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Los Alamos National Laboratory earns 3 R&D 100 Awards
Date:6/22/2011

LOS ALAMOS, New Mexico, June 22, 2011 Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have won three of R&D Magazine's 2011 R&D100 Awards. Recognized as the "Oscars of Invention" by the Chicago Tribune, these awards honor the top 100 proven technological advances of the past year. The winning Laboratory technologies include a molecular beacon that targets specific nucleic acids, a spacer fluid for oil wells that shrinks when heated, and a better way to produce thorium, an elemental sustainable energy source.

"I want to congratulate this year's R&D 100 award winners," said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. "The Department of Energy's national laboratories and sites are at the forefront of innovation, and it is gratifying to see their work recognized once again. The cutting-edge research and development done in our national labs and facilities is helping to meet our energy challenges, strengthen our national security, and enhance our economic competitiveness."

"Once again the RD 100 awards show that Los Alamos National Laboratory's multidisciplinary scientific approach provides real-world innovation with the potential to drive job creation in the private sector while delivering benefits to the American public," said LANL Director Charlie McMillan. "We are proud of our Los Alamos researchers, and I salute them all as well as the researchers from our sister labs and facilities who won R&D 100 Awards as well."

This year's winning technologies include:

NanoCluster Beacons

NanoCluster Beacons are collections of silver atoms designed to illuminate when bound to nucleic acids, such as the DNA of specific pathogens. Created by Hsin-Chih (Tim) Yeh, James Werner, Jaswinder Sharma, and Jennifer Martinez, these beacons can be used to probe for diseases that threaten humans by identifying the nucleic acid targets that represent a person's full genome, and allow for personalized medication. They can also be used in quantitative biology
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Contact: James Rickman
jamesr@lanl.gov
505-665-9203
DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory
Source:Eurekalert

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