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SFI Post Doc/Paraclimber Christa Brelsford Gives Back

on October 24, 2014 - 10:59am
Christa Brelsford exemplifies 'Service Above Self.' Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Rotary’s motto is “service above self” and Christa Brelsford, the speaker at Rotary Club of Los Alamos’ meeting Tuesday, exemplifies this motto.

The Santa Fe Institute Post Doctorate and champion rock climber lost her right leg when a building collapsed on her during the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. In response, Breslford started Christa’s Angels, an initiative to support the friends and colleagues she worked alongside in Haiti.

Japanese And German Media Visit Los Alamos

on October 24, 2014 - 10:03am

Los Alamos Historical Museum. Courtesy/LAHS

LA HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:

Nearly 70 years after the end of World War II, the former enemies of the United States are interested to learn how the community that played a significant role in ending the war portrays its own history.

This week, a reporter from the Chugoku Shimbun, a newspaper in Hiroshima, and a German documentary film crew both visited the Los Alamos Historical Museum.

“They both had thoughtful and even challenging questions,” said Heather McClenahan, executive director of the Historical Society.

WIPP Ventilation Fan Restarted

on October 24, 2014 - 7:54am

WIPP News:

Tuesday evening, workers at WIPP successfully restarted the 860A fan that is part of the mine ventilation and filtration system currently operating at the site.

The 860A fan was started Feb. 14, when continuous air monitors (CAM) in the WIPP underground facility detected elevated levels of radioactive contamination and shifted the underground ventilation system into filtration mode, forcing all air exiting the facility through High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters. The WIPP underground facility has remained in filtration mode since the event occurred.

The 860A fan ran

Letter to the Editor: Enjoy WGN's 'Manhattan' But Don't Believe A Word Of It

on October 24, 2014 - 7:30am
By ALAN HACK
Los Alamos

With the finish of this year's episodes of "Manhattan" I have a few comments.

There was indeed friction between the Army and civilians involving cutting down trees and other issues. But when the story gets to the scientific and technical issues almost everything shown is wrong.

A key issue was the need to develop an implosion system when reactor generated Pu proved to have too much spontaneous fission to be used in a gun type assembly.

Venture Acceleration Fund Wins National Entrepreneurship Award

on October 23, 2014 - 9:12am
RDC News:
 

The Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF) created by Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) and administered by the Regional Development Corporation received the 2014 entrepreneurship award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The award was presented at IEDC's annual conference this week in Fort Worth, Texas.

 

The IEDC annually recognizes the world's best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials and most influential leaders. The VAF program was one of 34 recognized by the IEDC.

LANL: Novel Rocket Design Flight Tested

on October 23, 2014 - 9:06am

Screenshot/Laboratory's YouTube Channel

Screenshot/Laboratory's YouTube Channel

LANL News:

  • New Rocket Propellant and Motor Design Offers High Performance and Safety

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists recently flight tested a new rocket design that includes a high-energy fuel and a motor design that also delivers a high degree of safety.

"What we're trying to do is break the performance versus sensitivity curve, and make a rocket that's both very high-energy, as well as very safe," said Bryce Tappan, an energetic materials chemist at the Laboratory.

SFI Colloquium: The History of the Universe ...

on October 23, 2014 - 8:09am

John Mather

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will host a colloquium titled “The History of the Universe: How We Got Here and Where We Are Going” by John Mather of NASA at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 in the Noyce Conference Room at SFI, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe. The SFI host is David Pines.

Abstract. The history of the universe in a nutshell, from the Big Bang to now, and on to the future – John Mather will tell the story of how we got here, how the Universe began with a Big Bang, how it could have produced an Earth where sentient beings can live, and how those beings are discovering

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