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A cancer cell (a), imaged with Argonne's Bionanoprobe, clearly shows researchers exact positions of nanoparticles in three dimensions. Identifying the positions (b) of nanoparticles for iron (red), titanium (green) and phosphorus (blue) helps researchers develop more effective cancer therapies. Click to enlarge.
Nanoscale freezing leads to better imaging

A new Bionanoprobe at the Advanced Photon Source dramatically improves three-dimensional nanoscale image mapping of trace elements within a cell.

February 21, 2014
The external face of the flavivirus NS1 protein (sugars in grey balls) is exposed on infected cell surfaces where it can interact with the immune system. This face is also exposed in secreted NS1 particles present in patient sera. The background image shows artificial membranes coated with the NS1 protein. Image credit: David Akey, Somnath Dutta, University of Michigan. Click to enlrage.
Decoding dengue and West Nile: Researchers take steps toward control of growing public health problems

Utilizing Argonne's Advanced Photon Source, a team of scientists from the University of Michigan and Purdue University has discovered a key aspect both to how Dengue fever and West Nile fever replicate in the cells of their host and how they manipulate the immune system as they spread.

February 6, 2014
Meimei Li’s research focuses on structural materials for nuclear reactors. Click to enlarge.
Nuclear engineer Li wins Presidential Early Career Award

Argonne nuclear engineer Meimei Li has received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for her contributions to the understanding of nuclear reactor materials.

January 15, 2014
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
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
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
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
A rich layer of phytoplankton appears as a brown layer in the Antarctic ice. The Oden research vessel was used to collect these microbes in the Ross Sea. To view a larger version of the image, click on it. Image courtesy Georgia Institute of Technology.
Questions rise about seeding for ocean C02 sequestration

A new study on the feeding habits of ocean microbes calls into question the potential use of algal blooms to trap carbon dioxide and offset rising global levels.

June 12, 2013