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NIST Launches New U.S. Time Standard: NIST-F2 Atomic Clock

on April 3, 2014 - 12:03pm

NIST physicists Steve Jefferts, foreground, and Tom Heavner with the NIST-F2 'cesium fountain' atomic clock, a new civilian time standard for the United States. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

BOULDER, Colo. -- The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has officially launched a new atomic clock, called NIST-F2, to serve as a new U.S. civilian time and frequency standard, along with the current NIST-F1 standard.

NIST-F2 would neither gain nor lose one second in about 300 million years, making it about three times as accurate as NIST-F1, which has

NanoDays at the Bradbury Science Museum Begin April 7

on April 3, 2014 - 10:10am

Bradbury Science Museum celebrates NanoDays beginning April 7. Courtesy/BSM

BRADBURY News:

The tiny world of nanoscale science is a big subject at the Bradbury Science Museum as we celebrate NanoDays 2014, April 7-13.

At NanoDays, a range of exciting programs will demonstrate the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale, examine tools used by nanoscientists, showcase nano materials with spectacular promise, and invite discussions of technology.

DOE Announces First Quadrennial Energy Review Public Meeting

on April 3, 2014 - 9:18am

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

  • Topics and Locations for First Six Meetings Also Announced

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy released information on the first six public meetings to collect stakeholder input into the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER).

As the Secretariat for the QER Task Force, DOE will hold a series of meetings to discuss and receive comments on issues related to the development of a comprehensive strategy for the infrastructure needed to transport, transmit and deliver energy to consumers.

The first of these meetings is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

NNSA Receives Secretary’s Award for Project Management Excellence

on April 3, 2014 - 8:20am

RLUOB. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) was recently presented with the Secretary’s Award for Project Management Excellence for delivering the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Building Replacement (CMRR) Radiological Laboratory/Utility/Office Building (RLUOB) Equipment Installation (REI) Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory $2 million under budget and ahead of schedule.

At the same event, Everett Trollinger, the CMRR/REI Federal Project Director (FPD), also was honored as the Department's Federal Project Director of the

LANL Resumes Transuranic Waste Shipments

on April 2, 2014 - 9:47am

Los Alamos sent the first shipment to Waste Control Specialists April 1. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Shipments Keep Lab on Track to Complete 3706 Campaign on Schedule

Los Alamos National Laboratory resumed shipments of transuranic waste Tuesday from Technical Area 54 Area G.

The shipments are part of an accelerated shipping campaign to remove 3,706 cubic meters of transuranic waste stored aboveground at Area G by June 30, 2014. Nearly 3,200 cubic meters of the waste have already been removed since the 3706 campaign began in January 2012.

The waste was received at Waste Control Specialists

SFI Seminar: Denaturation of Circular DNA

on April 1, 2014 - 12:02pm

SFI News:

Amir Bar
Weizmann Institute

SFI Seminar - Denaturation of Circular DNA

Wednesday, April 2 • 12:15 p.m. • Collins Conference Room, 1399 Hyde Park Road, Santa Fe.

Abstract: DNA denaturation is the process by which the two strands of a DNA molecule separate. This process is essential both for biological processes such as gene transcription and for artificial processes such as PCR. A prototypical model for studying the denaturation of DNA upon heating is the Poland-Scheraga (PS) model, which exhibits quite a unique kind of phase transition.

In this talk I will give a brief

Seats Still Available For Saturday's Tour of Trinity Site With Two Eyewitnesses

on March 31, 2014 - 1:31pm

Trinity test photographer Jack Aeby. Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society

HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:

Because of high demand, a second bus has been secured for Saturday's Trinity Site Tour and some seats remain available. There will be stops in Pojoaque, Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

Reservations close Wednesday. The cost is $100 for members and $150 for non-members.

On July 16, 1945, the first man-made nuclear explosion detonated in the pre-dawn darkness in the high desert ranchland about 30 miles southeast of Socorro.

It has been 69 years, but some hale and hearty guys who participated in

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