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A diagram showing the “spiral” of noncollinear magnetic orientations (in pink) of a nickelate material next to a manganite material (Image by Anand Bhattacharya/Argonne National Laboratory.)
Scientists discover magnetic “persuasion” in neighboring metals

Certain materials can be swayed by their neighbors to become magnetic, according to a new Argonne study.

March 1, 2017
Signals from this showerhead can cut water consumption by 10 percent. (Image by
New report highlights technologies that help consumers reduce water consumption

What technology features can researchers take from other industries to change consumers’ water habits? A new Argonne report explores the options.

December 21, 2016
Brenda Teaster (center) accepted the Governor’s Sustainability Award on behalf of Argonne. Presenting the award were (left) Mark R. Ryan, executive director of the Prairie Research Institute, and (right) Kevin O’Brien, director of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.
Argonne wins 2016 IL Governors’ Sustainability Award

For the third consecutive year, Argonne has won a prestigious Governor’s Sustainability Award from the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.

December 8, 2016
Argonne nuclear engineer Bob Hill was honored this week as a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Hill named a fellow of the American Nuclear Society

Bob Hill, technical director of advanced nuclear energy research and development at the U.S.

November 17, 2016
It takes increasingly powerful computing resources to perform more and more complex simulations of nuclear reactor fuel assemblies. This image shows the coolant-flow pressure distribution in a 217-pin wire-wrapped subassembly. (Image by Paul Fischer)
Exascale Computing Project announces $48 million to establish four exascale co-design centers

DOE’s Exascale Computing Project is announcing it has selected four co-design centers as part of a 4-year $48 million funding award, including one to be led by Argonne.

November 11, 2016
Gary Wiederrecht, group leader and senior nanoscientist at Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials, has received fellowship within the American Physical Society. (Argonne National Laboratory)
Argonne nanoscientist honored as fellow of the American Physical Society

Gary Wiederrecht, a senior nanoscientist at Argonne National Laboratory, has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society.

November 4, 2016
Maria Curry-Nkansah, chief operations officer of Argonne’s Physical Sciences and Engineering directorate (Image by Wes Agresta/Argonne National Laboratory.)
Argonne’s Curry-Nkansah wins Egretha Award

The Egretha Foundation, which was formed 10 years ago to celebrate the successes of African-American women in the Chicago area, will honor Maria Curry-Nkansah, chief operations officer of the Physical Sciences and Engineering directorate at Argonne National Laboratory, with their annual award on October 21.

October 17, 2016
Elia Merzari, a nuclear engineer at Argonne, received the George Westinghouse silver medal for his leadership and contributions to the power field.
Argonne engineer receives prestigious medal

Argonne nuclear engineer Elia Merzari has been awarded the George Westinghouse Silver Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

August 18, 2016
Argonne Distinguished Fellow Linda Young was awarded the Helmholtz International Fellow Award for her leading work in the field of X-ray science.
Young awarded Helmholtz International Fellow leading up to start of powerful new X-ray laser

Linda Young, Argonne Distinguished Fellow and a leader in the field of X-ray science, has received the Helmholtz International Fellow Award from the Helmholtz Association, the largest scientific organization in Germany.

August 9, 2016
Dynamic Compression Sector (DCS) engineers prepare a two-stage launcher for an experiment. The DCS was dedicated at a ceremony today at Argonne National Laboratory’s Advance Photon Source. Argonne partnered with the National Nuclear Security Administration and Washington State University to develop DCS. Photo courtesy Washington State University. Click to view larger.
Extreme behavior: New national security facility will open its doors to study materials at extreme conditions

Washington State University and Argonne National Laboratory will host a dedication ceremony for a first-of-a-kind (worldwide) research facility that has been built to unravel the mysteries of material behavior at extreme conditions and short time scales.

August 4, 2016