SCIENCE ON TAP
Science on Tap: Using fuel cells to keep on truckin’
Hydrogen and fuel cells could be the power source for future truck fleets. Compared to standard engines, fuel cells can deliver higher efficiency, reduced emissions, higher torque — without noise pollution. Rod Borup, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Lab program manager, will take viewers on a journey into the Los Alamos Fuel Cell program’s exciting developments like the Million Mile Fuel Cell Truck consortium.
What can the ocean tell scientists about earthquakes? Geophysicist Charlotte Rowe will discuss SMART (Science Monitoring and Reliable Telecommunication cables), the next generation of oceanographic monitors that includes seismic sensors. These special underwater telecommunications cables help a scientific task force fill in information gaps about seismic activity by gathering geophysical data from beneath the sea.
Rowe leads Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Geophysics focus area. She serves on the International Joint Task force for SMART Cables and the Global Seismographic Network Steering Committee and has served on the National Research Council.
Los Alamos biochemist Taraka Dale will discuss how Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Smart Microbial Cell Technology could not only accelerate the breakdown of existing plastics but also engineer bio-friendly plastic in the future.
What if scientists could develop completely novel kinds of bioplastics that degrade at the end of their lives? Plastic waste is an everyday part of modern convenience, and a huge environmental problem. Monday, April 19, 5:30 - 7:00pm, Los Alamos biochemist Taraka Dale shares insights into the new Bio-Optimized Technologies to keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment, aka the BOTTLE program.
Atmospheric scientist Alexandra Jonko will discuss how supercomputers and FIRETEC, an award-winning model, can help us understand wildfire’s impact.
Wildfire seems to become more destructive every year, posing a serious threat to Northern New Mexico and diverse regions across the country. With the start of wildfire season right around the corner.
The upcoming Science on Tap will give you details on how the Lab uses computer modeling to tackle fire’s seeming unpredictability.
Suzanne Nowicki explores the moon, Mars, Mercury and Saturn with specialized spectrometers
How did the Mars Odyssey orbiter identify the elements present on Mars? How do scientists understand not only what planet’s environment is like now, but also what it was in the ancient past?
The answer: By detecting gamma rays