Friday, September 3, 2010
Domestic well event
Good Water Company, a water treatment and testing company, organized the free event.
Volunteers from Los Alamos National Laboratory and the state Environment Department helped process samples for hardness, total dissolved solids, pH, iron, fluoride and nitrate. Stephen Wiman, owner of Good Water Company, said it took until Wednesday for to complete those tests. (Full Story)
Hot rocks and high hopes
The LANL hot dry rock facility in the 1990s. LANL photo.
The first conventional geothermal power station, powered by hot springs near Larderello, Italy, began generating electricity in the early 1900s.
In the early 1970s the concept of “hot dry rock” geothermal power emerged at Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, and researchers from the lab conducted the first tests at nearby Fenton Hill. This led to similar projects in Britain, Japan, France and elsewhere. (Full Story)
Los Alamos lab gets OK to design waste facility
Los Alamos National Laboratory has obtained federal approval to begin design of a new transuranic waste staging facility. The approval came Wednesday from the U.S. Department of Energy. The four-acre complex will serve as a staging area for low-level nuclear waste destined for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad. (Full Story)
BMGP continues work on pathogen detection and disease diagnostics technology
Mycobacterium tuberculosis scanning electron micrograph. CDC image.
Los Alamos laboratory personnel are working on a test cartridge assay designed specifically to identify tuberculosis biomarkers. The resulting technology has the potential to revolutionize tuberculosis diagnostics throughout the world. (Full Story)
The mountain west can lead the way on energy innovation
The Mountain West region already offers many existing assets that can help advance the nation’s clean energy priorities including world-leading federal energy research facilities, such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado and the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. (Full Story)
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