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Science, Technology & Engineering Highlights

STE Highlights features current, cutting-edge scientific research at Los Alamos National Laboratory and recent awards and recognitions of Los Alamos scientists.

Dye tracer released from the Beaufort Gyre region of the western Arctic Ocean indicates freshwater transport through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago into the western Labrador Sea, causing freshening there. 

Freshwater is accumulating in the Arctic Ocean like never before. The Beaufort Sea, which is the largest Arctic Ocean freshwater reservoir, has increased its freshwater content by 40 percent over the last two decades. A rapid release of this freshwater into the Atlantic Ocean could impact a critical circulation pattern, called the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, which has a significant influence on northern-hemisphere climate. A new modeling study by Los Alamos researchers and collaborators from NOAA and the University of Washington dove into the mechanics surrounding this scenario.

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STE Highlights for March

Read these articles in the March 2021 issue of STE Highlights

Awards and Recognition

Durham joins leadership of international LHCb experiment

Massarczyk selected for SURF Executive Committee


Improving data quality of algal genomics

Computer, Computational and Statistical Sciences

Climate science: Modeling unprecedented freshwater spillover into the Atlantic

Materials Physics and Applications

LANL research makes Physics World’s top 10 breakthroughs list

World’s first demonstration of quantum key security for the electric grid

Materials Science and Technology

Leveraging multiscale simulations to predict fission gas release from advanced nuclear fuel


Understanding transport and breakup of reactive ejecta