Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Climate instruments mounted aboard the Horizon Spirit container ship have begun gathering data in yearlong study at sea.
Editor’s note: This summer, I spent some time with Argonne National Laboratory scientists and technicians, who were busy equipping mini-laboratories designed to gather and measure the properties of clouds, precipitation, aerosols and radiation – all from the deck of a cargo ship. On the outside, the labs may look similar to the other shipping containers they will accompany on the Los Angeles-to-Honolulu trips. But rather than being filled with automobiles and appliances, the “cargo” in the containers retrofitted by scientists at Argonne includes aerosol spectrometers (of the ultra-high sensitivity type), hygroscopic tandem differential mobility analyzers and numerous other data-gathering instruments. The sensitive instruments will gather …
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Argonne National Laboratory researchers are among the hundreds of scientists and graduates students who have critical roles in the search for the Higgs boson. A new particle that could contain the properties of the Higgs was recently announced.
Researchers from Argonne National Laboratory are closely involved in the ongoing search for an elusive particle that might better explain the world around us. The Argonne physics researchers continue this year with the effort to find the Higgs boson—the particle that could explain why various subatomic particles have mass. At a recent seminar at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, the two Large Hadron Collider experiments announced independent observations of a new particle in the mass region 125-126 GeV that is compatible with the Higgs boson. "The results presented today are the result of over 20 years of effort by several thousands of scientists throughout the world, and Argonne’s contributions to the ATLAS detector made …
Monday, June 4, 2012
Joint initiative expands focus to materials design.
Monday, June 4, 2012
The following was submitted by Argonne National Laboratory: The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and Northwestern University have appointed Pete Beckman, Director, Exascale Technology and Computing Institute at Argonne, and Peter W. Voorhees, Frank C. Engelhart Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern, as co-directors of the Northwestern-Argonne Institute for Science and Engineering. The institute, established last year, brings together top scientists and engineers – Northwestern faculty and students and Argonne researchers – to collaboratively attack key problems in energy, nanoscience and advanced scientific computing. Earlier this week, Argonne Director Eric D. Isaacs announced plans to…
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The awards are granted to exceptional researchers beginning their careers.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The following was submitted by Argonne National Laboratory: Four researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have received 2012 Early Career Research Program awards, granted to exceptional researchers beginning their careers. The four are among 68 selectees announced by the DOE’s Office of Science, and were chosen based on peer review from about 850 nominations submitted last November. The selectees for this year are from 47 different institutions in 25 states. The winners from Argonne are: “Argonne is extremely proud that four of our young researchers have been chosen for this important award,” said Eric D. Isaacs, director, Argonne National Laboratory. “These young scientists and engineers will play …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The winners of the two contests for school kids demonstrated their work Monday at the lab.
Sometimes you can’t just take the easy way out—but the team of high school students who won this year’s Argonne National Laboratory Rube Goldberg machine contest found the more complicated route can also be more fun. The group of Maine South High School freshmen created a machine that through 20 intricate steps accomplished a simple task: popping a balloon. They competed in the 17th annual contest in February at the Chicago Children’s Museum. Argonne hosted the team, along with the winners of the Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl, Monday during a showcase in the lab’s cafeteria. Maine South’s team tried 15 different ways to pop the balloon before they settled on inflating it using negative energy (i.e., sucking the air out of a…
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The national laboratory recently installed an underground geothermal heating and cooling system to control temperatures in its visitors center.
Six hundred feet below the visitor center at Argonne National Laboratory winds a series of U-shaped pipes. A mixture of water and glycol courses through the channels, absorbing the earth’s temperature—a relatively steady 55 degrees—and bringing it to the surface. The network of pipes is part of a new geothermal system that exploits the constantly renewable resource of the earth’s natural temperature to heat the visitor center in winter and cool it in the summer. “It just makes sense,” said engineer and project manager Damian Dockery. “The ground is relatively infinite in size. We’re always going to have that potential energy there. We’re not going to change the temperature of that much mass.” Geothermal temperature control works by …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Scientists from across the lab showcased environmentally conscious technologies that might soon find their way into daily life.
Talk about efficient: In the not-too-distant future, drivers might be able to power up their electric cars on the go just by rolling over charging pads implanted in the asphalt at stoplights. Argonne National Laboratory highlighted this and other sustainable energy research Tuesday at its annual Earth Day celebration that featured displays from more than half a dozen Argonne scientists. The charging pads that Argonne researchers envision would function like large-scale wireless charging mats for devices such as iPhones and BlackBerrys. They could make their way into our roads as soon as three to five years from now, said Purdue University grad student Hina Chaudhry, who’s doing doctoral research at Argonne. Hybrid cars such as the Chevy…
Friday, April 20, 2012
Graduate student Katarina Ruscic shared her wisdom with local high schoolers on how to be an influential scientist—and look fierce while doing it.
When you think of standard scientist gear, your imagination probably veers more toward lab coats than leopard print. Unless you’ve met Katarina Ruscic. With her long brown hair, knee-high boots and crimson lips, Ruscic proudly flouts stereotypes about women in science as she simultaneously pursues an MD and PhD at the University of Chicago. Ruscic spoke to roughly 350 female high school students at Argonne National Laboratory Thursday, offering her wisdom on reaching goals while staying true to yourself. Her talk was part of the lab’s daylong Science Careers in Search of Women Conference that introduces area teens to opportunities for women in research. Ruscic eschews the idea that women need to downplay their femininity to be taken …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
First up, agronomist and environmental engineer Cristina Negri will speak about plants as alternative energy sources.
Even though Argonne National Laboratory is right in our backyard, the goings on inside the 1,500-acre research center often seem mysterious. The general public, however, can get a window into what’s happening at the energy lab through a new lecture series entitled “Argonne OutLoud,” launching Thursday. Though the quarterly lectures will draw from across all Argonne’s research areas, the first talk will focus on plants and sustainability, said lab spokeswoman Eleanor Taylor. Agronomist and environmental engineer Cristina Negri will speak about the multifaceted role plants play in humans’ interactions with the ecosystem: Not only can plants help clean the environment, they can also serve as an energy source. "I like to brag that I have the…
Friday, February 24, 2012
Middle-school girls from around Chicago visited Argonne Thursday for the 11th annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.
The scientist asked the girls, what’s the term for when a solid turns directly into a gas? “You thought, ‘Ohhhh, never thought I’d use that again,’” climate researcher Doug Sisterson said. But the concept, just like so many aspects of math and science, is a part of everyday life. (For the record, the solid-to-gas transformation is called sublimation.) Just as science is intertwined with all aspects of daily life, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to teaching young women that careers in engineering aren’t as vague and unattainable as they might think. Middle school girls from around the Chicago area visited the lab Thursday to learn just how realistic such careers are during the 11th annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. “We …