Friday, February 11, 2011

Dig reveals Manhattan Project pieces

KRQE anchorman Dick Knipfing introduces the story.

The federal government is spending $94 million of stimulus money to clean up the landfill, which was used to store remnants of the effort to create a nuclear bomb.

Waste, some of it contaminated with plutonium, was put into the dump between 1944 and 1948, said Gordon Dover, a deputy executive director of environmental programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory. (Full Story)

How tough is it to build a dirty bomb?

Members of the LANL Offsite Source Recovery program conduct a field recovery. From LANL video.

Science correspondent Miles O'Brien examines the threat that radioactive "dirty bombs" could pose to cities in the U.S., and what's being done to prevent a radiological attack from happening. Read the transcript Watch the story

LANL pathogen-mapping system could take mystery out of flu

ffering a new weapon against infectious diseases, researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory announced another step in a multi-year project to build an automated surveillance network for mapping influenza and other pathogens.

Working toward dramatic improvements in surveillance information, a technical and biological team at LANL has partnered with the University of California, Los Angeles to build and test a system of small, self-contained High-Throughput Laboratory Network units capable of rapidly processing and analyzing large quantities of infectious materials from around the world. (
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Suits save money, protect environment

An excavator operator wearing an OREX protective suit.

Los Alamos National Laboratory will save more than $800,000 and reduce the amount of material sent to a landfill by expanding the use of protective clothing made from a recyclable fabric.

Called OREX, the fabric is an organic polymer that is sent to a treatment facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn., where it can be dissolved and returned safely to nature. That saves both disposal costs and space in landfills. (Full Story)

Key hydrogen storage molecule unraveled

Diffraction studies provided the insights needed to understand key molecules in hydrogen storage. From R&D.

For nearly a century, nobody knew how the little molecule that’s in the middle of many of today’s hydrogen storage and release concepts was organized.

Thanks to an interdisciplinary team of scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory, the structure of a molecule known as DADB has been determined. (Full Story)

UCLA in collaboration with LANL, implements automated bio-surveillance system

Artists' representation shows how a HTLN might look when fully developed. LANL illustration.

UCLA and LANL, as part of their development of the High Throughput Laboratory Network (HTLN) for infectious disease surveillance, have selected HighRes Biosolutions to automate a high-throughput extraction and screening system. (Full Story)

Lincoln Interactive students chat live with Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher

Microscopic view of green algae. LANL photo.

Cutting Edge Science Club students learn about algae for biofuel research in an online video chat with Dr. Scott Twary, a leading plant physiologist and algae researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Dr. Twary answered a wide range of questions from participating students on topics from the physiology of algae to potential applications of algae as a biofuel and as a power plant emission scrubber. (Full Story)

HPC symposium co-hosted by Los Alamos National Lab and NVIDIA

Ben Bergen, research scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, said, "The growing success of GTC makes it a natural venue for co-hosting the Accelerated HPC Symposium. This event draws senior scientists from national research labs across the globe, and their interests in hardware and software development make for a perfect match with GTC." (Full Story)

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