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Wallace: Plutonium Decision Big Vote Of Confidence For Los Alamos National Laboratory

on May 11, 2018 - 1:52pm
LANL Director Dr. Terry Wallace
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Dr. Terry Wallace told Lab staff today in an internal memo obtained by the Los Alamos Daily Post that the National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) has given the Lab “a big vote of confidence”.

“They are investing an additional $3 billion in new mission space, which includes people, infrastructure and equipment.

LANL: Levitation Yields Better Neutron-lifetime Measurement ... At Last, Potential Corrections Are Not Larger Than Uncertainties

on May 10, 2018 - 3:45pm

Trapping ultracold neutrons and measuring their lifespans has been a successful project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory accelerator center, LANSCE. Here, part of the magnet array is shown, with the vacuum vessel end cap removed for magnetic field mapping, performed by Tennessee Technological University physics student Keegan Hoffman. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Being repulsive can have its advantages.

LANL, University Of Nebraska Partner For Biodefense

on May 8, 2018 - 5:11pm

From left, Ken Bayles, Ph.D., of UNMC; Mark Riley, Ph.D., of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and Harshini Mukundan, Ph.D., of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

A partnership involving the University of Nebraska and Los Alamos National Laboratory will boost educational opportunities for students seeking careers in the biodefense field.

“You can develop solutions through partnerships. You can accomplish much more as a whole than by working alone,” said Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist and partnership coordinator Harshini Mukundan, Ph.D.

The partnership

Alzheimer’s Researchers To Convene In Albuquerque

on May 8, 2018 - 8:54am

Brain inflammation from Alzheimer’s Disease. Courtesy/NIH, National Institute on Aging

New Mexico Consortium News:

More than 50 New Mexico researchers specializing in Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias will meet Wednesday in Albuquerque to discuss current research efforts and progress, as well as funding opportunities for continued research.

In order to promote collaborative research across the state, this workshop will bring together stakeholders from government, academia, industry, non-profit organizations, patient organizations and regulatory agencies to address challenges

AGU: Fresh Results From NASA’s Galileo Spacecraft 20 Years On

on May 3, 2018 - 7:16am
This image of Ganymede, one of Jupiter’s moons and the largest moon in our solar system, was taken by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft. Courtesy/NASA
AGU News:
Far across the solar system, from where Earth appears merely as a pale blue dot, NASA’s Galileo spacecraft spent eight years orbiting Jupiter.
During that time, the hearty spacecraft — slightly larger than a full-grown giraffe — sent back spates of discoveries on the gas giant’s moons, including the observation of a magnetic environment around Ganymede that was distinct from Jupiter’s own magnetic field.

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Board Hears Public Comment On Joint Services Agreement

on May 2, 2018 - 11:56am
Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board members hear public comments during their April 27 meeting in Espanola. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities board members meeting in Espanola Friday agreed on a new Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) to be distributed to Coalition communities for their review including a last minute change proposed by Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Christine Chandler.

The change related to the Coalition’s advocacy of “long-term, stable funding for LANL

Phi Beta Kappa Honors 42 Los Alamos High School Students At Banquet May 20

on May 1, 2018 - 8:51am

Dr. Jennifer Hollingsworth. Courtesy photo
Phi Beta Kappa

 On Sunday evening, May 20, the Los Alamos Phi Beta Kappa Association will hold its 62nd annual banquet to honor the top graduates of Los Alamos High School.

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest undergraduate honor society in the United States and has about 250 members in Los Alamos County (2% of the county’s adult population).

The banquet for the honor graduates, Phi Beta Kappa Members and their guests starts at 5:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos and is catered by Secret City Kitchen.

The Class of 2018

Celebrate ‘May The Fourth’ At PEEC With Special Sci-Fi Planetarium Show

on April 30, 2018 - 2:59pm

Join Rick Wallace to explore how alien life could look on other planets and how likely it is to discover creatures of Star Wars and other popular science-fiction films. The show is 7 p.m. Friday, May 4 in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium. May the Fourth be with you! Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Celebrate May the Fourth in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium. At this special show, Rick Wallace will explore what scientists predict alien life could look like on other planets and, if life exists beyond earth, how likely it is to see the creatures of Star Wars and other popular science

LANL: 28th Annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge Winners

on April 28, 2018 - 1:53pm
LANL News:
Jen Marie Phifer and Forest Good of Los Lunas High School won top honors Tuesday at the 28th Annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge held at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Their project, “What’s Missing?” looks at a way to create a systematized method for finding missing pieces of data. The project has implications for the fields of accounting, logistics, and cybersecurity.
Second place went to Lillian Petersen of Los Alamos High School for her project, “Predicting Food Shortages in Africa from Satellite Imagery.” She created a tool to predict crop yields so that

Bandelier Announces Bird Of The Month For May

on April 28, 2018 - 1:52pm

The bird of the month for May is the Yellow-rumped warbler. Photo by Ranger Sally King/NPS


The bird of the month for May is the Yellow-rumped warbler. These small birds are known for their yellow rump that can be seen as they fly away. There are two subspecies included in this designation, one is the Myrtle with a white throat and typically seen in the east. The other is the Audubon’s, which has a yellow throat and is typically seen in the west. Keep an eye on the Bandelier Facebook page for pictures and more information about this bird.

Bandelier is celebrating the Year of

Los Lunas High School Students Take Top Award In 28th Annual Supercomputing Challenge

on April 28, 2018 - 5:24am
Jen Marie Phifer and Forest Good win top honors.  Teams from Los Alamos High School take second and third place awards. Courtesy photo
LANL News:
Jen Marie Phifer and Forest Good of Los Lunas High School won top honors Tuesday at the 28th Annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge held at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  
Their project, “What’s Missing?” looks at a way to create a systematized method for finding missing pieces of data. The project has implications for the fields of accounting, logistics, and cybersecurity.
Second place went to Lillian Petersen of Los Alamos

Story Of The Stars: Native American Science Night

on April 28, 2018 - 3:57am

Los Alamos High School Student Lillian Petersen To Present Research In Washington, D.C. May 2

on April 27, 2018 - 8:21am
LAHS sophomore Lillian Petersen is invited to present her research May 2 in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge, LANL


Los Alamos High School sophomore Lillian Petersen was invited to present her research at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, D.C.

Petersen will present an institution-wide seminar Wednesday, May 2, titled “Predicting Food Shortages in Africa from Satellite Imagery”. It will be viewable by live web broadcast at 10:30 a.m. MST Wednesday. 

Petersen developed software to predict crop production in Africa

Bradbury Science Museum Celebrates 25th Anniversary!

on April 26, 2018 - 3:16pm

The Bradbury Science Museum in downtown Los Alamos celebrated its 25th Anniversary Wednesday and BSM Director Linda Deck received a Letter of Recognition from Manhattan Project National Historical Park officials and Site Manager Ranger Charlie Strickfaden at the event. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

BSM Educator Mel Strong stands in front of a photo of Ian Aeby, inventor of modern day Pinocchio during the demonstration. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

BSM Director Linda Deck speaks to crowd during the 25th anniversary celebration at the museum. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

Staff Report


NNSA Awards $7 Million Cooperative Agreement To University Of Texas At Austin

on April 26, 2018 - 2:40pm
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has designated a new Center of Excellence at the University of Texas at Austin as part of the Stewardship Science Academic Alliances (SSAA) Program. 
“These grants ensure a pipeline of world-class scientists trained in areas of relevance to our stockpile stewardship mission,” said Dr. Kathleen Alexander, Assistant Deputy Administrator for Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation in NNSA’s Office of Defense Programs. 
The University of Texas at Austin Center for

AGU: Winter Wave Heights, Extreme Storms On The Rise In Western Europe

on April 26, 2018 - 2:33pm
Waves crashing onto Chesil Beach in Dorset during the winter of 2013/14. Courtesy/Tim Poate, University of Plymouth
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Average winter wave heights along the Atlantic coast of Western Europe have been rising for almost seven decades, according to new research.
The coastlines of Scotland and Ireland have seen the largest increases, with the average height of winter waves more than 10 millimeters (more than 0.4 inches) per year higher than in 1948. That is more than more than 0.7 meters (2.3 feet) in total.
That has also led to increased wave heights

NIST Team Shows Tiny Frequency Combs Are Reliable Measurement Tools

on April 25, 2018 - 2:53pm

Composite photo of the test bed for NIST’s chip-based optical frequency synthesizer. A key component, NIST’s frequency comb on a chip, is mounted in the set-up on the lower left. A sample output of the programmable synthesizer, an optical frequency spectrum, is shown at middle-right. The synthesizer components provide for further integration into easily portable packages. Photo by Burrus/NIST

NIST News:

In an advance that could shrink many measurement technologies, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and partners have demonstrated the first miniaturized

Scenes From 28th Annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge Awards Ceremony

on April 24, 2018 - 4:13pm

Scene from the 28th Annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge Awards Ceremony this morning at the Los Alamos Church of Christ at 2323 Diamond Dr. More than 30 awards and recognitions were presented to high school students at the event. Also, more than $18,000 in scholarships was awarded along with some $5,000 in cash given to participants during an action-packed computer random drawing. Photo by John McHale/

Los Alamos High School student Lillian Petersen receives the Community Impact Award for her project, Predicting Food Shortages in Africa from Satellite Imagery from

Museum’s Monthly First Friday Celebrates ‘Star Wars’ And Da Vinci’s Military Inventions May 4

on April 24, 2018 - 8:06am
Aerial Screw conceptual model of drawing by Leonardo da Vinci. Courtesy/Grande Exhibitions
Flapping Wing conceptual model of drawing by Leonardo da Vinci. Courtesy/Grande Exhibitions
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science’s next First Friday event jointly celebrates the launch of the next Mars landing mission and “Star Wars” day.
(May the 4th be with you!) During May 4th’s First Friday, patrons will be able to learn about and imagine space exploration and defense.

Registration Opens For New Mexico Museum Of Natural History & Sciences Summer Camps For Children

on April 23, 2018 - 12:50pm
Students examine display at New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. Photo by Caitlin Jenkins
ALBUQUERQUE  Registration is now open for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Sciences summer camp programs. The camps are for grades K-5 as indicated.
Kindergarteners must have experiences in full-day classes before attending. 
  • Young Explores Camp: Wild Weather & Curious Climatology, June 18-22 (9 a.m.- 4 p.m.) – Become a meteorologist for a week - adventure through lightning, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and winter storms. K-2 & 3-5 sections;
  • Da Vinci –

LANL Officials Present Lessons Learned On Remediated And Unremediated Salts To NNMCAB

on April 23, 2018 - 11:28am
Los Alamos National Laboratory Associate Director for Environmental Management (EM) Randy Erickson, left, and Deputy Associate Director for EM Dave Funk, center, chat with Doug Hintze, manager of the EM Los Alamos Field Office following the April 18 meeting of the Northern New Mexico Citizens Advisory Board subcommittes in Pojoaque. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Lessons learned during the treatment of remediated and unremediated nitrate salts at Los Alamos National Laboratory were shared April 18 by LANL Associate

LANL: New High-resolution Exascale Earth-modeling System Announced For Energy

on April 23, 2018 - 10:16am

The high-resolution E3SM earth system model simulates the strongest storms with surface winds exceeding 150 mph—hurricanes that leave cold wakes that are 2 to 4 degrees Celsius cooler than their surroundings. This simulation from E3SM represents how sea surface temperature changes evolve as a hurricane (seen here approaching the U.S. East Coast) moves across the Atlantic and how the resultant cold wake affects subsequent intensification of the next hurricane. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Supercomputing advances will improve analysis of Earth system variability and energy sector needs

A new

NNMCAB Discusses Recommendations For DOE On Energy Communities Alliance Waste Disposition Report

on April 23, 2018 - 9:18am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board combined committee members meeting in Pojoaque April 18 discussed their proposed recommendations to the Department of Energy on the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) report on waste disposition to the Department of Energy (DOE).

NNMCAB member Dr. Stanley Riveles confirmed Sunday that he drafted the recommendations on the ECA repost, “Waste Management: A New Approach to DOE’s Waste Management Must Be Pursued” at the request of a NNMCAB subcommittee.

Sheehey: Science And Politics

on April 19, 2018 - 1:58pm

Candidate for House Dist. 43

I am an applied physicist retired from LANL. As District 43’s State Representative, I will work on many issues with a scientific dimension: environmental preservation, renewable energy, economic development, STEM education, health care; tax reform also has complex data sets to analyze. I was honored this Monday to receive the endorsement of the state Sierra Club, an organization that works to preserve the environment with respect for science.

I am an activist because I feel strongly that our future depends upon our actions today, especially on

LANL’s Ian Tregillis: Master Of Alternate Worlds

on April 19, 2018 - 1:43pm

Ian Tregillis is physicist by day and novelist at night. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Laboratory physicist Ian Tregillis, of the Plasma Theory and Applications group, spends his work days on physics validation of the models in simulation codes. Nights and weekends, he invents his own.

Tregillis writes category-bending science-fiction/fantasy novels. His Milkweed Triptych series veers into alternate World War II history, with magic and superhumans.