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NNSA Highlights 2016 Successes In Stockpile Stewardship, Nuclear Security, Naval Propulsion And Enterprise Management

on December 25, 2016 - 8:45am
Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz (Ret.)
 
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) released “2016 Year in Review,” a report highlighting major accomplishments from the past year across NNSA’s national security missions, and detailing noteworthy improvements in project management and enterprise oversight.
 
“The Nuclear Security Enterprise faces significant challenges. We must sustain an aging nuclear deterrent and modernize the infrastructure that supports it.

LANL: Leaky Plumbing Impedes Greenland Ice Sheet Flow

on December 25, 2016 - 8:33am
On the Greenland Ice Sheet, the ice flow more than doubles in speed in many regions during summer, as surface melt drains to the bed and lubricates the motion. This acceleration sends ice to the sea faster. However, the motion also slows down in late summer, fall, and winter, which largely offsets the summer speedup. New modeling data shows that a complex drainage system beneath the ice holds the giant sheet back more than previously understood. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Surface meltwater that drains to the bed of the Greenland Ice Sheet each summer causes changes in ice flow that cannot be

WIPP Cleared To Resume Waste Emplacement

on December 23, 2016 - 11:39am

WIPP News:

Today the Department of Energy (DOE) authorized Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) to resume waste emplacement in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

This decision confirms that all pre-start corrective actions identified in the two operational readiness reviews have been completed and properly validated and other required actions were completed.

It is anticipated that the first waste emplacement will be completed in early January 2017 after final ground control preparations are completed.

Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Manager Todd Shrader said, “Extensive efforts to identify and implement

DOE Awards Cooperative Agreement To Nambe Pueblo

on December 23, 2016 - 10:46am

DOE News:

CARLSBAD -- The Department of Energy’s Carlsbad Field Office has awarded a $250,000 five-year cooperative agreement to the Nambe Pueblo for the coordination of activities to ensure the safe transportation of transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

Activities under the cooperative agreement focus on technical assistance to be provided through training and exercises for the New Mexico Pueblo to prepare emergency responders and emergency management for continued assurance of safe and uneventful transportation of radioactive waste through the Pueblo lands.

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Princeton Study: Electron-Photon Small-Talk Could Have Big Impact On Quantum Computing

on December 23, 2016 - 8:34am
PRINCETON News:
 
In a step that brings silicon-based quantum computers closer to reality, researchers at Princeton University have built a device in which a single electron can pass its quantum information to a particle of light.
 
The particle of light, or photon, can then act as a messenger to carry the information to other electrons, creating connections that form the circuits of a quantum computer.
 
The research will appear today in the journal Science. A PDF is available on request.

NNSA Improves Standing In ‘Best Places To Work’

on December 23, 2016 - 8:31am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — For the second year in a row, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has made significant gains in its “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” rankings.
 
This year, NNSA improved its score in the index by nearly 12 points to a score a 62.5. Just two years ago, that number was 44.7.
 
“By focusing on the mission and our people, NNSA continues to make significant progress in empowering our team members, making sure they have the training and skills to do the job and ensuring that the right leaders are in

LANL’s Short Animation On Asteroid Ocean Impacts Takes A First Prize

on December 21, 2016 - 3:03pm
Asteroid visualization team. Courtesy photo
 
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
For the second year in a row, a Los Alamos data visualization team won the Best Visualization and Data Analytics Showcase Award at Supercomputing 2016 in Salt Lake City last month.
 
The content of their 4-minute video illustrates varying degrees of threats from different types and sizes of asteroids landing in the ocean.
 
There’s a lot of traffic bustling about in the vicinity of Earth, not only the objects that orbit the planet, but also asteroids that orbit the Sun, which brings the objects

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