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LANL Protesters Released From Jail

on August 6, 2012 - 2:28pm

From left, Catherine Euler, Cathie Sullivan, Janet Greenwald, Benjamin (Summer) Abbott, Barbara Grothus and Pamela Gilchrist have been released on their own recognizance from the Los Alamos County Detention Facility after being issued criminal citations to appear in court. The six protesters were arrested this morning at Los Alamos National Laboratory and charged with trespassing, failure to obey a lawful order and obstructing traffic. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Security lined the parking structure at Los Alamos National Laboratory this morning in preparation for today's protest.

Demonstrators Move Protest From LANL to Jail

on August 6, 2012 - 11:05am

Protesters marched from Los Alamos National Laboratory this morning to the Los Alamos County Detention Center to chant and show solidarity for six of their members arrested earlier today for blocking traffic near the entrance to LANL. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Daughter of Los Alamos Activist Arrested at LANL

on August 6, 2012 - 10:26am

Barbara Grothus is arrested this morning along with five other protesters after blocking traffic near the entrance to Los Alamos National Laboratory. Grothus is the daughter of longtime Los Alamos activist Ed Grothus who died from cancer. Following this morning's arrest, several more protesters entered the street near the same location and blocked traffic for about five minutes. No arrests were made during that action. The protesters have now left LANL property and are marching across the Omega Bridge heading toward the Los Alamos County Detention Facility.

BREAKING NEWS: Six Protesters Arrested at LANL

on August 6, 2012 - 9:18am

Protesters demonstrate at Los Alamos National Laboratory this morning on the 67th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Staff report

Six protesters were arrested a few minutes ago at Los Alamos National Laboratory for blocking morning commuter traffic near the entrance to the complex.

Maria Brazil of (Un)occupy Albuquerque said at the scene that those arrested were from a mixture of groups including No Nukes Now, Pax Christi and she thought she recognized someone from CARD (Citizens for

LANL Temporarily Open to Badge Holders Only

on August 6, 2012 - 6:33am

LANL News: and Tweets:

Effective 6 a.m. today, Los Alamos National Laboratory will be open to LANL and Department of Energy badge holders only.

Badges will be physically checked at the Laboratory's vehicle access points. Those without badges will be directed around the Laboratory via N.M. 4.

"This is a precautionary measure for the safety and security of our employees, our facilities and the general public," said Mike Lansing, LANL's associate director for safeguards and security.

Curiosity Lands on Mars!

on August 5, 2012 - 11:49pm


NASA's Curiosity rover has landed on Mars. Curiosity is a car-size, one-ton rover that touched down on Mars at 11:31 a.m. Monday. The landing marks the beginning of a two-year prime mission to investigate.

Courtesy Photos. First photos sent to NASA from Curiosity within minutes of landing on Mars.

Light Turnout for Start of Anti-Nuke Protest

on August 5, 2012 - 2:21pm

A small crowd gathered Sunday afternoon at Ashley Pond for the kick off of two days of Anti-Nuclear protests. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Sunday Aug. 5 in Los Alamos:

  • Rally in Ashley Pond Park, Los Alamos, speakers, music, teach-ins and information
  • Audio link to the sounding of the Peace Bell in Hiroshima, Japan  (5:15 p.m.)
  • “Sackcloth and Ashes” peace march to LANL led by Pax Christi, New Mexico (5:20 p.m.)
  • Floating of peace lanterns on Ashley Pond (following peace march)

Monday Aug. 6 in Los Alamos:

  • A full day of non-violent direct action in Los Alamos beginning at 7 a.m.

LANL Protester Tied to ORNL's Y-12 Security Breach

on August 4, 2012 - 4:44pm

Photo: Sister Megan Rice

By Carol A. Clark

Sister Megan Rice, 82, arrested in Los Alamos for criminal trespass during a 2010 protest at Los Alamos National Laboratory, has been arrested again, this time for breaching the highest-security area of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant at Oak Ridge National Laboratory July 28.

Rice and two accomplices, Michael R. Walli, 63, a member of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House in Washington, D.C. and Greg Boertje-Obed, 57, a member of Veterans for Peace in Duluth, Minn., and a former U.S.

LANL Family Day Delivers Tons of Fun

on August 3, 2012 - 11:45am

Ronnie Bell sings the national anthem at the 2012 LANL Employee Picnic at Overlook Park Saturday, July 28. LANL Director Charlie McMillan stands with his hand over his heart at left. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Fun was to be had for all who attended the 2012 LANL Employee Picnic. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Players get ready to toss bean bags as part of the fun during the 2012 LANL Employee Picnic. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Flavored syrups were flowing as Sno-Cones were handed out all day at the 2012 LANL Employee Picnic.

Letter to the Editor: Open Letter from a Son of Los Alamos

on August 2, 2012 - 6:03pm

My name is Chris Balibrera and I am a son of Los Alamos.

I’m writing because I started a hunger strike July 16 in Los Alamos, the intention of which is to open a conversation about the possibility of transforming LANL into a beacon of hope and inspiration for the rest of the world.

I grew up here, from ’67 to ’81. My father, Mario, was then a film documentarian for the Lab and we had famous physicists over for dinner quite regularly. (Teller once said to me in his thick Hungarian accent, “Ze only prohblem wit soccer iz, zere iz only one ball.”)

By the age of 8, I knew what the Atomic Age

Michelle Hall Receives 2012 Excellence in Geophysical Education Award

on August 1, 2012 - 11:32am

By Carol A. Clark

Local scientist Michelle Hall has received the 2012 American Geophysical Union Excellence in Geophysical Education Award.

The American Geophysical Union Excellence in Geophysical Education Award is the AGU’s top prize recognizing career accomplishment in education.

This award recognizes and honors Hall for her "sustained commitment to excellence in geophysical education. She is an educator who has had a major impact on geophysical education and has made a long-lasting, positive impact on geophysical education through her professional service.

Bradbury Science Museum Gets Martian Fever

on August 1, 2012 - 8:24am

Artist's conception of the Curiosity rover on Mars. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Public invited to Curiosity rover landing party Sunday night at new Mars exhibit

Curious about Curiosity, the SUV-sized rover scheduled to touch down on Mars on Sunday? Then come to an opening party for a new exhibit this Sunday at the Bradbury Science Museum at 15th Street and Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos.

The public is invited to the special opening reception at 10 p.m. Sunday Aug. 5 to celebrate Los Alamos National Laboratory technologies aboard the six-wheeled mobile science laboratory.


Reduced Traffic at 2008 Olympics Yielded Big Cut in Planet-Warming Gas

on August 1, 2012 - 8:11am

New research shows that levels of carbon monoxide dropped sharply in the Beijing area between 2007 and 2008, due to traffic restrictions imposed because of the 2008 Summer Olympics. This change in emissions, determined from a computer model along with satellite measurements of carbon monoxide, enabled scientists to infer that carbon dioxide emissions also dropped dramatically, an indication of the effect that reduced traffic can have on the greenhouse gas. Image by Lex Ivey/CourtesyAGU

AGU News:

WASHINGTON—China’s Olympian attempt to improve air quality during the 2008 summer games did more

DOE Announces Issuance of Draft Supplemental Environmental Study on Plutonium Disposition

on August 1, 2012 - 7:42am

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration Friday released the Draft Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Draft SPD Supplemental EIS) for public review and comment. 

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 surplus,

Robot Dazzles Crowd Friday Night @ the Bradbury

on July 28, 2012 - 7:35am


Curious spectators gathered at the Bradbury Science Museum, Central Avenue and 15th Street, Friday evening to watch a robot lob basketballs during a robotics demonstration as part of Friday Night @ the Bradbury Science Museum. The museum hosted special family programs until 9 p.m. each Friday night in June and July. July 27 was the last Friday Night @ the Museum for this summer. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/


LANL Fuel Cell Research and Partnership with Chevron - Tour

on July 26, 2012 - 2:02pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Fuel Cell Research Scientist, Tommy Rockward, displays a fuel cell's catalyzing membrane to community members. Photo Greg Kendall/


Editor's note: This is the second part of a two-part report on LANL's Regional Community Leaders' Breakfast meeting and tours. Part one can be viewed by clicking HERE.

By Greg Kendall

Energy security for the United States is a rapidly growing mission of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Coalition Requests Support for LANL Funding From DOE and New Mexico's Congressional Delegation

on July 26, 2012 - 10:34am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (Coalition), along with representatives from Gov. Susana Martinez’s Office, the Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque Chambers of Commerce, and other New Mexico business leaders visited Washington, D.C., last week to discuss the importance of funding for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the impact of funding cuts on New Mexico’s economy and employment rate.

The group met with members of the New Mexico delegation and U.S.

Former Spy to Appear on Sunday's Report From Santa Fe

on July 26, 2012 - 10:29am

Former CIA Operations Officer Valerie Plame, left, with "Report From Santa Fe" host Lorene Mills. Courtesy photo

This week: Valerie Plame Wilson, former CIA Operations Officer will be interviewed on “REPORT FROM SANTA FE” on Ch. 5 at 8 a.m. Sunday, July 29. 

Plame Wilson is the author of “Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House.” She is highly trained in the field of nuclear proliferation and openly continues this work as a leader In “Global Zero” - an international movement to eliminate the global nuclear threat.

On Sunday's program, the former spy is scheduled to

Los Alamos-Operated Mobile Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Facility Used for Understanding Earth’s Climate System

on July 26, 2012 - 10:14am

This observatory is part of an air particles research initiative at Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts, and includes dozens of sophisticated instruments that take continuous ground-based measurements of clouds, aerosols, and other atmospheric properties. | Photo courtesy of the ARM Climate Research Facility. Courtesy/DOE

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Department of Energy today announced that scientists are beginning an air particles research initiative at Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts designed to improve model  simulations of  the Earth’s climate system.

Measurement Could Advance Speed Innovation in Solar Devices

on July 26, 2012 - 8:46am

Sections of the new NIST measurement system's LED plate are shown. A water-coolant system on the back (a) keeps the operating temperature constant. Collectively, the different-colored LEDs (b) generate light in wavelengths covering much of the solar spectrum. LEDs in the second row from the bottom emit most of their radiation in the near infrared region and appear very faint to the human eye. Light from the last row of LEDs is completely invisible. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

A new versatile measurement system devised by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

LANL Hosts Regional Community Leaders' Breakfast

on July 25, 2012 - 3:30pm

From left, Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan, Lori Heimdahl Gibson and Mellis Schmidt mingle at the Regional Community Leaders' Breakfast Tuesday at LANL. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Greg Kendall

Tuesday morning, the Los Alamos National Laboratory held a Regional Community Leaders' Breakfast at the J. Robert Oppenheimer Study Center at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  

LANL community breakfast events are held periodically. The focus of this event was LANL's partnerships with industry and governments.

Terry Wallace, Principal LANL Associate Director, Global Security, described

Inside the Inaugural Microbial Olympics

on July 24, 2012 - 7:27am

London prepares for the 2012 (human) Olympics. Photo: avail/Flickr

By Jeffrey Marlow

With global attention focusing on London for the Games of the 30th Olympiad, a parallel competition of superlative ability has gone largely unnoticed.

I’m referring, of course, to the Microbial Olympics, a truth-based but (largely) fictional test of microbial abilities published in Nature Reviews Microbiology.

For the contributors, it’s an exercise in extreme – and occasionally cringe-inducing – punnery: Bacillus Bill and Salmonella Sam serve as announcers, and a spherical contestant is said to be