Science Highlights

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Cementing the structure of concrete

Portland cement concrete is one of the most versatile and useful building materials ever created.

August 1, 2010
What happens to organic molecules on Mars?

The ongoing search for evidence of past or present life on Mars includes efforts to identify organic compounds and biomarkers, such as proteins in Martian soil, but their absence to date remains a

August 1, 2010
A boring material, "stretched", could lead to an electronics revolution

The oxide compound europium titanate is fairly boring on its own, but sliced nanometers thin and chemically stretched on a specially-designed template, it takes on properties that could revolutioni

October 1, 2010
Spin signatures of photogenerated radical anions

Photovoltaic (PV) cells are the most promising man-made devices for direct solar energy utilization.

October 1, 2010
When size matters: Yttrium oxide breaking down under pressure

A team working at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne has discovered that Y2O3 in nanometer-sized particles undergoes a definite phase transition under pressure that results

December 1, 2010
New advances in computing for Very High Temperature Reactors

Argonne researchers adapted a simulation program to improve designs for Very High Temperature Reactors, a Gen IV class of new nuclear reactor designs, with the goal of reducing capital costs for ne

December 1, 2010
Magnetic switching under pressure

Argonne and Eastern Washington University scientists, working at the Advanced Photon Source, have harnessed the power of extreme high pressure and discovered a novel approach to predictably tune th

December 1, 2010
Quantum-Dot-Induced Transparency in a Nanoscale Plasmonic Resonator

Electrodynamic simulations show that a single semiconductor nanocrystal can induce nearly complete transparency in the optical scattering and extinction of a metal nanostructure.

December 1, 2010
The molecular mechanism of stretch activation in insect muscle

Research carried out at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory provides an important step toward a full understanding of the physiologically important phenomenon of insect flight

December 21, 2010
Deciphering uncertainties in the cost of solar energy

Photovoltaic electricity is a rapidly growing renewable energy source and will ultimately assume a major role in global energy production.

January 1, 2011