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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="http://energy.gov/articles/last-piece-puzzle-celebrating-higgs-boson">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.

April 30, 2012
National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) National Conference

NAFEO champions the interests of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), building the capacity of HBCUs and serving as their international voice. 

April 25, 2012
The ASP flooding technique is helping to retrieve 65-75 barrels of oil a day, an increase from the previous retrieval of 16 barrels a day. | Image by Hantz Leger.
Using an Innovative Technique to Retrieve Oil in Lawrence County, Illinois

A pilot program for Lawrence oil field in Lawrence County, Illinois, is helping to increase domestic oil production and decrease our dependence on foreign oil.

April 20, 2012
Michael Dunn, Deputy Director of Facilities Management at Argonne National Laboratory, setup a program that encouraged employees to cut their energy use during peak summer months and resulted in more than $475,000 in savings. Here he stands next to an electrical vehicle fueling station that charges cars with solar energy. | Image courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.
Earth Day: Leading by Example

We’re not just interested in talking the talk at the Energy Department, it’s important to us to walk the walk. To do that, we’re working every day across the country to make our operations more sustainable and efficient. Take these employees, for example.

April 17, 2012
Ultrananocrystalline diamond has a diverse range of applications from the next generation of high-definition flat panel displays to coatings for mechanical pump seals and tools. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Lab
Diamonds are an Electronic Device’s Best Friend

Researchers at Argonne National Lab recently devised a way to use diamonds to brighten the performance of electronic devices, which could put a bit more sparkle in everyone’s day.