Friday, March 26, 2010

Stalking an elusive thief

Researchers advance HIV/AIDS vaccine -- Bette Korber, one of Los Alamos National Laboratory's best-known researchers, has been stalking HIV for more than 15 years and is about to carry her ideas forward into a human trial. "It's been under negotiations for a while and the Gates Foundation and National Institutes of Health are funding it," she said in a recent interview. (whole story)

Also in the Monitor this week:

Sandra Zerkle earns Student of the Month

Zerkle has worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Ecology and Air Quality Group at Rebound Physical Therapy and at Dr. McDonald's dental office in Los Alamos. She plans to work at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division this summer. (whole story)

Congress Hears Call for Manufacturing Innovation

According to Len Sauers, vice president at Procter & Gamble, government has a critical place at the table in helping to spawn manufacturing innovation. He called for more partnerships with national labs, such as one Procter & Gamble helped develop at Los Alamos, N.M., which has been used to develop innovative approaches to manufacturing processes. (whole story)

Another Good Reason Not to Shoot Nukes at Asteroids

Don Korycansky of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Catherine Plesko of the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico have simulated the nuke versus asteroid scenario and demonstrated that if the explosion of an interceptor nuke was too small, the asteroid will reform under its mutual gravity much faster than expected. (whole story)

Scientists discover phenomenon that causes radiation-damaged materials inside nuclear reactors to self-repair

Safer nuclear power could be a step closer after researchers discovered a phenomenon which allows tiny materials to repair themselves after suffering radiation damage in reactors. Computer simulations carried by scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory, in New Mexico, U.S., discovered the 'loading-unloading' effect in the interface between single nano-sized particles - known as grains. (whole story)

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