Friday, September 5, 2014

Science Matters: LANL scientists take closer look at rain

Graphic from the New Mexican.        

“The fact that they [heavy downpours] are extreme means they don’t happen often, so it’s hard to separate the signal from the noise,” says Todd Ringler, an atmospheric scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, describing one of the most critical issues in the ongoing debate over global warming. “The challenge gets back to weather and climate,” he said. “We observe extreme events in terms of weather events, but we’re trying to understand extreme events in the realm of climate. It’s a tough job.” (Full Story)

LANL may have answer to computer security

Illustration from ABQ Biz First.            

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have developed a quantum random number generator that could change the face of computer security. Now, LANL has licensed the technology to Allied Minds, a firm in Boston that aims to build the next generation of cryptography though it subsidiary, Whitewood Encryption Systems Inc.

The deal is the largest technology transfer licensing agreement ever for LANL, according to Whitewood. (Full Story)

Light particles may hold the keys to a revolution in encryption

Quantum Key, LANL photo.

The largest information technology licensing deal ever signed by the Energy Department’s Los Alamos National Laboratory may one day produce uncrackable encryption for use in personal communications, e-commerce, banking and critical infrastructure data transfer.

Los Alamos has developed a way to encrypt data by using the random spin of photons — single light particles — to create cryptographic keys. This represents a vast improvement over current cryptological systems. (Full Story)

Also from NextGov

NASA to fund research at NMSU

Researchers will use the Apache Peak Observatory in Southern New Mexico. NMSU photo.

New Mexico NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) has awarded a grant of $749,893 to New Mexico State University astronomers for research to be conducted over the next three years.         

Jovian Interiors from Velocimetry Experiment (JIVE) team includes NMSU’s Jason Jackiewicz and Patrick Gaulme, researchers from NASA and Didier Saumon from Los Alamos National Laboratory. (Full Story)

NERSC reveals 44 NESAP code teams

To ensure that the highly diverse workloads of the DOE science community continue to be supported as over 5,000 users make the transition to Cori, the partners launched the NERSC Exascale Science Applications Program (NESAP).

The 20 NESAP teams include the Multi-Scale Ocean Simulation for Studying Global to Regional Climate Change by Todd Ringler of Los Alamos National Laboratory. (Full Story)

Fargo selected as site for National Agricultural Genotyping Center

The National Corn Growers Association's Corn Board today announced that Fargo, N.D., will be the site of the National Agricultural Genotyping Center.   

The NAGC partnership brings together Los Alamos National Laboratory, the premier research institution in the world with a proven track record in developing high-throughput genotyping technology. (Full Story)

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