Friday, May 25, 2012

Scientists take a giant step forward in understanding plutonium

Georgios Koutroulakis and H. Yasuoka in the condensed-matter NMR lab at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  LANL photo.
Plutonium is the most complex element in the periodic table, yet it is also one of the most poorly understood ones.  A well-known scientific technique, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, may turn out to be the perfect tool for uncovering some of plutonium’s mysteries. (Full Story)

Cassini reveals details about charged ‘nanograins’ near Enceladus

Artist's concept of Cassini orbiting Saturn.  NASA image.
Rice University physicist Tom Hill and co-authors from Los Alamos Michelle Thomsen and Robert Tokar describe what they found in the data from Cassini: a new class of space particles — submicroscopic “nanograins” of electrically charged dust. Such particles are believed to exist throughout the universe, and this marks the first time researchers have measured and analyzed them. (Full Story)

Two from LANL selected for DOE Early Career Awards

Amy Clarke and Ivan Vitev, LANL photo.
Amy Clarke of Los Alamos National Lab’s Metallurgy group and Ivan Vitev of the lab’s Nuclear and Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology group are among the recipients of the DOE Office of Science 2012 Early Career Awards.
The DOE Office of Science recently announced the researchers who have been selected for a financial award under the fiscal year 2012 Early Career Research Program. (Full Story)

Also from the Monitor this week:
NM Consortium garners high-level support

Ground is broken for a new bioenergy research center. Monitor photo.
"This kind of investment in our community and the work we're able to uniquely do in the country I think is just an incredible long view on the part of the county," said Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am about this project,” Senator Tom Udall said. “Los Alamos National Laboratory has always pioneered discoveries to protect our nation, and today energy security is at the crux of that.” (Full Story)

NIAABB selects Los Alamos ultrasonic algae harvester for Phase II development

LANL’s Daniel Kalb harvesting algae with sound.  LANL photo.
The National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB) has selected Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) Ultrasonic Algae Harvesting technology for Phase II development.
The technology is based on LANL’s R&D 100 award-winning Ultrasonic Algal Biofuel Harvester. (Full Story)

Bechtel makes woman engineer magazine’s top 50 employers list
Bechtel has been named a top employer by the readers of Woman Engineer magazine, earning a spot on the magazine's2012 list of Top 50 Employers.
In addition, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, both of which are managed by Bechtel partnerships, were named on the list of Top Government Employers. (Full Story)

Two New YouTube Videos Now Available
LANL Transfers Technology to Sandia BioTech

LANL Science Supports BioWatch

Spectacular view of Saturn’s moon Dione

The robotic Cassini spacecraft captured a spectacular view of Saturn's moon Dione on its closest-ever fly-past - and caught two of the ringed planet's 62 other moons in the background.

Dione has become an object of particular interest to the Cassini mission since oxygen was detected in its upper atmosphere. The discovery was relayed back to scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. (Full Story)

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