Friday, August 14, 2009

Science key to nuclear labs future says Chu

In the first public meeting of the President's Council of Advisers in Science and Technology (PCAST), US Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the loss of basic science and technology funding at the nuclear-weapons labs Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore have had an inverse effect in the labs ability to attract "the best and the brightest." (Read and be fulfilled!)

parasites explain cosmic flashes

"Where this model really shines is explaining the late emission," says Chris Fryer of Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico - one of the physicists who first proposed the burrowing black hole theory in the 1990s. It remains to be seen if it can account for the extreme brightness seen at the beginning of gamma-ray bursts, he says. (Read the whole story!)

Supercomputer Visuals Without Graphics Chip

he obsolescence of graphics-processing clusters is being hastened by the rapidly accelerating data processing speed of supercomputers. Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher Pat McCormick says that [Argonne researcher Tom] Peterka's direct data visualization effort is important because "these machines are getting so big that you really don't have a choice." (Read about it here.)

Professor works toward safer nuclear options

Research that Arizona State University faculty member Pedro Peralta is pursuing with Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists to make nuclear power use safer and more effective will get support from a recent U.S. Department of Energy grant. (Here's the scoop!)

Self-Assembly Approach to Raman Spectral-Encoder

A strategy for the synthesis of multiplexed spectral encoder beads based on combinations of different surface enhanced Raman (SERS) signatures generated by dye-functionalized Ag nanoparticle tags. (Read it here!)

LANL awards $400,000 to four new businesses

Los Alamos National Laboratory awarded approximately $100,000 each to four startup companies in northern New Mexico. The grants come from LANL's Venture Acceleration Fund, which provides investments of up to $100,000 to regional entrepreneurs, companies, investors or strategic partners who use LANL technology or expertise to create or grow local businesses. (Get the whole story here.)

Presidential Awards for Lab Scientists

President Obama recently named 2 Department of Energy lab scientists as winners of Presidential Awards. Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist Ivan Vitev received a prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Vitev is an expert in quantum chromodynamics, and in energy loss of high-energy particles in hot, dense matter. (Read all about it!)

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