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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/ladailypost.com.

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

Behold, the Artificial Jellyfish: Researchers Create Moving Model, Using Silicone Polymer and Heart Muscle Cells

on July 24, 2012 - 7:15am

This is a still shot of the artificial jellyfish. Courtesy/Harvard University-Caltech

ScienceDaily — Using recent advances in marine biomechanics, materials science, and tissue engineering, a team of researchers at Harvard University and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have turned inanimate silicone and living cardiac muscle cells into a freely swimming "jellyfish."

The finding serves as a proof of concept for reverse engineering a variety of muscular organs and simple life forms.

Los Alamos Researcher Honored with Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

on July 23, 2012 - 12:30pm

LANL News:

  • Amy J. Clarke, materials scientist, studies uranium alloys

Amy J. Clarke, a young Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist, is among the honorees that President Obama named today as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

“Discoveries in science and technology not only strengthen our economy, they inspire us as a people.” President Obama said. “The impressive accomplishments of today’s awardees so early in their careers promise even greater advances in the years ahead.”

This is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S.

Entrepreneurs Turnout for Bradbury Science Museum Event

on July 23, 2012 - 7:22am

President Andy Andrews of the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs Network at his booth during the Bradbury Science Museum's event featuring local entrepreneurs Friday night. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dr. Merry McIntyre D.C., of Reunion Chiropractic & Wellness talks about her business services during entrepreneurs night Friday at the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Owner John Battles, right, of Mountain Storm Instruments LLC discusses his company during Friday's entrepreneur event at the Bradbury Science Museum.

Bradbury Hosts Entrepreneur Night 5-9 p.m. Today

on July 20, 2012 - 2:57pm

BRADBURY News:

Entrepreneur's will be at the Bradbury Science Museum from 5-9 p.m., today to network and share details of their business ventures.

Members of the Los Alamos Entrepreneur's Network (LAEN) will be out in force.

The event is free and open to the public and part of the museum's "Friday Nights @ the Museum" in which the Museum remains open until 9 p.m. Fridays during June and July offering different movies, speakers and demos free of charge to the public.

NIST Assists in Solar Stake-Out to Improve Space Weather Forecasts

on July 20, 2012 - 12:15pm

With the aim of improving forecasts of space weather, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory will peer deep inside the sun, to where the solar magnetic field is generated. It also will keep tabs on how energy is released into the solar atmosphere and how the sun's output of extreme ultraviolet radiation varies. Courtesy/NASA, Ryan Zuber

NIST News:

The sun is about to undergo unremitting scrutiny. About six times each minute of every hour for at least five years, a soon-to-be launched NASA satellite will measure the sun's quirky—and sometimes stormy—output of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light.

To

SFI Lecture: The Paradox of the Plankton Meets Public Health: How do So Many Serotypes of Streptococcus pneumoniae Coexist

on July 20, 2012 - 11:56am

The Santa Fe Institute presents a talk by Marc Lipsitch, Director, Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard University; SFI External Faculty called:

The Paradox of the Plankton Meets Public Health: How do So Many Serotypes of Streptococcus pneumoniae Coex

• 12:15 p.m. Friday, July 20 • Noyce Conference Room

Marc Lipsitch

Abstract: Streptococcus pneumoniae is a major human pathogen, responsible for ~800,000 deaths annually and much additional morbidity worldwide.

Conjugate vaccines, introduced in 2000, provide

NNSA Awards First NNSA Science and Technology Excellence Award to Michel McCoy from LLNL

on July 20, 2012 - 7:25am

NNSA News:

Mike McCoy shows off his NNSA Science and Technology Award to a standing ovation crowd of his peers. Photo by Jacqueline McBride

LIVERMORE, Calif. – Administrator Thomas D’Agostino of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today awarded the first NNSA Science and Technology Excellence Award to Dr. Michel McCoy from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for his leadership with the Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) program.

McCoy serves as the program director for ASC in the Weapons and Complex Integration Principal Directorate at LLNL.

Kristy Ortega Tapped to Lead Local United Way

on July 19, 2012 - 9:15pm

Photo: Kristy Ortega

By Carol A. Clark

Her new role as executive director of United Way feels like coming home for Kristy Ortega. The 30-year-old began working in the heart of the community at 18.

She spent seven years with the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation where she interacted with local businesses, nonprofits and Los Alamos County personnel.

In 2007, Ortega joined the Hilltop House Hotel as marketing and sales director where she coordinated public events.

Ortega left her community oriented career path four years ago to take a job as an operations specialist at Los

LANL and County Close West Road to Vechicle Traffic

on July 19, 2012 - 5:12pm

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY News

Because of possible flooding upstream of West Road, LANL and Los Alamos County have decided today that, in the best interest of public safety, beginning Friday, July 20, West Road will be closed to vehicle traffic.

This road closure is expected to extend several weeks until the end of the summer monsoon season.

Residents who live in Western Area will have access to Fairway via Diamond Drive. Access to Pajarito Mountain is unimpeded from Camp May Road off of West Jemez Road (NM 501).

Day Three of Hunger Strike for Los Alamos High School Graduate

on July 18, 2012 - 9:26pm

Alaric Balibrera is on day three of his hunger strike in protest of the continued development of nuclear weapons at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com.

Staff Report

Alaric Balibrera grew up in Los Alamos and is a graduate of Los Alamos High School. He studied film and television at UCLA.

Balibrera currently lives in Santa Fe, working as a screenwriter. Balibrera told the Los Alamos Daily Post that as young boy he played in Acid Canyon.

He is one of a number of hunger strikers participating in this protest.

SFI: Seminar on The Immune System Detects Intruders by Randomly Migrating Detectors

on July 18, 2012 - 11:06am

SANTA FE INSTITUTE News:

Monday, July 23 • 12:15 p.m. • Medium Conference Room

The Immune System Detects Intruders by Randomly Migrating Detectors

Rob J. De Boer
Theoretical Biology & Bioinformatics, Utrecht University; SFI External Professor

Abstract: The immune system is a distributed system where billions of individual cells, each carrying a unique receptor (detector), scavenge the body to detect the presence of pathogens (intruders) in any of its tissues.

The very few cells detecting a pathogen will expand, generating a large clone of effector cells that together become capable of

LANL: HIV Immunity Study Could Pave Way for Vaccine Development

on July 17, 2012 - 8:29am

LANL News:

  • Los Alamos scientists among Duke-led consortium

Photo: LANL Researcher Bette Korber. Courtesy/LANL

Two Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists are among the team recently funded to explore ways to create the precise immune factors needed for effective vaccines against HIV.

The Duke University-led consortium will largely concentrate on inducing broadly neutralizing antibodies that can prevent HIV-1 infection, as well as on generating protective T-cell and innate immune system responses.

“A vaccine-elicited broadly neutralizing antibody response has the potential to block HIV

16 Countries Take Part in NNSA Radiation Medical Training in Vienna

on July 17, 2012 - 6:31am

NNSA News:

Emergency responders. Courtesy/NNSA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Participants from 16 countries took part in a National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) international radiation medical (I-MED) training course last week in Vienna, Austria. The training was hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Joseph J. Krol, Rear Admiral, United States Navy (Retired), is the Associate Administrator for NNSA's Office of Emergency Operations. Courtesy/NNSA

“The course instructed medical responders on how to treat injured contaminated patients following a radiation incident,” said

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Hires MVM Group as Executive Director

on July 16, 2012 - 10:22am

COUNTY News:

Attorney DeAnza Valencia Sapien will assume the lead role of executive director for the Coalition.

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities announced Friday that it has contracted with the MVM Group to provide executive director services to help move the Coalition forward.

The MVM Group is a strategic consulting firm focused on the intersection of business strategy, public policy and reputation management.

Partners DeAnza Valencia Sapien, Yasine Mogharreban Armstrong and Lillian Montoya-Rael, lead the firm.

The MVM Group has extensive experience in assisting companies,

SFI Lecture: Everything Is Obvious Once You Know The Answer

on July 16, 2012 - 6:51am

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Community Lecture, "The Myth of Common Sense: Why Everything that Seems Obvious Isn't" is set for 7:30 p.m., Wednesday July 25 at the James A. Little Theater in Santa Fe.

Duncan Watts

Principal Researcher, Microsoft; author,"Everything Is Obvious Once You Know The Answer;" former SFI External Professor

Abstract: Relying on "common sense" is the sensible thing to do, right? Not always. Although common sense can be useful for dealing with everyday problems, it can suffer from systematic failures when applied to complex problems in government, business, and marketing.

Filippenko will deliver 42nd Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture

on July 15, 2012 - 9:28am

OPPENHEIMER MEMORIAL LECTURE News:

Award-winning UC Berkeley astrophysicist Alex Filippenko will deliver the 42nd Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, in the Duane Smith Auditorium in Los Alamos.

The lecture, “Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe,” is free and open to the public.

Filippenko has made a career of studying supernovae and using these cosmic beacons to probe the vastness of space.

Filippenko was a member of two independent teams that in 1998 reported, based on observations of supernovae, that the universe was expanding at a runaway pace.

The leaders of

Taylor Receives Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal

on July 15, 2012 - 7:01am

Jacob Taylor, NIST Physicist, Receives Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal for Public Service. Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com

NIST News:

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physicist Jacob Taylor received a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (Sammies) for his advanced scientific research, which has potential for advances in health care, communications, computing, and technology.

Presented the award by Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank Sept.

U.S. Senatorial Candidate Heather Wilson Raises Concerns for LANL’s Future

on July 13, 2012 - 5:36pm

By Carol A. Clark

U.S. Senatorial candidate Heather Wilson expressed worry "that there is no longer anyone standing up for Los Alamos National Laboratory since Sen. Pete Domenici retired."

"Sending out press releases and speaking about amendments after they've been decided is ineffective," Wilson said during a telephone interview today from Albuquerque.

Known for her strong advocacy for homeland security, the former U.S. Congresswoman cautioned about allowing LANL's Chemical and Metallurgy Research Replacement (CMRR) project to linger in limbo for too long.

"If you delay a facility for

Business Leaders Advocate for LANL Budget

on July 12, 2012 - 10:53pm

RDCNM News:

A delegation of New Mexico business leaders will travel to Washington D.C. July 16 and 17 to discuss the importance of Los Alamos National Laboratory to the state’s economy.

The delegation will be accompanied by Gov. Susana Martinez' Chief of Staff Keith Gardner and Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover.

Stover is a member of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, which traveled to Washington, D.C., on a similar mission in March. .

The current business group plans to meet with New Mexico’s Congressional delegation, staff from key committees in both the U.S.

NNSA Completes Fourth International Meeting on Next Generation Nuclear Safeguards

on July 12, 2012 - 8:54am

NNSA News:

Laser Ablation Absorbance Ratio Spectroscopy Environmental Sampling (LAARS-ES) ... A scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, is developing a unique destructive analytical capability—funded by NNSA’s Office of Nonproliferation and International Security and the Next Generation Safeguards Initiative—to provide timely detection of undeclared HEU production. Courtesy/NNSA

HANOI, VIETNAM – The U.S.

New Contract Links LANL and Robotics Firm

on July 12, 2012 - 6:54am

From left, David Pesiri and David Seigel of the LANL Technology Transfer office, and Andrew Borene, Andrew Drenner, and Patrick McKinney of ReconRobotics agreed to coordinate on technical advances for the robotics company’s line of tactical micro-robot systems. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Miniature robots are about to get an intelligence boost from a new partnership, linking Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and ReconRobotics, Inc.

Representatives from the two organizations announced today that they have signed a cooperative research and development agreement to “identify, evaluate and

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