Friday, February 6, 2009

News from Los Alamos National Laboratory for Feb. 6

LANL scientists honored by national association

Two Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Carol Burns is the group leader for the Nuclear Radiochemistry Group at the northern New Mexico weapons lab. She is a worldwide leader in a type of chemistry called actinide chemistry.

Jeffrey Hay, who retired after 33 years at the lab, was recognized for his contributions in computational and theoretical chemistry. See the story here.

Good Liquid, bad liquid

A typical bin containing various liquid containers. Hazards are indicated by red dots while safe liquids are indicated in green.

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have successfully tested a liquid explosive detection system that may eventually have many security applications around the country.

Machines ready for an operational environment remains a few years away, but the technology is promising to quickly detect liquid explosives within a few years. He says, "Los Alamos has done an outstanding job in a relatively short period of time," says Stephen Surko, Program Manager for at the Department of Homeland Security’s Science & Technology Directorate. See the DHS press release here.

Cosmology researcher to speak on 'dark' universe

Most of the universe remains mysterious to scientists and researchers everywhere. More than 90 percent of the universe is "dark," composed of dark energy and dark matter observed only by their gravitational interaction with both light and "normal" matter.

Understanding the nature of dark energy and matter is one of the most significant challenges in science -- one that researcher Salman Habib and his team at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico are working to overcome. See the NASA press release here.

Stimulus package could speed LANL cleanup

There are some differences with special significance locally in the two versions of the stimulus package that is coming together in Washington.

The House passed an $816 million version of the measure on Wednesday, containing $500 million for nuclear waste cleanup, one of the most obvious sources of extra funds at legacy nuclear weapons sites, like Los Alamos, which has struggled with funding shortages in recent years. See the Los Alamos Monitor for more.

Latest issue of 1663 magazine posted online

This edition looks at the “X-Games” of contemporary science, the proposed Yucca Mountain repository, and a technology under development to create a new way for diabetics to conveniently test their blood sugar levels—and much more.

Link Why is the publication called 1663? During World War II, all that the outside world knew of Los Alamos and its top-secret laboratory was the mailing address -- P.O. Box 1663, Santa Fe, New Mexico. That box number, still part of our address, symbolizes our historic role in the nation’s service. See 1663 here.

Area children to get new shoes through LANL Laces program

Some 150 children in Jemez Pueblo, EspaƱola, Ohkay Owingeh, and Santa Fe are getting new shoes to finish the school year, thanks to the generosity of Laboratory employees who made donations to the LANL Laces program.

The Lab’s Community Programs Office is working with The Shoe Department in EspaƱola to have the children fitted for new shoes, said Tim Martinez of Community Programs, which manages the LANL Laces
program. Read all about it in the LANL NewsBulletin.

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