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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

LANL: Federal Budget Sequestration Update

on February 28, 2013 - 5:49pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan sent the following memo to all LANL employees today regarding the sequestration action looming tomorrow:

Charlie McMillan

SUBJECT: Federal Budget Sequestration

We are now hours away from March 1, the day federal budget cuts are scheduled to take effect in an action called “sequestration,” and I wanted to keep you posted on where things stand here at Los Alamos.  

We will be in business as usual here tomorrow and next week. I will be at work and you should plan to be as well.

What remains uncertain is the final budget reduction

Nature Climate Change Features Los Alamos Forest Research

on February 28, 2013 - 9:25am

Burned trees in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico after the 2011 Las Conchas Fire. Photo by Craig D. Allen/USGS

LANL News:

  • New print edition of journal tags tree-stress project for cover story

The print issue of the journal Nature Climate Change released this week features as its cover story the tree-stress research of Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist A. Park Williams and partners from the U.S. Geological Survey, University of Arizona and several other organizations.

Originally released in a Fall 2012 online edition, the paper, “Temperature as a potent driver of regional forest

LANL Invites Public to Informational Meeting

on February 28, 2013 - 8:40am

LANL News:
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory Hazardous Waste Facility Permit EPA ID No. NM0890010515

The community is invited to comment on a draft Class 2 permit modification prepared by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and participate in an informational public interest meeting.

The document linked below is a draft Class 2 modification request to change the LANL Hazardous Waste Facility Permit issued to the U.S. Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Security, LLC (collectively the Permittees.)

Due to the New Mexico Environment Department - Hazardous Waste Bureau (NMED-HWB)

John A. Andersen Presents 'Hiroshima and Nagasaki 2010'

on February 28, 2013 - 7:42am


The Los Alamos Historical Society is hosting the presentation by John A. Andersen, "Hiroshima and Nagasaki 2010" at 7:30 p.m. March 12 in Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Ave.

"Hiroshima and Nagasaki 2010" is a pictorial tour of the peace parks and museums at the locations of the two U.S. atomic bombings of Japan in August 1945. 

The epicenters are visited, numerous monuments and shrines are shown, and some impression is given of the groups of Japanese people in visitation.

Local travel arrangements and the reception as a visitor and the hospitality accorded are

Forum on 'The New Mexico Consortium' Sunday

on February 28, 2013 - 6:18am

UCLA News:

The community is invited to atteend a forum, 10:10-10:50 a.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 1738 on North Sage Street.

New Mexico Consortium Executive Director Katharine Chartrand and Financial Manager Patrick Sullivan will discuss, "The New Mexico Consortium," programs in Advanced Computing, Plant Biology, Bio-medical Engineering and Modeling and Analysis.

Chartrand and Sullivan also will talk about the organization's collaboration with Los Alamos County to construct a 27,000-square-foot Biology Laboratory in the Entrada area of

Los Alamos.

LANS, LANL Fostering Economic Development in Northern New Mexico

on February 26, 2013 - 3:10pm

Ribbon cutting and grand opening of Than Povi Fine Art Gallery in Cuyamungue. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Native American Venture Acceleration Fund provides boost to six regional businesses

Six Native American businesses received grants through a new Native American Venture Acceleration Fund created by Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) and the Regional Development Corporation.

The grants are designed to help the recipients create jobs, increase their revenue base and help diversify the area economy.

Funding comes from LANS, which manages Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the New

Fines Dropped: LANL 6 Given Community Service

on February 26, 2013 - 10:44am
LANL 6 protestors Cathie Sullivan, Wind Euler, Janet Greenwald, Benjamin (Summer) Abbott, Barbara Grothus and Pam Gilchrist. Photo by Greg Kendall/
LANL 6 News:
The six anti-nuclear activists who went before Judge Alan Kirk in Los Alamos Municipal Court last month have been granted their request to perform community service in lieu of paying fines. 
The LANL 6, as they became known, were arrested during a Hiroshima-Day protest at Las Alamos National Laboratory Aug. 6, 2012,
The defendants spoke during their Jan. 9 court appearance about U.S.

Frisbee Shooting Robot Bagged and Ready to Ship

on February 24, 2013 - 7:00am
Members of the Los Alamos FIRST Robotics Team 4153 from left, Jacob Marks, Ariel Koh, Steve Anton, Simon Redmond and George Barnum conduct the final assembly Feb. 19 of this year's robot, which throws frisbees at targets and climbs pipe pyramids. It's a lot more complicated than last year's bot that shot basketballs and balanced on treadles. This year's robot had to be completed by midnight, Feb. 19 and locked into a plastic bag with locker ties. The team will compete in Lubbock, Texas the end of February and then on to Salt Lake City in March. Photo by TK Thompson/