Science Highlights

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Magnetic modes in Sr2IrO4 hint at exotic superconductivity

Researchers from Argonne’s Materials Science Division and the Advanced Photon Source used resonant inelastic x-ray scattering to reveal novel magnetic excitations in single crystals of the 5d transition metal oxide Sr2IrO4.

August 27, 2012
New computational method aims to lower risk factors in stem cell transplantation

Researchers have developed a new structure-based methodology to model peptide-HLA binding interactions.

August 20, 2012
Argonne licenses SAS4A/SASSYS-1 advanced reactor safety analysis code to TerraPower

UChicago Argonne, LLC and TerraPower have reached a license agreement for the SAS4A/SASSYS-1 safety analysis code system.

August 13, 2012
Plants’ rapid response system revealed

A collaboration among scientists working at the Advanced Photon Source and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility has revealed the workings of a switch that activates plant hormones, tags them for storage or marks them for destruction.

August 6, 2012
Shedding light on Nature’s nanoscale control of solar energy

A team of users from the Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory and Argonne have carried out experiments that shed new light on how photosynthesis occurs.

July 30, 2012
Argonne provides technical support for conversion of Russian research reactors

On July 19, the United Press International reported the Russian government’s announcement that at least one Russian nuclear research reactor will be converted to use low-enriched uranium (LEU) by 2

July 23, 2012
Recently honored with a federal award for energy and water savings, Argonne is lowering its campus energy footprint in creative ways. These hybrid solar- and wind-powered streetlights, which are completely off the power grid, adorn Argonne sidewalks. A small solar panel and wind turbine powers the LED light atop the fixture. The light can store energy in batteries for up to three days without sun or wind.
New energy efficient lights save tax dollars

With the installation of new energy efficient lights, Argonne is estimated to save nearly $160,000 in taxpayer funds and more than 2,420,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually.

July 20, 2012
Nuclear engineer Dave Pointer.
Pointer receives Landis Young Member Engineering Achievement Award

Argonne nuclear engineer Dave Pointer is the recipient of the 2012 Landis Young Member Engineering Achievement Award from the American Nuclear Society (ANS).

June 20, 2012
Driving membrane curvature

In biological systems, membranes are as important as water. They form the barrier between the inner world, within our cells, where we perform the chemical reactions of life, and the outside environment.

June 14, 2012
As the US' huge natural gas reserves have sparked an interest in natural gas-powered vehicles, the lab is hoping to use its state-of-the-art automotive research facilities to lead the way in natural-gas vehicle testing as well.

Image courtesy of Mercedes Benz
DOE lab that pioneered electric vehicles sets sights on natural gas cars, trucks

Platts Inside Energy—The Energy Department national laboratory that brought cutting-edge battery technology to the Chevrolet Volt and other hybrid-electric vehicles now hopes to be the vanguard of another automotive power source that many say is poised to grab a big share of the transportation-fuel market: natural gas.

June 5, 2012