Friday, April 19, 2013


UNM to test early detection system

The University of New Mexico Hospital will begin screening women for breast cancer this summer with a new system some doctors say could revolutionize cancer-detection technology.

The breast cancer ultrasound tomography system was developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory with a $7.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program. The system is being prepared for commercial markets by a newly formed company, Mustomo Inc., and UNMH will start clinical trials this summer on 200 women (full story).


LANL initiative spurs tech transfer

“LabStart has popped up as a model that works,” (LANL’s Tom) Brennan said. “We have an active ‘white paper’ into (the DOE) for funding to roll it out to additional laboratories.”

Karina Edmonds, the DOE’s technology transfer coordinator until her appointment ended on April 11, said LabStart has indeed raised eyebrows (full story).

Also from the Journal:

Editorial: Tech transfer working

Revolutionary ideas that could benefit society soon are bubbling out of New Mexico’s national laboratories (full story).

Students to descend on lab

More than 200 New Mexico students and their teachers will be at Los Alamos National Laboratory, April 21-23 for the 23rd annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge expo and awards ceremony (full story).

 Also from the Monitor:

LANL quality assurance division gets recognition

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Quality and Performance Assurance Division received Piñon Recognition from Quality New Mexico and will be recognized at QNM’s annual learning summit and awards ceremony April 22-23 in Albuquerque (full story).

The green supercomputer: Adaptive Computing is ensuring fast doesn’t mean wasteful

A week ago Roadrunner, the world’s first petaflop supercomputer and still capable of a staggering one quadrillion floating point operations per second, was tossed aside like an old shoe, or the PC you bought in 2007. Five years ago it was the fastest computer on the planet, running nuclear warhead degradation simulations for Los Alamos National Laboratory, today it’s yesterday’s news.

But speed wasn’t the only issue.

Rather, the race for better, smaller, faster supercomputers now includes an adjective that wasn’t nearly as common five years ago: greener. (full story)

Accurate pointing by Curiosity

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover targeted the laser of the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument with remarkable accuracy for assessing the composition of the wall of a drilled hole and tailings that resulted from the drilling. This graphic diagrams the pointing and shows the resulting pits created by the laser shots (full story).


Senate panel backs Moniz for energy chief

The Senate Energy Committee has overwhelmingly endorsed the nomination of physicist Ernest Moniz to lead the Energy Department. The energy panel voted 21-1 Thursday to endorse Moniz, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (full story).

Want a stable grid? Tune the generators, researchers say

Researchers have discovered that there's more to power grid synchronization than the transmission lines alone. According to a report on, researchers at Northwestern University, Stanford and Los Alamos National Laboratory found that "the leading factor for grid stability is not the network structure itself, which most previous studies have focused on, but the relation between the network structure, the state of the grid, and certain parameters of the generators."

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