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Luján on President’s Visit to Argonne National Lab

on March 19, 2013 - 7:34am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – New Mexico Congressman Ben Ray Luján, a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and Co-Chair of the Science and National Labs Caucus, released the following statement on President Obama’s visit to Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois.

“Over the past few years, the United States has made progress toward a cleaner energy future that is better for our economy, our environment, and our security.

Emergency Exercise Planned March 21 at LANL

on March 19, 2013 - 7:13am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is conducting an emergency-preparedness exercise Thursday, March 21 ... it is only an exercise.

The Lab routinely conducts emergency exercises to test the preparedness of emergency response and other LANL personnel who would respond to an actual emergency.

The majority of the exercise is on LANL property and shouldn't affect the public.

Signs will be placed outside the Los Alamos Medical Center alerting the public that an exercise is under way.

LANL employees in affected facilities will be notified before the exercise begins and when it is

NIST: Through The Looking Glass

on March 19, 2013 - 7:01am

Futuristic touchscreen. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

Through The Looking Glass

In the 2012 movie, “The Avengers”, Tony Stark, aka Ironman, uses a 3-D hologram to manufacture weaponry.

And although many movie-goers thought this was pure fantasy, the scene’s similarity to next generation manufacturing is much closer than most of us imagine.

Both Apple and Samsung are battling for 3-D screen dominance, but Disney (yes, Walt Disney) announced last year that its research and development department created “swept frequency capacitive sensing” that makes virtually any material

NeuroX: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Pop-Neuroscience

on March 18, 2013 - 12:13pm

SFI News:

NeuroX: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Pop-Neuroscience sponsored by the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University is set for May 8-10 at Founders Hall on the GMU Arlington, Va., campus.

Perspectives and applications from neuroscience are increasingly being applied to work in other areas, spawning new, interdisciplinary fields of the name “neuroX” where X can be almost anything from ethics to marketing.

What new insights can they provide? How much of neuroX is substantive?

Tiny Subject, Big Fun With NanoDays at Bradbury Science Museum

on March 18, 2013 - 11:37am


LANL News:

The tiny, strange world of nanoscale science is a big subject at the Bradbury Science Museum these days, as the organization celebrates NanoDays 2013.

NanoDays is a national campaign, engaging people of all ages in learning about the emerging field of nanoscale science and engineering.

The Bradbury marks NanoDays 2013 with interactive demonstrations and activities on the museum floor on such apparently magical themes as a real-life invisibility cloak and metals with memory-all possible with nanoscience, the field of very, very tiny technology.

  • When: March 25-28

SFI Seminar: Large-Scale Power Restoration

on March 18, 2013 - 9:46am

Pascal Van Hentenryck, NICTA

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute presents the seminar, Large-Scale Power Restoration, by Pascal Van Hentenryck.

The seminar is 12:15 p.m., Friday, March 22 in the Collins Conference Room at 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

Abstract: This talk considers how to restore a transmission system after significant disruptions.

It presents hybrid optimization models, combining mathematical programming, constraint programming, and local search, that scale to large transmission systems and reviews the underlying technology to achieve these results.


LANL: ChemCam Data Abundant at Planetary Conference

on March 16, 2013 - 9:18am

This image shows the ChemCam mast unit mounted on the Curiosity rover as it is being prepared in the clean room prior to the launch of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission. ChemCam fires a powerful laser that can sample Martian rocks and provide critical clues about the Red Planet's habitability. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Laser instrument aboard Curiosity rover provides well over 40,000 shots so far

Members of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover ChemCam team will present more than two dozen posters and talks next week during the 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The

LANL's New Culturing Tool Reveals a Full Genome From Single Cells

on March 15, 2013 - 9:52am

Two GMD containing gut-community microcolonies are shown, with green fluorescence marking the DNA. Photo by A. Dichosa/LANL

LANL News:

  • Gel microdroplet culturing reveals intraspecies genomic diversity within the human microbiome

A new technique for genetic analysis, “gel microdroplets,” helps scientists generate complete genomes from a single cell, thus opening the door to understanding the complex interrelationships of bacteria, viruses and eukaryotes that form “microbiome” communities in soil, in humans, and elsewhere in the natural world.

Microbes live in complex communities that

LANL: Documenting Stone Age Cleverness By Tool Development

on March 13, 2013 - 1:01pm

Ancient stone tools showing the pace of remarkable technological enhancements over time - 1.75 to 0.85 million years ago. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Ancient handaxe craftsmanship gives insight into mental advances

Stone Age man’s gradual improvement in tool development, particularly in crafting stone handaxes, is providing insight into the likely mental advances these early humans made a million years ago.

Better tools make for better hunting, and better tools come from more sophisticated thought processes.

LANL Foundation Names New Executive Director for Northwest New Mexico First Born® Program

on March 13, 2013 - 10:40am


The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation announced its new executive director for the Northwest New Mexico First Born® Program at a press conference Tuesday at the State Capitol.

Regina Huffman, former director of the Family Infant Toddler Program (FIT) in Gallup, has been named executive director.

Huffman has a master’s degree in counseling from Western New Mexico University and a bachelor of university studies degree in early education and psychology from the University of New Mexico.

The W.K.

LANL Economic Impact Focus of Successful House Memorial

on March 13, 2013 - 8:17am

RCLC News:
  • Memorial focused on the critical importance of New Mexico's National Laboratories and DOE facilities to state's economy

SANTA FE - Last week, House Memorial 71 introduced by Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D- Los Alamos) won unanimous passage from the New Mexico House of Representatives.

The House Memorial recognized the critical importance of New Mexico's National Laboratories and DOE facilities to the state's economy.

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities supported passage of the House Memorial and provided expert testimony on behalf of the Memorial.


SFI Seminar: On the Foundations and Philosophy of Info-Metrics

on March 12, 2013 - 7:11am

SFI News:

SFI Seminar: On the Foundations and Philosophy of Info-Metrics

Thursday, March 14 at 12:15 p.m. in Collins Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

Amos Golan of the Department of Economics, American University

Abstract: Info-metrics is the science and art of quantitatively processing information and inference. It crosses the boundaries of all sciences and provides the universal mathematical and philosophical foundations for inference with finite, noisy or incomplete information.

Info-metrics lies in the intersection of information theory,

SFI Colloquium: What Social Computing Means to Emergency Management

on March 9, 2013 - 10:25am

SFI Colloquium: What Social Computing Means to Emergency Management

Tuesday March 12 • 3:30 p.m. • Noyce Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

Leysia Palen, University of Colorado, Boulder

Abstract: Growth in the capabilities of and access to social computing services brings new questions to bear on how large scale on-line interaction is studied, understood, and shaped.

In an area of research we call "crisis informatics," I examine the use of social media in mass emergency contexts by extending methodological approaches and theoretical frames to

Quantum Refrigerator Offers Extreme Cooling and Convenience

on March 8, 2013 - 10:22am

NIST's prototype solid-state refrigerator uses quantum physics in the square chip mounted on the green circuit board to cool the much larger copper platform (in the middle of the photo) below standard cryogenic temperatures. Other objects can also be attached to the platform for cooling. Photo by Schmidt/NIST

NIST News:

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a solid-state refrigerator that uses quantum physics in micro- and nanostructures to cool a much larger object to extremely low temperatures.

What's more, the prototype NIST

LANL's New Box Line Facility Largest of its Kind Ever Built

on March 8, 2013 - 8:39am

The record-setting new box line facility where transuranic waste will be repackaged at Los Alamos National Laboratory is 110 feet long by 48 feet wide. Courtesy/LANL

A worker transports the first box of waste to be repackaged at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s newest box line facility. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory opens new waste repackaging facility

Box line facility is largest of its kind ever built

Los Alamos National Laboratory has brought a third waste repackaging facility online to increase its capability to process nuclear waste for permanent disposal.

LANL 70th Anniversary Lecture @ Bradbury Science Museum March 13

on March 8, 2013 - 6:28am

LANL's 70th Anniversary Lecture Focuses on Early Days of Sandia National Laboratories

on March 7, 2013 - 11:01am

The Hermes II flash X-ray accelerator was built in 1968 to support testing of materials and components. Courtesy/SNL

LANL News:

Sandia National Laboratories historian Rebecca Ullrich discusses Sandia’s transition from a Los Alamos division to an independent organization during a talk at 5:30 p.m., March 13 at the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos. The talk is part of the Laboratory’s 70th anniversary lecture series.

Sandia Labs’ origins are in Los Alamos’ Z Division, the engineering assembly and test support functions of the Manhattan Project.

At the end of World War II, Z Division

Los Alamos Taps Sarrao for Science Leadership Post

on March 6, 2013 - 8:49am

John Sarrao is LANL's new Associate Director for Theory, Simulation, and Computation. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory has named John Sarrao as the new Associate Director for Theory, Simulation, and Computation (ADTSC.)

Sarrao joined the Laboratory in 1997 as a technical staff member in experimental condensed matter physics. He has held a variety of management positions including Materials Physics and Applications division leader.

His most current position was LANL’s DOE Office of Science program director, and director of the Material Radiation Interactions in

LANS LLC Recognizes Rep. Nick Salazar Today

on March 6, 2013 - 6:46am

Rep. Nick Salazar

LANL News:

SANTA FE – Rep. Nick Salazar, D-Colfax, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, will be recognized today, March 6, by Los Alamos National Security LLC for the “Lifetime Achievement Award” he received from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) earlier this year.

Salazar serves on the Board of Directors of LANL and will be video-conferencing into the board meeting of LANS LLC, to be officially recognized by LANL Director Charlie McMillan.

Salazar has been associated with the Lab for more than 60 years, as an employee, associate and now as a member of the Board of

LANL Meteorologist Leads Cloudspotting Class March 19

on March 6, 2013 - 6:31am
Lenticular clouds over Washington. Courtesy/NASA


Do you wonder what all the different types of clouds in the sky mean?

Come to a free Cloudspotting Class led by Los Alamos National Laboratory Meteorologist Jean Dewart at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. 

Dewart first learned to watch the sky when she came to New Mexico many years ago. In this talk, she will take participants on a tour through many types of clouds.

She’ll also explain what different types of clouds can tell us about the atmosphere and weather.

Udall Issues Statement on DOE and EPA Nominations

on March 4, 2013 - 8:33pm
DOE Secretary Nominee Dr. Ernest Moniz
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall,D-N.M., issued the following statement after President Obama nominated Dr. Ernest Moniz and Gina McCarthy to lead Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), respectively:
"I look forward to meeting with the two candidates President Obama has put forth to lead the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency.

NNSA Hosts Los Alamos County Officials

on March 2, 2013 - 10:19am

From left, Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess, Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoffrey Rodgers, Acting Administrator Neile Miller, Los Alamos County Councilor Peter Sheehey in Washington, D.C. last week.  Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

NNSA Acting Administrator Neile Miller last week hosted Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoffrey Rodgers, County Councilor Peter Sheehey and County Administrator Harry Burgess.

Miller thanked the county officials for their active interest in Los Alamos National Laboratory and for their leadership in the community.

NNSA recognizes the value of a strong and

Mysterious Electron Stash Found Hidden Among Van Allen Belts

on March 2, 2013 - 10:14am

This NASA rendering depicts Earth's Van Allen radiation belts and the path of the Van Allen Probe spacecraft, which were launched in August 2012. Data from the spacecraft have confirmed a never-before-seen phenomenon—a long-lived zone of high-energy electrons residing between the inner and outer radiation belts. Courtesy/NASA

LANL News:

  • Instruments detect never-before-seen phenomenon in Earth’s Magnetosphere


'Never Cry Wolf' with Anthropologist Paula Sabloff March 13

on March 2, 2013 - 7:34am

Anthropologist Paula Sablouff. Courtesy/SFI

SFI News:

The popular Science On Screen series at the Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe, continues at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, with anthropologist  Paula Sabloff's take on Never Cry Wolf.

Dropped alone into the Arctic Circle to study the hunting patterns of wolves, a biologist discovers the deeper mysteries of the wild.

Sabloff, a Santa Fe Institute (SFI) professor and anthropologist, brings a natural science perspective, gleaned from years of field work, to Carroll Ballard’s 1983 Oscar-nominated classic.

LANL Announces Strategy for Long-Term Environmental Sustainability

on March 1, 2013 - 9:33am

LANL News:

Blueprint for planning work activities with the environment in mind

The Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a long-term strategy for environmental stewardship and sustainability that provides a blueprint for protecting the environment while accomplishing the Laboratory’s national security missions.

“This plan represents a significant amount of effort on the part of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office to set the standard for Environmental Stewardship in New Mexico,” said