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Sixty-five Students Receive Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund Scholarships

on May 2, 2012 - 3:24pm

LAHS senior Scott Carlsten received the top award, which provides $7,500 in financial assistance. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Scholarship campaign began Tuesday for 2013 scholarship awards

Sixty-five students from seven Northern New Mexico counties are recipients of Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund scholarships, funded through more than $500,000 in donations from Los Alamos National Laboratory employees and the company that manages the Laboratory.

Los Alamos High School senior Scott Carlsten received the top award, the platinum scholarship, which provides $7,500 in financial

NNSA Recognizes LANL for Commitment to Environmental Stewardship

on April 30, 2012 - 2:58pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today congratulated Los Alamos National Laboratory and other national laboratories and sites for achievements in environmental stewardship, awarding a total of 24 Pollution Prevention (P2) Awards for innovative initiatives across the enterprise.

The P2 Awards recognize performance in integrating environmental stewardship practices that helps to reduce risk, protect natural resources and enhance site operations.

“I applaud the work done at NNSA’s sites in finding creative ways to reduce the environmental impact of our

Hanford Bus Shuttles Congressional Folks

on April 28, 2012 - 2:47pm

A vintage Hanford bus, as well as being on display at a local museum, is used to ferry visiting congressional folks during visits. Photo by Kevin Holsapple

Manhattan National Park Conference Serves Atomic Pretzels

on April 28, 2012 - 8:13am

Members of the Energy Community Committee, including several people from Los Alamos, attending a Manhattan National Park conference in Richland, Wash., this week toured the B Reactor in Handford and were treated to an "atomic pretzel." Photo by Kevin Holsapple

Bandelier Superintendent Addresses Energy Community Alliance Saying Manhattan Project Sites Will Have to be Clear with Visitors

on April 27, 2012 - 1:22pm

Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott addresses members of the Energy Community Alliance this morning in Richland, Wash. He cautioned that the park service is in the business of telling stories, and it may tell stories that some in the community don't want told. That could include Nagasaki and the environmental contamination left by plutonium production, Lott said, adding that the park service also can discredit the bad information that circulates.

LANL Grounds Crew Begins Fire Prevention Efforts

on April 27, 2012 - 8:08am

Los Alamos National Laboratory Grounds and Roads crews work along the truck route this week thinning tree branches and shubbery ahead of this year's fire season. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Tree and shrubbery branches line the terrain on either side of the truck route as workers thin out area ahead of this year's fire season. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Energy Community Alliance Members Tour B Reactor

on April 26, 2012 - 2:59pm

The local contingent of community, business and civic leaders visiting Richland, Wash., this week as part of the Energy Alliance Committee conferance discussing the possible inclusion of Los Alamos, Oak Ridge and Hanford as a unit in the national park system had an opportunity to tour the B Reactor at Hanford today. Photo by Kevin Holsapple

The B Reactor is one of the most historic buildings at Hanford. It was given the code name, "105-B" during World War II.

LAMS Student Wins Second Place in Supercomputing Challenge

on April 24, 2012 - 4:53pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos Middle School student Cole Kendrick took second place for his project, “Computer Simulation of Dark Matter Effects on Galaxy Collisions.”

Kendrick received a check for $500. He also received the $100 Crowd Favorite Award chosen by teachers and students and the Best Presentation Award.

Kendrick took the top prize in last year’s Supercomputing Challenge for his computer program to model the rotation of a galaxy including dark matter.

Jordan Medlock of Albuquerque’s Manzano High School took the top prize in the 22nd New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge for his computer

DOE IG Again Calls for DOE Closures and Reprioritization of Cleanup Projects

on April 21, 2012 - 9:33am

DOE News:

Testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee at a hearing on "Budget and Spending Concerns at DOE" last Thursday, April 18, DOE Inspector General Gregory H. Friedman reiterated his office's recommendation that DOE consider:
  • (1) Closing national laboratories
  • (2) Reprioritizing environmental remediation efforts, and
  • (3) Reincorporating NNSA into DOE.

Friedman said DOE may not be able to sustain its complex of 16 Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC) and should therefore convene a blue ribbon commission to examine the

Mesa Public Library to Host Display of Historic J. Robert Oppenheimer Photographs

on April 21, 2012 - 8:56am

MESA PUBLIC LIBRARY News:

J. Robert Oppenheimer. Courtesy Photo

A New Mexico Centennial Exhibit

The J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee (JROMC) will present an exhibit of historic photos entitled “J. Robert Oppenheimer: Photographs From His Life: 1904–1967” at the Mesa Public Library Gallery, 2400 Central Ave. from May 2 to May 30.

The photos and their captions show the full range of Oppenheimer’s life, from early childhood, through his youth, his professional life at Cal Tech, Los Alamos, University of California at Berkeley, and the Institute for Advanced Study which he directed

Renowned Scientist George Cowan Has Died

on April 20, 2012 - 5:33pm

By Carol A. Clark

Internationally renowned scientist George A. Cowan has died. 

Cowan was a scientist, philanthropist and businessman who conducted early research for the Manhattan Project and went on to found Los Alamos National Bank and the Santa Fe Institute.

Los Alamos National Laboratory issued the following statement today on the death of the Laboratory's Senior Fellow.

“Dr. Cowan was a central figure at the Laboratory for 39 years. As a Senior Fellow and Los Alamos National Laboratory Medal Winner, he set an example of service to the nation that we strive to follow today.

Cancer Therapy Gets a Boost from New Isotope

on April 19, 2012 - 1:43pm

Los Alamos scientist Meiring Nortier holds a thorium foil test target for the proof-of-concept production experiments. Research indicates that it will be possible to match current annual, worldwide production of Ac-225 in just two to five days of operations using the accelerator at Los Alamos and analogous facilities at Brookhaven. Photo by Robb Kramer/LANL

A new medical isotope project at Los Alamos National Laboratory shows promise for rapidly producing major quantities of a new cancer-treatment agent, actinium 225 (Ac-225).

Using proton beams, Los Alamos and its partner Brookhaven

New Scalable Green Protocols for Processing Carbon Nanotubes

on April 18, 2012 - 6:20pm

NIST News:

Summary: The overall aim of this project is to develop and validate general methods and protocols for purification, size-separation and dispersion of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) that will enable aqueous 'biological' applications. New NMR metrologies are also being developed and applied to characterize and compare the physio-chemical properties of various length/diameter sized separated CNTs in aqueous dispersions.

Description: Since the discovery of the C60 "buckyball" by the 1996 Nobel Prize laureates Robert F. Curl, Harold W. Kroto, and Richard E.

Students descend on Los Alamos National Laboratory April 23-24 for Supercomputing Challenge Expo and Awards Ceremony

on April 17, 2012 - 10:35am

LANL News:

Research by student teams to be showcased during this month's New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge. Courtesy/LANL

More than 200 New Mexico students and their teachers will convene at Los Alamos National Laboratory April 23 and 24 for judging and the awards ceremony in the 22nd annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge.

More than 60 teams of students from elementary, middle, and high school are participating in the event, said David Kratzer of the Laboratory’s High Performance Computer Systems group and LANL’s coordinator of the Supercomputing Challenge.

While at LANL, students

Ron Barber to Speak at Phi Beta Kappa Banquet Honoring Local High School Scholars

on April 17, 2012 - 10:05am

By Joyce Ann Guzik

On Sunday evening, April 29, the Los Alamos Phi Beta Kappa Association will hold its 56th annual banquet to honor the top graduates of Los Alamos High School.

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest undergraduate honors society in the United States and has about 275 members in Los Alamos County (1.5 percent of the county’s population.) 

The banquet for the honor graduates, Phi Beta Kappa Members and their guests, will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos starting and will be catered by Decadent Table.

The 43 students of the Class of 2012 who will be honored this

SFI Colloquium: “On the Evolutionary Origins of the Egalitarian Syndrome”

on April 17, 2012 - 9:37am

Sergey Gavrilets. Courtesy/SFI

Sergey Gavrilets will present his talk “On the Evolutionary Origins of the Egalitarian Syndrome” at 3:30 p.m. Monday April 23 in the Noyce Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institue.

Gavrilets works at the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Department of Mathematics, National Institute For Mathematical and Biological Systems, University of Tennessee.

Abstract: Humans exhibit strong egalitarian syndrome, i.e. the complex of cognitive perspectives, ethical principles, social norms, and individual and collective attitudes promoting equality.

The

Consortium Partners with LANL's Academy

on April 15, 2012 - 7:24am

Special to the Los Alamos Daily Post

Northern New Mexico Math and Science Academy aims to enhance professional development of K-12 math and science teachers in underserved rural school districts.

The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) will become the new fiscal agent for the Northern New Mexico Math and Science Academy (MSA). 

The MSA is a teacher professional development program, sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to help improve math and science education in New Mexico K-12 schools. 

Partnership with MSA has the potential to expand the impact of NMC research programs into New

LANL’s Great Garbage Grab Sweeps Townsite

on April 11, 2012 - 9:00pm

Members of the Environmental Stewardship Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory from left, Beth Norris, Libby Jones, Rebecca Clark, Jeff Treasure and Debbie-Bryan-Ricketts join other employees cleaning up the landscape this week as part of the laboratory-wide Earth Day project – the Great Garbage Grab. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Members of the Environmental Stewardship Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory picked up several bags of trash in White Rock Wednesday, separating aluminum and plastic to run through LANL's recycle program.

Suspicious Item at Lab Determined to be Duct Tape and Wire

on April 10, 2012 - 1:51pm

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailynews.com

Emergency responders descended on the area near the parking garage next to Technical Area 3 at Los Alamos National Laboratory a few minutes ago.

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Lab security, the hazardous devices team and local police and fire personnel surrounded the area where a suspicious item was spotted and reported to officials.

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

After securing the area, authorities determined that the item was simply duct tape wrapped in wire. 

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The all clear was

Three Small Businesses Selected for Los Alamos National Laboratory Environmental Work

on March 30, 2012 - 10:06am

Subcontract worth up to $250 million over five years:

Los Alamos National Laboratory has awarded a master task order agreement for up to $250 million to three small businesses with offices in Northern New Mexico.

The agreement is for services related to the transportation and disposal of hazardous and radioactive waste.

The companies include Portage, Inc., ARS Cavanagh Environmental Services, LLC and Navarro Research & Engineering, Inc.

“Safely handling and transporting waste containers is an important part of our environmental cleanup efforts at Los Alamos,” said Pete Maggiore,

LANL Releases Voluntary Separation Program Results

on March 26, 2012 - 4:53pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory today announced that 557 employees will leave the Laboratory as part of a voluntary separation program announced last month.

The employees come from nearly all Lab functions, excluding certain essential areas.

"I would like to thank each and every employee who volunteered for the program," LANL Director Charlie McMillan said in a news release. "Some of them devoted their entire careers to serving the nation during a truly historic time for the country and the Lab. They set the example that we will continue to follow."
 
LANL announced it would seek a

World Record Shattered During Six-Experiment Pulse at LANL

on March 23, 2012 - 8:52am

Charles Mielke, center, receives congratulations at the moment of the 100-T pulse. Courtesy LANL

LANL News:

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s biggest magnet facility today met the grand challenge of producing magnetic fields in excess of 100 tesla while conducting six different experiments. The hundred-tesla level is roughly equivalent to 2 million times Earth’s magnetic field.

“This is our moon shot, we’ve worked toward this for a decade and a half,” said Chuck Mielke, director of the Pulsed Field Facility at Los Alamos.

The team used the 100-tesla pulsed, multi-shot

Nanopower: Avoiding Electrolyte Failure in Nanoscale Lithum Batteries

on March 22, 2012 - 9:16am

 

Using a transmission electron microscope, NIST reearchers were able to watch individual nanosized batteries with electrolytes of different thicknesses charge and discharge. The NIST team discovered that there is likely a lower limit to how thin an electrolyte layer can be made before it causes the battery to malfunction. Photo by Talin/NIST

From NIST Tech Beat:

It turns out you can be too thin—especially if you’re a nanoscale battery.

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the University of Maryland, College Park, and Sandia National Laboratories

Local governments to Discuss Funding for LANL, Environmental Liabilities, Jobs

on March 19, 2012 - 11:50am

WHAT: Press conference to discuss funding for Los Alamos National Laboratory and the impacts on jobs, environmental cleanup and national security.

Proposed funding cuts are resulting in a reduction of jobs at LANL, missed environmental cleanup deadlines, and significant changes in LANL’s nuclear mission.

WHO: Mayor Alice Lucero, City of Espanola; Council Chair Sharon Stover, Los Alamos County; Commissioner Alfredo Montoya, Rio Arriba County; Commissioner Danny Mayfield, Santa Fe County; Mayor David Coss, City of Santa Fe; Commissioner Andrew Chavez, Taos County; Elmer Torres, San

SFI Seminar: Free Will and the Brain: Some Current Confusions

on March 17, 2012 - 7:56am

Daniel Dennett

Daniel Dennett of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University and External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute is presenting the seminar, Free Will and the Brain: Some Current Confusions at 12:15 p.m., Monday in the Medium Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute.


Abstract: There has been a recent explosion of writing by neuroscientists and psychologists about how “science shows us” that we don’t have free will.

The problem with this work is that it confuses several quite different issues.

Once we sort it out, we find that there have been in fact some important

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