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Scenes From Gadgets Ribbon Cutting At Bradbury

on October 12, 2018 - 6:20am

Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck uses the ceremonial scissors to snip the ribbon and officially open the Gadets gift shop Tuesday morning at the Bradbury Science Museum. Bradbury Science Museum Association Board Member Pam Sutton, left, and Chamber Director Ryn Herrmann look on. The public is encouraged to stop by the gift shop to support the museum association's educational efforts and to shop local. To view the hours and other information on the new gift shop, visit Photo by Kaylinda Crawford/

Chamber Director and BSMA

Crews Stabilizing Hanford Waste Storage Tunnel

on October 12, 2018 - 5:42am
Trucks carry engineered grout from a nearby batch plant to the PUREX Plant Tunnel 2, where pumps insert the grout using piping connected to existing openings in the top of the tunnel. Courtesy photo
A mobile batch plant near PUREX Plant Tunnel 2 will mix approximately 43,000 cubic yards of grout to stabilize the tunnel. Courtesy photo
DOE News:
RICHLAND, Wash. Trucks are delivering engineered grout to stabilize a waste storage tunnel on the Hanford Site.
Last week, EM’s Richland Operations Office (RL) authorized contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC) to

Science On Tap: Honey, Have You Seen My CubeSat?

on October 10, 2018 - 3:51pm

Rebecca Holmes

projectY cowork News:

Join the next Science On Tap, presented by the Los Alamos Creative District and the Bradbury Science Museum, Monday, Oct., 15 for a discussion with Rebecca Holmes on CubeSats.

The On Tap series starts at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room and is free and open to the public.

Originally designed in 1999 by professors at Stanford and Cal Poly, CubeSats are miniature, short-lived satellites traditionally launched into low Earth orbit. This summer a pair was deployed on a mission to Mars aboard the stationary lander, InSight.

CubeSats initial purpose was to

N3B Begins LANL Waste Shipments To WIPP

on October 10, 2018 - 9:39am

NB3 workers load waste from LANL into a transport container bound for WIPP, marking the resumption of regular shipments from LANL to WIPP for the first time in four years.

N3B News:

Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B) last week began shipments of transuranic waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad.

“This is the first of what will be regular shipments of waste from Area G, a LANL waste management area, in more than four years,” said Danny Nichols, manager of the N3B Contact-handled Transuranic Waste Program.


LANL: Newly Detected Microquasar Gamma-Rays ‘Call For New Ideas’

on October 5, 2018 - 10:36am
The High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Gamma-Ray Observatory, 13,500 feet above sea level on the slopes of Mexico’s Volcán Sierra Negra. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
The first-ever detection of highly energetic radiation from a microquasar has astrophysicists scrambling for new theories to explain the extreme particle acceleration.
A microquasar is a black hole that gobbles up debris from a nearby companion star and blasts out powerful jets of material.
“What’s amazing about this discovery is that all current particle acceleration theories have difficulties explaining the

Business Owners Invited To Free Resource Fair Oct. 3 - Learn Ins And Outs Of Doing Business With LANL

on October 2, 2018 - 1:02pm
Northern New Mexico business owners are invited to attend a Small Business Resource Fair Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Buffalo Thunder Resort.
If you have ever wanted to learn more about doing business with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), this event is for you.
Please note that seating is limited and registration is required. RSVP to
Sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Security and the Regional Development Corporation.

Ambassador Linton Brooks Speaks On The World Following The Demise Of US–Russia Arms Control At UNM In Albuquerque Oct. 2

on October 1, 2018 - 4:31pm
Ambassador Linton Brooks
The Center for International Studies Albuquerque International Association (AIA) presents Ambassador Linton Brooks who will speak on The World Following the Demise of US–Russia Arms Control  3-5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2 at the UNM Continuing Education Conference Center, 1634 University Blvd. NE in Albuquerque.

For fifty years the nuclear balance between the United States and the Soviet Union/Russia has been regulated by a series of bi-lateral treaties and agreements culminating in the current New START Treaty.

New Mexico Supreme Court Candidate Michael E. Vigil Visits Los Alamos Daily Post

on September 30, 2018 - 5:28pm

Judge Michael Vigil discusses his reasons for seeking a seat on the New Mexico Supreme Court during an interview last week with Publisher Carol A. Clark at the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Judge Michael E. Vigil visited with the news team Sept. 22 at the Los Alamos Daily Post to discuss his candidacy for position one on the New Mexico Supreme Court.

He is credited with fighting to protect the rights of children, teachers and victims in general, workers’ rights and to increase individual

DOE Awards Renewal Of Grant Agreement To New Mexico Environment Department (NMED)

on September 30, 2018 - 2:21pm
DOE News:
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) Thursday issued a grant renewal to the New Mexico Environment Department.
The Agreement, entitled “Environmental oversight and monitoring at the DOE Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Sandia National Laboratories/New Mexico (SNL/NM)” was renewed for a five-year project period, with annual budget periods beginning Oct. 1, 2018.
This grant agreement is intended to:
  • provide a mechanism through which the NMED can provide independent, third-party,

New Mexico Environment Department Awards APS Grant Funding For Early Replacement Of Five Buses

on September 29, 2018 - 10:55am
NMED News:
ALBUQUERQUE The Albuquerque Public School District has been awarded $380,626.00 in grant funding from the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA).
The grant provides partial funding for the early replacement of five older, more polluting diesel-fueled school buses with five new gasoline-fueled school buses that meet the current EPA emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles.
"These new school buses for the Albuquerque Public Schools will help protect the health of the

LANL, PVSD And Highlands University Collaborate On Innovative Teacher Education Program

on September 28, 2018 - 5:26pm

LANL Director Terry C. Wallace, Jr., Pojoaque Valley School District Board of Education President of the Jon Paul Romero and New Mexico Highlands University Sam Minner. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory, Pojoaque Valley School District and New Mexico Highlands University officially launched the region’s first professional development school at a Sept. 26 PVSD board meeting.

“The value of education and the critical role it plays in the future success of both Northern New Mexico and Los Alamos National Laboratory cannot be overstated,” LANL Director Terry C.

Energy Department Approves 30 Month Extension Of Portsmouth Site Cleanup Contract

on September 28, 2018 - 9:34am
DOE News:
LEXINGTON, KY The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that it has exercised its option to extend the contract with Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC (FBP) for decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (GDP) for a period of 30 months beyond the current expiration date of Sept. 30, 2018.
The estimated value of the option period is approximately $850 million.

LANL: New Space Instrument Goes For A Spin

on September 27, 2018 - 1:08pm

The High Explosives Centrifuge Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Scientists and engineers at Los Alamos National Laboratory are using a unique centrifuge facility to evaluate a flight-ready telemetry system for evaluating a nuclear weapons test missile launch.

The telemetry unit was designed and manufactured by Los Alamos' Intelligence and Space Research Division, Telemetry Program Manager Myles Fitzgerald said. Telemetry is a data stream of information on temperature, acceleration, vibration, strain, all the conditions a system encounters during a

Student Geology Adventure In Jemez Thursday

on September 26, 2018 - 4:28pm


The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is partnering with the Geological Society of America (GSA), New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Valles Caldera National Preserve, the San Diego Riverside Charter School and the Jemez Valley Middle School on a field project designed to raise awareness of the importance of earth science.

Thursday, Sept. 17, eighth grade students and educators will participate in a guided full school day field trip examining the local geology of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Former Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, AGI’s

LANL, LANS And RDC Sponsor Free Resource Fair For Northern New Mexico Business Owners Oct. 3

on September 26, 2018 - 10:04am

RDC News:

Northern New Mexico business owners are invited to attend a Small Business Resource Fair Wednesday, Oct. 3 at Buffalo Thunder Resort.

If you have ever wanted to learn more about doing business with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), this event is for you.

Please note that seating is limited and registration is required. Please email to RSVP.

Sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Security, and the Regional Development Corporation.

Marc Kippen Awarded Inaugural Global Security Medal

on September 24, 2018 - 6:05pm

Los Alamos Global Security Medal recipient Marc Kippen. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • R. Marc Kippen is an expert in space-based sensing and nuclear detonation detection ... he is the first recipient of LANL’s Global Security Medal
  • Medal honors commitment to Los Alamos National Laboratory’s mission

R. Marc Kippen has been awarded the inaugural Los Alamos Global Security Medal in recognition of his innovative professional and scientific excellence supporting Los Alamos National Laboratory’s global security mission.

Specifically, Kippen is recognized for his leadership and achievements in

Los Alamos Public Safety Assoc. Awards Scholarships

on September 22, 2018 - 10:56am

Public safety scholarship recipients Michaela Robertson, left, and Lee Ann Quintana with LAPSA members from center to right, LAFD Deputy Chief Steve Dawald, LAPD Sgt. Daniel Roberts and LANL Emergency Response Group Leader Jeff Dare Thursday at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney congratulates LAPSA scholarship recipients. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Members of the Los Alamos Public Safety Association (LAPSA) presented two educational scholarships to students during a

DOE Awards Five Year Grant Renewal To National Conference Of State Legislatures (NCSL)

on September 22, 2018 - 10:56am

DOE News:

CINCINNATI, Ohio ― The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) Monday issued a renewal Agreement to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The Agreement, entitled “National Conference of State Legislatures” was renewed Sept. 17 for a five-year period of performance.

This grant is intended to continue to help states and tribal nations understand the policies, programs and activities undertaken by DOE’s Office of Environmental Management (EM), Office of Indian Energy (IE), Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) and Office of Legacy

Final FY19 Appropriations: NNSA Weapons RDT&E

on September 22, 2018 - 1:51am

Technicians inspect an optics assembly at the National Ignition Facility. Photo by Jason Laurea/LLNL


NNSA News:
The final fiscal year 2019 appropriations bill for the Department of Energy includes a 4 percent overall increase for the National Nuclear Security Administration, bringing its total budget to $15.2 billion.
Congress approved the appropriation last week as part of a three-bill package, and President Trump is expected to sign it into law today at an event in Las Vegas.
The bill continues a multi-year spending surge that is financing a comprehensive modernization of the U.S.

Lujan Grisham Hosts Economic Development Roundtable With UNM, National & Defense Laboratories

on September 19, 2018 - 2:18pm
Courtesy photo
ALBUQUERQUE Tuesday, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) joined executives from the Air Force Research Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the University of New Mexico for a discussion on collaboration, improving the workforce pipeline, and the Open Campus and I-Corps policies. Rep. Lujan Grisham released the following statement after the meeting:
“New Mexico’s national and defense laboratories play a critical role in our national security, and each one is a vital job creator and source of economic

RCLC Meeting Moved To Oct. 19 In Los Alamos

on September 18, 2018 - 5:25pm

RCLC News:

The September meeting of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) has been canceled due to a change in the availability of the scheduled presenter.

All actions and presentations are moved to the next regular meeting scheduled for Oct. 19 in Los Alamos. 

LANL Scientist Jonathan Dowell Discusses Lighthouse Directional Radiation Detector During Science On Tap

on September 18, 2018 - 7:15am

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Jonathan Dowell presented the talk, ‘Simple sophistication: Detecting radiation one beam at a time’ Monday evening at UnQuarked in Central Park Square. Like its namesake, the lighthouse directional radiation detector is all about maintaining a safe distance from harm. Whether the goal is confirming absence of radioactive materials or tracking them, the latest engineering innovation by Dowell and his colleagues brings a radiation-detection tool with immense potential to keep workers and the public safe.

ProjectY Cowork Hosts Networking Social For LANL Students And Postdocs 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27

on September 15, 2018 - 6:53am
Scene from gathering at projectY cowork Los Alamos in Central Park Square. Courtesy photo
Scene from gathering at projectY cowork Los Alamos in Central Park Square. Courtesy photo
projectY cowork News:
projectY cowork Los Alamos will host a Postdoc/Company Networking Social 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in its space at 150 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos.
In collaboration with LANL, this Networking Social will give LANL postdocs and students a chance to connect with local and regional employers.

LANL: Lectures Explore Impact Of Particle Accelerators

on September 14, 2018 - 2:54am
Bruce Carlsten
LANL News:
Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow Bruce Carlsten will explore the ways particle accelerators can improve our lives in three Frontiers in Science public lectures beginning Sept. 17 in Albuquerque.
“Particle accelerators have a range of applications, from fighting cancer to processing food and enabling key scientific discoveries,” said Carlsten, a researcher at the Laboratory’s Engineering Sciences Directorate.
“Simple accelerators can be as small as dental X-ray tools while large ones like the Large Hadron Collider at CERN can stretch over miles

Los Alamos Historical Society Intern Studies Cold War

on September 13, 2018 - 9:23am

Los Alamos High School graduate Kallie Funk’s summer job as an intern for the Los Alamos Historical Society gave her the opportunity to research Cold War history in the society’s archives, a topic that is a good fit with her college major, political science. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Historical Society Intern

I was born and raised in Los Alamos. My mom was as well, so I have always thought I knew everything there was to know about Los Alamos and its history.

However, after I accepted a research internship at the Los Alamos Historical Society earlier this year, I quickly