Friday, October 16, 2015

Science on the Hill: Jumpstarting the carbon capture industry

Amount and type of CO2 emissions vary across the
United States. LANL graphic.

Carbon capture, utilization, and storage can provide a crucial bridge between our current global energy economy and a cleaner, more diversified energy future. Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Ohio State University and the National Energy Technology Laboratory have demonstrated that this approach is technically feasible and poised for full-scale roll-out.

Carbon capture involves diverting and compressing byproduct carbon dioxide gas (CO2) at the flue of coal-fired power plants and other emitters and subsequently transporting it in dedicated pipelines for injection into deep geologic reservoirs.

Los Alamos lab releases new HIV-1 vaccine design insights

Scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory recently developed a computational model to transform how researchers evaluate possibilities for vaccines for HIV-1.

The new mathematical model examines the way that broadly neutralizing antibodies coevolve alongside HIV. The scientists stimulated several viral strains as well as antibody populations into co-evolution to demonstrate how the antibodies develop late after the infection is settled in the body. The late development is because of competition with the highly specific antibody response against the dominant viral species.

NM labs crucial in tech transfer

Jetta Wong, Sen. Martin Heinrich, and Sen.Tom Udall,

listen to Sen. Barbara Mikulski, during a roundtable
 discussion. Journal photo.

The U.S. Department of Energy is markedly stepping up efforts to promote commercialization of new technologies from DOE laboratories nationwide, and New Mexico’s labs are playing a critical role in the process.

Jetta Wong, acting director of the DOE’s new Office of Technology Transitions, was in New Mexico on Wednesday with three senators — Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., and New Mexico Democrats Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich — to participate in meetings and tours at Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories.

Funding for Native American ventures gains traction — fourth round is launched

Native American businesses and entrepreneurs around New Mexico stand to benefit from the latest round of funding from the Native American Venture Acceleration Fund (NAVAF) — a fund overseen by Los Alamos National Laboratory’s parent company, Los Alamos National Security LLC.

According to Kathy Keith, director of community programs at LANL, applications for the fourth round of funding are being accepted through Nov. 13 and awards will be made in late December and early January 2016.

'The Martian' might be the most realistic space movie ever made

Drew Goddard, who wrote the screenplay for "The Martian," grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico — a town that was literally built around Los Alamos National Laboratory and is populated "entirely [by] rocket scientists," according to Goddard. At a panel discussion following a screening of the movie in New York, Goddard spoke about how the book captured the reality of the scientific culture that he recognized from his upbringing.

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