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A schematic shows different nanoparticle configurations possible with a new technique to create custom bimetallic nanoparticles. Click to enlarge.
Two metals are better than one

Since the dawn of the Bronze Age, people have appreciated the advantages of using alloys rather than single metals to make better materials. Recently, scientists have discovered a recipe for making tiny two-metal structures that could similarly expand the forefront of materials science.

March 4, 2014
(From left) Argonne scientists Bob Scott, Rick Vondrasek and Gary Zinkann inspect the surface ionization source, which provides stable beams to the charge breeder at the Argonne Tandem-Linac Accelerator System (ATLAS). Click to enlarge.
Argonne’s ATLAS facility gets a face lift

Researchers at the Argonne Tandem Linac Accelerator System facility recently completed an upgrade to the facility’s booster, which produces high-intensity beams of stable and radioactive isotopes.

February 26, 2014
(From left) Brookhaven National Laboratory's Alexei Klimentov and Torre Wenaus. Credit: Brookhaven National Laboratory. Click to enlarge.
Mega-bucks from Russia seed development of 'big data' tools

The Russian Ministry of Education and Science has awarded a $3.4 million “mega-grant” to Alexei Klimentov, Physics Applications Software Group Leader at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, to develop new “big data” computing tools for the advancement of science.

February 24, 2014
Atomic carbon (black spheres) is evaporated at over 2,300 degrees Celcius and deposited on a silver platform where flakes of graphene form. Lighter-colored regions correspond to graphene growth and silver is depicted in the darker regions. Click to enlarge.
Silver linings: Argonne scientists are first to grow graphene on silver

Researchers discover a new method to growing graphene on silver opening the door to new physics and device applications.

February 24, 2014
When swimming around, bacteria often have a mind of their own. Click to enlarge.
It’s alive: Scientists combine bacteria with liquid crystals

Argonne scientists have grown bacteria in a liquid crystal medium and observed unique patterns of bacterial motion.

February 24, 2014
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
Area middle-school girls learned about career opportunities in science and engineering last year during Argonne's annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.
Argonne program introduces girls to engineering

Argonne National Laboratory will host Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day Thursday, Feb. 20, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

February 21, 2014
Technicians glue modules for the NOvA detector using a machine developed at Argonne National Laboratory. Credit: William Miller. Click to enlarge.
Argonne helps NOvA experiment detect first neutrinos

Scientists last week on a major particle physics experiment detected neutrinos generated five hundred miles away, a major accomplishment in the study of neutrino physics that would not have been possible without Argonne’s contributions.

February 19, 2014
At Argonne's 2013 Rube Goldberg Contest, each team built a machine that took 20 steps to hammer a nail. Click to enlarge.
2014 Rube Goldberg mission: Zip a zipper in 20 steps

Chicago-area high school students will showcase a zany assortment of machines that can “Zip a Zipper” in 20 or more steps at this year’s 19th annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest.

February 18, 2014
Typically, the process of corrosion has been studied from the metal side of the equation. Click to enlarge.
The core of corrosion

Most times, the effects of corrosion are studied with regard to the metal surface. In a new study, researchers looked at the effects that corrosion has on the water and dissolved ions doing the corroding.

February 14, 2014