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2011 Press Coverage

Chicago Tribune: Argonne National Laboratory: Lithium-air batteries

December 25, 2011 -- Earlier this year, General Motors Co. and South Korea's LG Chem Ltd. announced they were licensing a new battery technology for the next-generation Chevy Volt. Called the nickel manganese cobalt system, or NMC, it was invented in Chicago's southwest suburbs by four scientists at Argonne National Laboratory. Read the story.

Bridges: Introducing mechanical engineer Thomas Wallner - Researching the future of transportation

December 16, 2011 -- Thomas Wallner, a mechanical engineer by training and a principal investigator at Argonne's Center for Transportation Research, has been "in hydrogen for the last 12 years," as he puts it. Wallner is doing research in the area of alternative fuels, with a special focus on hydrogen internal combustion engines (H2ICE), a technology that should eventually pave the way for fuel cell cars. Read the story.

Reuters: Argonne National Lab Director Named 2013 SAE International President Nominee

December 15, 2011 -- SAE International's Executive Nominating Committee (ENC) named Donald G. Hillebrand as its candidate for 2013 SAE International President. Hillebrand is Director of the Center for Transportation Research at Argonne National Laboratory. Read the story.

UChicagoNews: Small reactors could figure into U.S. energy future

December 13, 2011 -- A newly released study from the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) concludes that small modular reactors may hold the key to the future of U.S. nuclear power generation. “Clearly, a robust commercial SMR industry is highly advantageous to many sectors in the United States,” concluded the study, led by Robert Rosner, institute director and the William Wrather Distinguished Service Professor in Astronomy & Astrophysics. Read the story.

Voice of America: NHTSA Opens Probe into Chevrolet Volt Fire

December 6, 2011 -- Federal safety officials are looking into battery-related fires in General Motors' new electric-powered Chevrolet Volt automobile. The fires occurred after the officials crash-tested the vehicle. Read the story.

The Guardian: A nuclear solution that ticks all our boxes

December 5, 2011 -- It's a devastating admission to have to make, especially during the climate talks in Durban. But there would be no point in writing this column if I were not prepared to confront harsh truths. This year, the environmental movement to which I belong has done more harm to the planet's living systems than climate change deniers have ever achieved. Read the story.

WBEZ: Top hair-raising research moments

December 5, 2011 -- Forrest Jehlik researches engine technology at Argonne National Laboratory, but much of his work takes place at speedways across the Midwest and South. Read about Forrest's hair-raising moment.

Medill Reports: Illinois electricity IQ charges ahead. Next stop - smart grid

November 30, 2011 -- Now, a high-voltage version of the global movement to update the electric grid is lighting up in Illinois. Read the story.

NewsGnomes: Exploring the World of Extreme Science

November 29, 2011 -- Whether they’re running from bears in Kamchatka, building a lab deep underground, making fuel-efficient race cars, or monitoring climate change at far-flung locales, scientists from the University of Chicago, Argonne and Fermilab often engage in extreme research. Forrest Jehlik is featured. Read the story.

Translogic: SEMA 2011

November 28, 2011 -- From heavy-duty hybrid conversions, to test driving robots, to a vehicle that utilizes gesture controls instead of a traditional radio dial, it's safe to say that there's more to SEMA than first meets the eye. Read the story.

Daily Herald: Naperville gasifier to be unvieled Monday

November 18, 2011 -- One man’s yard waste is about to become another man’s flex fuel in Naperville. City officials will be joined by representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy, Packer Engineering and Argonne National Laboratory as they unveil the city’s new Green Fuels Depot at 2 p.m. Monday. Read the story.

CNet: Same-size lithium ion battery, 10 times the storage

November 17, 2011 -- Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory this week published advances on research that takes on lithium ion batteries' weak spot: the electrodes that hold electric charge. Both efforts reflect the quest among researchers to improve batteries by improving the anode and cathode material used in today's lithium ion batteries. Read the story.

Scientific American: Can U.S. Cars Meet the New 54 mpg CAFE Standards? Yes They Can

November 16, 2011 -- A new car in 2025 will go twice as far on a gallon of gasoline than a 2012 model does now, if automakers comply with new federal standards released today. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced aggressive new rules to raise the fuel efficiency of cars, SUVs and pickup trucks. Read the story.

The Washington Monthly: Assault on Battery (by Argonne Director Eric Isaacs)

November 15, 2011 -- Just five years ago, the documentary film Who Killed the Electric Car? claimed to prove conclusively that American electric vehicle technology had been effectively buried by an unholy cartel of car makers, government bureaucrats, oil companies, and SUV-loving consumers. Read the story.

CNN: Controversy over voting rules and security

November 10, 2011 -- About a year from now, Americans will cast votes for the candidates of their choice. Or at least they will think that’s what they’ve done, having little awareness of concerns about the security of electronic voting machines, a “national security issue” in the view of scientists who easily hacked a widely-used device. Read the story.

WBEZ: Clever Apes Podcast #21 - Secret lives of nuclear scientists

November 8, 2011 -- In pop culture, we tend to pigeonhole scientists into a few stereotypes: out-of-touch nerds (Jerry Lewis’ Nutty Professor), bumbling head-in-the-clouds types (Doc Brown) or obsessed madmen (Dr. Frankenstein/Moreau/Jekyll/Strangelove). In truth, research shows that the picture is a bit more nuanced, but scientists still have to work uphill to convince people they are three-dimensional people. Argonne's Marius Stan and Dan Pancake are featured. Listen to the podcast.

Naperville Sun: Waste? Not

October 29, 2011 -- Ever wonder what becomes of all the branches, twigs, leaves and other yard debris you set out at the curb, after the trucks come and haul it all away? They have a new calling, as part of a locally grown energy source — literally. Read the story.

Power Transmission Engineering: Next Generation Lubricants Developed at Argonne

October 21, 2011 -- It's not rocket science, but what they do at Argonne National Labs (ANL) is every bit as complex and noteworthy as the work done at NASA. Read the story.

PR Newswire: Hydro-Quebec and Technifin form partnership to license lithium titanate spinel oxide (LTO)

October 20, 2011 -- Hydro-Quebec (Canada) and Technifin (South Africa) are pleased to announce that they have entered into an intellectual property collaboration agreement relating to the licensing of their respective intellectual property (IP) in lithium titanate spinel oxide (LTO) technologies, notably for lithium-ion battery applications. Read the story.

New America: What Will Turn Us On in 2030?

October 20, 2011 -- Billions of dollars each year are poured into the development of solar, nuclear, biological, and other energies to substitute for fossil fuels. But so far, issues of cost, efficiency, and scalability call into question the arrival of the next era of energy. Can any alternative sources become viably competitive with fossil fuels? What can we -- as individuals, businesses, and governments -- do to accelerate the rise of clean energy? Jeff Chamberlain is speaking. Read the story.

WBEZ: Changing Gears: Will advanced batteries charge up the Midwest economy?

October 19, 2011 -- Three years ago, the advanced battery industry in the United States existed only in the imagination. Plenty of people believed electric cars would be the next big thing - and they believed they would be powered by lithium ion batteries – the same kind of batteries that are in cell phones and laptops. But in 2008, almost all of the lithium ion batteries in the world were made in Asia. Read the story. How the Electric Car Came to Life

October 17, 2011 -- Years of conducting advanced research in both the private and public sectors have crystallized the complementary nature of their work for Jeff Chamberlain, who currently heads up battery research and development for Argonne National Lab. Read the story.

VOA News: US Lab Says Electronic Voting Machines Easy to Hack

October 17, 2011 -- As the primary election season gains momentum in the United States in early 2012, voters will head to the polls to cast votes for their preferred candidates.  About 30 percent of Americans will use electronic voting machines, all the way through the general election next November. Read the story.

AOL Energy: Argonne Seeks To Boost Battery R&D With Multiple Partnerships

October 5, 2011 -- Batteries are the basis of almost all futuristic energy visions: they will be used to power cars and store energy from intermittent renewables. Read the story.

WTTW Chicago Tonight: Electric cars

October 4, 2011 -- Chicago Tonight takes a look -- and goes for a ride -- in what could be the future of transportation: hybrid electric and completely electric cars. The segment features interviews with Argonne researchers. Watch the video.

Yahoo! News: Researchers hack e-voting machine, similar to 2012 Election Day machines

September 29, 2011 -- Voting machines that could be used by up to a quarter of the US electorate on Election Day next year can be hacked, says a group of computer science and security experts at the Vulnerability Assessment Team at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. In fact, they’re not only saying it. They’ve done it. Read the story.

CNET News: E-voting machines vulnerable to remote vote changing

September 28, 2011 -- U.S. government researchers are warning that someone could sneak an inexpensive piece of electronics into e-voting machines like those to be used in the next national election and then remotely change votes after they have been cast. Read the story. It only takes $26 to hack a voting machine

September 28, 2011 -- Campaigning for the 2012 presidential race has already begun, but what the candidates don't know is that come election day, hackers could be the ones whose votes have the biggest impact. Read the story.

Computerworld: Argonne researchers 'hack' Diebold e-voting system

September 28, 2011 -- Researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory this week showed how an electronic voting machine model that's expected to be widely used to tally votes in the 2012 elections can be easily hacked using inexpensive, widely-available electronic components. Read the story.

Salon: Diebold voting machines can be hacked by remote control

September 27, 2011 -- It could be one of the most disturbing e-voting machine hacks to date. Voting machines used by as many as a quarter of American voters heading to the polls in 2012 can be hacked with just $10.50 in parts and an 8th grade science education, according to computer science and security experts at the Vulnerability Assessment Team at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. Read the story. Maximizing Potential of Diesel and Gasoline for a Cleaner, More Efficient Engine

September 27, 2011 -- A scientist pumping unleaded gasoline into his diesel engine may sound like a typical example of absentmindedness. But in the case of engineers at the Energy Department’s Argonne National Laboratory, this unconventional idea has some serious potential. Read the story.

Chemistry World: Electric vehicles set to charge ahead

September 26, 2011 -- Concerns over rising oil prices and security of supply are driving a sea change in the motoring industry with battery powered electric vehicles gradually appearing on our roads. But many technological challenges remain before the majority of vehicles on the road will be battery powered. Read the story.

Chicago Innovation Awards: Autonomie is a Finalist

September 20, 2011 -- Autonomie of Argonne National Laboratory has been selected as one of the 75 nominees for the 2011 Chicago Innovation Awards. The ten winners will be announced Tuesday, November 8th and celebrated at an event at Chicago’s Harris Theater that evening. Read the press release.

Ferret: Argonne-developed nano lubricants to be used in GreaseMax lubricators

September 19, 2011 -- A new range of nano lubricants developed by the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory incorporates an exceptionally low coefficient of friction. Read the story.

Futurity: Semiconductors sniff out nuclear weapons

September 14, 2011 -- New materials that can detect hard radiation could lead to a handheld device for spotting nuclear weapons and materials, like those that could be used in a "nuclear bomb in a suitcase." Read the story.

Motor Trend: Volting Across America, includes stop at Argonne

August 29, 2011 -- "Better do it," I murmured to myself. I was standing in line behind two young girls, maybe 15 years old, at a 7-Eleven near my house. Motor Trend's long-term Chevy Volt needed somebody to retrieve it from the wintery clutches of our Detroit editors, and I'd been fantasizing about taking my daughter, Catherine, on the journey. Read the story.

WTTW: Fuel Efficiency Standards

August 16, 2011 -- Don Hillebrand, Director for Transportation Research at Argonne National Laboratory, joins WTTW on Chicago Tonight to discuss the new fuel efficiency standards President Barack Obama has announced over the past two weeks. Watch the video.

Chemical & Engineering News: Making Films One Layer At A Time

August 1, 2011 -- Talk to thin-film experts about a coating technology known as atomic layer deposition (ALD) and several of them are sure to say excitedly, "It's all about the chemistry." Read the story.

WTTW Nightly Business Report: New Fuel Efficiency Standards

July 29, 2011 -- President Obama announced an historic agreement on new fuel efficiency standards that will double overall fuel economy to 54.5 miles per gallon by the year 2025. Argonne researchers are interviewed. Read the story.

The Future of Things: New Techniques for Solar Cells

July 21, 2011 -- Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory have developed an extension to atomic layer deposition techniques which could lead to improvements in solar cells and photonic crystals as well as in many other fields dependent on advances in materials and material construction techniques. Read the story.

DOE EnergyBlog: 10 Questions for Michael Wang

July 21, 2011 -- At Argonne National Laboratory's Center for Transportation Research (CTR), Dr. Wang's work spans a wide range -- from transportation fuels to advanced vehicles technologies. His team also developed GREET (Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions and Energy use in Transportation), a computer model for analyzing energy and the environmental effects of these technologies and fuels. Read the story.

AgWired: Argonne Studying Biofuels Production

July 16, 2011 -- During the CTIC Indian Creek Watershed Project field tour we heard a presentation from Cristina Negri, an agronomist with the Argonne National Laboratory. Cristina told us about a project they are working on in the watershed to see what types of agricultural production will work best for biofuels. Read the story.

Renewable Energy World: Hedging Against Wind Variability: A Risky Business?

July 15, 2011 -- Securing financing in the wind power industry has always been tied to the viability of wind resource at a given location. Developers collect data on site and over varying lengths of time. If the numbers look good, a project moves ahead to find the financing. Read the story. Bill to introduce energy efficient trucks

June 29, 2011 -- Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) introduced legislation that would provide tax credits for purchasers of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks. Read the story.

Scientific American: Fukushima Absorbed: How plutonium poisons the body

June 26, 2011 -- Plutonium has a half-life of about 24,000 years. And scientists have known for decades that even in small doses, it is highly toxic, leading to radiation illness, cancer and often to death. Read the story.

Wired Autopia: Five ethanol myths, busted

June 23, 2011 -- Argonne's Forrest Jehlik dispels some common myths related to ethanol. Read the story.

USA Today: Virginia Tech's 82 mpg car wins GM/U.S.EcoCAR challenge

June 19, 2011 -- How feasible is it to engineer a car that gets the equivalent of nearly 82 miles per gallon? Quite, for a team of students from Virginia Tech University who won first place in a U.S. car contest. Read the story.

DOE EnergyBlog: Thomas Wallner--10 Questions for an Automotive Engineer

June 17, 2011 -- Meet Thomas Wallner -- automotive engineer extraordinaire, who hails from Argonne National Laboratory’s Center for Transportation Research. He took some time to answer our 10 Qs and share his insight on advanced engine technologies from dual-fuel to biofuels. Check out more below and also learn about "LEGO for engineers." Read the story.

Biodiesel Magazine: Diesel-gasoline hybrid engine in the works at Chrysler

June 15, 2011 -- The Chrysler minivan's engine may look, or at least act, a lot different by 2013. Argonne National Laboratory is trying to combine the positive elements of the gasoline engine and the diesel engine for use in such vehicles as Chrysler's popular Town and Country minivan. Steve Ciatti, a mechanical engineer at Argonne, is leading a team that is attempting to construct and test a hybrid engine that will employ the properties of the diesel engine. Read the story.

Automotive News: Electrifying 100--Don Hillebrand

June 13, 2011 -- Chosen because: A 20-year career as an engineer with Chrysler led to a key position in the government's PNGV program before Hillebrand jumped to lead Argonne's vehicle systems and hybrid vehicle development programs. Read the story.

EV-Motoring: Improving Fuel Economy -- Illinois Tollway and Argonne National Laboratory Launch Fleet Vehicle Study

June 13, 2011 -- The Illinois Tollway and Argonne National Laboratory today announced a new fleet research study aimed at identifying fuel cost savings and efficiencies that will make the Tollway more sustainable and have a regional application for other municipal fleet operations. Read the story.

Reuters: Insurance-like Product Protects Power Developers from Windless Days

June 12, 2011 -- When wind power developers began knocking on the door of New York-based Galileo Weather Risk Management Advisors, the firm spotted a chance to help the industry sidestep its biggest hurdle to financial success: windless days. Argonne's Audun Botterud is quoted. Read the story.

Wall Street Journal: GM Scouts for Talent at EcoCAR Competition

June 10, 2011 -- General Motors Co. is nearing the end of a three-year interview process with about 200 of the best engineering students in the U.S. and Canada, with 39 committed to work for the auto giant this year, and more in the pipeline. Nobody would call it that, but that's what the EcoCAR Challenge is. Read the story.

Reuters: After Japan, where's the next nuclear weak link?

June 9, 2011 -- Imagine a country where corruption is rampant, infrastructure is very poor, or the quality of security is in question. Now what if that country built a nuclear power plant? Jordi Roglans-Ribas is quoted. Read the story.

CNN: U.S. can break addiction to imported oil -- by Eric Isaacs

June 6, 2011 -- Nobody likes soaring gas prices -- not motorists, not consumers, not business owners, not elected officials. Now, even a Saudi prince, whose family's massive wealth is built on oil, is complaining about the high price of gasoline. Read the story.

Forbes: Chemical giant gambles on Li-ion batteries

May 31, 2011 -- BASF, the German chemicals conglomerate, said last week that it would pursue a stronger position in the lithium-ion battery space by commercializing higher-quality electrolyte formulas. Read the story.

Crain's: Chicago's clean-energy innovators and investors aim to catch up with the coasts

May 30, 2011 -- The catalyst behind Chicago's growing clean-energy movement was not a breakthrough discovery by a local scientist or a hot local company with a market-transforming technology. It was a new car. Read the story.

Physics & Physicists: Argonne Transportation Research on Jeopardy!

May 23, 2011 -- Argonne transportation research forms the basis of a category of questions on a recent episode of the show, Jeopardy! Watch the video.

Nature News: Destination within range

May 20, 2011 -- Switch on the air conditioning in a modern electric vehicle and, as the battery level plummets, you will get a good idea of what 'range anxiety' is about. But an analysis of actual distances travelled by motorists suggests that people needn't be so worried. Read the story.

PCWorld: Six Biggest Rising Threats from Cybercriminals

May 19, 2011 -- Watch out for these cyberattacks that can turn smartphones into texting botnets, shut off electricity, jam GPS signals and more. Argonne's Roger Johnston is interviewed. Read the story.

ANS Press Release: American Nuclear Society Names Interim Executive Director

May 13, 2011 -- Roger Tilbrook, long time American Nuclear Society member will serve as Interim Executive Director, starting May 23, 2011, ANS President Joe F. Colvin announced. Read the story.

Medill Reports: Surprising Sources of Radiation

May 12, 2011 -- People who left the area surrounding the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan because of fear of radiation exposure could be in for a shock. According to nuclear experts, those people were most likely exposed to more radiation on their departing flight than they would have been if they stayed in Japan. Read the story.

Bloomberg Businessweek: Japan Reactor Core Damage Worse Than Feared, Delaying Cleanup

May 12, 2011 -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. said one of the reactor cores at its stricken Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant is more seriously damaged than previously thought, setting back the utility's plan to resolve the crisis. Read the story.

Daily Herald: Illinois tollway, Argonne team up on fuel solutions

May 11, 2011 -- They can chase down bad guys and frighten speeding motorists into slowing down to a crawl on sight. But how fuel efficient are the squad cars Illinois State Police troopers use? Read the story.

WBEZ 91.5: Argonne, Purdue consider BP pollution tech

May 10, 2011 -- Chicago-area scientists are laying out new technologies that they hope will keep additional pollution from a BP refinery out of Lake Michigan. The move comes while BP is undergoing a $4 billion expansion at its refinery in Whiting, Indiana. Read the story.

Reuters: Next-Generation Nuclear Energy Reactors - A Primer

May 9, 2011 -- The next generation of nuclear power reactors promises to be safer, more fuel efficient and less water intensive - but the world must wait at least 20 years to see them in action. Read the story.

ANS Nuclear Cafe: Tattooed Pioneers of the Nuclear Renaissance

May 9, 2011 -- Throughout history, men and women of vision have expressed their dreams for a better future in the strongest and most personal way--through indelible works of art permanently etched to their very skin. Two such men of vision in modern times are Dave Pointer, principal nuclear engineer at Argonne National Laboratory, and Art Wharton, senior project risk engineer at Westinghouse Electric Company. The two nuclear tattooed engineers shared their stories behind the atomic body art. Read the story. Geek-Up - Engines, Quasars and Maps

May 6, 2011 -- Beyond inventing the gasoline engine and diesel engine, Nikolaus Otto and Rudolf Diesel left us with a challenge. The fact is while a typical gas engine is only about 20 percent efficient (compared to diesel engines that can reach 40 percent efficiency), gasoline engines are cleaner than diesel ones. Read the story.

Forbes: The Other Hybrid Engine

May 5, 2011 -- The U.S. Department of Energy has established the dynamometer lab at Argonne National Laboratory in northern Illinois to develop an engine that cleans up diesel's dirty exhaust without compromising the higher efficiency and better gas mileage of diesel compared to gasoline engines. Read the story.

CBS Chicago: Illinois State Police Looking To Save At The Pumps

May 3, 2011 -- An Argonne research team that includes a former Ford engine designer will use a State Police Crown Victoria Police Interceptor -- a car that is beloved by troopers but has notoriously poor fuel economy -- as a test bed for the next year. Read the story.

Crain's Chicago: Tollway, Argonne team up to study fuel conservation

May 3, 2011 -- Argonne National Laboratory is working with the Illinois Tollway to study ways to reduce the amount of fuel used by Illinois State Police squad cars and other tollway vehicles. Read the story.

PhysOrg: Building a better battery

April 26, 2011 -- “What we are trying to do is put different pieces of a puzzle together,” said Argonne National Laboratory scientist Daniel P. Abraham. The puzzle is a lithium-rich compound material that holds key insights into the development of more powerful and robust batteries for electric cars. Read the story.

Forbes: Safer Nuclear Reactors Impeded By Marketplace, Expert Says

April 22, 2011 -- Safer nuclear reactors have been available for years, but the energy market prefers less expensive conventional designs, a nuclear energy expert from Argonne National Laboratory said Thursday. Read the story.

Lemont Patch: Gov. Quinn: Energy Efficiency, Independence the ‘Challenge of Our Lifetime’

April 21, 2011 -- Gov. Pat Quinn emphasized the importance of alternative fuel research in securing Illinois’ position as a leader in industry during a stop at Argonne National Laboratory Wednesday. Read the story.

Bioenergy Connection: Modeling Biofuel Impacts - the meaning of life (cycle) analysis

April 14, 2011 -- A conversation with Argonne's Michael Wang about GREET. When it comes to assessing fuel efficiency and environmental impacts, the old days are gone. Once we were satisfied with vehicle MPGs and tailpipe emissions ratings, but no longer. Read the story.

McClatchy: Is the moment for electric cars finally driving up

April 4, 2011 -- When oil hit a record price of $147 a barrel in July 2008, it was a game-changing moment that sparked a serious push to create electric cars and hybrid electric engines that could help wean Americans off oil. Read the story.

New York Times: As Radiation Spreads, Japan Faces Cleanup Choices

March 31, 2011 -- As it struggles with the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, the Japanese government now faces another problem spawned by the disaster: whether and how to clean up areas that have been heavily contaminated by radioactivity. Read the story.

PBS Nightly Business Report: EV's Impact on the Power Grid

March 30, 2011 -- The president wants to see a million electric vehicles cruising our highways within the next five years. Those plug-ins could help reduce our reliance on crude oil, but they could also stress the nation`s power grid. Austin, Texas is one of the first U.S. cities to get electric cars, but as PBS reports, Austin is making sure it can keep the lights on while still charging its cars. Watch the report.

New York Times: Building Better Batteries for Electric Cars

March 30, 2011 -- To reduce our vast appetite for oil, the government and auto industry are working together to encourage car buyers to think electric when they go car shopping. Read the story.

CBS Chicago: Radiation From Japan Found In Chicago Area

March 30, 2011 -- Low levels of radiation from Japan have been detected in the Chicago area, in Will and DuPage counties. At the Argonne National Laboratory in Darien, recent air samples revealed trace amounts of radioiodine-131, a radioactive isotope associated with the damaged nuclear plants in Japan. Read the story.

OpEdNews: Head of Vulnerability Assessment Team Disses Election Security

March 29, 2011 -- Argonne's Roger Johnston discusses the work of the laboratory's Vulnerability Assessment Team. Read the story.

NBC Chicago: Argonne featured in a report on nuclear research in Illinois

March 28, 2011 -- Chicago NBC TV affiliate Channel 5 reports on a hearing by Illinois' two U.S. Senators into the state of nuclear energy in Illinois, and looks at research at Argonne National Laboratory to recycle nuclear fuel. Watch the video.

Ethanol Producer Magazine: Argonne, Nalco ink technology license agreement

March 25, 2011 -- The U.S. DOE's Argonne National Laboratory and industrial processing firm Nalco Co. struck a licensing agreement for a novel electrodeionization technology that can be integrated into biorefineries to convert biomass into fuels and chemicals. Read the story.

ScienceInsider: What's the Current Radiation Threat to Japan's Food and Water?

March 23, 2011 -- Health concerns have been rising in Japan after the government found unacceptable radiation levels in milk and vegetables from several regions and in drinking water in Tokyo. The radiation comes from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. But how worrisome are the radiation levels? Read the story.

Discover: Made in China: Our Toxic, Imported Air Pollution

March 18, 2011 -- "One of the first scientists with feet on the ground in China was David Streets ... In the 1980s he was at the forefront of the study of acid rain, and in the 1990s he turned his attention to carbon dioxide and global warming as part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Streets began focusing on emissions from China about 15 years ago and has since become such a noted expert that he helped the Chinese government clean up the smoke-clogged skies over Beijing before the Olympics in 2008." Read the story.

Chicago Tonight: Japan's Nuclear Incident

March 17, 2011 -- Watch Argonne researcher Hussein Khalil as he speaks on Japan's nuclear incident. Watch now.

UChicago Magazine: Argonne and Battery Power

March 17, 2011 -- In January, Argonne National Laboratory announced two agreements that signaled a step forward for the United States in the global advanced-battery race: the lab licensed its battery technology to General Motors Co. and LG Chem. The moves were also a victory for Argonne, which is owned by the US Department of Energy and managed by the University of Chicago. Read the story.

CBS Chicago: Argonne Expert Says Japan Nuclear Exposure Unlikely In United States

March 15, 2011 -- Mitch Farmer, nuclear engineer at Argonne National Laboratory, says even though there is a potential for more radioactive release in Japan – the United States is not at risk. Read the story.

LiveScience: Q&A - Argonne Nuclear Power Expert Explains Japan's Crisis

March 14, 2011 -- To clarify exactly what happened at the Fukushima nuclear power plants in Japan following a massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake on Friday (March 11), LiveScience consulted Temipote Taiwo, a nuclear engineer and head nuclear systems analyst at Argonne National Laboratory. Read the story.

SciAm: How national security depends on better lithium batteries

March 2, 2011 -- Reinventing the battery is the only way available today to both reduce oil consumption and bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S., says Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. Read the story.

CNET News: Chu calls for comeback in U.S. energy tech

March 1, 2011 -- Energy Secretary Steven Chu is drawing on U.S. history in research and development to advocate for policies to encourage clean energy technology innovation for the future. Read the story.

ScienceNews Network: Argonne's Don Hillebrand is interviewed on The Promise of Tomorrow radio show

February 14, 2011 -- Hillebrand speaks about the triumphs of transportation technology and more. Listen to the interview.

TechRepublic: Getting paid to break into things - How vulnerability assessors work at Argonne National Lab

February 14, 2011 -- I’d like to introduce you to a group of people who would have the dispenser lock open in no time. They are members of the Vulnerability Assessments Team (VAT) at Argonne National Laboratory. They’re the ones who break into stuff that supposedly cannot be broken into. Read the story.

EarthTechling: Video Game Racing Simulator Drives Green

February 8, 2011 -- Argonne National Laboratory has been working with the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) since 2008, when the racing circuit turned to the scientists for help in developing a technical basis and scoring system for its then-new Green Challenge. Read the story.

Foreign Policy: How the U.S. may win the battery race

February 7, 2011 -- Arpa-E -- the federal agency that funds radical research into energy breakthroughs -- says that six of the companies in which it's invested have already begun receiving injections of private investment. Read the story.

Medill Reports: New photovoltaic material could deliver twice the solar power

February 3, 2011 -- A new solar cell material could double the energy output of traditional solar photovoltaics, by reacting to nearly the entire light spectrum. Read the story.

New York Times: Clean Energy Firms Aided by Investors

February 2, 2011 -- In late 2009, the federal government gave $151 million in grants to advance 37 clean energy ideas deemed too radical or too preliminary to attract much private financing — like electricity storage that mimics photosynthesis and batteries that double or triple the energy stored per pound. Read the story.

Chicago Sun-Times: New energy technology comes from local source

January 31, 2011 -- In only a few short years, it could be fueling cars and trucks while producing 90 percent less greenhouse gas, providing energy security for the nation and creating high-tech jobs in the area. It’s a process that turns cellulose, the leftovers of agriculture and forestry, into ethanol. Read the story.

Green Valley News & Sun: Nuclear energy support grows but plenty of hurdles remain

January 29, 2011 -- As China and India begin building nuclear fast breeder reactors, the United States is losing a role in a technology it once dominated, and advocates blame political pressure from opponents. Read the story.

Medill Reports: Chicago high school students talk protons, neutrons, radiation with local scientists

January 25, 2011 -- Scientists from the Chicago section of the American Nuclear Society met with a group of high school students at the Museum of Science and Industry to talk about careers in nuclear science and engineering. Argonne's David Pointer is featured. Watch the video.

IEEE Magazine: Plug into the Future

January/Feburary 2011 -- Developing an electric vehicle marketplace will be one of the most important building blocks in the continuing pursuit of environmental sustainability. The City of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, along with their many partners, have been taking actions to support the introduction of this innovative mobility option. Co-authored by Argonne's Ann Schlenker. Read the story.

Ethanol Producer Magazine: Green Flags for E85

January 14, 2011 -- With the jury still out on whether the U.S. EPA will approve the use of E15 for all cars, regardless of age, it’s going to take some creativity to clamor over the blend wall. Here’s where racing enters the picture. Read the story.

Bloomberg: Toyota Readying Motors That Don't Use Rare Earths

January 14, 2011 -- Toyota Motor Corp., the world’s largest seller of hybrid autos, is developing an alternative motor for future hybrid and electric cars that doesn’t need rare-earth minerals at risk of supply disruptions. Read the story.

Physics Today: Cutting CO2 transportation emissions is feasible, says report

January 13, 2011 -- Steven Plotkin, a researcher at Argonne National Laboratory who coauthored the report, said many of the technologies for lowering CO<->2<-> emissions are already available from the same manufacturers that had once declared them to be impossible. Read the story.

Huffington Post: Putting the Power of Science Into the Electric Car (op-ed by director Eric Isaacs)

January 10, 2011 -- If you want proof of the real-world value of basic science research, take a look under the hood of GM's innovative new Chevy Volt. There you'll find a safe, long-lasting lithium-ion battery that uses materials developed and patented at Argonne National Laboratory. Read the story.

NBC Chicago: Most Security Measures Easy to Breach, Argonne Expert Says

January 6, 2011 -- When things go really, really wrong, Roger Johnston has a really, really good day. After all, he's usually the man who made them go wrong. Read the story.

New York Times: General Motors Licenses Promising Battery Technology

January 6, 2011 -- General Motors is free to explore a patented car-battery technology developed by Argonne National Laboratory, it was announced Thursday. But even with its freshly inked worldwide licensing agreement, don’t expect G.M. to push aside LG Chem, the Korean battery manufacturer responsible for the battery cells installed in the Chevrolet Volt — LG Chem already uses the Argonne technology. Read the story. See more related media coverage.

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