Friday, April 1, 2011

Is an HIV vaccine imminent?
Scientists to begin trials of breakthrough drug 'next year'

An electron scan shows the HIV-1 virus budding (in green) from a white blood cell in a laboratory, LANL image.

n HIV vaccine that could outwit the deadly virus could undergo human trials in as little as a year's time, scientists say. The 'mosaic vaccine', which is being designed by an international team of investigators, works by being able to adapt to the virus as it mutates.

Bette Korber from Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, is one of the scientists who has worked on the project for 20 years. She said: 'We're in the evolutionary fast lane studying HIV.’ (Full Story)

Understanding radiation

The Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos, New Mexico contains a bunch of exhibits about the history of Los Alamos National Laboratory and its science and research work.

And with alarm bells continuing to sound around the world in light of Japan’s troubled efforts to contain a nuclear contamination crisis at its Fukushima Daiichi plant, I found myself drawn to the “Understanding Radiation” display during a recent visit to the museum. (Full Story)

Tepco workers threatened by heat bursts; sea radiation rises

From Bloomberg - Nuclear experts call such reactions "localized criticality." They consist of a burst of heat, radiation and sometimes an "ethereal blue flash," according to a Los Alamos National Laboratory website. (Full Story)

Smart Grid project on track despite Japan disaster

espite the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that has gripped its nation the past two weeks, Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) remains on track with the Smart Grid project. (
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Innovative geothermal startup puts carbon dioxide to good use

The idea originally emerged several years ago from the work of geoscientist Donald Brown at the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Lab. Karsten Preuss and others at the Department's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab have since advanced the theory. (Full Story)

Biomagnetics' updates on commercialization of the IOBS unit

Biomagnetics is currently in collaboration with Los Alamos National Laboratory to develop the world's first integrated optical biosensor in a portable, handheld technology format designed to substantially lower unit costs. (Full Story)

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