Friday, August 27, 2010

Lab sets record for ‘getting waste off the hill’

Los Alamos National Laboratory said it set a new LANL record Friday by completing its 132nd transuranic waste shipment of fiscal year 2010. The waste is shipped to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad (full story).

Also this week in the Monitor:

LANL innovators honored at Tech Transfer Awards

The Los Alamos National Laboratory innovators were recognized for distinguished patents, licenses and copyrights, and both programmatic and regional impact.

Terry Wallace, principal associate director for Science Technology and Engineering, hosted the event, which featured keynote speaker Wendolyn Holland of the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (full story).

Isotope shortage could jeopardize care

Scientists fear that a global shortage of radioactive isotopes, required for the 20 million medical scans and treatments done each year, could jeopardize patient care and drive up health care costs. . . .

"Although the public may not be fully aware, we are in the midst of a global shortage of medical and other isotopes," said Robert Atcher, Ph.D. [of Los Alamos National Laboratory], director of the National Isotope Development Center, the U.S. Department of Energy unit responsible for production of isotopes nationwide (full story).

Uranium found seeping into wells

Around Santa Fe, a test of 475 wells last year found several with elevated uranium, but nothing compared to wells tested subsequently in Nambé and Pojoaque.

The testing and analysis were part of New Mexico Small Business Assistance project between LANL and the Good Water Company of Santa Fe, which designs, installs and services water-purification systems (full story).

Students learn to apply bridge expertise

NMSU's civil engineering department also collaborates with the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the United States Army Corp of Engineers to conduct special, in-depth safety inspection of bridges owned by those agencies (full story).

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