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Heinrich Works Key Provisions Into Defense Bill

on June 20, 2015 - 8:05am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voted Thursday for the fiscal year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed by a vote of 71 to 25.
The bill includes key provisions Heinrich worked to include that benefit New Mexico's men and women in uniform, military installations, private industry, national laboratories, and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
The bill, which sets the Department of Defense spending levels and policies for the upcoming fiscal

Los Alamos National Laboratory Names New Leadership For Weapons And Operations Directorates

on June 19, 2015 - 3:48pm

LANL's new Principal Associate Director for Weapons Programs Bob Webster. Courtesy/LANL

LANL's new Principal Associate Director for Operations Craig Leasure. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan announced today that after nationwide searches, Robert (Bob) Webster has been selected to be the Laboratory’s next Principal Associate Director for Weapons Programs, and Craig Leasure has been selected as the new Principal Associate Director for Operations. 

Webster to Lead Weapons Directorate

As the Weapons Program leader, Webster will be responsible

LANL’s Partners Still Count On Lab

on June 19, 2015 - 9:10am

Christine Gelles, acting manager Environmental Management-Los Alamos Field Office, at Thursday's Regional Community Leaders meeting in Pojoaque. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/

Kim Davis Lebak, manager of the NNSA Los Alamos Field Office speaks with Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess at Thursday's meeting. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/



POJOAQUE – Senior officials from Los Alamos National Laboratory welcomed friends, community members, business leaders, teachers, counselors, workforce facilitators, economic development

U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz Remarks On Papal Encyclical On Climate Change

on June 19, 2015 - 7:40am
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz
DOE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz released the following statement regarding the release of a papal encyclical on climate change by Pope Francis.
"Pope Francis' call to action on climate change is an important milestone in the global effort on this issue. His is not just a powerful moral voice, he also graduated as a chemical engineer and understands the consensus of climate scientists that accumulating man-made pollution endangers our planet and people around the world.
As Pope Francis reminds us, we must push for ambitious

DOE Announces 18 New Projects To Accelerate Technologies For Efficient Residential Combined Heat And Power Generation And Bioenergy Crop Development

on June 19, 2015 - 7:32am
DOE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced $55 million in funding for 18 innovative projects as part of ARPA-E’s two newest programs: GENerators for Small Electrical and Thermal Systems (GENSETS) and Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture (TERRA).
GENSETS projects are aimed at developing generator technologies that will improve efficiencies in residential Combined Heat and Power (CHP) generation, and TERRA projects will accelerate energy crop development for the production of renewable transportation

Always/Never: Sandia Documentary Tells Story Of Nuclear Weapons Safety, Security

on June 18, 2015 - 11:04am
Six active and retired Sandia National Laboratories employees gathered in 2011 at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque around two B28 gravity bombs recovered from a 1966 nuclear accident. Photo by Randy Montoya
By Web Wire

Sandia National Laboratories’ documentary, Always/Never: The Quest for Safety, Control & Survivability, showcases rare historical footage and interviews with a wide range of experts to describe how national security laboratories improved the safety and security of nuclear weapons from the dawn of the nuclear age to the end of the Cold War.

NASA Agreements Advance Mars Exploration, Los Alamos Rover Instrument A Key Component

on June 17, 2015 - 6:27pm

SuperCam builds upon the successful capabilities demonstrated by ChemCam aboard the Curiosity Rover during NASA’s current Mars Mission. SuperCam will allow researchers to sample rocks and other targets from a distance using a laser. In addition to harnessing Los-Alamos developed Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) technology—which can determine the elemental composition of the target from more than 20 feet away—SuperCam adds another spectrum to its laser for Raman and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • SuperCam’s body to be built at Los Alamos and the