Friday, January 17, 2014

Faults may emit earthquake warning signs

USGS earthquake hazard map for the United States.

A study of squeaky glass beads squeezed between powerful pistons offers one explanation for how these earthquake warning signals form. The findings were published online in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

“They are associated with small failures along the fault patch that is going to fail catastrophically,” said Paul Johnson, a geophysicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and lead study author. (Full Story)

Temporary hair tattoo awarded patent

SEM image of a diffraction pattern etched into a polymer coating on a single shaft of brown hair. LANL image.

There’s no telling what hair trends will be in the future, but if one day you see someone with the Declaration of Independence etched into their locks, it’s a pretty good bet that scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory had something to do with it.

Product developers at LANL and Procter and Gamble were recently awarded a U.S. Patent for a hair treatment process that would potentially allow someone to exhibit an image in their hair through light diffraction. (Full Story)

NM labs and bases fare well in budget plan

Sen. Tom Udall.   

New Mexico’s national laboratories would get $537 million to extend the life of the nation’s B61 nuclear bombs and the labs will see increased spending in some areas under a new federal budget proposal, Sen. Tom Udall said.

“My top priority in the U.S. Senate is to fight for policies and funding that will grow our economy and support high-quality jobs in New Mexico,” Udall said. “I’m pleased I was able to secure increased funding for the safety and security of the nation’s nuclear deterrent, along with cleanup at the national labs and at WIPP." (Full Story)

LANL employees fund offering scholarships

Northern New Mexico students aiming to pursue four-year college degrees are eligible for tuition help ranging from$1,000 to $30,000 from the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund. (Full Story)

Brown Bag Lecture focuses on ancient stone calendars of the Southwest

Ron Barber of Mechanical Design Engineering (AOT-MDE) will talk about the Stone Calendar Research Project in a Brown Bag Lecture noon-1 p.m., Jan. 22 at the Bradbury Science Museum. (Full Story)

Hemanext banks on taking oxygen out of stored blood to make it last longer

Image from Hemanext.

New Health Sciences has been quietly developing a system based on work done at Los Alamos National Laboratory to improve the quality of transfused blood and potentially extend its shelf life.

The Los Alamos researchers hypothesized that some of that deterioration resulted from oxidative stress that red blood cells experienced as they were exposed to oxygen throughout the collection and storage process. (Full Story)


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