Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • Which time travel movie got the rules right? According to experiments using a quantum time travel simulator, reality is “self-healing,” so changes made to the past won’t drastically alter the future you came from – at least, in the quantum realm.
  • The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced and detailed a blueprint for a national quantum internet that would be super-fast and nigh on unhackable. The document describes four priority research areas, and five major milestones on the path.
  • Researchers at LANL have hit upon a microstructure with impressive shock absorption. The team 3D-printed cubes with fractal void patterns inside them, which could be a useful structure for new materials in helmets, armor and other protective items.
  • It turns out that neural networks might also need sleep to function at their peak. And it’s not just a matter of turning them off every now and then – the neurons benefit from exposure to slow-wave signals like those in a sleeping biological brain.
  • Quantum dots have shown promise in solar cells. Now, researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) have developed a new type of quantum dot solar cell that isn’t made with the toxic elements found in most, while maintaining efficiency.
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    It looks as if the days of the venerable explosive TNT are numbered as researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the US Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen, Maryland develop a new explosive that has the power of TNT, yet is safer and more environmentally friendly.
  • One of the main goals of Curiosity was to determine if Mars has ever harbored life. The project has already discovered that Gale Crater was once an ancient lake, and now a team at Los Alamos has found “halos” in the bedrock, suggesting the area could have supported life long after the lake dried up.
  • ​​Rubik’s-cube-sized CubeSats are nifty, cheap way to study space, but they’re limited to low orbits – until now. Los Alamos researchers have created a safe and innovative rocket motor that could allow CubeSats to zoom around space and even de-orbit themselves when they’re finished their mission.​
  • Strides have been made in the last few years to develop solar windows. Known as luminescent solar concentrators, these haven’t proven efficient or scalable, but now researchers have demonstrated a new technique that could make for larger, more practical solar energy-harvesting windows.
  • A new device is set to make unbreakable, quantum-based cryptographic security available for everyone for the very first time. To do this, the device incorporates the quantum mechanics of random photon polarization to generate random numbers and create cryptographic keys.
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    Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the US have confirmed a 7.68 oz (217.78 g) piece of gold is in fact a singular crystal. The specimen was discovered in Venezuela decades earlier, but it is only by using an advanced probing instrument can experts now verify its authenticity.
  • The ATHENA project, which is developing a "desktop human" for for screening both new drugs and toxic agents, has reported success in the development of its first organ construct, a human liver construct that responds to exposure to a toxic chemical much like a real liver.