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Science Highlights

Awards and noteworthy scientific achievements at Los Alamos National Laboratory


In this month's Science Highlights:
Radiation Hardened Single-Board Computer for Space Applications

The computer is designed to meet the command- and data-handling requirements for missions requiring space-grade radiation hardness and fault tolerance, but in a much smaller size, lower weight, and lower power than what is currently available. The invention leverages the Lab’s legacy of designing instruments for satellites and deep space missions for over fifty years. Read more (link to article). Learn more in the current issue.

Photo caption: Paul Graham (left) and Robert Merl work on the Radiation Hardened Single Board Computer for Command and Data Handling.

Current Science Highlights Issue: Sept. 26, 2018

The latest issue of the Science Highlights is now online. This issue features awards, in addition to articles reporting on the following current science highlights:

  • State-of-the-art photocathodes grown on atomically thin layers of graphene
  • Laboratory uses cavity-nesting bird eggs to monitor for environmental pollution
  • LANSCE detectors enable previously unattainable measurements with neutron beams
  • Handheld LIBS instrument rapidly analyzes rare earth elements in uranium
  • Radiation Hardened Single-Board Computer developed for space applications
  • Gold melting at the atomic scale reveals first observation of heterogeneous melting
  • First demonstration of an all-solid-state crycooler
  • Adaptive feedback automatically tunes electron beams in advanced x-ray free-electron lasers
  • National Criticality Experiments Research Center provides training and experiments
  • National Ignition Facility experiment explains a behavior of evolving supernovae
  • Magnetic particles discovered in rare earth magnets

 Read these articles and more in the Sept. 26, 2018 issue.

About Science Highlights

Science Highlights features some of the current, cutting-edge scientific research at Los Alamos. The highlights also include recent awards and recognitions of Los Alamos scientists. Science Highlights is published once a month and produced by the Laboratory's Science, Technology, and Engineering directorate.