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Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • Researchers unravel mystery of quantum-dot blinking

    Research by Los Alamos scientists published in the journal Nature documents significant progress in understanding the phenomenon of quantum-dot blinking. Their findings should enhance the ability of biologists to track single particles, enable technologists to create novel light-emitting diodes and single-photon sources, and boost efforts of energy researchers to develop new types of highly efficient solar cells.

  • Nuke Safety Board to convene in Santa Fe

    The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board will be in Santa Fe Thursday to conduct a public meeting and discuss seismic safety of the Plutonium Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The sessions will be from 1-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Santa Fe Convention Center, 201 Marcy Street.

    The DNFSB is an independent agency in the executive branch of the U.S. government that oversees health and safety issues at defense nuclear facilities at LANL.

    During the first session, the board will receive testimony on National Nuclear Security Administration actions to address Plutonium Facility seismic issues that lead to severe accident scenarios.

  • LANL works on ultra-low field MRI

    LANL researchers are developing a system to make ultra-low field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) commercially viable for medical applications.
    The researchers have been working on an ultra-low field MRI system using low temperature SQUIDS (supercomputing quantum interference devices). Ultra-low field MRI with low temperature SQUIDs in a shielded room has many potential advantages for medical imaging, such as convenience, enhanced contrast, and open design.

  • Edgewater awarded subcontract by LANS

    Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) the prime contractor operating Los Alamos National Laboratory awarded three subcontracts to perform Formality of Operations Technical Services at the laboratory last week. 

    These subcontracts will continue important ongoing work to insure operational readiness, and compliance with Department of Energy (DOE) directives and the Defense Nuclear Facilities Board (DNFSB) initiatives and recommendations.  

    The Formality of Operations Program includes processes to maintain and improve best-practices in areas such as Conduct of Operations, Conduct of Engineering, Conduct of Maintenance, Conduct of Training, and implementation of the Safety Basis and Readiness Programs across LANL.

  • LANL to unveil new research journal

    A new research journal in the burgeoning field of algae science will begin publication in 2012, steered by editors-in-chief José Olivares and Richard Sayre of Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    Algal Research is an international journal that will cover all areas of emerging technologies in algal biology, biomass production, cultivation, harvesting, extraction, bioproducts, and econometrics. The journal publishes original scientific research papers, review articles, and invited commentaries.

  • NNSA reaches pact to produce Mo-99

    The National Nuclear Security Administration’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative announced today the signing of a cooperative agreement with NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes, LLC, to further the development of accelerator-based technology to produce molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) in the United States.
    The cooperative agreement between NNSA and NorthStar, which totals $4.6 million and is funded under a 50 percent/50 percent cost-share arrangement, will accelerate the development of the NorthStar technology to produce Mo-99 without proliferation-sensitive highly enriched uranium (HEU). The agreement would also support the goal of ensuring a reliable domestic supply of this critical medical isotope for U.S. patients.

  • Lab releases 2010 environmental report

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory recently released its 2010 Environmental Report.
    The annual update is 412 pages and the Los Alamos Monitor did a quick review and here are some of the highlights.

  • Antibody project could unlock mysteries

    A National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to Los Alamos National Laboratory Bioscience Division could help unravel the gnarly secrets of how many human genes function.
    Originally discovered in the Human Genome Project, the approximately 20,000 genes of the human body have been slow to reveal their exact roles. And one of the best tools for exposing a gene’s function is to take the protein it produces and generate specific antibodies, usually by vaccinating mice or rabbits. Antibodies are specialized proteins the immune system deploys to block the actions of potentially harmful bacteria and viruses.

  • Leadership New Mexico

    LANL Director Charlie McMillan, and Roger Waterman of TRK Management and Kurt Steinhaus from the lab’s Community Programs Office chat during Thursday night’s Leadership New Mexico event at the Bradbury Science Museum.

  • LANL wins cyber security award

    The SANS Institute announced Monday that Los Alamos National Laboratory has won the 2011 U.S. National Cybersecurity Innovation Award for their innovative use of vShield and other defense tools that represent a breakthrough model for securing virtual computing and private cloud deployments. As federal agencies and commercial organizations move quickly to take advantage of cloud computing, they are also concerned about the increasing risk of cyber-attacks.