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External Website Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) English 2008

ASPECT Emergency Response Chemical and Radiological Mapping

A unique airborne emergency response tool, ASPECT is a Los Alamos/U.S. Environmental Protection Agency project that can put chemical and radiological mapping tools in the air over an accident scene. The name ASPECT is an acronym for Airborne Spectral Photometric Environmental Collection Technology. Update, Sept. 19, 2008: Flying over storm-damaged refineries and chemical factories, a twin-engine plane carrying the ASPECT (Airborne Spectral Photometric Environmental Collection Technology) system has been on duty throughout the recent hurricanes that have swept the Florida and Gulf Coast areas. ASPECT is a project of the U.S. U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys National Decontamination Team. Los Alamos National Laboratory leads a science and technology program supporting the EPA and the ASPECT aircraft. Casting about with a combination of airborne photography and infrared spectroscopy, the highly instrumented plane provides emergency responders on the ground with a clear concept of where danger lies, and the nature of the sometimes-invisible plumes that could otherwise kill them. ASPECT is the nations only 24/7 emergency response aircraft with chemical plume mapping capability. Bob Kroutil of Bioscience Division is the project leader, and while he said the team has put in long hours, both on the ground and in the air, its a worthwhile effort. The plane flew over 320 targeted sites in four days, he noted. Prior to the deployment to the Gulf Coast, the plane had been monitoring the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. Los Alamos National Laboratory Divisions that are supporting ASPECT include, in addition to B-Division, CTN-5: Networking Engineering and IRM-CAS: Communication, Arts, and Services. Leslie Mansell, CTN-5, and Marilyn Pruitt, IRM-CAS, were recognized the the U.S. EPA for their outstanding support to the hurricane response of Gustav in Louisiana and Ike in Texas. The information from the data collected in the most recent event, Hurricane Ike, was sent to the EPA Region 6 Rapid Needs Assessment and the State of Texas Joint Field Office in Austin, Texas. It appears that though there is considerable damage in Galveston and Texas City, there are fewer chemical leaks than during either hurricanes Katrina or Rita. Specific information gathered from the data was reported out to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and the State of Texas Emergency Management Agency.
  • Published: 2008
  • Publisher: Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
  • Language: English
External Website Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) English 2008

ChemCam Rock Laser for the Mars Science Laboratory

Los Alamos has a long history of space-related instr... Los Alamos has a long history of space-related instruments, tied primarily to its role in defense-related treaty verification. Space-based detectors have helped determine the differences between signals from lightning bolts and potential nuclear explosions. LANL-developed gamma-ray detection instruments first revealed the existence of what we now know as gamma-ray bursts, an exciting area of astrophysical research. And the use of LANL instruments on varied space missions continues with such products as the ChemCam rock laser for NASA, shown here. The Engineering Model of the ChemCam Mars Science Laboratory rover instrument arrived at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on February 6, 2008. ChemCam will use imaging and laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) to determine rock and soil compositions on Mars, up to 9 meters from the rover. The engineering model is being integrated into the rover test bed for the development and testing of the rover software. The actual flight model components are concurrently being assembled at Los Alamos and in Toulouse, France, and will be delivered to JPL in July. The Mars Science Laboratory is scheduled to launch in 2009. Animations courtesy of JPL/NASA.
  • Published: 2008
  • Publisher: Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
  • Language: English
External Website Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) English 2008

Roadrunner Supercomputer Breaks the Petaflop Barrier

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  • Published: 2008
  • Publisher: Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
  • Language: English
External Website Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) English 2008

Recovering Radioactive Materials with ORSP Team

The National Nuclear Security Administration sponsors a program, executed by Los Alamos National Laboratory, to recover radioisotopes used by industry and academia and no longer needed. Called the "Offsite Source Recovery Program (OSRP), it has recovered more than 16,000 orphan sources as of 2008.
  • Published: 2008
  • Publisher: Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
  • Language: English
External Website Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) English 2009

Pandemic influenza computer model (no soundtrack)

Simulation of a pandemic flu outbreak in the continental United States, initially introduced by the arrival of 10 infected individuals in Los Angeles. ----------The spatiotemporal dynamics of the prevalence (number of symptomatic cases at any point in
  • Published: 2009
  • Publisher: Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
  • Language: English
External Website Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) English 2008

Unique Sensor Plane Maps Invisible Toxins for First Responders

A unique airborne emergency response tool, ASPECT is a Los Alamos/U.S. Environmental Protection Agency project that can put chemical and radiological mapping tools in the air over an accident scene. The name ASPECT is an acronym for Airborne Spectral Phot
  • Published: 2008
  • Publisher: Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
  • Language: English
External Website Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) English 2008

Recovering Radioactive Materials with OSRP team

The National Nuclear Security Administration sponsors a program, executed by Los Alamos National Laboratory, to recover radioisotopes used by industry and academia and no longer needed. Called the "Offsite Source Recovery Program (OSRP), it has recovered
  • Published: 2008
  • Publisher: Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
  • Language: English
External Website Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) English 2008

Scientists train honeybees to detect explosives

Members of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Stealthy Insect Sensor Project team have been able to harness the honeybee's exceptional olfactory sense by using the bees' natural reaction to nectar, a proboscis extension reflex (sticking out their tongue)
  • Published: 2008
  • Publisher: Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
  • Language: English
External Website Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) English 2008

Roadrunner Supercomputer Breaks the Petaflop Barrier

At 3:30 a.m. on May 26, 2008, Memorial Day, the "Roadrunner" supercomputer exceeded a sustained speed of 1 petaflop/s, or 1 million billion calculations per second. The sustained performance makes Roadrunner more than twice as fast as the current number 1
  • Published: 2008
  • Publisher: Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
  • Language: English
External Website Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) English 2008

New Rad Lab for Los Alamos

The topping out ceremony for a key construction stage in the Los Alamos National Laboratory's newest facility, the Radiological Laboratory Utility & Office Building. This is part of the National Nu...  
  • Published: 2008
  • Publisher: Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
  • Language: English
External Website Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) English 2008

New MagViz Airport Liquid Analysis System Undergoes Testing

LOS ALAMOS, New Mexico, December 16, 2008
  • Published: 2008
  • Publisher: Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
  • Language: English
External Website Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) English 2009

New Advance in SuperConducting Materials

Superconducting materials will transform the world's electrical infrastructure, saving billions of dollars once the technical details and installation are in place. At Los Alamos National Laborator...  
  • Published: 2009
  • Publisher: Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
  • Language: English
External Website Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) English 2008

ChemCam rock laser for the Mars Science Laboratory

Los Alamos has a long history of space-related instruments, tied primarily to its role in defense-related treaty verification. Space-based detectors have helped determine the differences between signals from lightning bolts and potential nuclear explosion
  • Published: 2008
  • Publisher: Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
  • Language: English
External Website Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) English 2008

Bridge-safety monitoring technology, Los Alamos National Lab

A novel use of a model helicopter and inexpensive sensors allows inaccessible portions of highway bridges to be checked for structural stability or damage.
  • Published: 2008
  • Publisher: Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
  • Language: English
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