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DOE/NNSA Awards $13.1 Million Design-Build Contract To Gardner Zemke For Electrical Substation At LANL

on April 27, 2016 - 9:25am

Elements of a substation: A-Primary power lines' side. B-Secondary power lines' side. 1-Primary power lines. 2-Ground wire. 3-Overhead lines. 4-Transformer for measurement of electric voltage. 5-Disconnect switch. 6-Circuit breaker. 7-Current transformer. 8-Lightning arrester. 9-Main transformer. 10-Control building. 11-Security fence. 12-Secondary power lines. Source:


Under an interagency agreement with the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), the U.S.

NNSA Conducts Fifth Experiment Aimed To Improve U.S. Ability To Detect Foreign Nuclear Explosions

on April 27, 2016 - 9:06am

NASA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On April 26, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) conducted the fifth experimental conventional explosion as part of its Source Physics Experiment (SPE) series. The SPE series, conducted at the Nevada National Security Site, improves the United States’ capability to detect and characterize underground nuclear explosions.

By conducting the experiments near the location of previous underground nuclear tests, researchers are able to better compare data from conventional and nuclear explosions.

Authors Of 'The Rise And Fall Of The KGB In America' To Lecture On Soviet Espionage May 19

on April 26, 2016 - 11:02am
Los Alamos, part of the vast government project to create the first atomic weapons. Courtesy photo
SANTA FE  Recursos de Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Council on International Relations (CIR) presents "The KGB and Soviet Espionage," a lecture by John Haynes and Harvey Elliott Klehr, two leading experts in Soviet espionage.
The lecture is 5-7 p.m., May 19 at the Forum on the campus of the Santa Fe University of Art & Design.
People generally think that the Soviet espionage against the American atomic project was highly successful.

Lecture On Tuberculosis At UNM-LA Monday

on April 22, 2016 - 7:39am

Dr. Harshini Mukundan

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos invites the community to a lecture by Dr. Harshini Mukundan, 10-11 a.m. Monday, April 25 in the Jeannette O. Wallace Hall, room 505 at UNM-LA.

Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher Mukundanwill address the re-emergence of tuberculosis in a lecture titled “The Microbe Strikes Back: The Return of Tuberculosis.”  Dr. Mukundan will discuss her research on the rise of multidrug resistant tuberculosis, its growing threat to human health, and how effective diagnosis can prevent its spread and save lives. 

Mukundan, of the Laboratory’s

Montano’s Whistleblowing Recognized On Capitol Hill

on April 21, 2016 - 10:25am

Jay Coghlan, director of Nuclear Watch New Mexico and president of the ANA Board of Directors, left, with LANL whistleblower Charles Montano. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

When millions of dollars of purchases at Los Alamos National Laboratory were called into question by Charles Montano and a fellow auditor in 2003, the governance of the lab was challenged.The investigation into procurement processes at Los Alamos National Laboratory was one of many scandals detailed in Montano’s 2015 exposé, Los Alamos: Secret Colony, Hidden Truths, a record that continues to

NNSA Recognizes Laboratory And Site Partners For Achievements In Environmental Innovation With 2016 Sustainability Awards

on April 20, 2016 - 12:32pm
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) recognized several sites across the Nuclear Security Enterprise with 2016 Sustainability Awards for innovation and excellence in environmental sustainability.

The awards recognize exemplary individual and team performance across more than a dozen categories. Laboratory and site partners are honored for achieving sustainability objectives through innovative and effective programs and projects that increase energy and water efficiency, and reduce greenhouse gases, pollution and waste.

Science On Tap Explores Plasma Physics Thursday

on April 20, 2016 - 7:34am


Science On Tap happens every third Thursday of the month, featuring a new topic each time. This month Glen Wurden, with the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Plasma Physics Group, will briefly outline the work he’s been doing in conjunction with the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator in Germany. Part of that work has been to design systems to peer into the roiling world of superhot plasmas to test a promising alternative approach to harness fusion energy.

Join the group to chat about plasma physics at 5:30 p.m.