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The crowd looks on as a machine is tested during the 2012 Rube Goldberg Contest at Navy Pier in Chicago. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Argonne sponsors 2013 Rube Goldberg Contest for local high schoolers

It'll sound like a construction site at the 18th annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest when Chicago-area high schools compete to see who built the wackiest machines to hammer a nail into a board in 20 or more steps.

February 18, 2013
The Argus II can partially restore the sight of blind individuals after surgical implantation. Clinical trials demonstrated that totally blind individuals could safely use the device to successfully identify the position and approximate size of objects and detect movement of nearby objects and people.

Photo courtesy Second Sight Medical Products, Inc.
FDA approves first bionic eye for the blind

The U.S. Department of Energy announced today the approval of the first bionic eye for use in the United States. The creation of this retinal prosthesis stems, in part, from DOE support for a decade of revolutionary research with Argonne and several other national labs, universities and companies.

February 14, 2013
Roosevelt Middle School of River Forest, Ill., competed against 14 other teams in one of the nation’s regional competitions of the 23rd Annual U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl. To view a larger version of the photo as well as more photos from the competition, click on the image.

Photo courtesy Argonne National Laboratory
Roosevelt Middle School wins Argonne Regional Science Bowl and spot in National Finals

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Illinois Representative Danny Davis announced today that Roosevelt Middle School of River Forest, Ill., won the Argonne Regional Science Bowl on Saturday.

February 12, 2013
This mosaic represents the distribution of superconductivity around holes (white) in a thin sheet of superconducting film. Green indicates strong superconductivity. Further away from the holes, the superconductivity decreases (yellow, red and finally black, where the material is densely populated with vortices that interfere with superconductivity.
Vortex pinning could lead to superconducting breakthroughs

A team of researchers from Russia, Spain, Belgium, the U.K. and Argonne announced findings last week that may represent a breakthrough in applications of superconductivity.

February 12, 2013
An illustration of a titanium-europium oxide cage lattice studied in the experiment. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.

Image by Renee Carlson.
New classes of magnetoelectric materials promise advances in computing technology

Thanks to new research by an international team of researchers led by Argonne, physicists have developed new methods for controlling magnetic order in a particular class of materials known as “magnetoelectrics.”

February 7, 2013
Among the Picasso paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago collection, The Red Armchair is the most emblematic of his Ripolin usage and is the painting that was examined with APS X-rays at Argonne National Laboratory. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.

Courtesy Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Saidenberg (AIC 1957.72) © Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
High-energy X-rays shine light on mystery of Picasso’s paints

The Art Institute of Chicago teamed up with Argonne National Laboratory to unravel a decades-long debate among art scholars about what kind of paint Picasso used to create his masterpieces.

February 6, 2013
Gregory Voth's current research focuses on the multiscale theory and simulation of biomolecular and material phenomena, including protein assembly, membrane-protein interactions, charge transport, complex liquids and nanoparticle self-assembly.
Argonne's Voth receives award from American Chemical Society

Argonne National Laboratory and University of Chicago theoretical chemist Gregory Voth has received the 2013 Award in Theoretical Chemistry from the Physical Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society.

January 16, 2013
In this artist rendering, tiny magnetic vortices form on nanodisks, with each disk having a diameter of about 100 nanometers. Each vortex is directed either upwards or downwards. The Argonne study looked at the interaction between pairs of these nanodisks.

Image courtesy Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf / Sander Münster 3DKosmos.
Chaotic 'spin vortices' could lead to new computer memories

Scientists at Argonne have used alternating magnetic fields to control the behavior of “spin vortices” trapped in small dots made from iron and nickel that can be magnetized in two separate ways.

January 2, 2013
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientist Gao Liu inspects coin cell sized batteries that are being cycled in an environmental chamber. Lawrence Berkeley is one of five U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories that are part of JCESR.
TIAX LLC becomes affiliate member company in Joint Center for Energy Storage Research

Argonne National Laboratory has chosen TIAX LLC as an affiliate member company of the energy storage hub known as the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR).

January 2, 2013
Argonne physicists (from left) Stephen Southworth, Marcel Demarteau, John Arrington and Glenn Decker were named 2012 fellows of the American Physical Society. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Four Argonne physicists named APS fellows

Four scientists at Argonne have been named fellows of the American Physical Society for 2012.

December 18, 2012