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A Different Big Bang Theory: Los Alamos Unveils Explosives Detection Expertise

on February 11, 2015 - 8:47am

Instructors discuss the production of aluminum based explosives, part of an advanced course in worldwide threats from homemade explosives created by the Los Alamos Collaboration for Explosives Detection (LACED). Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Collaboration project defeats explosives threats through enhanced detection technologies

Having long kept details of its explosives capabilities under wraps, a team of Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists is now rolling out a collaborative project to defeat explosives threats through enhanced detection technologies.

“We’re aiming to create a

Los Alamos Engineering Council Engineer Week Dinner

on February 11, 2015 - 8:20am

Prof. Cleve Moler

LAEC News:

This year's Los Alamos Engineering Council dinner will feature Prof. Cleve Moler, chief mathematician, chairman and cofounder of MathWorks, which got its start in New Mexico.

The event is Wednesday, Feb. 25 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center and includes:

  • Social Time: 5:30 p.m.;
  • Dinner: 6 p.m.; and
  • Lecture: 6:40-7:30 p.m.

Abstract: MATLAB is a high-level language and interactive environment used by millions of engineers and scientists worldwide, including many at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The University of New Mexico and Los Alamos National

Los Alamos Historical Society Offering Overnight Tour To Trinity Site

on February 10, 2015 - 3:49pm

Trinity Site tour. Courtesy/LAHS


On July 16, 1945, the first man-made nuclear explosion was detonated in the pre-dawn darkness in the high desert ranchland about 30 miles southeast of Socorro. This year marks the 70th anniversary of that event, and the Los Alamos Historical Society is offering a special guided tour to the site.

For the first time, the Trinity Tour includes an expanded two-day, one night experience via the Alamogordo southern approach through the seldom seen interior of White Sands Missile Range.

NNSA, Air Force Complete Successful B61-12 Life Extension Program Instrumented Flight Tests

on February 9, 2015 - 2:23pm

NNSA reaches B61-12 Life Extension Program milestone. Courtesy/NNSA


NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and United States Air Force completed eight successful B61-12 Life Extension Program (LEP) Vibration Fly Around/ Instrumented Measurement Vehicle (VFA/IMV) tests at Eglin Air Force Base and Edwards Air Force Base during July to December 2014.

The VFA/IMV test series collected and verified flight environment data for the B61-12 LEP.

“These tests are a major achievement for the B61-12 LEP to evaluate flight environments,” said NNSA Deputy

SFI Seminar: 'Information Flow And Closed Levels In Complex Systems'

on February 7, 2015 - 8:51am

Jüergen Jost

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will present a seminar by Jüergen Jost (Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences; SFI External Professor) titled “Information Flow and Closed Levels in Complex Systems” at 12:15 p.m., Feb. 11 in the Collins Conference Room at SFI, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

Abstract. Levels of a complex system are characterized by the fact that they admit a closed functional description I shall consider dynamical systems where the different levels are linked by a coarse-graining of variables and states of the system, and I shall develop

LANL Foundation Awards $48,000 In Education Grants

on February 6, 2015 - 10:55am


In 2014, the LANL Foundation awarded 32 small Educational Outreach Grants, each $1,500, totaling $48,000.

  • Abrazos Family Support Services, Autism After-School Program, provided monthly field trips for up to nine students where STEM subjects were reinforced with hands-on experiences.
  • Atalaya PTA, Atalaya Elementary School Librarian Fund, supported a librarian to help students read, research and achieve academic success.
  • Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations (CESDP) at New Mexico Highlands University, 23rd Annual Back to School Family and Youth

DOE Secretary: Today's National Security Strategy Update Reaffirms US Commitment

on February 6, 2015 - 10:02am


DOE News:

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz made the following statement regarding the National Security Strategy (NSS) announced today:

“The vision that President Obama laid out in the latest National Security Strategy positions the United States to be a continued global leader in promoting a safe and secure world while mitigating the risks of climate change. When President Obama spoke nearly six years ago in Prague, he laid out many of the challenges that the world faces, from climate change to the global economic crisis to nuclear proliferation.