Using the largest laser in the world that focuses on deuterium and tritium (DT) fuel targets converting them into helium in a fusion reaction, the Laser Inertial Fusion Energy (LIFE) project aims to demonstrate an innovative source of safe, green, renewable, and clean energy.

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Photo shows the interior of the NIF target chamber. The service module carrying technicians can be seen on the left. On the right is the target positioner, which works with the target alignment system to precisely locate a target with an accuracy of less than the thickness of a human hair.  Photo credit: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

A tick trap placed next to a wooded, recreation trail.  It is made of a foam cooler containing dry ice, with three holes on each of the four sides to release carbon dioxide from the ice. The cooler sits on cardboard and is surrounded by double-sided tape.  Ticks drawn by the carbon dioxide will come to be immobilized by the sticky tape.

Researchers have developed a tick surveillance program to determine the tick densities on deer-hunting grounds over the next five years. Two methods of tick collection are tested for this program. Hopefully this will contribute to the control of Lyme Disease risk.

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Figure 1: A scanning electron microscope image of a nano-structured thermoelectric material. This material is composed of two compounds, antimony telluride and lead telluride, which spontaneously form a layered structure when mixed. The lower image shows that the thickness of these layers is on the order of a few tens of nanometers (Ref 1)

Nano-structured thermoelectric materials allow energy to be reclaimed from waste heat, turning potential heat loss into electricity. High efficiency thermoelectric devices are being developed.

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