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All-woman team commands rock-zapping laser on Mars

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., June 10, 2019—The laser that zaps rocks on Mars is commanded by a talented group of engineers and scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory—who also happen to all be women, a rarity in the engineering field. “It’s unusual, simply because engineering still tends to be male-dominated,” said Nina Lanza, a planetary scientist [...]

All-woman team commands rock-zapping laser on Mars2019-06-10T14:08:36-06:00

Quantum information gets a boost from thin-film breakthrough

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., May 29, 2019—Efforts to create reliable light-based quantum computing, quantum key distribution for cybersecurity, and other technologies got a boost from a new study demonstrating an innovative method for creating thin films to control the emission of single photons. “Efficiently controlling certain thin-film materials so they emit single photons at precise locations—what’s [...]

Quantum information gets a boost from thin-film breakthrough2019-05-29T14:09:52-06:00

From stars to the Amazon, free lectures explore the story of gold

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Emeritus Terry Wallace traces gold’s cosmic journey in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Los Alamos May 15, 2019 Terry Wallace LOS ALAMOS, N.M., May 15, 2019—Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Emeritus Terry Wallace will discuss the cosmic and tectonic journey made by the metal gold in three Frontiers in Science public [...]

From stars to the Amazon, free lectures explore the story of gold2019-05-15T14:09:52-06:00

Two New Mexico small businesses win national Department of Energy awards

Holmans USA and RG Construction Services recognized for excellence in their service to Los Alamos LOS ALAMOS, N.M., April 18, 2019—Two New Mexico companies that work with Los Alamos National Laboratory received small business awards from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) at the 18th annual DOE Small Business Forum and Expo in Pittsburgh on [...]

Two New Mexico small businesses win national Department of Energy awards2019-04-22T14:11:51-06:00

Scientists create first billion-atom biomolecular simulation

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., April 22, 2019—Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have created the largest simulation to date of an entire gene of DNA, a feat that required one billion atoms to model and will help researchers to better understand and develop cures for diseases like cancer. “It is important to understand DNA at this [...]

Scientists create first billion-atom biomolecular simulation2019-04-22T14:11:25-06:00

Data mining digs up hidden clues to major California earthquake triggers

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., April 18, 2019—A powerful computational study of southern California seismic records has revealed detailed information about a plethora of previously undetected small earthquakes, giving a more precise picture about stress in the earth’s crust. A new publicly available catalog of these findings will help seismologists better understand the stresses triggering the larger [...]

Data mining digs up hidden clues to major California earthquake triggers2019-04-18T14:08:41-06:00

Los Alamos waste shipment successfully completed at WIPP

First shipment in five years Los Alamos, New Mexico, April 12, 2019 — The first shipment of Transuranic (TRU) waste from the newly reopened Radioactive Assay Nondestructive Testing (RANT) facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been successfully delivered to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, New Mexico. "The reopening of RANT and [...]

Los Alamos waste shipment successfully completed at WIPP2019-04-12T14:09:05-06:00

New model accurately predicts harmful space weather

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., April 9, 2019— A new, first-of-its-kind space weather model reliably predicts space storms of high-energy particles that are harmful to many satellites and spacecraft orbiting in the Earth’s outer radiation belt. A paper recently published in the journal Space Weather details how the model can accurately give a one-day warning prior to [...]

New model accurately predicts harmful space weather2019-04-09T14:09:44-06:00

New open-source software predicts impacts of extreme events on grids

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., April 9, 2019 — A new, free, open-source software reliably predicts how damage from hurricanes, ice storms, earthquakes, and other extreme events will restrict power delivery from utility grids. The Severe Contingency Solver for Electric Power Transmission is the only software available—commercially or open-source—that reliably supports analysis of extreme events that cause [...]

New open-source software predicts impacts of extreme events on grids2019-04-09T14:09:17-06:00

Scientific computing in the cloud gets down to Earth

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., April 8, 2019—In a groundbreaking effort, seismology researchers have conducted a continent-scale survey for seismic signatures of industrial activity in the Amazon Web Services commercial cloud (AWS), then rapidly downloaded the results without storing raw data or needing a local supercomputer. “Using a traditional workflow, to download-store-calculate on a desktop, this work [...]

Scientific computing in the cloud gets down to Earth2019-04-08T14:08:41-06:00