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Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board Eyes Area G

on January 31, 2016 - 12:53pm

Canisters with profiles similar to the one that erupted at WIPP are kept in LANL's Dome 375 at Area G in a controlled environment under careful surveillance. Courtesy/DOE
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board plans to perform a comprehensive review of emergency preparedness and response programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the next few weeks.

“We’ve been informed by the DNFSB that they’re planning on holding some hearings out here sometime in the March time frame associated with Area G,” said Doug Hintze, Environmental Management

Consortium Led By UC Berkeley Awarded $25M NNSA Grant For Nuclear Science And Security Research

on January 30, 2016 - 8:12pm
DOE News:
WASHINGTON D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced a grant award of $25 million to a University of California, Berkeley-led consortium of eight universities for research and development (R&D) in nuclear science and security. 
This long-term investment will support the consortium at $5 million per year for five years. The grant, awarded for the second time to the Berkeley-led consortium, followed announcement of a funding opportunity issued in May 2015.
The other consortium members include Michigan State University; the University

Café Scientifique Launching Two-Part Series About Mars

on January 28, 2016 - 7:01am
TSCN News:
Café Scientifique, New Mexico’s portion of the Teen Science Café Network, is gearing up for a two-part series of cafés about Mars.
The first café is 7 p.m., Feb. 2 at the YMCA Teen Center in Los Alamos. The second café is 7 p.m., Feb. 23 in Taos at the Mural Room of the old county courthouse and will be presented on Human Landing sites on Mars.
Suzi Montaño and Steve Johnstone from Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Space Data Science and Systems Group (ISR-3) work on the Curiosity rover ChemCam team, and will present on the state of manned missions to Mars, and how close to a

Los Alamos Names Laboratory Fellows For 2015

on January 27, 2016 - 10:00am

LANL News:
  • Honorees span sciences in materials, weapons physics and complex systems

Four Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have been selected as 2015 Laboratory Fellows. The honorees this year are Michael Bernardin, Avadh Saxena, Carlos Tome and Piotr Zelenay.

“The Laboratory Fellows Organization recognizes researchers for innovative scientific and technical advances in their respective fields,” Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan said.

WIPP: Revised Schedule For Resumption Of Operations In 2016 Announced

on January 27, 2016 - 7:20am
WIPP News:
The Department of Energy’s Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) approved the new integrated Performance Measurement Baseline (PMB) for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
The new PMB integrates WIPP recovery activities, baseline operations and capital asset projects into a single plan with a schedule that identifies a path to resumption of waste emplacement operations.
The new PMB considers potential risks that could impact the project and adds appropriate contingency to the schedule to help ensure activities can be achieved safely.
The new PMB schedule shows the initial resumption

NMC Voted #1 Algae Laboratory In International Readers' Poll

on January 26, 2016 - 8:58am
NMC News:
The New Mexico Consortium has been voted the number 1 Algae Laboratory and international Readers' Poll in Algae Industry Magazine.
Algae Industry Magazine is the online trade publication addressing the growth and development of the algae biofuels and co-products industry:
  • its influential personalities;
  • developing technologies;
  • evolving businesses;
  • breakthrough products, and;
  • important news and timely information
Read the 2015 International Readers' Poll results here.
The NMC is very proud of our state of the art Biological Laboratory and Greenhouse, which supports synergistic

LANL’s Plutonium Plans Move Forward, Draw Fire

on January 24, 2016 - 11:22am
Aerial view of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration continue to move toward establishing a long-term manufacturing capability for producing plutonium pits, the nuclear triggers for thermonuclear weapons, at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

LANL has long played a crucial leadership role in investigating and handling plutonium materials and maintaining the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile.