Friday, November 12, 2010
What makes one city better than another?
A research team has concluded that in terms of size, New York is just an average city rather than an exceptional one. However, San Francisco is exceptional.
The research team includes Geoffrey West and Luis Bettencourt. West and Bettencourt are theoretical physicists affiliated with both the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) and Los Alamos National Laboratory. (Full Story)
Laboratory lauds leaders for innovation
Jagdish Laul’s work will save an estimated $5 million per year in surveillance and maintenance costs at six nuclear and non-nuclear laboratory sites. Laul, a principal safety engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory, received a 2009 Distinguished Performance Award for developing the technical bases that justified establishing lower hazard designations for the six sites. (Full Story)
Buckman direct diversion: study shows Rio Grande pollutants at safe levels for drinking
The Rio Grande as seen from Los Alamos’ Overlook Park.
Water flowing into the Rio Grande from canyons below Los Alamos National Laboratory won't be a health risk when Santa Fe starts diverting river flows next year into the municipal drinking-water system, according to an independent analysis. (Full Story)
Last building demolished at LANL’s DP West site
Building 21-150 was the last remaining structure in the DP West cluster of buildings at TA-21. LANL photo.
The last of 14 buildings at the historic DP West site at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Technical Area 21 (TA-21) was demolished last Friday, completing a reduction of the lab’s footprint by more than 100,000 square feet.
The demolition was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and is part of $212 million in Recovery Act funds the Lab received for environmental remediation. (Full Story)
Lab develops transparent solar panel material
Scanning electron microscopy image and zoom of conjugated polymer (PPV) honeycomb.
Could your window be a solar panel? The answer appears to be yes, thanks to new results from scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The group, led by physical chemist Mircea Cotlet, developed a material made of a polymer "doped" with soccer-ball shaped molecules made up of carbon atoms called fullerenes. (Full Story)
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