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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
Argonne honors employees for outstanding performance

The UChicago Argonne, LLC, Board of Governors honors employees of Argonne National Laboratory for their distinguished performance, outstanding service to the laboratory, excellence in safety leadership, and education and academic scholarship.

August 15, 2013
An artist's rendering of the planned Chicago Lakeside Development, a 600-acre development on the coast of Lake Michigan on the city's South Side that will eventually be home to 50,000 people and millions of square feet of retail, commercial and public space. Image courtesy of Chicago Lakeside Development/McCaffery Interests. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Chicago Lakeside Development to benefit from computation-enabled design

Rapid urbanization around the world is leading to the construction of real estate developments at a scale and pace far beyond human experience. Planning for this will necessitate augmenting traditional tools with data and scientific computation, allowing developers to model the complex interplay between energy, waste and water infrastructures. To address this need, a collaboration between the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, the Computation Institute, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and McCaffery Interests will develop a prototype computational framework for Chicago Lakeside Development, called LakeSim.

August 13, 2013
The pink color of salt lakes is caused by salt-loving microorganisms, called halobacteria. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Microorganisms found in salt flats could offer new path to green hydrogen fuel

A protein found in the membranes of ancient microorganisms that live in desert salt flats could offer a new way of using sunlight to generate environmentally friendly hydrogen fuel, according to a new study by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory.

July 16, 2013
C. David Williams created a 3-D computer model of filaments of myosin (in red) reaching out and tugging along filaments of actin (in blue, looking like stands of pearls twined together) during the contraction of a muscle. The model allowed researchers to consider the geometry and physics at work on the filaments when a muscle bulges. To view a larger version of the image, click on it. Credit: D. Williams/University of Washington.
50-year-old assumptions about strength muscled aside

Doctors have a new way of thinking about how to treat heart and skeletal muscle diseases. Body builders have a new way of thinking about how they maximize their power. Both owe their new insight to high-energy X-rays, a moth and cloud computing.

July 11, 2013
Jeff Elam (left) and Anil Mane’s work in nanocomposite charge drain coatings represents a significant breakthrough in Argonne's efforts to develop microelectromechanical systems, or MEMS. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Argonne claims four 2013 R&D 100 Awards

Four innovative technologies have won 2013 R&D 100 Awards, regarded as the “Oscars of invention,” for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory.

July 8, 2013
Senator Dick Durbin (Ill.) joined Argonne staff on July 1 to celebrate the dedication of Mira, the lab's new supercomputer and the fifth-fastest computer in the world. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Senator Durbin leads dedication of new Mira supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) led the dedication of the new Mira supercomputer at Argonne on Monday, underscoring the importance of high-performance computing to scientific research, to industrial innovation and to our nation’s economic future.

July 1, 2013
Mira, one of the world’s fastest supercomputers, will enable researchers to tackle a wide range of extremely complex challenges – from improving combustion efficiency in jet engines to modeling the progression of deadly diseases in the human body. To view a larger, downloadable version of the image, click on it.
Media advisory: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin to speak at dedication of Mira supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory

On Monday, July 1, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) will speak at the dedication of the Mira supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory, talking about the importance of high-performance computing to scientific research, to industrial innovation, and to our nation’s economic future.

June 26, 2013
Hussein Khalil is Director of Argonne’s Nuclear Engineering Division and is responsible for the lab’s research on nuclear reactor technology and nuclear non-proliferation. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Argonne names four Distinguished Fellows

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has named scientists Hussein Khalil, Stephen Klippenstein, Nenad Markovic and James Proudfoot as Distinguished Fellows, the laboratory’s highest scientific and engineering rank.

June 19, 2013
Postdoctoral researchers Marvin Cummings (at right) and Nozomi Shirato adjust the microscope before an experiment. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Scientists combine X-rays and microscopes for precise experiments

By pairing the capabilities of X-ray analysis and extremely precise microscopy, scientists at Argonne have developed a way to simultaneously determine the physical structure and chemical makeup of materials at close to the atomic level.

June 13, 2013