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LANL Pollution Solutions: Taraka Dale Explains How Lab Technologies Could Solve Global Plastic Problems

Bottle Consortium. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Earth Week is April 16-22, and New Mexicans are coming out of their collective COVID-19 cocoons to find they’ve wracked up even more plastic waste in the form of old take-out containers and used PPE.

Now what?

Los Alamos biochemist Taraka Dale is offering a free, public talk, 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, April 19, via Webex on how Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Smart Microbial Cell Technology could not only accelerate the breakdown of existing plastics but also engineer bio-friendly ones in the future.

Dale is the Lab’s team lead for the new BOTTLE Consortium,


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Mason Updates Community Leaders On LANL Initiatives

LANL Director Thom Mason updates over 140 attendees from seven counties Wednesday on the Lab’s budget, infrastructure, recent scientific discoveries, and initiatives in education, economic development and more. Courtesy /LANL

At LANL’s Community Conversation Wednesday, Nina Lanza, team lead for Space and Planetary Exploration, spoke about her work on SuperCam, a key component of the Mars rover Perseverance developed at LANL. Courtesy/LANL

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

At the quarterly Community Conversation breakfast held remotely Wednesday,


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Catch Of The Week: Facebook Data Breach

By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

In the news lately, Facebook is dealing with yet another data breach. Oof, so who hasn’t been breached recently? It’s easy to brush this off as just another data breach (so many lately, it’s hard to keep track of), but it’s not that simple, according to cybersecurity experts.

First off, this breach is massive at about half a billion Facebook users, from 106 different countries. What sort of data was breached? Full names, birthdays, phone numbers, location, and your Facebook Passwords were not affected by this breach, which is always a plus, but it’s still pretty bad.


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LANL: Embed Your Start-up In The ‘Secret City’

Researchers investigate details of an astronomical simulation in the Cave Automatic Virtual Environment at LANL’s Supercomputing Center. Scientific innovators are invited to embed their companies in the technology and talent of the Laboratory for two years as part of the new NM LEEP program. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • New entrepreneurship program provides financial support and access to Los Alamos National Laboratory’s resources and expertise

Innovators and start-up companies working to solve national security challenges through advanced materials, advanced computing, artificial


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Mexican Spotted Owl Protected In Los Alamos Cleanup

The Mexican spotted owl, which finds a home in Northern New Mexico’s canyons and forests, is a threatened species that N3B strives to protect. Courtesy/Don Ulrich, taken in Flagstaff, Ariz.

N3B News:

To protect a treasured ecological species of Northern New Mexico, Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B) recently began its annual task of modifying legacy waste cleanup activities at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) ahead of the Mexican spotted owl breeding season.

N3B cleans up hazardous and radiological waste generated at LANL during the Manhattan Project and Cold War eras for the


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LANL Team Develops Software Package Known As CICE To Model Changes In Sea Ice

A CICE Consortium graphic of sea-ice physics illustrates complexity and breadth of variables at play. LANL image

LANL News:

The Polar Regions on Earth—the areas around the North and South Poles—have about 9 million square miles of sea ice floating in their oceans. Once inhabited by very few people, the Polar Regions are now home to more people than ever before; there are more than 4 million people living in the Arctic.

These regions are important to industries such as commercial shipping and fishing, mining, energy, recreation and tourism, scientific research, and even military bases and defense


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Traffic Hazard Noted On Truck Route At TA-72

A hazardous traffic condition (several near misses) has surfaced on the truck route when vehicles enter and exit TA-72 (Protective Force Live Fire Range Complex). Courtesy photo

TRAFFIC ALERT:

As more employees start returning to work on site at the Lab, a hazardous traffic condition (several near misses) has surfaced when vehicles enter and exit TA-72 (Protective Force Live Fire Range Complex). 

Vehicles traveling east and west on East Jemez Road (truck route) are traveling too fast on this straightaway and appear to be unaware of the hazard.

This hazard has been identified and is being worked


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Chamber Business Zoom Calls Now Serving Breakfast

CHAMBER News:

Prior to COVID-19, the Chamber supported local restaurants by hiring them to cater the monthly Business Breakfasts, which were sponsored by LANL.

In the spirit of continuing to support local small businesses, the chamber has  looked for creative ways to continue to do so in this virtual environment.

The Chamber is announcing that through a sponsorship with LANL, it will be partnering to provide vouchers for local Chamber member restaurants to attendees of Business Zoom Calls.

Starting in April, the Chamber will offer a $10 voucher for a local Chamber member restaurant to those


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McClenahan: Mechanical Abilities And Small Hands Propelled Frances Dunne’s Manhattan Project Work

Frances Dunne working at the Manhattan Project, c. 1945. Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society Archive

Heather McClenahan
Los Alamos Historical Society

Frances Dunne wasn’t sure where or when she was born. Even now, nearly 30 years after her death, much of her life remains a mystery, but her work on the top-secret Manhattan Project is well documented.

Born in 1910, or maybe 1903, probably in Canada, Dunne was an orphan by the age of four and spent years in boarding schools and dreary summer camps. She attended Swarthmore College but did not graduate, contrary to references on the internet.


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LANL: Fighting The Next Outbreak Before It Starts

By J. PATRICK FITCH and
KIRSTEN TAYLOR-MCCABE
Los Alamos National Laboratory

COVID-19 is not the first global pandemic and it certainly won’t be the last. As the light at the end of the tunnel of this pandemic is in sight, now is the time to take stock in what we’ve learned over the last 12 months—and prepare for the future.

Specifically, the last year has taught us that an effective response against a disease outbreak depends on timely integration of expertise and data across academia, industry, and government. As we move forward, we must continue to foster this integration and our capabilities


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