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Police and Lab Join Forces for Robot Rodeo

on June 20, 2012 - 9:32am

Los Alamos Police Department explosive devices experts and LANL hazardous devices experts joined forces to compete against seven other teams in the sixth annual Robot Rodeo underway this week in Technical Area 49 at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In this scenario, a pair of robots inspect a car involved in a chase and abandoned by drug traffickers.  Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Bob Clark, a Hazardous Devices technician at Los Alamos National Laboratory makes some final adjustments to the LANL/LAPD team robot. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

One of the tasks the robots

Congress Adds 26 Synthetic Chemicals to Controlled Substances Act

on June 20, 2012 - 8:47am
DEA News:
 
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today commended House and Senate negotiators for agreeing on legislation to control 26 synthetic drugs under the Controlled Substances Act.
 
These drugs include those commonly found in products marketed as “K2” and “Spice.”
 
The addition of these chemicals to Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act will be included as part of S. 3187, the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act.
 
Schedule I substances are those with a high potential for abuse; have no medical use in treatment in the United States; and lack

Journey Through Indian Country Part 3: Murder on the Zuni Reservation

on June 18, 2012 - 2:52pm

Floyd Yuselew killed his friend in this house on the Zuni Reservation during a confrontation after a night of drinking in 2009. The victim’s body was found months later, still well-preserved by the winter freeze. Courtesy/FBI

FBI Series Part 3:

Special Agent John Fortunato walked behind the abandoned house on the Zuni Reservation in western New Mexico and pointed out where Floyd Yuselew dug a grave to bury the friend he had murdered with an ax to the head.

The two had been drinking, and investigators believe the murder was committed because Yuselew thought his buddy had been flirting with

Seeing the Color of Disease

on June 18, 2012 - 2:52pm

Microarrayer machines (A) now can mix colors and deposit them on microscope slides, which can be used to calibrate hyperspectral imagers (HSI) for use in medical applications. The finished slides can be custom-colored (B) to calibrate HSIs to find specific types of tumors or disease tissue. Close up, they resemble dot-matrix printwork (C). Credit: Clarke/NIST

NIST News:

A powerful color-based imaging technique is making the jump from remote sensing to the operating room—and a team of scientists* at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have taken steps to ensure it

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 7 to June 13, 2012

on June 18, 2012 - 7:33am

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

June 7 at 7:30 a.m. / Police charged Cory Kershner, 23, of Los Alamos with criminal damage to property at 3301 Canyon Road and issued him a summons to appear in court. The estimated damage is less than $1,000.

June 7 at 12:08 p.m. / A 43-year-old Los Alamos woman reported damage to her property on Casa Grande Drive. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

BRENNAN HAZEN

June 8 at 11 p.m.

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DWI Checkpoints Conducted by Los Alamos Police are Underway Throughout the County

on June 17, 2012 - 12:18pm

Throughout the remainder of June, the Los Alamos Police Department will be conducting DWI Checkpoints.

Officers will be targeting impaired drivers on local roadways and at DWI Checkpoints within Los Alamos County.

U.S. and Latvia Commission Radiation Detection Equipment

on June 17, 2012 - 8:00am

NNSA News:

Freeport of Riga in Latvia. Courtesy photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the State Border Guard of Latvia (SBG) Friday announced the commissioning of specialized radiation detection equipment at the Freeport of Riga, in an effort to prevent the illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive materials.

Under a 2007 agreement between the U.S. and Latvia, NNSA’s Second Line of Defense (SLD) Program has been working with SBG on projects at seven sites and a training center in Latvia.

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