Friday, September 19, 2014

Oilfield sensor wins LANL innovation prize

Dipen Sinha and the innovative technology award. LANL photo.             

Los Alamos National Laboratory awarded the 2014 Richard P. Feynman Innovation Prize to Dipen Sinha and a research team that collaborated to develop a sophisticated acoustic sensor that can maximize flows in oil fields.

The sensor, called SAFIRE, was refined in collaboration with GE and Chevron and has the potential to significantly improve the efficiency of an existing oil field. (Full Story)

Ionic liquids disperse bacterial biofilms and increase antibiotic susceptibility

The five stages of biofilm development. From BioTech Daily.

Biofilm-protected bacteria account for about 80% of bacterial infections in humans and are 50–1,000 times more resistant to antibiotics than bacteria that do not produce biofilms. Biofilms in skin are further protected by the outermost layer of skin, the stratum corneum, which serves as a natural barrier to most therapeutic agents.

Following a search for agents capable of disrupting orinactivating biofilm protection, investigators at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and UCSB reported in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (Full Story)

Collaboration drives achievement in protein research

Thomas Terwilliger.  LANL photo.

“It is tremendously exciting working with researchers around the world, helping them apply the software and algorithms that we have developed to see the inner workings of molecular machines,” said Thomas Terwilliger, a senior Los Alamos scientist and Laboratory Fellow.    

The Los Alamos National Laboratory connection is the development of software, called SOLVE/RESOLVE and PHENIX, in the protein structure analysis of the nuclease. (Full Story)

Also from Science Codex and the Los Alamos Daily Post

Secure computing for the everyman: Quantum computing goes to market

Quantum Key device. LANL photo.

The largest information technology agreement ever signed by Los Alamos National Laboratory brings the potential for truly secure data encryption to the marketplace after nearly 20 years of development at the nation's national-security science laboratory. 

“Quantum systems represent the best hope for truly secure data encryption, because they store or transmit information in ways that are unbreakable by conventional cryptographic methods,” said Duncan McBranch, Chief Technology Officer at Los Alamos National Laboratory. (Full Story)

LANL conducts experiment in Nevada

The Leda experiment is moved from the DAF at NNSS. LANL photo.

Los Alamos National Laboratory has successfully fired the latest in a series of experiments at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS).

“Leda is an integrated experiment that provides important surrogate hydrodynamic materials data in support of the Laboratory’s stewardship of the U. S. nuclear deterrent,” said Bob Webster, Associate Director for Weapons Physics. (Full Story)

DOE Secretary showcases National Labs on Hill

National Lab day on Capitol Hill.  LANL photo.

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz joined Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL and Sen. Jim Risch, R-ID for National Lab Day on the Hill.

The event highlighted several notable research projects from across the National Laboratory system. Senators Durbin and Risch also formally launched the Senate National Laboratory Caucus       

“The National Labs continue to advance science, clean energy and nuclear security in this country,” Moniz said. “The Labs also provide essential capabilities for university and industrial researchers.”  (Full Story)

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