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Argonne's Advanced Photon Source. Click to enlarge.
Scientists find X-rays can cause reversible resistance changes

In a new study, researchers at Argonne looked at how a material’s electrical resistance changes when it is irradiated with high-energy X-rays.

May 6, 2014
The world’s first protein characterization research facility directly attached to a light source will open in the near future at the Advanced Photon Source. The Advanced Protein Characterization Facility will use state-of-the-art robotics for gene cloning, protein expression, protein purification and protein crystallization. Click to enlarge.
Advanced Photon Source to remain leader in protein structure research for years

No X-ray facility in the world has supported more protein structure research and characterized more proteins than the Advanced Photon Source. Soon this 2/3-mile in circumference X-ray instrument will get a boost in efficiency that likely will translate into a big boon for the discovery of new pharmaceuticals, the control of genetic disorders and other diseases and advance the biotech industry.

May 5, 2014
Deep underground, microbes have to breathe iron and sulfur to get energy. Argonne scientists announced they have found what appears to be a missing step in the iron-sulfur cycle in underground aquifers. It turns out that sulfur (white-yellow power, on top) may be far more essential than previously thought in helping microbes harvest energy from iron minerals (from top to bottom: yellow goethite, red hematite, orange lepidocrocite) and produce sulfur-iron minerals, like mackinawite (black). Understanding these cycles is important for carbon sequestration and for predicting the fate of ground pollution. Click to enlarge. Photo by Mark Lopez/Argonne National Laboratory.
Study in 'Science' finds missing piece of biogeochemical puzzle in aquifers

A study published today in Science magazine by researchers from Argonne may dramatically shift our understanding of the complex dance of microbes and minerals that takes place in aquifers deep underground. This dance affects groundwater quality, the fate of contaminants in the ground and the emerging science of carbon sequestration.

May 1, 2014
Argonne researcher John Hummel will head the newly announced Center for Integrated Resiliency Analyses, or CIRA, a research center intended to enhance resiliency for major disruptive events such as climate change and natural disasters.
Argonne announces new Center for Integrated Resiliency Analyses

Argonne announced that it is forming a new research center to enhance resiliency for major disruptive events, such as natural disasters and climate change, called the Center for Integrated Resiliency Analyses (CIRA).

April 30, 2014
Ice core driller Tanner Kuhl works with the blue ice drill on Taylor Glacier in Antarctica. Argonne scientists used a newly developed technique called krypton-81 dating to determine that this ice was 120,000 years old—and the method could be used to date ice up to a million years old. Click to enlarge. Image courtesy Xavier Fain.
Scientists successfully use krypton to accurately date ancient Antarctic ice

A team of scientists has successfully identified the age of 120,000-year-old Antarctic ice using radiometric krypton dating—a new technique that may allow them to locate and date ice that is more than a million years old.

April 21, 2014
A levitating magnet floats above a superconducting surface. Click to enlarge.
Scientists gain new insight into mysterious electronic phenomenon

Thanks to a new Argonne study, researchers have identified and solved at least one paradox in the behavior of high-temperature superconductors. The riddle involves a phenomenon called the “pseudogap,” a region of energy levels in which relatively few electrons are allowed to exist.

April 11, 2014
From left: Teacher Heather Scott and students Stephanie Lamas, Dana Bielinski and Smriti Marwaha examine a test tube at Science Careers in Search of Women. Click to enlarge.
Conference shows high school girls their scientific future

High school girls learn about possible careers in science at Argonne’s annual Science Careers in Search of Women conference.

April 7, 2014
Students in a previous challenge watch their cars run. Click to enlarge.
Student engineers design and race battery-powered cars in this year’s Electric Car Competition

The Electric Car Competition features Chicago-area middle school students engineering and building battery-powered cars. This is a supplement to the DOE’s Annual National Science Bowl.

April 3, 2014
Argonne scientists in collaboration with researchers from Arizona State University have found a way to imitate Photosystem II, the first protein complex in the long chain of reactions that use energy from the sun to create usable fuel. Click to enlarge.
Photosynthesis, reimagined

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory in collaboration with researchers from Arizona State University have found a way to imitate Photosystem II, the first protein complex in the long chain of reactions that use energy from the sun to create usable fuel.

March 27, 2014
As Associate Laboratory Director at Argonne, Peter B. Littlewood has led an innovative cross-disciplinary approach that brings together leading researchers in materials science, physics, chemistry and computation to create new materials with the potential to revolutionize energy science. Click to enlarge.
Peter B. Littlewood appointed Director of Argonne National Laboratory

Peter B. Littlewood, a Professor of Physics at the University of Chicago and the Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences and Engineering at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, has been selected to serve as Argonne’s 13th director, University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer announced.

March 25, 2014