Friday, April 20, 2012

Detecting nuclear terrorism

Robert Whalen, Decision Sciences: The leap forward came from — at the Los Alamos National Laboratory about five years ago, that if you look at the muons and you look at the deflection that related to whether there was nuclear material there or not (full story).

Los Alamos lab to produce new cancer agent

Using proton beams, a collaboration between Los Alamos, Brookhaven and Oak Ridge national laboratories is developing a plan for full-scale production and stable supply of Ac-225, which emits alpha radiation. Alpha particles are energetic enough to destroy cancer cells but are unlikely to move beyond a tightly controlled target region and destroy healthy cells, according to LANL (full story).

Fire info session sizzles

The Los Alamos National Laboratory’s fire simulation table was a big hit among attendees. A projector was used to produce topographical images on a walnut-shell sand table. The table allowed viewers to see how fast the fire spread, how and where.

Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said the Department will likely ask the lab to use the table to map out future fire responses (full story).

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Also from the Monitor this week:

Supercomputing challenge slated for next week

More than 200 New Mexico students and their teachers will convene at Los Alamos National Laboratory April 23 and 24 for judging and the awards ceremony in the 22nd annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge (full story).

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