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Microbes live everywhere, including this community living on a Maine beach and photographed with a scanning electron microscope. Image courtesy of the Lewis Lab at Northeastern University. Image created by Anthony D'Onofrio, William H. Fowle, Eric J. Stewart and Kim Lewis.
Predicting the microbial “weather”

Environmental microbiologist Jack Gilbert heads the Earth Microbiome Project, an initiative to sample and analyze DNA from bacteria, viruses, algae and fungi across the world. Our environment is full of microbes that affect everything from human health to climate change, and these microbes are constantly in flux. One of the project’s goals is to develop models that can predict fluctuations in advance.

April 16, 2012
Scientists have calculated a new value for the half-life of samarium, an isotope used to track how our solar system came into being. Above: Superheated plasma loops following a solar flare eruption. (Photo credit NASA/GSFC/SDO.)
New isotope measurement could alter history of early solar system

The early days of our solar system might look quite different than previously thought, according to research at Argonne published in Science. The study used more sensitive instruments to find a different half-life for samarium, one of the isotopes used to chart the evolution of the solar system.

April 2, 2012
The 2012 Argonne Postdoctoral Society officers. Left to right: Martin Bettge, PSA president; Prasanna Balaprakash, PSA vice-president; and Milind Malshe, PSA liaison officer.
Argonne named a "Best Place" for postdocs to work in 2012

For postdoctoral scholars, or postdocs, Argonne is the 6th best place to work in the United States, according to The Scientist, a life sciences magazine

March 29, 2012
Argonne researcher Cristina Negri examines plants used to clean pollutants from the environment. She will speak on this and other work at Argonne's first public lecture.
Argonne launches "OutLoud" public lecture series

Leading scientists and engineering experts will speak at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory as part of a new public lecture series called “Argonne OutLoud.”

March 20, 2012
A recent discovery that enables scientists to replace gold nanoparticles with dummy "spacers" has allowed scientists to create materials with never-before-seen structures, which may lead to new properties.
Disappearing gold a boon for nanolattices

When gold vanishes from a very important location, it usually means trouble. At the nanoscale, however, it could provide more knowledge about certain types of materials.

January 27, 2012
This image depicts the series of reactions by which water is separated into hydrogen molecules and hydroxide (OH-) ions. The process is initiated by nickel-hydroxide clusters (green) embedded on a platinum framework (gray).
Making molecular hydrogen more efficiently

When it comes to the industrial production of chemicals, often the most indispensable element is one that you can't see, smell, or even taste. It's hydrogen, the lightest element of all.

December 8, 2011
Physicist Efim Gluskin, elected a fellow of AAAS, is currently the Magnetic Devices Group Leader in the Argonne Accelerator Systems Division.
Accelerator scientist Gluskin elected AAAS Fellow

Argonne physicist Efim Gluskin has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

December 6, 2011
Confocal microscopy of C. moniliferum, an algae that takes up strontium and could be used in cleaning up radioactive contamination. Image courtesy Minna Krejci/Joester Laboratory of Northwestern University.
Unlocking algal secrets may help clean up radioactive isotopes

Using the Advanced Photon Source at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, a group of Northwestern University and Argonne scientists have figured out the secrets of algae that can preferentially take up strontium over calcium—a task so difficult that it’s not easily done even in a laboratory. The algae could form the basis of new technologies to clean up contaminated land or water.

November 30, 2011
Argonne's IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer, Mira, is an engineering marvel whose unique architecture and capabilities will be thoroughly explored as soon as it goes online in 2012.
From the infinitesimal to the galactic: Mira gives scientists a new window to the world

The use of supercomputers to propel innovation in science and engineering is an endeavor punctuated by major transformative technologies—the latest being the new open science petascale supercomputers coming online within the U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory complex. These machines will push scientific discovery to a new realm.

November 15, 2011
Orlando Auciello, Argonne Distinguished Fellow, has been elected to be the Materials Research Society's vice president in 2012, continuing as president in 2013.
Two Argonne scientists elected Materials Research Society officers

Two scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have been elected to serve as officers of the Materials Research Society: Orlando Auciello will be the organization's 2012 vice president, set to become president in 2013, and Stephen Streiffer will be a member of the board of directors. Both are three-year terms.

November 3, 2011