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New Quantum Computing Algorithm Could Simulate Giant Particle Accelerators

on June 13, 2012 - 7:09am

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a gigantic scientific instrument near Geneva, where it spans the border between Switzerland and France about 100m underground. It is a particle accelerator used by physicists to study the smallest known particles – the fundamental building blocks of all things. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

A trio of theorists, including one from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), have described how a future quantum computer could be used to simulate complex, high-energy collisions of subatomic particles.

Small Businesses Providing Services to LANL Receive National Awards from DOE

on June 11, 2012 - 5:10pm

LANL News:

Demolition of the former administration building at TA-3 conducted by ARSEC Environmental LLC. Courtesy/LANL

Three businesses that provide services to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) received Department of Energy small business awards for fiscal year 2011 and will be recognized by DOE at a ceremony June 27 in Washington, D.C.

  • Eberline Services of Santa Fe received DOE’s Small Business of the Year award. Eberline conducted environmental drilling services at LANL. The work in 2011 was completed without recordable injuries or lost work time because of accidents.

Bradbury Invites Public to Share Personal Fire Stories

on June 11, 2012 - 4:14pm

Courtesy/Bradbury Science Museum

Interactive exhibit opens June 13

Beginning Wednesday June 13, the public is invited to Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) Bradbury Science Museum to take part in “Living With Wildfire: Share Your Stories.”

The museum will host an opening reception from 3:30-6 p.m. for the general public.

Nearly one year ago, the Las Conchas Fire burned in forest areas surrounding LANL and forced a one-week closure.

The wildfire spared the Laboratory but it affected thousands of residents in Northern New Mexico.

The exhibit provides an opportunity for people to

Elhanan Borenstein Presents Talk at SFI Tuesday

on June 10, 2012 - 8:43pm

SFI News:

Elhanan Borenstein will present the talk, "From Metagenomics to Ecosystomics: Modeling the Human Microbiome" at 12:15 p.m., Tuesday June 12 in the Medium Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute. 

Borenstein is a SFI External Professor and works at the University of Washington where the Borenstein lab focuses on computational research in Evolutionary Systems Biology - an emerging field that examines the interplay between the evolutionary process and the organization of complex biological systems. This is done primarily in the following research topics:

  1. Metabolic interactions,

Federal Agencies Demonstrate Response Capabilities for a Radiological Event

on June 8, 2012 - 10:17am

NNSA News:

Courtesy/NNSA

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A joint federal, state and local government workshop and demonstration of the emergency response capabilities that will be deployed in the event of a radiological accident or incident was held this week in Kansas City, Kan.

This technical workshopwas part of a series of events associated with Amber Waves 2012, a radiological dispersaldevice (RDD) exercise series sponsored by the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Personnel from the states of Kansas, Missouri and Iowa, as well as numerous federal agencies

Aerial Survey of Los Alamos Townsite Begins Monday

on June 7, 2012 - 9:27pm

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NNSA News:

The National Nuclear Security Administration plans this week to complete a high-fidelity aerial survey of Los Alamos town site, a dual-step project initiated last fall.

The survey is scheduled for June 11-13. Residents may notice the silver and blue Bell 412 helicopter flying overhead.

NNSA arranged for the Remote Sensing Laboratory/National Aerial Measuring System (RSL) of Las Vegas, Nev., to conduct this second flyover following a similar survey of lab property in August 2011, after the Las Conchas Fire.

“The objective of the flyover is to ensure that any and

Evaluating NRC's Progress on Open Government

on June 4, 2012 - 5:27pm

In its Open Government Directive, dated Dec. 8, 2009, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) called upon Government agencies to open their doors and data to the American people.

To evaluate progress toward that goal, OMB instructed the Federal Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) to develop an Open Government Dashboard. Initially, that Dashboard focused on the various deliverables explicitly identified in the OMB Directive, but the current revision offers a more holistic set of metrics, informed by each agency's Open Government Plan.

Consistent with that

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