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This ladybug sculpture was created by a student at the Boston Fab Lab from a single 4-by-8 sheet of plywood. Photo by Jared Sagoff
Fab Labs make manufacturing personal

ARGONNE, Ill.  — To build a treehouse, you'll need a hammer, some nails, and a tolerance for splinters.

October 12, 2007
R&D 100-award winner Jacqueline Johnson prepares a small sample of a ceramic glass that formed the basis for radiographic imaging plates that she and her colleagues developed in order to allow doctors to obtain clearer, more-detailed mammograms.
New system could provide safer, cheaper, more detailed mammograms


October 26, 2007
Ray Bair, Director of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, supervises installation of a new IBM Blue Gene/P system. Photo by George Joch.
Powerful Blue Gene/P supercomputer at Argonne to address most-challenging science problems

One of the world's fastest supercomputers will soon reside at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility at Argonne National Laboratory, thanks to a recently completed contract for the acquisition of a 445-teraflops IBM Blue Gene/P cluster.

November 9, 2007
Argonne materials scientist Ulrich Welp prepares to test a sample. Photo by George Joch.
New T-ray source could improve airport security, cancer detection

Scientists at Argonne, along with collaborators in Turkey and Japan, have created a compact device that could lead to portable, battery-operated sources of T-rays, or terahertz radiation.

November 23, 2007
An Eddy Flux tower, powered by solar energy, located at a soybean field at Fermilab is measuring the exchange of carbon dioxide between plants and soil and the atmosphere to study the carbon balance of agricultural fields typical of the U.S. Midwest.
Argonne, UIC researchers get the dirt on prairie soil

Researchers from Argonne and the University of Illinois at Chicago have dug up some interesting dirt on prairie soil and certain crops and grasses common to the central Midwest.

December 7, 2007
Infrared images of a patient's head taken before (left) and after (center, right) a round of chemotherapy. The growth of the warmer, pinker areas around the mouth indicate the likely onset of mucositis.
New thermal-imaging technique may help victims of head and neck cancers

When University of Chicago head-and-neck cancer researcher Cindy Bajda felt a raised bump on the bottom of her mouth, she'd spent too much time around oral cancer patients to have any doubt as to her diagnosis.

December 26, 2007
CNN reports focus on Argonne anti-terror technologies

CNN's "Situation Room" recently focused on Argonne technologies with anti-terrorism applications.

January 3, 2008
Argonne National Laboratory announces impacts in wake of Omnibus bill passed by Congress

Argonne today announced the shutdown of its Intense Pulsed Neutron Source, one of the most productive neutron scattering facilities in the world, as the result of the fiscal year 2008 spending bill approved by Congress prior to the holidays.

January 7, 2008
In this e-coli cell, the proteins (shown in blue) crowd around ribosomes (purple).  These regions have a high concentration of protein, typically greater than 30 percent, which limits the ensemble of states into which the proteins can bend themselves.
New study may shed light on protein-drug interactions

Proteins, the biological molecules that are involved in virtually every action of every organism, may themselves move in surprising ways, according to a recent study from Argonne that may shed new light on how proteins interact with drugs and other small molecules.

January 11, 2008
Argonne's Blue Gene/P to host large cadre of INCITE researchers

Twenty research projects have been awarded more than 111 million hours of computing time at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility at Argonne.

January 17, 2008