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NNSA Completes 50th Shipment Under Threat Reduction Program

on November 1, 2012 - 12:10pm

NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

Cooperative Program Removes Highly Enriched Uranium from Uzbekistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced the successful removal of 72.8 kilograms of highly enriched uranium (HEU) spent fuel from the Institute of Nuclear Physics (INP) in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Today’s announcement marks the 50th shipment under NNSA’s cooperative program with Russia to return Russian-origin HEU.

Since the program began 10 years ago, NNSA and its Russian counterparts have closely cooperated to

LANL Demolishing DP Road Excavation Enclosures

on November 1, 2012 - 11:35am

Los Alamos National Laboratory plans to demolish the enclosures used to safely excavate and clean up LANL's oldest waste disposal site near DP Road in Los Alamos. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

LANL to Demolish Excavation Enclosures

  • Work is beginning this week

Los Alamos National Laboratory is about to begin demolishing the metal enclosures used to cover the excavation and cleanup of a decades-old waste disposal site at the historic Technical Area 21.

Pre-demolition activities are beginning this week and the work should be completed by the end of March 2013.

The project brings the

LANL Scientist Nate McDowell Presenting Nov. 1 Talk

on October 31, 2012 - 4:21pm


The Los Alamos Master Gardeners and Los Alamos Extension Office are sponsoring a program by Nate McDowell, a staff scientist in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

McDowell will share his research methods and results with the community at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at Fuller Lodge.

McDowell studies the inter-dependency of plant and ecosystem water and carbon cycles and their response to climate and disturbance.

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

These are

Local Fire Agencies Warn About Fall Fire Danger!

on October 31, 2012 - 3:50pm

LAFD News:

Local Fire Agencies Warn About Fall Fire Danger – Please Be Fire Safe!

As the fall and winter holidays approach and more New Mexicans plan vacations or hunting trips close to home, local, federal and state fire agencies are urging caution about fire danger across many parts of the state.

Lack of moisture and warm mild conditions this fall have caused fine, grassy fuels and brush to dry, making them susceptible to wildfire.

While the immediate region shows Northern New Mexico at “High” Fire Danger risk, Los Alamos County will remain at “Moderate” risk until there is snow on the

NNSA Saves More Than $519M Through Strategic Sourcing

on October 31, 2012 - 10:20am

Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Courtesy/DOE

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that the agency has saved taxpayers $519.3 million since 2007 through strategic sourcing.

In 2010, Secretary Steven Chu recognized NNSA for saving $213 million over the prior four years, but challenged the agency to increase cumulative savings to $450 million by 2012.

NNSA achieved this goal by implementing an enterprise-wide strategic sourcing solution, which includes the processes of the Supply Chain Management Center (SCMC) created by NNSA

Chamber Biz Breakfast: LANL Cost Model Changes

on October 27, 2012 - 11:18am


The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will hold a business breakfast event from 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the UNM-LA Building 2 Lecture Hall.

The topic is Los Alamos National Laboratory's recently implemented cost-model changes and the potential impact on its subcontractors.


Aaron Menefee, LANL’s Budget Officer, and Doug McCrary, the head of LANL’s Acquisition Services Management Division, will deliver presentations about these changes, which occurred Oct. 1, and answer questions from the audience.


A light breakfast will be available.

NNSA Memo Reveals TA-55 Security System Problems

on October 26, 2012 - 10:27am

A sample of surveillance cameras. Photo by Hustvedt (wikimedia commons)

Staff Report

A report came out this morning that a new $213 million security system at Los Alamos National Laboratory has major problems that will delay the system's implementation. 

The new security system was undergoing final "commissioning" tests when several serious problems were discovered, according to the report published in the Albuquerque Journal.

The security project is managed by Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), which operates LANL for the National Nuclear Security Administration. 

The new

NNSA Conducts International Training in Nevada

on October 26, 2012 - 6:57am

NNSA News:

LAS VEGAS – As part of a joint commitment by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to enhance international emergency management systems, the NNSA and IAEA are conducting an International Radiological Assistance Program Training for Emergency Response Port/Customs (I-RAPTER P/C) course.

The training is being conducted this week at the Radiological Nuclear Countermeasures Test and Evaluation Complex (RNCTEC) at the Nevada National Security Site, with classroom training held at the National Atomic Testing Museum.


LANL's Carl Beard is Oct. 30 Rotary Speaker

on October 24, 2012 - 11:17am


Dr. Carl Beard, Principal Associate Director of Operations and Business at Los Alamos National Laboratory will be the guest speaker at next week's Rotary lunch meeting.

Beard will speak on a topic of his choice during the meeting, which begins at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the Dixie Girl Restaurant, 1789 Central Ave.

Space is limited. Community members who wish to attend Beard's talk may reserve a seat by calling Rotary President Linda Hull at 662-7950.

Don't Be Afraid; Be Amazed at Bradbury High-Tech Halloween

on October 24, 2012 - 8:12am

Donivan Porterfield of LANL’s Chemistry Division makes and breaks flowers at the Cryogenics demonstration. Courtesy/BSM




The 19th annual High-Tech Halloween Friday Oct. 26 at the Bradbury Science Museum combines the wonders of science and engineering in a "spooktacular" setting.


Come to the museum between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and learn many things pertaining to Mars, with three feature presentations on robotics, cryogenics and physics.


Learn what the Los Alamos National Laboratory-built ChemCam is discovering on its exploration of the Mars surface.



Deborah Jin Receives 'For Women in Science' Award

on October 23, 2012 - 6:02am

Deborah Jin. Courtesy/University of Colorado Boulder


Deborah Jin, a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) who works at JILA, has been selected as the North American recipient for the 2013 For Women in Science Awards.

JILA is a joint institute of NIST and the University of Colorado Boulder.

The award is given annually by the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO as part of an international program recognizing women in science and supporting scientific vocations.

Five women scientists are recognized each year, one for each of five regions of the world.

Solar Glitter at New Mexico PBS Science Cafe

on October 23, 2012 - 6:02am

PBS News:

Come to the New Mexico PBS October Science Café from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Centennial Engineering Center Auditorium (Room 1041), on the UNM Main Campus, in Albuquerque for Solar Glitter.

The speaker is Jose L. Cruz-Campa from Sandia National Laboratories.

In the current Information Age, the triumphs of tiny are seen all around us: smaller transistors and microchips used in ever-shrinking laptops and cell phones.

Materials science has changed history and is shaping the future every day and is ushering in a new generation of materials.

Learn how Sandia National

Local Reception Held for Korean Colleagues

on October 22, 2012 - 1:12pm

From left, Lorraine Whalen, Hyeong Cheol Kim, David Mascarenas, Eric Flynn, Steven Girrens (standing), his wife County Council Chair Sharon Stover, Karl Jonietz and his wife Patricia Jonietz and Alexander Scheinker. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

From left, Karl Jonietz, David Mascarenas, Chuck Farrar, Eric Flynn, Hyeong Cheol Kim, Alexander Scheinker, Reon Kang and Yunshil Choi. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos National Laboratory staff, postdocs and graduate research assistants participated in the International Conference on Advances in

Sandia; Kirtland Holding Joint Environmental Meeting

on October 20, 2012 - 10:51am

CCNS News:

The Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of Defense (DOD) will host their semi-annual public meeting about the Sandia National Laboratories Environmental Programs and the Kirtland Air Force Base Environmental Restoration Program

The meeting is set for 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Cesar Chavez Community Center, 7505 Kathryn Southeast in Albuquerque, off Louisiana Boulevard and Zuni.

DOE will present about Sandia issues between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

DOD will present about Kirtland issues between 7 p.m. and 8 pm. The agenda will be provided at the meeting.

The agenda

Dignitaries Dedicate PRObE Center at Research Park

on October 19, 2012 - 9:55am

LANL Director Charlie McMillan, center, and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan joined by other dignitaries, cut the ribbon on the new PRObE Center at the Los Alamos Research Park Thursday. Photo by Blake Jackson/LACDC

Staff Report

A grand opening celebration was held Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Los Alamos Research Park attended by many dignitaries, including U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, LANL Director Charlie McMillan and NSF representative Dr. Keith Marzullo, each of whom spoke at the event.

The New Mexico Consortium, LANL, Carnegie Mellon University and the National Science Foundation partnered to create

Princeton/NIST Collaboration Puts Wheels on the Quantum Bus

on October 19, 2012 - 7:55am

Micrograph of a quantum bus device similar to the one measured for this experiment. Note the Princeton tiger is 1 mm from head to tail. The spin-orbit qubits are located at the nexus of the seven gate electrodes. Photo by K. Petersson/Princeton

NIST News:

In yet another step toward the realization of a practical quantum computer, scientists working at Princeton and the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) have shown how a major hurdle in transferring information from one quantum bit, or qubit, to another might be overcome.*

Their so-called "quantum bus" provides the link that would enable

LANL's Contributions to Curiosity Power Source Wins DOE Secretary Award

on October 18, 2012 - 11:32am
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, second from left, with the Los Alamos National Laboratory MMRTG Team. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
  • Secretary of Energy's Achievement Award Recognizes Work to Power Mars Rover
A small team of Los Alamos National Laboratory employees received the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award for their contributions on the thermoelectric generator that provides electrical power and heat to the Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity rover.
Photo: The award recognizes LANL's contribution to Mars rover power source.
The award was presented by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu to

SFI Seminar: Mathematics in the 21st Century - Shall They Be Different?

on October 18, 2012 - 9:47am

SFI News:

Pierre Cartier of Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques will present the talk, "Mathematics in the 21st Century: Shall They Be Different?" at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in the Medium Conference Room of the Santa Fe Institute. 

Abstract: I shall first review the heritage of the "short 20th century" in mathematics. A major success in the first half of this century was the appearance of the encyclopedic textbook by Bourbaki, putting in action the Hilbert's programme.

I shall explain how it changed deeply our global perception of mathematics.

But in the second half, a rather

Researchers Examine Use of Cosmic-Ray Radiography on Damaged Reactor Cores

on October 17, 2012 - 8:44am

Los Alamos National Laboratory Muon Radiography team members stand in front of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi reactor complex during a visit to evaluate whether Los Alamos' Scattering Method for cosmic-ray radiography could be used to image the location of nuclear materials within the reactor buildings. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Tiny Travelers from Deep Space Could Assist in Healing Fukushima’s Nuclear Scar

Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory have devised a method to use cosmic rays to gather detailed information from inside the damaged cores of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear

Public Invited to View 'Pink Skies' at 6:30 p.m. Today!

on October 16, 2012 - 10:11am

LANL News:

"Pink Skies," an inspirational documentary about the empowerment of women - overcoming obstacles as athletes and as human beings, is coming to Los Alamos National Laboratory for employees to view this afternoon.

Community members may view the film at 6:30 p.m. today at Duane Smith Auditorium at no charge.

The film follows Ruth, a breast cancer survivor as she hopes to join an incredible team of nearly 200 women from 31 countries to create a World Record all Women’s Skydiving Formation.

The team also has a goal to raise nearly $1 million for breast cancer research and

Los Alamos PRObE Center Allows Computer Scientists to Test Super-Computing and Big Data Systems Software Scale

on October 16, 2012 - 9:10am
World’s First Large Scale High Performance Super-Computing Systems Research Facility Opening at New Mexico Consortium

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan
LANL / NMC News:

The New Mexico Consortium (NMC), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have partnered to create the PRObE Center (Parallel Reconfigurable Observational Environment), a one-of-a-kind computer systems research center located at the Los Alamos Research Park.

A grand opening celebration is scheduled from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct.

LANL Training: How to Use Electronic Public Reading Room

on October 16, 2012 - 6:58am


LANL News:

The public is invited to participate in a trainingon how to use the Los Alamos National Laboratory's Electronic Public Reading Room.

The training is set for Tuesday, Oct. 23 with two one-hour sessions to choose from including 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the J. Robert Oppenheimer Study Center, WestJemez Road at Casa Grande.

Foreign nationals are allowed at the morning training only.

The Department of Energy (DOE) and Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), are holding the training on the contents and use of LANL's Electronic Public Reading Room (EPRR.)

The EPRR (

NNSA Holds Radiation Emergency Training in Denmark

on October 15, 2012 - 8:10am

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Participants from five countries took part in a National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) International Training Course on Consequence Management (I-CM) last week in Denmark.

The training was hosted by the Danish Emergency Management Agency.

“The training was part of NNSA’s broader effort to build and enhance nuclear emergency management systems worldwide,” said NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol.

Café Scientifique Looks at Ethical Hacking Oct.18

on October 14, 2012 - 6:38am
Local teens are invited to attend Café Scientifique NM set for 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at UNM-LA in the Building 4 Computer Lab.
Neale Pickett of Los Alamos National Laboratory will present the talk, "Ethical Hacking and Codebreaking: A Hands-on Tutorial and Contest."

In early 2009, Iran's uranium enrichment program—widely believed to be aimed at developing a nuclear weapon—was set back at least two years and billions of dollars by a computer virus from the United States.  

The New Zealand-based Megaupload site has millions of dollars of equipment and