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Yang: From Branding To Identity

on June 10, 2013 - 7:06am
From Branding To Identity

I appreciate people taking the time to give me feedback. The branding piece last week evoked some strong feelings. 

I cannot claim that a large number of readers resonated with my piece; I can only say that the people who responded to me by and large shared my expressed sentiment. One of the suggestions that struck me – and I have heard this view repeatedly since we moved here in 2002 – is that this town takes forever to make decisions.

Based on my brief sojourn at the Lab, as well as the steady stream of stories I have been hearing for more than a

SFI Seminar: The Slum as Organism

on June 9, 2013 - 9:30am

SFI Seminar

Monday, June 10, 2013 • 12:15 p.m. • Collins Conference Room, Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

Jan Nijman Director, Center for Urban Studies, University of Amsterdam

The Slum as Organism

Abstract: Urban slums have proliferated throughout the developing world in cities of the so-called global south. In Mumbai, India, over half of the population of 12 million is now said to live in slums, a greater number in absolute and relative terms than ever before, despite a range of successive policies aimed at slum eradication or rehabilitation.

LANL: New Phase Of Matter Discovered In Superconducting Material

on June 9, 2013 - 8:36am

Arkady Shekhter setting up the resonant ultrasound measurement in a flow cryostat. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Researchers probe ‘pseudogap’ phase boundary, solve decades-old mystery

Tiny crystals, probed with a device called a resonant ultrasound spectrometer, are helping solve the long-time mystery of “pseudogap behavior” in copper oxide superconductors.

Described by an international team including Los Alamos scientists in this week’s Nature magazine, the research explored a compelling question in superconductivity, that of the strange metallic behavior of copper oxide (cuprate) materials

LANL Safety Cinema Website Earns International Recognition

on June 9, 2013 - 6:43am

LANL News:
  • Supports DOE, Voluntary Protection Program best practices

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s safety video website, Safety Cinema™, won the 2013 Communicator Award from the International Academy of Visual Arts in the education category.

The website also won the International Summit Creative Award in the training category.

Safety Cinema™ is a series of videos, fliers, posters, presentation slides and safety practices that support the well-being of employees at work and at home.

Column: BRAIN Main Resource in Los Alamos

on June 7, 2013 - 1:29pm
Column by Liviu Popa-Simil
Los Alamos

I agree with all the facts presented in the column: 'How Los Alamos and Little New Mexico Can Help Feed the World' by William Sellers (June 1, 2013
  • Earth population by March 2012 > 7 billion;
  • Food a security issue;
  • Fresh water abundance started to be a main concern and a problem too – desalinization technology may help – but not too much; and
  • DOE funded SMRs.

But here we are of divergent opinions:

  • DOE’s nuclear funding is more shy than ever; and
  • SMR is just a trick to go around a misinformed public opinion, because all the technologies

DOE, LANS Public Information Meeting 5:30 p.m. Today

on June 6, 2013 - 11:36am

LANL News:

A public information meeting about the pre-submittal of a permit modification to the Los Alamos National Laboratory Hazardous Waste Facility Permit is 5:30-7:30 p.m. today, June 6, at Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Ave., in downtown Los Alamos.

The Department of Energy (DOE) and the Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) are holding the public information meeting prior to the submittal of a Class 3 permit modification request to add a treatment unit to the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Hazardous Waste Facility Permit.

The purpose of the meeting is to solicit questions

DOE Applauds Opening of Historic Disposal Facility

on June 6, 2013 - 11:23am

EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga

NNSA News:

ANDREWS, Texas – Department of Energy (DOE) officials participated in an event today to celebrate the opening of the first commercial disposal facility of its kind.

Office of Environmental Management Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga and several other federal, state and local officials attended the event at Waste Control Specialists (WCS) in Andrews and witnessed the first container being placed in the new state-of-the-art facility. WCS is a waste processing and disposal company.

“I am proud to be here today to celebrate this historic event.

Luján Encourages DHS to Use National Labs Rather than Build Duplicative Capabilities

on June 6, 2013 - 8:49am

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District spoke on the House floor late last night in an exchange with the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Rep. John Carter, to encourage the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to utilize the national labs rather than waste money on duplicative capabilities.

Rep. John Carter

The exchange occurred during debate on the Fiscal Year 2014 Homeland Security Appropriations Act. Below are their remarks. Click here<

Differences, Similarities of Early Los Alamos, Soviet Scientists Focus of 70th Anniversary Lecture

on June 6, 2013 - 8:28am

Istvan Hargittai, right, talks with Edward Teller at Stanford in 1996. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • June 12 at Bradbury Science Museum

The differences and similarities between Manhattan Project-era scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and scientists working at the former Soviet Union’s secret Arzamas-16 installation will be discussed by Professor Istvan Hargittai at 5:30 p.m., June 12 at the Laboratory’s Bradbury Science Museum. The talk is part of the Laboratory’s 70th anniversary lecture series.

According to Hargittai, Los Alamos’ first director, Julius Robert (J.

LANL: Metamaterial Flexible Sheets Could Transform Optics

on June 5, 2013 - 12:09pm

Members of the metamaterials team, from left: Nathaniel K. Grady, Hou-Tong Chen, Jane E. Heyes. Courtesy/LANL

(a) Photograph of an ultrathin (72 µm thick) metamaterial sample. (b) Illustration of how the metamaterial redirects an electromagnetic wave, which would not happen for a normal thin film. The structure is not drawn to scale. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • New design flattens bulky optical devices

New ultrathin, planar, lightweight, and broadband polarimetric photonic devices and optics could result from recent research by a team of Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists.

LANL Launches 70th Anniversary App for iPhone, iPads

on June 4, 2013 - 11:25am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory has launched its first app for iPhones and iPads as part of the Laboratory’s yearlong celebration of 70 years serving the nation. The free application is available from the Apple Store (search for Los Alamos National Lab.) (

The app enables users to learn more about the Laboratory’s national security mission, cutting edge research, unique history, top-flight scientists and the many other people who work at the Lab.

LANL: Using Laser-Driven Neutrons to Stop Nuclear Smugglers

on June 4, 2013 - 10:23am

A burst of laser energy 50 times greater than the worldwide output of electrical power slams into an extremely thin foil target to produce neutrons at Los Alamos National Laboratory's TRIDENT laser facility during a recent experiment, which proved that laser-driven neutrons can be used to detect and interdict smuggled nuclear materials. Courtesy/LANL

An experimental apparatus used by scientists to prove that laser-driven neutrons can be used to stop nuclear smugglers. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Los Alamos shows first nuclear material detection by single short-pulse-laser-driven neutron

Los Alamos Catalyst Could Jumpstart E-Cars, Green Energy

on June 4, 2013 - 8:12am

A high-resolution microscopic image of a new type of nanostructured-carbon-based catalyst developed at LANL could pave the way for reliable, economical next-generation batteries and alkaline fuel cells. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Economical non-precious-metal catalyst capitalizes on carbon nanotubes

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have designed a new type of nanostructured-carbon-based catalyst that could pave the way for reliable, economical next-generation batteries and alkaline fuel cells, providing for practical use of wind- and solar-powered electricity, as well as enhanced

SFI Talk Focuses on Evoution, Information and Two-Dimensional Probability

on June 4, 2013 - 7:38am

SFI News:

Michael Lachmann from Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology will give a talk titled “Evolution, Information and Two-Dimensional Probability.”

Lachmann's talk is 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6 in the Noyce Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

What is a signal worth, how much information does it carry? Two different approaches tackle this question in biology.

Lab Retirees Meet for Brunch

on May 30, 2013 - 12:58am

LRG News:

Laboratory retirees are invited to a social brunch 9-10:30 a.m., the first Tuesday of every month.

The Laboratory Retirees Group hosts the monthly event at the Fabulous Fifties Diner in the American Legion Building. 

The next Brunch is Tuesday, June 4.

LANL Public Information Meeting June 4

on May 29, 2013 - 8:41am

LANL News:

You are cordially invited to a public information meeting to discuss the Alternative Compliance Request submitted to EPA for Site 03-056(c) in S-SMA-2.0 and Sites 03-013(a) and 03-052(b) in S-SMA-0.25 under National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit No. NM0030759, the Individual Permit for Storm Water.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
5:30 p.m.
Fuller Lodge
2132 Central Avenue, Los Alamos, NM

The U.S.

Los Alamos Director Echoes Cyber Concerns

on May 24, 2013 - 6:20am

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan displays a QKarD, a Los Alamos device that uses quantum cryptography to transmit secure signals between sender and receiver. Courtesy/LANL

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan, right, with, from left, Anthony Cugini of the National Energy Technology Laboratory, Thom Mason of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Tomas Diaz de la Rubia of Deloitte Consulting LLP. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Securing the grid will be key for energy security going forward

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.—Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie

LANL Begins Pumping Tests on Chromium Plume

on May 23, 2013 - 10:54am

Well R-50 at Los Alamos National Laboratory has detected chromium at levels that exceed New Mexico standards. Photo taken during well construction in 2011. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Data will be used to help determine final remedy

Los Alamos National Laboratory will begin pumping tests this summer at two groundwater monitoring wells located on Lab property within a chromium plume in the regional aquifer.

The purpose of the pumping tests is to refine understanding of the plume properties within the regional aquifer and evaluate the potential for large-scale pumping to remove chromium.

Bradbury Science Museum Partnering in National Blue Star Museums Program

on May 22, 2013 - 10:28am

LANL News:
  • Free admission for active duty military, their family members

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Bradbury Science Museum is again partnering with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families Foundation and the Department of Defense in the Blue Star Museums program to host active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 27, through Labor Day, Sept. 2.

“In this the 70th anniversary year celebration of Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Bradbury Science Museum is once again excited and proud to be part of the 1,800 museums throughout the United

LANL Public Information Meeting May 22

on May 18, 2013 - 12:02pm

LANL News:

The public is invited to attend a meeting regarding a permit modification to the Los Alamos National Laboratory Hazardous Waste Facility Permit.

LANL is hosting the meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22 in Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Ave., in Los Alamos


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), have submitted a Class 2 permit modification request to modify the LANL Hazardous Waste Facility Permit.

The modification supports increases in container storage capacity at the permitted units known as RANT located at TA-54-38, West Indoor

Los Alamos IT Specialist Named Federal Employee of the Year

on May 17, 2013 - 11:06am

Jerry Massee

NNSA News:

Jerry Massee, a member of the Los Alamos Field Office Cyber Security Team, recently earned recognition as New Mexico Federal Employee of the Year by the New Mexico Federal Executive Board.

Massee, a Santa Fe resident, provides oversight of the Information Technology (IT) and Records Management (IRM) programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The two programs account for $250-$300 million of the lab’s $2.1 billion annual budget.

“Oversight of LANL’s technology and records systems is a huge responsibility that we take very seriously,” said Geoff Beausoleil,

LANL Archaeologist to Discuss Pajarito Plateau History May 22 at Bradbury Science Museum

on May 17, 2013 - 7:49am

Standing wall at Nake'muu (DAHRT). Nake'muu means 'village on the edge' or 'village at the point' in Tewa. Courtesy/LANL


  • LANL Archaeologist Jennifer Payne will discuss the history of Pajarito Plateau May 22

Los Alamos National Laboratory archaeologist and cultural resources manager Jennifer Payne talks about the large number of archaeological sites on Laboratory property and how LANL's extensive cultural resources management plan and program ( helps protect these sites.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Secure Funding for LANL Cleanup Efforts

on May 15, 2013 - 12:31pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S.

LANL Selects Three Small Businesses for Environmental Work

on May 15, 2013 - 7:04am

Aerial of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Value of up to $150 million over five years

Los Alamos National Laboratory has awarded a master task order agreement in which three small businesses will compete for environmental work worth up to $150 million over five years. The businesses each have offices in northern New Mexico.

The agreement is for technical services for the Laboratory’s Environmental Programs directorate and includes work such as environmental engineering design, regulatory support, risk assessment and reporting.

The companies chosen are Terranear

Historic Los Alamos Gathering

on May 14, 2013 - 2:15pm