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Los Alamos Police Chief Accidently Disables Mars Rover (April Fools)

on April 1, 2013 - 6:42am
Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy, right, leans against the upload control unit in the command center of the ChemCam project in downtown Los Alamos moments before accidently engaging the auto upload unit. Principle Investigator Roger Wiens, seated center, looks on with team member Bruno Dubois of France, seated  left as remaining tour members observe recent Curiosity images beamed back from Mars. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Daily Post


SFI Seminar: 'Information Spread in Structured Populations'

on March 31, 2013 - 8:08am

Burton Voorhees

SFI Seminar

Burton Voorhees, Athabasca University will speak on "Information Spread in Structured Populations."

Tuesday April 2 • 12:15 p.m. • Collins Conference Room

Abstract: Given a finite, genetically homogeneous population, suppose that a single mutant in introduced.

What is the probability this mutant will become fixed in the population? In 1958 the Australian statistician Patrick Moran answered this question for birth-death processes in unstructured populations.

Whether and how the introduction of structure in the population alters the Moran result, however, has

Research Deciphers HIV Attack Plan

on March 30, 2013 - 7:13am

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Bette Korber. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Scientists get inside look at how AIDS virus grooms its assault team

A new study by Los Alamos National Laboratory and University of Pennsylvania scientists defines previously unknown properties of transmitted HIV-1, the virus that causes AIDS.

The viruses that successfully pass from a chronically infected person to a new individual are both remarkably resistant to a powerful initial human immune-response mechanism, and they are blanketed in a greater amount of envelope protein that helps them access and

LANL Hosts Community Leaders Breakfast

on March 29, 2013 - 2:26pm
LANL Director Charlie McMillan, left, speaks with Ohkay Owingeth Pueblo representative Ray Chavez at Tuesday's Community Leaders Breakfast in Española. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Several hundred northern New Mexico community leaders attended a breakfast at Ohkay Owingeth Conference Center in Española with LANL officials and staff Tuesday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory hosted a breakfast for northern New Mexico community leaders Tuesday at Ohkay Owingeth Conference Center.


LANL: End of the Road for Roadrunner

on March 29, 2013 - 9:21am



LANL News:

  • Once the World’s Fastest Supercomputer; Central to the Success of Stockpile Stewardship

Roadrunner, the first supercomputer to break the once-elusive petaflop barrier—one million billion calculations per second—will be decommissioned Sunday, March 31.

During its five operational years, Roadrunner, part of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) program to provide key computer simulations for the Stockpile Stewardship Program, was a workhorse system providing computing power for stewardship of the U.S.

New Mexico Consortium Reports 20 New Jobs Created at Biological Research Facility

on March 28, 2013 - 8:03am


NMC News:

  • New research facility at Entrada Park to supply jobs, research opportunities and economic advantage to Los Alamos County


The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) reported that it has created 20 new jobs since it received a major economic development grant from Los Alamos County in March of 2012.


The NMC, Los Alamos County, and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) jointly recruited Dr. Richard Sayre and his team to Los Alamos in 2011. Los Alamos County contributed $2.6 million to the effort through the New Mexico Local Economic Development Act (LEDA).


The grant supports

Council Honors LANL's 70 Years with Proclamation

on March 27, 2013 - 2:37pm
LANL Director Charlie McMillan presents and an update on Los Alamos National Laboratory to the Los Alamos County Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Staff report

LANL Director Charlie McMillan, left, with Los Alamos County Vice Chair David Izraelevits. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


The Los Alamos County Council Tuesday evening presented a proclamation to Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charles McMillan honoring the Laboratory on its 70th Anniversary.
Proclamation Honoring Los Alamos National Laboratory on its 70th Anniversary and an Update

LANL Seeks Housing for Summer Students

on March 27, 2013 - 12:31pm
LANL News:
Los Alamos National Laboratory is well into its Summer 2013 student placement campaign and we are getting a lot of inquiries regarding housing options for students.
This year the LANL Student Programs Office will be facilitating the process via a new "Student Housing" web page.
If you or your neighbors have a living space that would be suitable and available for students, please forward the details to Rebecca Duran ( in the LANL Student Programs Office.

Applications for UNM-LA / LANL Tech Frontiers 2013 Program Accepted Through April 8

on March 27, 2013 - 8:32am
Applications for UNM-LA/LANL Tech Frontiers 2013 program are being accepted through April 8.
This coming summer LANL and the University of New Mexico Los Alamos campus are teaming up to deliver the Tech Frontiers 2013 program for area high school students.
The program will provide an exceptional opportunity for high school students to explore fields of technology likely to remain extremely important throughout the 21st century.
Participating students will learn about materials science, robotics, computer science, and technologies related to our energy

New Mexico Severe Weather Awareness Week 2013

on March 26, 2013 - 9:39am

Los Alamos National Laboratory during a morning rain and hail storm. Courtesy/LANL

NOAA News:

Monday marked the beginning of New Mexico Severe Weather Awareness Week 2013, which runs through Friday, March 29.

To bring awareness to the community, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service released the following information:

What Types of Severe Weather Can I Expect in New Mexico?

  • All 33 counties in New Mexico experience severe thunderstorms producing high winds, large hail, deadly lightning, and heavy rains at some time during the year.
  • During

SFI Seminar: Structural Determinants of Scoring Dynamics and Outcomes in Team Competitions

on March 26, 2013 - 7:21am


Thursday, March 28, 2013 • 12:15 p.m. • Collins Conference Room

Aaron Clauset, University of Colorado, Boulder; SFI External Professor will present the seminar, Structural Determinants of Scoring Dynamics and Outcomes in Team Competitions.

Abstract: The outcomes of many team-based competitions are determined by the steady accumulation of minor interactions over time.

Yet we lack a general understanding of their fundamental dynamics and how those dynamics are shaped by a competition's structure.

We introduce a novel generative model that can directly quantify a competition's scoring

Nuclear Submarine Officers Visit San Ildefonso Pueblo Home

on March 25, 2013 - 10:18am

USS Santa Fe Commander Timothy Poe receives gifts from Deborah and Elmer Torres during Saturday's Pueblo visit. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

The Red Turtle Dancers perform Buffalo, Butterfly and Rain dances for Commander Timothy Poe in the San Ildefonso Pueblo living room of Doborah and Elmer Torres. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Jerome Trujillo, 5, a member of the Red Turtle Dancers has been dancing since he was 2 years old. Photo by Salvador Zapien/


Los Alamos Daily Post

SAN ILDEFONSO PUEBLO – USS Santa Fe Commander Timothy Poe

SFI Seminar: Information-Based Physics: — An Intelligent Embedded Agent's Guide to the Universe

on March 25, 2013 - 7:17am

Kevin Knuth.

SFI Seminar

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 12:15 p.m. • Collins Conference Room

Kevin Knuth, University at Albany – SUNY, will present a seminar on Information-Based Physics: An Intelligent Embedded Agent's Guide to the Universe.

Abstract: In this talk, I propose an approach to understanding the foundations of physics by considering the optimal inferences an intelligent agent can make about the universe in which he or she is embedded. Information acts to constrain an agent’s beliefs.

However, at a fundamental level, any information is obtained from interactions where something

Portrait Unveiling Set for Manhattan Project Leader

on March 22, 2013 - 12:38pm

LANL News:
  • Family of Gen. Leslie Groves to donate official portrait to Los Alamos Historical Society

The family of the U.S. Army general who oversaw the building of Los Alamos National Laboratory will donate his official military portrait to the Los Alamos Historical Society Friday, April 5.

Gen. Leslie Groves was commander of the Army Corps of Engineers Manhattan Engineer District.

WHO: Los Alamos Historical Society, the family of Gen. Leslie Groves, Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan, Lt. Col. Antoinette Gant, Commander, U.S.

SFI Seminar: Graph Grammars and Directed Hypergraphs — Discrete Models of Chemistry

on March 22, 2013 - 8:10am

Peter F. Stadler

SFI Seminar:

Monday, March 25, 2013 • 12:15 p.m. • Collins Conference Room

Graph Grammars and Directed Hypergraphs: Discrete Models of Chemistry

Peter F. Stadler, University of Leipzig; SFI External Professor

Abstract: Labeled (multi)graphs have a long tradition as models of molecules as witnessed by the field of "chemical graph theory."

Chemical reactions, in this setting, are naturally thought of as graph transformations, a notion that goes back to the work Dugundji and Ugi.

In a more convenient framework chemical reaction mechanism are seen as transformation

LANL Director Charlie McMillan Dines for Charity

on March 20, 2013 - 12:48pm

Gathered for lunch at the Dixie Girl Restaurant Tuesday, from left, Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan, LANL Associate Director of Engineering Steve Girrens, Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher Carol A. Clark and TRK Management owner Roger Waterman. Lunch with the Laboratory director was an auction item at this year's Red and Black Ball that raised nearly $1,000 for the Los Alamos Family YMCA. As a charity, the local YMCA ensures that health and wellness programs are available for all individuals and families despite an inability to pay. In 2012, the Y provided $120,000 in

Lansing Details LANL's New Security Initiative

on March 20, 2013 - 12:08pm
Conceptual image of "Split Road" Option. See link to power point presentation below for full description of the three options under consideration. Courtesy/LANL
First Vice President
Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos

Mike Lansing, associate director for Safeguards and Security at Los Alamos National Laboratory spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos Tuesday lunch meeting March 19. 

Lansing, who is starting his fourth year at LANL, discussed the “game plan for the future of the ‘large intestine.’”

He said his team must balance supporting the mission of the Lab, engaging

Aerial Survey Finds No Increase in Background or Man-made Radioactivity for Los Alamos Area

on March 20, 2013 - 10:37am


NNSA News:

Measurements from two recent aerial flyovers to determine the presence of background and man-made radioactivity brought good news for Los Alamos County and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The radiological surveys, conducted in August 2011 and June 2012, found that radioisotopes and their associated exposure rates are consistent with those expected from normal background radiation.

“These surveys were well worth the effort,” said Juan Griego, Acting Manager for the Los Alamos Field Office.

Los Alamos Science Sleuth on Trail of Martian Mystery

on March 20, 2013 - 10:25am

This dual image of a Martian rock taken by the ChemCam instrument aboard the Curiosity rover shows a rock at the "Rocknest" area on Mars before it was interrogated with ChemCam's high-powered laser (left) and after interrogation by 600 laser blasts (right). The crosshairs in the darkened portion of the image at right shows where the laser beam penetrated to a depth of at least 1 mm as a result of the repeated shots. The ChemCam laser vaporizes a small amount of material that can be read by a spectrometer to determine the target's composition.

NIST Tests Underscore Potential Hazards of Green Laser Pointers

on March 20, 2013 - 10:18am

NIST laser safety officer Joshua Hadler and his apparatus for measuring the properties of handheld laser devices. Photo by Burrus/NIST

NIST News:

Using a low-cost apparatus designed to quickly and accurately measure the properties of handheld laser devices, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers tested 122 laser pointers and found that nearly 90 percent of green pointers and about 44 percent of red pointers tested were out of compliance with federal safety regulations.

The NIST test apparatus was designed so that it can be replicated easily by other

Ideas – Talent – Capital – Community Drive 20th Annual Deal Stream Summit April 2-4

on March 20, 2013 - 9:50am

TVC News:

When: April 2-4, 2013 at the Hyatt Tamaya Resort in Albuquerque.

Ideas – Talent – Capital – Community—these are the themes driving the 20th annual Deal Stream Summit to be held April 2-4 at the Hyatt Tamaya Resort in Albuquerque.

With nearly 300 investors and partners in attendance, the 20th Deal Stream Summit this year will feature promising, high-tech business opportunities. Additionally, investment approaches and funding models critical to early-stage startups will be spotlighted.

Audience Profile: venture capitalists, startups, research & development scientists, DOE

LANL's Scott Runnels of Computational Physics to Teach at West Point

on March 20, 2013 - 9:29am

LANL News:

Under an agreement between Los Alamos National Laboratory and the U.S. Military Academy, Scott Runnels has been selected for a two-year faculty post in the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering at West Point.

The teaching position is intended to strengthen the ties between the U.S. national laboratories and the U.S. military academies by bringing in a top scientist to teach at West Point with "a firm grounding in research and practice" to bolster the institution's cadet and faculty research projects, faculty development, and cadet development activities.


Sudden Changes in Cosmic Rays Indicate Voyager 1 Has Entered New Region of Space

on March 20, 2013 - 9:28am

Voyager 1. Courtesy photo

AGU News:

WASHINGTON D.C. - Thirty-five years after its launch, Voyager 1 appears to have travelled beyond the influence of the Sun and exited the heliosphere, according to a new study appearing online today.

The heliosphere is a region of space dominated by the Sun and its wind of energetic particles, and which is thought to be enclosed, bubble-like, in the surrounding interstellar medium of gas and dust that pervades the Milky Way galaxy.


Dr. Richard Sayre Speaks at PEEC March 21 on Next Generation of Biofuels

on March 20, 2013 - 8:31am

PEEC News:

The publis is invited to hear Dr. Richard Sayre present "Next generation biofuels: potential for enhanced energy efficiency and sustainability" at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3450 Orange St.

Dr. Richard Sayre of the New Mexico Consortium is a leading researcher in algae and plant cell metabolism. He is the director of the Biofuels project at the New Mexico Consortium working in conjunction with Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The NM Consortium’s new building is being built right now in the Entrada Business Park, next to the Los

Bradbury Science Museum: NanoDays March 25-28

on March 20, 2013 - 7:22am

The Bradbury Science Museum is at 15th Street and Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos, New Mexico. The museum’s regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Admission is free and photography is allowed. Visit the museum’s website for more details regarding NanDays at