Friday, August 29, 2008

News from Los Alamos National Laboratory for Aug. 25-29

Venture capitalist today look far and wide for start-ups

While others toiled in the technology mecca of Silicon Valley, Trevor Loy—a former Intel manager and Stanford University-trained engineer—pursued the digital road not taken. Nearly a decade ago, he moved to the New Mexico desert to co-found a small venture-capital firm called Flywheel Ventures.

His aim: to find the next generation of start-ups
where few others were looking. Tapping into the wealth of technology talent and research in the region surrounding the Sandia and Los Alamos federal research labs, Flywheel Ventures has invested $34 million in 19 companies in solar, biofuel and other sectors. (Read all about it here.)

Scientists observed coexistence of magnetism and superconductivity

Physicists at Los Alamos National Laboratory, along with colleagues at institutions in Switzerland and Canada, have observed, for the first time i
n a single exotic phase, a situation where magnetism and superconductivity are necessary for each other’s existence. (Check out the details here.)

Scientists seek storage options for renewable energy

There's a dam blocking the flow of renewable energy from wind fields and solar farms to the consumer, and its name is energy storage. Albert Migliori, a Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist, and a host of other scientists around the world are looking for new ways to burst
that dam—and in the process enable alternative energy sources to play a dominant role in energy production. (Find the full New Mexican Story here.)

Wind power: What politicos should know Guest column by LANL's Loren Toole

In 1982, as a field engineer in California's wind farms, I believed we were about to fundamentally change the way electricity was being generated and distributed.

In those days, generous federal renewable-energy tax credits were available, America was smarting from OPEC's oil embargo and interest in alternative energy was growing rapidly. But, reality often redirects wild-eyed idealists. I was one of them. (The entire text of Toole's column can be found here.)

Los Alamos Year in Review for 2007-2008 now available in print

The past year has been both challenging and rewarding for the Laboratory.

Commitments were met, milestones marked, and successes celebrated. To learn about some of these achievements, read the 2007-2008 Year in Review both online and in print.

This document highlights accomplishments tied to the Lab's institutional goals, from safety, security, environmental stewardship and nuclear deterrence to threat reduction, operations, communications, and community involvement.

To order a printed version of this informative publication, please contact the Laboratory Communications Office at 667-7000.

Giving Day: Lab celebrates gifts of time and money

The elements smiled on Los Alamos National Laboratory’s United Way employee giving campaign Wednesday.

After recent years of wind, rain and even snow, the annual kickoff for the lab’s United Way campaign, now including a volunteer recognition event, met with mild conditions and plentiful sunshine.

“We’ve always run these programs separately,” said Debbi Worsonick, community programs officer and lab lead for the United Way and LANL Volunteer program.

“But we saw there was a real interconnectedness between volunteer time and contributed money and we wanted to showcase all the employee giving programs at one event,” she said.

Along with direct donations, the community program raises about $100,000 from special events, including food booths, auctions, raffles and a share of sales raised from the Books are Fun fair, which ends today in the Otowi building. (Check out the full Monitor story here.)

Area nonprofit agencies receive funds tied to Lab volunteer efforts

More than 130 nonprofit organizations in nearby communities are receiving $52,700 from Los Alamos National Security, LLC through the Laboratory's Volunteer Match program. Los Alamos National Security operates Los Alamos National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. (Read all about it here.)

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