Friday, September 11, 2009

Making waves in biofuels

Solix Biofuels’ Coyote Gulch demonstration facility in southern Colorado. Solix photo.

"Algae has the benefit of being better at sequestering carbon of any cellulose producer that we've found so far," said Greg Goddard, a LANL bioscientist, who is adapting an acoustic focusing technology developed by Los Alamos National Laboratory to concentrate and manipulate algae cells for droplets of vegetable oil. (Full Story)

Sound waves morph algae into green crude

A view of part of the production system Solix uses to grow algae. Courtesy Solix Biofuels

New acoustic technology developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory could help a Colorado startup gain a major edge in the emerging biofuels market...(Full Story)

Solix to use Los Alamos know-how to extract algal oil

Solix Biofuels has signed a research and development cooperation agreement with Los Alamos National Laboratory that the company believes will benefit its algal oil extraction process.
The deal gives Solix access to use and expand upon Los Alamos’ patented acoustic technology that utilizes sound waves to concentrate the harvested algae mixture and to extract the oil from algae cells. (Full Story)

Recyclable hydrogen fuel tanks

"Once you get the hydrogen out of the ammonia borane, you can't just pressurize it with more hydrogen to regenerate the fuel," because this is too energy-intensive, says John Gordon, a research chemist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. (
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Rechargeable fuel tank could open door to
economically viable hydrogen cars

A new method for "recycling" hydrogen-containing fuel materials could open the door to economically viable hydrogen-based vehicles. (Full Story)

Students set the tone for future physics experiments

LANL illustration depicting neutrons entering and exiting a molecule.

Most undergraduate students learn the basics of their field in a classroom setting. However, this summer, two undergraduate students participated in an advanced physics experiment at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico alongside UK Physics and Astronomy Professor Chris Crawford. (Full Story)

LANL subcontracts given

Six small businesses are receiving subcontracts totaling up to $200 million for providing architectural and engineering services to Los Alamos National Laboratory. The small businesses receiving the subcontracts from Los Alamos National Security LLC are Lopez Engineering Inc.; Merrick & Co.; Mosaic-STC, A Joint Venture; Professional Project Service Inc.; Vigil Enterprises Inc.; and Weidlinger-Navarro Northern New Mexico Joint Venture. (
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D'Agostino represents steady hand

NNSA Administrator Tom D’Agostino.

Last year appearing before the House Armed Services Committee on behalf of the Bush Administration, national nuclear weapons chief Thomas D'Agostino discussed plans for consolidating the sprawling weapons complex he administers. (Full Story)

Louis Rosen, 91, dies; worked on first nuclear bombs

Louis Rosen in his office at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he spent his entire career. (LANL photo)

. . . Rosen died on Aug. 15 in Albuquerque at the age of 91. . . . He was one of the last surviving links to the scientific giants who had created the atomic age — men like J. Robert Oppenheimer and Enrico Fermi as well as Dr. Teller. But more than that, he had also advanced the era. (Full Story)

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