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Many Millions To Settle Livermore Lay-off Suit

on October 1, 2015 - 10:39am

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory span one square mile. Courtesy/LLNL

LLNL News:

The claims of 129 of the plaintiffs in the long-running lawsuit brought by 130 former workers against Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have been resolved.

In the settlement, the Laboratory has agreed to pay the former employees a total of $37.25 million in contract damages. 

The lawsuit arose out of a 2008 workforce restructuring at the Laboratory, which impacted more than 1,000 employees. In 2013, the claims of five “test plaintiffs,” out of the 130, were litigated in two separate jury trials.

The first

History Of Jews In LANL's Theoretical Division Discussed At Public Presentation Oct. 4

on October 1, 2015 - 9:55am

LANL News:

Acting Los Alamos National Laboratory Theoretical Division Leader Jack Shlachter discusses the history of Jews in T Division during the Manhattan Project in a special presentation at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4 at the Bradbury Science Museum in downtown Los Alamos. The talk is free and open to the public.

Shlachter notes that in 1945 a "disproportionate fraction" of T Division management was of Jewish origin. He will talk about several of these individuals and explore what role, if any, their religious background played in their lives.

A snapshot of the Theoretical Division at Los

Study Reveals Urban Smoke Absorbs Sunlight, Exacerbating Climate Warming

on October 1, 2015 - 9:35am

A new study by a science team led by LANL stresses the importance of understanding mixed black and brown carbon in smoke emissions for climate models. The particulates found in urban smoke are especially prone to absorbing sunlight and having a heating effect on the planet. A measurement station, shown here (Detling, UK), is one of several deployed in the UK throughout the study. Photo courtesy Manvendra Dubey/LANL

LANL News:

  • First Field Demonstration Of Warming Caused By Soot And Brown Carbon

Cloaking urban areas and wildfire zones, tiny smoke particles suspended in the atmosphere have a

Maj. Gen. Scott Jansson Assumes Command Of Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center At Kirtland AFB

on October 1, 2015 - 9:34am

Maj. Gen. Scott Jansson


KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE – Maj. Gen. Scott Jansson will assume command of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNWC) in a ceremony this morning at Hardin Field.

Before coming to the AFNWC, Jansson was the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Weapons and director of the Armament Directorate at the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

Jansson replaces Maj. Gen. Sandra Finan, who is going to the Pentagon to be the deputy chief information officer for Command, Control, Communications, and Computers. Gen.

Udall Welcomes OK Of Short-Term Budget Agreement, Urges Responsible Long-Term Budget For NM

on September 30, 2015 - 10:48pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Appropriations Committee, joined the full Senate in voting today for a short-term agreement to keep the federal government running until Dec. 11.

The measure, which passed the Senate 78-20 and passed the U.S. House of Representatives 277-151, is now headed to the president to be signed into law.

SFI: 'Social Consumer-Resource Dynamics' Oct. 6

on September 30, 2015 - 12:21pm
John Fryxell, University of Guelph
SFI News:
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) hosts Colloquium "Social Consumer-Resource Dynamics" at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday Oct. 6, at Noyce Conference Room.
Abstract: Classic ecological theory is based on mass action principles derived from the ideal gas law.
While the simplicity of this approach has been very useful, it is clear that the biology of living organisms violates several of the key central assumptions.
At the same time, there is also growing recognition that active non-living particles can have interesting emergent properties not predicted by the ideal

Tree Death Impact Studied In Forests Worldwide

on September 30, 2015 - 9:13am

Large trees suffer more than small trees during and after droughts, and while theories had suggested this should be a globally consistent pattern, a new study confirms the concept with a worldwide survey of 38 forests. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

In forests worldwide, drought consistently has had a more detrimental impact on the growth and survival of larger trees, new research shows.

In addition, while the death of small trees may affect the dominance of trees in a landscape, the death of large trees has a far worse impact on the ecosystem and climate’s health, especially due to the important