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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

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
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.


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/

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