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LANL: Explosives Performance Key To Stockpile Stewardship

on November 3, 2014 - 8:42am
The large-bore, two-stage gas gun at Los Alamos National Laboratory uses highly-compressed light gas to fire a projectile into a high-explosive sample to precisely measure shock waves as they travel through the material. Courtesy/LANL
Adam Pacheco of shock and detonation physics presses the "fire" button during an experiment at the two-stage gas gun facility. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
  • Assuring the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. Nuclear Deterrent

As the U.S.

DOE: New Investments In Advanced Nuclear Power Reactors

on October 31, 2014 - 4:14pm

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, as part of the President’s all-of-the-above energy approach and Climate Action Plan, the Energy Department announced awards for five companies to lead key nuclear energy research and development projects supporting advanced reactor technologies.

These projects will receive $13 million in cost-share agreements to help address significant technical challenges to the design, construction and operation of next generation nuclear reactors, based off needs identified by industry designers and technical experts.

“This type of

WIPP Continues To Restore Activities Underground

on October 28, 2014 - 3:46pm

WIPP News:

WIPP employees recently completed the 100th entry into the WIPP underground facility since the February events that temporarily shut down access.

Radiological control technicians continue to conduct “rollback” surveys and sampling necessary to re‐establish additional areas of the mine as radiological buffer areas. Preventive maintenance activities are underway on various pieces of heavy equipment so they can be safely returned to service.

Popular Los Alamos History Young Adult Novel Back In Print

on October 28, 2014 - 10:05am
The Secret Project Notebook, published by Bathtub Row Press of the Los Alamos Historical Society, is back in print and the Society is celebrating with a week-long scavenger hunt in the History Museum.
Written by award-winning author Carolyn Reeder, The Secret Project Notebook is a historical novel for young adults about a seventh-grader named Fritz who has just arrived in the secret city of Los Alamos during World War II. Exactly what are his father and other scientists working on at the lab? Fritz is determined to find out.

New Mexico Consortium First To Use Social Media To Track Northern Lights

on October 27, 2014 - 2:20pm

A recent All-sky camera photo of the northern lights or aurora, a natural light display in the sky, predominantly seen in the high latitude regions. Courtesy/NMC

NMC News:

The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) is launching a new citizen science platform today called Aurorasaurus that allows the public to track auroras in real-time using their smartphones and the project website.

The public can help researchers track auroras on their desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones. Courtesy/NMC

This NSF funded project provides data to help space scientists understand the mechanics behind the

Applicants Sought For Bradbury Science Museum Guides

on October 25, 2014 - 10:55am

Inside Bradbury Science Museum. Courtesy photo

BSM News:

Do you like talking with people? Do you know a bit about science and the work of Los Alamos National Laboratory, enjoy working on a team, and have no fear of presentation technology?

Would you like a job that helps you use all these assets? If so, working as a Museum Guide at the Bradbury Science Museum might be just the thing for you! There are three Museum Guide vacancies waiting to be filled—this is a great opportunity to join the Bradbury Science Museum staff.

Check out the job announcement for Museum Guide (Education Outreach

SFI Post Doc/Paraclimber Christa Brelsford Gives Back

on October 24, 2014 - 10:59am
Christa Brelsford exemplifies 'Service Above Self.' Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Rotary’s motto is “service above self” and Christa Brelsford, the speaker at Rotary Club of Los Alamos’ meeting Tuesday, exemplifies this motto.

The Santa Fe Institute Post Doctorate and champion rock climber lost her right leg when a building collapsed on her during the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. In response, Breslford started Christa’s Angels, an initiative to support the friends and colleagues she worked alongside in Haiti.