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Numerical model pinpoints source of pre-cursor to seismic signals

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., July 29, 2019—Numerical simulations have pinpointed the source of acoustic signals emitted by stressed faults in laboratory earthquake machines. The work further unpacks the physics driving geologic faults, knowledge that could one day enable accurately predicting earthquakes. “Previous machine-learning studies found that the acoustic signals detected from an earthquake fault can be [...]

Numerical model pinpoints source of pre-cursor to seismic signals2019-07-29T14:08:41-07:00

Vampire algae killer’s genetic diversity poses threat to biofuels

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., July 22, 2019—New DNA analysis has revealed surprising genetic diversity in a bacterium that poses a persistent threat to the algae biofuels industry. With the evocative name Vampirovibrio chlorellavorus, the predatory pest sucks out the contents of the algae cells (thus the vampire reference) and reduces a productive, thriving, green algae pond [...]

Vampire algae killer’s genetic diversity poses threat to biofuels2019-07-22T14:09:44-07:00

Los Alamos National Laboratory brings 24,169 jobs, $3.1 billion to New Mexico

This report underlines our role as a major employer, including the creation of good paying high-tech jobs, a strong contributor to the local economy, and a supporter of New Mexico businesses.- Thom Mason, director of Los Alamos LOS ALAMOS, N.M., July 18, 2019—An independent economic impact analysis has found that Los Alamos National Laboratory is [...]

Los Alamos National Laboratory brings 24,169 jobs, $3.1 billion to New Mexico2019-07-18T14:09:51-07:00

Machine-learning competition boosts earthquake prediction capabilities

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., July 18, 2019—Three teams who applied novel machine learning methods to successfully predict the timing of earthquakes from historic seismic data are splitting $50,000 in prize money from an open, online Kaggle competition hosted by Los Alamos National Laboratory and its partners. “Crowdsourcing for new approaches in earthquake forecasting helps us leverage [...]

Machine-learning competition boosts earthquake prediction capabilities2019-07-18T14:09:52-07:00

Ground-breaking Los Alamos inventions grab honors

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., July 17, 2019—Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers Patrick McClure and Bob Reid were honored last week with the 2019 Richard P. Feynman Innovation Prize for their work in developing small, cost-effective, and safe nuclear reactor designs to power future habitats in space, as well as remote terrestrial locations. “Patrick and Bob’s work [...]

Ground-breaking Los Alamos inventions grab honors2019-07-17T14:09:12-07:00

New Mexico Tech and Los Alamos National Laboratory make joint appointment to work on robotics projects

Engineer becomes first researcher hired under cooperative agreement July 16, 2019 (left to right) Joint appointee David Grow, Laboratory Director Thom Mason and New Mexico Tech President Stephen Wells at the ceremony to mark the joint appointment. Engineer becomes first researcher hired under cooperative agreement LOS ALAMOS, N.M., July 16, 2019 — New Mexico Tech [...]

New Mexico Tech and Los Alamos National Laboratory make joint appointment to work on robotics projects2019-07-16T14:11:03-07:00

Two Los Alamos scientists win Presidential Early Career Awards

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., July 15, 2019—Abigail Hunter, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Computational Physics Division, and Shea Mosby, of the Laboratory’s Physics Division, have received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. “Abigail has become a technical thought leader within the Laboratory’s weapons program and our materials modeling community, as well as an [...]

Two Los Alamos scientists win Presidential Early Career Awards2019-07-15T14:09:41-07:00

UNM and Los Alamos National Labs sign new cooperative joint faculty agreement

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., July 9, 2019—The University of New Mexico (UNM) and Los Alamos National Laboratory signed a landmark Institutional Agreement that provides staff from both institutions unprecedented access to collaborative research and allows for academic appointments for LANL staff and scientific staff appointments for UNM faculty.  Laboratory  staff can teach classes at UNM’s main [...]

UNM and Los Alamos National Labs sign new cooperative joint faculty agreement2019-07-09T12:12:17-07:00

Researchers cast neural nets to simulate molecular motion

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., July 2, 2019—New work from Los Alamos National Laboratory, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Florida is showing that artificial neural nets can be trained to encode quantum mechanical laws to describe the motions of molecules, supercharging simulations potentially across a broad range of fields. “This [...]

Researchers cast neural nets to simulate molecular motion2019-07-02T14:09:22-07:00

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 Mars2019-06-10T14:08:36-07:00