Friday, June 24, 2016

You Can Now Tour Secret WWII Lab with 'Manhattan Project' App

This October 1965 photo shows a "Fat Man" nuclear bomb of the type tested at Trinity Site, N.M.

The efforts during World War II to develop an atomic bomb were once shrouded in secrecy, but today, the story of the so-called Manhattan Project isn't just public — you can now visit the project on your smartphone. (Full story)

Also in the Albuquerque Journal

Robot Rodeo brings in bomb squads from all over U.S.

A robot practices removing a device at the Robot Rodeo. Photo credit Los Alamos Monitor.

Emergency bomb squads from all over the U.S. are teamed up at Los Alamos National Laboratory this week to compete and show off their skills.   

Called the Robot Rodeo, it’s one of the few events where these teams can show off their skills taking their unit’s bomb handling robots through many types of real life scenarios.
Opening suspicious packages, taking bombs off trains, and delivering packages are just some of the scenarios the teams in the competition practice.

The Robot Rodeo takes place at Sandia National Laboratory or Los Alamos National Laboratory. This year it was at LANL’s Tech Area 49, where teams from the Los Alamos Police Department, Colorado, California and elsewhere put their robots through their paces. (Full story)

DOE Aims to Help Commercialize 2 Energy Technologies From Los Alamos Nat’l Lab

Stock photo, Executive Biz

The Department of Energy has awarded $850,000 in funds to support groundwater restoration and fractured rock characterization projects at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico under DOE’s Technology Commercialization Fund.

DOE picked a total of 54 energy technology projects that involve collaboration between 12 national laboratories and 52 companies as part of an effort to help businesses move technologies from the lab to the market, LANL said Tuesday. (Full story)

Efficient hydrogen production made easy: Sticking electrons to a semiconductor with hydrazine creates an electrocatalyst

Efficient Hydrogen Evolution in Transition Metal
Dichalcogenides via a Simple One-Step Hydrazine Reaction

In the 2015 movie "The Martian," stranded astronaut Matt Damon turns to the chemistry of rocket fuel, hydrazine and hydrogen, to create lifesaving water and nearly blows himself up. But if you turn the process around and get the hydrazine to help, you create hydrogen from water by changing conductivity in a semiconductor, a transformation with wide potential applications in energy and electronics. (Full story)

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