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NNSA Releases Stockpile Stewardship & Mgmt. Plan

on March 19, 2015 - 10:38am

NNSA Administrator (Ret.) Gen. Frank G. Klotz

NNSA News:

  • Annual Report Provides Insight into Vital National Security Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has released its Fiscal Year 2016 Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan (SSMP).

The FY16 SSMP documents NNSA’s 25-year strategic plan for accomplishing its core stockpile stewardship mission area of maintaining the safety, security and effectiveness of the nuclear stockpile without nuclear testing.

DOE: Eleven Tribal Communities Receiving $6 Million To Accelerate Implementation Of Renewable Energy

on March 19, 2015 - 8:13am
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. ― The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that 11 tribal communities will receive nearly $6 million to accelerate the implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies on tribal lands.
 
As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to partner with Tribal Nations, these projects provide Indian Tribes and Alaska Native villages clean energy options that will reduce fossil fuel use and save money. With tribal renewable energy resources comprising approximately five percent of all U.S.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Creates Bioinformatics Tool For Metagenome Analysis

on March 18, 2015 - 10:25am

Many molecular biology studies begin with purified DNA and RNA extracted from the soil and other complex environments such as the human gut. Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a new method for DNA analysis of these microbial communities.Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • ‘GOTTCHA’ tool could aid ID of co-infections in medical samples

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a new method for DNA analysis of microbial communities such as those found in the ocean, the soil, and our own guts.

“Metagenomics is the study of entire microbial communities using

United Way Holds Annual Meeting, Elects Officers

on March 18, 2015 - 8:33am

Newly elected President Stephen Boerigter of the United Way of Northern New Mexico Board of Directors addresses representatives from area nonprofit organizations at Tuesday evening's annual meeting at UNM-LA. Through this year's annual fundraising campaign, United Way has $586,458 for 2015 Community Action Fund giving to nonprofits. The partnership between United Way and Los Alamos National Laboratory enhances the quality of life for residents in Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties.

Science On Tap: Engineering Microalgae For Biofuel Production

on March 18, 2015 - 8:19am

LACD News:

The Los Alamos Creative District will present the next installment of its On Tap series at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19 at UnQuarked – The Wine Room, 145 Central.

The Bradbury Science Museum hosts this week’s brief presentation and interactive discussion will follow.

Concerns about high-energy prices, finite fossil fuel reserves, rising atmospheric CO2 levels, and energy security have put focus on microalgae as a renewable domestic fuel source. The optimization of microalgae for biomass and lipid production in a biofuel production pond environment would be highly desirable.

UPTE Invites Community To De-Privatization Public Forum

on March 17, 2015 - 10:35am

UPTE News:

UPTE invites the community to attend a De-Privatization Public Forum 4-6 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 25 at the Comfort Inn, 2255 Trinity Dr, in Los Alamos.

LANL’s contract will soon be put out for bid and we must get involved to help decide who our next employer should be. Do you want the Labs ran by a for profit group? Or De-Privatized and put back in the hands of a university.

 

What are your concerns?

Benefits? Pension? Scientific integrity and progress? Health and Safety?  

We want to know!

Presentations and Q/A with Jeff Colvin, Scientist at Lawrence Livermore

Los Alamos National Laboratory Offers New Insights Into Radiation Damage Evolution

on March 16, 2015 - 11:04am

Researchers at Los Alamos are studying complex materials issues, in this case the defects deep inside certain types of cubic metals. This image shows a reaction between two "stacking fault tetrahedra," a perfect SFT containing 15 vacancies and a defective SFT containing 13 vacancies. As the smaller SFT migrates through the material, (frames a and b), it eventually encounters the larger SFT (frame c), reacting with it to form a larger, perfect SFT containing 28 vacancies. The time for this reaction to occur at 700 degrees K is 237.64 nanoseconds. Courtesy/LANL

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