Friday, April 29, 2016

Tissue-engineered artificial lung

The PuLMo alveolar unit is readied for
testing, LANL image.

Nicknamed "PuLMo" for Pulmonary Lung Model, the device consists of two major parts, the bronchiolar unit and the alveolar unit—just like the human lung. The units are primarily made from various polymers and are connected by a microfluidic "circuit board" that manages fluid and air flow.

"When we build our lung, we not only take into account the aspects of different cell types, the tissues that are involved, we also take into account that a lung is supposed to breathe, so PuLMo actually breathes," said Pulak Nath of Applied Modern Physics, who leads engineering efforts for the project. (Full story)

Unique water telescope detects Black Hole flicker

Gamma ray source TeV J1930+188 is far
more complicated than originally thought.
HAWC data.

“This is our deepest look at two-thirds of the sky, as well as the highest energy photons we’ve ever seen from any source,” Brenda Dingus of Los Alamos National Laboratory, who presented the map at the American Physical Society. “We’re at the high energy frontier.”

HAWC is not your typical telescope. The detector is made up of 300 water tanks, each filled with 200,000 liters of purified water. When high-energy particles pass through the water, they emit a blue light called Cherenkov radiation, and physicists then use that light to reconstruct where the particles originated. (Full story)

How ‘killer electrons’ in space can wreak havoc on Earth

Twin Van Allen Probes in orbit. NASA image.

A group of scientists from academia and government met in Santa Fe, New Mexico, earlier this month to compare notes and move the field of space weather research to the next level. The SHIELDS workshop, under the patronage of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, covered multiple disciplines including plasma physics, computational science, and engineering. (Full story)

Los Alamos students take first place in Supercomputing Challenge

Right to left, Ming Lo, Phillip Ionkov, Andy
Corliss and his brother Max Corliss, LANL photo.

Andy Corliss of Aspen Elementary, Max Corliss of Los Alamos Middle, Phillip Ionkov of Aspen Elementary, and Ming Lo of Aspen Elementary won first place for their project, “Solving the Rubic’s Cube 2.0,” on Tuesday at the 26th New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The Supercomputing Challenge is sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Security, LLC, the State of New Mexico, and generous industry partners across the country. (Full story)

Education standouts

Arasely Rodriguez (right) of Taos High School, Solomon Sindelar of the New Mexico Military Institute and Katherine Wang (left) of Los Alamos High School are recipients of the 2016 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund Gold scholarships. They are among the 95 students from seven Northern New Mexico counties receiving scholarships, which are funded through pledges from Los Alamos National Laboratory employees and a $250,000 matching amount from Los Alamos National Security, LLC. (Full story)

LANL projects rosy job numbers

Director McMillan, LANL photo.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan assured local leaders in Santa Fe Tuesday that the lab is going to continue to be a strong community and regional partner. LANL plans to hire more than 2,000 people over the next four years, McMillan said.

He said the laboratory will be taking advantage of the retirement wave “to shape the future workforce of the lab,” he said, adding that they’ve already begun the recruitment process through social media, resume workshops and job fairs across the region. (Full story)

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