Friday, August 28, 2009

NM researchers hope laser could help troops

Los Alamos National Laboratory explosives expert David Moore is driven by the almost nightly news about explosions targeting U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. His team is working to develop a laser that could spot explosives from a safe distance - one goal calls for detection from 55 yards. "It's kind of a helpless feeling to see everything they (enemies) can do with a very simple weapon" such as a roadside bomb, he said (Full story).

Los Alamos scientist Louis Rosen dies at 91

Louis Rosen, a Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist who worked on the Manhattan Project and later created an influential neutron center at the facility, has died at age 91. Rosen was sent to an Albuquerque hospital after an apparent fall at his home Aug. 15. A granddaughter, Ambyr Hardy, said he was transferred to a Los Alamos rehabilitation center shortly before he died Thursday, surrounded by his family (Full story).

weapons labs determined to retain funding

As the US nuclear weapons budget has plunged over the past decade, the nation's three weapons laboratories are determined to hold onto a program that they say is now their only source of support dedicated to high-risk research that could have big payoffs (Full story).

High-efficiency solid-state lighting research receives funding

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, recently announced its commitment to fund two Single Investigator and Small Group Research projects at Los Alamos. Each project will be funded for up to three years (Full story).

Astronomers set their eyes on the sun, hope to gain understanding of space weather

Astronomers at New Mexico State University hope they will soon be able to better understand the depths of the sun and predict space weather with the help of two new grants with NASA and the National Science Foundation. The principle investigator on the projects is Patricia C. Hynes. Co-investigators include Joyce Guzik, with the Department of Energy at Los Alamos National Laboratory (Full story).

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