Friday, January 25, 2013

Los Alamos Report for January 25, 2013

Trail of minerals is evidence for Mars water

Curiosity.  NASA image.

Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory and the French Space Agency have tracked a trail of minerals that point to the prior presence of water at the Curiosity rover site on Mars.    

“Since the Mars Science Laboratory mission is focused on whether Mars is or was habitable, this new evidence of water on or below the planet’s surface is very exciting,” said ChemCam team leader Roger Wiens
. (Full story)

Nature has a formula that tells us when it’s time to die

 SFI's Geoffrey West.

Every living thing is a pulse. We quicken, then we fade. Everything alive will eventually die, we know that, but now we can read the pattern and see death coming. We have recently learned its logic, which "You can put into mathematics," says physicist Geoffrey West, former Los Alamos scientists now President of the Santa Fe Institute. It shows up with "extraordinary regularity," not just in plants, but in all animals, from slugs to giraffes. Death, it seems, is intimately related to size. (Full story)

Obama names Drell as a winner of the National Medal of Science

Sidney Drell, right, with former Sec. of State George
Shultz. Stanford photo.

President Barack Obama named twelve scientists, including Sidney Drell, Hoover senior fellow and member of the Hoover Institution’s Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy, as winners of the National Medal of Science.

Drell was recognized for his research on quantum electrodynamics and quantum chronodynamics and for applying basic physics to public policy, notably, national security and intelligence.

Drell has been a long-time member of the Los Alamos Natiional Security LLC Mission Committe that reports to the LANS Board of Governors. (Full story)


Los Alamos County science fair draws 319 students

Some of the contestants in the 2012 Regional Science
Fair.  From the Post.

This year there are more than 300 student projects registered for the Science Fair. Local fair sponsors, who provide special awards, make the Los Alamos County Science Fair a memorable event.

Los Alamos National Security, LLC and Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos Kiwanis and the Los Alamos Elks are corporate sponsors for the 2013 fair. (Full story)

N.M. building a biotech bonanza

Scientist Magdalena Torrance with nanoMR. Journal Photo.

The University of New Mexico and the state’s two national laboratories have long enjoyed stellar reputations for cutting-edge biotech research and development. Now, aggressive efforts to commercialize new technologies, build an entrepreneurial culture among scientists, and attract seasoned businesspeople and investors to help move discoveries to market have led to a flurry of local startups in recent years.   

Assets include top-notch medical researchers and engineers, substantial federal funding, and world-class research facilities at UNM, Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory. (Full story)

Los Alamos National Lab demonstration validates the SHINE production process

SHINE's Greg Piefer.  Courtesy photo

SHINE Medical Technologies, Inc. announced today that Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) successfully demonstrated the production and separation of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) from uranium sulfate solution.

This demonstration represents validation of SHINE’s technology in that it utilized both a low-enriched uranium solution and the process flows that will be used in the commercial operations of SHINE. (Full story)

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