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Feeling the Burn: Understanding How Biomass Burning Changes Climate

on October 4, 2016 - 9:48am

Allison C. Aiken is a chemist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division. In 2014, at the age of 34, she was named one of  The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds by Thomson Reuters for being in the top 1 percent of geoscientists to have her work cited. She is posing in front of a crab sign on Ascension Island, where she installs instruments to collect data about black carbon aerosols. The island is tropical, but very isolated with rugged volcanic terrain and dominated by non-native species.

New Association Amplifies Bradbury’s Mission

on October 3, 2016 - 7:04pm

The Bradbury Science Museum Association operates separately from the Bradbury Science Museum and the two maintain a close working relationship. In fact, Museum Director Linda Deck sits on the BSMA Board of Directors, along with 12 other volunteer members. Courtesy photo

The Bradbury Science Museum Association Board of Directors, standing from left, Ann Parsons, Judith McKenzie, Ryn Herrmann, Carol A. Clark, Ed Fenimore, Heidi Hahn. Sitting from left, KayLinda Crawford, Andre Trottier, Linda Deck and Carol Hermes. Not pictured, Kathy Boerigter, JoAnn Lysne and Shannon CdeBaca.

WIPP Update: Ground Control Review Underway Following Rock Fall

on October 3, 2016 - 5:59pm


WIPP News:

Salt rock debris was discovered by ground control crews Tuesday, Sept. 27 during routine monitoring and inspections of the Panel 4 entrance within the WIPP underground.

Panel 4, one of the most southern portions of WIPP, was closed in 2010 and consists of seven disposal rooms filled with transuranic (TRU) waste. No WIPP personnel were present at the time of the salt rock fall, as the area had already been under restricted access – requiring management approval to access – since March 2016.

Recently, access was more strictly prohibited – no personnel entry allowed

Nature On Tap: Recent Discoveries In Astronomy Oct. 6

on October 2, 2016 - 11:00am

PEEC News:

The community is invited to this week's Nature on Tap to discuss the latest findings in astronomy. 

Local astronomers and astrophysicists Dr. Paul Arendt, Dr. Galen Gisler and Dr. Rick Wallace will provide an engaging discussion about black holes, NASA's Juno probe, the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, the night sky, and upcoming planetarium shows 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 at UnQuarked in Central Park Square.

Arendt received his PhD in physics at Ohio State University and now works in commercial manufacturing and the Applied Research & Development of Materials department at Los

Construction Of World’s Most Sensitive Dark Matter Detector Moves Forward

on October 2, 2016 - 7:16am
Tomasz Biesiadzinski, left, and Jeremy Mock install a mini version of the future LZ dark matter detector at a test stand at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The white container is a prototype of the detector’s core, also known as a time projection chamber (TPC). For the dark matter hunt, LZ’s TPC will be filled with liquid xenon. Courtesy/ SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

LBNL News:

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory reports that the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ), a next-generation dark matter detector that will be at least 100 times more sensitive than its predecessor, has cleared another

How B Reactor Worked And Its Mysterious Failure

on October 1, 2016 - 8:50am

Physicist Enrico Fermi. Courtesy/AHC


On Sept. 26, 1944, the B Reactor, the world's first full-scale plutonium reactor, started up at Hanford. The next day, it mysteriously shut down. “The reactor went dead, just plain dead! Everybody stood around and stared,” physicist Leona Woods Marshall recalled.

After working all night, scientists led by Enrico Fermi calculated that the problem was being caused by Xenon, an element produced during the nuclear reaction.

Legislators Explore DOE Laboratories’ Uncertain Gross Receipts Tax Status

on September 29, 2016 - 5:10pm

Andrea Romero, executive director of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities and Jack Jekowski, board member of the Regional Economic Development Initiative, petition the Legislative Finance Committee Wednesday in the Roundhouse. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Members of the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee agreed Wednesday to look into the tax implications of impending contract changes at New Mexico’s two major Department of Energy laboratories, depending on whether one or both contractors should become non-profits.