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'Comb on a Chip' Powers New NIST/Caltech Atomic Clock Design

on July 30, 2014 - 8:11am

NIST physicists Scott Diddams, left, and Scott Papp with a prototype atomic clock based on a chip-scale frequency comb. Courtesy/ NIST

NIST News:

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have demonstrated a new design for an atomic clock that is based on a chip-scale frequency comb, or a microcomb.

The microcomb clock, featured on the cover of the inaugural issue of the new journal Optica, is the first demonstration of all-optical control of the microcomb, and its accurate conversion of optical frequencies

Entry to WIPP Underground Facility Resumed

on July 30, 2014 - 8:01am

WIPP News:

Entries into the WIPP underground facility have resumed after being suspended for several weeks while workers changed air filters on the WIPP Ventilation System.

The Accident Investigation Board (AIB) has completed their examination in most of the underground facility. However, Room 7 Panel 7 will be inaccessible to recovery workers until the AIB investigation is completed.

Employees entered the underground facility July 18 to conduct radiological surveys and evaluate ground control conditions to ensure the continued safety of future entry teams.

Locals View Los Alamos Through Hollywood Lens at Sunday Night's 'Manhattan' Premiere

on July 29, 2014 - 11:29am

Local scientists and historians including Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan, right, got a good laugh at some of the artistic license taken in the production of  'Manhattan' during Sunday's premiere. They said they had been expecting the variences from reality because producers had made it clear that the series was not intended to be true to life. By Carol A. Clark/

Discussion between local scientists, residents and members of the Los Alamos Historical Society followed Sunday's premiere of 'Manhattan' at Time Out Pizzeria. Photo by Carol A.

SFI: David Storch on General Patterns in Ecology, Invariance & Universality in Macroecology

on July 29, 2014 - 10:14am

David Storch, Center for Theoretical Study

SFI News:

David Storch will speak at 12:15 p.m. today, July 29 in the Noyce Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute.

Abstract: Looking for invariances proved to be very successful way of scientific inquiry, especially in physics. In ecology, little effort has been devoted to systematic exploration of invariances or to using invariances as a criterion to reveal generality of the patterns.

LANL Student Symposium 2014: 'Championing Scientific Careers' @ UNM-LA Aug. 5

on July 29, 2014 - 9:50am

LANL News:

The 14th Annual Los Alamos National Laboratory Student Symposium, "Championing Scientific Careers," will be held for the public 9 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m., Aug. 5 at UNM-LA. 

The Symposium provides an opportunity for students to present their extensive research. The intent of the Symposium is to broaden students' expertise and prepare them for careers in science and nontechnical fields. This is an excellent forum for students to network and make professional contacts.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Student Programs Office welcomes all community members to attend and support the

MSHA Issues 52 Citations At WIPP

on July 29, 2014 - 7:54am

WIPP News:

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) recently inspected the WIPP facility. Since underground access was not available at the time of the visit, inspectors focused on the surface facilities.

Following their inspection, MSHA issued 52 citations for various conditions including general workplace tidiness, exposed electrical wiring and missing safety guards on equipment.

Currently, 49 of the citations have been addressed and corrective actions completed. A list of citations and dispositions can be found at here.

The three outstanding citations are related to missing

Crowd Joins Los Alamos Historical Society At Time Out Pizzeria For Premiere of 'Manhattan'

on July 27, 2014 - 3:08pm

The private dining room at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Avenue is filling up with community members prepared to watch the premiere of Manhattan this evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The main dining area also is filling up for the big event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Heather McClenahan, executive director of the Los Alamos Historical Society reminds the crowd that the producers have said repeatedly of this series, 'This is fiction.' Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report:

Tonight starts the television series premiere of “Manhattan” on WGN