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Argonne Sustainability Program Manager Karen Kosky (second from left) and Argonne Facilities Energy Analyst Brenda Teaster accepted the 2014 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award on behalf of Argonne. Kosky and Teaster are pictured with Eric Heineman (left), Senior Sustainability Advisor, Office of Governor Pat Quinn, and Illinois Sustainable Technology Center Director Kevin O’Brien (right). (Click image to enlarge)
Argonne receives 2014 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award

On Oct. 23, Argonne National Laboratory was presented with the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center’s 2014 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award. The award recognizes the lab’s continued excellence in sustainable practices used on its 1,500 acre campus.

November 10, 2014
Argonne health physicist Mark Sreniawski uses a radiation meter to show Humphrey Middle School students how to detect low levels of radiation in everyday household items like alarm clocks and smoke detectors. Credit: Mark Lopez/Argonne National Laboratory. (Click image to enlarge)
Extending a hand: Argonne Hispanic Latino Club mentors Chicago-area students

The Hispanic Latino Club of Argonne invites 40 students from Humphrey Middle School for a day of mentorship and experimentation for its 10th annual Education Outreach Day.

October 23, 2014
Research has shown that protons and neutrons that have briefly paired up in the nucleus have higher-average momentum, which allows a greater fraction of the protons than neutrons to have high momentum in relatively neutron-rich nuclei, such as carbon, aluminum, iron and lead. This result is contrary to long-accepted theories large nuclei and has implications for ultra-cold atomic gas systems and neutron stars.
Protons hog the momentum in neutron-rich nuclei

A team of researchers, including scientists from Jefferson and Argonne national laboratories, found that protons and neutrons that have briefly paired up in the nucleus have higher-average momentum, leaving less for non-paired nucleons - including in nuclei heavier than carbon.

October 17, 2014
Graphene's hexagonal structure makes it an excellent lubricant. (Click image to enlarge)
Researchers fight friction and wear with one-atom-thick graphene

Nanoscientist Anirudha Sumant and his colleagues at Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials and Argonne’s Energy Systems division applied a one-atom-thick layer of graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon, in between a steel ball and a steel disk. They found that just the single layer of graphene lasted for more than 6,500 “wear cycles,” a dramatic improvement over conventional lubricants like graphite or molybdenum disulfide.

October 13, 2014
Peatlands in Denali National Park, Alaska. Argonne researchers announced a new model for the greenhouse gas emissions of peatlands in the Arctic. Photo by Zicheng Yu. (Click image to enlarge)
Argonne researchers create more accurate model for greenhouse gases from peatlands

Scientists at Argonne have created a new model to more accurately describe the greenhouse gases likely to be released from Arctic peatlands as they warm.

October 2, 2014
Three-dimensional strain evolution in situ of a single LiNi<sub>0.5</sub>Mn<sub>1.5</sub>O<sub>4</sub> nanoparticle in a coin cell battery under operando conditions during charge/discharge cycles with coherent X-ray diffractive imaging. (Click image to enlarge)
New imaging capability reveals possible key to extending battery lifetime, capacity

A new method developed for studying battery failures points to a potential next step in extending lithium ion battery lifetime and capacity, opening a path to wider use of these batteries in conjunction with renewable energy sources

September 25, 2014
A new analysis tool developed at Argonne National Laboratory called JOBSNG helps policymakers or developers estimate the potential economic impacts of building new natural gas fueling stations. Photo credit: Shutterstock. (Click image to enlarge)
New tool predicts economic impacts of natural gas stations

Researchers at Argonne announced a new tool today for analyzing the economic impacts of building new compressed natural gas fueling stations.

September 24, 2014
A mechanical stress testing setup with a custom-built compact furnace and cooling system that mimic extreme operating conditions on turbine engines at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory. Photo credit: DLR. (Click image to enlarge)
Novel capability enables first test of real turbine engine conditions

Manufacturers of turbine engines for airplanes, automobiles and electric generation plants could expedite the development of more durable, energy-efficient turbine blades thanks to a partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, the German Aerospace Center and the universities of Central Florida and Cleveland State.

September 16, 2014
Techniques at Argonne’s Electron Microscopy Center helped scientists get a complete picture of this chemical reaction. Over the course of the reaction, the nanorod on the top left is slowly covered with a growth of copper deposits from the solution. Maps showed the locations of the elements in the reaction: Ag, or yellow, representing silver; blue representing gold, Au; and Cu, copper, shown in red. Images courtesy Nestor Zaluzec / Argonne National Laboratory Electron Microscopy Center. Click image to enlarge.
Electron microscopes take first measurements of nanoscale chemistry in action

Scientists’ underwater cameras got a boost this summer from the Electron Microscopy Center at Argonne National Laboratory. Along with colleagues at the University of Manchester, researchers captured the world’s first real-time images and simultaneous chemical analysis of nanostructures while “underwater,” or in solution.

September 3, 2014
Argonne's Advanced Photon Source. Click to enlarge.
Mysteries of space dust revealed

The first analysis of space dust collected by a special collector onboard NASA’s Stardust mission and sent back to Earth for study in 2006 suggests the tiny specks open a door to studying the origins of the solar system and possibly the origin of life itself. This is the first time synchrotron light sources have been used to look at microscopic particles caught in the path of a comet.

August 29, 2014