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LANL: Looking Inside Plutonium

on April 7, 2016 - 11:36am

Plutonium alpha phase metal samples are mirror finished 6mmx6mm squares 250 micrometers thick, sandwiched between platinum sample holders and transparent lithium-fluorite windows, and mounted in Z target copper panels. The target assemblies are made at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

Alpha phase plutonium structure is studied under extreme pressures and temperatures using the pulsed power Z-Machine. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • New Mexico labs go where no one has gone before

Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories have recently conducted plutonium experiments using Sandia's

DOE, Israeli Ministry Of National Infrastructure, Energy, Water Resources Expand Academic Cooperation

on April 6, 2016 - 9:09am
DOE News:
The Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources (MIEW), Dr. Yuval Steinitz, and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Dr. Ernest Moniz, announced Tuesday that the United States and Israel will launch a program that will award scholarships to energy postdoctoral students for a research exchange program as part of an effort to increase collaboration and enhance research and development efforts for science and technology in Israel and the U.S.
The announcement of the scholarship project was made by Minister Steinitz and Secretary Moniz during a visit

WIPP Installs Underground Personnel Notification And Tracking System

on April 5, 2016 - 1:26pm
Hard hat icons, representing dozens of workers in the WIPP underground, appear on one of the tracking monitors located at the WIPP facility. The hats actually move in real time as WIPP employees travel throughout the underground facility. Courtesy/WIPP
WIPP News:
A new underground Wireless Notification and Tracking System (WNTS) has been installed at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) that allows for two-way communication for both talk and text, audible and flashing alarms and allows personnel to immediately signal the Central Monitoring Room (CMR) in the event of an emergency.
It also

Moniz Travels To Israel And Kazakhstan To Continue Discussions On Energy Cooperation

on April 5, 2016 - 7:37am
DOE News:
WASHINGTON D.C.  The U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz traveled to Israel. He will continue discussions with Yuval Steinitz, Israeli Minister of National Infrastructures, Energy, and Water Resources, on the ongoing energy partnership between the two countries.
He also will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. These discussions will cover a wide range of issues, including the U.S.-Israel Energy Dialogue, as well as expanded cooperation in energy research and energy water nexus programs.
Secretary Moniz’s visit to Israel is an example of

NNSA Delivers Annual Reports To Congress On Progress For Stockpile Stewardship/Nonproliferation

on April 5, 2016 - 7:25am

NNSA News:
  • NNSA Delivers Annual Reports To Congress On Progress For Stockpile Stewardship And Nuclear Nonproliferation

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) released Monday the annual reports outlining the strategic direction for two of its vital and enduring missions—maintaining a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent and reducing the threat of nuclear proliferation and terrorism.

These reports are key planning documents for the nuclear security enterprise and guide program activities to ensure U.S.

Governor Visits Los Alamos To Highlight $32 Million In Water And Transportation Upgrades Around LANL

on April 4, 2016 - 4:24pm
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez this morning, at the White Rock Y on N.M. 4, highlighting $32 million in water and infrastructure upgrades around LANL. Photo by Chris Clark/
Gov. Susana Martinez highlighted $32 million in water and infrastructure upgrades around Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) during press conference this morning at the White Rock Y on N.M. 4.
These funds provide for Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs) based on settlement agreements between New Mexico and the U.S.

Los Alamos - U.S. Navy: Partners Since World War II

on April 3, 2016 - 7:54am
A Regulus nuclear-armed cruise missile sits aboard the USS Grayback submarine. The Regulus, designed by Los Alamos, was the first nuclear weapon to enter the Navy’s stockpile. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos
On Dec. 7, 1941, Imperial Japanese forces launched a surprise attack against the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. This attack, which claimed the lives of 2,400 Americans, marked America’s entry into World War II and, ironically, represented the beginning of the end of Imperial Japan, which would suffer defeat after defeat at the hands of the U.S. Navy in the years to come.