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Measurement Could Advance Speed Innovation in Solar Devices

on July 26, 2012 - 8:46am

Sections of the new NIST measurement system's LED plate are shown. A water-coolant system on the back (a) keeps the operating temperature constant. Collectively, the different-colored LEDs (b) generate light in wavelengths covering much of the solar spectrum. LEDs in the second row from the bottom emit most of their radiation in the near infrared region and appear very faint to the human eye. Light from the last row of LEDs is completely invisible. Courtesy/NIST

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A new versatile measurement system devised by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

LANL Hosts Regional Community Leaders' Breakfast

on July 25, 2012 - 3:30pm

From left, Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan, Lori Heimdahl Gibson and Mellis Schmidt mingle at the Regional Community Leaders' Breakfast Tuesday at LANL. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Greg Kendall

Tuesday morning, the Los Alamos National Laboratory held a Regional Community Leaders' Breakfast at the J. Robert Oppenheimer Study Center at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  

LANL community breakfast events are held periodically. The focus of this event was LANL's partnerships with industry and governments.

Terry Wallace, Principal LANL Associate Director, Global Security, described

Inside the Inaugural Microbial Olympics

on July 24, 2012 - 7:27am

London prepares for the 2012 (human) Olympics. Photo: avail/Flickr

By Jeffrey Marlow

With global attention focusing on London for the Games of the 30th Olympiad, a parallel competition of superlative ability has gone largely unnoticed.

I’m referring, of course, to the Microbial Olympics, a truth-based but (largely) fictional test of microbial abilities published in Nature Reviews Microbiology.

For the contributors, it’s an exercise in extreme – and occasionally cringe-inducing – punnery: Bacillus Bill and Salmonella Sam serve as announcers, and a spherical contestant is said to be

Behold, the Artificial Jellyfish: Researchers Create Moving Model, Using Silicone Polymer and Heart Muscle Cells

on July 24, 2012 - 7:15am

This is a still shot of the artificial jellyfish. Courtesy/Harvard University-Caltech

ScienceDaily — Using recent advances in marine biomechanics, materials science, and tissue engineering, a team of researchers at Harvard University and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have turned inanimate silicone and living cardiac muscle cells into a freely swimming "jellyfish."

The finding serves as a proof of concept for reverse engineering a variety of muscular organs and simple life forms.

Los Alamos Researcher Honored with Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

on July 23, 2012 - 12:30pm

LANL News:

  • Amy J. Clarke, materials scientist, studies uranium alloys

Amy J. Clarke, a young Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist, is among the honorees that President Obama named today as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

“Discoveries in science and technology not only strengthen our economy, they inspire us as a people.” President Obama said. “The impressive accomplishments of today’s awardees so early in their careers promise even greater advances in the years ahead.”

This is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S.

Entrepreneurs Turnout for Bradbury Science Museum Event

on July 23, 2012 - 7:22am

President Andy Andrews of the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs Network at his booth during the Bradbury Science Museum's event featuring local entrepreneurs Friday night. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Dr. Merry McIntyre D.C., of Reunion Chiropractic & Wellness talks about her business services during entrepreneurs night Friday at the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Owner John Battles, right, of Mountain Storm Instruments LLC discusses his company during Friday's entrepreneur event at the Bradbury Science Museum.

Bradbury Hosts Entrepreneur Night 5-9 p.m. Today

on July 20, 2012 - 2:57pm


Entrepreneur's will be at the Bradbury Science Museum from 5-9 p.m., today to network and share details of their business ventures.

Members of the Los Alamos Entrepreneur's Network (LAEN) will be out in force.

The event is free and open to the public and part of the museum's "Friday Nights @ the Museum" in which the Museum remains open until 9 p.m. Fridays during June and July offering different movies, speakers and demos free of charge to the public.