Friday, September 25, 2009

Defense chief calls for more spending on labs

The Obama administration's top defense official says spending at U.S. nuclear weapons labs should be increased, and that newly designed nuclear warheads "probably" will be needed. (Full story—subscription or advertisement viewing required for access.)

Also from this week's Albuquerque Journal

Stimulus funds to clean up LANL

More than $200 million of funds from the federal government's Recovery and Reinvestment Act - better known as the stimulus package - will enable Los Alamos National Labs to finally tear down and clean out an area as old as the Manhattan Project. (Full story—subscription or advertisement viewing required for access.)

NNSA issues request for proposal for a capability system

The Mesa platform is being developed jointly under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories. The MOU describes the NNSA New Mexico Alliance for Computing at Extreme Scales (ACES). (Full story)

Carbon sequestration: the ethanol of the next decade?

Makers of analytical instruments everywhere seem to have an eye toward the business of greenhouse gas detection. These include a new solution for catching carbon itself: a point-source hydrate-based method for controlling industrial emissions from Los Alamos National Laboratory. (Full story)

$14.5 million flows to biological research

National researchers and UNM students are teaming up to conduct interdisciplinary experiments that could advance the field of biology and improve your life. The National Institute of General Medical Sciences, a branch of the National Institutes of Health, gave UNM, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories a $14.5 million grant for interdisciplinary research. (Full story)

Space scientists from across the world gathered in the UK

Scientists from the British Antarctic Survey joined colleagues from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the US, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA and the NASA Langley Research Center.

Dr. Joe Borovsky from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in America explained some of the research discussed during the week. "We've made progress on understanding connections between hot plasma in the solar wind and its impact on the Earth and its atmosphere - in effect by using the inner solar system as a vast plasma laboratory."
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Scientists discuss radioactive contamination at Washington conference

David Clark from Los Alamos National Laboratory helped organize the conference. David Clark: "The whole point of getting down to the molecular scale is to really get enough information to inform decision makers about what they need to do." (Full story)

LANL Venture Acceleration Fund invites entrepreneurs

On Sept. 21, Los Alamos National Security, the public-private partnership that runs Los Alamos National Laboratory, launched the year’s second Venture Acceleration Fund call for ideas.

The fund, administered by Northern New Mexico Connect, invests up to $100,000 in Northern New Mexico businesses that have an association with LANL technology or expertise and want to apply that technology to a commercial product for which there is market demand. The ultimate goal is to create an entrepreneurial culture in Northern New Mexico. (Full story)

LANL technology helps Solix Biofuels

An award-winning Los Alamos National Laboratory sound-wave technology is helping Solix Biofuels Inc. optimize production of algae-based fuel in a cost-effective, scalable and environmentally benign fashion — paving the way to lowering the carbon footprint of biofuel production. (Full story)

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