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Argonne joins crowdsourcing effort

Argonne National Laboratory will join an ongoing crowdsourcing effort established by the U.S. Department of Energy to develop energy efficient building technologies, drawing on the creativity of the American public and technical expertise of the national laboratories.

May 12, 2016
A school bus is fueled with propane in Alvin, Texas as part of an AFLEET case study. (Photo credit: Texas Railroad Commission)
Argonne rolls out new version of alternative fuels and advanced vehicles analysis tool

Argonne is releasing an updated version of its AFLEET tool to reflect the latest advances in alternative fuels and vehicle technologies and updated emissions data. The free, publicly available tool provides users with a roadmap for assessing which types of vehicles and fuels are right for them.

May 9, 2016
Argonne X-ray physicist Haidan Wen received a DOE Early Career Award, a prestigious research grant for $2.5 million over five years. Photo by Wes Agresta/Argonne National Laboratory; click to view larger.
X-ray scientist Haidan Wen wins DOE Early Career Award

Argonne X-ray physicist Haidan Wen received a DOE Early Career Award, a prestigious research grant for $2.5 million over five years.

May 3, 2016
The MNSR reactor core is about the size of a large coffee can, contains about a kilogram of fuel and rests at the bottom of a tall column of water. The Chinese team extracted the old core, placed it in a shipping container designed by Argonne and sent it to Chinese facilities for disposition. The new core was inserted and startup operations commenced last month.
Argonne, NNSA collaborate with China to convert micro-reactor

Chinese officials announced at the recent Nuclear Security Summit that the country commenced operations on a small research reactor that was converted to use low-enriched uranium fuel in partnership with the National Nuclear Security Administration and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory.

April 22, 2016
Reggie James, a driver for Alpha Bakery in Chicagoland, fills the tank with propane fuel. An Argonne study of Alpha’s propane fleet found the fuel switch reduced greenhouse gas emissions and saved money.
Bakery switches to propane vans

A switch to propane from diesel by a major Midwest bakery fleet showed promising results, including a significant displacement of petroleum, a drop in greenhouse gases and a fuel cost savings of 7 cents per mile, according to a study recently completed by Argonne.

April 21, 2016
An illustration of the composite structure of the symmetric core of the nuclear pore complex, which was discovered by Caltech scientists partially based on research at the Advanced Photon Source at  Argonne. Distinct subunits are distinguished by different colors. The envelope of the nucleus is shown as a grey surface. Credit: Hoelz Laboratory/Caltech and Science/AAAS
Biochemists solve the structure of cell's DNA gatekeeper

Caltech scientists have produced the most detailed map yet of the massive protein machine that controls access to the DNA-containing heart of the cell, in part by using resources at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne

April 15, 2016
Argonne researchers, from left, Assistant Computational Scientist Marta García, Principal Mechanical Engineer Sibendu Som, Mechanical Engineer Janardhan Kodavasal and Senior Software Developer Kevin Harms discuss the results of an important new project that will allow engine designers to perform as many as 10,000 engine simulations simultaneously on the supercomputer, Mira.
Engine design takes a major leap at Argonne

A team with Argonne's Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative (VERIFI) announce that they have completed development of engineering simulation code and workflows that will allow as many as 10,000 engine simulations to be conducted simultaneously on the Mira supercomputer.

April 8, 2016
Magnetic order in (Sr,Na)Fe<sub>2</sub>As<sub>2</sub>: The crystal structure contains planes of iron atoms (shown as red spheres). Half the iron sites have a magnetization (shown as red arrows), which points either up or down, but the other half have zero magnetization. This shows that the magnetism results from the constructive and destructive interference of two magnetization waves, a clear sign that the magnetic electrons are itinerant, which means they are not confined to a single site. The same electrons are responsible for the superconductivity at lower temperature.
New magnetism research brings high-temp superconductivity applications closer

An Argonne research team has discovered that only half the atoms in some iron-based superconductors are magnetic, providing the first conclusive demonstration of the wave-like properties of metallic magnetism.

April 7, 2016
Reference electrodes provide insights into a battery cell's health. The image above depicts two reference electrodes within a battery cell. This configuration that allows researchers to evaluate a battery's anode and cathode separately at all stages of cycling and aging.
Argonne continues to pave way to improved battery performance testing

Scientists have demonstrated that the placement and type of a tiny measurement device called a reference electrode enhances the quantity and quality of information that can be extracted from lithium-ion battery cells during cycling.

March 31, 2016
A rotating particle creates a flow that pushes swimming bacteria into a spiral-shaped halo around the center. The discovery helps scientists understand the interaction of microswimmers and could help prevent films from forming in microfluidic devices such as labs-on-a-chip. (Courtesy Igor Aronson and Andrey Sokolov)
Moving microswimmers with tiny swirling flows

Argonne scientists have discovered a way to use a microscopic swirling flow to rapidly clear a circle of tiny bacteria or swimming robots.

March 23, 2016