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LANL Protester Tied to ORNL's Y-12 Security Breach

on August 4, 2012 - 4:44pm

Photo: Sister Megan Rice

By Carol A. Clark

Sister Megan Rice, 82, arrested in Los Alamos for criminal trespass during a 2010 protest at Los Alamos National Laboratory, has been arrested again, this time for breaching the highest-security area of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant at Oak Ridge National Laboratory July 28.

Rice and two accomplices, Michael R. Walli, 63, a member of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House in Washington, D.C. and Greg Boertje-Obed, 57, a member of Veterans for Peace in Duluth, Minn., and a former U.S.

LANL Family Day Delivers Tons of Fun

on August 3, 2012 - 11:45am

Ronnie Bell sings the national anthem at the 2012 LANL Employee Picnic at Overlook Park Saturday, July 28. LANL Director Charlie McMillan stands with his hand over his heart at left. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Fun was to be had for all who attended the 2012 LANL Employee Picnic. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Players get ready to toss bean bags as part of the fun during the 2012 LANL Employee Picnic. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Flavored syrups were flowing as Sno-Cones were handed out all day at the 2012 LANL Employee Picnic.

Letter to the Editor: Open Letter from a Son of Los Alamos

on August 2, 2012 - 6:03pm

My name is Chris Balibrera and I am a son of Los Alamos.

I’m writing because I started a hunger strike July 16 in Los Alamos, the intention of which is to open a conversation about the possibility of transforming LANL into a beacon of hope and inspiration for the rest of the world.

I grew up here, from ’67 to ’81. My father, Mario, was then a film documentarian for the Lab and we had famous physicists over for dinner quite regularly. (Teller once said to me in his thick Hungarian accent, “Ze only prohblem wit soccer iz, zere iz only one ball.”)

By the age of 8, I knew what the Atomic Age

Michelle Hall Receives 2012 Excellence in Geophysical Education Award

on August 1, 2012 - 11:32am

By Carol A. Clark

Local scientist Michelle Hall has received the 2012 American Geophysical Union Excellence in Geophysical Education Award.

The American Geophysical Union Excellence in Geophysical Education Award is the AGU’s top prize recognizing career accomplishment in education.

This award recognizes and honors Hall for her "sustained commitment to excellence in geophysical education. She is an educator who has had a major impact on geophysical education and has made a long-lasting, positive impact on geophysical education through her professional service.

Bradbury Science Museum Gets Martian Fever

on August 1, 2012 - 8:24am

Artist's conception of the Curiosity rover on Mars. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Public invited to Curiosity rover landing party Sunday night at new Mars exhibit

Curious about Curiosity, the SUV-sized rover scheduled to touch down on Mars on Sunday? Then come to an opening party for a new exhibit this Sunday at the Bradbury Science Museum at 15th Street and Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos.

The public is invited to the special opening reception at 10 p.m. Sunday Aug. 5 to celebrate Los Alamos National Laboratory technologies aboard the six-wheeled mobile science laboratory.

The Curiosity

Reduced Traffic at 2008 Olympics Yielded Big Cut in Planet-Warming Gas

on August 1, 2012 - 8:11am

New research shows that levels of carbon monoxide dropped sharply in the Beijing area between 2007 and 2008, due to traffic restrictions imposed because of the 2008 Summer Olympics. This change in emissions, determined from a computer model along with satellite measurements of carbon monoxide, enabled scientists to infer that carbon dioxide emissions also dropped dramatically, an indication of the effect that reduced traffic can have on the greenhouse gas. Image by Lex Ivey/CourtesyAGU

AGU News:

WASHINGTON—China’s Olympian attempt to improve air quality during the 2008 summer games did more

DOE Announces Issuance of Draft Supplemental Environmental Study on Plutonium Disposition

on August 1, 2012 - 7:42am

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration Friday released the Draft Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Draft SPD Supplemental EIS) for public review and comment. 

The Draft Supplemental EIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts of alternatives for the disposition of 7.1 metric tons (MT) of additional weapons-usable plutonium from pits that were declared surplus to national defense needs in 2007 but were not included in DOE's prior decisions as well as 6 MT of surplus,