APS Articles in Logos 2000

A quarterly magazine about Argonne research. The Argonne Logos articles in this section focus on APS-related research.


Volume 18, no. 2 - Fall 2000

Putting human genome information to practical use
By the time the news broke that the human genome had been mapped earlier this year, Argonne researchers were already hard at work turning laboratories into high-tech production lines to speed up the process of determining the structure of the genome's proteins. Thanks to new tools and techniques developed at Argonne, it now takes only days or weeks to determine a protein structure; a process that not too long ago it took months or years.

"Being able to read a genome is a crucial first step, but knowing the structure is responsible for the function," said Andrzej Joachimiak, director of Argonne's Structural Biology Center in the Biosciences Division. "Now that we know the proteins from the human genome research, we can identify their structures and functions and begin to fully realize the potential of the genetic information. more >>

X-ray and recycling technologies named top-100 R&D innovations
R&D magazine named three Argonne technologies to its list of the 100 most significant technical products of the year.

The three innovations are a process to separate flexible foam from automobile shredder residue, a large-area charge coupled device (CCD) X-ray detector and a hard X-ray scanning microprobe. more >>


Volume 18, no. 1 - Spring 2000

Modern machine solves Renaissance metal mystery Photo of an astrolabe
Innovative 21st century technology recently transported scientists and historians back the the 16th century in a quest for truth. At issue was the authenticity of two astrolabes, astronomical instruments that predate the invention of the telescope. Both were allegedly finished and dated by the same worker on the same date in the late 16th century, an unlikely coincidence, given the time and care Renaissance craftsmen required to handcraft an astrolabe.

Argonne's 21st century tool, the Advanced Photon Source (APS), produces the nation's most brilliant X-rays for materials, biological and environmental research. Studies range from picturing key biological molecules that contribute to asthma to measuring atomic vibrations in thin films used in microelectronics.One of the APS's most valuable benefits is its ability to reveal a material's composition, crystal structure and thickness without damaging the material itself. more >>

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