Friday, February 22, 2013

How Surprisingly Potent Hepatitis C Drug Works Revealed By Computer Modeling

A study by researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory and a multinational team reveals how daclatasvir, a direct-acting antiviral agent in development for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV), targets one of its proteins and causes the fastest viral decline ever seen with anti-HCV drugs - within 12 hours of treatment (full story).

This story also appeared in Health News Digest and the LA Daily Post

Securing the grid with quantum cryptography

US law enforcement officials have long warned against the possibility of foreign terrorists or hostile hackers attacking the nationalelectrical infrastructure.

The clear and presentdanger recently prompted a Los Alamos National Laboratory quantum cryptography (QC) team to successfully complete the first-ever demonstration of securingcontrol data for electric grids using quantum cryptography (full story).

This story also appeared in Electric Energy Online

New 'Slow Light' Technology Could Bring Ultra-Fast Terahertz Wireless Communications and Optical Computing

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) have demonstrated switching on and off “slow light” at a very fast rate in special metamaterials at room temperature. The ability to perform this task opens new possibilities for increasing the speed of wireless telecommunications and all-optical computing. It will be possible to design new chip-scale ultrafast devices with terahertz capability (full story).

A clarion call for science

Harvard President Drew Faust called for members of the scientific community to “raise our voices” in an effort to prevent the U.S. Congress from becoming “an American Association for the Retreat of Science,” when she addressed a gathering of educators, engineers, science leaders, and policymakers in Boston on Thursday.

According to American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) President William H. Press—who served as deputy director for science and technology at Los Alamos National Laboratory—sequestration would dramatically affect every field of scientific research. “If the sequester kicks in on March 1, there’s immediately going to be $54 billion over five years in cuts to federal support of science,” said Press. “If the sequester is avoided … it’s important that we make the case that science should be on the investment side of the ledger.” (Full story)

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