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Drell Named Winner of National Medal of Science

on January 30, 2013 - 6:24am

Sidney Drell. Courtesy/LLNL

LLNL News:

Sidney Drell, physicist, arms control expert and adviser, is one of 12 eminent researchers recently named by President Obama as a recipient of the National Medal of Science.

In addition, 11 inventors are recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Both awards represent the highest honors bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers and inventors.

"I am proud to honor these inspiring American innovators," President Obama said.

Meet LANL's Chris Fresquez at Thursday's Business Breakfast

on January 28, 2013 - 8:38am

CHAMBER News:

Members and prospective members of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce are invited to the Business Breakfast Roundtable: LANL and Small Biz event, 7:30-9 a.m., Thursday Jan. 31 at the UNM-LA Lecture Hall, 4000 University Dr.

The purpose of the gathering is to introduce Chris Fresquez of LANL's Small Business Office to the business community.

There will be a roundtable/discussion format, so that business people can provide input as well as hear from Fresquez about his plans for the Lab's Small Business Office.

The presentation starts at 8 a.m., but business people are

Skidmore Lecture: 'The Seven LANL Explosives Fatalities – Technical and Human Perspectives (U)'

on January 27, 2013 - 10:04am

Memorial plaque. Courtesy/LANL

LAHS News:

Cary B. Skidmore of Los Alamos National Laboratory will give a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 at Fuller Lodge at part of the Los Alamos Historical Society's 2012-2013 lecture series, “History and Science.”

Skidmore's lecture is "The Seven LANL Explosives Fatalities – Technical and Human Perspectives (U)."

When the implosion concept came to the Manhattan Project, it brought with it a need to use explosives in a new way.

Rather than destroying or breaking apart something, precisely shaped pieces were needed to assemble or create a nuclear

'Nanotubes on a Chip' May Simplify Optical Power Measurements

on January 25, 2013 - 10:23am

The circular patch of carbon nanotubes on a pink silicon backing is one component of NIST’s new cryogenic radiometer, shown with a quarter for scale. Gold coating and metal wiring has yet to be added to the chip. The radiometer will simplify and lower the cost of disseminating measurements of laser power. Photo by Tomlin/NIST

NIST News:

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has demonstrated a novel chip-scale instrument made of carbon nanotubes that may simplify absolute measurements of laser power, especially the light signals transmitted by optical fibers in

Intellus Training Begins Jan. 28 at UNM-LA

on January 23, 2013 - 12:06pm

NNSA, Maryland Partner to Improve Radiological/NuclearSecurity, Emergency Preparedness and Response

on January 17, 2013 - 10:36am

NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the State of Maryland today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) intended to strengthen efforts to prevent, mitigate and respond to radiological/nuclear threats and incidents in Maryland.

NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed the MOU, providing a strategic framework for areas of ongoing collaboration between NNSA and the State of Maryland.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley

“This agreement represents the

Administration Unveils Initial Design Plans for National Network

on January 16, 2013 - 11:24am

NIST News:

The Administration's National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) today released a report based on the input of nearly 900 stakeholders that describes an approach to implementing and managing a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI)—a proposed national network of up to 15 manufacturing institutes around the country that would serve as regional hubs of innovation to boost U.S. competitiveness and strengthen state and local economies.

The NNMI was announced by President Obama last March and is designed to accelerate the development and adoption of cutting-edge

LANL Cancels Thursday's Surplus Property Sale

on January 16, 2013 - 11:14am
LANL News:
 
The monthly surplus property sale at Los Alamos National Laboratory scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 17 has been cancelled because of cold and ice creating unsafe conditions.
 
Weather permitting, the next regularly scheduled surplus property sale is Feb. 21.
 
 

ChemCam Follows ‘Yellowknife Road’ to Martian Wet Area

on January 16, 2013 - 6:48am

This graphic from NASA's Curiosity mission shows close-ups of light-toned veins in rocks in the 'Yellowknife Bay' area of Mars together with analyses of their composition. The top part of the image shows a close-up of the rock named 'Crest,' taken by the remote micro-imager (RMI) on Curiosity's Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument above the analysis of the elements detected by using ChemCam's laser to zap the target. The spectral profile of Crest's light-colored vein is shown in red, while that of a basaltic calibration target of known composition is shown in black.

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Jan. 16

on January 16, 2013 - 6:47am

This week's preview sponsored by www.fyila.com

During Warm Water Weekend at the Aquatic Center the main pool temperature is raised to 84-85 degrees. The Inflatable Obstacle Course is also set up for everyone to enjoy. Courtesy Photo

FAN Club at Library Gallery - partnering with Friends of the Library 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16
Los Alamos' finest cultural providers will host the January FAN Club, in conjunction with the opening reception in the upstairs gallery at Mesa Public Library. Wonderful, whimisical, inventive and sometimes on a grand scale, join sculptors Richard Swenson and

NNSA Awards Largest Federal Wind Farm Contract to Siemens

on January 16, 2013 - 6:40am

 

Siemens wind turbine. Courtesy photo

NNSA News:

AMARILLO–The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has awarded a contract to Siemens Government Technologies, Inc., (Siemens) to construct and operate the federal government’s largest wind farm.

The Pantex wind farm, a first in the NNSA enterprise, will consist of five 2.3 megawatt turbines located on 1,500 acres of government-owned property east of the Pantex Plant.

Energy savings from the wind farm average $2.9 million annually over a 20-year contract term and the project will enable Pantex to meet the President’s energy

NIST Patent Could Give 'Lab on a Chip' Technology Long Shelf Life

on January 15, 2013 - 6:38am

A recent NIST patent shows that nanopores, which may one day help doctors perform quick analysis of blood samples, are not harmed by the polymerization process that could help nanopores operate in biochips. Polymerization hardens and stabilizes the membrane surrounding the nanopores, both of which are beneficial effects. Courtesy Robertson/NIST

NIST News:

Having blood drawn and analyzed to diagnose disease is a process that can take a few days, but what if your doctor could perform this analysis in moments, right before your eyes?

That’s the promise of “lab on a chip” technology, and

Michelle Hall Garners Top Geophysical Education Award

on January 12, 2013 - 9:17am

Michelle Hall of Los Alamos with Michael McFadden, President of the American Geophysical Union at an awards ceremony last month in San Francisco at which Hall was honored. Courtesy photo

 

By Carol A. Clark

Michelle Hall of Los Alamos received the 2012 American Geophysical Union Excellence in Geophysical Education Award during a special honors ceremony Dec. 5 in San Francisco.

Hall is a geophysicist and science educator who is married to Terry Wallace, Principal Associate Director of Global Security at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Hall was recognized and honored by the AGU for her

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Meets Jan. 18

on January 12, 2013 - 8:02am

RCLC members from top row left, Commissioner Mayfield, Brian Bosshardt, Harry Burgess, Mayor David Coss, Seth Kirshenberg, John Heaton. Bottom row from left, Sharon Stover, Commissioner Chavez, Mayor Alice Lucero. Courtesy photo

RCLC News:

 

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Business Meeting is scheduled for 9-11 a.m. Jan. 18 at Ohkay Casino Conference Center, Suite C/D, Highway 68 - two miles North of Espanola in the Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh.

 

AGENDA

9:00

 

Welcome & Introductions

Mayor Lucero

 

Action

Confirmation of Quorum

Mayor Lucero

 

Action

Approval of Agenda

Mayor Lucero

 

Action

NNSA Holds Radiation Emergency Consequence Management Training in Israel

on January 11, 2013 - 9:49am

Soreq Nuclear Research Center is an applied R&D Institute affiliated to the Israel Atomic Energy Commission. Courtesy/Soreq.gov

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) this week conducted a training course on Consequence Management (I-CM) in Israel.

The training was held in the Soreq Nuclear Research Center and was attended by 25 Israeli participants.

“The training is part of an ongoing bilateral cooperation between NNSA and Israel,” said NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol.

LANL 6 Found Guilty on Two of Three Counts

on January 10, 2013 - 8:07am

The self-named LANL 6 protesters outside the Los Alamos Justice Center Wednesday include Janet Greenwald, Catherine Euler, Pamela Gilchrist, Cathie Sullivan, Benjamin 'Summer' Abbott and Barbara Grothus. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

By Greg Kendall

Six defendants sat in the front of Judge Alan Kirk’s Municipal Courtroom at the Los Alamos Justice Center Wednesday morning with their defense lawyer, Santa Fe Attorney Jeffery Haas.

The defendants were on trial for charges of trespass, refusing to obey an officer and obstructing movement as a result of their actions during an

Sig Hecker to Talk on Los Alamos and Kazakhstan

on January 10, 2013 - 7:59am
Sig Hecker
 
Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker, PhD, is an Austrian-Polish-American nuclear scientist and metallurgist who served as director of Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1986 until 1997.

On Jan. 19, Hecker will present a public talk titled, “One of the Greatest Nuclear Stories Never Told - Los Alamos and Kazakhstan.”

Hecker works at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.
 
He explains that in 1992, the Russians pulled out of their former huge nuclear test site at Semipalatinsk, now in the newly independent Republic of Kazakhstan.
 
Los Alamos

Local Scientist Competing in 3,000-Mile Race

on January 9, 2013 - 9:54am

Lisa Dougherty participating last November in the 24 Hour World Time Trial Championships in Coachella Valley, Calif., finished 2nd among the women, one 16-mile loop behind six-time Race Across AMerica (RAAM) winner Seana Hogan. Courtesy photo

By Carol A. Clark

Local athlete Lisa Dougherty is a Ph.D. materials scientist, Project Management Professional and Certified Quality Engineer working full-time as an engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL.)

In November, she qualified to participate in the 3,000 mile non-stop Race Across AMerica - RAAM. She will start in Oceanside, Calif.,

'Standard Quantum Limit' Smashed, Could Mean Better Fiber-Optic Comms

on January 9, 2013 - 7:13am

Fiber optic communications illustration. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

Communicating with light may soon get a lot easier, hints recent research* from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland's Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), where scientists have potentially found a way to overcome a longstanding barrier to cleaner signals.

The findings, which demonstrate for the first time an error rate far below the "standard quantum limit" for a wide range of light levels, could increase the efficiency of fiber-optic systems by reducing both the power needed to

LANL: Check Out Latest Addition of National Security Science Magazine

on January 8, 2013 - 10:50am

Readers May Be Surprised: look inside the new issue of National Security Science magazine

In this issue:
  • Solving a Nuclear Whodunit—How Los Alamos solves the crime could deter it from happening.
  • Giving Nuclear Watchdogs Their Bite—Who trains all of the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) inspectors?
  • Surplus Plutonium Pits—Only Los Alamos can convert them into fuel for civilian nuclear reactors.
  • Los Alamos Technology Goes to Mars—The Mars Curiosity rover wouldn't rove without the Laboratory's plutonium power source.
  • Stockpile Size—Too many? Too few? Brig. Gen.

NNSA Selects CNS to Manage Consolidated Contract for Nuclear Production Operations

on January 8, 2013 - 9:47am

NNSA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

  • New Partnership Shapes Future of Nuclear Security, Saves Taxpayers more than $3 Billion

WASHINGTON, D.C.–In a move that shapes the future of the United States’ nuclear security enterprise and will save $3.27 billion in taxpayer dollars over the next decade, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS) has been selected to be the management and operating contractor for the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the Pantex Plant near Amarillo,

Bringing Calorimetry to CT Dose Assessment

on January 8, 2013 - 9:07am

Heather Chen-Mayer at the PET/CT scanner with HDPE phantoms. The large sections are for whole-torso measurements; the small cylinder is one of two other sizes tested in the course of the project. Courtesy/NIST.

NIST News:

In the United States, about 80 million x-ray computed tomography (CT) scans are made every year – 7 million of them on children – according to the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM.)

Not surprisingly, there is intense interest in accurate determination of the radiation doses that patients receive from CT machines, and researchers are actively seeking

LANL's Terwilliger Named American Crystallographic Fellow

on January 7, 2013 - 10:48am

LANL News:

Tom Terwilliger of the Biosecurity and Public Health Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been named Fellow of the American Crystallographic Association.

Terwilliger graduated magna cum laude in Physics from Harvard College in 1978. He obtained his PhD on the structure of melittin from bee venom with David Eisenberg at UCLA in 1981.

He was a Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellow with Daniel E. Koshland, Jr., at UC Berkeley from 1981-1985, then a Presidential Young Investigator at the University of Chicago from 1985-1990, and has been on the staff of LANL since 1991.

LANL Inaugural Lecture: Homesteading on the Pajarito Plateau

on January 5, 2013 - 6:30am

Local authors Dorothy Hoard, Judy Machen and Ellen McGehee stand next to their informational plaque in front of the Romero homesteader cabin in Los Alamos. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Lecture series begins yearlong commemoration of 70th anniversary

In commemoration of its 70th anniversary, Los Alamos National Laboratory kicks off a yearlong lecture series at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 with a presentation about homesteading on the Pajarito Plateau at the Bradbury Science Museum, 1350 Central Ave., Los Alamos.

The inaugural lecture is based on a book by local writers Dorothy Hoard, Judy

Quantum Gas Goes Below Absolute Zero

on January 5, 2013 - 5:50am

Temperature in a gas can reach below absolute zero thanks to a quirk of quantum physics. Michal Bednarek/Thinkstock

NATURE News:

Quantum Gas Goes Below Absolute Zero
By Zeeya Merali

It may sound less likely than hell freezing over, but physicists have created an atomic gas with a sub-absolute-zero temperature for the first time1.

Their technique opens the door to generating negative-Kelvin materials and new quantum devices, and it could even help to solve a cosmological mystery.

Lord Kelvin defined the absolute temperature scale in the mid-1800s in such a way that nothing could be

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