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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
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
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
Elementary particles behave differently in the mirror world. Graphic: Jefferson Lab.
Quarks in the looking glass

A recent experiment carried out at Jefferson Lab (including researchers from Argonne) to study a rare instance of symmetry breaking in electron-quark scattering has provided a new determination of an intrinsic property of quarks that's five times more precise than the previous measurement.

February 5, 2014
Argonne materials scientists announced a new technique to grow these little forests at the microscale (the scale shows 100 micrometers, which is about the diameter of a single human hair). Image by Arnaud Demortière, Alexey Snezhko and Igor Aronson. Click to enlarge.
Good hair day: New technique grows tiny 'hairy' materials at the microscale

Scientists at Argonne attacked a tangled problem by developing a new technique to grow tiny “hairy” materials that assemble themselves at the microscale.

January 31, 2014
Argonne researchers Michael Thackeray (left) and Khalil Amine, along with others at Argonne, co-developed battery materials that improve battery range and reliability, while simultaneously improving safety and reducing manufacturing cost. Click to enlarge.
Argonne battery technology confirmed by U.S. Patent Office

The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory is pleased to announce that after a careful reexamination of the relevant prior patents and publications, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has confirmed the novelty of U.S. Patent 6,677,082.

January 29, 2014
Most simple solar cells handle the bluish hues of the electromagnetic spectrum inefficiently. This is because blue photons — incoming particles of light that strike the solar cell — actually have excess energy that a conventional solar cell can’t capture. Click to enlarge.
New solar cell technology captures high-energy photons more efficiently

Scientists at Argonne and the University of Texas at Austin have together developed a new, inexpensive material that has the potential to capture and convert solar energy — particularly from the bluer part of the spectrum — much more efficiently than ever before.

January 23, 2014