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29th Annual Supercomputing Challenge Concludes With Award Ceremony Tuesday April 30

on April 23, 2019 - 6:40pm

Supercomputing Challenge News:
  • New Mexico Middle and High School Students Compete for Scholarships and Awards

The 29th annual Supercomputing Challenge concludes with a festive Award Ceremony 9 a.m. to noon, April 30, at Smith-Brasher Hall on the campus of Central New Mexico Community College.

The competition for scholarships and awards showcases the school year-long research projects of budding scientists and engineers throughout the state of New Mexico.

Date Pending For Full Closure Of East Jemez Road

on April 23, 2019 - 9:26am

NNSA News:

Dates are pending for a weekend closure of East Jemez Road near the entrance of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

Plans were to begin construction Friday, April 26. The new start date will be announced prior to construction.

The lane closures are necessary to allow workers to replace a main water line, which requires open trenching across East Jemez Road, between the Omega Bridge and LANL entrance.

Construction activities will include cutting of the roadway, excavation of trench, placement of the waterline pipe steel casings, welding of casings, followed by backfill and

LANL: Scientists Create First Billion-Atom Biomolecular Simulation Of Entire Gene Of DNA

on April 23, 2019 - 9:24am
A Los Alamos-led team created the largest simulation to date of an entire gene of DNA, a feat that required one billion atoms to model. Courtesy photo
LANL News:
Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have created the largest simulation to date of an entire gene of DNA, a feat that required one billion atoms to model and will help researchers to better understand and develop cures for diseases like cancer.
“It is important to understand DNA at this level of detail because we want to understand precisely how genes turn on and off,” said Karissa Sanbonmatsu, a structural

Robinson: A Glimpse Behind The Fence...

on April 20, 2019 - 9:36am
Los Alamos County Councilor
If Robert Oppenheimer suddenly appeared at your home or college campus and asked you to go work on a project that he could not tell you about in a place that he could not elaborate, would you?
Recently, that question was asked of myself, Councilor Sara Scott, Councilor Randall Ryti and other fellow tourist as we had the wonderful opportunity to peek into some of the wonderful attractions that are part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, or MPNHP for short.
Our tour began at the Bradbury Science Museum.

LANL: Waste Shipment Successfully Completed At WIPP

on April 19, 2019 - 12:14pm
Transuranic waste barrels are loaded for transport to WIPP, the first TRU waste loading operations in five years at the Laboratory's RANT facility. Courtesy/LANL
Transuranic Package Transporter Model 2 (TRUPACT-II) containers are readied for transport to WIPP from the Laboratory's RANT facility April 10. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
The first shipment of Transuranic (TRU) waste from the newly reopened Radioactive Assay Nondestructive Testing (RANT) facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been successfully delivered to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad.

LANL: Data Mining Digs Up Hidden Clues To Major California Earthquake Triggers

on April 18, 2019 - 3:58pm

A historic image of quake damage in Long Beach, Calif., 1933. COurtesy/W.L. Huber, USGS. Public domain


LANL News:


A powerful computational study of southern California seismic records has revealed detailed information about a plethora of previously undetected small earthquakes, giving a more precise picture about stress in the earth’s crust.


A new publicly available catalog of these findings will help seismologists better understand the stresses triggering the larger earthquakes that occasionally rock the region. 


“It’s very difficult to unpack what triggers larger

Farewell To Los Alamos Historical Society Retiring Executive Director Heather McClenahan

on April 18, 2019 - 10:10am

Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan bids farewell Monday to Oppie and Groves. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan will retire from full-time museum work April 26. She became executive director in May 2011, following the retirement of Hedy Dunn.

During an interview Monday with the Los Alamos Daily Post, McClenahan spoke about her most “spectacular day” on the job.

“I remember it well … Nov.

AHF Launches ‘Oak Ridge Innovations’ Program

on April 18, 2019 - 9:50am
Atomic Heritage Foundation News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. “Nuclear medicine, nuclear energy, nuclear weapons. All of that goes back to Oak Ridge,” explains Denise Kiernan, bestselling author of The Girls of Atomic City. Oak Ridge, Tenn. has been a center for nuclear research since General Leslie Groves selected it as the Manhattan Project’s uranium enrichment site in 1942.
Today, Oak Ridge is the home of many leading scientific and engineering research facilities, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).
The Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) has launched a new online interpretive program,

DOE Releases Sources Sought For Environmental Management Idaho Cleanup Project

on April 16, 2019 - 4:38pm
DOE News:
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wednesday issued a Sources Sought for the Environmental Management (EM) Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) - Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Licensing and Other Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) Program Mission Objectives, and Facility Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D) Requirements at the DOE Idaho National Lab (INL) Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) Site in southeast Idaho.
The EM ICP mission objectives are currently being performed by Fluor Idaho, LLC and Spectra Tech Inc.; and expire March 31, 2021 and May 31, 2021,

Manhattan Project NHP Superintendent Attends Friends Of MPNHP Annual Meeting In Los Alamos

on April 15, 2019 - 10:33am

Manhattan Project National Historical Park Superintendent Kris Kirby, back row third from left, traveled from Denver to attend the annual board meeting Thursday of the Friends of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park – Los Alamos. During the meeting, the board elected new officers and board members including, front row from left, Dr. Ben Neal, Shannon C’de Baca and David Jolly. Back row from left, newly elected President Rick Reiss, Heather McClenahan, Kirby, newly elected Vice President Kristin Henderson, Liddie Martinez, re-elected Treasurer Ron Wilkins and board member Carol A.

Teens Take Over The Bradbury Friday Night!

on April 15, 2019 - 8:59am

The Bradbury Science Museum at 1350 Central Ave. Courtesy photo

BSMA Teen Advisory Board News:

The first ever Teen Night is happening at the Bradbury Science Museum, 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 19.

Created by the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) Teen Advisory Board, the event will have free food (catered by Sirphey!), a Bill Nye screening, remote control robots from the local FTC team (the Hawks), trivia and more. All high schoolers are welcome.

The BSMA Teen Advisory Board was created this year by Los Alamos High School junior Eleanor Henderson for her Girl Scout Gold Award project.

Draft Environmental Assessment For LANL Photovoltaic System Available To Public

on April 15, 2019 - 8:21am
LANL News:
In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze the proposed construction and operation of a 10 megawatts (MW) ground-mounted solar photovoltaic system (PV) and associated power transmission line within an existing power transmission line corridor.
The EA also analyzes the No Action Alternative of not constructing the PV.
The proposed PV location is on approximately 55-60 acres of which around 50 acres are within a

LANL: New First-Of-Its-Kind Model Accurately Predicts Harmful Space Weather

on April 14, 2019 - 7:02am
An artist’s rendering of the Van Allen radiation belts surrounding Earth. The purple, concentric shells represent the inner and outer belts. They completely encircle Earth, but have been cut away in this image to show detail. Courtesy/NASA’s Conceptual Image Lab/Walt Feimer
LANL News:
A new, first-of-its-kind space weather model reliably predicts space storms of high-energy particles that are harmful to many satellites and spacecraft orbiting in the Earth’s outer radiation belt.
A paper recently published in the journal Space Weather details how the model can accurately give a

LAPS Renovates One Of Its Leased Spaces

on April 14, 2019 - 6:17am

LAPS recently completed renovations to one of its leased facilities in Building 6 on the UNM-LA campus. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools recently completed renovations to one of its leased facilities in Building 6 on the UNM-LA campus.

This 11,002 square foot space is leased out to the Los Alamos National Laboratory and is one of three facilities LAPS leases to the Lab. The space was vacated during the renovation and LAPS is pleased to be able to return the space to them on time as scheduled.

Renovations include new carpet, freshly painted walls and stained doors, new

Science On Tap With Dr. Sven Vogel April 15

on April 11, 2019 - 10:09pm
Dr. Sven Vogel will discuss the Ram's Horn wire gold specimen and DAHRT capabilities at the Lab at Science On Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 15 at UnQuarked Wine Room. Courtesy photo
Join the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 15 at UnQuarked Wine Room.
This On Tap will feature a conservation conversation with Dr. Sven Vogel about the Ram's Horn wire gold specimen and DAHRT capabilities at the Lab.
Recently, researchers at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) had the unique opportunity to

LANL Scientists Develop New Open-Source Software That Predicts Impacts Of Extreme Events On Grids

on April 11, 2019 - 8:03am
Carleton Coffrin, a computer scientist at LANL, developed the Severe Contingency Solver software to help government agencies better plan for power outages caused by extreme events. The software is now available publicly. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
A new, free, open-source software reliably predicts how damage from hurricanes, ice storms, earthquakes and other extreme events will restrict power delivery from utility grids.
The Severe Contingency Solver for Electric Power Transmission is the only software available—commercially or open-source—that reliably supports analysis of

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Hans Bethe House

on April 10, 2019 - 3:13pm

On the Job in Los Alamos recently is Bathtub Row Press Manager Michelle Stump in the Hans Bethe House, 1350 Bathtub Row, standing before the Noble Prize for Physics awarded in 1995 to Frederick Reines. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/

Scientific Computing In Cloud Gets Down To Earth

on April 9, 2019 - 10:53am

Seismology researchers at LANL have conducted a continent-scale survey for seismic signatures of industrial activity using the Amazon Web Services commercial cloud (AWS), then rapidly downloaded the results without storing raw data or needing a local supercomputer. Courtesy/Google
LANL News:
In a groundbreaking effort, seismology researchers have conducted a continent-scale survey for seismic signatures of industrial activity in the Amazon Web Services commercial cloud (AWS), then rapidly downloaded the results without storing raw data or needing a local supercomputer.
“Using a

Glenn J. Morgan Named President Of Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos (N3B)

on April 9, 2019 - 10:32am

New N3B President/Program Manager Glenn J. Morgan

N3B News:

Glenn J. Morgan has been named president and program manager for Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos (N3B).

N3B manages the 10 year, $1.38 billion Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract for the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Environmental Management, Los Alamos Field Office. N3B is responsible for cleaning up waste sites, and packaging and transporting waste off-site for permanent disposal.

As program manager, Morgan is responsible for the work of more than 600 N3B and subcontractor employees cleaning up legacy waste at Los

Seventy Seven Students Take Field Trip To Visit Bradbury Science Museum Thanks To LANB

on April 5, 2019 - 8:39am
In partnership with the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA), Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) provided the bus transportation last week for 77 students to visit the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

BSMA News:

Students from Okhay Owingeh and Santo Domingo Pueblos lat week participated in a hands-on engineering challenge and explored the Bradbury Science Museum galleries in search of engineered artifacts.

“As the students explored the museum galleries and focus on engineered artifacts, they gain an understanding of how engineers make the world a better

County Approaches Budget Hearings With Optimism

on April 4, 2019 - 1:16pm
Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess
Los Alamos Daily Post

After passing a flat budget in FY2019 and preparing to do the same for FY2020, Los Alamos County received a pleasant surprise: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed SB 11, which states prime contractors operating a laboratory facility in New Mexico are indeed subject to gross receipt taxes (GRT).

This means Triad, which operates Los Alamos National Laboratory, will pay GRT to Los Alamos County.

Sixty Students Visit Bradbury Thanks To Rotary Club

on April 2, 2019 - 9:53am
Students from Amy Beihl Community School during a field trip to the Bradbury Science Museum for which the Los Alamos Rotary Club sponsored the transportation expenses. Courtesy photo
In partnership with the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA), the Los Alamos Rotary Club recently sponsored the transportation expenses for three 5th grade classes from Amy Biehl Community School in Santa Fe to visit the Bradbury Science Museum.
The students divided into three groups and took turns touring downtown Los Alamos, stopping for lunch at Ashley Pond Park and visiting the

Elk Herd Spotted Crossing Truck Route Near TA-53

on April 1, 2019 - 8:29am

A herd of elk are spotted Sunday afternoon crossing the Truck Route near TA-53. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Elk herd spotted Sunday afternoon near TA-53. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Elk herd spotted Sunday afternoon near TA-53. Photo by Trisha Ancell

DOE Awards Contract For Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program To Technical Resources Group

on April 1, 2019 - 7:22am
DOE News:
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the award of a contract to Technical Resources Group, Inc. for support services under the DOE Office of Packaging and Transportation’s TEPP program.
The contractor shall provide support to Federal, State, Tribal and local authorities to prepare for a response to a transportation incident/accident involving DOE shipments of radiological material.
The Contractor conducts reviews of state and federal regulations and standards to identify current requirements and changes in regulations that may impact the

A Recent Passing Reminds Us Of Our Wartime History

on March 29, 2019 - 8:39am

Mary Lou Maloney, Puye Cliff Dwelling. Photo by Mike Michnovicz/ Courtesy of Los Alamos Historical Society Archives

Los Alamos Historical Society

Mary Lou Michnovicz passed away March 9 at her home in Albuquerque. She was 91. Perhaps not many people in Los Alamos today will recognize her name, but at the least they should take note of this passing.

Mary Lou, and her husband, Mike Michnovicz, were among the last of those daring young people who came to an unknown place during the 1940s to join a secret project that ultimately ended World War II.