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Pete Beckman, Director, Exascale Technology and Computing Institute at Argonne has been appointed co-director of the Northwestern-Argonne Institute for Science and Engineering
Joint initiative expands focus to materials design

Argonne and Northwestern University have appointed Pete Beckman, Director, Exascale Technology and Computing Institute at Argonne, and Peter W. Voorhees, Frank C. Engelhart Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern, as co-directors of the Northwestern-Argonne Institute for Science and Engineering.

May 16, 2012
At a White House meeting of science and technology leaders, Argonne Director Eric Isaacs today announced the laboratory's major new efforts with Northwestern University and the University of Chicago to advance the research and development of new materials to help solve the nation’s challenges in the fields of energy, health and security.
Argonne, Universities partner to design advanced materials

Argonne today announced major new efforts with Northwestern University and the University of Chicago to advance the research and development of new materials to help solve the nation’s challenges in the fields of energy, health and security.

May 14, 2012
A Nephila clavipes female spider in the center of her web.  The radial strands and scaffolding of her web is composed of major and minor ampullate spider silk fibers.  Commonly referred to as dragline silk, this substance was imaged at the nanoscale at Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source. Image by Jeff Yarger.
Untangling the mysteries of spider silk

Spiders weave a web even more tangled than originally thought – at least on the nanoscale level, according to a new study performed at Argonne National Laboratory.

May 2, 2012
Crystal structure of the mu-opioid receptor bound to a morphinan antagonist. Image courtesy of Aashish Manglik, Andrew C. Kruse, Tong Sun Kobilka, Foon Sun Thian, Jesper M. Mathiesen, Roger K. Sunahara, Leonardo Pardo, William I. Weis, Brian K. Kobilka & Sébastien Granier
How heroin works: Imaging opioid receptors in the brain

Researchers and doctors have gleaned new clues to the molecular mechanisms behind some of the most addictive substances in the world, thanks to two new studies that uncovered the structures of some of the most intricate and challenging proteins ever analyzed on the atomic level.

April 24, 2012
Microbes live everywhere, including this community living on a Maine beach and photographed with a scanning electron microscope. Image courtesy of the Lewis Lab at Northeastern University. Image created by Anthony D'Onofrio, William H. Fowle, Eric J. Stewart and Kim Lewis.
Predicting the microbial “weather”

Environmental microbiologist Jack Gilbert heads the Earth Microbiome Project, an initiative to sample and analyze DNA from bacteria, viruses, algae and fungi across the world. Our environment is full of microbes that affect everything from human health to climate change, and these microbes are constantly in flux. One of the project’s goals is to develop models that can predict fluctuations in advance.

April 16, 2012
Scientists have calculated a new value for the half-life of samarium, an isotope used to track how our solar system came into being. Above: Superheated plasma loops following a solar flare eruption. (Photo credit NASA/GSFC/SDO.)
New isotope measurement could alter history of early solar system

The early days of our solar system might look quite different than previously thought, according to research at Argonne published in Science. The study used more sensitive instruments to find a different half-life for samarium, one of the isotopes used to chart the evolution of the solar system.

April 2, 2012
The 2012 Argonne Postdoctoral Society officers. Left to right: Martin Bettge, PSA president; Prasanna Balaprakash, PSA vice-president; and Milind Malshe, PSA liaison officer.
Argonne named a "Best Place" for postdocs to work in 2012

For postdoctoral scholars, or postdocs, Argonne is the 6th best place to work in the United States, according to The Scientist, a life sciences magazine

March 29, 2012
Argonne researcher Cristina Negri examines plants used to clean pollutants from the environment. She will speak on this and other work at Argonne's first public lecture.
Argonne launches "OutLoud" public lecture series

Leading scientists and engineering experts will speak at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory as part of a new public lecture series called “Argonne OutLoud.”

March 20, 2012
A recent discovery that enables scientists to replace gold nanoparticles with dummy "spacers" has allowed scientists to create materials with never-before-seen structures, which may lead to new properties.
Disappearing gold a boon for nanolattices

When gold vanishes from a very important location, it usually means trouble. At the nanoscale, however, it could provide more knowledge about certain types of materials.

January 27, 2012
This image depicts the series of reactions by which water is separated into hydrogen molecules and hydroxide (OH-) ions. The process is initiated by nickel-hydroxide clusters (green) embedded on a platinum framework (gray).
Making molecular hydrogen more efficiently

When it comes to the industrial production of chemicals, often the most indispensable element is one that you can't see, smell, or even taste. It's hydrogen, the lightest element of all.

December 8, 2011