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National Ignition Facility Fires 300th Laser Target Shot Of Fiscal Year 2015

on August 20, 2015 - 11:43am
NIF News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Last week, the National Ignition Facility (NIF) fired its 300th laser target shot in fiscal year (FY) 2015, meeting the year’s goal more than six weeks early.
In comparison, the facility completed 191 target shots in FY 2014. Located at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), the NIF is the world’s most energetic laser.
Increasing the shot rate has been a top priority for the Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) Program and in particular the NIF team at LLNL.

New Mexico Consortium Hosts 7th Anniversary Party

on August 20, 2015 - 7:26am
The New Mexico Consortium hosts a party Tuesday evening at the Los Alamos Golf Course Community Building to honor recently retired Director Katharine Chartrand, right, speaking with Michelle Hurd, and celebrate the Consortium’s seventh anniversary. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
New Director Steve Buelow speaks with Robert and Claire Sanders at Tuesday's event. ‘I am very excited to become director of the New Mexico Consortium. It’s a great organization that has much to contribute,’ Buelow said. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
New Director Steve Buelow speaks with Dist.

LANL Scientist Cirigliano On Matter Over Antimatter

on August 19, 2015 - 8:33am

Vincenzo Cirigliano

LANL News:

Vincenzo Cirigliano of Los Alamos National Laboratory's Nuclear and Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology group discusses "matter over antimatter" in this month's Science on Tap presentation.

Cirigliano's talk is 5:30 p.m., Thursday at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos.

There is ample parking in Central Park Square.

Science on Tap is a project of the Los Alamos Creative District. Discussions take place every Thursday evening at various locations and feature discussions on science, nature, history and art.

The Bradbury Science

DOE Selects LANS For Carbon Storage Research

on August 18, 2015 - 1:12pm

This figure illustrates the geologic storage process and the different research efforts underway including tools designed to measure CO2 and its effects in the subsurface, the near-surface region, and the atmosphere. Data analyzed through acquisition of information from these tools may also be used to optimize injection operations, sweep efficiency, and identify possible unwanted CO2 migration pathways. Courtesy/DOE

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WIPP: Radiological Contamination Mitigation Continues

on August 17, 2015 - 3:02pm
WIPP News:
Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP) personnel will complete the installation of the brattice cloth and salt barrier tthis week on a 570-foot section of floor in the WIPP underground.
The installation process includes rolling the brattice cloth out to cover the entire surface area of the floor and securing it to the ribs (walls) and in the center of the drift (access tunnel). Once the cloth is in place, it is covered with six to eight inches of mined salt to create a walking/driving surface.
This ensures radiological contamination is trapped under the

LANL: Young, Jupiter-like Planet Discovered

on August 16, 2015 - 9:13am

Jupiter-like planet. Couresy/LANL

LANL News:

A team of researchers has discovered a Jupiter-like planet within a young system that could provide a new understanding of how planets formed around the sun.

The new planet, called 51 Eridani b, is the first exoplanet discovered by the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI), a new instrument operated by an international collaboration headed by Bruce Macintosh, a professor of physics in the Kavli Institute at Stanford University.

Acting EM Manager Christine Gelles Blazes New Trail

on August 15, 2015 - 2:15pm
Acting Manager Christine Gelles of the EM field office in Los Alamos at Wednesday's ETEBA meeting in Santa Fe. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/

Christine Gelles will not forget Valentine’s Day, Feb.14, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

“I had already had a really bad restaurant experience that day and then all of these reports came in,” she recalled 16 months later. “Life has been strange since then,”

That was the evening a barrel of plutonium waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory erupted at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the underground