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March 19, 2013
Levitation as a Tool in Argonne Lab

It’s not a magic trick and it’s not sleight of hand, scientists really are using levitation to improve the drug development process.

March 18, 2013
Hoffman Estates High School Team #1. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.
Hoffman Estates wins Argonne's Rube Goldberg Contest

In this year's annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, teams competed to build a complex machine that takes at least 20 steps to hammer a nail.

March 18, 2013
Last week, Argonne National Laboratory hosted the 18th annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, which gathered nine high school teams in a competition to build a series of simples tasks, combining the principles of physics and engineering. By using common objects like marbles and bicycle parts, the students were assigned to build a machine that takes at least 20 steps to hammer a nail. In this photo, members of a Hoffman Estates High School team works on assembling a Toyland-themed Rube Goldberg machine. Check out more <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/argonne/sets/72157633023662385/with/8568153243/" target="_blank">photos of the competition's complex and colorful Rube Goldberg machines</a>. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: More than One Way to Hammer a Nail

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March 18, 2013
President Barack Obama delivers remarks on clean energy at Argonne National Laboratory’s Nanoscale Materials Center in Lemont, Ill., March 15, 2013. | Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy
President Obama Visits the Argonne National Research Lab to Talk About American Energy Security

Research and development, at national labs like Argonne, could be threatened by the Sequester.

March 4, 2013
This Friday, March 8, marks International Women's Day, and the recognition of women's achievements all over the world. At the Energy Department and each of the National Laboratories, some of the nation's top women scientists and engineers attend events to urge girls to open their minds to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In this Febraury 2012 photo, a group of eighth grade girls were invited to Argonne National Laboratory to participate in events during the annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. Division director Amanda Petford-Long and other Argonne mentors are pictured observing a trial run of race cars built by the eighth grade students. | Photo courtesy of George Joch/Argonne National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: Women in STEM Introducing Girls to Engineering

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February 25, 2013
Participants of the 2013 Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day gather at Argonne National Laboratory with Director Dot Harris.
Introducing a Girl to Engineering - A Day at Argonne National Lab

Did you know that while women comprise 48 percent of the U.S. workforce, they hold only 24 percent of STEM jobs? STEM, or science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, is critical for the mission of the Energy Department in securing our clean energy future - and it's critical for the country.

February 14, 2013
Marius Stan, computational energy scientist from Argonne National Lab, submits his verification photo as part of an informal question and answer session with Internet users on the Ask Me Anything section of the social website Reddit.
Reddit AMA: Marius Stan, energy researcher and Breaking Bad actor

You know the carwash owner from Breaking Bad with the awesome eyebrows? Yeah. That's him.

January 18, 2013
This artistic rendition of "spin vortices" illustrates tiny magnetic vortices that spin according to the polarization of each disk's vortex core. At Argonne National Laboratory, scientists are using alternating magnetic fields to control the behavior of these spin vortices, which are small dots made of iron and nickel. The experiments will help to create new, more efficient magnetic devices -- like the random access memory (RAM) in the device you are using to look at this very photo. <a href="http://www.anl.gov/articles/chaotic-spin-vortices-could-lead-new-computer-memories" target="_blank">Learn more about spin vortices</a>. | Photo courtesy of Sander Munster, Dresden University of Technology.
Photo of the Week: Controlling Chaos with Magnetic Fields

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November 30, 2012
Argonne scientists Ira Bloom (front) and Javier Bareño prepare a sample of battery materials for Raman spectroscopy, which is used to gather information regarding the nature of the materials present in the sample. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.
Building a Better Battery for Vehicles and the Grid

The new Batteries and Energy Storage Hub is a coordinated effort designed to push the limits on battery advances.

November 20, 2012
Schlumberger technicians and rig crew lowering monitoring instrumentation into a well. | Photo credit to the Illinois State Geological Survey.
An Important Step Forward for CCUS

A milestone has been hit in the Decatur, Illinois, carbon sequestration project.