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Metal distribution in zone II of M. truncatula nodule. To view a larger version of the image as well as a detailed description, click on it.
X-ray analysis could boost legumes, thus reducing fertilizer pollution

The overuse of nitrogen fertilizers in agriculture can wreak havoc on waterways, health and the environment. An international team of scientists aims to lessen the reliance on these fertilizers by helping beans and similar plants boost their nitrogen production, even in areas with traditionally poor soil quality.

April 19, 2013
Gold nanoparticles self-assemble into long chains when bombarded with electrons. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Scientists see nanoparticles form larger structures in real time

In a new study performed at the Center for Nanoscale Materials at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, researchers have for the first time seen the self-assembly of nanoparticle chains in situ, that is, in place as it occurs in real-time.

April 19, 2013
Argonne postdoc Kate Ryan, recipient of an Early Career Research Award from the Department of Energy, studies lithium-air batteries, which may replace lithium-ion as the next generation of batteries for cell phones, laptops and cars.To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Argonne a top place to work for postdocs in 2013

For the third year in a row, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory is one of the 10 best places to work as a postdoctoral researcher, according to The Scientist magazine’s annual survey.

April 16, 2013
The evolution of the viral protein (green) from 14 weeks through 100 weeks post-transmission is compared with the maturation of the human antibody. To view a larger version of the image, click on it. Image courtesy Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Antibody evolution could guide HIV vaccine development

According to a recent study, observing the evolution of a particular type of antibody in an infected HIV-1 patient has provided insights that will enable vaccination strategies that mimic the actual antibody development within the body.

April 5, 2013
Hoffman Estates Team #1 poses with the people's choice trophy as well as the overall first place trophy. The team will compete in the Rube Goldberg national finals on Saturday in Pewaukee, Wis. To view the entire photo gallery, click on the image.
Hoffman Estates wins Argonne's Rube Goldberg Contest

A team from Hoffman Estates High School in Hoffman Estates, Ill., dropped the hammer on the competition at Argonne National Laboratory's 18th annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, held today at Argonne.

March 11, 2013
This wafer of nanocrystalline diamond provides one example of the technology that AKHAN Technologies has licensed from Argonne. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.

Photo courtesy Ani Sumant.
Argonne licenses diamond semiconductor discoveries to AKHAN Technologies

Argonne announced today that the laboratory has granted AKHAN Technologies exclusive diamond semiconductor application licensing rights to breakthrough low-temperature diamond deposition technology developed by the lab's Center for Nanoscale Materials.

March 4, 2013
NDM-1, present in a number of pathogenic bacteria, including Klebsiella pneumonia and Escherichia coli, is able to defeat many of the world’s most widely used antibiotics, including penicillin derivatives, cephalosporins, monobactams and carbapenems.
Breakthrough could lead to drugs that better combat 'superbugs'

In the never-ending battle between antibiotic developers and the bacteria they fight, scientists at Argonne have made a key breakthrough that could allow for the development of new drugs to more effectively combat antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.”

February 28, 2013
CalBattery has worked with Argonne for more than a year under a Work for Others agreement to develop the technology under the Department of Energy's Startup America program, which is part of a White House initiative to inspire and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship.
Argonne and CalBattery strike deal for silicon-graphene anode material

Argonne and California Lithium Battery, Inc., a Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator portfolio company, announced that they have signed a licensing agreement for an Argonne-developed, silicon-graphene composite anode material for high-energy lithium batteries.

February 25, 2013
The crowd looks on as a machine is tested during the 2012 Rube Goldberg Contest at Navy Pier in Chicago. To view a larger version of the image, click on it.
Argonne sponsors 2013 Rube Goldberg Contest for local high schoolers

It'll sound like a construction site at the 18th annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest when Chicago-area high schools compete to see who built the wackiest machines to hammer a nail into a board in 20 or more steps.

February 18, 2013
The Argus II can partially restore the sight of blind individuals after surgical implantation. Clinical trials demonstrated that totally blind individuals could safely use the device to successfully identify the position and approximate size of objects and detect movement of nearby objects and people.

Photo courtesy Second Sight Medical Products, Inc.
FDA approves first bionic eye for the blind

The U.S. Department of Energy announced today the approval of the first bionic eye for use in the United States. The creation of this retinal prosthesis stems, in part, from DOE support for a decade of revolutionary research with Argonne and several other national labs, universities and companies.

February 14, 2013