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AUDIO: Udall Talks Burn Pits & Senate Business

on September 19, 2012 - 6:10am

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On his weekly radio call Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall discussed the Senate Veterans Committee’s unanimous passage of his legislation to create an open burn pits registry and this week’s Senate business.
 
 
Below are highlights from Udall’s remarks:
 
0:00 - Udall expresses his support for Americans serving in the Middle East and discusses the loss of four Americans in Libya last week, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
 
0:28 - “Ambassador Stevens had a deep commitment to the people

LANL Taps Mousseau for Associate Director of Environmental Programs

on September 18, 2012 - 2:39pm

Jeffrey Mousseau has been named the new associate director for Environmental Programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News

Mousseau Will Oversee Transuranic Waste Disposal and Environmental Cleanup Projects

Los Alamos National Laboratory today announced that Jeffrey Mousseau has been hired as the new associate director for Environmental Programs.

Mousseau currently works as a senior project manager for the Laboratory’s transuranic waste disposal program.

In his new position, he will oversee this program as well as other key environmental cleanup and monitoring

International Dignitaries Tour NEDO Smart House

on September 18, 2012 - 1:46pm

Dignitaries from Japan join officials from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County, Gov. Susana Martinez and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan in Monday's NEDO Smart House Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., Los Alamos County Council Chair Stover, NEDO Chairman Kazuo Furukawa and other dignitaries tour the NEDO Smart House Monday. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Local, state, national and international officials tour the NEDO Smart House including this garage area.

First of Six LANL Protesters Set to Face Judge

on September 17, 2012 - 2:15pm
Los Alamos National Laboratory protesters from left, Catherine Euler, Cathie Sullivan, Janet Greenwald, Benjamin (Summer) Abbott, Barbara Grothus and Pamela Gilchrist following their release from the Los Alamos County Detention Center Aug. 6 after being issued criminal citations to appear in court. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com
 
Editor's Note Sept. 17: Due to a scheduling conflict, the hearing has been postponed. A new date has not been set yet.  
 
Staff report
 
The first of six protesters arrested Aug. 6 during an anti-nuke demonstration at Los Alamos National Laboratory is

Washington Post Columnist Claims Los Alamos in Disrepair

on September 17, 2012 - 6:15am
ON THE MESA FACING NORTH
Column by Greg Kendall

In the Washington Post's National Security section is a two-part report, "Aging U.S. nuclear arsenal slated for costly and long-delayed modernization," published on Saturday, Sept. 15.

 

 

 

A frontal view of four B-61 nuclear free-fall bombs on a bomb cart. Courtesy/DoD

Dana Priest writes:


"... parts of Los Alamos are in serious disrepair. Inside one critical building, pipes carrying dangerous wastewater are duct-taped together at the joints to plug leaks; plastic bags have been wrapped around the tape to trap seepage.

The building,

Senate Vets Committee Advances Udall's Burn Pit Legislation

on September 13, 2012 - 11:58am
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., reported Wednesday that the U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee unanimously passed legislation that includes S. 1798, The Open Burn Pits Registry Act.
 
Udall became an advocate for a burn pit registry after meeting Albuquerque veteran Msgt. Jessey Baca and his wife Maria. MSgt Baca was stationed at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, which hosted approximately 25,000 personnel at the height of operations and over 10 acres of land for burning toxic debris.
 
MSgt Baca has faced a multitude of health problems believed to be associated with burn pits,

Luján Announces $1.2 Million Grant for LANL to Improve Energy Efficiency of Vehicles

on September 12, 2012 - 8:16am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District announced Tuesday that Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is receiving a $1.2 million grant through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Vehicles Technology program. 

The program is investing in three new projects that focus on increasing the efficiency of engines and powertrain systems for future highway transportation vehicles. 

The federal government will contribute $1.2 million to the project, while the private sector will invest $300,000.

LANL will use the grant to develop a low cost and robust nitrogen

Powering Up the Los Alamos Smart Grid & Smart House

on September 11, 2012 - 11:20pm

Let the Demo Begin!  Powering up the Los Alamos Smart Grid & Smart House

By Greg Kendall

  • First international project in the U.S. to demonstrate how to provide a significant proportion of renewable power on the electric grid to meet a community’s residential needs.


A $52 million state‐of‐the‐art, international smart grid project will power up at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at 1925‐D Trinity Dr. in Los Alamos, a high desert residential community of scientists, engineers and their families.

At the event, the New Energy and Industrial Technology and Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan,

SFI Seminar: On the Interface between Movement and Sociality in Animal Behavior & What Lies on Either Side

on September 10, 2012 - 2:53pm

Nicolas Perony
ETH Zurich, Chair of Systems Design

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute presents the talk, "On the Interface between Movement and Sociality in Animal Behavior, and What Lies on Either Side" by Nicolas Perony at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 in the Medium Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute in Santa Fe.

Abstract: Scientists working on the study of animal groups are mainly divided between two schools: those who study social behaviour, and those who study spatial dynamics.

Whilst these two dimensions are intrinsically linked, traditionally there has been little interaction

DOE Extends Comment Period, Adds Hearing in Espaňola for Draft Supplemental Environmental Study on Plutonium Disposition

on September 10, 2012 - 2:38pm

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration has given the public an additional 15 days and a fourth hearing in New Mexico to comment on the Draft Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.

The Draft Supplemental EIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts of alternatives for the disposition of 7.1 metric tons (MT) of additional weapons-usable plutonium from pits that were declared surplus to national defense needs in 2007 but were not included in DOE's prior decisions as well as 6 MT of

LANL Study's Tree Death Climate Change Connection [VIDEO]

on September 10, 2012 - 2:02pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory News:

What are the exact physiological mechanisms that lead to tree death during prolonged drought and rising temperatures?

These are the questions that scientists are trying to answer in a Los Alamos National Laboratory research project called SUMO.

SUMO stands for SUrvival/MOrtality study; it's a plot of land on the Lab's southern border that features 18 climate controlled tree study chambers and a large drought structure that limits rain and snowfall.

Scientists are taking a wide variety of measurements over a long period of time to determine what happens

UPDATE: SFI Lecture: Leveraging Social Science for Prediction

on September 6, 2012 - 9:35am

Richard Colbaugh of Sandia National Laboratories will give the talk, "Leveraging Social Science for Prediction" at 12:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 in the Medium Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute.

Abstract: There is significant interest in developing methods for predicting human behavior, for instance to enable the outcomes of unfolding events to be forecast or the nature of ongoing but “hidden” activities to be inferred, and machine learning (ML) has proven to be a useful approach to such problems.

In this talk I suggest that the performance of ML algorithms can often be improved by

Comment Dates on Plans to Expand Disposal at WIPP

on September 6, 2012 - 7:31am

Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety News:

There are two opportunities to make public comment on the Department of Energy (DOE) proposals to expand the disposal options at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

DOE is seeking to use lead shielded containers for disposal of “hot” Remote-Handled (RH) waste and to dispose of six metric tons of “surplus plutonium.” 

Fact sheets and sample comment letters about both proposals are available on the CCNS website: http://www.nuclearactive.org. Public comments about the proposal to use shielded containers are due to the New Mexico Environment

Disseminating the Kilogram, No Strings Attached

on September 5, 2012 - 8:44am

Patrick Abbot inspects the upper (vacuum) section of the apparatus. Courtesy/ NIST

NIST News:

The impending redefinition of the kilogram presents a weighty dilemma. Methods to be used to realize the redefined kilogram are based on the Planck constant and the Avogadro constant respectively and realize the kilogram in vacuum.

But secondary standards, as well as transfer standards for laboratory and industrial use, must be deployed in air.

Devising a practical method of resolving this difference is extremely complicated. Two masses can easily be compared when both are in vacuum.

Just Crazy to Ski Raffle Benefits Bathtub Row Press

on September 1, 2012 - 11:42am

HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:

The Los Alamos Historical Society and Pajarito Mountain Ski Area have teamed up for a raffle featuring the publication, Just Crazy to Ski: A Fifty Year History of Skiing at Los Alamos.

For $10, raffle ticket buyers will receive the book and an opportunity to win a 2013-2014 season pass to the Ski Hill.

Only 700 tickets will be sold. The drawing will be held Nov. 1, 2013. (Yes, that is more than one year away, as is the season for which the ski pass can be used.)

Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Historical Society’s publishing venture, Bathtub Row

Los Alamos Historical Museum Prepares Exhibit 'Jack Aeby: His Life and Work Beyond the Blast'

on August 31, 2012 - 10:21am

A new exhibit is going up today in the Changing Exhibit Room of the Los Alamos Historical Museum: "Jack Aeby: His Life and Work Beyond the Blast." Aeby took the only color photograph of the Trinity test. His daughter has been working together with a museum specialist and an archivist to prepare the extraordinary exhibit for a special public opening from 4-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7. Courtesy/LAHM

Former LANL Director Drops By Local Bookstore

on August 31, 2012 - 9:44am

Former Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Robert Kuckuck stopped in to peruse the books and gifts available in the Otowi Station Bookstore Thursday. Consensus among employees: "What a nice man." Kuckuck is pictured here in his office preparing for a business meeting. Courtesy photo

 

LANL Researcher Named as American Chemical Society Fellow

on August 31, 2012 - 9:27am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) scientist Kristin Omberg was named as an American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellow for her contributions to national security as a “technical leader in detecting and mitigating biological threats” and to the ACS community.

Omberg is the acting division leader of the Decision Applications Division and the Laboratory’s project leader for the Department of Homeland Security’s BioWatch Program.

BioWatch is a detection system that monitors for potential airborne bioterror attacks.

Federal Sustainability Requirements and LANL

on August 31, 2012 - 7:53am

LASE NETWORK News:

Energy Manager Monica Witt of Utilities & Institutional Facilities at Los Alamos National Laboratory will present a talk on "Federal Sustainability Requirements and LANL" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 in the upstairs meeting rooms at Mesa Public Library.

Witt has worked at LANL for 10 years in the environmental and energy management fields. She has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies.

As the Energy Manager of Utilities & Institutional Facilities, she is responsible for implementing projects to reduce energy and water to meet the Laboratory's sustainability goals.

LANL Provides HOPE for Radiation Belt Storm Probes

on August 30, 2012 - 9:36am

Artist's rendering showing two spacecraft representing the not-yet-designed Radiation Belt Storm Probes that will study the sun and its effects on Earth. Courtesy/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

LANL News:

  • Spacecraft pair to explore mysterious region where other satellites fear to tread

Los Alamos National Laboratory expertise in radiation detection and shielding is poised to help a national team of scientists better understand a mysterious region that can create hazardous space weather near our home planet.

The Helium Oxygen Proton Electron (HOPE) analyzer is one of a

Tauscher named to LLNS and LANS Boards of Governors

on August 30, 2012 - 6:58am

LANL News:

Norman J. Pattiz, chairman of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS) and Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), has announced that the Honorable Ellen O. Tauscher has been named as an independent governor on the LLNS and LANS Boards of Governors.

The LLCs manage Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, respectively, for the U.S. Department of Energy. The appointments take effect Sept. 17.

Tauscher has also been appointed as a member of the LANS/LLNS Boards’ Mission Committee.

County Responds to LANL's Technetium 99 Incident

on August 29, 2012 - 2:57pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County officials participated in a briefing this morning with DOE officials regarding last week’s incident involving the inadvertent spread of Technetium 99 by lab employees and contractors working at the Lujan Neutron Scattering Center at LANSCE.

After several days of interviews, measuring, surveying and assessment, the DOE’s Radiological Assistance Program (RAP) has been able to successfully identify all individuals and report on their whereabouts since the incident occurred.

About a dozen people had been reportedly involved in the incident, many of whom live

LANL Physicist Honored by American Physical Society

on August 29, 2012 - 11:31am

GEORGE KYRALA. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist George Kyrala, along with researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), is among a team honored with the American Physical Society’s 2012 John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research.

The team is being recognized for its work on a far-reaching discovery about laser-matter interaction, which has important implications for LLNL’s National Ignition Facility (NIF.)

The award is for “predicting and demonstrating the technique of laser scatter on self-generated plasma-optics

Chamisa Gets 'All Clear' Following LANL's Technetium-99 Assessment Conducted Sunday

on August 29, 2012 - 7:32am

Staff report

On short notice Sunday, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Department of Energy conducted a precautionary assessment of Chamisa Elementary School.

The sweep by DOE's RAP team (Radiological Assistance Program) resulted in an "all clear."

The assessment was the result of the Laboratory's investigation of an inadvertent spread of Technetium-99 by employees and contractors at LANSCE as reported in the Los Alamos Daily Post Monday.

LANL has determined that about a dozen people came into potential contact with this material, and some tracked small amounts of Technetium-99

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