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  • Tiny crystals—quantum dots—are clusters of atoms that emit bright multi-colored light.

    Chemical treatment improves quantum dot lasers

    In new research, the nanometer-sized dots are being doctored, or “doped,” with additional electrons, a treatment that nudges the dots ever closer to producing the desired laser light with less stimulation and energy loss. - 10/23/17

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory’s robotic thinking telescope system, RAPTOR.

    Using machine-learning to scan the sky

    As RAPTOR makes its rounds across the sky to check on known gamma ray sources and respond to the occasional interesting transient, it has free time every night to photograph blazars. - 8/15/17

  •  researchers have produced the first known material capable of single-photon emission at room temperature and at telecommunications wavelengths, using chemically functionalized carbon nanotubes.

    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. - 8/1/17

  • neutrino experiment diagram

    Neutrino research takes giant leap forward

    The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment will send particles 800 miles to a mile-deep detector in South Dakota. - 7/25/17

  • chemcam on Mars

    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. - 7/19/17

  • Post-it art installation

    Post-It note art installation

    #LANLPride art installation supports mission focus on diversity. - 6/29/17

  • Charliecloud scientists Tim Randles and Reid Priedhorsky

    Simplifying big data supercomputing

    Charliecloud lets users easily run crazy new things on Los Alamos supercomputers. - 6/27/17

  • DNA code

    Genomics for everyone

    What if a nurse could swipe your saliva and run a quick genetic test for bacteria? - 5/23/17

  • lightning

    Unraveling the mysteries of lightning

    Lightning is poorly understood. Los Alamos National Laboratory is working to change that. - 6/22/17

  • Human-gorilla divergence may have occurred two million years earlier than thought (Photo : Flickr: Rod Waddington)

    What is the universe made of?

    Physicists and astrophysicists at Los Alamos are using supercomputers to simulate Big Bang nucleosynthesis and the early universe to unprecedented precision. - 4/18/17

  • Mars rover

    Looking for clues for past life on Mars

    By looking at the light emitted by the target, scientists can analyze the composition of rocks and soils on Mars. - 4/11/17

  • Human-gorilla divergence may have occurred two million years earlier than thought (Photo : Flickr: Rod Waddington)

    Can our grid withstand a solar storm?

    A recent peer-reviewed study found that an epic solar, or geomagnetic, storm could cost the United States more than $40 billion in damages and lost productivity. - 3/21/17

  • High-Altitude Water Cherenkov Observatory (HAWC)

    Confessions of a dark matter detective

    Sifting through data from HAWC's mountain-top water barrels looking for the fingerprint of dark matter - 2/21/17

  • Flounder

    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. - 2/2/17

  • Fuel cell membrane

    Forget jetpacks. Where are our hydrogen-powered cars?

    For decades commercially viable fuel cells, particularly for cars, have remained just over the horizon. So why aren’t we there yet? - 12/13/16

  • Man sneezing

    Using Wikipedia to forecast the flu

    Lab researchers use mathematics, computer science, statistics and other information to determine how disease develops and spreads. - 11/15/16

  • 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. - 8/30/16

  • The author holds a cracked sample of acrylic used to study damage effects linked to faulting. Johnson hopes Laboratory research can lead to better forecasting of earthquakes someday. (Photo: LANL)

    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. - 6/27/16

  • Artist’s depiction of the WMAP satellite gathering data to understand the Big Bang. Source: NASA.

    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. - 6/5/16

  • 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. - 4/24/16

  • Mars

    Why Mars?

    The allure (and challenge) of colonizing the red planet - 5/17/16

  • 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. - 9/20/16

  • MRI

    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. - 3/20/16

  • Human-gorilla divergence may have occurred two million years earlier than thought (Photo : Flickr: Rod Waddington)

    Why is Zika now a threat?

    Population growth, rising temperatures, embryonic immune systems says Lab scientist - 2/25/16

  • Atoms for Peace

    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. - 10/24/16

  • Human-gorilla divergence may have occurred two million years earlier than thought (Photo : Flickr: Rod Waddington)

    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. - 7/20/16

  • 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. - 2/19/16


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