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Los Alamos National Laboratory World-Class User Facilities Foster Rich Research Opportunities

on December 30, 2018 - 7:03am

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory's Pulsed Field Facility at LANL has a $30 million pulsed power infrastructure that includes this 1.43 gigawatt motor generator. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Through its technology transfer efforts, Los Alamos National Laboratory can implement user facility agreements that allow its partners and other entities to conduct research at many of its unique facilities.

Its national user facilities are the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE), the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL), and the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT). They

Daily Postcard: East Gate Guard Tower

on December 30, 2018 - 5:42am

Daily Postcard: A wintery scene Thursday morning surrounds the tall, square East Gate Guard Tower built of stone and concrete in 1948 at the entrance to Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Nature On Tap: Latest Updates In Astronomy Jan. 7

on December 28, 2018 - 9:03am

PEEC News:

Nature on Tap will discuss the latest updates in astronomy 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Jan.7 at UnQuarked Wine Bar, 145 Central Park Square.

The event is free. Learn about the upcoming lunar eclipse and other topics of interest. Dr. Galen Gisler will lead a panel of local astronomers in this discussion.

Registration for this event is not required. This discussion is presented free by PEEC and the Los Alamos Creative District.

DOE Releases Final EIS For Cleanup Of Area IV And Northern Buffer Zone At Santa Susana Field Laboratory

on December 25, 2018 - 9:04am
DOE News:
 
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Remediation of Area IV and the Northern Buffer Zone of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) in Ventura County, California.
 
Publishing the Final EIS is an important step to proceed with the cleanup process at SSFL's Area IV and the Northern Buffer Zone.
 
“The release of the Final EIS is a major milestone in the Department’s mission to clean up the former Energy Technology Engineering Center (ETEC) site at the SSFL,” ETEC Federal Project Director John

Exhibit On Human Immune System Opens At Bradbury

on December 21, 2018 - 6:57am
The new exhibit at the Bradbury Science Museum includes an interactive touch table. Courtesy photo
 

LANL Director Thom Mason addresses the ctowd at the opening reception Tuesday at the Bradbury Science Museum. Courtesy photo
 
Laboratory Fellow and computational biologist Bette Korber cuts the ribbon on the new exhibit. Courtesy photo
 
BRADBURY News:
 
How the immune system works to fight diseases and viruses like HIV and influenza is the focus of a new exhibit at the Bradbury Science Museum.
 
“Building Immunity: How Fighting HIV and Other Viruses Helps Us Understand Our Immune System”

DOE: Heavy Lifts Move Hanford Waste Treatment Plant Construction Forward

on December 19, 2018 - 8:53am
Using a heavy-lift crane, workers install a 40-ton evaporator unit inside the effluent management facility under construction at Hanford’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant. The module was constructed at ground level as a unit and then lifted into place. Courtesy photo
 
A 40-ton structural steel roof module is lifted into place atop the effluent management facility under construction at Hanford’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant. The module was assembled at ground level and then lifted into place to increase worker safety and allow other concurrent construction. Courtesy

UNM-LA Introduces ‘Designing Your Life’ Course

on December 18, 2018 - 7:30pm

UNM-LA continuing faculty member Dr. Nicole Lloyd-Ronning, also a LANL staff member, will teach Designing Your Life, UNIV 101 this spring at UNM-LA. Photo by Kateri Morris

UNM-LA News:

UNM-LA is launching a new course in the Spring 2019 semester: Designing Your Life, UNIV 101. The class is based on a Stanford University course, using the book, “Designing Your Life” by Stanford University professors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans.

Burnett and Evans developed a series of exercises to help students engage in ‘design thinking,’ a strategy typically used to improve a product or experience.

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meets Friday

on December 18, 2018 - 4:00pm

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities CRCLC) meets 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 in Council Chambers at the Española City Hall, 405 N. Paseo De Oñate in Española.

RCLC Agenda:

A. Call to Order – Chair Henry Roybal | 11:00a-

B. Confirmation of Quorum – Chair Henry Roybal
 
C. Approval of Agenda – Chair Henry Roybal

D. Approval of Meeting Minutes – Chair | 11:10p- (Tab 1)  
 
E. Public Comment (20 min)  | 11:15-11:35a

F. Treasurers Report & Invoices for Approval  | 11:35-11:40a (Tab 2)

G. Discussion/Action Items | 11:40a–12:50p a.

LANL: Machine Learning-Detected Signal Predicts Time To Earthquake ... Fault Displacement ‘Fingerprint’ Forecasts Magnitude

on December 18, 2018 - 10:34am
LANL researchers applied machine-learning expertise to predict quakes along Cascadia, a 700-mile-long fault from northern California to southern British Columbia that flanks cities such as Seattle. The results are published in two papers in Nature Geoscience. Courtesy photo
 
LANL News:
  • ‘Fingerprint’ of fault displacement also forecasts magnitude of rupture
 
Machine-learning research published in two related papers in Nature Geosciences reports the detection of seismic signals accurately predicting the Cascadia fault’s slow slippage, a type of failure observed to precede large

LANL: Top 25 Stories Highlight Science Achievements

on December 18, 2018 - 8:24am

LANL News:

Breadth and depth of Lab science reflected in top science reporting

From space missions to disease forecasting, particle physics to artificial intelligence, the biggest science news items from Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2018 have been gathered in one place: It’s a collection that reflects the significant depth and breadth of national laboratory science.

“The range of technical and scientific capabilities in these stories, as reported by media outlets across the world, reflects the many ways Los Alamos National Laboratory serves the nation,” Laboratory Director Thom Mason

Economic Dev. Remains LANL Focus Under Triad

on December 17, 2018 - 10:02am

Robert Naranjo unloads root stock for a Northern New Mexico wine growers association, a project that was helped by LANL’s community commitment. Courtesy/FNM
 
By JASON GIBBS
Finance New Mexico

New leadership at Los Alamos National Laboratory hopes to increase business development and educational programs for small businesses, while relying even more on New Mexico companies to fulfill contracts.

On the heels of LANL’s 75th anniversary in the summer of 2018, Triad National Security LLC has taken the helm as the new managing contractor for the research facility in Northern New Mexico.

Nobel Laureate Niels Bohr Brought Winter Cheer To Los Alamos

on December 14, 2018 - 8:59am

Neils Bohr was an avid skier long before coming to Project Y at Los Alamos and assuming the codename of Nicholas Baker. Photographs were strictly forbidden during those days, but someone snapped this picture of Bohr on skis at Sawyer’s Hill. Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society

By HEATHER MCCLENAHAN
Los Alamos Historical Society

Los Alamos has had its share of prominent and important visitors through the years. One of the most significant was in December 1943, when brilliant Danish physicist Niels Bohr visited.

Bohr won the 1922 Nobel Prize for contributions that laid the foundations for

Responding To Today’s Nationwide Bomb Threat Campaign ... Los Alamos Bomb Squad Stands Ready To Handle Any Threats To County Or Laboratory

on December 13, 2018 - 7:53pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department released a statement this evening saying it is aware of the bomb threat campaign that is happening across the country.

The Los Alamos Bomb Squad stands ready to handle any and all threats to this County including the National Laboratory. Cmdr. Preston Ballew said LAPD is communicating with the FBI and getting updates as they develop.

Any suspicious activity should be reported to Los Alamos Police Dispatch at 505.662.8222 immediately.

The Los Alamos Daily Post looked into the situation and finds that this afternoon dozens of institutions and

LANL Director Shares Plans At 2018 REDI Conference

on December 13, 2018 - 9:51am

LANL Director Thom Mason
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Thom Mason focused his recent keynote address at the 2018 Regional Economic Development Initiative REDI Conference on the importance of area small businesses – and emphasized his intention to increase LANL’s support.

“LANL is already consistently among the best performing across all the national laboratories in percentage of procurement from regional small businesses,” Mason told the crowd gathered Dec. 4 at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino.

Oak Ridge Crews Finish Preparing Site For New Mercury Treatment Facility

on December 12, 2018 - 4:12pm
Crews constructed two secant pile retaining walls to retain soils, control water seepage, and provide a deep, secure foundation for the water intake structure. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:
 
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. DOE's Oak Ridge Office of EM (OREM) has completed site preparations necessary to begin construction of the Outfall 200 Mercury Treatment Facility.
 
This vital piece of infrastructure will help fulfill OREM’s regulatory commitments to reduce mercury levels in the East Fork Poplar Creek and enable large-scale cleanup and demolition to start at the Y-12 Natonal Security Complex

LANL Director Thom Mason Works With Students During Hour Of Code Project At School In Española

on December 7, 2018 - 5:00pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Thom Mason volunteered for the Hour Of Code project this afternoon at Tony E. Quintana Elementary in Española. The program was presented to the combined 6th grade classes of Nancy Martinez and Danita Quintana. This program provides a one-hour introduction to computer science designed to demystify ‘code’ and show that anyone can learn the basics.

Los Alamos National Laboratory On 2-Hour Delay

on December 7, 2018 - 7:28am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is on a delayed start.

Employees should report to work between 10-10:30 a.m. today.

DOE Awards ‘OF 200 MTF’ Contract To APTIM-North Wind Construction JV

on December 6, 2018 - 9:32am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the award of the Outfall 200 Mercury Treatment Facility (OF200 MTF) contract to APTIM-North Wind Construction JV, LLC.
 
The value of the Firm-Fixed-Price contract is $91,770,489. The period of performance is for up to four years after issuance of the initial notice to proceed, inclusive of final cleanup of the premises.
 
Two proposals were received in response to the solicitation. There is no incumbent contractor for this work.

Remembering A Stellar Moment In Los Alamos History

on December 6, 2018 - 7:48am

On the platform at the football field across from Los Alamos High School for the Dec. 7, 1962 speech were President John F. Kennedy, Sen. Clinton Anderson, LASL Director Norris Bradbury, Vice President Lyndon Johnson, Congressman Joseph Montoya and Congressman Thomas Morris. Courtesy/LANL Archives

After President John F. Kennedy addressed the crowd on the football field, a motorcade took him along Central Avenue, where the streets were lined with even more people wanting a chance to see the president. It was an opportunity that no one in Los Alamos that day would ever forget.

AGU: The Oldest Water On Earth

on December 6, 2018 - 7:17am

Salty water deep below the surface of the Earth that hasn’t seen the light of day in millions or even billions of years. Courtesy/AGU

AGU News:

Thousands of feet below the surface of the Earth is salty water that hasn’t seen the light of day in millions or even billions of years.

Miners working deep underground had encountered and wondered about the origin of this water for decades, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that scientists started to investigate where this water was coming from and what it might contain – giving researchers clues into how life survives in the deepest parts of our

LANL: Arctic Ice Model Upgrade To Benefit Polar Research, Industry And Military

on December 5, 2018 - 11:09am

LANL scientist Elizabeth Hunke and her team have released an update to the sea-ice computer model, CICE, that has been a key part of the Arctic predictive capability for the U.S. Navy, NOAA and the National Ice Center. CICE also is widely used for earth-system research in academic and government institutions worldwide. Courtesy/E. Hunke.

 

LANL News:

  • Polar conditions modeled more accurately for naval and commercial safety improvements

An update for an internationally vital sea-ice computer model developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory with several collaborating groups, called CICE

New LANL Director Dr. Thomas Mason Delivers Keynote Address At 2018 REDI Conference Today

on December 4, 2018 - 4:46pm

New Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Dr. Thomas Mason delivers the keynote address today at the 2018 Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Conference will at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino. More details to follow. Courtesy photo

LANL Director Dr. Thomas Mason touched on a variety of topics including his intention to increase LANL support for area small businesses. Courtesy photo

TechSource Donates $5,000 To LAPS Foundation

on December 4, 2018 - 4:01pm

From left, LAPS Foundation Executive Director Laura Loy, TechSource CEO Brian D'Andrea and LAPS Foundation Fundraising Chair Karen Hawkins. TechSource Inc., a locally-headquartered science and engineering small business and subcontractor of Triad National Security, donated $5,000 to education in Los Alamos through the LAPS Foundation. The money will be used to foster innovation and growth in the public schools. To learn more about the LAPS Foundation and how to support the local schools, visit www.lapsfoundation.com

Committee On Arms Control & International Security Presents Talk By LANL Senior Fellow Terry Hawkins

on December 4, 2018 - 7:10am
 

LACACIS News:

The Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security (LACACIS) will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the lounge of The United Church of Los Alamos at 2525 Canyon Road.  

A brief business meeting will be followed by a presentation by LANL Senior Fellow Houston T. (Terry) Hawkins. The presentation is entitled “The Art and Science of Surviving What We Are Becoming.” Hawkins grounds his presentation in the field of socially coupled systems and informatics (SCSI), which deals with the social aspects of computerization.

NIST: New Device Widens Light Beams By 400 Times

on December 2, 2018 - 7:24am
This mode expansion device is made of a linear waveguide, a slab waveguide, and a grating. Light enters the device through the linear waveguide. When the waveguide makes contact with the slab, the light expands laterally. The grating then converts the expanded light into waves through free-space. The process also can happen in reverse, bringing free-space light into the waveguide. This enables researchers to connect two mode expansion devices together. For instance, they can use two devices to prove an unknown gas. By Sean Kelley/NIST
 
NIST News:
 
By using light waves instead of electric

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