbon, making land management practices increasingly important, especially under a scenario where cellulosic materials become more heavily used as a feedstock for ethanol production, according to a study led by researchers at Argonne.

May 21, 2015
Argonne physicist Peter Winter, above, has received a DOE Early Career Award, a prestigious five-year research grant totaling $2.5 million. (Click image to view larger.)
Physicist Peter Winter wins Department of Energy Early Career Award

High-energy physicist Peter Winter has received a DOE Early Career Award, a prestigious five-year research grant totaling $2.5 million.

May 19, 2015
Argonne mechanical engineer Sibendu Som and computational scientist Raymond Bair discuss combustion engine simulations conducted by researchers using the CONVERGE code at the Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative (VERIFI). (Click image to view larger.)
VERIFI code optimization yields three-fold increase in engine simulation speed

VERIFI has taken the next step in its work with Convergent Science, Inc., optimizing the code running the company’s CONVERGE engine modeling software and achieving a three-fold increase in speed. The new code allowed VERIFI to recently run the largest engine simulation conducted to date.

May 7, 2015
Scientists at Argonne have created a new way of manipulating high-intensity X-rays, which will allow researchers to select extremely brief but precise X-ray bursts for their experiments.  This schematic of their microelectromechanical device consisting of a small oscillating mirror illustrates the reflection of an incoming X-ray at a particular critical angle. Image courtesy Daniel Lopez. (Click photo to view larger.)
Scientists tune X-rays with tiny mirrors

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have created a new way of manipulating high-intensity X-rays, which will allow researchers to select extremely brief but precise X-ray bursts for their experiments.

May 5, 2015
Stephen Streiffer has been named the Associate Laboratory Director for Photon Sciences and Director of the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne. (Click image to view larger.)
Streiffer to lead Advanced Photon Source

Stephen Streiffer has been named the Associate Laboratory Director for Photon Sciences and Director of the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory.

May 5, 2015
Researchers used intense X-rays at the Advanced Photon Source to study how the bombardier beetle sprays hot, caustic chemicals from two rear glands  when threatened. Image by Andrew WW via Creative Commons; click to view larger.
Beetlejuice! Secrets of beetle sprays unlocked at the Advanced Photon Source

Researchers using the Advanced Photon Source have gotten the first-ever look inside the living beetle as it sprays. The results are published today in Science.

May 1, 2015
The U.S. Department of Energy announced a $200 million investment to deliver a next-generation supercomputer, known as Aurora, to the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility. When commissioned in 2018, this supercomputer will be open to all scientific users – drawing America’s top researchers to Argonne. (Click to view image larger).
U.S. Department of Energy awards $200 million for next-generation supercomputer at its Argonne National Laboratory

The Department of Energy announced a $200 million investment to deliver a next-generation supercomputer, known as Aurora, to the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility. When commissioned in 2018, this supercomputer will be open to all scientific users – drawing America’s top researchers to Argonne.

April 8, 2015
Structural elements of ORC, differentially colored by subunits and with the molecular surface highlighted. The ORC 6 subunit is shown in red. Image credit: Franziska Bleichert. (Click image to enlarge.)
Improved understanding of protein complex offers insight into DNA replication initiation mechanism basics

A clearer understanding of the origin recognition complex – a protein complex that directs DNA replication – through its crystal structure offers new insight into fundamental mechanisms of DNA replication initiation. This will also provide insight into how ORC may be compromised in a subset of patients with Meier-Gorlin syndrome, a form of dwarfism in humans.

March 18, 2015