Kenwood Academy students work in the CSIL computer lab on Brain Awareness Day. Photo by RCC.

The Most Wonderful Organ

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Students from a Chicago public high school come to campus to learn about the brain--and high-performance computing.

Argonne microbial ecologist Jack Gilbert (foreground) and Sparkling Pointe winemaker Gilles Martin take samples of the microbes living on the leaves, flowers, soil and roots of grapevines as part of a study on how microbes affect plant health. Photo courtesy Kristin West (FMC Corporation) and Jack Gilbert.

Researchers Study Grapevine Microbiota

Friday, March 27, 2015

When we drive past sunny fields of grapes, we might think we’re seeing how they’re doing—but much more is going on invisible to the human eye: vines and roots teeming with bacteria, viruses and fungi that all impact how those grapes will grow.

Planetarium show. Courtesy Mark SubbaRao.

Not Just for Starlight Anymore

Monday, March 2, 2015

 A planetarium is a multipurpose, high-resolution visualization facility--and it’s not limited to astronomy.

An image recorded with the birefringence OpenPolScope displaying the retardance (brightness) and slow axis orientation (hue) of a 300 nm thick layer of calcite crystals. Courtesy Rudolf Oldenbourg.

Getting Light to Give Up its Secrets

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Humans don’t often think about the polarization of light, maybe because our eyes aren’t set up to detect it. But ignoring polarization would be a mistake


How Hydrated Excess Protons Make Their Escape

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New computational chemistry research finds that protons can actually create their own “water wire” to leap from water molecule to water molecule.