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LANL: Plants Found To Regulate Leaf Temperature To Boost Carbon Uptake

on August 30, 2016 - 8:19am

The thermal traits of a leaf, critical for photosynthesis, may be under strong evolutionary selection that occurs in response to environmental temperatures. Here a thermal leaf image details temperature variation, which greatly affects plant functions since temperature is closely linked to metabolic kinetics—the plant’s pathways and speed of reactions that support growth and other functions essential for survival. Photo by Benjamin Blonder

LANL News:

  • Decoupling air and leaf temperatures will impact climate models

A new study has found that plants regulate their leaf temperature with some

NNSA Picks Lockheed Subsidiary For $5B Follow-on Nevada National Security Site Operations Contract

on August 30, 2016 - 7:01am

Northeast section of the Nevada National Security Site. Courtesy/NNSA

By GovCon Wire:

A subsidiary of Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has won a potential 10-year, $5 billion contract to help the National Nuclear Security Administration manage and operate the Nevada National Security Site.

NNSA said Friday it chose Lockheed subsidiary Nevada Site Science Support and Technologies Corp.‘s proposal for the follow-on NNSS M&O contract through a full and open competition using a “best value” evaluation method. NVS3T will collaborate with Fluor‘s federal services business and Longenecker and

NNSA Announces Elimination Of Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) From Indonesia

on August 29, 2016 - 9:34am

NNSA Deputy Administrator Anne Harrington

NNSA News:

  • All of Southeast Asia Now HEU-Free, Reducing a Major Proliferation Threat

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), Indonesian Nuclear Industry, LLC (PT INUKI), the National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN), and the Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (BAPETEN) of the Republic of Indonesia announced the completion of a collaborative effort to down-blend Indonesia's stocks of highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low enriched uranium (LEU).

With the completion of this operation, Indonesia

Why Might This Uncanny Crystal Change Laser Design?

on August 29, 2016 - 8:57am

These potassium diphosphate (KDP) crystals, which self-assemble in solution as hollow hexagonal rods, could find use in laser technology, particularly for fiber-optic communications. The scanning-electron image at right shows a crystal at higher resolution with scale added. Image by L. Deng/NIST

NIST News:

Laser applications may benefit from crystal research by scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and China’s Shandong University.

ANALYSIS: Law And Disorder In The Unruly State Of New Mexico

on August 27, 2016 - 11:50am
Chris Mechels, right, prepares to testify Tuesday at a New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board Hearing on proposed rule changes. Photo by Roger Snodgrass
Police students march in formation Tuesday at the Law Enforcement Academy. Photo by Roger Snodgrass
Los Alamos Daily Post
A meeting Tuesday in Santa Fe solicited public comments on rules changes related to the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy, but the hearing may have to be done over because procedures did not follow existing rules and were made up on the spot, according to a key participant.

Los Alamos County Concludes Emergency Exercise

on August 26, 2016 - 4:53pm


Los Alamos County's portion of today's multi-agency emergency exercise has concluded.