Monday, June 22, 2009

News from Los Alamos National Laboratory for June 19

LANL, UCLA study monitoring of pandemics

Hunting for the source of the next pandemic disease is a bit like hunting for a unique and strategically placed feather amid a 100-acre Southeast Asian animal farm.

The building blocks for a massive outbreak could be hiding anywhere, just waiting to come together inside the bodies of birds, pigs or humans, among the myriad other creatures out there.

Keeping an eye on disease risk in the billions of animals we rely on daily for food and other products is a daunting task at best, but scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of California, Los Angeles, are developing a new strategy that could make the task much easier. See the full story here.

Fast neutral hydrogen detected coming from the moon

IBEX Hi sensor, built by Los Alamos National Lab and Southwest Research Institute. (SRI photo)

NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) spacecraft has made the first observations of very fast hydrogen atoms coming from the moon, following decades of speculation and searching for their existence.

During spacecraft commissioning, the IBEX team turned on the IBEX-Hi instrument, built primarily by Southwest Research Institute and the Los Alamos National Laboratory, which measures atoms with speeds from about half a million to 2.5 million miles per hour. See the full story here.

Oppenheimer and Fermi: two developers of the first atomic bomb

I'm Sarah Long. And I'm Steve Ember with People in America in VOA Special English. Today we report about two scientists, J. Robert Oppenheimer and Enrico Fermi, who helped lead the world into the nuclear age. Hear the broadcast here!

Lab publishes June issue of Currents magazine

This special issue of the Lab’s employee magazine is geared to the summer students of Los Alamos.

The cover story highlights Joseph Aguilar, a graduate student studying archaeology who works with the Lab’s Cultural Resources Team.
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