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Catch Of The Week: Ghosts Of Passwords Past – Don’t Get ‘Pwned’!

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Interested in tracking when your emails and associated accounts are involved in data breaches?

Consider signing up for alerts on (side note – “pwned” is slang for “defeated”, commonly used by gamers).

This site will monitor your email accounts and let you know if they are involved in data breaches.

See screenshot below.

How does it work? Security researcher Troy Hunt runs the site, which monitors data breaches. You can enter your email address, as in the above screenshot, and the site will check and tell you if you were involved


Goodie Bags Offered To LANL, Sandia, Uranium Retirees

NCP News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Nuclear Care Partners is partnering with Visiting Angels, Mayberry Senior Services and Senior. One to give out free goodie bags to former Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and uranium workers.

The goodie bags contain toilet paper, masks, gloves and lots of other goodies.

To maintain the health and safety of participants and staff, a drive-thru pick-up event is being held Tuesday, June 9 to distribute the free goodie bags.

Participants can drive through anytime 9-11 a.m. and pick up their goodie bags at the Calvary Church parking lot.



Former LANL Mathematician Mark B. Wells Receives Special Services Award From U.S. Chess Federation

Mark Wells playing a game of chess with a young opponent. Courtesy photo

An example of Mark Well’s hand-written algorithm for ‘Knight’ moves of his 6×6 chess game (1957). Well’s early computer chess algorithms, including the one shown here, are now housed in the Computer History Museum in Palo Alto, Calif. Courtesy photo

Fort Collins, Colo.

Mark Wells, long-time resident of Los Alamos will receive a posthumous award from the U.S. Chess Federation based on his pioneering efforts in computer chess (c.1950s) and his lifelong love of the game.

His surviving daughters were


History On Tap Online: Alan Carr Discusses The Fourth Spy

Los Alamos Historical Society News:

Join the Los Alamos Historical Society for History on Tap online at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 1.

LANL historian Alan Carr will lead a conversation about Oscar Seborer, recently discovered to have spied in Los Alamos during World War II.

History on Tap is free. Find the link to attend here.

In September 2019, historians John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr published an article unmasking Oscar Seborer as a wartime spy at Los Alamos. The FBI records Haynes and Klehr discovered left little doubt that Seborer was guilty of espionage, but they shed very little light on what


LANL: New Technique Separates Industrial Noise From Natural Seismic Signals


LANL News:

For the first time, seismologists can characterize signals as a result of some industrial human activity on a continent-wide scale using cloud computing.

In two recently published papers in Seismological Research Letters, scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory demonstrate how previously characterized “noise” can now be viewed as a specific signal in a large geographical area thanks to an innovative approach to seismic data analyses.

“In the past, human-caused seismic signals as a result of industrial activities were viewed as ‘noise’ that polluted


LANL: Bradbury Science Museum Launches Online Archives With Manhattan Project Science And History

The Bradbury Science Museum launched its online archives collection with the Manhattan Project records and will also showcase the Laboratory’s current science and technology work. Courtesy/Wendy Strohmeyer

The History Gallery at the Bradbury Science Museum traces the Laboratory’s history during the Atomic Age via interactive exhibits. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Images provide a glimpse of the workforce, technology and events that led to the development of the first atomic bombs at Los Alamos.

The Bradbury Science Museum premiered its online artifacts collection with images of groundbreaking


Los Alamos Makers Launches Soft Re-opening

Elannah Venhaus, a former Biodidact intern learning the ropes of DNA barcoding. Courtesy/LAM

A glimpse of Los Alamos makers’ wood shop. Los Alamos Makers is helping make woodworking safer and more accessible with its newly remodeled shop. The fully renovated shop will be revealed during an upcoming open house. Courtesy/LAM

Los Alamos Makers News:

Sunday, May 17 concluded this year’s National Week of Making. The coronavirus crisis has made it very clear that makers do matter and do make a difference, with makers of all kinds, and everywhere, participating in the global effort to provide personal


LANL: ‘Green’ Quantum-Dot Solar Cells Exploit Defects

Scanning electron microscope image of electrodes infiltrated with quantum dots, left, and the corresponding distributions of copper, indium, zinc, and selenium across the film thickness. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Quantum-dot approach shows promise for a new type of toxic-element-free, inexpensive, defect-tolerant solar cells

Novel quantum dot solar cells developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory match the efficiency of existing quantum-dot based devices, but without lead or other toxic elements that most solar cells of this type rely on. 

“This quantum-dot approach shows great


NMED Posts Los Alamos Community Input Online

NMED News:

Earlier this year, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) solicited feedback from the public and stakeholders on the Compliance Order on Consent (“Consent Order”) signed by NMED and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 2016 related to clean-up of legacy contamination at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

NMED also hosted a meeting in January to receive input from the community on the Consent Order.

The feedback NMED received from the Los Alamos community and other stakeholders is now posted online at NMED’s Hazardous Waste Bureau webpage. NMED is synthesizing the


Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meets Online Friday

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) Board will meet online at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 15.

The agenda for this meeting can be viewed HERE.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, and upon consultation with legal counsel, RCLC Chairman Henry Roybal has directed that the May 15, 2020 RCLC board meeting be conducted via the electronic media application Zoom.

In accordance with Open Meetings Act guidelines published by the New Mexico Attorney General, RCLC members of the public wishing to attend may view the meeting via Zoom, by linking to the following URL address, or listen