Friday, July 25, 2014

New technology allows hair to reflect almost any color

Hair color goes high-tech (courtesy photo)
What if you could alter your hair to reflect any color in the spectrum? What if you could use a flatiron to press a pattern into your new hair color? Those are possibilities suggested by researchers from the University of New Mexico and Los Alamos National Laboratories. (full story)

National labs snare 9 innovation ‘Oscars’

LANL’s Acoustic Wavenumber Spectroscopy (AWS), which
generates images of hidden structural properties and/or defects.
(LANL photo)
The National Nuclear Security Administration national laboratories – Sandia, Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore – have landed nine of R&D Magazine’s 2013 R&D 100 Awards, also known as the “Oscars of Innovation.” (full story)

Also appearing this week in the Albuquerque Journal:

Scholarships open door for grad

Scholarship winner Raymond Fasano plans to study
engineering at Tufts University (courtesy photo)
Raymond Fasano didn’t have much money growing up and had to rely on only one parent for everything.

The Bernalillo High School valedictorian didn’t let that deter him from excelling.

His diligence earned him two major financial aid packages. Fasano was accepted into the QuestBridge program, and he is the recipient of a $30,000 scholarship from the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund. (full story)

Three Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers have been named among the most influential scientists in the world.

Scholarship winner Raymond Fasano plans to study
engineering at Tufts University (courtesy photo)
Hepatitis C researcher Alan Perelson and HIV researcher Bette Korber, along with mass spectrometry researcher Allison Aiken, were named to Thomson Reuters Corp.’s list of the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds,” released Tuesday. (full story)

This story also appeared in the Albuquerque Journal and the Los Alamos Monitor

And also appearing this week in the Santa Fe New Mexican:

Native student to receive business scholarship

Los Alamos National Security LLC, working through the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, is offering a $1,000 Northern New Mexico Tribal Business Scholarship for Native American students who are already pursuing business degrees. (full story)

Mechanism Found for Development of Protective HIV Antibodies

Scientists at Duke University and Los Alamos find
a vulnerability in HIV that could lead to a vaccine
(courtesy image)
Scientists at Duke Medicine have found an immunologic mechanism that makes broadly neutralizing antibodies in people who are HIV-1 infected.

These findings, published online July 24, 2014, in the journal Cell, are a major development toward determining the key to induction of potent neutralizing antibodies by an HIV vaccine.

…study authors included Peter Hraber and Bette T. Korber of Los Alamos National Laboratory…. (full story)

Bechtel-UC Teams at US National Laboratories Win Six R&D 100 Awards

LANL’s Safire, an R&D 100 Award winner (LANL photo)
Bechtel announced today that researchers from two U.S. national laboratories managed and operated by Bechtel partnerships have earned six 2014 R&D 100 Awards, known as the Oscars of Invention.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory teams collected four awards and Los Alamos National Laboratory teams received two. R&D Magazine gives the awards to recognize the top 100 technology products of the year, honoring cutting-edge scientific and engineering technologies with commercial potential. (full story)

This story also appeared in the Yahoo! News

How I make science and research work as a business

Gary Grider (courtesy Albuquerque Business First)
With a high population of science-based jobs in the state, the art of mixing science and business is something New Mexico might be able to thrive in. To find out how that can best be done, Albuquerque Business First spoke to Gary Grider, who works at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He gave us a few tips about how business and science can work together to create stronger industries. (full story)

Los Alamos National Laboratory launches new student app

Los Alamos National Laboratory recently launched its new student mobile app students and postdoctoral candidates can use to learn about employment opportunities, science research, education programs and more. (full story)

Thuc Hoang, Trinity Project Manager, National Nuclear Security Administration

Illustration of the Trinity Supercomputer, from Cray Inc.
Forty-two petaFLOPS equals one big upgrade for the National Nuclear Security Administration. A new super computer dubbed Trinity will be assembled next year at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The $174 million deal with Cray is one of the biggest contracts in the supercomputer manufacturers history. Cray also built supercomputer Cielo, which will be retired after Trinity is up and running. Thuc Hoang is the Trinity project manager in the Office for Advanced Simulation and Computing at the NNSA. She told Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive how supercomputing supports the mission. (full story)

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