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LANL: First Detection Of Boron On Surface Of Mars

on December 13, 2016 - 2:42pm

ChemCam target Catabola is a raised resistant calcium sulfate vein with the highest abundance of boron observed so far. The red outline shows the location of the ChemCam target remote micro images (inset). The remote micro images show the location of each individual ChemCam laser point (red crosshairs) and the B chemistry associated with each point (colored bars). The scale bar is 9.2 mm or about 0.36 inches. Courtesy/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/LANL/CNES-IRAP/William Rapin

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  • New finding provides more clues about water habitability

Boron has been identified for the first time on the surface

Funding, Taxes, Profits Fuel LANL Coalition Discussion

on December 12, 2016 - 10:35am

Los Alamos County Councilor Kristin Henderson, left, with RCLA Board members Friday in the Santa Fe City Council Chambers. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities learned Friday that the Senate approved the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which included an extra $10 million in cleanup funding from $185 million to $189 million as recommended by the New Mexico delegation, along with removing a redundant, double-taxing measure on Los Alamos National Laboratory research and development funds.

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Ribbon Is Cut On BSMA’s Gadget Museum Store!

on December 11, 2016 - 9:29am

Bradbury Science Museum Board Members from left, Ryn Herrmann, KayLinda Crawford, Carol A. Clark, President Andre Trottier, Shannon Cde Baca, Ann E. Parsons and Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck at the official ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday of the new Gadget Museum Store inside the Bradbury in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Katie Herrmann

The BSMA Board celebrates the official opening of its Gadget Museum Store, from left, Ryn Herrmann, KayLinda Crawford, Carol A. Clark, President Andre Trottier, Shannon Cde Baca and Ann E. Parsons. Photo by Katie Herrmann

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Udall Votes For Short-Term Agreement To Keep Government Open

on December 10, 2016 - 9:58am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, joined the full Senate Friday in voting 63-36 for a short-term agreement to keep the government running until April 28.
 
The bill also includes a measure that would expedite a bill to change the law requiring a Defense Secretary to have been out of military service for at least seven years. President-elect Donald Trump's expected nominee for Defense Secretary, Marine Gen. James Mattis, retired in 2013.
 
The stop-gap budget, called a "continuing resolution,"

WIPP Update: DORR Team Provides Preliminary Report

on December 10, 2016 - 8:47am
WIPP News:
 
The DOE Operational Readiness Review (DORR) Team provided an initial briefing of their findings to the senior leadership from DOE and Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) Dec. 2.
 
The DOE ORR team concluded that upon satisfactory closure of the pre-start findings and approval of corrective action plans for the post-start findings, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) can be authorized to safely restart waste emplacement in accordance with DOE standards.
 
The ORR identified 21 pre-start findings, those issues that will have to be resolved and validated before waste

EM Names Sue Cange New Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary

on December 10, 2016 - 8:25am
EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Sue Cange
 
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  EM announced Dec. 8 that Sue Cange has been named its principal deputy assistant secretary.
 
“Sue is a trusted and effective leader with a deep understanding of EM’s cleanup mission and passion for advancing our mission,” EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto said. “With a strong track record of leading organizations to complete cleanup work safely and efficiently, she will be integral to our progress.”
 
Cange has nearly three decades of DOE leadership experience, serving most recently as manager of

Whacking At Wicked Problems Of Nuclear Weapons

on December 9, 2016 - 9:42am
William Perry, left, and Eric Schlosser converse at the Lensic Theater this weekend during the nuclear weapons summit in Santa Fe. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com
 
An unarmed Minuteman III ICBM blasts out of the silo during an operational test launch Feb. 25, 2015 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. U.S. Air Force photo courtesy of 30th Space Wing Public Affairs

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Minuteman III, the fixed land-based missile of the American nuclear triad, was the obvious loser during several dialogues on nuclear weapons in Santa Fe this weekend.

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