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Argonne materials scientist Mihaela Tanase observes a small magnetic disk with a transmission electron microscope. Tanase discovered a new method to control the way the atoms in the magnetic disk orient themselves to form "nanoscale vortices," which are illustrated on the computer screen.
New control of nanoscale 'magnetic tornadoes' holds promise for data storage

Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have discovered a new way to control the rotation – or chirality – of these infinitesimal "magnetic tornadoes."

January 30, 2009
Local high school students to shed some light on the 14th annual Rube Goldberg Contest

How many local high school students does it take to change a light bulb? Find out at the 14th annual Rube Goldberg contest sponsored by Argonne National Laboratory, as they replace an incandescent light bulb with a more energy-efficient design in at least 20 steps.

February 9, 2009
Argonne computer scientist Mark Hereld presents a visualization of a computer simulation of neuronal activity in a brain afflicted by epilepsy.
Neural modeling helps expose epilepsy's triggers

In order to enrich their understanding of why seizures occur and propagate, scientists at Argonne National Laboratory have created a life-like model of small areas in the brain using state-of-the-art high-performance computers.

February 13, 2009
Jennifer Doebbler from the X-Ray Science Division loads a protein powder sample onto the diffractometer at the high-resolution beamline 11-BM of the Advanced Photon Source. The resulting diffraction data will allow her to solve the structure of the protein.
Argonne named a 'Best Place' to work for postdocs in 2009

Argonne National Laboratory was recently ranked as the 13th best place for postdocs to work by The Scientist, a life sciences magazine.

February 25, 2009
A ferromagnetic-semiconductor europium oxide sample is subjected to high pressures in a diamond anvil cell. The electronic structure is simultaneously probed with circularly polarized X-rays at the Advanced Photon Source, revealing the mechanism responsible for the strengthening of magnetic interactions under pressure.
Argonne scientists pinpoint mechanism to increase magnetic response of ferromagnetic semiconductor under high pressure

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory have manipulated electron mobility and pinpointed the mechanism controlling the strength of magnetic interactions and, hence, the material's magnetic ordering temperature.

February 25, 2009
Early career nuclear engineers invited to 10-day summer school

The Idaho National Laboratory is hosting a 10-day school this summer to provide early-career nuclear engineers with advanced studies in integrated modeling, experimentation and validation to prepare them for some of the key challenges and demands facing the nuclear energy renaissance.

March 10, 2009
Eric D. Isaacs, a prominent University of Chicago physicist and senior administrator at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, has been selected to become the next director of Argonne. The appointment will be effective May 1, 2009.
Eric Isaacs named director of Argonne National Laboratory

Eric D. Isaacs, a prominent University of Chicago physicist and senior administrator at Argonne National Laboratory, has been selected to become the next director of Argonne. The appointment will be effective May 1, 2009.

March 11, 2009
Argonne physicist Jin Wang makes adjustments to a machine used for examining high speed jets at the Advanced Photon Source.
Argonne scientists reveal interaction between supersonic fuel spray and its shock wave

Shock waves are a well tested phenomenon on a large scale, but scientists at Argonne National Laboratory and their collaborators from Wayne State University and Cornell University have made a breakthrough that reveals the interaction between shock waves created by high-pressure supersonic fuel jets.

March 12, 2009
Argonne automotive engineers Thomas Wallner and Henning Lohse-Busch put an engine through its paces on Argonne's Modular Automotive Technology Testbed (MATT), a platform that allows different engine components to be observed and evaluated as they operate in a complete vehicular system.
New combustion strategy accelerates hydrogen-engine development

Car manufacturers aspire to create hydrogen-powered vehicles that could one day allow energy-efficient, cost-effective travel that emits no greenhouse gases or other pollutants. To further that effort, scientists at Argonne National Laboratory have devised new combustion strategies for hydrogen engines.

March 13, 2009
Clusters of 8-10 platinum atoms deposited in pores of an aluminum oxide membrane are highly active and selective catalysts for the oxidative dehydrogenation of propane. (Download hi-rez image. Art by Michael Sternberg and Faisal Mehmood.)
Argonne scientists discover new platinum catalysts for the dehydrogenation of propane

The process to turn propane into industrially necessary propylene has been expensive and environmentally unfriendly. That was until scientists at Argonne National Laboratory devised a greener way to take this important step in chemical catalysis.

March 13, 2009