Friday, September 5, 2008

News from Los Alamos National Laboratory for September 1 - 5

LANL partners with venture capital funds on tech transfer

Los Alamos National Laboratory will partner with Arch Venture Partners and the Verge Fund to push technology transfer.

Under the new Los Alamos Venture Acceleration Initiative, the lab could provide up to $1 million over three years for Arch and Verge investment professionals to help local entrepreneurs identify marketable LANL technologies and build startups to launch them.

More about this story from New Mexico Business Weekly.

Committee hears ins and outs of hydrogen fuel research

A legislative committee wrapped up two days of hearings Friday with an in-depth presentation on hydrogen technology research at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

An ammonia-borane (right) molecule could be the key to storing enough energy to power a fuel cell automobile ... See the LANL fact sheet.

Committee Chairman Rep. John Heaton, D-Eddy said one purpose of hearings was to delve into the subject of energy alternatives that were important to the nation. “We’ve raised the bar,” he said, before the second session of the Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee began at Fuller Lodge. Read the whole story in the Los Alamos Monitor.

LANL News Release

Los Alamos shares Nano 50 award for directed assembly

Ateam of scientists spanning three institutions, including Los Alamos National Laboratory, has discovered a more efficient way of fusing charge-carrying electrical contacts to tiny “nanowires” of silicon to create the nanotechnology at the heart of potential future advances in modern electronics, sensing, and energy collection. See the news release here.

New super-strong Russian metals for use in cars & airplanes

The proprietary nanometal technology was created by former Russian scientists working with U.S. scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The patented technology is owned by LANL and licensed to Manhattan Scientifics/Metallicum. Manhattan Scientifics has initiated commercializing the technology.

Read the rest of the story from Market Watch.

Cracking anthrax

Bacillus Anthracis,
the anthrax bacteria

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory, for example, are investigating a vaccine that mimics the cell receptors targeted by anthrax bacteria.

The idea is to induce the bacteria to bind to the vaccine mimics rather than real cells. The body's immune system would then clear out the bacteria, no harm done.
Read the whole story here.

UC labs to receive $2.5 million in funding

Federal Funding to Help Speed Development
of Clean Energy Research Into Consumer Goods

The funding aims to speed the transition of post-research clean energy technology ideas from labs into the commercial marketplace, according to Drew Bond, the DOE's director of commercialization and deployment for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Los Alamos National Laboratory will receive close to $600,000. Read the Daily Cal here.

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