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U.S., Russia Partner to Complete Krasnoyarsk Regional Training Center, Reaffirm Commitment

on October 14, 2012 - 6:28am

NNSA is responsible for the management and security of the nation's nuclear weapons, nuclear nonproliferation, and naval reactor programs. It also responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the United States and abroad. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Russian Federation Ministry of Defense (RF MOD) announced Friday the commissioning of the Krasnoyarsk Regional Training Center (KRTC) near Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

The KRTC will provide training for personnel who maintain or operate security systems at RF MOD nuclear

Sunday Talk at Bradbury Describes Manhattan Project Contributions of Jewish Scientists at LANL

on October 13, 2012 - 8:10pm
Hans Bethe
 
BRADBURY News:
Talk Sunday at Bradbury Science Museum
 
Jewish scientists played a key role in Los Alamos' Manhattan Project effort to develop the first atomic bombs.
 
The role of these research luminaries in LANL's Theoretical Division, such as Hans Bethe, Victor Weisskopf, Richard Feynman and John von Neumann among others are explored in a talk Sunday at the Bradbury Science Museum.
 
When: 3 p.m., Oct. 14
Where: Bradbury Science Museum, 15th Street and Central Avenue.
 
The talk, "Jews in Theory: A Snapshot of Theoretical Division at Los Alamos in 1945" by Jack Shlachter, LANL's

Pueblo Joins Regional Coalition of LANL Communities

on October 12, 2012 - 12:15pm

RCLC News:

...Ohkay Owingeh first Pueblo to officially join Regional Coalition

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities announced today that the Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh has become an official voting member of the Regional Coalition.

In joining the Coalition, the Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh will participate as a full voting member of the Board while maintaining their inherent powers of self-government and sovereign immunity.

“We are extremely pleased to be the first Pueblo to join the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities," We look forward to participating and supporting this most

LANL: Neutron Crystallography Aids Drug Design

on October 9, 2012 - 3:38pm

The Protein Crystallography Station at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center, where groundbreaking work in new drug-design methods is underway using neutron diffraction techniques. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Precisely tailored pharmaceuticals could reduce medical side effects

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have used neutron crystallography for the first time to determine the structure of a clinical drug in complex with its human target enzyme.

Seeing the detailed structure of the bonded components provides insights into developing more effective drugs with fewer side effects

SFI Seminar: Energy Tradeoffs Between Metabolism, Growth, and Longevity

on October 9, 2012 - 7:52am

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute presents "Energy Tradeoffs between Metabolism, Growth, and Longevity" at 12:15 p.m. Thursday Oct. 11 in the Medium Conference Room.

Chen Ho of the Department of Biological Sciences, Missouri University of Science and Technology is conducting the seminar.

Abstract: Diet restriction (DR) and genetic interference (GI) with growth hormone function lead to smaller adult body mass and extended lifespan in mammals, suggesting tradeoffs between growth and longevity.

Despite a rich body of empirical data, still largely missing is a theoretical framework that

SFI Seminar: Fault-Tolerant Memory and Computation in the Presence of Adversarial Noise

on October 6, 2012 - 10:09am

SFI News:

Aram Harrow of the University of Washington will present Fault-Tolerant Memory and Computation in the Presence of Adversarial Noise at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 in the Medium Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute.

Abstract: Theoretical and practical work on fault-tolerant computation has shown that it is possible to compute reliably in the presence of a sufficiently small constant rate of random noise.

In this work, we consider for the first time the case of adversarial noise; i.e.

NNMC Foundation Honors LANL's Richard Marquez

on October 5, 2012 - 12:25pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory Executive Director Richard Marquez is the namesake for a new leadership and service award at Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) in Española.

“I am honored and humbled by this recognition from Northern New Mexico College,” Marquez said. “I have been fortunate with regard to my education and career with opportunities and mentors. I believe in paying it forward and am optimistic that this award will shed light on all of the other people who donate time and resources to making Northern New Mexico a better place.”

The creation of the Richard Marquez

SFI Colloquium: Computability, Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem and an Inherent Limit on the Predictability of Evolution

on October 5, 2012 - 7:08am

SFI Colloquium

Troy Day, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Mathematical Biology, Queens University will present "Computability, Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem, and an Inherent Limit on the Predictability of Evolution" at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct 9 in the Noyce Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute.

Abstract: I will briefly review a main way in which mathematical modeling has been used to understand and predict evolutionary change.

I will then highlight an important shortcoming of such approaches and consider an alternative that attempts to overcome the problem.

This alternative

Evolutionary Theory, Web-Search Technology Combine for DNA Analysis

on October 4, 2012 - 11:18am

From left, Los Alamos scientists Joel Berendzen, Ben McMahon, Mira Dimitrijevic, Nick Hengartner and Judith Cohn. Courtesy LANL

LANL News:

  • Bioinformatics breakthrough has clinical & environmental applications

New software from Los Alamos National Laboratory called Sequedex uses evolutionary theory to swiftly identify short “reads” of DNA, calling out the specific organisms from which the DNA came and their likely activity.

“Sequedex makes it possible for a researcher to analyze data hot off a DNA sequencer using a laptop,” said Joel Berendzen, a scientist on the project.

LANL Shatters Records in Year One Shipping Effort

on October 4, 2012 - 6:41am

Los Alamos National Laboratory set a record for transuranic waste shipments from the Laboratory to permanent disposal facilities, sending nearly 60 more shipments than originally planned. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Volume, Number of Shipments Surpass Goals

In the first year of an effort to accelerate shipments of transuranic (TRU) waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), Los Alamos National Laboratory shattered its own record with 59 more shipments than planned, and became one of the largest shippers of this type of nuclear waste in the country.

“Our goal this fiscal year was to

DOE Awards Regional Coalition of LANL Communities $100K

on October 3, 2012 - 6:43am

NNSA’s Kevin Smith, Manager of the Los Alamos Site Office. Courtesy photo

NNSA News:

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office has awarded the State of New Mexico $100,000 in funding for the Regional Coalition of Los Alamos National Laboratory Communities to help address environmental and other related issues at LANL that affect the Regional Coalition’s members.

Under the grant funding, one of the key roles of the Regional Coalition will be to understand and help address the various issues regarding the cleanup and long-term

Asteroid's Troughs Suggest Stunted Planet

on September 29, 2012 - 12:09pm

An image taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on July 24, 2011, shows troughs along the equator of the asteroid Vesta, including Divalia Fossa, which is larger than the Grand Canyon. A new study analyzing these troughs finds that they are probably graben – a dip in the surface with faults on either side that would indicate that Vesta has characteristics much like a planet or large moon. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

AGU News:

WASHINGTON—Enormous troughs that reach across the asteroid Vesta may actually be stretch marks that hint of a complexity beyond most asteroids.

Scientists

SFI: Three Lectures, Three Nights...

on September 29, 2012 - 11:33am

The Santa Fe Institute presents the Stanislaw Ulam Memorial Lecture Series

Three lectures, three nights ... The Many Faces of Complexity

Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2, 3, & 4.

James A. Little Theater, 1060 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe.

Lectures are free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

Lord Robert May

Baron May of Oxford; professor, zoology, Oxford University and Imperial College; former president of Britain's Royal Society and former chief scientific advisor to the UK Government; member, Santa Fe Institute Science Board.

Abstract: Renowned scholar,

LANL Director Hosts R&D 100 Awards Ceremony

on September 28, 2012 - 10:38am

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan addresses attendants at the R&D 100 Awards Recognition Ceremony held Wednesday evening at the Hilltop House Hotel on Trinity Drive. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Staff report

Technology innovations at Los Alamos National Laboratory have been recognized with four of R&D Magazine’s 2012 "R&D 100" awards. These awards honor the top 100 proven technological advances of the year, as selected by a group of R&D Magazine’s chosen judges.

"Congratulations to this year's R&D 100 award winners," said Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

Military Control of U.S. Nuclear Security if Bill Passes

on September 24, 2012 - 11:30am

Anti-nuclear arms protesters display a banner during the April 2011 Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA) rally at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA.  Photo Credit: Brian Stansberry under CCA 3.0 Unported license.

Staff Report

Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio), Chairman of the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, has submitted legislation that would station American troops at the Defense Department's atomic weapons facilities and at nuclear installations controlled by the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration NNSA. 

SFI Colloquium: Algorithms, Equations and Logic

on September 24, 2012 - 8:14am


Martin Davis
Professor Emeritus, Courant-NYU; Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley

Wednesday, Sept. 26 • 3:30 p.m. • Noyce Conference Room

Abstract: In this talk, meant for a general audience, surprising relationships, will be explored among the three concepts listed in the title, including unsolvable problems and Gödel undecidability.

The discussion will include philosophical considerations.

Note: We are unable to accommodate members of the public for SFI's limited lunch service; you're welcome to bring your own.

SFI Host: Cris Moore

http://www.santafe.edu/gevent/detail/science/827/

The

NNSA Completes Removal of High Security Special Nuclear Material from LLNL

on September 24, 2012 - 7:30am

Research at the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory supports the nation's nuclear weapon Stockpile Stewardship Program as well as studies high energy density physics and astrophysical phenomena. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced Friday that the last of the Security Category I/II special nuclear material items that required the highest level of security at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have been removed.

LLNL’s primary mission will continue to be to ensure the safety,

U.S. Marks 20 Years Without Underground Nuclear Explosive Testing

on September 21, 2012 - 4:47pm

Technicians are installing a piece of tooling in the workstand for further dismantlement operations during W56 dismantlement training. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

Science-based Stockpile Stewardship Program Ensures Safety, Security, Reliability of American Nuclear Weapons

WASHINGTON, D.C. Twenty years ago, on Sept. 23, 1992, the United States conducted its last underground nuclear explosive test.

Since then, the United States has developed the capability to ensure the safety, security, and reliability of its stockpile through the use of state-of-the-art technology and research while

Manhattan Project National Historical Park Fails to Pass House

on September 20, 2012 - 4:05pm

Staff report

Earlier this afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Resolution 5987. 

A 2/3 vote was require to pass the "Yeas and Nays" vote. The Park received 257 Yeas and 158 Nays, however, 276 Yea votes were needed to pass the park through the House and on to the Senate for consideration.

H.R. 5987 is titled, "To establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Hanford, Washington, and for other purposes."

Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director

LANL Reopens Trails Temporarily Closed for Environmental Sampling and Cleanup

on September 20, 2012 - 2:27pm

A Los Alamos National Laboratory worker removes a “closed” sign from a trail south of Trinity Drive. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory has reopened trails located on U.S. Department of Energy property near the Timber Ridge and Ridge Park condominiums south of Trinity Drive near Oppenheimer Drive.

The trails were closed temporarily while the Laboratory conducted environmental sampling and cleanup work in the area, which is south of Trinity Drive and west of Oppenheimer Drive.

The trails will remain open while the Laboratory and the New Mexico Environment Department

NNSA, DOE Office of Science Award $14M in Grants

on September 20, 2012 - 2:09pm

 

Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA/DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy's (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Office of Science (SC) today announced that 46 research grants totaling $14 million have been awarded as part of the Joint Program in High Energy Density Laboratory Plasmas (HEDLP).

Contemporary advances in laser, particle beam and pulsed power technologies have made possible the creation of increasingly high energy density states in the laboratory.

Cold War Heroes Overcome Major Hurdle in Battle for Just Compensation

on September 20, 2012 - 7:17am
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Tuesday applauded a federal advisory panel’s approval of a petition that could pave the way for hundreds of sick Los Alamos National Laboratory workers to receive compensation for their service.
 
The panel, called the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health, approved a petition Tuesday granting “Special Exposure Cohort” (SEC) status to all LANL workers who developed radiogenic cancers after having been employed for at least 250 days from Jan. 1, 1976 to Dec. 31, 1995.
 
A previous LANL SEC petition covering workers from March 15, 1943 to

Bandelier Assesses Paint Spill Effects on Park

on September 20, 2012 - 6:42am

A tractor-trailer rig traveling eastbound on N.M. 4, northwest of the junction of N.M. 4 and 501, missed a sharp curve and fell about 200 feet down a steep slope into Bandelier Tuesday spewing paint in all directions. CourtesyNPS

BANDELIER News:

Bandelier National Monument Park staff is in the process of identifying the toxicity of the paint and assessing its impacts to the environment that was splattered in the forest Tuesday when a tractor-trailer rig traveling eastbound on New Mexico State Highway 4, northwest of the junction of N.M.

Luján: Decision ... Step in Right Direction

on September 19, 2012 - 6:13am

Photo: U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

Santa Fe – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District called a decision Tuesday by the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health a step in the right direction to help workers at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) who have suffered illnesses as a result of their work at the Lab.

The board’s 12 to one decision to recommend compensation for all workers, contractors, and subcontractors who were employed at LANL between 1976 and 1995 is a vital step in the process that has dragged on since the Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) petition was submitted

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