Lab nabs top tech awards

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LANL has won 117 of these awards since 1978

By Special to the Monitor

A super high speed camera.

Green explosives.

A way to pull fuel from algae using sound waves.

Those are a few of the projects that netted five top awards for Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists.

The R&D Magazine’s R&D 100 Awards honor the top 100 proven technological advances of the past year.

“This work benefits us all by enhancing America’s competitiveness, ensuring our security, providing new energy solutions and expanding the frontiers of our knowledge,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu, in a news release.

Since 1978 Los Alamos has won 117 R&D100 awards. The awards will be presented in November in Orlando, Fla.

A greener shade

of explosive

Los Alamos scientists, led by Elizabeth Francois of the lab’s high explosive science and technology group, developed a way to make a type of explosive called DiAminoAzoxyFurazan, or DAAFox. DAAFox packs a punch — delivering more explosive power with less material.

It resists ignition, reducing the possibility of accidental detonation. And the synthesis method is environmentally friendly.  


Super slow-mo

science movies

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