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New Research Reveals Europa's Mystery Dark Material Could Be Sea Salt

on May 27, 2015 - 3:30pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.  New laboratory experiments suggest the dark material coating some geological features of Jupiter's moon Europa is likely sea salt from a subsurface ocean, discolored by exposure to radiation.
The presence of sea salt on Europa's surface suggests the ocean is interacting with its rocky seaflooran important consideration in determining whether the icy moon could support life.
The new study has been accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, and is available online.
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DOE's Better Buildings Challenge Saves $840 Million

on May 27, 2015 - 3:11pm
DOE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  As part of the Administration’s effort to advance energy efficiency and combat the harmful effects of climate change, Better Buildings Challenge partners have cut energy waste by 94 BTUs since President Obama first launched the challenge in 2011.
The energy savings announced today have saved partners a total of $840 million dollars in energy costs and avoided 6 million tons of harmful carbon emissions, equivalent to cutting the emissions of 1 million cars.
To continue this progress, the Energy Department is expanding the Better Buildings Challenge to

Armenia Secures Dangerous Radioactive Sources In Cooperation With NNSA

on May 27, 2015 - 10:03am

NSA News:

YEREVAN, Armenia – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) joined the Republic of Armenia today to announce the safe and secure removal of three unused radioactive sources from two locations in Yerevan, Armenia.

The successful completion of the radioactive source recovery campaign was conducted by the Armenia Nuclear Regulatory Authority (ANRA).

Since 2002, the NNSA’s Radiological Security Program has committed over two million dollars to Armenia in support of radiological security projects.

Roger Snodgrass Joins Los Alamos Daily Post

on May 27, 2015 - 9:25am

Roger Snodgrass

Staff Report

Esteemed science writer Roger Snodgrass has joined the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Snodgrass has a unique body of site-specific knowledge and experience related to Los Alamos National Laboratory. Since 2001, he has made a specialty of researching, synthesizing and writing complex scientific, topical and historical newspaper stories about LANL for the general public and targeted readers.

“We are so pleased to have Roger join the Los Alamos Daily Post news team.

Mars Rover’s ChemCam Instrument Gets Sharper Vision

on May 27, 2015 - 8:46am

Yellowjacket is the first rock targeted by the NASA Mars Rover’s ChemCam device after checkout of the auto-focus repair. It is a layered sedimentary rock. The laser analysis yielded a composition very close to that of Mars soil and unlike the lakebed sedimentary compositions observed at lower elevations and earlier in the mission. The soil-like composition may indicate that these rocks formed from sediment transported by wind, rather than by water. The ChemCam image also shows millimeter-size spherules of unknown origin, not seen in most earlier sedimentary rocks.

WIPP: Work Begins On Interim Ventilation System

on May 26, 2015 - 3:59pm
WIPP News:
Recovery operations at the WIPP facility continue to move forward with work beginning on installation of the interim ventilation system.
This system will increase the overall amount of airflow in the underground facility from the 60,000 cubic feet per minute (CFM) available under the current configuration up to 114,000 CFM. Following the radiological event of February 2014, all air exiting the WIPP underground passes through High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters prior to being released into the environment.
As a result, the amount of air that can be used to

LAHS Junior EliseAnne Koskelo Receives Prestigious Awards For Work In Art, Design And Science

on May 26, 2015 - 7:40am

LAHS student EliseAnne Koskelo wearing the medal she received from the YoungArts Foundation. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

EliseAnne Koskelo, a junior at Los Alamos High School, is the recipient of several prestigious awards for her work in art, design and science. 

In December of 2014, Koskelo was awarded a Merit designation from the National Young Arts Foundation for her work. Koskelo's portfolio was chosen from more that 11,000 applications from across the United States.

As one of 700 winners of this award, she travelled to New York City earlier this month to attend master classes in her