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Huffington Post Science 2016

  • 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)

    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

  • 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

  • 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