- Researchers at the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, N.M., have developed a way to use specific polymers as luminescent sensors to virtually instantaneously detect and identify both biological and chemical agents. Essentially, the sensors work by fluorescing in the presence of these agents. This fluorescing is caused by molecular intermediaries that bind to the biological and chemical agents' receptor sites.
- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, Calif., recently received notification of patents on 20 claims pertaining to its micropower radar (MIR) technology. The validity of these patents had been put into question when an Atlanta firm claimed to have been the original developer of the technology. With this issue now put to rest, efforts will focus on further commercialization and development of the technology, which has potential in the low-cost instrumentation arena.
- A team of international scientists led by researchers from Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory may have devised a new way to use the annihilation of matter and antimatter to understand the characteristics of materials. Such an advance could dramatically improve the quality of the materials used in the electronics industry, as well as in everyday life. The technique works by directing positrons at specific areas of a material, creating a radiation signal that can be used by scientists to learn about a material's properties.