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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 New:

  • 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 (http://www.lanl.gov/community-environment/environmental-stewardship/protection/cultural-preservation/index.php) 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

NM CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:

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
 

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

AGU/USGS News:

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

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

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/ladailypost.com

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

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

NM DELEGATION News:

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.

Dr.

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

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

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
U.S. SENATE News:
 
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

Courtesy/SFI

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

Courtesy/NIST
 
NIST News:
By STACY WAGNER

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.

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