Friday, January 31, 2014

LANL researcher takes to slopes as one of world’s top freestyle racers

Altmann on the Chamonix winner’s podium. From the New Mexican.      

By day, he’s a scientist studying climate change for a nearby top-secret (sort of) government laboratory. On the weekend, he’s leading the kind of hair-on-fire lifestyle that Hollywood movies are made of, the kind of run-all-day/party-all-night life that grown men with burly chest hair raise a toast to while feeling unworthy by comparative masculinity. He’s Garrett Altmann, a budding star on the Freeride World Tour. At Los Alamos he’s studying climate change in the Arctic. (Full Story)

Watch Altmann's run here. It's amazing!

Scientists paving the way for advancements in Doppler technology

Target vessel at the U1a underground test site in Nevada where the MPDV is typically utilized.  LANL image.

A team lead by Edward Daykin has been instrumental in developing the type of technology necessary to measure the characteristics of plutonium and other materials used in today’s stockpile.

NSTech’s Daykin, David Holtkamp from Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Ted Strand from LLNL earned a 2012 R&D 100 award for the development of Multiplexed Photonic Doppler Velocimeter (MPDV).

The MPDV is a portable optical velocimetry system that simultaneously measures up to 32 discrete surface velocities onto a single digitizer by multiplexing signals in frequency and time. (Full Story)

Common yet coy, neutrinos are a mystery. But they are important

Book Reviews: The original experiment that Frederick Reines and Clyde Cowan came up with to test the hypothesis was unorthodox. It involved dropping a detector down a shaft within 40 metres of an exploding nuclear bomb, which would act as a source of neutrinos. Though Los Alamos National Laboratory approved the experiment, they eventually chose a more practical approach and buried a detector near a powerful nuclear reactor at Savannah River, South Carolina, instead. (Full Story)

Students build a futuristic city

Española sixth-graders proudly stand behind their scale model of the City of Española. From The Sun.

Future City started in 2001 as a national, project-based learning experience and contest for students who are charged with imagining, designing and building cities of the future.  The students must first design a virtual city using Sim City software. The software is provided by Los Alamos National Laboratory, one of the competition's sponsors along with LANS, LLC and Sandia National Laboratories. (Full Story)

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