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Beyond Pluto: The Search For The Edge Of The Solar System Focus Of LANL's Frontiers In Science Lectures

on July 30, 2015 - 10:22am

An image of the IBEX spacecraft. Courtesy/NASA

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow and physicist Herb Funsten will explore the edge of the solar system and anticipate its future as it moves through our galactic neighborhood in a series of three Frontiers in Science lectures.

The first lecure is Aug. 5 in the Duane Smith Auditorium at Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr.

Titled “Beyond Pluto: The Search for the Edge of the Solar System,” the talks focus on the heliosphere — the region of space under the Sun’s influence — that extends far beyond Pluto and forms a

EM’s Los Alamos Site Completes Canyon-Side Cleanup

on July 30, 2015 - 8:59am

A spider excavator extracts mercury-contaminated soil. Courtesy/energy.gov

A waste container is loaded for off-site disposal. Courtesy/energy.gov

DOE News:

The Environmental Management (EM) Los Alamos Field Office has completed the steep canyon-side cleanup of mercury-contaminated soil on DOE property just south of Smith's Marketplace shopping center in Los Alamos.

The project was finished in about five weeks — approximately three weeks ahead of schedule.

NPS And DOE Seek Public Input On Manhattan Project National Historical Park Draft Memo Of Agreement

on July 28, 2015 - 5:32pm

NPS News:

Washington, D.C. -- The National Park Service and the U.S. Department of Energy are inviting the public to review and comment on the Draft Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the National Park Service and the Department of Energy (DOE) that will guide the operation of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

The 2015 National Defense Authorization Act established the Manhattan Project National Historical Park and required the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Energy to create a Memorandum of Agreement for the park by Dec. 19, 2015. 

Once signed, this

Four LANL Projects Are R&D 100 Award Finalists

on July 27, 2015 - 11:19am

A team uses the PipeLIBS tool, which can quickly assess the condition of a pipe. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Finalists include X-ray imaging, pipe corrosion, data handling and damage-detection software

Four Los Alamos National Laboratory projects have been selected as finalists for the 2015 R&D 100 awards, which honor the top 100 proven technological advances of the past year as determined by a panel selected by R&D Magazine.

The Los Alamos finalists are:

  • LARS: Lab-scale Asynchronous Radiographic System;
  • PipeLIBS: A Self-Contained Elemental Analysis Tool for the Oil Industry;
  • MDHIM:

Research Promising For Bomb Proof Planes

on July 27, 2015 - 10:13am

Dr. Andy Tyas is leading the research on a bomb-proof lining developed by an international team of scientists. Courtesy photo

SECURITY News:

A bomb-proof lining developed by an international team of scientists, including academics from the University of Sheffield, has successfully contained blasts in a series of controlled explosions in the luggage hold of a Boeing 747 and an Airbus 321.

The Fly-Bag, which lines an aircraft’s luggage hold with multiple layers of novel fabrics and composites, was tested under increasing explosive charges on disused planes last week at Cotswolds Airport.

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Final Week Of Summer Reading Challenge

on July 26, 2015 - 4:56pm

LAPS News:

On June 20, the Los Alamos School Board announced additional student incentives to help address the “summer slide” in reading skills.

This is the final week for participation.

The idea began at an Aspen Elementary School kickoff when Gov. Susana Martinez announced a statewide reading challenge encouraging students to read more books over the summer break. 

Reading is the foundation for learning and when students read well, they are better positioned to succeed academically, in the workplace, and in life. 

Los Alamos Public Schools, Los Alamos County, Los Alamos Commerce and

SFI: An Exploration Of Beauty And Madness Aug. 5

on July 26, 2015 - 8:28am
SFI News:
 
A singular conversation between artist James Drake and incoming SFI President David Krakauer will unfold Aug. 5 in Santa Fe in conjunction with the first public reading from SFI Trustee Cormac McCarthy’s new novel The Passenger.
 
During the free event sponsored by the Lannan Foundation, guests will be treated to an exploration of beauty and madness at the intersections of drawing, reading, and counting by Santa Fe luminaries from the arts and sciences.
 
Krakauer, an evolutionary biologist, will converse with Drake, a visual artist most recently celebrated for his 1,242

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