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New Method For Detecting Malicious Emails

on July 22, 2018 - 7:14am


HSNW News:

Researchers at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) Malware Lab have developed a new method for detecting malicious emails that is more effective than the top 60 antivirus engines on the market.

“Current e-mail solutions use rule-based methods and don’t analyze other elements of the message,” said Dr. Nir Nissim, head of the David and Janet Polak Family Malware Lab at Cyber@BGU, and a member of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management.

LANL Foundation's Education Grants Call For Applications

on July 21, 2018 - 2:41pm
The LANL Foundation is accepting applications for $2,500 education and community outreach grants. The deadline for submission in the second yearly grantmaking cycle is Aug. 15.
Two types of grants are offered to nonprofit organizations, schools or education programs. Education Outreach Grants directly support public school children in grades K–12. Community Outreach Grants meet the Foundation’s mission and vision of innovative programming, collaboration and advocacy for lifelong learning but need not be tied directly to K–12 public education.

UPTE Applauds New LANL Contract That Supports Research, Development And Employees...

on July 21, 2018 - 7:26am

UPTE News:

UPTE Applauds New LANL Contract That Supports Research, Development and Employees – Not Profits; and Urges New Contractor to Adopt Two Structural Reforms, Offers to Help Change Safety Culture

UPTE’s years-long lobbying of DOE for a return to non-profit operators for the national laboratories has paid off at LANL (Los Alamos National Laboratory). Beginning in November of this year the new contract will pay Triad National Security, LLC $2.5 billion per year for up to ten years to manage and operate LANL.

Oppenheimer Photograph Exhibit Extended

on July 20, 2018 - 8:29am

Dorothy McKibbin and J. Robert Oppenheimer mingle with party guests. Courtesy/Los Alamos History Museum



J. Robert Oppenheimer at the board. Courtesy/Los Alamos History Museum

In conjunction with the production of John Adams' opera "Doctor Atomic" at the Santa Fe Opera this summer, the exhibit, “J. Robert Oppenheimer: Photographs From His Life: 1904-1967”, has been extended through Sept. 15, at the Los Alamos History Museum, 1050 Bathtub Row in Los Alamos.

This exhibit, curated and owned by the J.

LANL Commuters Urged To Drive Safe And Be Patient During Road Construction

on July 19, 2018 - 1:00pm

The NM 502 eastbound and westbound ramps to NM 4, shown in red, are scheduled to be closed Friday and Saturday, July 20-21. Courtesy image

NNSA News:

Work on the Supplemental Environmental Project road improvements will ramp up considerably Friday, impacting the NM 4/NM 502 interchange and lane configuration of NM 502.

The safety of the workers as well as the safety of residents is of utmost importance. Law enforcement support is being sought to ensure drivers obey traffic instructions and consider the safety of the construction workers. Commuters should account for traffic delays.

Chandler; Cisneros Discuss LANL Contract With LFC

on July 19, 2018 - 10:06am

Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Christine Chandler, left, chats with LFC Chair Sen. Patricia Lundstrom and Commitee Director David Abbey Wednesday at UNM-LA. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Sen. Carlos R. Cisneros questions the tax status of LANL's new managment and operating contractor, Triad National Security, LLC during Wednesday's LFC meeting at UNM-LA. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Concerns about the potential loss of gross receipts tax revenue to Los Alamos County and the state were discussed

Legislative Finance Committee Meets In Los Alamos

on July 19, 2018 - 9:39am
Rep. Patricia Lundstrom opens the Legisaltive Finance Committee meeting Wednesday morning at UNM-LA. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Christine Chandler, right, and UNM-LA CEO Cindy Rooney answer questions Wednesday following their opening remarks. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Staff Report

The Legislative Finance Committee spent the day Wednesday in Los Alamos at UNM-LA hearing from representatives of Los Alamos National Laboratory, UNM-LA, Los Alamos County, Los Alamos Public Schools, Public Education Department and New Mexico

NNMCAB Holds Board Election, Talk On Material Disposal Area C; Updates From Hintze, NMED July 25

on July 18, 2018 - 7:13am


Members of the Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board are scheduled to elect a new chair and vice chair for FY-2019 during a meeting 1- 5:15 p.m., July 25 in the Jemez Complex at Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave., in Santa Fe.

Also on the agenda is a presentation on Material Disposal Area C at Los Alamos National Laboratory and an overview of the aggregate areas. In addition, there will be agency updates from Doug Hintze, manager of the Environmental Management-Los Alamos Field Office and John Kieling of the New Mexico Environment Department. 

The Northern

LANL: Feeding Plants To This Algae Could Fuel Cars

on July 17, 2018 - 3:47pm

LANL scientist Amanda Barry studies how biofuel-producing algae can be fed various grasses to improve their productivity. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:


Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory and partner institutions provided today the first published report of algae using raw plants as a carbon energy source.


The research shows that a freshwater production strain of microalgae, Auxenochlorella protothecoides, is capable of directly degrading and utilizing non-food plant substrates, such as switchgrass, for improved cell growth and lipid productivity, useful for boosting the

Los Alamos Chamber Breakfast Features Financial Advisor Shelly Wiemann Thursday

on July 17, 2018 - 9:24am


This month's Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Breakfast features Edward Jones Financial Advisor Shelly Wiemann who talk about "Tools & Strategies To Help Make Building, Running & Preserving A Business Easier".

Fleur de Lys is catering the Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, July 19 in Wallace Hall at at UNM-LA. The event includes a tasty breakfast, some networking time, and an opportunity learn about resources available to the business community.

Chamber of Commerce Breakfasts are presented with the generous support of the LANL Community Partnership Office.

To attend, register

LANL Releases Radionuclide Air Emissions Report

on July 17, 2018 - 7:04am
Map of LANL air sampling stations around Los Alamos County and regional Northern New Mexico. Not all are EPA Compliance points; some are for facility environmental surveillance. Courtesy image
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory has released its 2017 Radionuclide Air Emissions report, which indicates that the highest effective dose equivalent (EDE) to an off-site member of the public for last year was 0.47 mrem. The annual limit is 10 millirem per year as established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The information in this

Triad Names LANL Associate Directors Effective Nov. 1

on July 16, 2018 - 11:50pm

Staff Report

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director designate Thom Mason met with the Los Alamos Daily Post news team today and announced that Triad National Security, LLC has named the associate directors who will begin their new jobs Nov. 1 when Triad assumes management of LANL.

Michael Bernardin
Associate Laboratory Director, Weapons Design

Michael Bernardin will serve as the Associate Laboratory Director, Weapons Design for Los Alamos National Laboratory once Triad assumes responsibility for the laboratory.

LANL Director Designate Thom Mason Shares Vision

on July 16, 2018 - 6:47pm
LANL Director designate Thom Mason
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director designate and Triad National Security, LLC CEO Thom Mason met with Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher Carol A. Clark and staff at noon Monday at the newspaper’s downtown office on Central Avenue.

Mason said he spent the morning talking to Lab staff during an all-hands meeting.

“We’re excited to be here.

LANL Director Designate Thom Mason Meets With Los Alamos Daily Post News Team

on July 16, 2018 - 12:52pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director designate Thom Mason visited the Los Alamos Daily Post at noon today and is pictured here with Post Publisher Carol A. Clark. Mason discussed many topics and said that the list of names of newly selected associate directors at the lab will be released later today. Check back at this afternoon for a full report on today's meeting with Mason as well as the list of the new ADs. Photo by John McHale/

LANL Director designate Thom Mason, left, meeting with news staff at noon today at the Los Alamos Daily Post including, from

BSMA Thanks Community; Leadership For Support

on July 16, 2018 - 8:08am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan stops by the BSMA booth to support STEM Education during the LANL Family Picnic. Photo by KayLinda Crawford
LANL Director Terry Wallace and his wife Michelle Hall stop by the BSMA booth to support STEM education during Family Picnic. Photo by KayLinda Crawford
BSMA News:
The Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) thanks community members and leaders for their support during the recent LANL Family Picnic.
The BSMA is the 501 (c) 3 non-profit arm of the Bradbury Science Museum created to provide STEM education outreach initiatives throughout northern

MPNHP-Los Alamos Friends Group And National Park Service Sign Philanthropic Partnership Agreement

on July 15, 2018 - 10:37am

Members of the Board of the Friends of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park - Los Alamos gathered Friday afternoon for a special signing ceremony with the National Park Service at the powerhouse (stone house) on Bathtub Row. Back row from left, Ranger Josh Nelson and Board members Carol A. Clark, Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher; LACDC Executive Director Patrick Sullivan; Vice President/County Councilor Rick Reiss; Treasurer Ron Wilkins; Metzger’s General Manager David Jolly; Shannon Corporation owner Shannon C’de Baca and Karen Henderson.

Federal Agencies Partner To Offer First Tour Of Los Alamos Manhattan Project Facilities

on July 13, 2018 - 6:36pm
Battleship bunker: Build in 1944, the Battleship Bunker supported implosion diagnostic tests for Fat Man. The building is known as a battleship building because the bunker’s west end is bow-shaped and shielded with a steel plate. Courtesy/NNSA
Pond cabin: Tours of historic sites featured a visit to the Pond Cabin, which served as an office for Emilio Segrè’s Radioactivity Group studying plutonium during the Manhattan Project. Courtesy/NNSA


 The U. S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office and Los Alamos National

Council Hears From Los Alamos County Management On Potential Impact Of Triad Taxability Status

on July 13, 2018 - 9:41am

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess, right, and County Attorney Alvin Leaphart listen Wednesday evening as County Council discusses the ramifications to the County budget if new LANL M&O contractor Triad National Security, LLC operates under non-profit status. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Assistant County Manager Steve Lynne responds to questions from Los Alamos County Councilors during his presentation Wednesday evening at a special session of the Council. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post


Naval Nuclear Laboratory Contracts Awarded To FMP

on July 13, 2018 - 8:40am


NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Naval Reactors, a joint program of the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of the Navy (DON), announced the selection of Fluor Marine Propulsion, LLC (FMP) as the new DOE and DON contractor for the Naval Nuclear Laboratory (NNL).

FMP, a limited liability company, is a wholly owned, special-purpose subsidiary of Fluor Corporation.

Naval Reactors conducted a full and open competition for the new NNL contracts. 

The estimated combined award value of these contracts is approximately $30 billion over ten years if all options are

‘Doctor Atomic’ Coming To Santa Fe Opera

on July 13, 2018 - 8:09am
The opera ‘Doctor Atomic’ during a performance at The Metropolitan Opera. Courtesy photo
SFO News:
The opera “Doctor Atomic” opens this weekend at the Santa Fe Opera. Composed by John Adams with a libretto by Peter Sellars, the opera takes place in the weeks leading up to the Trinity Test. J. Robert Oppenheimer, director of the Los Alamos Laboratory, is the central character of the opera.
Other historical figures involved in the Manhattan Project, including General Leslie Groves, Edward Teller, Robert R. Wilson, and Kitty Oppenheimer, also are represented.
Rather than writing

Trinity Test ‘Gadget’ Anniversary July 16

on July 13, 2018 - 8:02am
Courtesy photo
AHF News:
July 16 is the 73rd anniversary of the Trinity Test, the world’s first nuclear weapons test. At 5:29 a.m., the “Gadget” exploded with a yield of about 15-20 kilotons of TNT.
Manhattan Project veterans recall their reactions to the explosion. For example, chemist Lilli Hornig describes the mushroom cloud: “I remember these boiling clouds and vivid colors like violet, purple, orange, yellow, red, just everything. It was fantastic. We were all shaken up.”

For more on the Trinity Test, visit Veterans Remember the Trinity Test, Trinity Test Eyewitnesses and

Pongratz Appointed To Representative Council On RCLC

on July 12, 2018 - 4:11pm

Los Alamos County Councilor Morrie Pongratz is the newly appointed Council representative to the RCLC Board. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Chris Chandler said Tuesday she is sorry to be leaving her position as County representative to the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board.

Councilor Morrie Pongratz was recently appointed by Council Chair David Izraelevitz and will represent the Council for the remainder of 2018. Izraelevitz said Chandler has been instrumental in the

Road Work Resumes Between Truck Route And ‘Y’

on July 12, 2018 - 4:09pm


Paving work will resume Friday, July 13, on N.M. 4 between the truck route and the White Rock “Y” interchange with N.M. 502.

This work will result in just one lane open throughout the weekend with a pilot car to escort traffic in both directions from early morning to late afternoon.

Friday commuters may want to consider using the Main Hill Road as the most efficient route to get to and from Los Alamos and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Regarding the project on N.M.

Preserving Los Alamos History At The Archives

on July 12, 2018 - 10:26am

State-of-the-art shelving in the Los Alamos Historical Society Archives and Collections. Courtesy photo

By Stephanie Yeamans
Los Alamos Historical Society

As the community of Los Alamos, a relatively young town in historic New Mexico, grows older, portions of its population are also aging. When retirees downsize or parents pass away, families often wonder what to do with old papers and objects from years gone by. The Los Alamos Historical Society often becomes the repository for those collections.

As caretakers of our community history, the Historical Society has legal and ethical