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Ribbon representation of an amyloid beta fibril, formed by misfolded proteins that clump together. These structures are associated with conditions like type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.
A wrong molecular turn leads down the path to type 2 diabetes

Computing resources at Argonne have helped researchers better grasp how proteins misfold to create the tissue-damaging structures that lead to type 2 diabetes.

December 20, 2013
Protein crystal samples are placed on a small metal tip so X-rays from the adjacent beam pipe can pass through them and diffract off the atoms inside the crystal. Using computers, scientists interpret the scattered light patterns recorded by detectors to create a picture of how the atoms are located inside the crystal. Click to enlarge.
Lessening X-ray damage is healthy for protein discovery data too

New recommendations for using X-rays promise to speed investigations aimed at understanding the structure and function of biologically important proteins – information critical to the development of new drugs.

December 16, 2013
An illustration of the perovskite crystal fabricated in the experiment. Click to enlarge. Image credit: Felice Macera.
A new material for solar panels could make them cheaper, more efficient

A unique solar panel design made with a new ceramic material points the way to potentially providing sustainable power cheaper, more efficiently, and requiring less manufacturing time. It also reaches a four-decade-old goal of discovering a bulk photovoltaic material that can harness energy from visible and infrared light, not just ultraviolet light.

December 11, 2013
Tijana Rajh is a senior scientist and group leader for the nanobio research interface group within Argonne's Center for Nanoscale Materials. Click to enlarge.
Argonne scientists Rajh, Soderholm and Segre named AAAS fellows

Physical chemist Tijana Rajh, chemist Lynda Soderholm and physicist Carlo Segre of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

December 6, 2013
Argonne's Nicholaos Demas measures the wear of a test specimen that is used for the Pixelligent project.  The profilometer measures height information from white-light interference, and computer processing is used to obtain roughness, profile, and wear volume. Click to enlarge.
Pixelligent Technologies granted innovation research award by Dept. of Energy

Pixelligent Technologies announced that it has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant by the U.S. Department of Energy.

December 4, 2013
Kayakers and boats traverse the branch of the Chicago River in the downtown area. Every river contains a population of microbes; scientists at Argonne are partnering with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to map how the River’s inhabitants change over the months and years. Click to enlarge.
Argonne partners with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to study Chicago River microbe population

Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory are partnering with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago to find out the typical sources and distribution of microbial communities in Chicago area waterways.

December 2, 2013
Andrew Cleland, who builds nanoscale electronic and mechanical devices that operate at the quantum limit, recently accepted a joint appointment to Argonne and the University of Chicago. Beginning, July 1, 2014, Cleland will join the University's Institute for Molecular Engineering, of which Argonne is a partner. Click to enlarge.
Institute for Molecular Engineering doubles size of founding faculty with innovative researchers

The University of Chicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering is adding four prominent senior faculty members who develop advanced technologies that address some of society’s most challenging questions, including cancer bioengineering, water resources, quantum computing and quantum materials, and regenerative medicine.

November 20, 2013
From left: Kimihiko Hirao, Director of the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science, and Michael E. Papka, Director of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, sign a memorandum of understanding establishing a cooperative relationship in support of projects aimed at expanding the use of petascale computing in the scientific and engineering communities. The agreement was signed during the SC13 Conference. Click to enlarge.
Argonne and RIKEN sign MOU in support of petascale computing

Leaders in the petascale computing arena in the U.S. and Japan today signed a memorandum of understanding establishing a cooperative relationship in support of projects aimed at expanding the use of petascale computing in the scientific and engineering communities.

November 19, 2013
INCITE grants awarded to 59 computational research projects

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science announced 59 projects, promising to accelerate scientific discovery and innovation, that will share nearly six billion core hours on two of America’s fastest supercomputers dedicated to open science. Their work will advance knowledge in critical areas, from sustainable energy technologies to the environmental consequences of energy use.

November 18, 2013
Cristina Negri (click to enlarge)
2013 Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor and Outstanding Postdoctoral Supervisor Awards presented

On October 11, four Argonne employees were recognized for their outstanding mentoring and supervisory efforts at an awards presentation during the 2013 Argonne Postdoctoral Research and Career Symposium. Nominations for the award were submitted anonymously by postdocs.

November 5, 2013