Friday, July 20, 2012

LANL Team Claims Record

While athletes will be shooting for world records at the Summer Olympic Games in London later this month, a team of scientists based at Los Alamos National Laboratory expect an equivalent achievement to be recognized by a U.K.-based authority in coming weeks.

Frank Merrill, team leader of LANL’s neutron science and technology group, said an article announcing a new world record for the largest neutron beam ever created by a short-pulse laser is being prepared for publication in Nature Physics magazine (full story).
This story also appeared in Phys.Org

LANL scientists share research funds to fight HIV

Two Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists are part of a team that has received federal funding to help find effective vaccines against HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).

The two, Bette Korber and Alan Perelson, are part of a Duke University-led consortium that will concentrate on inducing antibodies that can prevent HIV-1 infections, LANL said in a news release (full story).

This story also appeared In the Los Alamos Monitor

It also appeared In BioSpace
Old frog, new tricks: The rise of magnetic biofuels

Of all the many contributions that the English have made to the study and advancement of biofuels, it may be that one day that the appearance of an unusual bacterium back in the last days of the dinosaurs – amongst the organisms that eventually formed the White Cliffs of Dover – that we may remember best.

The bacterium was first observed in the 1960s, but their role in the future of energy took a significant step forward last year, when a group of Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers genetically engineered “magnetic” algae to investigate alternative, more efficient harvesting and lipid extraction methods for biofuels (full story).
Molecules exhibit switch ‘handedness’ at speed of light

A multi-institutional team of researchers including scientists with Los Alamos National Laboratory (of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration) has created the first artificial molecules whose chirality can be rapidly switched from a right-handed to a left-handed orientation with a beam of light on them.

Switchable molecules hold possibilities for the application of terahertz technologies across a wide range of fields, including biomedical research, homeland security and ultrahigh-speed communications (full story).
LANL and ReconRobotics Enter Research Collaboration

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and ReconRobotics have entered into a new partnership to promote intelligence advancement to miniature robots.

According to LANL’s Technology Transfer division leader, David Pesiri, this partnership will revolutionize the shift from laboratoryideas to real-world technology enhancements. ReconRobotics has a long-term history of providing quality services to clients including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps (full story).

This story also appeared on CNN
Sandia, Los Alamos National Labs win small-bizhonor

A small business assistance program run by New Mexico’s two national laboratories has been named the Manufacturing Advocate of the Year by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program offers businesses free technical help from scientists and engineers at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories. Each laboratory can provide up to $2.4 million a year in assistance to businesses (full story).

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