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Bradbury Science Museum Set Aglow With New Exhibits

on July 28, 2013 - 12:14pm

Alan Bishop, principal associate director for science, technology and engineering at LANL, introduces two new exhibits at the Bradbury Science Museum during Friday's grand opening event. Photo by Kirsten Laskey



Friday night may have featured overcast skies and rain showers but the gloomy weather did not dampen the atmosphere at the Bradbury Science Museum, which was set aglow by two new, innovative exhibits.

The displays touch on hot topics in the science world: alternative energy and nanotechnology.

Governor Celebrates LANL's 70th Anniversary Today

on July 27, 2013 - 10:23am

Gov. Susana Martinez


LANL News:


Gov. Susana Martinez will help celebrate Los Alamos National Laboratory’s 70th Anniversary with lab employees, their families and retirees. 


Tours will be offered to more than a dozen of the laboratory’s unique facilities and a picnic event will feature several musical groups.


What: Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Los Alamos National Laboratory 


Who: Gov. Susana Martinez, LANL employees, families, retirees


Where: Los Alamos High School, Football Field, 1300 Diamond Dr.


When: Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.


Community Attends New Exhibits at Bradbury Science Museum Friday Night

on July 27, 2013 - 9:27am

A crowd turns out for the Friday night grand opening of the Nanotechnology and Algae Biofuels exhibits at the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by Katy Korkos

Van Allen Probes Pinpoint Driver of Speeding Electrons

on July 26, 2013 - 6:53am
Artist's rendering of a mechanism within the Van Allen radiation belts that can accelerate electrons to satellite-killing energies. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Researchers believe they have solved a lingering mystery about how electrons within Earth’s radiation belt can suddenly become energetic enough to kill orbiting satellites. Thanks to data gathered from an intrepid pair of NASA probes roaming the harsh space environment within the Van Allen radiation belts, scientists have identified an internal electron accelerator operating within the belts.

“For years we thought the Van Allen belts

Public Invited to LANL Student Symposium

on July 26, 2013 - 6:45am

LANL News:

This year's LANL Student Symposium, "Championing Scientific Careers," is July 26-27 at the Los Alamos High School campus.

The Symposium provides a unique opportunity for students to present their research. The intent of the Symposium is to broaden students' expertise and prepare them for careers in science and nontechnical fields. This is an excellent forum for students to network and make professional contacts.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Student Programs Office invites all Los Alamos community members to attend.

For information, visit

SFI Seminar: 'Truth, Lies and Randomness' Friday

on July 25, 2013 - 8:13am

Jarad Saia. Courtesy photo

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will present a seminar titled “Truth, Lies and Randomness” by presenter Jarad Saia from the University of New Mexico at 12:15 p.m. Friday, July 26 in the Collins Conference Room at SFI.

SFI is at 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe. The talk is free and open to the public

Random bits are used in algorithms to: break symmetry and deadlock, ensure load-balancing, find a representative sample, maximize utility, and foil an adversary.

Cheryl Rofer Speaks on Win-Win Solutions for Expanding Nuclear Power

on July 25, 2013 - 7:54am

Staff Report

LANL Retiree Cheryl Rofer will speak on “Win-Win Nonproliferation Solutions for Expanding Nuclear Power.”

The talk will be given at an open meeting of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, in the Lounge at the Education Building of United Church, 2525 Canyon Road in Los Alamos.

Nuclear power is expected to expand in response to increasing need for electricity and decreasing carbon emissions. The danger of proliferation of nuclear weapons can expand in parallel.

Those involved in nuclear power often see

U.S., New Zealand Collaborate to Combat Trafficking of Nuclear Materials

on July 24, 2013 - 8:28am

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced a collaboration with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) to provide mobile radiation detection equipment to countries in Latin America, South East Asia and Africa.

This is the fifth joint NNSA-New Zealand project under a bilateral memorandum of understanding, as a result of the 26-member G8 Global Partnership (GP) Against the Spread of Weapons and Material of Mass Destruction.

Udall, Corker: End Use of Burn Pits in Afghanistan

on July 24, 2013 - 8:22am
A bulldozer dumps a load of trash into a burn pit just 300 yards from the runway at Bagram Airfield, January 2012. An Army memo from 2011 found the burn pit is associated with 'long-term' health effects on soldiers at Bagram. Courtesy/U.S. Army

WASHINGTON, D.C.– U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) announced they have sent a bipartisan letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel asking for immediate action to halt the use of open-air burn pits at two camp sites supporting Operating Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Their letter follows reports by the Special

LANL Sponsors 17th Annual Hazmat Challenge

on July 23, 2013 - 4:10pm

The Edmond, Okla. hazardous materials team competing in the 2012 Hazmat Challenge. Courtesy/LANL

LANL Sponsors 17th Annual Hazmat Challenge

  • Competition tests skills of hazardous materials response teams from three states

Twelve hazardous materials response teams from New Mexico, Missouri and Oklahoma will test their skills at the 17th annual Hazmat Challenge July 30 through Aug. 2 at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“The challenge provides hazardous materials responders the opportunity to test their skills, network with other response agencies, and learn new techniques through realistic

LANL: Top-Secret Super-Secure Vault Declassified

on July 23, 2013 - 9:36am

A 230-foot long concrete tunnel leading to a now declassified top-secret super-secure vault near LANL. Print Screen Photo

LANL News:

Top-Secret Super-Secure Vault Declassified

  • Cold War nuclear weapons storage facility video now available

Down a remote canyon near Los Alamos National Laboratory lies a facility known as the “Tunnel Vault,” once one of the most secret and secure locations in the United States, it’s the original post-WWII nuclear stockpile storage area.

Located in Los Alamos Canyon at Technical Area 41, the Tunnel Vault was built between 1948 and 1949. The facility has a

Nanotechnology and Algae Biofuels: Exhibits Open July 26 at Bradbury Science Museum

on July 22, 2013 - 12:12pm

What if you could power your life using pond scum? Los Alamos researchers are working to make this a reality. Courtesy/LANL

Big possibilities with tiny science! Nanotechnology scientists at Los Alamos study how to design and create structures and materials from nanoparticles. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory's Bradbury Science Museum is opening two new exhibits Friday, July 26 as part of the Laboratory’s 70th Anniversary celebration.

One is a nanotechnology exhibit featuring the Laboratory’s Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) and the other is an algae

Curating NASA’s Extraterrestrial Samples

on July 20, 2013 - 8:52am
Astronaut Alan L. Bean, Lunar Module pilot for the Apollo 12 lunar landing mission, holds a Special Environmental Sample Container filled with lunar soil collected during the extravehicular activity (EVA) in which Astronauts Charles Conrad Jr., commander, and Bean participated. Connrad, who took this picture, is reflected in the helmet visor of the Lunar Module pilot. Courtesy/NASA

NASA News:

Over the past half century, NASA plucked pieces of the sky and brought them down to Earth.

SFI Presents a Talk on Cities Through the Ages

on July 20, 2013 - 8:45am

Michael E. Smith

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will present a colloquium with Michael E. Smith of Arizona State University titled Cities through the Ages: One Thing or Many?

The colloquium will take place at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23 in the Noyce Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute. The event is free and open to the public.

Smith writes in his abstract to his talk, “I address the question of whether the urban scaling laws identified for modern cities by Bettencourt, West and others should apply to premodern cities.

Local Leaders Visit WIPP

on July 19, 2013 - 9:04am
From left, Los Alamos County Councilor Rick Reiss, Rep. Stephanie G. Richard and Councilor Kristin Henderson. Courtesy Photo
Staff report
State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Los Alamos County Councilors Kristin Henderson and Rick Reiss visited the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant outside of Carlsbad Tuesday.
Along with other regional and state elected officials, the trio visited with Los Alamos National Laboratory and WIPP management and observed operations as LANL TRU Waste continues to be delivered to the nuclear waste internment facility.
The visit was organized by the LANL Major

LANL: Mudundi R. Raju Receives Padma Shri Award

on July 18, 2013 - 8:29am

President of India Pranab Mukherjee presents the Padma Shri award to former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Mudundi Raju. Courtesy/M. Raju

Mudundi Raju and his wife M. Subhadra Devi Raju met recently for lunch with John Hopkins at the Blue WIndow Bistro in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LANL News:

Mudundi R. Raju Receives Padma Shri Award

  • Los Alamos retiree brings medical advances to poor of India

The government of India honored former Los Alamos scientist and Laboratory Fellow Mudundi Raju with a Padma Shri award this year for his distinguished

Open House at Bradbury Science Museum July 26 for New Mexico Consortium's Biofuel Exhibit

on July 18, 2013 - 7:40am

NMC's Los Alamos greenhouse where algae for biofuels is researched. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

BSM News:

An open house event featuring New Mexico Consortium's (NMC) Biofuel Exhibit is scheduled 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 26, with a brief presentation at 6 p.m. by Bioscience Division Leader Dr. Jose Olivares. Light refreshments will be served.

"Algae to Biofuels: Squeezing Power from Pond Scum" is brainchild of Dr. Olivares of Los Alamos National Laboratory and Dr. Richard Sayre of NMC and LANL.

Letter to the Editor: Protest Against Slanted Reporting of Nuclear Weapons Issues

on July 17, 2013 - 2:19pm
Protest Against Slanted Reporting of Nuclear Weapons Issues
Los Alamos

This is a protest against the consistently slanted reporting of the Los Alamos Monitor on nuclear weapons issues. It appears that the Monitor takes pleasure in attacking the foundation of this town’s existence and deriding its proud history of supporting the nation’s defense. I am open to balanced criticism and, although I do not agree, I can respect intelligent advocacy of the abolition of nuclear weapons.

Study Explains Acceleration of Greenland’s Inland Ice

on July 17, 2013 - 8:41am

Greenland glaciers. Courtesy/AGU

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Surface meltwater draining through cracks in an ice sheet can warm the sheet from the inside, softening the ice and letting it flow faster, a new study finds.

During the last decade, researchers have captured compelling evidence of accelerating ice flow at terminal regions, or “snouts,” of Greenland glaciers as they flow into the ocean along the western coast. Now, the new research shows that the interior regions are also flowing much faster than they were in the winter of 2000-2001, and the study authors propose a reason for

NNSA Conducts I-RAPTER Training in Kazakhstan

on July 17, 2013 - 8:33am

Joseph J. Krol Jr., NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) last week conducted an International Radiological Assistance Program Training for Emergency Response (I-RAPTER) training in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The training, held at the Institute of Nuclear Physics in Almaty, included using radiation detection equipment to locate hidden radioactive sources during a practical exercise.

LANL: New, Stricter Pajarito Road Access Rules Go Into Effect Aug. 12

on July 16, 2013 - 12:58pm



LANL News:

New, Stricter Pajarito Road Access Rules Go Into Effect Aug. 12

  • No more “vouching” for family members

Los Alamos National Laboratory, at the direction of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office, will restrict access on Pajarito Road to only Laboratory badge holders effective Monday, Aug. 12.

This means that Laboratory personnel and subcontractors will no longer be able to “vouch” for non-Laboratory personnel such as family members.

“Our Laboratory and security access procedures are continually reviewed and updated

LANL: Enabling Time Travel for the Scholarly Web

on July 16, 2013 - 10:06am

Herbert Van de Sompel, a LANL information scientist, describes the information pathway involved in preventing 'reference rot' in scientific material linked to the web. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Enabling Time Travel for the Scholarly Web

  • Banishing the dreaded Internet search where 30 percent of research paper hyperlinks fail to connect

An international team of information scientists has begun a two-year study to investigate how web links in scientific and other academic articles fail to lead to the resources being referenced.

This is the focus of the Hiberlink project in which the team

SFI Colloquium With Glenn Loury Thursday

on July 16, 2013 - 9:34am

Glenn Loury. Courtesy photo

SFI News:

Glenn Loury of the Brown University Department of Economics will present “A Theory of Collective Reputations with Endogenous Identity’ at the next Santa Fe Institute (SFI) Colloquium at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18 in the Noyce Conference Room at SFI. The event is free and open to all.

In his abstract, Loury writes:

“We explore a formal economic model of "collective reputations" — i.e., of the rational formation by external observers of beliefs about the unobserved traits of varied population aggregates.

Part 1: The Life, the Time and the Laboratory of Norris Bradbury at Noon Today

on July 16, 2013 - 9:04am

Distorted GPS Signals Reveal Hurricane Wind Speeds

on July 16, 2013 - 8:45am

An Air Force pilot performs a pre-flight inspection of a 'Hurricane Hunter' aircraft. Similar aircraft have begun measuring GPS signals bouncing off the ocean surface to determine wind speed. Photo by Manuel Martinez

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—By pinpointing locations on Earth from space, GPS systems have long shown drivers the shortest route home and guided airline pilots across oceans.