James M. Boncella, Los Alamos Actinide Chemist, named Fellow in American Chemical Society

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., June 26, 2017—James M. Boncella, deputy group leader in Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Inorganic, Isotope and Actinide Chemistry group, has been selected as a 2017 Fellow in the American Chemical Society (ACS).  The ACS Fellows Program recognizes members who have both made exceptional scientific contributions and who have provided excellent volunteer service [...]

LGBTQ+ art installation, Post With Pride, supports mission focus on diversity

In a visible display promoting diversity, hundreds of people jotted words of support on Post-Its. June 8, 2017 Laboratory Executive Director Dave Lyons adds his support to the Post With Pride art installation in the Otowi building breezeway windows that are visible from the Lab’s main entrance. “Diversity is a critical part of building a [...]

‘Charliecloud’ simplifies Big Data supercomputing

Los Alamos releases elegantly simple high-performance ‘convenience bubble’ LOS ALAMOS, N.M., June 7, 2017—At Los Alamos National Laboratory, home to more than 100 supercomputers since the dawn of the computing era, elegance and simplicity of programming are highly valued but not always achieved. In the case of a new product, dubbed “Charliecloud,” a crisp 800-line [...]

Fresquez named DOE Small Business Program Manager of the Year

Los Alamos small business program manager recognized for forward-thinking efforts LOS ALAMOS, N.M., June 7, 2017—Chris Fresquez, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s small business program manager, is the recipient of the 2016 Small Business Program Manager of the Year Award given annually by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. “Chris’s [...]

Girls in STEM aims to boost interest in science careers

LANL Foundation-funded summer series kicks off today at Abiquiu Elementary LOS ALAMOS, N.M., June 5, 2017—Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Elizabeth Coronado and Kelsey Neal, with support from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, recently launched a project called Girls in STEM, which aims to improve girls’ attitudes toward science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). “Our [...]

Rover findings indicate stratified lake on ancient Mars

Water carried more oxygen at certain times, depths LOS ALAMOS, N.M., June 1, 2017—A long-lasting lake on ancient Mars provided stable environmental conditions that differed significantly from one part of the lake to another, according to a comprehensive look at findings from the first three-and-a-half years of NASA’s Curiosity rover mission. While previous work had [...]

‘Halos’ discovered on Mars widen time frame for potential life

"What this finding tells us is that, even when the lake eventually evaporated, substantial amounts of groundwater were present for much longer than we previously thought—thus further expanding the window for when life might have existed on Mars.” Migrating silica reveals liquid water lingered longer on Red Planet LOS ALAMOS, N.M., May 30, 2017—Lighter-toned bedrock [...]

Insight into enzyme’s 3D structure could cut biofuel costs

 Neutron crystallography maps LPMOs that break down fibrous cellulose LOS ALAMOS, N.M., May 18, 2017— Using neutron crystallography, a Los Alamos research team has mapped the three-dimensional structure of a protein that breaks down polysaccharides, such as the fibrous cellulose of grasses and woody plants, a finding that could help bring down the cost of [...]

Six northern New Mexico businesses awarded funds to boost growth

Venture Acceleration Fund awards companies from Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and San Miguel Counties LOS ALAMOS, N.M., May 18, 2017—The Venture Acceleration Fund awarded a round of funding to six diverse northern New Mexico businesses. The VAF is a collaborative investment administered by the Regional Development Corporation.  “The Laboratory wants to support the region’s small [...]

Data analysis could trigger new shale gas revolution

Manipulating ‘tail production’ could yield huge long-term gains while minimizing environmental impacts LOS ALAMOS, N.M., May 8, 2017—Extensive data mining and analysis of 20,000 shale gas wells has revealed how “refracturing” existing wells with new technology could transform them from diminished producers into high-performers long after their initial peak production period has ended. “Our analysis [...]