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Richard Atencio Charged With Stealing From LANL Heads To First Judicial District Court April 3

on March 24, 2017 - 11:42am

Staff Report

Richard Atencio, 53, of Espanola is slated for a plea hearing in First Judicial District Court April 3 on larceny and tampering with evidence charges in connection with property he allegedly stole in 2015 from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The criminal complaint, filed in Los Alamos Magistrate Court in April 2016, indicates that the value of the property was more than $2,500 and less than $20,000.

Police records indicate Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jack Casias received a telephone call Sept.

LANL: Ultrafast Measurements Explain Quantum Dot Voltage Drop

on March 22, 2017 - 9:50am

A femtosecond laser pulse launches a photocurrent transient in a quantum dot solid, which is time-resolved using ultrafast sampling electronics. This technique provides unprecedented insights into early time photoconductance in quantum dot assemblies for solar cells and photodetectors. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Insights pave way for solar cells and photodetectors based on tunable nanoparticles

Solar cells and photodetectors could soon be made from new types of materials based on semiconductor quantum dots, thanks to new insights based on ultrafast measurements capturing real-time

Heinrich, Udall Introduce Resolution To Honor Legacy Of Los Alamos National Laboratory On 75th Anniversary

on March 21, 2017 - 11:49am

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:
  • The resolution urges the Secretary of the Navy to name the next U.S. Navy submarine “USS Los Alamos” in recognition of the contributions of Los Alamos National Laboratory, the people of Los Alamos, and nearby communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall introduced a resolution urging the Secretary of the Navy to name the next nuclear-powered submarine of the United States Navy “USS Los Alamos” to honor and recognize the contributions the residents of Los Alamos have made to the United States Navy.

“Los

Breaking The Supermassive Black Hole Speed Limit

on March 21, 2017 - 11:08am

Quasar growing under intense accretion streams. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

A new computer simulation helps explain the existence of puzzling supermassive black holes observed in the early universe. The simulation is based on a computer code used to understand the coupling of radiation and certain materials.

“Supermassive black holes have a speed limit that governs how fast and how large they can grow,” said Joseph Smidt of the Theoretical Design Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, “The relatively recent discovery of supermassive black holes in the early development of the universe

LANL: Less Radiation In Inner Van Allen Belt Than Previously Believed

on March 21, 2017 - 7:55am

This artist’s rendering of the Van Allen Probes mission shows the path of its two spacecraft through the radiation belts that surround Earth, which are made visible in false color. Courtesy/NASA  

LANL News:

  • New study shows scientists the ‘snowflake in a rainstorm’

The inner Van Allen belt has less radiation than previously believed, according to a recent study in the Journal of Geophysical Research. Observations from NASA’s Van Allen probes show the fastest, most energetic electrons in the inner radiation belt are actually much rarer and harder to find than scientists expected.

History On Tap: Robert Oppenheimer ... A Life Inside The Center Tuesday At Unquarked

on March 20, 2017 - 8:36pm

CREATIVE DISTRICT News:

Don’t miss History On Tap 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 at UnQuarked in Central Park Square.

The speaker is Ray Monk, author of Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center. He also has written award-winning biographies of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell. He is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southampton, with research interests in the history of analytic philosophy, the philosophy of mathematics, and philosophical issues arising from the practice of biography. Professor Monk is the 2017 Miller Scholar at the Santa Fe Institute.

History On

Meet David Williams Of White Rock

on March 20, 2017 - 8:58am
David Williams of White Rock takes a break at the Pig & Fig. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

During a recent stop at the Pig & Fig in White Rock, the Post bumped into local resident David Williams while he was enjoying his usual cup of cappuccino. Of Welsh heritage, he was born in Watford, just north of London, England, in 1936. His father worked on the de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito, which served during and after World War II. Constructed almost entirely of wood, it was nicknamed “The Wooden Wonder”, and affectionately known as the “Mossie”.

House Subcommittee Probes Nuclear Weapons Windfall

on March 18, 2017 - 10:41am

LANL Director Charlie McMillan appears Thursday before House Armed Services oversight and investigations subcommittee in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/HASC webcast

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

President Trump’s budget priorities were on parade in the House Armed Services subcommittee hearing Thursday, as the White House was releasing a sketch of its fiscal plans for the next 18 months. The White House projection for the nuclear security enterprise proposes strong support for a “nuclear force that is second to none.”

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan spoke

Science On Tap: What Travels At 84 Percent The Speed Of Light And Is Used By Researchers At Los Alamos?

on March 16, 2017 - 5:09pm

COMMUNITY News:

In response to requests from previous Science on Tap attendees, this month’s topic will be LANSCE. That acronym stands for Los Alamos Neutron Science Center. Housed at Los Alamos, it’s one of the most powerful linear accelerators in the country. During this Science on Tap event, Gus Sinnis, both a deputy associate director for Experimental Physical Science and the facility’s user director, will introduce you to the technology that attracts more than 500 researchers here each year.

Science On Tap happens every third Thursday of the month, featuring a new topic each time.

UNM-LA Students Consider LANL Technician Pipeline

on March 16, 2017 - 10:27am

Students with a variety of educational interests attend the recent presentation by Debbie Martinez who is the HR lead on the LANL Institutional Technician Pipeline Job Program. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Irina Alvestad and UNM-LA student Justin Garcia chat with presenter Debbie Martinez. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

In an ongoing effort to help students transition to the workforce, faculty at UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) regularly invite representatives from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to campus to speak about opportunities at

Udall, Heinrich Invite Energy Secretary Rick Perry To Visit New Mexico National Laboratories

on March 15, 2017 - 10:06am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry inviting him to visit Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico.

“The work at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories is critical to meeting DOE’s mission of assuring national security through stewardship of the nuclear weapons stockpile, nuclear non-proliferation, and homeland security,” wrote the senators.

Los Alamos Police Take Bealls Shoplifting Suspect Ashley Garcia Into Custody

on March 13, 2017 - 11:42pm

Ashley Alexanda Garcia

Staff Report

Los Alamos police have taken shoplifting suspect Ashley Alexanda Garcia of Hernandez into custody. An LAPD spokesperson told the Los Alamos Daily Post this evening that a tip led to the arrest of Hernandez by the Rio Arriba Sheriffs Department.

Garcia, 23, was transferred to the Los Alamos Detention Facility. She is facing charges of shoplifting, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and duty to give information and render aid, in connection with an incident Thursday, March 9 at Bealls Department Store on Trinity Drive.

McMillan To Testify At House Armed Services Panel

on March 13, 2017 - 8:03pm

LANL Director Charlie McMillan

Staff Report

The public will get a first glimpse under the hood of the next era of American nuclear weapons this week, when key officials in the complex stand for questions during a hearing of a House Armed Services subcommittee scheduled for Thursday.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan is set to be among those appearing before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. The meeting at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Constellis Enters Into Definitive Agreement To Acquire Centerra Group - LANL's Protective Force Contractor

on March 13, 2017 - 7:33pm

CENTERRA News:

RESTON, Va. & PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Constellis, a leading provider of operational support and risk management services, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Centerra Group, LLC ("Centerra") and its subsidiaries from an affiliate of Alvarez & Marsal Capital. Centerra holds the protective force contract at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The acquisition o

f Centerra, a leading global government and critical infrastructure services company, will significantly enhance Constellis' U.S.

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Hazardous Waste Backlog May Take Years To Unload

on March 12, 2017 - 9:35am

A hazardous waste permit modification for LANL requests three storage units at Technical Area 55, including the High Efficiency Neutron Counter Pad, shown here, which would be used as an outdoor storage pad. Courtesy/LANL

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

Among the many consequences of the Valentine’s Dayradiation incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico in 2014, one necessity was a significant reworking of hazardous waste storage arrangements at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Plutonium Facility.

Letter To The Editor: Strip ’Em To Their Skivvies And Light One Off!

on March 12, 2017 - 9:19am
By Dr. T. DOUGLAS REILLY
Los Alamos
 

Back in the 1970's, Harold Agnew,* third director of Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (LASL), presented a Director's Colloquium to explain his congressional testimony regarding a proposed Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). He feared the world's leaders would soon forget the destructive power of nuclear weapons, so he proposed the following:

“Every five or so years, gather the world’s leaders on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific, ‘strip ’em to their skivvies,’ and ‘Light one off!’ First they’d be blinded 10 or more seconds by the light, then

LANL: Perovskite Edges Can Be Tuned For Optoelectronic Performance

on March 10, 2017 - 9:53am

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and their research partners are creating innovative 2D layered hybrid perovskites that allow greater freedom in designing and fabricating efficient optoelectronic devices. Courtesy/LANL

 

How it works, from sunshine (yellow beam) to LED light and photovoltaics -- Edge-states at the edges of the 2D perovskite layers lead to dissociation of electron-hole pairs (excitons) to free carriers for efficient photovoltaics of more than 12 percent (left). Dissociated carriers captured and located at the edge-states live longer while being protected from

LANL: Scientists Discover Unexpected Oxidation State For Molecular Plutonium

on March 10, 2017 - 8:52am

Scientists from LANL and University of California-Irvine explore a new oxidation state of plutonium. Courtesy/LANL 

LANL News:

  • New chemical form paves the way for additional transuranic revelations

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in collaboration with the University of California – Irvine (UCI) have uncovered a significant new chemical attribute of plutonium, the identification and structural verification of the +2-oxidation state in a molecular system.

“This finding marks out plutonium, already known for its extremely complex chemistry, as the actinide element with the

LANL’s Jaqueline L. Kiplinger Receives IUPAC 2017 Distinguished Women In Chemistry Award

on March 9, 2017 - 4:08pm

Jaqueline Kiplinger was recognized this week with the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry 2017 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering award. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos chemist is only US scientist thus honored

Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow Jaqueline Kiplinger was recognized this week with the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) 2017 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering award.

LANL: Frontiers In Science Talk Explores ‘The Mystery Of Detonation’

on March 8, 2017 - 7:44pm

The ‘Mystery of Detonation’ lecture will focus on various kinds of explosions, what is needed for detonation and current experiments and modeling of detonations.

LANL News:

David Moore, a Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow and scientist in the Shock and Detonation Physics group, will discuss the science behind detonation and explosions during three Frontiers in Science lectures titled “The Mystery of Detonation” beginning March 14 in Santa Fe.

“The speed and destructiveness of explosive events, and the accompanying opaque layers of products and intermediates, make the experiments

Quality New Mexico Honors Bill Wadt Of Los Alamos With Don Chalmers Passion For Excellence Award

on March 7, 2017 - 5:24pm

Bill Wadt is recipient of Don Chalmers Passion for Excellence Award.

QNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Quality New Mexico has announced Bill Wadt of Los Alamos is the recipient of the second Don Chalmers Passion for Excellence Award. Wadt is past president of the LANL Foundation Board of Directors. 

“We are proud to recognize Bill Wadt for his passion for excellence,” said Quality New Mexico Board Chair Anne Kain. “We congratulate him for his outstanding accomplishments and his continued commitment to excellence in New Mexico.”

LANL Foundation President/CEO Jenny Parks, stated, “Bill Wadt has

Committee Delays GRT For Non-profit National Labs

on March 6, 2017 - 8:55pm

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey address the New Mexico Legislature Friday as the House Taxation and Revenue Committee takes up HB 332. Courtesy/ScreenShot

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

A bill designed to protect state and local governments from a potential multimillion dollar cut in gross receipts taxes hit a bump Friday afternoon, as it was temporarily tabled pending further discussions with the House Taxation and Revenue Committee.

House Bill 32 would amend a portion of New Mexico state law that currently exempts non-profit

LAPS Superintendent ​Thanks BSMA​ For​ STEM Education Outreach ​In Northern New Mexico

on March 6, 2017 - 2:57pm

BSMA President Andy Trottier, left, and LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus at Gadgets, the souvenir pop-up shop inside the Bradbury Science Museum Association. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

BSMA News:

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, right, visits Gadgets, the Bradbury Science Museum Association's (BSMA) souvenir pop-up shop, during the recent Chamisa Elementary Science Night at the museum.

The BSMA is the newly formed non-profit association with the sole mission of raising money to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education outreach into Northern New

Udall Statement On His Vote To Confirm Rick Perry As Secretary Of Energy

on March 3, 2017 - 2:40pm
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement on his vote to confirm former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as U.S. Secretary of Energy.
 
Udall is a senior member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water, which writes the budget for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
 
"New Mexico's economy and the jobs of thousands of New Mexicans are deeply connected to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Heinrich Opposes Confirmation Of Rick Perry For Secretary Of Energy

on March 3, 2017 - 8:33am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement opposing the confirmation of former Texas Governor Rick Perry, President Trump’s nominee for U.S. Department of Energy Secretary.

“I want – and we all need – Rick Perry to be successful as our next Secretary of Energy.

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