Friday, February 13, 2015

Los Alamos leads collaborative effort of explosives detection innovation, education

Students attend explosives courses at Los Alamos, LANL photo

The Los Alamos National Laboratory is leading a collaboration of strategic public and private partners focused on the innovations in and education about explosives detection technologies. The Los Alamos Collaboration for Explosives Detection (LACED) site serves as a virtual gateway to world-class expertise and capabilities designed to counter all types of explosives threats, predominantly through enhanced detection capabilities. The site went public online in January and is beginning to attract attention among specialty audiences. (Full Story)

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LANL team website maps epidemics in effort to learn ways to stop contagion’s spread

Transmission Electron Micrograph of the measles virus, from the CDC

New Mexico hasn’t had its first zombie infection yet, but if that happens, Nick Generous and others on a Los Alamos National Laboratory team will probably map it on their new Biosurveillance Gateway website.

“In the earliest stages of outbreak, there’s this critical period of time that officials can enact certain interventions to minimize and prevent the spread,” said Generous, a molecular biologist who helped develop the Biosurveillance Gateway. “So, how do you decide what to do?” (Full Story)

Scientists find key to solving 30-year-old ‘hidden order’ mystery

“Hidden order” puzzle in pure crystalline uranium, ruthenium and silicon. Rutgers image               

A new explanation for a type of order, or symmetry, in an exotic material made with uranium may lead to enhanced computer displays and data storage systems, collaborators from Rutgers, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Leiden Univ.

The team's findings are a major step toward explaining a puzzle that physicists worldwide have been struggling with for 30 years, when scientists first noticed a change in the material's electrical and magnetic properties but were unable to describe it fully. (Full Story)

NNSA, USAF complete B61-12 LEP flight tests

B61 flight test aboard F-16, NNSA image

The flight test assets consisted of hardware designed by Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory, mated to the tail-kit assembly IMV section, designed by Boeing St Charles under contract with Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. This series is the first of many flight tests for the B61-12 LEP. The testing is a key building block between on-going system ground testing and the first development flight test drop scheduled in Fiscal Year 2015. (Full Story)

NM startup ready to start treating oil-field water

OrganiClear on the job, ABQ Journal image

Breakthrough water-cleansing technology from Los Alamos National Laboratory may soon be treating dirty water from the oil and gas industry at sites throughout the Mountain West.

The technology, developed by LANL in collaboration with the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and the University of Texas, can make so-called produced water clean enough for agricultural use. And, unlike standard techniques, OrganiClear leaves no waste products behind. (Full Story)

Science program helps school districts

The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation thanks the EspaƱola and Mesa Vista school districts for their commitment to increasing student achievement and best teaching practices. Many changes have recently occurred in education with implementation of Common Core Standards and new teacher evaluation tools. (Full Story)

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