Friday, February 18, 2011

LANL fights back against cyber security threats

Federal Lab Consortium illustration.

New technologies represent a paradigm shift in practical cryptography. Unlike current cryptography techniques, which rely on the difficulty of mathematical problems to generate security, quantum encryption techniques rely on the laws of quantum mechanics.

LANL has filed two separate patents for intellectual property related to the secure quantum communications, and a call for technology commercialization partners has been announced. The work supports the Laboratory’s Global Security mission. (Full Story)

LANL creates flu laboratory

Lance Green of Biosciences Division tests an earlier version of a modular influenza laboratory. LANL photo.

Even after the first New Mexicans were sickened by pandemic H1N1 in April 2009, state health officials had no way of identifying the flu strain without first shipping a handful of samples to Atlanta for testing.

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratories have developed an automated lab they say can analyze thousands of flu samples in days, offering health officials a fast, detailed picture of an emerging pandemic. (Full Story) Read more about it from United Press International Science News.

Lawmakers grill New Mexico gas company


NM Gas Company officials and other experts testify at a NM Legislative Committee hearing. Story features LANL's Duncan McBranch of the Science, Technology, and Engineering directorate. (Full Story)

Obama seeks big boost for labs

The 2012 Federal Budget Document.

The Obama administration Monday called for spending increases for the U.S. nuclear weapons complex, including a nearly $700 million budget hike in New Mexico.

Department of Energy spending provides the largest single chunk of federal cash flowing into New Mexico — $4.1 billion in 2010, much of it for nuclear weapons work at the labs. (Full Story)

STI meets customer current carrying requirements

Schematic of a typical superconducting wire. LANL illustration.

Superconductor Technologies Inc. has met a customer's requirements for current carrying performance for a second generation (2G) High Temperature Superconducting wire sample.

"STI and Los Alamos National Laboratory Reactive Co-Evaporation technology is both technologically innovative and potentially commercially enabling for new HTS machines." (Full Story)

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