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The merger of two equal mass neutron stars is simulated using the 3-D code SNSPH.

Los Alamos researchers and supercomputers help interpret the latest LIGO findings

Spurred by acquiring a soot-particle time-of-flight aerosol mass spectrometer and a special reactor for mimickingdetermining the  age of photochephotochemistry mical the particles’ experience as they age in the atmospheres, Los Alamos is now integrating this analysis capability in the new Center for Aerosol Forensic Signatures, or CAFE.

Keeping an eye on smokey skies

This illustration shows NASA’s Cassini spacecraft about to make one of its dives between Saturn and its innermost rings as part of the mission’s grand finale.

Bidding farewell to Cassini mission that explored Saturn

Scalable clusters make HPC R&D easy as Raspberry Pi

Scalable clusters make HPC R&D easy as Raspberry Pi

It brings a powerful high-performance-computing testbed to system-software developers, researchers and others who lack machine time on the world’s fastest supercomputers. 13 Nov, 2017

13 Nov, 2017

Trinity supercomputer now fully operational

Trinity supercomputer now fully operational

The Trinity Supercomputer Phase II project was completed during the summer of 2017 13 Nov, 2017

13 Nov, 2017

First-ever U.S. experiments at new x-ray facility may lead to better explosive modeling

First-ever U.S. experiments at new x-ray facility may lead to better explosive modeling

Small-angle x-ray scattering is used to observe ultra-fast carbon clustering and graphite and nanodiamond production in the insensitive explosive Plastic Bonded Explosive 9502. 06 Nov, 2017

06 Nov, 2017

Computer learns how to imagine the future

Computer learns how to imagine the future

Researchers are simulating biological neural networks on supercomputers, enabling machines to learn about their surroundings, interpret data and make predictions much the way humans do. 27 Oct, 2017

27 Oct, 2017

Hunt is over for one of the ‘Top 50 Most-Wanted Fungi’

Hunt is over for one of the ‘Top 50 Most-Wanted Fungi’

Scientists have characterized a sample of “mystery” fungus collected in North Carolina and found its home in the fungal tree of life. 28 Sep, 2017

28 Sep, 2017

Pew! Pew! Curiosity’s ChemCam zaps a half million Martian rocks

Pew! Pew! Curiosity’s ChemCam zaps a half million Martian rocks

ChemCam instrument aboard Mars Curiosity rover passes milestone 21 Sep, 2017

21 Sep, 2017

Carlsten, Nguyen and Sheffield win Free-Electron Laser Prize

Carlsten, Nguyen and Sheffield win Free-Electron Laser Prize

The honor is an international recognition of key technologies that originally developed at Los Alamos in the 1980s and 1990s. 06 Sep, 2017

06 Sep, 2017

Discovery of boron on Mars adds to evidence for habitability

Discovery of boron on Mars adds to evidence for habitability

The discovery of boron on Mars gives scientists more clues about whether life could have ever existed on the planet. 05 Sep, 2017

05 Sep, 2017

Machine-learning earthquake prediction in lab shows promise

Machine-learning earthquake prediction in lab shows promise

A computer science approach using machine learning can predict the time remaining before the fault fails 30 Aug, 2017

30 Aug, 2017

High-impact innovations honored as R&D 100 Award Finalists

High-impact innovations honored as R&D 100 Award Finalists

Eight Los Alamos National Laboratory innovations were selected as finalists for the 2017 R&D 100 Awards. 29 Aug, 2017

29 Aug, 2017

Computer modeling helps us learn to live with wildland fires

Computer modeling helps us learn to live with wildland fires

The Lab is using a tool called FIRETEC to simulate the fire/atmosphere interaction that controls fire behavior. 25 Aug, 2017

25 Aug, 2017

DNA detectives crack the case on biothreat look-alikes

DNA detectives crack the case on biothreat look-alikes

Biological “detectives” are tracking down biothreats such as the bacteria that causes tularemia (“rabbit fever”). 24 Aug, 2017

24 Aug, 2017

Muons in the Cathedral

Muons in the Cathedral

Muon-imaging technology — far better at penetrating materials than x-rays — makes it ideal for peering into thick, dense objects. 17 Aug, 2017

17 Aug, 2017

Superconductivity research reveals potential new state of matter

Superconductivity research reveals potential new state of matter

Research is showing that among superconducting materials in high magnetic fields, the phenomenon of electronic symmetry breaking is common. 16 Aug, 2017

16 Aug, 2017

CubeSats have one major shortcoming, but not for long

CubeSats have one major shortcoming, but not for long

Over the past decade and a half, satellites the size of a toaster have opened up new possibilities for using space. 10 Aug, 2017

10 Aug, 2017

Genomic and fluid-flow technologies win regional tech-transfer awards

Genomic and fluid-flow technologies win regional tech-transfer awards

dfnWorks and EDGE Bioinformatics were recognized as “notable technology developments” by the consortium’s eight-member award review team. 10 Aug, 2017

10 Aug, 2017

Study reveals exactly how low-cost fuel cell catalysts work

Study reveals exactly how low-cost fuel cell catalysts work

Researchers have been developing alternatives to the prohibitively expensive platinum and platinum-group metal (PGM) catalysts currently used in fuel cell electrodes. 03 Aug, 2017

03 Aug, 2017

Single-photon emitter has promise for quantum info-processing

Single-photon emitter has promise for quantum info-processing

The Laboratory has produced the first known material capable of single-photon emission at room temperature and at telecommunications wavelengths. 31 Jul, 2017

31 Jul, 2017

Spotlight shines on ground-breaking technologies

Spotlight shines on ground-breaking technologies

Ray Newell received the 2016 Richard P. Feynman Innovation Prize at a July 20 ceremony celebrating the “Super Power of the Entrepreneur.” 25 Jul, 2017

25 Jul, 2017

Neutrino research takes giant leap forward

Neutrino research takes giant leap forward

An international group of dignitaries, scientists and engineers will mark the start of construction of a massive experiment that could change our understanding of the universe. 20 Jul, 2017

20 Jul, 2017

Simulation reveals universal signature of chaos in ultracold reactions

Simulation reveals universal signature of chaos in ultracold reactions

Researchers have performed the first ever quantum-mechanical simulation of the benchmark ultracold chemical reaction. 19 Jul, 2017

19 Jul, 2017

If these (Martian) rocks could talk

If these (Martian) rocks could talk

It’s no coincidence that Death Valley and Mars have boron in common. Boron typically occurs in arid locations where water has evaporated. 19 Jul, 2017

19 Jul, 2017

National awards recognize Los Alamos leadership in nuclear safeguards

National awards recognize Los Alamos leadership in nuclear safeguards

Nicholas was recognized with the Edway R. Johnson Meritorious Service award and Swinhoe received the Vincent J. DeVito Distinguished Service award. 17 Jul, 2017

17 Jul, 2017

Designing a safer explosive

Designing a safer explosive

At Los Alamos, we pay a lot of attention to things that blow up and we’re especially interested in how to make them safer. 03 Jul, 2017

03 Jul, 2017

Rover findings indicate stratified lake on ancient Mars

Rover findings indicate stratified lake on ancient Mars

A long-lasting lake on ancient Mars provided stable environmental conditions that differed significantly from one part of the lake to another. 01 Jun, 2017

01 Jun, 2017

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

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

Neutron crystallography maps LPMOs that break down fibrous cellulose 18 May, 2017

18 May, 2017

Managing disease spread through accessible modeling

Managing disease spread through accessible modeling

A new computer modeling study is aimed at making epidemiological models more accessible and useful for public-health collaborators and improving disease-related decision making. 25 Apr, 2017

25 Apr, 2017

What is the universe made of?

What is the universe made of?

A team of physicists and astrophysicists are using supercomputers to simulate the Big Bang nucleosynthesis and the early universe to unprecedented precision. 17 Apr, 2017

17 Apr, 2017

Saturday Science with Geoff Fairchild

Saturday Science with Geoff Fairchild

Geoff Fairchild talk about how his team is using Los Alamos National Laboratory’s supercomputing capabilities to data mine social media and reveal trends relating to health and safety. 08 Apr, 2017

08 Apr, 2017

Controlling the properties of matter with quantum dots

Controlling the properties of matter with quantum dots

Solar cells and photodetectors could soon be made from new types of materials based on semiconductor quantum dots, thanks to new insights based on ultrafast measurements capturing real-time photoconversion processes. 22 Mar, 2017

22 Mar, 2017

Breaking the supermassive black hole speed limit

Breaking the supermassive black hole speed limit

A new computer simulation helps explain the existence of puzzling supermassive black holes observed in the early universe. 21 Mar, 2017

21 Mar, 2017

‘Flying saucer’ colloidal quantum dots produce brighter, better lasers

‘Flying saucer’ colloidal quantum dots produce brighter, better lasers

Steady state lasing with colloidal quantum dots an important step toward practical lasing technology. 20 Mar, 2017

20 Mar, 2017

Unexpected oxidation state for molecular plutonium discovered

Unexpected oxidation state for molecular plutonium discovered

Researchers have uncovered a significant new chemical attribute of plutonium, the identification and structural verification of the +2 oxidation state in a molecular system. 09 Mar, 2017

09 Mar, 2017

Perovskite edges can be tuned for optoelectronic performance

Perovskite edges can be tuned for optoelectronic performance

Scientists are creating innovative 2D layered hybrid perovskites that allow greater freedom in designing and fabricating efficient optoelectronic devices. 09 Mar, 2017

09 Mar, 2017

Confessions of a dark matter detective

Confessions of a dark matter detective

Sifting through data from HAWC's mountain-top water barrels looking for the fingerprint of dark matter 15 Feb, 2017

15 Feb, 2017

Los Alamos research on cancer’s origins key part of huge grant

Los Alamos research on cancer’s origins key part of huge grant

Ludmil Alexandrov has been announced as a member of one of the first four global research teams funded under Cancer Research UK’s “Grand Challenge." 09 Feb, 2017

09 Feb, 2017

How flounders (yes, the fish) can help national security

How flounders (yes, the fish) can help national security

Over the last hundred-plus years, we humans have looked to nature to improve our ability to camouflage ourselves. 02 Feb, 2017

02 Feb, 2017

The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) announces formation of ECP Industry Council

The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) announces formation of ECP Industry Council

A collaborative project led by six Department of Energy national laboratories with the project management office established at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). 01 Feb, 2017

01 Feb, 2017

First-ever GPS data release to boost space-weather science

First-ever GPS data release to boost space-weather science

The data comes from space-weather sensors developed by Los Alamos National Laboratory on board the nation’s Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites. 30 Jan, 2017

30 Jan, 2017

Top Los Alamos science stories of 2016

Top Los Alamos science stories of 2016

From discoveries on Mars to breakthroughs in cancer research, from national security science to materials science, 2016 has proven to be another productive year for Los Alamos National Laboratory achievements. 21 Dec, 2016

21 Dec, 2016

DNA markers distinguish between harmless, deadly bacteria

DNA markers distinguish between harmless, deadly bacteria

The virulent pathogen that causes the disease tularemia, or “rabbit fever,” was weaponized during past world wars and is considered a potential bioweapon. 19 Dec, 2016

19 Dec, 2016

Leaky plumbing impedes Greenland Ice Sheet flow

Leaky plumbing impedes Greenland Ice Sheet flow

A team led by ice sheet modelers is exploring how changes in extensive, sediment-choked subglacial “swamps” actually explain why the ice sheet’s movement slows down in late summer and winter. 19 Dec, 2016

19 Dec, 2016

First detection of boron on the surface of Mars

First detection of boron on the surface of Mars

The boron was identified by the rover’s laser-shooting Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument, which was developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory in conjunction with the French space agency. 13 Dec, 2016

13 Dec, 2016

Bringing the power of genetic research to an office near you

Bringing the power of genetic research to an office near you

The ability to quickly analyze genetic data stands to revolutionize research into everything from the mutations causing various cancers to the “Second You,” your microbiome, or the bacteria living inside you. 10 Apr, 2016

10 Apr, 2016

Picture of the Week: Visualizing ocean asteroid impact

Picture of the Week: Visualizing ocean asteroid impact

Scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory are using high performance computing to investigate how an asteroid’s kinetic energy is transferred to the atmosphere and ocean. 09 Dec, 2016

09 Dec, 2016

Picture of the Week: Exploding detonators in 3D

Picture of the Week: Exploding detonators in 3D

First detailed 3-D images during the operation of the exploding foil initiators (also known as slappers or detonators) 09 Dec, 2016

09 Dec, 2016

Los Alamos honored for industry collaboration in 2016 HPCwire Awards

Los Alamos honored for industry collaboration in 2016 HPCwire Awards

Los Alamos National Laboratory has been recognized for the Lab’s collaboration with Seagate on next-generation data storage technologies. 16 Nov, 2016

16 Nov, 2016

A long history of supercomputing

A long history of supercomputing

As part of its national security science mission, Los Alamos National Laboratory and HPC have a long, entwined history dating back to the earliest days of computing. 16 Nov, 2016

16 Nov, 2016

A layered solution for supercomputing storage

A layered solution for supercomputing storage

A team at Los Alamos National Laboratory developed two innovative memory management and storage technologies. 16 Nov, 2016

16 Nov, 2016

The next frontier in computing

The next frontier in computing

Exascale computing refers to computing systems capable of at least one exaflop or a billion billion calculations per second (1018). 16 Nov, 2016

16 Nov, 2016

Using Wikipedia to forecast the flu

Using Wikipedia to forecast the flu

Lab researchers use mathematics, computer science, statistics and other information to determine how disease develops and spreads. 15 Nov, 2016

15 Nov, 2016

The Exascale Computing Project awards $34 million for software development

The Exascale Computing Project awards $34 million for software development

The Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project announced the selection of 35 software development proposals representing 25 research and academic organizations. 10 Nov, 2016

10 Nov, 2016

Mutational signatures mark cancer's smoking gun

Mutational signatures mark cancer's smoking gun

A study of cancer genome sequences identifies telltale mutational signatures associated with smoking tobacco. 03 Nov, 2016

03 Nov, 2016

Los Alamos scientist recognized for work to increase availability of critical medical isotope

Los Alamos scientist recognized for work to increase availability of critical medical isotope

Iain May recognized for his work towards ensuring the reliability and domestic supply of a critical medical isotope used for diagnostic imaging. 20 Oct, 2016

20 Oct, 2016

Picture of the Week: Planets unlikely to form around binary stars

Picture of the Week: Planets unlikely to form around binary stars

Comparing computer simulations to observations aids understanding of binary star formation. 13 Oct, 2016

13 Oct, 2016

Safe solid rocket design for small satellites

Safe solid rocket design for small satellites

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a rocket motor concept that could pave the way for CubeSats zooming across space. 13 Oct, 2016

13 Oct, 2016

Quantum-dot solar windows evolve with ‘doctor-blade’ spreading

Quantum-dot solar windows evolve with ‘doctor-blade’ spreading

A Los Alamos National Laboratory research team demonstrates an important step in taking quantum dot, solar-powered windows from the laboratory to the construction site. 11 Oct, 2016

11 Oct, 2016

Feeling the burn: understanding how biomass burning changes climate

Feeling the burn: understanding how biomass burning changes climate

At least half of the black carbon in the atmosphere is a result of biomass burning. 27 Sep, 2016

27 Sep, 2016

Understanding how biomass burning impacts climate change

Understanding how biomass burning impacts climate change

Allison Aiken collects data about the black carbon aerosols within this plume and their impact on the environment to help improve global climate modeling. 27 Sep, 2016

27 Sep, 2016

Picture of the Week: Better climate models? Just add ice.

Picture of the Week: Better climate models? Just add ice.

With the help of supercomputers, Los Alamos scientists are modeling ice sheets to predict sea level rise and coupling ice sheet models to climate models to sharpen their predictive capabilities. 22 Sep, 2016

22 Sep, 2016

New insights into “plant memories”

New insights into “plant memories”

A special stretch of ribonucleic acid (RNA) called COOLAIR is revealing its inner structure and function to scientists, displaying a striking resemblance to an RNA molecular machine. 21 Sep, 2016

21 Sep, 2016

Science on the Hill: Trinity ushers in new age of supercomputing

Science on the Hill: Trinity ushers in new age of supercomputing

As the Lab begins testing the second half of its new supercomputer, Trinity, the occasion highlights how intertwined scientific breakthroughs and computer innovations have become — and what a seminal and central role Los Alamos has played in that synergy. 12 Sep, 2016

12 Sep, 2016

Funding boosts exascale computing research

Funding boosts exascale computing research

Six Los Alamos National Laboratory partnership projects were tagged for full funding and one for seed money. 07 Sep, 2016

07 Sep, 2016

Can we predict earthquakes?

Can we predict earthquakes?

The only thing we know for sure about earthquakes is that one will happen again very soon. 31 Aug, 2016

31 Aug, 2016

Making solar power more affordable

Making solar power more affordable

Although the goal of cheap, plentiful energy from the sun turns out to be a work in progress, not a settled achievement, recent research breakthroughs are helping to deliver on the promise of truly “cheap solar,” with several surprising side benefits. 30 Aug, 2016

30 Aug, 2016

Plants found to regulate leaf temperature to boost carbon uptake

Plants found to regulate leaf temperature to boost carbon uptake

The research offers promise for refining Earth system models that help predict climate change impacts and feedbacks. 30 Aug, 2016

30 Aug, 2016

New class of fuel cells offer increased flexibility, lower cost

New class of fuel cells offer increased flexibility, lower cost

A new class of fuel cells based on a newly discovered polymer-based material could bridge the gap between the operating temperature ranges of two existing types of polymer fuel cells. 23 Aug, 2016

23 Aug, 2016

Fuel-cell technology companies win small-business aid

Fuel-cell technology companies win small-business aid

Pajarito Powder, LLC, (Albuquerque), NanoSonic (Pembroke, Va.) and Ion Power (New Castle, Del.), are the recipients that will partner with Los Alamos. 22 Aug, 2016

22 Aug, 2016

Isotope research opens new possibilities for cancer treatment

Isotope research opens new possibilities for cancer treatment

The insights from this study could provide the needed chemical information to develop ways to bind actinium so that it can be safely transported through the body to the tumor cell. 17 Aug, 2016

17 Aug, 2016

Wiring reconfiguration saves millions for Trinity supercomputer

Wiring reconfiguration saves millions for Trinity supercomputer

A moment of inspiration during a wiring diagram review has saved more than $2 million in material and labor costs for the Trinity supercomputer. 15 Aug, 2016

15 Aug, 2016

Picture of the Week: Fighting the flu, one cell at a time

Picture of the Week: Fighting the flu, one cell at a time

To better understand autophagy in influenza A virus replication, a team of scientists from Los Alamos’ Biosecurity and Public Health group are taking a closer look at the role of Beclin-1, one of the key protein players in this intricate game of cellular life and death. 01 Aug, 2016

01 Aug, 2016

Confessions of a Martian rock

Confessions of a Martian rock

When scientists analyzed the chemical make-up of a Martian rock, they expected to find lots of basalt, the building block of all planets. 25 Jul, 2016

25 Jul, 2016

Mars rover’s laser can now target rocks all by itself

Mars rover’s laser can now target rocks all by itself

New software is enabling ChemCam to select rock targets autonomously—the first time autonomous target selection is available for an instrument of this kind on any robotic planetary mission. 21 Jul, 2016

21 Jul, 2016

Tide-triggered tremors give clues for earthquake prediction

Tide-triggered tremors give clues for earthquake prediction

The study reports that the deepest part of California’s 800-mile-long San Andreas Fault is weaker than expected and produces small earthquakes in response to tidal forces. 21 Jul, 2016

21 Jul, 2016

Science on the Hill: On track for a clean, hydrogen-powered future

Science on the Hill: On track for a clean, hydrogen-powered future

Los Alamos, within the ElectroCat consortium, is investigating less expensive, more abundant materials based on carbon compounds to reduce the cost of ownership of a fuel-cell powered car so this clean power can compete in the marketplace. 13 Oct, 2016

13 Oct, 2016

Science on the Hill: Burning questions in study of wildfire

Science on the Hill: Burning questions in study of wildfire

Understanding what drives big fires and predicting their behavior helps the fire community prepare for the next blaze through appropriate land management, emergency plans and firefighting strategies. 12 Jul, 2016

12 Jul, 2016

Science in 60 - Simulating flames helps tame future wildfires

Science in 60 - Simulating flames helps tame future wildfires

The model provides additional scientific input for decisions by policymakers working in land management, water resources and energy. 12 Jul, 2016

12 Jul, 2016

ChemCam update - Manganese oxides on Mars

ChemCam update - Manganese oxides on Mars

A recent discovery of manganese oxides in Martian rocks might tell us that the Red Planet was once more Earth-like than previously believed. 30 Jun, 2016

30 Jun, 2016

New model predicts once-mysterious chemical reactions

New model predicts once-mysterious chemical reactions

Results will also be used to understand basic questions about nature such as the cooling mechanisms of the early universe and the formation of planets and stars. 28 Jun, 2016

28 Jun, 2016

Could we someday predict earthquakes?

Could we someday predict earthquakes?

New ways of looking at seismic information and innovative laboratory experiments are offering tantalizing clues to what triggers earthquakes—and when. 27 Jun, 2016

27 Jun, 2016

Science on the Hill:  Fragile life underfoot has big impact on desert

Science on the Hill: Fragile life underfoot has big impact on desert

The survival of desert biocrusts is being challenged by threats from climate change and man-made disturbance. 13 Jun, 2016

13 Jun, 2016

Efficient hydrogen production made easy

Efficient hydrogen production made easy

Understanding how to use a simple, room-temperature treatment to drastically change the properties of materials could lead to a revolution in renewable fuels production and electronic applications. 13 Jun, 2016

13 Jun, 2016

Using supercomputers to probe the early universe

Using supercomputers to probe the early universe

Los Alamos researchers developed a computer code, called BURST, that can simulate a slice in the life of our young cosmos. 05 Jun, 2016

05 Jun, 2016

RNA simulations boost understanding of retroviral diseases

RNA simulations boost understanding of retroviral diseases

New molecular dynamics research into how RNA folds into hairpin-shaped structures called tetraloops could provide important insights into new treatments for retroviral diseases. 31 May, 2016

31 May, 2016

Cooling, time in the dark preserve perovskite solar power

Cooling, time in the dark preserve perovskite solar power

A new study has found both the cause and a solution for the pesky tendency of perovskite solar cells to degrade in sunlight. 17 May, 2016

17 May, 2016

Zapping rocks on Mars

Zapping rocks on Mars

After nearly 1,500 rock zaps, ChemCam has uncovered some surprising facts about the Red Planet, including the discovery of igneous rocks. 16 May, 2016

16 May, 2016

Physicist wins early-career award for isotope work

Physicist wins early-career award for isotope work

Jonathan Ward Engle, is among 49 winners, of the US Department of Energy’s Early Career Research Program awards for 2016. 12 May, 2016

12 May, 2016

Picture of the Week: Tickling the dragon for explosives science

Picture of the Week: Tickling the dragon for explosives science

Los Alamos scientists perform the first 3D simulation of electromagnetic radiation interacting with explosives. 26 May, 2016

26 May, 2016

Picture of the Week: Shedding light on climate change

Picture of the Week: Shedding light on climate change

Using data from their portable Antarctic observatory, researchers from the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility hope to develop a comprehensive explanation for the warming of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. 12 May, 2016

12 May, 2016

Machine learning accelerates the discovery of new materials

Machine learning accelerates the discovery of new materials

Researchers recently demonstrated how an informatics-based adaptive design strategy, tightly coupled to experiments, can accelerate the discovery of new materials with targeted properties. 09 May, 2016

09 May, 2016

Science in 60 - Tiny satellites, big science

Science in 60 - Tiny satellites, big science

When cube satellites first sprung on the scene in the late 1990s, they were seen as cheap, cute and novel. 05 May, 2016

05 May, 2016

Picture of the Week: Hacking the bio-nano interface for better biofuels

Picture of the Week: Hacking the bio-nano interface for better biofuels

Los Alamos theoretical physicists and chemists are using computers to develop more efficient ways of converting biofuels into electricity by using fuel cells. 29 Apr, 2016

29 Apr, 2016

Tiny plastic lung mimics human pulmonary function

Tiny plastic lung mimics human pulmonary function

Scientists are developing a miniature, tissue-engineered artificial lung that mimics the response of the human lung to drugs, toxins and other agents. 25 Apr, 2016

25 Apr, 2016

The space weather threat... and how we protect ourselves

The space weather threat... and how we protect ourselves

The Sun continually ejects high-energy electrons, protons, and other nuclei that bombard the Earth, producing space-weather effects such as the beautiful northern lights but also others that can destroy satellites and disrupt our lives here on Earth. 24 Apr, 2016

24 Apr, 2016

Why Mars?

Why Mars?

The allure (and challenge) of colonizing the red planet 17 May, 2016

17 May, 2016

A revolution in supercomputing is coming

A revolution in supercomputing is coming

Trinity is a 42-petaflop supercomputer (that’s one quadrillion floating point operations per second, in case you’re counting) that resides at Los Alamos National Laboratory and can perform complex 3D simulations of everything from ocean currents to asteroid impacts. 20 Sep, 2016

20 Sep, 2016

Numerical simulations shed new light on early universe

Numerical simulations shed new light on early universe

The code simulates conditions during the first few minutes of cosmological evolution to model the role of neutrinos, nuclei and other particles in shaping the early universe. 21 Apr, 2016

21 Apr, 2016

Space scientist tapped for French knighthood

Space scientist tapped for French knighthood

Roger Wiens was awarded the honorary title of chevalier (knight) in France’s Academic Order of Palms for his work in forging strong ties between the French and American scientific communities. 11 Apr, 2016

11 Apr, 2016

Science in 60 - Training the explosives experts

Science in 60 - Training the explosives experts

This science and hands-on training is critical for keeping EOD techs safe and helping them save lives. 10 Apr, 2016

10 Apr, 2016

Looking inside plutonium

Looking inside plutonium

Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories have recently conducted plutonium experiments using Sandia's pulsed power Z Machine. 07 Apr, 2016

07 Apr, 2016

Novel water-removal technique boosts performance of carbon nanomaterials

Novel water-removal technique boosts performance of carbon nanomaterials

This research provides the first comprehensive understanding of water’s role within graphene oxide nanosheets (functionalized graphene sheets). 23 Mar, 2016

23 Mar, 2016

Energy-water challenge emerges in Colorado River flows

Energy-water challenge emerges in Colorado River flows

Climate-driven heat-stress and forest mortality on the Colorado River watershed are expected to reduce river flows basin-wide out to the year 2100. 22 Mar, 2016

22 Mar, 2016

Los Alamos National Laboratory and Seagate heat up data archiving for supercomputers

Los Alamos National Laboratory and Seagate heat up data archiving for supercomputers

The joint effort is aimed at determining innovative new ways to keep massive amounts of stored data available for rapid access. 21 Mar, 2016

21 Mar, 2016

Bringing MRI where it’s needed most

Bringing MRI where it’s needed most

Los Alamos scientists developed a portable MRI, also called Battlefield MRI that uses ultra-low-field magnetic resonance imaging to create images of the brain that can be used in field hospitals for wounded soldiers or in remote villages in developing countries. 20 Mar, 2016

20 Mar, 2016

Rapid ice-wedge melting accelerates permafrost decline

Rapid ice-wedge melting accelerates permafrost decline

A new study of permafrost has found that the ice wedges forming the prevalent honeycomb pattern across the tundra appear to be melting rapidly across the Arctic. 15 Mar, 2016

15 Mar, 2016

Science on the Hill: Can we someday predict earthquakes?

Science on the Hill: Can we someday predict earthquakes?

New ways of looking at seismic information and innovative laboratory experiments are offering tantalizing clues to what triggers earthquakes — and when. 14 Mar, 2016

14 Mar, 2016

Science in 60 - The forecast calls for flu

Science in 60 - The forecast calls for flu

What if we could forecast infectious diseases the same way we forecast the weather, and predict how diseases like Dengue, Typhus or Zika were going to spread? 02 Mar, 2016

02 Mar, 2016

Argonne and Los Alamos national laboratories team up to develop more affordable fuel cell components

Argonne and Los Alamos national laboratories team up to develop more affordable fuel cell components

Laboratories have teamed up to support a DOE initiative through the creation of the Electrocatalysis Consortium (ElectroCat). 01 Mar, 2016

01 Mar, 2016

Analyzing genetic tree sheds new light on disease outbreaks

Analyzing genetic tree sheds new light on disease outbreaks

The team used computational phylogenetic analysis to examine how strains of HIV, both in computer modeling and compared with real-life case studies, would be transmitted. 25 Feb, 2016

25 Feb, 2016

Keeping nuclear materials secure in an uncertain world

Keeping nuclear materials secure in an uncertain world

During the last year, the Iran nuclear deal has successfully rolled back Iran’s nuclear program. Los Alamos National Laboratory was integral to verification and training. 24 Oct, 2016

24 Oct, 2016

Bracing for fire?

Bracing for fire?

Understanding what drives big fires and predicting their behavior helps the fire community prepare for the next blaze through appropriate land management, emergency plans and firefighting strategies. 20 Jul, 2016

20 Jul, 2016

Why is Zika now a threat?

Why is Zika now a threat?

Population growth, rising temperatures, embryonic immune systems says Lab scientist 25 Feb, 2016

25 Feb, 2016

Study finds surprising variability in shape of Van Allen Belts

Study finds surprising variability in shape of Van Allen Belts

Understanding the shape and size of the belts, which shrink and swell in response to magnetic storms coming from the sun, is crucial for protecting our technology in space. 23 Feb, 2016

23 Feb, 2016

Decoding dark matter in genes

Decoding dark matter in genes

Possible future applications, for example, include making new cancer therapies based on how ribosomes differentiate in healthy versus cancerous tissue. 19 Feb, 2016

19 Feb, 2016

Fossil analysis pushes back human split from other primates by two million years

Fossil analysis pushes back human split from other primates by two million years

C. abyssinicus revealed answers about gorilla lineage but also provided fossil evidence that our common ancestor migrated from Africa. 16 Feb, 2016

16 Feb, 2016

Picture of the Week: Bismuth and tin on the rocks

Picture of the Week: Bismuth and tin on the rocks

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory are using state-of-the-art experimental techniques to see and understand how microstructures evolve during materials processing. 15 Feb, 2016

15 Feb, 2016

Gravitational waves found, black-hole models led the way

Gravitational waves found, black-hole models led the way

Gravitational waves were predicted by Einstein’s theory of general relativity in 1916, and now, almost exactly 100 years later, the faint ripples across space-time have been found. 11 Feb, 2016

11 Feb, 2016

Machine learning helps discover the most luminous supernova in history

Machine learning helps discover the most luminous supernova in history

Machine-learning technology developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory played a key role in the discovery of supernova ASASSN-15lh. 14 Jan, 2016

14 Jan, 2016

Los Alamos to tackle modernizing energy grid in DOE-wide Laboratory consortium

Los Alamos to tackle modernizing energy grid in DOE-wide Laboratory consortium

Up to $35.25 million in research funding could come to Los Alamos and its partners. 14 Jan, 2016

14 Jan, 2016

Driving toward an algae-powered future

Driving toward an algae-powered future

A project led by Los Alamos seeks to drive algal biofuels to marketability, decreasing our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels and putting the brakes on global warming. 24 Dec, 2015

24 Dec, 2015

Science on the Hill: The forecast calls for flu

Science on the Hill: The forecast calls for flu

Using mathematics, computer programs, statistics and information about how disease develops and spreads, a research team at Los Alamos National Laboratory found a way to forecast the flu season and even next week’s sickness trends. 15 Jan, 2016

15 Jan, 2016

Study forecasts disappearance of conifers due to climate change

Study forecasts disappearance of conifers due to climate change

New results, reported in a paper released today in the journal Nature Climate Change, suggest that global models may underestimate predictions of forest death. 21 Dec, 2015

21 Dec, 2015

Plasma research shows promise for future compact accelerators

Plasma research shows promise for future compact accelerators

A transformative breakthrough in controlling ion beams allows small-scale laser-plasma accelerators to deliver unprecedented power densities. 21 Dec, 2015

21 Dec, 2015

Top 10 science stories of the year

Top 10 science stories of the year

From supercomputers and climate modeling, to cybersecurity and cancer treatments, Los Alamos worked hard in 2015 to advance science that helps address many of our most pressing challenges. 23 Dec, 2015

23 Dec, 2015

New model more accurately tracks gases for underground nuclear explosion detection

New model more accurately tracks gases for underground nuclear explosion detection

Scientists developed a new, more thorough method for detecting underground nuclear explosions by coupling seismic models with gas-flow models. 17 Dec, 2015

17 Dec, 2015

New Mars rover findings revealed at American Geophysical Union conference

New Mars rover findings revealed at American Geophysical Union conference

A group of scientists revealed that the Curiosity rover found much higher concentrations of silica at some sites the rover has investigated in the past seven months. 17 Dec, 2015

17 Dec, 2015

Curiosity ChemCam finds high-silica Mars rocks

Curiosity ChemCam finds high-silica Mars rocks

Scientist have found much higher concentrations of silica at some sites the Curiosity rover has investigated in the past seven months than anywhere else it has visited. 17 Dec, 2015

17 Dec, 2015

February most likely month for flu season to peak

February most likely month for flu season to peak

The Los Alamos team’s model is an ongoing research project that forecasts the current flu season probabilistically, similar to best-practice forecasts of weather, presidential elections, and sporting events. 20 Dec, 2015

20 Dec, 2015

Portable MRI named Top 10 Breakthrough of 2015 by Physics World magazine

Portable MRI named Top 10 Breakthrough of 2015 by Physics World magazine

Portable MRI, also called Battlefield MRI (bMRI), uses ultra-low-field magnetic resonance imaging to create images of injured soft tissues, such as the brain. 20 Dec, 2015

20 Dec, 2015

Los Alamos National Laboratory receives second Presidential Award as a climate champion

Los Alamos National Laboratory receives second Presidential Award as a climate champion

The awards honor federal teams, projects, facilities and programs that exemplify President Obama’s charge to lead by example towards a clean energy economy. 08 Dec, 2015

08 Dec, 2015

Science in 60 - The hunt for Antarctic meteorites

Science in 60 - The hunt for Antarctic meteorites

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Nina Lanza has signed up to spend nearly six weeks in a tent on the Antarctic ice sheet. 08 Dec, 2015

08 Dec, 2015

Los Alamos researcher pens prizewinning essay on cancer

Los Alamos researcher pens prizewinning essay on cancer

Ludmil Alexandrov made strong points this week in the journal Science winning a 2015 Science & SciLifeLab Prize, on “Understanding the Origins of Human Cancer.” 06 Dec, 2015

06 Dec, 2015

Picture of the Week: Biocrusts: small organisms, big impacts

Picture of the Week: Biocrusts: small organisms, big impacts

Arid lands constitute over 30% of the Earth's terrestrial surface. In arid lands worldwide, composite layers called biocrusts, comprising bacteria, fungi, lichens and mosses, cover the soil between the widely spaced plants. 20 Nov, 2015

20 Nov, 2015

New climate model predicts likelihood of Greenland ice melt, sea level rise and dangerous temperatures

New climate model predicts likelihood of Greenland ice melt, sea level rise and dangerous temperatures

A new computer model of accumulated carbon emissions predicts the likelihood of crossing several dangerous climate change thresholds. 20 Nov, 2015

20 Nov, 2015

Science on the Hill: Quenching New Mexico's thirst with brackish water

Science on the Hill: Quenching New Mexico's thirst with brackish water

Whether today turns out damp or dry, drought is a fact of life in New Mexico. So where can we get more water? 15 Nov, 2015

15 Nov, 2015

Los Alamos to study future computing technology capabilities

Los Alamos to study future computing technology capabilities

Lab will lead collaboration within DOE and with select university partners to explore capabilities and limits of quantum annealing technology. 20 Nov, 2015

20 Nov, 2015

Molecular clocks control mutation rate in human cells

Molecular clocks control mutation rate in human cells

These clock-like mutational processes could ultimately be responsible for a large proportion of human cancer and contribute to human aging. 20 Nov, 2015

20 Nov, 2015

National labs collaborate to shape development of next-generation supercomputers

National labs collaborate to shape development of next-generation supercomputers

Working together to solve some of the world's most challenging problems by ensuring that the nation's scientists can access leading-edge computing systems 10 Nov, 2015

10 Nov, 2015

High-energy physics detector MicroBooNE sees first accelerator-born neutrinos

High-energy physics detector MicroBooNE sees first accelerator-born neutrinos

The principal purpose of the detector is to confirm or deny the existence of a hypothetical particle known as the sterile neutrino. 02 Nov, 2015

02 Nov, 2015

Picture of the Week: Raising the bar on carbon capture

Picture of the Week: Raising the bar on carbon capture

In the United States, industry produces more than 3 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide each year, around two-thirds of which come from fossil-fuel-based electricity generation. The image above illustrates the relative magnitude and spatial distribution of carbon dioxide emissions across the United States. 15 Dec, 2015

15 Dec, 2015

Novel targeted therapy for stomach cancer

Novel targeted therapy for stomach cancer

This finding has the potential to save thousand of lives a year by delivering a more effective, targeted treatment for cancer patients. 29 Oct, 2015

29 Oct, 2015

Los Alamos researchers uncover new origins of radiation-tolerant materials

Los Alamos researchers uncover new origins of radiation-tolerant materials

A new report this week in the journal Nature Communications provides new insight into what, exactly, makes some complex materials radiation tolerant. 29 Oct, 2015

29 Oct, 2015

Nanoscale, multidimensional artificial magnet created

Nanoscale, multidimensional artificial magnet created

Applications might range from general magnetism, such as developing sensors, to information encoding. 26 Oct, 2015

26 Oct, 2015

Rings of Fire: New explosives provide enhanced safety, high energy

Rings of Fire: New explosives provide enhanced safety, high energy

These materials could usher in a new class of explosives that provide high-energy output with enhanced safety. 22 Oct, 2015

22 Oct, 2015

Picture of the Week: Making the (reactive) case for explosives science

Picture of the Week: Making the (reactive) case for explosives science

A "reactive case" is a new concept in explosives science currently being tested at Los Alamos National Laboratory. A reactive case would do more than just contain an explosive, but rather become part of the explosive event itself, actually enhancing or boosting the explosion while decreasing far-field fragmentation damage. 16 Oct, 2015

16 Oct, 2015

Science on the Hill: Jumpstarting the carbon capture industry

Science on the Hill: Jumpstarting the carbon capture industry

Carbon capture, utilization, and storage can provide a crucial bridge between our current global energy economy and a cleaner, more diversified energy future. Researchers demonstrate that this approach is technically feasible and poised for full-scale roll-out. 16 Oct, 2015

16 Oct, 2015

Los Alamos-led consortium works to enhance fuel cell technology

Los Alamos-led consortium works to enhance fuel cell technology

Los Alamos is leading a DOE Fuel Cells Technologies Office-funded project to enhance the performance and durability of PEM fuel cells, while reducing their cost. 08 Oct, 2015

08 Oct, 2015

Curiosity Rover confirms existence of a large ancient lake on Mars

Curiosity Rover confirms existence of a large ancient lake on Mars

New findings released today in the journal Science show substantial bodies of water likely existed on the surface of the planet in its early history. 08 Oct, 2015

08 Oct, 2015

Study reveals urban smoke absorbs sunlight, exacerbating climate warming

Study reveals urban smoke absorbs sunlight, exacerbating climate warming

Cloaking urban areas and wildfire zones, tiny smoke particles suspended in the atmosphere have a sizeable effect on our climate. 30 Sep, 2015

30 Sep, 2015

Large trees—key climate influencers—die first in drought

Large trees—key climate influencers—die first in drought

A team of researchers studied forests worldwide, ranging from semi-arid woodlands to tropic rainforests, to determine how a tree’s size impacts its response to drought. 29 Sep, 2015

29 Sep, 2015

Picture of the Week: Jamming to the earthquake shake

Picture of the Week: Jamming to the earthquake shake

In this image, tightly packed disks subjected to an earthquake-like movement display separate fast and slow moving regions and form a net of load-bearing contacts, rather than a uniform distribution of pressure. 27 Sep, 2015

27 Sep, 2015

Los Alamos explores hybrid ultrasmall gold nanocluster for enzymatic fuel cells

Los Alamos explores hybrid ultrasmall gold nanocluster for enzymatic fuel cells

With fossil-fuel sources dwindling, better biofuel cell design is a strong candidate in the energy field. 24 Sep, 2015

24 Sep, 2015

New insights into HIV-1 vaccine design

New insights into HIV-1 vaccine design

Scientists have created a computational model that could change the way that researchers look at possibilities for an HIV-1 vaccine. 17 Sep, 2015

17 Sep, 2015

Picture of the Week: Explosive science to save lives

Picture of the Week: Explosive science to save lives

During Homemade Explosives (HME) training courses at Los Alamos, technicians from the Navy, Marines, and Air Force focus on world-wide HME threats including the safety, sensitivity, and performance of these explosives and their synthesis and manufacturing. 13 Sep, 2015

13 Sep, 2015

Science on the Hill: For cybersecurity, in quantum encryption we trust

Science on the Hill: For cybersecurity, in quantum encryption we trust

Los Alamos physicists developed a quantum random number generator and communication system that exploits quantum physics to improve cybersecurity. 13 Sep, 2015

13 Sep, 2015

Ultrafast photodetectors allow direct observation of multiple electrons generated by a single photon

Ultrafast photodetectors allow direct observation of multiple electrons generated by a single photon

The new technique involves monitoring photocurrent transients in specially engineered photodetectors that provide very high temporal resolution of only 50 picoseconds. 11 Sep, 2015

11 Sep, 2015

Picture of the Week: Growing a greener future with algal biofuels

Picture of the Week: Growing a greener future with algal biofuels

At the New Mexico Consortium, Los Alamos scientists are using genetic engineering to improve algae strains for increased biomass yield and carbon capture efficiency. 06 Sep, 2015

06 Sep, 2015

Capture sunlight with your window

Capture sunlight with your window

A luminescent solar concentrator is an emerging sunlight harvesting technology that has the potential to disrupt the way we think about energy. 24 Aug, 2015

24 Aug, 2015

Picture of the Week: A powerful cosmic particle accelerator

Picture of the Week: A powerful cosmic particle accelerator

This 3D simulation shows how instabilities in the reconnection layer lead to multiple flux rope structures and turbulent magnetic fields. 23 Aug, 2015

23 Aug, 2015

Medical and biofuel advances possible with new gene regulation tool

Medical and biofuel advances possible with new gene regulation tool

The key is a tunable switch made from a small non-coding RNA molecule that could have value for medical and even biofuel production purposes. 20 Aug, 2015

20 Aug, 2015

Young, Jupiter-like planet discovered

Young, Jupiter-like planet discovered

A team of researchers has discovered a Jupiter-like planet within a young system that could provide a new understanding of how planets formed around our sun. 13 Aug, 2015

13 Aug, 2015

Science on the Hill: Portable MRI might make the world a better place

Science on the Hill: Portable MRI might make the world a better place

Los Alamos' Battlefield MRI uses ultra-low-field magnetic resonance imaging to create images of the brain that can be used in field hospitals or in remote villages. 09 Aug, 2015

09 Aug, 2015

Picture of the Week: Laser-driven neutron source for research and global security

Picture of the Week: Laser-driven neutron source for research and global security

At Los Alamos’s Trident facility, scientists are using an ultra-high intensity laser beam to produce high intensity short duration neutron bursts. Applications of this novel neutron source include improving upon current technologies for the detection of clandestine nuclear materials and treaty verification. 16 Aug, 2015

16 Aug, 2015

Picture of the Week: Glove boxing

Picture of the Week: Glove boxing

In 2000, the U.S. and Russia committed to each "permanently dispose" of "no less than or at least" 34 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium. The Department of Energy (DOE) announced a strategy for the permanent disposition of U.S. surplus weapons-grade plutonium: convert the energy stored in the nation's stockpile of surplus plutonium pits into electrical power for homes and businesses by burning it as fuel in domestic commercial nuclear reactors. 07 Aug, 2015

07 Aug, 2015

New mechanism discovered for controlling ultracold chemical reactions

New mechanism discovered for controlling ultracold chemical reactions

Researchers have discovered a new interference mechanism in ultracold chemical reactions. 31 Jul, 2015

31 Jul, 2015

Picture of the Week: Plasma cubed

Picture of the Week: Plasma cubed

Drawing on expertise from astrophysics, applied mathematics, fluid mechanics, data management, and computer science, a interdisciplinary multi-institution research team including Los Alamos scientists have discovered that turbulence may be key to solving the mystery of "fast magnetic reconnection" that has puzzled physicists for decades. 03 Aug, 2015

03 Aug, 2015

Unique environmental remediation project on steep canyon successfully completed

Unique environmental remediation project on steep canyon successfully completed

A team recently completed a remediation project that involved removing contaminated rock and soil from the parking lot of a busy shopping center. 29 Jul, 2015

29 Jul, 2015

Picture of the Week: Nuclear watchmen

Picture of the Week: Nuclear watchmen

The Vela series of satellites, which spanned 1963-1984, carried Los Alamos-designed-and-built sensors for detecting x-rays, gamma rays, neutrons, and the natural background of radiation in space. They functioned as "watchdogs" for possible clandestine nuclear testing and more... 19 Jul, 2015

19 Jul, 2015

Curiosity rover finds evidence of Mars’ primitive continental crust

Curiosity rover finds evidence of Mars’ primitive continental crust

This is the first discovery of a potential “continental crust” on Mars. 13 Jul, 2015

13 Jul, 2015

Science on the Hill: Methane cloud hunting

Science on the Hill: Methane cloud hunting

Los Alamos researchers go hunting for methane gas over the Four Corners area of northwest New Mexico and find a strange daily pattern. 12 Jul, 2015

12 Jul, 2015

Neutrons find “missing” magnetism of plutonium

Neutrons find “missing” magnetism of plutonium

Groundbreaking work at two Department of Energy national laboratories has confirmed plutonium’s magnetism, which scientists have long theorized but have never been able to experimentally observe. 10 Jul, 2015

10 Jul, 2015

Analyzing ocean mixing reveals insight on climate

Analyzing ocean mixing reveals insight on climate

Los Alamos scientists have developed a computer model that clarifies the complex processes driving ocean mixing in the vast eddies that swirl across hundreds of miles of open ocean. 24 Jun, 2015

24 Jun, 2015

Picture of the Week: Perovskite solar power

Picture of the Week: Perovskite solar power

In recent experiments, Los Alamos National Lab scientists have produced perovskite crystals that exhibit solar conversion efficiencies comparable to those of silicon, the current gold standard. This image shows the kind of high-efficiency perovskite crystals regularly produced at Los Alamos. 26 Jun, 2015

26 Jun, 2015

NASA agreements advance Mars exploration, Los Alamos Rover instrument a key component

NASA agreements advance Mars exploration, Los Alamos Rover instrument a key component

Los Alamos National Laboratory is coordinating with the French science and engineering team on developing SuperCam. 17 Jun, 2015

17 Jun, 2015

Project ATHENA creates surrogate human organ systems

Project ATHENA creates surrogate human organ systems

The development of miniature surrogate human organs, coupled with highly sensitive mass spectrometry technologies, could one day revolutionize the way new drugs and toxic agents are studied. 15 Jun, 2015

15 Jun, 2015

Global samples from nuclear contamination sites reveal unpredicted uranium and plutonium behavior

Global samples from nuclear contamination sites reveal unpredicted uranium and plutonium behavior

Knowing how a chemical in soil reacts and transforms over time in response to neighboring elements, weather and heat is essential in determining whether that chemical is hazardous. 15 Jun, 2015

15 Jun, 2015

Science on the Hill: Rapid diagnosis a new weapon against re-emerging TB

Science on the Hill: Rapid diagnosis a new weapon against re-emerging TB

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed an innovative tool set for the early and accurate diagnosis of tuberculosis. 07 Jun, 2015

07 Jun, 2015

Picture of the Week: Fuel from the fire

Picture of the Week: Fuel from the fire

The Lab’s goal is to create new materials for use in advanced nuclear fuels which are safer and more efficient than those currently burned in reactors. The image shown here was created by a Scanning Electron Microscope (also called an SEM) and it shows a cerium nitride foam. 12 Jun, 2015

12 Jun, 2015

 Picture of the Week: Hot cells for medical isotopes

Picture of the Week: Hot cells for medical isotopes

Isotopes from Los Alamos are used for the diagnosis of cardiac disease, calibration of PET scanners which in turn diagnose cancer, neurological disease, inflammatory diseases, trauma, and other circulatory diseases, and are increasingly being investigated for their potential to treat a variety of localized pathologies. 07 Jun, 2015

07 Jun, 2015

DNA analysis conference in Santa Fe

DNA analysis conference in Santa Fe

Los Alamos National Laboratory is hosting a DNA sequence analysis and bioinformatics event, the 10th annual Sequencing, Finishing and Analysis in the Future (SFAF) workshop. 27 May, 2015

27 May, 2015

 Picture of the Week: An explosion of 3D printing technology

Picture of the Week: An explosion of 3D printing technology

Scientists in Los Alamos National Laboratory's Chemistry and Explosive Science and Shock Physics divisions are exploring new methods for 3D printing that allow for the function of materials to be controlled by their internal structure. 24 May, 2015

24 May, 2015

Mars Rover’s ChemCam Instrument gets sharper vision

Mars Rover’s ChemCam Instrument gets sharper vision

NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover’s “ChemCam” instrument just got a major capability fix, as Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists uploaded a software repair for the auto-focus system on the instrument. 21 May, 2015

21 May, 2015

Uncovering the mysteries of cosmic explosions

Uncovering the mysteries of cosmic explosions

An automated software system developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory played a key role in the discovery of supernova iPTF 14atg and could provide insight, a virtual Rosetta stone, into future supernovae and their underlying physics. 20 May, 2015

20 May, 2015

Drought-induced tree mortality accelerating in forests

Drought-induced tree mortality accelerating in forests

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have found that drought and heat-induced tree mortality is accelerating in many forest biomes as a consequence of a warming climate in their paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change. 19 May, 2015

19 May, 2015

 Picture of the Week: Making earthquakes in the lab

Picture of the Week: Making earthquakes in the lab

At Los Alamos National Laboratory, scientists are figuring out how to forecast an earthquake: they have developed simulations and physical experiments to represent the structure and dynamics of geological faults. 15 May, 2015

15 May, 2015

 Picture of the Week: Modeling a small, blue planet

Picture of the Week: Modeling a small, blue planet

This visualization, courtesy of the Lab's MPAS-Ocean Model, shows ocean currents and eddies in a high-resolution global ocean simulation with the Antarctic in the center. 10 May, 2015

10 May, 2015

Using biomarkers to identify traumatic brain injury for soldiers, sports figures

Using biomarkers to identify traumatic brain injury for soldiers, sports figures

A new detection approach originally developed for tuberculosis diagnostics is being adapted as a tool for determining traumatic brain injury 28 Apr, 2015

28 Apr, 2015

 Picture of the Week: Climate feedbacks from a warming arctic

Picture of the Week: Climate feedbacks from a warming arctic

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists work to understand the fate of this carbon using computer simulations such as this model of snowmelt draining from polygonal ground near Barrow, Alaska. 26 Apr, 2015

26 Apr, 2015

Portable MRI could aid wounded soldiers and children in the Third World

Portable MRI could aid wounded soldiers and children in the Third World

Scientists are developing a low power, lightweight, ultra-low-field MRI system for battlefield deployment and field hospitals in the world's poorest regions 22 Apr, 2015

22 Apr, 2015

Promising future of quantum dots explored in conference

Promising future of quantum dots explored in conference

Researchers are gathering to reflect on two decades of quantum dot research at a special topical conference, “20 Years of Quantum Dots at Los Alamos” 13 Apr, 2015

13 Apr, 2015

 Picture of the Week: Brewing high explosives

Picture of the Week: Brewing high explosives

This photo shows one way that explosive charges are built. An explosive compound is heated just past its melting point and is poured from the kettle into the experimental apparatus. 24 Apr, 2015

24 Apr, 2015

 Picture of the Week: Supercomputing the vortex

Picture of the Week: Supercomputing the vortex

This computer simulation of vortex induced motion (VIM) from Los Alamos National Laboratory shows how ocean currents affect offshore oil rigs. The large size and complex physics of this problem requires advanced numerical simulations using supercomputers. 12 Apr, 2015

12 Apr, 2015

Multi-institutional project to study climate change’s effect on tropical forests

Multi-institutional project to study climate change’s effect on tropical forests

An expansive new project called Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments-Tropics aims to bring the future of tropical forests into much clearer focus 01 Apr, 2015

01 Apr, 2015

Towards a next theory of superconductivity

Towards a next theory of superconductivity

The eventual goal of the research would be to create a superconductor that operates at room temperature and needs no cooling at all 26 Mar, 2015

26 Mar, 2015

 Picture of the Week: Gamma-ray Bursts: infographic

Picture of the Week: Gamma-ray Bursts: infographic

Today with the help of sophisticated tools like the ground based RAPTOR robotic observatory system that can find, and study on its own, transient optical events, and the High Altitude Water Chernekov (HAWC) Gamma Ray Observatory, designed to study the origin of the very high energy cosmic rays, and observe the most energetic objects in the known universe, Los Alamos scientists continue to work on solving different pieces of the gamma ray puzzle. 26 Mar, 2015

26 Mar, 2015

HAWC Observatory to study universe’s most energetic phenomena

HAWC Observatory to study universe’s most energetic phenomena

Inaugural ceremony to mark completion of powerful system to detect gamma rays and cosmic rays 20 Mar, 2015

20 Mar, 2015

Los Alamos creates bioinformatics tool for metagenome analysis

Los Alamos creates bioinformatics tool for metagenome analysis

Scientists have developed a new method for DNA analysis of microbial communities such as those found in the ocean, the soil, and our own guts. 18 Mar, 2015

18 Mar, 2015

Los Alamos offers new insights into radiation damage evolution

Los Alamos offers new insights into radiation damage evolution

Two reports are helping crack the code of how certain materials respond in the highly-damaging radiation environments within a nuclear reactor. 16 Mar, 2015

16 Mar, 2015

 Picture of the Week: The art of climate modeling

Picture of the Week: The art of climate modeling

The paint-like swirls of this visualization from Los Alamos National Laboratory depict global water-surface temperatures, with the surface texture driven by vorticity. 12 Mar, 2015

12 Mar, 2015

Los Alamos boosts light-water reactor research with advanced modeling and simulation technology

Los Alamos boosts light-water reactor research with advanced modeling and simulation technology

As part of the consortium CASL will now be deployed to industry and academia under a new inter-institutional agreement for intellectual property. 02 Mar, 2015

02 Mar, 2015

A different Big Bang theory: Los Alamos unveils explosives detection expertise

A different Big Bang theory: Los Alamos unveils explosives detection expertise

A team of scientists is now rolling out a collaborative project to defeat explosives threats through enhanced detection technologies. 11 Feb, 2015

11 Feb, 2015

Scientists call for antibody 'bar code’ system to follow Human Genome Project

Scientists call for antibody 'bar code’ system to follow Human Genome Project

Researchers have collaborated to craft a request that could fundamentally alter how the antibodies used in research are identified. 04 Feb, 2015

04 Feb, 2015

Los Alamos develops new technique for growing high-efficiency perovskite solar cells

Los Alamos develops new technique for growing high-efficiency perovskite solar cells

Researchers reveal a new solution-based hot-casting technique that allows growth of highly efficient and reproducible solar cells from large-area perovskite crystals. 29 Jan, 2015

29 Jan, 2015

Supporting biosurveillance via the web

Supporting biosurveillance via the web

A new online resource is providing a centralized portal for all news, information, resources and research related to biosurveillance at the Laboratory. 28 Jan, 2015

28 Jan, 2015

One in five online scholarly articles affected by ‘reference rot’

One in five online scholarly articles affected by ‘reference rot’

Los Alamos authors focus on reference rot, the combination of link rot and content drift to which references to web resources included in STM articles are subject. 26 Jan, 2015

26 Jan, 2015

World's largest gold crystal studied at Los Alamos

World's largest gold crystal studied at Los Alamos

When geologist John Rakovan needed better tools to investigate whether a dazzling 217.78-gram piece of gold was in fact the world's largest single-crystal specimen he traveled to Los Alamos. 03 Apr, 2014

03 Apr, 2014