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Researchers used intense X-rays at the Advanced Photon Source to study how the bombardier beetle sprays hot, caustic chemicals when threatened. Top: The bombardier beetle can aim its noxious spray from two separate rear glands. Bottom: This colored scanning electron microscope image shows the structure of the two glands. To protect the beetle’s insides, the chambers holding the chemicals are lined with a thick layer of protective cuticle, shown in brown. Areas with less cuticle—and more flexibility—are shown in blue. The white arrow identifies the reaction chamber; the purple arrow shows the junction between the reaction chamber and the exit channel; and the yellow arrow points out the exit channel dorsal membrane. (Click to view larger.)
10 cool science and technology stories from Argonne in 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, we’re looking back at some of the coolest stories that came out of research conducted by Argonne scientists and engineers this year.

December 23, 2015
INCREASE members visited Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source to network and learn how to submit competitive proposals for their research. (Click image to enlarge.)
Keys to Access: Argonne-INCREASE partnership opens doors to collaboration

Argonne hosted 34 members of the Interdisciplinary Consortium for Research and Education and Access in Science and Engineering (INCREASE) group for a two day workshop.

October 27, 2015
Seventh-grade students from Sawyer Elementary School in Gage Park on the south side of Chicago toured Argonne National Laboratory and conducted hands-on experiments as part of  the 11th annual Hispanic/Latino Educational Outreach Day. (Click on image to enlarge.)
Hispanic and Latino students get an inside look at science at Argonne

Seventh-graders from Chicago's Sawyer School get up close and personal with science at Argonne's 11th annual Hispanic/Latino Educational Outreach Day.

October 19, 2015
Argonne National Laboratory hosted participants for a the Modeling, Experimentation and Validation Summer School, an annual 10-day program that provides early-career nuclear engineers with advanced studies in modeling, experimentation and validation of nuclear reactor design. (Click image to view larger.)
MeV Summer School prepares next-generation nuclear scientists

The Modeling, Experimentation and Validation, or MeV, Summer School is an annual 10-day program that provides early-career nuclear engineers with advanced studies in modeling, experimentation and validation of nuclear reactor design.

September 15, 2015
Batteries have helped make our on-the-go way of life possible, but what do you know about how they work? Photo by Piotr Zajc/Shutterstock.
Four things you may not know about batteries

Batteries have helped make our on-the-go way of life possible, but what do you know about how they work?

September 4, 2015
Mike Papka, director of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, works with high school students at coding camp. Students learned the Python programming language, among other problem-solving skills related to computer science. (Click image to view larger.)
Argonne programming camp sparks students’ scientific curiosity

Argonne National Laboratory hosted a summer coding camp with 42 students from Chicago-area high schools. Four days of lessons covered an introduction to the Python programming language, emphasized problem-solving skills and showed students what it’s like to be a STEM professional.

August 10, 2015
At “Charging up the Classroom,” students check how much power they have produced after using wind turbines and solar panels to generate electricity. All photos by Mark Lopez/Argonne National Laboratory. (Click image to view larger.)
JCESR introduces high school students to the future of battery science

Early this summer, 80 Chicago-area high school students got a glimpse of the importance of energy storage and how battery science is improving our world both today and tomorrow.

July 30, 2015
Argonne mentors stand beside students from Chicago-area schools. Argonne’s ACT-SO STEM Research and Mentoring Program provides mentors and facilities to help students prepare their research for ACT-SO’s STEM competition. Photo by Justin H.S. Breaux; click to view larger.
Argonne mentors students for the next generation of scientists

On May 6, the accomplishments of seventeen Chicago-area high school students that had been mentored by staff at Argonne National Laboratory were honored for their performance at this year’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) competition, held at the College of DuPage in March.

May 28, 2015
Argonne postdoctoral fellow Shalaka Desai explains her research to Chicago-area high school girls visiting Argonne as part of Science Careers in Search of Women, an annual one-day Science conference to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math. (Click image to view larger).
Conference for young women aims to encourage pursuit of science careers

More than 350 of some of the Chicago region's brightest young women will converge on the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory on April 16 to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

April 13, 2015
Set in Northern Illinois University’s 10,000-seat Convocation Center, STEMfest features dozens of museums, educators, national labs and corporations presenting hundreds of displays, activities and performances, all aimed at educating, entertaining and inspiring the thousands of students and adults in attendance. (Click image to enlarge)
Argonne joins in the fun at Northern Illinois University’s popular STEMfest

Northern Illinois University's fifth annual STEMfest was held on Oct. 18, and Argonne National Laboratory once again joined in the fun.

November 4, 2014