WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today applauded our nation's nuclear security sites for receiving 18 of this year's R&D 100 Awards.
Awarded each year by the R&D Magazine to the best technological advances at universities, private corporations, and government labs around the world, the R&D 100 Awards are occasionally referred to as "the Nobel Prizes of technology." They were first awarded in 1963 as the I-R 100s, in keeping with the original name of the magazine, Industrial Research.
This year, NNSA nuclear security sites were recognized for a wide range of advances including, for example, a new landmine detection technology, a new process for capturing and compressing greenhouse gases, and a new electrical conversion technology that are in use in hybrid cars.
"The Department of Energy's national laboratories are incubators of innovation, and I'm proud they are being recognized once again for their remarkable work," said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. "The cutting-edge research and development being done in our national labs is vital to maintaining America's competitive edge, increasing our nation's energy security, and protecting our environment. I want to thank this year's winners for their work and congratulate them on this award."
For more information on the 18 R&D Awards won by NNSA's nuclear security sites click here. The following are short summaries of this year's award recipients.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Sandia National Laboratories
Nevada Test Site
Over the years, previous R&D 100 winners have become household names, including Polacolor film (1963), the flashcube (1965), the automated teller machine (1973), the halogen lamp (1974), the fax machine (1975), the liquid crystal display (1980), the printer (1986), the Kodak Photo CD (1991), the Nicoderm antismoking patch (1992), Taxol anticancer drug (1993), lab on a chip (1996), and HDTV (1998).
Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation's national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.
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