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November 9, 2012
At Argonne National Laboratory, the power generated by this 10 kW wind turbine helps scientists and engineers study the interaction of wind energy, electric vehicle charging and grid technology. The turbine is also estimated to offset more than 10 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. Learn more about <a href="" target="_blank">renewable energy research at Argonne</a>. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: Argonne's 10 kW Wind Turbine

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October 26, 2012
What do butterflies and solar cell research have in common? Both have been developing tiny crystals that selectively reflect colors. Over millions of years of evolution, butterfly wings have developed the tiny crystal nanostructures that give butterflies their vivid colors. At Argonne National Laboratory, scientists are working to manufacture these crystals, which could one day be used to create "greener" and more efficient paints, fiber optics and solar cells. In this photo, the iridescent scales of an emerald-patched Cattleheart butterfly are magnified 20 times to highlight the crystals that selectively reflect green colors. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: Butterflies, Crystal Nanostructures and Solar Cell Research

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September 28, 2012
Bojan Petrovic, a senior researcher at Georgia Institute of Technology, will lead an IRP team in developing a high-power light water reactor design with inherent safety features. | Photo courtesy of Georgia Institute of Technology
New Nuclear Energy Awards Give Students Hands-On Research Experience

Students and researchers in Georgia, Illinois and Tennessee will conduct nuclear energy research to address the industry’s complex issues thanks to an Energy Department award.

September 20, 2012
The new National Sequestration Education Center (NSEC) is a 15,000 square-foot sustainably designed center that will contain classrooms and training and laboratory facilities. | Photo courtesy of Richland Community College.
CO2 Capture and Storage Project, Education and Training Center Launched in Decatur, Illinois

One of the nation’s largest carbon capture and storage endeavors includes an education center for students and local residents.

August 31, 2012
Before there was Google, or even the Internet, there was the computer -- and the earliest computers were so large that just one could occupy an entire room. AVIDAC was the first digital computer at Argonne National Laboratory, and began operating in 1953. It was built by the Physics Division for $250,000. Pictured here, with AVIDAC, is pioneer Argonne computer scientist Jean F. Hall. AVIDAC stands for "Argonne Version of the Institute's Digital Automatic Computer" and was based on architecture developed by mathematician John von Neumann. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: Living Large -- Argonne's First Computer

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August 3, 2012
First-Hand Recollections of the First Self-Sustaining Chain Reaction

Seventy years later, two of the men present at the first nuclear reaction recall the events of the memorable day.

July 6, 2012
More than 200 Fermilab researchers and staffers crowded into an auditorium at 2 a.m. EDT July 4 and waited for the latest announcement regarding the Higgs boson. 

When CERN Director-General Rolf-Dieter Heuer said the words - "I think we have it" – the Fermilab crowd erupted into applause. 

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory are the host laboratories for the U.S. contingents of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments that found the Higgs boson-like particle. They and researchers from Argonne National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are among the 1,700 scientists, engineers, technicians and graduate students from the United States that helped design, build and operate the LHC accelerator and particle detectors, and analyze the data from the collisions. Read the story: <a href="">The Last Piece of the Puzzle: Celebrating the Higgs Boson</a> | Photo courtesy of Fermilab
Photo of the Week: July 6, 2012

Fermilab researchers celebrate the discovery of the Higgs boson.

June 5, 2012
Secretary Chu joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to announce the city’s participation in the Better Buildings Challenge. | Photo by Brooke Collins.
Chicago Joins Better Buildings Initiative

Secretary Chu joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to announce the city’s participation in the Better Buildings Challenge -- which aims to make America’s commercial and industrial buildings at least 20 percent more efficient by 2020.

June 4, 2012
Lab Breakthrough: Nanomaterials Discoveries Lead to Possible Cancer Treatment

Argonne nanoscientists are capable of building materials atom by atom and controlling their advanced functions to repair biological systems at unprecedentedly small scales.

May 14, 2012
Lab Breakthrough: Fermilab Accelerator Technology

Fermilab scientists developed techniques to retrofit some of the 30,000 particle accelerators in use around the world to make them more efficient and powerful.