Friday, December 4, 2009

LANL computer joins HIV battle

In the deadly game of cat and mouse between HIV and the human immune system, the immune system has acquired an unusual ally.

A New Mexico supercomputer built for nuclear weapons research, using computer chips originally designed for video games, has been used to build a sort of family tree of the remarkably diverse and dangerous virus that causes AIDS (Read more).

Also in the Albuquerque Journal this week:

Geologist returns to Ethiopia

The Rift Valley, a scar left as the [African] continent is being torn apart, runs through the heart of the human evolutionary story. Its complex geology also runs through the life of Giday WoldeGabriel, an Ethiopian-born Los Alamos National Laboratory geologist who returns to his native country each year to grapple with science's and life's hard questions (Read more).

LANL begins razing Cold War-era buildings

Metal met mortar at Los Alamos National Laboratory on Tuesday morning, as dozens of officials watched a monstrous excavator start tearing apart lab buildings that date back to the 1940s (Read more).

And watch a really cool video clip here.

Peta-flogging HIV

A cutting-edge, petascale supercomputer called Roadrunner, developed by IBM in partnership with the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the National Nuclear Security Administration, is being put to work analyzing vast quantities of genetic sequences from HIV-infected people in the hope of zeroing in on possible vaccine target areas (Read more).

Surfing the shores of time

Herbert Van de Sompel is a computer scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, team leader of research and prototyping in the lab’s Research Library. Working with a colleague from Old Dominion University, Van de Sompel has decided to do something about this missing time dimension on the Internet (Read more).

Also from the Monitor this week:

Sharpening the bionic eye

During a recent ceremony for employees of Los Alamos National Laboratory, a group of local scientists were recognized for their work on the Artificial Retina Project, which was honored this year with one of R&D Magazine’s annual awards (Read more).

LANL employees have the spirit of giving

By Kurt Steinhaus -- Los Alamos National Laboratory employees' exceptional spirit of giving and generosity can be seen throughout the year in their participation in Laboratory community drives, campaigns and volunteerism (Read more).

ORNL, Los Alamos pioneer new approach to assist scientists, farmers

Sustainable farming, initially adopted to preserve soil quality for future generations, may also play a role in maintaining a healthy climate, according to researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge and Los Alamos national laboratories (Read more).

Biomagnetics to market LANL technology

Los Alamos National Laboratory has signed a license agreement with Biomagnetics Diagnostics Corp. to market breakthrough pathogen detection technology (Read more).

LANL charity pledges hit record

Los Alamos National Laboratory says its employees have pledged a record $1.3 million to United Way and other local nonprofit programs (Read more).

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