Friday, February 26, 2010

Extract algal oil with sound

Solix Biofuels is working with Los Alamos National Laboratory's patented acoustic technology, employing sound waves to concentrate their harvested algae mixture and extract the oil from algae cells. (full story)

TMS installs new president: George T. "Rusty" Gray III

"During my term as president I hope to positively impact TMS' value to members in the areas of international liaisons, leadership development and the fine-tuning of our 'value' proposition by meeting the ever-changing needs of our diverse membership," Gray said. (full story)

Letter: Regain lab's leadership

By Don Winchell -- Regarding the Feb. 7 editorial, "Lab boost a blessing - but a mixed one": It's important to clarify what the proposed budget means for Los Alamos. (full story)

Also this week in the New Mexican:

LANL Laces program

Los Alamos National Laboratory's LANL Laces Program delivered brand-new sports shoes to children participating in the United Way of Santa Fe County’s Santa Fe Children's Project. (full story)

Making use of neutrons

Doubling of capacity is a goal at LANL, although the funding for that has not yet been secured, says Alan J. Hurd, director of LANL's Manuel Lujan Jr. Neutron Scattering Center. Hurd notes that all of the neutron centers in the U.S. tend to have twice the requests for experiment time than they can accommodate. (full story)

Automating viral RNA genotyping

Designed and built for researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratories and UCLA - the new BioCel PCR Viral Genotyping System provides rapid, reliable and efficient automated genetic sequencing of viruses. (full story)

What radioactive plutonium feels like

Sitting in a cold conference room, Siegfried Hecker was asked by his North Korean hosts if he would like to see their "product." "Yes," Dr. Hecker replied. "Do you mean plutonium?"

Hecker, former director of the U.S. weapons lab at Los Alamos and familiar with the hazardous properties of plutonium, was surprised when two technicians carried a small red metal box into the room. . . . (full story)

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