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The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for the theory of the Higgs boson, for which evidence was discovered at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland last year. Above: Argonne was involved in building part of the LHC called the ATLAS calorimeter, a device to measure the energies of particles produced when protons collide in the center of the detector. Photo by CERN.
Argonne research helps pave way for physics Nobel

The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded today to theoretical physicists François Englert and Peter Higgs for their theory of an elementary particle now known as the Higgs boson, which scientists believe is responsible for giving mass to other elementary particles.

October 8, 2013
Lithium-air batteries are particularly appealing to researchers because they have a significantly higher theoretical capacity than conventional lithium-ion batteries. Click to enlarge.
Researchers tackle new challenge in pursuit of the next generation of lithium batteries

The creation of the next generation of batteries depends on finding materials that provide greater storage capacity. One variety, known as lithium-air (Li-air) batteries, is particularly appealing to researchers because they have a significantly higher theoretical capacity than conventional lithium-ion batteries.

September 27, 2013
“We are capturing the physics of deep earthquakes,”  said Yanbin Wang, a senior scientist at the University of Chicago. Click to enlarge.
Scientists push closer to understanding mystery of deep earthquakes

Scientists broke new ground in the study of deep earthquakes, a poorly understood phenomenon that occurs where the oceanic lithosphere, driven by tectonics, plunges under continental plates – examples are off the coasts of the western United States, Russia and Japan.

September 23, 2013
Marc Snir is Director of the Mathematics and Computer Science division at Argonne National Laboratory and the Michael Faiman and Saburo Muroga Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Click to enlarge.
Argonne's Marc Snir receives 2013 IEEE Computer Society Seymour Cray Award

Parallel computing expert Marc Snir, a major contributor to the Message Passing Interface, has been named the recipient of this year’s IEEE Computer Society Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award.

September 23, 2013
Working with national laboratories, universities and industry, the Air Force is ensuring it stays on the cutting edge of global security by creating a new engineering paradigm to improve the safety and fuel-efficiency of aircraft. Click to enlrage.
National labs and Air Force partner to improve aircraft component design

Working with national laboratories, universities and industry, the Air Force is ensuring it stays on the cutting edge of global security by creating a new engineering paradigm to improve the safety and fuel-efficiency of aircraft.

September 19, 2013
Scott Collis's research is aimed at better understanding how clouds form and move, and how changes in clouds can affect the weather across vast distances. Click to enlarge.
Argonne radar meteorologist Scott Collis named one of Popular Science’s 'Brilliant 10'

Dr. Scott Collis, a radar meteorologist in Argonne National Laboratory’s Environmental Science Division, has been named one of Popular Science’s “Brilliant 10” for his climate and meteorology-focused research as part of the magazine’s 13th annual awards list.

September 16, 2013
As part of a U.S. Department of Energy’s push to improve electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, Argonne received $4.7 million in funding for three research projects exploring better battery and lubrication technologies.
Three Argonne projects win DOE funding to improve vehicle technologies

Argonne has received $4.7 million from the DOE for three projects to develop new vehicle technologies, including capacitors, electrochemical couples and electrolytes for batteries intended for hybrid and electric vehicles.

September 12, 2013
In order to understand how complex materials merge at the boundary, scientists look at cross-sections of an oxide superlattices. In this picture, peaks correspond to layers of cuprate superconductor and valleys to metallic manganites (bottom region). The power of scanning tunneling microscopy allows researchers to gain insight into both the material's topography as well as its electronic properties. Click to enlarge.
A material's multiple personalities

Just like people, materials can sometimes exhibit “multiple personalities.” This kind of unusual behavior in a certain class of materials has compelled researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory to take a closer look at the precise mechanisms that govern the relationships between superconductivity and magnetism.

September 11, 2013
Researchers (left to right) Dileep Singh, Carlo Segre, Mike Duoba, John Katsoudas, Elena Timofeeva, and Chris Pelliccione stand by one of the plug-in electric vehicles they hope to revolutionize with the IIT-Argonne “nanoelectrofuel” flow battery technology they are developing. Click to enlarge.
ARPA-E awards IIT-Argonne team $3.4 million for breakthrough battery technology

Carlo Segre, Duchossois Leadership Professor of Physics at Illinois Institute of Technology, has received a $3.4 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E) to develop a breakthrough battery technology that may more than double the current range of electric vehicles (EV), increase safety, reduce costs and simplify recharging.

August 30, 2013
On Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne and Fermi national laboratories will sponsor their inaugural joint business fair: “Doing Business with Argonne and Fermi National Laboratories.” To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Argonne, Fermi national laboratories to welcome local businesses Aug. 21

Argonne and Fermi national laboratories sponsor their inaugural joint business fair: “Doing Business with Argonne and Fermi National Laboratories.”

August 15, 2013