Friday, January 23, 2009

News from Los Alamos National Laboratory for Jan. 23

Giant nanotubes made in US

Scanning electron microscope images of a huge carbon tube. (Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies photo)

ecause of their strange, surprising sponginess — walls of graphite-like carbon kept apart by hollow, rectangular compartments — the colossal fibrous tubes are 20 times less dense than carbon fibres, yet about the same length, in the centimetre range.

And they appear to be slightly stronger — a very desirable, and until now unheard-of property in large carbon tubes. The material was made at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The story is colossal!

Manhattan Scientifics and LANL sign agreement

Terry Lowe of LANL explains to Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) how nano-titanium is manufactured.

anhattan Scientifics, Inc. announced today that it successfully completed and entered into an exclusive license agreement with the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

This new agreement pertains to the improved manufacturing techniques and medical use applications for Los Alamos National Laboratory's nano-structured metals and alloys technology. Read the nano-story here.

Bodman announces "Pete V. Domenici National Security Science Complex"

U.S. Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman announced today that he authorized several buildings at Los Alamos National Laboratory to be collectively known as the "Pete V. Domenici National Security Science Complex." The honor acknowledges Senator Domenici's long and distinguished career as a U.S. Senator from New Mexico and is a testament to the vision and leadership of a great public servant. Read the DOE press release.

Lab cleanup money sought in stimulus

Radioactive waste drums stored at Area G

New Mexico's two senators have joined an effort to add substantial funding for nuclear weapons cleanup to the federal stimulus package now being considered by Congress.

Details are unclear, but the requested increase would mean additional money for cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory if the senators' congressional colleagues agree.

The lab got $152 million last year for cleanup work. Federal officials estimate the total cost of cleanup at the northern New Mexico nuclear weapons site at between $2.6 billion and $3.6 billion. Stimulating facts here.

Sig Hecker receives Los Alamos Medal

Siegfried Hecker, research professor of management science and engineering and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, has been awarded the Los Alamos Medal. It is the most prestigious award given by the institution where Hecker was once director. See the story here.

Lab creates additional source for its brief videos

Los Alamos National Laboratory has supplemented its YouTube site with a new home on its own Web site for Lab-produced videos:

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