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WIPP’s Primary Hoist Begins Inspection Processes

on October 8, 2014 - 11:34am

WIPP News:

The waste hoist, which is the largest and primary conveyance into the WIPP underground facility, is undergoing the final inspections necessary to return to operation.

The conveyance consists of a large enclosed platform, similar to an elevator, that transports people, equipment and waste containers from the surface to the WIPP underground facility.

The waste hoist has not been operated since the Feb. 5 fire event because of soot that accumulated on electrical components.

SFI Seminar: Carrots, Sticks and Other Smart Tricks...

on October 5, 2014 - 8:21am

Seth Blumsack

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will host a seminar, “Carrots, Sticks and Other 'Smart' Tricks: Experiments With Electricity Pricing and Consumer Behavior in Vermont,” by Seth Blumsack of Penn State Univeresity at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6 in the Collins Conference Room at SFI, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe. The SFI host is Sid Redner.

Abstract. The dominant model for the pricing of residential electric service over roughly the past century has been one in which consumers face a time-invariant price, despite high temporal and spatial variability in the economic,

SFI Seminar: More Disordered than Disorder...

on October 4, 2014 - 8:45am

Pablo Damasceno

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will host a seminar, “More Disordered than Disorder: Self-Organization, Microstates and Why Entropy Might Not Be What You Think,” by Pablo Damasceno of the University of Michigan at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdy, Oct. 8 in the Collins Conference Room at SFI, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

The public is invited to bring a lunch. The SFI host is Sid Redner.

Abstract.  Despite being usually associated to disorder, Entropy can be used to assemble building blocks into a variety of complex structures in a surprisingly predictive way.

Energy Department Officials Kick Off National Energy Action Month

on October 3, 2014 - 12:19pm

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will kick off National Energy Action Month with events in New York and Texas to highlight President Obama’s recent proclamation calling on stakeholders across the country to work together to combat climate change while spurring job creation and a low-carbon energy future.

Throughout the month of October, Moniz and other Energy Department officials will participate in events across the country to emphasize the important role that the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy plays in strengthening

SFI: 'Darwinian Approach To Complexity, Evolutionary Transitions In Individuality In Volvocine Green Algae'

on October 3, 2014 - 7:19am

Richard Michod

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will host a Colloquium, “A Darwinian Approach to Complexity, Evolutionary Transitions in Individuality in the Volvocine Green Algae” with Richard Michod of the University of Arizona at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 7 in the Noyce Conference Room at SFI, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe. The SFI host is Eric Libby.

Abstract. Individuality is a complex trait, yet a series of stages each advantageous in itself can be shown to exist allowing evolution to get from unicellular individuals to multicellular individuals.

Applications Being Accepted For Los Alamos Scholarships

on October 2, 2014 - 8:47am


Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) is now accepting applications for 2015 awards.

The largest scholarship pool in Northern New Mexico, LAESF supports students who are residents of Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties seeking four-year degrees in fields that serve the region.

High school seniors enrolling in or undergraduates currently attending an accredited post-secondary educational institution are eligible to apply.

LANL Introduces ATHENA, the Desktop Human ‘Body’

on October 2, 2014 - 7:37am

Rashi Iyer

LANL News:

Creating surrogate human organs, coupled with insights from highly sensitive mass spectrometry technologies, a new project is on the brink of revolutionizing the way we screen new drugs and toxic agents.

ATHENA, the Advanced Tissue-engineered Human Ectypal Network Analyzer project team, is developing four human organ constructs – liver, heart, lung and kidney – that are based on a significantly miniaturized platform. Each organ component will be about the size of a smartphone screen, and the whole ATHENA “body” of interconnected organs would fit neatly on a desk.