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Open pit mining uses shovels and large trucks to remove oil sand -- a thick and sticky form of crude oil -- in Fort McMurray, Canada. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post, reproduced with permission.)
New process extracts pure hydrogen from contaminant in unrefined oil

A commercial-scale process to extract and reuse pure hydrogen from the hydrogen sulfide that naturally contaminates unrefined oil, including oil sands, is one step closer to reality thanks to a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and Kingston Process Metallurgy Inc. (KPM) of Kingston, Ontario.

August 22, 2008
Argonne hosts 1st Int'l Conference on Advanced Lithium Batteries for Automotive Applications Sept. 15-17

ARGONNE, Ill. — The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory will host the 1st International Conference on Advanced Lithium Batteries for Automotive Applications Sept.

August 27, 2008
NIH awards Argonne $800,000 to develop tool to measure distances within proteins

Precise molecular ruler could play role in development of new drugs

September 3, 2008
Argonne mechanical engineer Thomas Wallner adjusts Argonne's "omnivorous engine," an automobile engine that Wallner and his colleagues have tailored to efficiently run on blends of gasoline, ethanol and butanol.
'Omnivorous engine' hopes to run on many fuels

The “omnivorous engine” is no picky eater. Gasoline? Down the hatch. Ethanol? Butanol? It'll slurp those up too. The creators of the omnivorous engine, engineers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, seek to fashion an engine that can run on just about any type of spark-ignited fuel.

September 5, 2008
Science world celebrates startup of 'Big Bang' machine

ARGONNE, Ill. — Some of the biggest questions in particle physics could only be worked through on paper – until now.

September 10, 2008
'60 Minutes' segment to feature high-energy physicists Sunday


September 25, 2008
Scientist Yu-Sheng Chen calibrates the needle of the X-ray diffraction machine at ChemMatCARS in the Advanced Photon Source. The beamline is the only place in the U.S. able to examine the small crystals of compound that may be able to identify biological and chemical weapons.
Compound could help detect chemical, biological weapons

A light-transmitting compound that could one day be used in high-efficiency fiber optics and sensors that detect biological and chemical weapons at long distance almost went undiscovered by scientists because its structure was too difficult to examine.

September 26, 2008
These ultrananocrystalline diamond-coated pump seals garnered one of Argonne's two 2008 R&D 100 awards, which recognize the most important inventions in the previous year. Photo by George Joch.
Ultrananocrystalline-diamond coating improves mechanical pump seals

From petroleum to food and beverage to pharmaceuticals, most industries use mechanical pumps, and all these pumps rely on seals to reduce leaks and maintenance costs. Argonne researchers, along with industry partners, have developed a new, efficient and cost-effective alternative to conventional seals.

October 3, 2008
A General Motors Chevrolet Corvette (bottom)  and a Porsche RS Spyder (top) were the two winners of the Green Challenge at Road Atlanta on October 4, 2008. Photo courtesy of ALMS.
Argonne helps American Le Mans Series go for the green

A new environmentally conscious international sports-car racing event has just been given the green flag.

October 17, 2008
The U.S. Department of Energy’s second Atmospheric Radiation Measurement mobile facility, known as AMF2, will have its first deployment at the Desert Research Institute’s Storm Peak Laboratory, a cloud and aerosol research facility near Steamboat Springs, Colo. The project will run from October 2010 through March 2011.
DOE selects Argonne to develop unique tools to collect climate data

Information crucial in continued improvement, accuracy of climate models

October 24, 2008