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New NIST Tests Explore Safety of Nanotubes in Modern Plastics Over Time

on December 19, 2013 - 9:33am

Exposed to intense ultraviolet light and high temperatures, samples of epoxy containing multiwalled carbon nanotubes deteriorated. Exposure tended to destroy the epoxy, but on the surface remained a network of nanotubes, which NIST tests indicated were less damaged than the epoxy over time, ranging from approximately 6 months (A) to 18 months (B) to 4 years (C) in subtropical conditions. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

Who cares about old plastic?

LANL: Neutron Stars’ X-ray Superbursts Mystify, Inspire Los Alamos Scientists

on December 6, 2013 - 8:56am

Neutron star. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • New neutrino cooling theory changes understanding of stars’ surface

Massive X-ray superbursts near the surface of neutron stars are providing a unique window into the operation of fundamental forces of nature under extreme conditions.

“Scientists are intrigued by what exactly powers these massive explosions, and understanding this would yield important insights about the fundamental forces in nature, especially on the astronomical/cosmological scale,” said Peter Moller of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Theoretical Division.

A neutron star is created

Heinrich Addresses Agreement on Iran's Nuclear Program

on November 25, 2013 - 6:31am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the agreement reached on Iran's nuclear program:

"The agreement reached today is a positive first step to limit Iran's nuclear program. The United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, China, and the European Union have all worked to negotiate strict oversight, enforcement mechanisms, and daily inspections that are critical to overseeing this agreement.

"While I welcome this important first step, I realize that

Trilateral Nuclear Security Workshop Held

on November 23, 2013 - 6:17am

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives from the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), U.K.’s Ministry of Defence (MoD), and Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom” met Nov. 5-6 in Lisbon, Portugal, for the Eighth Nuclear Security Best Practices Exchange. The workshop focused on overcoming mutual challenges related to securing nuclear material.

The annual workshops were initiated in 2005 as a result of commitments made by President Bush and President Putin in their Joint Statement on Nuclear Security Cooperation, and which were reaffirmed by President Obama

UNESCO Sites: Irreplaceable Sources of Life and Inspiration

on November 22, 2013 - 6:34am
Stones of Avebury. Photo by Jason Frazier

Terry Foxx of Los Alamos with her daughter Kerri Frazier, granddaughter Sydney and husband Jim Foxx gathered around one of the large stones of Avebury. Photo by Jason Frazier

Avebury, a Site Worth Visiting

Our traveling family (Kerri, Jason and Sydney Frazier) frequently joke that Kerri should get a bumper sticker that reads, “Will stop for flora, fauna, cheese, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.” Although it may be a joke, there is some truth to this.

LANL: HIV Virus Spread and Evolution Studied Through Computer Modeling

on November 19, 2013 - 9:53am

HIV Virus. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory are investigating the complex relationships between the spread of the HIV virus in a population (epidemiology) and the actual, rapid evolution of the virus (phylogenetics) within each patient’s body.

“We have developed novel ways of estimating epidemics dynamics such as who infected whom, and the true population incidence of infection versus mere diagnoses dates,” said Thomas Leitner, principal investigator.

Comet ISON Visible in Binoculars

on November 19, 2013 - 7:49am

Comet ISON is visible in binoculars, in spite of the Moon. Here it is this morning, below the bright star Spica, in the east above Santa Fe. It will whip around the Sun on Nov. 28. Photo by Glen Wurden

High-Activity Radioactive Materials Removed From Mexico

on November 17, 2013 - 6:46am

Anne Harrington

NASA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has announced that it recovered high-activity radioactive materials from an oncology clinic in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. NNSA's Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI) and the Mexican National Commission for Nuclear Security and Safeguards (CNSNS) jointly supported the removal and the device containing the source was packaged and securely transported to the U.S. for final disposition.

“This operation is part of NNSA’s broad strategy to strengthen both U.S.

IRS Warns of Scams Related to Relief for Typhoon Victims in Philippines

on November 17, 2013 - 6:32am

IRS News:

PHOENIX - The Internal Revenue Service today issued a consumer alert about possible scams taking place in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

Typhoon Haiyan – known as Yolanda in the Philippines – made landfall Nov. 8 in the central Philippines, bringing strong winds and heavy rains that have resulted in flooding, landslides, and widespread damage.

Following major disasters, it is common for scam artists to impersonate charities to get money or private information from well-intentioned taxpayers.

Philippine People Thank Americans

on November 15, 2013 - 8:16am

This is one of thousands of postcards being sent by people in the Philippines after the devastating earthquake and typhoon. Courtesy image

20-Year Partnership Converts 20,000 Russian Nuclear Warheads into Fuel for U.S. Electricity

on November 14, 2013 - 9:29am

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.– U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today announced the final shipment of low enriched uranium (LEU) derived from Russian weapons-origin highly enriched uranium (HEU) under the 1993 U.S.-Russia HEU Purchase Agreement, commonly known as the Megatons to Megawatts Program. Under this Agreement, Russia downblended 500 metric tons of HEU, equivalent to 20,000 nuclear wearheads, into LEU.

The resulting LEU has been delivered to the United States, fabricated into nuclear fuel, and used in nuclear power plants to generate nearly ten

Stephen M. Younger Presents Future of Nuclear Arms Control Talk Nov. 20

on November 13, 2013 - 12:24pm

Stephen M. Younger


Stephen M. Younger will present the talk, “A Long-Term View of Nuclear Arms Control” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at an open meeting of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security. 

Younger is a leading weapons-complex manager, author and former Associate Director for Nuclear Weapons at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The public is invited to attend Younger’s talk, which will be held in the Lounge at the Education Building of the United Church, 2525 Canyon Road in Los Alamos.
Every president since Truman has proposed the elimination of

LAHS Alum Heads for UN Climate Talks in Warsaw

on November 7, 2013 - 7:55am

Marielle Remillard is a LAHS graduate working on her PhD at Harvard. Courtesy photo

SustainUS News:

Marielle Remillard who graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2005, spends most of her time working on her PhD in environmental engineering at Harvard. Her studies keep her busy but not too busy for activism when it comes to a topic she knows a lot about, climate change.  

Next week Remillard will travel to Warsaw, Poland as part of a delegation of nearly two-dozen exceptional young leaders from across the US to take part in this year’s round of UN negotiations on climate change, which

Australian Rotarian's New Book Has Los Alamos Connections

on November 5, 2013 - 10:25am

Rotary District Governor John Kevan from Perth, Australia visited Los Alamos in 2011. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

John Kevan, Rotary District Governor from Perth, Australia visited Los Alamos in May 2011. He made a special point to visit Los Alamos on his way to the Rotary International Convention in New Orleans. 

Kevan contacted Los Alamos Rotarian Linda Hull, club secretary at the time, who arranged for Georgia Strickfaden of Buffalo Tours to meet him at the ABQ airport and give him tours of Lamy, Santa Fe, Bandelier and Los Alamos.

Geoengineering The Climate Would Reduce Vital Rains

on November 5, 2013 - 8:07am

Monsoon rainfall wets Beijing streets and passersby in 2011. New research indicates geoengineering to reduce global warming would also reduce average global precipitation. Photo by Sierra F

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Although a significant build-up in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere would alter worldwide precipitation patterns, a widely discussed technological approach to reducing future global warming would also interfere with rainfall and snowfall, new research shows.

The international study finds that a massive increase in greenhouse gases and warming of the planet would spur a

Los Alamos Rotary Club Hosts 14 Swedish Guests

on November 2, 2013 - 10:04am

Swedish Rotarians on a Friendship Exchange Trip with Los Alamos Rotarians gather for a photo with statues of Robert Oppenheimer and Gen. Groves in downtown Los Alamos Tuesday. Photo by Carol A Clark/

Los Alamos Rotarians Linda and Skip King toast with Rotarians from Sweden during a potluck dinner Wednesday at the home of Rotarian Chris Sierk. Photo by Carol A Clark/

Staff Report

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos hosted a Friendship Exchange this week with 14 Rotarians visiting from Sweden.

Making Halloween Work in Istanbul

on November 1, 2013 - 8:52am

Jason and Kerri (Foxx) Frazier (1991 graduate of Los Alamos High School) and their daughter Sydney, 8, are on a Round the World Trip ( This Halloween they found themselves in Istanbul, Turkey where they could find no pumpkins. So for Sydney they carved a potato and eggplants ... as Jason said, 'You use what you have.' Courtesy/Terry Foxx

Los Alamos Man and His Brother Experience Life and Death in Botswana

on October 31, 2013 - 9:49am
Bill Gattis, Adrian Chishimba and Tom Gattis. Courtesy photo

Editor’s note: Two brothers, Tom Gattis of Los Alamos and Bill Gattis of Gunnison, Colo., had an eye-opening experience in the third world when their mother, who lived in Botswana, became terminally ill. This is their story.


Our mother, Mary Lindsey (Gattis) had been spending her retirement in Africa, specifically Zambia, and later in the small, dusty town of Maun, Botswana.

Tom Bowles Speaks at Sierra Club Open Meeting Nov. 6

on October 30, 2013 - 10:23am


U.S. Chair Tom Bowles - MUSEIC Technology Commercialization will present the talk: “Creating Clean High-Tech Jobs in the U.S. and Mexico”The Sierra Club will host a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 at UNM-LA in Bldg 2, Room 220.

Mexico City has long had environmental problems due to its location and its 21 million inhabitants. The city is working to resolve its issues and is making progress but still has quite a long way to go. Part of any full solution has to be creating higher wage jobs that can also address the problems the city is facing.

In May, President Barack Obama

Sarov Sends Gifts to Los Alamos County

on October 29, 2013 - 7:40pm

County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers holds a statue of Saint Seraphim of Sarov, a Russian ascetic who lived at the Sarov Monastery in the 18th century, and is considered a wonder-worker. Officials from the Sister City of Sarov presented the statue alonq with Russian candy as a good will gesture to Rodgers, County Administrator Harry Burgess, Fire Chief Troy Hughes and Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider during their trip to the Sisiter City last week. The contingent returned to Los Alamos Saturday and presented the gifts to the County during this evening's Council meeting in Council Chamber.

LANL: Technologies to Characterize Natural Gas Emissions Tested in Field Experiments

on October 28, 2013 - 3:20pm

The Rocky Mountain Oilfield Test Center, RMOTC, which includes a small area with active oil and gas production. Courtesy JPL/Los Alamos

Aircraft overflight of the methane and meteorological sensing towers deployed by Los Alamos National Laboratory at the South methane controlled release site. Courtesy JPL/Los Alamos

LANL News:

A new collaborative science program is pioneering the development of ultra-sensitive methane-sensing technology.

“Given the importance of methane to global climate change, this study is essential,” said Manvendra Dubey of Los Alamos National Laboratory “This work

NMC/LANL Researcher Receives NSF Award

on October 28, 2013 - 2:43pm

Photo credit: Astronomy North, Yellowknife, Canada


  • NMC/LANL researcher engages social media to forecast and track space weather.

The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) has announced that the aurora monitoring project, Aurorasaurus, has been awarded support by the Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) program.

Los Alamos and Sarov Officials Meet as Part of Sister City Program

on October 26, 2013 - 8:14am

From left, Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes, County Administrator Harry Burgess and County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers meet with leaders of Sarov, Russia. Courtesy photo

From left, LASSCI Board Member Paul White, interpreter Tatiana Klimov, Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes, County Administrator Harry Burgess, County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers and at far right, Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider, meet with leaders of Sarov, Russia. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos County Council Chair

A delegation of Los Alamos leaders is meeting in Sarov, Russia, the Sister City of Los

A Golden Anniversary for Space-Based Treaty Verification

on October 23, 2013 - 8:41am

LANL researcher Richard Belian performs a final check of the Vela V-B satellite prior to its launch in April 1970. Vela V-B was the last of the Vela twin satellites launched as part of a program to improve the United States' capability to detect, locate and identify nuclear explosions conducted in a variety of environments. Los Alamos is commemorating 50 years of space-based arms treaty verification efforts this month to coincide with the launch of the first Vela satellite Oct. 17, 1963. During the past 50 years, some 200 space vehicles have been launched with Los Alamos payloads aboard.

Guatemala City Rotarian Speaks to Local Club

on October 3, 2013 - 10:30am

Los Alamos Rotary Club President James Nesmith received a club banner from Oscar Batres of the Nordeste Rotary Club of Guatemala City at Tuesday's Rotary Club meeting at the Dixie Girl Restaurant. Oscar and his wife Johanna Batres are visiting the area this week. Oscar has for 17 years been a key link in the collaboration between the New Mexico Rotary Coalition (which includes Los Alamos) and the Guatemala City Rotary Clubs and the Uspantan Municipal Government, enabling the completion of drinking water projects, which the coalition has undertaken every year for many years.