Friday, August 30, 2013

Magnetic charge crystallization directly visualized in artificial spin ice material

3-D depiction of the honeycomb artificial spin ice topography. UI image.

Los Alamos National Laboratory staff scientist Cristiano Nisoli explained, "The emergence of magnetic monopoles in spin ice systems is a particular case of what physicists call fractionalization, or deconfinement of quasi-particles that together are seen as comprising the fundamental unit of the system, in this case the north and south poles of a nanomagnet." (Full Story)

Homeland Security takes on tech’s ‘Valley of Death’

Death Valley National Park.  From BusinessWeek.

PathScan: This project out of Los Alamos National Lab takes a counterintuitive approach. Instead of keeping online attackers out, the software lets them in so it can trace in real time the path of hackers, learn their techniques and pinpoint machines that are likely compromised so technicians can take those offline. The technology is already running on the lab's 20,000-computer unclassified network. (Full Story)

Mystery revealed, weapons vault declassified

FOX correspondent Will Carr and photographer Lloyd Gottschalk. LANL photo.

A crew from the FOX News Channel spent the better part of two days at the Laboratory last week doing a story about the Cold War site, the TA-41 tunnel vault.

The crew interviewed Lab historian Ellen McGehee and toured the site on day one. The next day, Aug. 21, the correspondent, Will Carr, went live with the story throughout the day on FOX News. Carr recently worked at KOAT-TV in Albuquerque. (Watch the video)

Compact, lightweight X-ray scans

LANL MiniMAX.  LANL image.

X-ray scanners are, even after decades of development, bulky, heavy, expensive and not always reliable. Los Alamos National Laboratory, with the help of several industry experts in optics, has introduced an x-ray device, MiniMAX that overcomes these limitations. MiniMax (Miniature, Mobile, Agile X-ray system) is light, portable, relatively inexpensive and robust. (Full Story)

Navy tests next generation sequencing to gather DNA information

DNA sequence illustration. From Global Biodefense.

Naval Medical Research Center researchers are working with scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to test the deployment of the NGS technology called “Edge Bioinformatics.” NMRC researchers are identifying the logistics required to gather the necessary bioinformatics information, specifically DNA sequence information about thousands of organisms from E. coli to Ebola virus. (Full Story)

New insights on wildfire smoke could improve climate change models

FES electron microscope images of different categories of soot particles. MichTech image.

A Michigan Tech team that includes alumnus Kyle Gorkowski of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, along with other LANL scientists, looked at two types of particles captured during the 2011 Las Conchas fire in New Mexico: soot, not unlike that found in diesel exhaust; and tar balls, tiny round blobs that are abundant in biomass smoke and composed largely of carbon and oxygen. (Full Story)

Los Alamos honors team for work with P&G

Harry Martz, left, and Michael Hamada with their Feynman Prizes.  LANL image

Los Alamos National Laboratory has given its first Richard Feynman Prize for Innovation Achievement to researchers at the lab in recognition for their work with Procter & Gamble.

Michael Hamada, Harold Martz and their colleagues worked with Procter & Gamble for years developing a concept known as Reliability Technology — a statistical method that P&G has used to streamline its manufacturing processes. (Full Story)

Record set for LANL scholarship fund

This year’s Los Alamos National Laboratory Employees’ Scholarship Fund broke past fundraising records, raising a total of $563,827.

Scholarship awards went to 73 students in a seven-county region. Winners received their checks, ranging from $20,000 to $1,000 at a recent ceremony at the LANL Foundation office courtyard in EspaƱola. (Full Story)

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