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Aspen Elementary; Los Alamos Middle School Students Take First In 26th Annual Supercomputing Challenge

on April 28, 2016 - 4:04pm

Aspen Supercomputers from left, Max Corliss (7th), Ming Lo (5th), Andy Corliss (6th) and Phillip Ionkov (6th). Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Andy Corliss, Phillip Ionkov, Ming Lo of Aspen Elementary, and Max Corliss of Los Alamos Middle School won first place for their project, “Solving the Rubic’s Cube 2.0,” Tuesday, April 26 at the 26th New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The "Aspen Supercomputers" created a three-dimensional simulation of a Rubik’s cube, a national favorite brain-bending puzzle, as well as an implementation of a cube-solving algorithm.

NMED Hosts Open House On LANL Consent Order In Council Chambers 5-7 p.m. Today

on April 28, 2016 - 9:58am

NMED News:

NMED Proposes Changes to Consent Order, which Governs Legacy Clean-Up at LANL

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Environment Department’s Hazardous Waste Bureau will host an Open House in Los Alamos to present an overview of their proposed changes to the Draft Consent Order governing legacy clean-up at Los Alamos National Laboratory and to hear citizen and stakeholder input, address concerns, and answer questions.

The Open House is 5-7 p.m., today in the Los Alamos County Council Chambers at 1000 Central Ave.

On March 1, 2005, NMED and the U.S.

DOE/NNSA Awards $13.1 Million Design-Build Contract To Gardner Zemke For Electrical Substation At LANL

on April 27, 2016 - 9:25am

Elements of a substation: A-Primary power lines' side. B-Secondary power lines' side. 1-Primary power lines. 2-Ground wire. 3-Overhead lines. 4-Transformer for measurement of electric voltage. 5-Disconnect switch. 6-Circuit breaker. 7-Current transformer. 8-Lightning arrester. 9-Main transformer. 10-Control building. 11-Security fence. 12-Secondary power lines. Source:


Under an interagency agreement with the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), the U.S.

NNSA Conducts Fifth Experiment Aimed To Improve U.S. Ability To Detect Foreign Nuclear Explosions

on April 27, 2016 - 9:06am

NASA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On April 26, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) conducted the fifth experimental conventional explosion as part of its Source Physics Experiment (SPE) series. The SPE series, conducted at the Nevada National Security Site, improves the United States’ capability to detect and characterize underground nuclear explosions.

By conducting the experiments near the location of previous underground nuclear tests, researchers are able to better compare data from conventional and nuclear explosions.

Authors Of 'The Rise And Fall Of The KGB In America' To Lecture On Soviet Espionage May 19

on April 26, 2016 - 11:02am
Los Alamos, part of the vast government project to create the first atomic weapons. Courtesy photo
SANTA FE  Recursos de Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Council on International Relations (CIR) presents "The KGB and Soviet Espionage," a lecture by John Haynes and Harvey Elliott Klehr, two leading experts in Soviet espionage.
The lecture is 5-7 p.m., May 19 at the Forum on the campus of the Santa Fe University of Art & Design.
People generally think that the Soviet espionage against the American atomic project was highly successful.

Lecture On Tuberculosis At UNM-LA Monday

on April 22, 2016 - 7:39am

Dr. Harshini Mukundan

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos invites the community to a lecture by Dr. Harshini Mukundan, 10-11 a.m. Monday, April 25 in the Jeannette O. Wallace Hall, room 505 at UNM-LA.

Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher Mukundanwill address the re-emergence of tuberculosis in a lecture titled “The Microbe Strikes Back: The Return of Tuberculosis.”  Dr. Mukundan will discuss her research on the rise of multidrug resistant tuberculosis, its growing threat to human health, and how effective diagnosis can prevent its spread and save lives. 

Mukundan, of the Laboratory’s

Montano’s Whistleblowing Recognized On Capitol Hill

on April 21, 2016 - 10:25am

Jay Coghlan, director of Nuclear Watch New Mexico and president of the ANA Board of Directors, left, with LANL whistleblower Charles Montano. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

When millions of dollars of purchases at Los Alamos National Laboratory were called into question by Charles Montano and a fellow auditor in 2003, the governance of the lab was challenged.The investigation into procurement processes at Los Alamos National Laboratory was one of many scandals detailed in Montano’s 2015 exposé, Los Alamos: Secret Colony, Hidden Truths, a record that continues to

NNSA Recognizes Laboratory And Site Partners For Achievements In Environmental Innovation With 2016 Sustainability Awards

on April 20, 2016 - 12:32pm
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) recognized several sites across the Nuclear Security Enterprise with 2016 Sustainability Awards for innovation and excellence in environmental sustainability.

The awards recognize exemplary individual and team performance across more than a dozen categories. Laboratory and site partners are honored for achieving sustainability objectives through innovative and effective programs and projects that increase energy and water efficiency, and reduce greenhouse gases, pollution and waste.

Science On Tap Explores Plasma Physics Thursday

on April 20, 2016 - 7:34am


Science On Tap happens every third Thursday of the month, featuring a new topic each time. This month Glen Wurden, with the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Plasma Physics Group, will briefly outline the work he’s been doing in conjunction with the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator in Germany. Part of that work has been to design systems to peer into the roiling world of superhot plasmas to test a promising alternative approach to harness fusion energy.

Join the group to chat about plasma physics at 5:30 p.m.

Moniz To Speak At Christian Science Monitor Breakfast And Attend Lab Day On The Hill

on April 19, 2016 - 4:47pm
Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz
DOE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will participate in a moderated discussion Wednesday, hosted by the Christian Science Monitor before speaking at the Department’s National Lab Day on the Hill (The St. Regis Hotel 923 16th St. NW).
The Christian Science Monitor will host a breakfast that will feature a fireside discussion between Secretary Moniz and David Cook, Senior Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of the Christian Science Monitor, and a question and answer session with the audience.

Udall Secures Funding For National Labs, WIPP, Water Projects In Energy And Water Appropriations Bill

on April 15, 2016 - 8:22am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined the Senate Appropriations Committee to advance the Energy and Water appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2017.
The legislation, which is critical for New Mexico, funds the national labs, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), several New Mexico water projects and other U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) programs. 
As a member of the subcommittee that wrote the legislation, Udall secured an increase in funding for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), which will boost Los Alamos and Sandia

Sheriff Of Baghdad Comes To Los Alamos

on April 14, 2016 - 11:50am
The former sheriff of Baghdad Ted Spain now leads the protective force services at LANL for Centerra. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Centerra’s Ted Spain, LANL's new protective force general manager, on the ground in 2003 in Baghdad. Courtesy photo

Col. Ted Spain in Baghdad briefing Ambassador Paul Bremer, right, and Bernie Kereck, the acting Minister of Interior. Kereck was the New York City Police Chief on 9/11. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

Retired Army Col.

Ninety-five New Mexico Students Receive Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund Scholarships

on April 13, 2016 - 12:22pm

From left, 2016 LAESF gold-level $20,000 scholarship recipients Katherine Wang, Solomon Sindelar and Arasely Rodriguez. Courtesy/LANL Foundation


  • Thirty-four percent increase in dollar value of scholarships awarded from last year

Katherine Wang of Los Alamos High School, Arasely Rodriguez of Taos High School and Solomon Sindelar of New Mexico Military Institute are recipients of the 2016 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund Gold scholarships.

They are among the 95 students from seven Northern New Mexico counties receiving LAESF scholarships, which are funded through pledges

AlgaStar/BioStim And Los Alamos National Laboratory Renew Research

on April 13, 2016 - 8:58am

Biostim test setup at LANL. Courtesy/


A research team at AlgaStar Inc., a Florida-based biomass R&D cultivation company, reported to the Algae Biomass Summit in 2014 that electromagnetic field (EMF) biostimulation had yielded a 300 percent biomass growth increase and 174 percent increase in lipid oil content in several alga samples over controlled growth conditions.

Part of this research is being carried out by BioStim Inc., AlgaStar’s wholly owned subsidiary located in New Mexico.

LANL Post Doc Ari Le Wins Concerto Competition

on April 13, 2016 - 7:33am
Violist Ari Le, a LANL post-doctoral student and winner of the SFCO Concerto Competition. Courtesy photo

Ari Le, a post-doctoral student from MIT with a four-year appointment at Los Alamos National Laboratory, is the winner of the Santa Fe Community Orchestra’s Concerto Competition.

Le will solo with that group, performing the “Lachrymae for Viola and Strings” by Britten at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17 at the St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art. The concert also feature’s Tchaikovsky’s "Symphony No.

LANL: Space Scientist Tapped For French Knighthood

on April 11, 2016 - 12:17pm

Roger Wiens, right, leader of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s ChemCam project, received the honorary title of knight in France’s Academic Order of Palms. Christophe Lemoine, Consul General of France, presented him with the insignia. Courtesy/Consulate General of France

LANL News:

  • ChemCam leader honored for touching the lives of ‘ambitious earthlings’

Space scientist Roger Wiens was awarded the honorary title of chevalier (knight) in France’s Academic Order of Palms for his work in forging strong ties between the French and American scientific communities.

Wiens is the principal

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz To Discuss Role Of Science In Negotiation Of Iran Deal

on April 8, 2016 - 8:56am

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will receive the Jit Trainor Award at an event hosted by Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.

At the event, he will deliver remarks on the science behind the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran and why the JCPOA is one of the strongest nonproliferation agreements in history.

Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering

The Secretary will highlight the scientific and technical merits of the deal and explain why the United States can be confident that Iran's breakout time to a nuclear

Science In 60 Seconds: Training Explosives Experts

on April 7, 2016 - 1:14pm
EOD News:
Military Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians have a tough job. Their lives—and others’ lives too—depend on their knowledge of explosive materials and the correct procedures for identifying and dismantling homemade explosives.
During the Advanced Homemade Explosives training course at Los Alamos National Laboratory, lab scientists use their expertise to teach EOD techs from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy how to recognize homemade explosives labs and the raw ingredients commonly used to make IEDs and other bombs.
Techs also

Nuclear Workers Challenge DOL’s Proposals For Compensation Program

on April 7, 2016 - 12:20pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

Labor Department officials announced Tuesday that they would reopen the comment period for a proposed set of rule changes that have not been well received by the community of nuclear workers eligible for a federal compensation program for workers with certain occupational illnesses. DOL’s Office of Workers' Compensation Programs has responsibility for adjudicating and processing employees’ claims under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act, (EEOICPA).

A 60-day comment period, which was already extended an extra 30 days

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.