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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
A team of researchers using the Advanced Photon Source, above, a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility at Argonne National Laboratory, demonstrated unparalleled sensitivity for measuring the distribution of trace elements in thicker specimens at cryogenic temperatures.
X-ray ptychography, fluorescence microscopy combo sheds new light on trace elements

Scientists have developed a new approach that combines ptychographic X-ray imaging and fluorescence microscopy to study the important role trace elements play in biological functions on hydrated cells. A team of researchers using the Advanced Photon Source, a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility at Argonne National Laboratory, demonstrated unparalleled sensitivity for measuring the distribution of trace elements in thicker specimens at cryogenic temperatures.

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
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Argonne research expanding from injectors to inhalers

In collaboration with Australian researchers, Argonne’s scientists are using decades of experience analyzing vehicle fuel injectors to study medical inhalers, hoping to unlock the secrets of the devices that are so well known to asthma sufferers everywhere.

March 4, 2015
Argonne researchers will be working with Chicago’s Pace Suburban Bus and Metra Commuter Rail Service to improve the detection, analysis and response to emergencies and how best to evacuate the city in a major emergency under a $2.9 million grant announced this week by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration. The project will result in tools that can be used by cities across the country and will utilize the massive computing resources available at Argonne to conduct highly complex modeling and simulation of transportation systems.
Argonne researchers to study Chicago emergency evacuation system

A group of Argonne researchers will be studying methods and creating tools for building more resilient mass transit systems to evacuate major cities under a $2.9 million grant announced today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration.

February 13, 2015
Different types of biofuels have different environmental and water impacts. An Argonne team released its newest version of the WATER model, which helps researchers analyze those differences.
Argonne model analyzes water footprint of biofuels

A new version of an online tool created by Argonne will help biofuels developers gain a detailed understanding of water consumption of various types of feedstocks, aiding development of sustainable fuels that will reduce impact on limited water resources.

January 15, 2015