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LANL: Gene Regulation Tool Makes Medical And Biofuel Advances Possible

on August 30, 2015 - 9:37am

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have manufactured molecular 'dimmer' switches to control cellular metabolism with exquisite precision. The research has potential widespread application in biomedicine and bioenergy. The switches (pink) are made of RNA molecules and designed to control transmission of information (green/blue) to molecular machines (grey/orange) inside living cells. Courtesy LANL

LANL News:

  • Tunable riboregulator switches for post-translational control of gene expression

Recent work by Los Alamos National Laboratory experimental and theoretical biologists describes

LANL: Capture Sunlight With Your Window

on August 30, 2015 - 9:05am

The luminescent solar concentrator could turn any window into a daytime power source.Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:

  • With integrated photovoltaics, quantum dot solar windows go non-toxic, colorless, with record efficiency

A luminescent solar concentrator is an emerging sunlight harvesting technology that has the potential to disrupt the way we think about energy; It could turn any window into a daytime power source.

“In these devices, a fraction of light transmitted through the window is absorbed by nanosized particles (semiconductor quantum dots) dispersed in a glass window, re-emitted at the

Ernst & Young LLP, LANL Make New Cybersecurity Tools Available To Private Sector

on August 28, 2015 - 7:38am

Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

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Ernst & Young LLP and Los Alamos National Laboratory have formed a strategic alliance to deliver some of the most advanced behavioral cybersecurity tools available to the commercial market.

“Cybersecurity attacks are ever more frequent and more sophisticated, and they destroy the trust needed to conduct business,” said Duncan McBranch, Chief Technology Officer at Los Alamos National Laboratory. “Every organization must improve its ability to detect and stop attacks as they occur, and before secure data is compromised.

New LANL Foundation CEO Unveils Plans For Future

on August 26, 2015 - 2:38pm

Jenny Parks

LANL News:

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation Executive Director Jenny Parks Interviewed On New LANL Community Connections Podcast

A Community Connections podcast episode that features the new CEO of the LANL Foundation, Jenny Parks, has just been released by the Los Alamos National Laboratory Community Programs Office.

Parks discusses her diverse professional background and the Foundation’s plans for the future with Carole Rutten, deputy director of community programs at LANL.

Robots Take Center Stage At Bradbury Science Museum Aug. 28

on August 25, 2015 - 5:54pm

An evening at the museum Friday celebrating all things robotic. Courtesy/BSM

LANL News:

Members of the public can see robots of all different sizes, shapes and uses at Robotics Night 5-7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28, at Los Alamos National Laboratory's Bradbury Science Museum in downtown Los Alamos. 

At Robotics Night inside the museum and in the surface parking lot outside adjacent to Central Avenue, watch members of LANL's hazardous devices team and the Los Alamos Police Department operate their robots.

There also will be robots from the UNM-Los Alamos Robotics Club, Sumo Bot battles with

Cost Of Nukes

on August 25, 2015 - 11:21am

Nuclear power plant cost-effectiveness measure - interactive tool roots discussions about the cost of nuclear energy in hard evidence. Courtesy/

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Despite the ever-changing landscape of energy economics, subject to the influence of new technologies and geopolitics, a new tool promises to root discussions about the cost of nuclear energy in hard evidence rather than speculation.

Over the last two years, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has developed the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Cost Calculator, an online interface that provides a nuanced look at the economic

Moving Right Along: The Exemplary Progress Of Sheri Lopez

on August 22, 2015 - 1:38pm
Sheri Lopez intends to get her PhD in aerospace engineering. Courtesy/LANL
Los Alamos Daily Post

An early version of Sheri Lopez grew up and graduated from high school in Pojoaque. Back when she was 18, she was starting college at Eastern New Mexico University and running on the track team. She wanted to be a writer and figured she would be out of school by age 21 with a teaching degree.

But then, as she says, “Life happened.”

She dropped out of school after her first semester, moved to California, worked in retail for 10 years until the Great Recession caught up