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Regional Coalition Pleased with DOE Reprogramming Request for LANL Clean Up Funding

on May 14, 2013 - 12:41pm

RCLC News:

SANTA FEThe Regional Coalition of LANL Communities is pleased to announce that New Mexico is one step closer to receiving critical federal funding needed to maintain ongoing environmental management efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory.


Last week, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) and the White House sent a reprogramming request to Congress in the amount of $19 million.

Warmer Springs Causing Loss of Snow Cover Throughout Rocky Mountains

on May 14, 2013 - 7:18am

A new study of the Rocky Mountains finds that, since 1980, warmer spring temperatures have reduced snow cover throughout the range. Photo by Jeremy Littell


WASHINGTON—Warmer spring temperatures since 1980 are causing an estimated 20 percent loss of snow cover across the Rocky Mountains of western North America, according to a new study.

The research builds upon a previous snowpack investigation by the U.S.

NIST Researchers Propose New Old Way to Purify Carbons Nanotubes

on May 14, 2013 - 7:02am

Three examples of partitioning carbon nanotubes in liquid phases. Left, nanotubes partitioned by diameter. Smaller diameters, on the bottom, appear purple. Center, partitioned between semiconductors (amber, top) and metals. Right, a sample with different diameter range partitioned between metals (yellow) and semiconductors. Color differences are due to differences in electronic structure. Photo by Baum/NIST

NIST news:

An old, somewhat passé, trick used to purify protein samples based on their affinity for water has found new fans at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST),

Searching for Clandestine Graves with Geophysical Tools

on May 13, 2013 - 8:31am

Workers examine remains at a mass grave in eastern Bosnia in 2004. Photo by Polargeo

AGU News:

By Carlos M. Molina, National University of Colombia, Bogota and Orlando Hernandez, National University of Colombia, Bogota

Cancún, Mexico — It’s very hard to convict a murderer if the victim’s body can’t be found. And the best way to hide a body is to bury it.

Developing new tools to find those clandestine graves is the goal of a small community of researchers spread across several countries, some of whom are presenting their work on Tuesday, May 14, at the Meeting of the Americas in Cancún,

Underground Testing at Livermore Subject of Talk by Former LANL Director Robert Kuckuck

on May 12, 2013 - 9:56am
Former LANL Director Robert Kuckuck will discuss underground testing at Livermore National Laboratory Tuesday. Courtesy photo


Lasers, underground explosive testing, the Cold War – it all sounds like material for a spy novel. These are some of the topics former Los Alamos National Laboratory Director and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Deputy Director Robert Kuckuck will discuss during a lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.

The talk, “Cold War Recollections: A Livermore Underground Test Perspective,” is part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s lecture

Greenhouse Dinner Celebrates Bio Lab Completion

on May 11, 2013 - 3:03pm

NMC Biological Laboratory Greenhouse, 100 Entrada Dr., set to serve dinner Thursday. Photo by Greg Kendall/

LANL Deputy Director Beth Sellers addresses dinner guests at the new Bio Lab Thursday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Guests primarily from the worlds of science and education attended a special "Greenhouse Dinner" Thursday at the New Mexico Consortium (NMC) Biological Laboratory, 100 Endrada Dr., near the entrance to Los Alamos.

NMC Executive Director Katherine Chartrand, Los Alamos National Laboratory Deputy Director Beth Sellers and LANL/NMC

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Make Progress Restoring LANL Cleanup Funding

on May 11, 2013 - 9:44am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that the Department of Energy and the White House have responded to their calls for critical funding needed to maintain ongoing environmental management efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory by sending a reprogramming request to Congress in the amount of $19 million.

They are now urging the necessary Congressional Committees to approve the without delay and advocating for an additional $21 million from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to meet a

Neutron Reactions and Climate Uncertainties Earn Los Alamos Scientists DOE Early Career Awards

on May 11, 2013 - 8:44am

National award recipients Marian Jandel, left, and Nathan Urban. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Two Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers are among the 61 national recipients of the Energy Department’s Early Career Research Program awards for 2013.

Marian Jandel won for his proposal, “New Data on Neutron Reactions Relevant to Basic and Applied Science,” selected by the Office of Nuclear Physics.

Nathan M.

NNSA Launches Program Review and Analysis Office

on May 9, 2013 - 10:56am

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced the creation of the Office of Program Review and Analysis (PR&A) to serve as an independent broker of strategic information and analysis across NNSA’s programs.

PR&A will provide NNSA’s administrator and senior leadership with independent analytical advice regarding strategic and programmatic resource allocations. The creation of the office is designed to improve NNSA’s ability to budget and plan, and to increase accountability for programmatic goals and ideas.


Governor Views Progress of 3706 TRU Waste Campaign at LANL

on May 8, 2013 - 5:33pm

Gov. Susana Martinez speaking today at TA-55 during her visit to Los Alamos National Laboratory to receive an update of the 3706 TRU Waste Campaign. Photo by Richard Robinson/LANL

Jeff Mousseau, LANL Environmental Programs Directorate leader speaking during today's press briefing at TA-54 with Gov. Susana Martinez. Photo by Richard Robinson/LANL


Luján and McMillan Discuss LANL's Cleanup Funding

on May 8, 2013 - 4:05pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján. right, and LANL Director Charlie McMillan meet in DC to Discuss Funding for Environmental Cleanup at the Lab. Courtesy photo


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District met today with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Director Charles McMillan in Luján's Washington office to discuss a number of issues regarding the lab, including funding for environmental cleanup.

Luján joined with Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich earlier this week to write to Congressional committees

Udall Talks LANL Cleanup & Water Conference Report

on May 8, 2013 - 11:50am
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On his weekly radio press conference call Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall discussed efforts to secure critical funding for cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory through DOE and NNSA reprogramming.
Udall also recapped last week’s water conference report release.
Below are highlights from Udall’s remarks:
0:00 –Udall discusses last week’s release of policy recommendations following July’s 37th Annual New Mexico WRRI Water Conference, entitled “Hard

Science On Screen Showing Cult Hacker Film 'Sneakers'

on May 8, 2013 - 11:13am


SFI News:

The popular Science On Screen series returns to Santa Fe this evening, May 8, with Simon DeDeo and the 1992 cult hacker film Sneakers.

The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe.

Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier, and Ben Kingsley headline an all-star cast in this hacker version of Ocean’s 11, in which a team of computer security experts are recruited to steal a very powerful little box. Cosmologist and mathematician Simon DeDeo shares his knowledge of hackers, cryptography, and systems vulnerability to put this

NIST: Don’t Bet on The Dinosaurs

on May 8, 2013 - 8:45am

NIST News:

There’s nothing I love as much as a paradox. So there’s a lot for me to get excited about with America’s current manufacturing paradox, which is whether U.S. manufacturing is The Next Big Thing or a dying dinosaur. Should we steer our children from factory work or should we embrace the opportunity to get out in front of something that changes every single day and has the potential to remake our society and economy?

Brad Plumer in The Washington Post (May 1, 2013) is putting his bets on the advanced manufacturing renaissance, while Timothy Aeppel

May 14 Lecture: 'Cold War Recollections: A Livermore Underground Testing Perspective'

on May 6, 2013 - 3:16pm

LAHS News:

The annual meeting of the Los Alamos Historical Society is 6 p.m. May 14 in Fuller Lodge and begins with the “Experience Auction” fundraiser, pizza and ice cream party, followed by a business meeting at 6:45 p.m. and lecture at 7:30 p.m. by Robert Kuckuck, “Cold War Recollections: A Livermore Underground Testing Perspective.”

Former Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Robert Kuckuck will discuss his experiences as a Cold Warrior and the nuclear testing work carried out by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory during the 1970s and 80s.  

About the Lecturer (from the LANL

AGU: New Study Projects Warming-Driven Changes in Global Rainfall

on May 5, 2013 - 8:56am

Model simulations spanning 140 years show that warming from carbon dioxide will change the frequency at which regions around the planet receive no rain (brown), moderate rain (tan), and very heavy rain (blue.) The occurrence of no rain and heavy rain will increase, while moderate rainfall will decrease. Courtesy/NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Global warming may increase the risk for extreme rainfall and drought, according to a new modeling study.

NIST Demonstrates Transfer of Ultraprecise Time Signals over a Wireless Optical Channel

on May 5, 2013 - 8:49am

NIST researchers transferred ultraprecise time signals over the air between a laboratory on NIST's campus in Boulder, Color., and nearby Kohler Mesa. Signals were sent in both directions, reflected off a mirror on the mesa, and returned to the lab, a total distrance of approximately two kilometers. The two-way technique overcomes timing distortions on the signals from turbulence in the atmosphere, and shows how next-generation atomic clocks at different locations could be linked wirelessly to improve distribution of time and frequency information and other applications.

SFI: The Origins of Human Cognition and Cell Biology

on May 5, 2013 - 7:47am

SFI News:

Alison Gopnik

Learn about the origins of human cognition and why children are better learners than adults at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 in the Noyce Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

The talk is by Alison Gopnik, professor of psychology and affiliate professor of philosophy at UC Berkeley and author of several books on child learning, including The Scientist in the Crib and The Philosophical Baby. The event is free and open to the public.

In the abstract of her talk, Gopnik writes, “I argue for a theoretical link between the development

Current Issue of National Security Science Magazine Focuses on Supercomputing

on May 4, 2013 - 8:19am


LANL news:

The Supercomputing Issue: look what's inside the current issue of National Security Science magazine

In this issue:

  • But Will It Work?—Supercomputing is key to assessing the performance and reliability of the aging U.S. nuclear stockpile.
  • Roadrunner: On the Road to Trinity—The next big supercomputer, Trinity, will be based on what the Roadrunner supercomputer could, and couldn't, do.
  • The Tip of the Iceberg: Say, what is "under the floor" of a supercomputer?—That floor is the size of a football field. What's even more amazing is what's under it.
  • Big Data, Fast Data—"Big

Oppenheimer Scholarship Winners Announced

on May 2, 2013 - 10:56am
Courtesy photo
Nine college-bound high school students from Northern New Mexico have been selected for scholarships administered by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee.
The students are from Los Alamos, Pojoaque Valley and Santa Fe high schools.
The JROMC has awarded nearly 170 scholarships and other awards totaling more than $347,000 since the program was begun in 1984. The philanthropic organization's scholarship program is supported by several endowments; numerous small, individual donations; and major contributions from the Los Alamos National Bank.

Los Alamos Field Office Security Professional Cary Bronson Earns Top Agency Award

on May 2, 2013 - 9:15am

Steve Asher, left, NNSA Acting Chief and Associate Administrator for the Office of Defense Nuclear Security, presents Cary Bronson of the Los Alamos Field Office with the agency’s Federal Security Professional of the Year award. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

Cary Bronson of the Los Alamos Field Office Security Operations Team is the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Federal Security Professional of the Year.

Bronson provides federal oversight of the nuclear Material Control and Accountability (MC&A)operations and programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

On Monday, Steve

Early Social History of Los Alamos Focus of 70th Anniversary Lecture at Bradbury Science Museum

on May 2, 2013 - 8:39am

Cars stopped at the main guard gate to Los Alamos looking east. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • TNMSU history professor Jon Hunner speaks May 8

The early social history of Los Alamos during Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Manhattan Project beginnings will be discussed at a talk by Jon Hunner at 5:30 p.m., May 8 at the Laboratory’s Bradbury Science Museum.

The talk is part of the Laboratory’s 70th anniversary lecture series.

Hunner heads the Department of History at New Mexico State University and is responsible for administering the department and teaching U.S., New Mexico and public history

Exploring Mars with Curiosity Subject of Next LANL Frontiers in Science Lectures

on May 1, 2013 - 11:19am

LANL scientist Roger Wiens. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Roger Wiens talks about the NASA Mars Curiosity rover, its journey to Mars and some of its discoveries on the Red Planet thus far in a series of Frontiers in Science presentations beginning May 7 in the Duane Smith Auditorium at Los Alamos High School.

Wiens repeats his talk:

  • May 9 at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, 1801 Mountain Road N.W., Albuquerque
  • May 14 in the James A. Little Theater of the New Mexico School for the Deaf, 1060 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe
  • May 16 in the

New Guide Details Steps for Preserving Biological Evidence

on May 1, 2013 - 10:59am

A forensic technician collects biological material from a pipe bomb. Courtesy/Forensic Science Program, PSU

NIST News:

A new handbook by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) provides forensic laboratories, law enforcement agencies and the judicial system with state-of-the-art guidelines and recommended best practices for preserving biological evidence so that it is available at any time to solve “cold cases,” confirm the guilt of criminals or exonerate the innocent.

Biological evidence refers to two