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Secretary Of Defense Ash Carter To Visit LANL

on September 24, 2016 - 8:11am

Defense Secretary Ash Carter

DOD News:

Secretary of Defense the Honorable Ash Carter is visiting Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico Sept. 27-28 to discuss the nuclear enterprise and thank personnel for their work to ensure the readiness of the nuclear force.

During his visit to New Mexico, Carter also will tour facilities at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories to thank scientists and engineers at these facilities for their ongoing work involving the development, assessment and security of the nuclear triad.

DOE Releases Final Request For Proposal For Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract

on September 23, 2016 - 11:16am

DOE News:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Final Request for Proposal (RFP) Thursday for the Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract (LLCC) acquisition.

A contract that primarily includes cost-plus-award-fee contract line items for the purpose of continuing the legacy cleanup mission is anticipated. The RFP provides for full and open competition, and the RFP includes requirements for meaningful work to be performed by small business concerns.

The total estimated value of the contract is approximately $1.7B over the prospective ten-year and three months period of performance, including

In-Person Training On How To Use LANL's Electronic Public Reading Room

on September 21, 2016 - 5:00pm
 
LANL News:
 
The Department of Energy (DOE) and the Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), are holding training on the contents and use of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Electronic Public Reading Room (EPRR) 4:30-6 p.m., Thursday Oct. 13 at J. Robert Oppenheimer Study Center, Building  207, Room JRO 1 (West Jemez Road at Casa Grande).
 
The EPRR is an information repository for environmental and administrative information and correspondence required by Permit Section 1.10 of the LANL Hazardous Waste Facility Permit, issued November 2010.
 
The training will include

LANL CTO Speaking At ProjectY Thursday

on September 21, 2016 - 11:15am

LANL Chief Technology Officer Duncan McBranch

projectY Cowork Los Alamos News:

LANL Chief Technology Officer Duncan McBranch is speaking at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 at projectY Cowork Los Alamos at 150 Central Park Square about “Startup Companies Working with the Laboratory”.

The event is free for the public to attend, but RSVP is requested in advance. To RSVP, click here.

About Duncan McBranch

Duncan brings to this role a strong track record as an R&D leader in materials chemistry and nanotechnology, an entrepreneur in biotechnology, a business development leader in growing new

LANL: New Insights Into ‘Plant Memories’

on September 21, 2016 - 9:52am

Artist's impression of a long, non-coding RNA system. Grey/blue/red indicates main long non-coding RNA. Green, showing a second RNA interacting with long-noncoding RNA. Magenta ribbons and blue barrels indicated RNA-interacting proteins. Image by Kara Fischer and Karissa Sanbonmatsu/LANL

LANL News:

A special stretch of ribonucleic acid (RNA) called COOLAIR is revealing its inner structure and function to scientists, displaying a striking resemblance to an RNA molecular machine, territory previously understood to be limited to the cells’ protein factory (the ‘ribosome’) and not a skill set

Universal News: This Just In - Gravity Waves Are Real

on September 18, 2016 - 12:18pm
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) in Livingston, La. Courtesy/CalTech
 
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

Gravity waves were detected in the universe for the first time on Sept. 14, 2015, a hundred years after they were predicted by Albert Einstein in his general theory of relativity. Even at the speed of light, they took 1.3 billion years to get here. The first detected gravitational waves were produced by a specific cataclysmic event, identified as two black holes coalescing, releasing enough energy in the last fraction of a second to warp time and space.

The

Summer Reading Program Encourages Elementary Students To Read Thousands Of Pages

on September 18, 2016 - 9:49am
Summer readers are treated to pizza at a recent party at the Bradbury Science Museum celebrating their accomplishments. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
The student who read the most books, Lennox Chung of McCurdy School received a set of 10 books by Rudolfo Anaya and other New Mexico authors, as well as a $50 gift card. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory in partnership with New Mexico’s own award winning author Rudolfo Anaya and the Christopher Montalvo Memorial recently sponsored a Summer Reading Program for students in grades 9-6

DOE Releases Baseline Study Of Legacy Waste Cleanup Needs At LANL

on September 17, 2016 - 10:00am
LANL News:
 
SANTA FE  In a major development for the efforts of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, including Santa Fe, which is advocating for the cleanup of legacy radioactive and chemical waste resulting from historic uses of Los Alamos National Labs, the Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Office has completed and released a Legacy Waste Cleanup Lifecycle Cost Estimate.
 
The 46-page document was obtained on behalf of and provided to the Coalition thanks to the efforts of Sen. Martin Heinrich, Sen. Tom Udall, and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan.
 
It lays out in detail,

Giant Algal Bloom Sheds Light On Formation Of White Cliffs Of Dover

on September 17, 2016 - 8:59am
The White Cliffs of Dover have been a symbol of England at least since Roman times. New research is teaching scientists more about how this great structure came to be. Photo by Immanuel Giel/Wikimedia Commons
 
This microscopic view of a coccolithophore shows the saucer-shaped calcite plates the algae build around themselves. Scientists suspect the plates help coccolithophores survive and evade predators. Photo by Alison R. Taylor/University of North Carolina Wilmington Microscopy Facility/Wikimedia Commons
 
AGU News:

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LANL: Ripples In Spacetime Discussed In Public Lecture Sept. 19

on September 16, 2016 - 9:27am
Gabriela Gonzalez, spokesperson for LIGO Scientific Collaboration. Courtesy photo
 
LANL News:
 
Gabriela Gonzalez, spokesperson for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration, will discuss the observation of gravitational waves at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 19 in the Grand Ballroom at the Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe; the free lecture is open to the public.   
 
“This is a very exciting time in astronomy that took a lot of people and many years to get to,” said Gonzalez, a professor of physics and astronomy at Louisiana State University.

Northern New Mexico College Establishes STEM Mentor Collective

on September 16, 2016 - 8:30am
Dr. Steven Cox and Northern engineering student Elizabeth Browne. Photo by John T. Denne/NNMC 
 
NNMC News:
 
The National Science Foundation has awarded $300,000 over two years to the Northern New Mexico STEM Mentor Collective.
 
The Collective is a partnership steered by Northern New Mexico College, with UNM-Los Alamos, the school districts of Española Valley, McCurdy and Pojoaque Valley, El Rito and the Embudo Valley libraries, the Bradbury Science Museum, and key leaders at Los Alamos National Laboratory and its Foundation, the Center for the Education and Study of Diverse

Science On Tap: ‘Through A Robot’s Eyes...’

on September 15, 2016 - 11:29am

LA CREATIVE DISTRICT News:

Science On Tap happens every third Thursday of the month, featuring a new topic each time. Join us tonight when Chris Rittner will talk about the LANL hazmat robots. Science On Tap is tonight, Thursday, Sept. 15, at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.

Rittner is part of LANL’s Hazardous Devices Team (HDT) and will talk about the work the group does, including the recent Hazmat Challenge (held each year since 1996), designed to test responders under the most trying of circumstances.

Science On Tap is sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative

Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board To Hear Presentation On Air Monitoring At LANL

on September 15, 2016 - 8:45am
NNMCAB News:
 
The Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board (NNMCAB) meets 1-5:15 p.m. Sept. 28, in the Ballroom of the Student Union Building at New Mexico Highlands University, 800 National Ave., in Las Vegas.
 
The NNMCAB is one of eight site-specific advisory boards established to involve local citizens in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) environmental clean-up decision process at its nuclear facilities. Members of the public are encouraged to attend NNMCAB meetings and provide their unique perspective on environmental issues.

 

At 2:30 p.m., David Rhodes, DOE Environmental

DOE Issues RFI For Low-Level Waste/Mixed Low-Level Waste Disposal 2018 Procurement

on September 15, 2016 - 8:15am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, OHIO  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) has issued a Sources Sought/Request for Information (RFI) seeking interested parties with the specialized capabilities necessary to meet the requirements for the Low-Level Waste/Mixed Low-Level Waste (LLW/MLLW) Disposal (2018) procurement.
 
This effort will require contractors to safely dispose of LLW/MLLW; Section 11e.(2) byproduct material; technologically-enhanced, naturally-occurring radioactive material (TENORM); and sealed sources.
 
DOE is seeking

LANL Clean Up Estimate Still Lacks Details

on September 14, 2016 - 8:43am
Los Alamos County Councilor Kristin Henderson and Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales at the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities meeting last week in Ohkay Owingeh. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com
 
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
A delegation from the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities is visiting Washington, D.C. this week to attend a National Cleanup Conference.
 
In scheduled talks on Capitol Hill and with Department of Energy officials, they will not have the benefit of some missing information that has been blamed for inadequate funding of environmental

Los Alamos Man Shuts Down Albuquerque Sunport

on September 12, 2016 - 9:51am

Jeremy Danielson charged with a felony. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Albuquerque police arrested a Los Alamos man Sunday at the Albuquerque International Sunport after it was discovered that he possessed a suspicious device in his carry-on luggage.

Police charged Jeremy Danielson, 40, with one felony count of possessing a hoax bomb or explosive, a charge under the state's criminal code that surrounds intentionally placing, giving or mailing any false bomb or explosive with the intent that any other person thinks it is real.

Upon discovering the device, the security checkpoint was evacuated

Get Ready For A Sky Ride

on September 12, 2016 - 9:17am
In a clean room facility near Denver, Lockheed Martin technicians began assembling a NASA spacecraft that will collect samples of an asteroid for scientific study. Courtesy/Lockheed Martin
 
Left, an artist rendering of the spacecraft OSIRIS-REx. Courtesy/NASA. Above, OSIRIS-REx moves in to position to perform a touch-and-go operation to collect samples from the surface of the asteroid. Courtesy/NASA

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

Today, the home team of planet Earth embarks on an exciting adventure that will collect many valuable terabytes about where we came from and where

RDC Seeks Proposals For NAVAF

on September 9, 2016 - 7:10am
RDC News:
 
ESPANOLA  Proposals are being accepted through Oct. 18 for the Native American Venture Acceleration Fund (NAVAF) awards from tribally held companies.
 
The Fund was created to boost employment and diversify the economy in Northern New Mexico, and will make awards up to $25,000 to tribally owned companies for critical technical services that lead to increased revenue and job creation. The current round of funding represents the fourth disbursement of awards.
 
Los Alamos National Security, LLC, the company that manages Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the Regional

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Reviews LANL Workforce Development At Friday Meeting

on September 8, 2016 - 5:12pm
RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) is holding its monthly board meeting 9-11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 9, at the Ohkay Casino Resort Hotel & Conference Center, 68 New Mexico 291, Suite C/D.

The Regional Coalition has invited Kathy Keith to speak on behalf of the LANL Community Programs Office.
 
Keith will report on LANL’s present hiring efforts to hire approximately 2,500 new employees in the next four years. The RCLC is eager to engage in future strategies for workforce development as LANL anticipates hiring about 2,500 new employees over the next four years.

Multiple Perspectives On The Atomic Bomb

on September 8, 2016 - 9:50am

LANL: Funding Boosts Exascale Computing Research

on September 7, 2016 - 10:37am

High-performance computing produces scientific tools such as this visualization from LANL depicting  global water-surface temperatures, with the surface texture driven by vorticity. Regions of warmer water (red) adjacent to the Gulf Stream off the eastern coast of the U.S. indicate the model’s capability to simulate eddy transport of heat within the ocean, a key component necessary to accurately simulate global climate change. A new generation of exascale computers could boost scientific capabilities to new levels. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

In today’s Department of Energy Exascale Computing

Planet Found In Habitable Zone Around Nearest Star

on September 6, 2016 - 5:29pm
ESO News:
 
Astronomers using ESO telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri [0].
 
The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth and is the closest exoplanet to us -- and it may also be the closest possible abode for life outside the solar system.

DOE Whistleblower Case Finally Wins A Hearing

on September 5, 2016 - 8:56am
Anthony Rivera, top left, was photographed in 2013 with the team that won a 2013 R&D 100 award for developing a ‘Laser SHIELD’ that identifies potential harmful pulses in real time. Courtesy/LLNL
 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

On the same day that senior engineer Anthony T. Rivera was escorted out of his workplace at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory “with intent to dismiss,” Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz wrote a memorandum to his staff asking for a personal and professional commitment to a culture of safety.

Hunt For Ninth Planet Reveals Extremely Distant Solar System Objects

on September 5, 2016 - 8:55am
An artist’s conception of Planet X, courtesy of Robin Dienel.
 
An illustration of the orbits of the new and previously known extremely distant Solar System objects. The clustering of most of their orbits indicates that they are likely be influenced by something massive and very distant, the proposed Planet X. Image is courtesy of Robin Dienel.
 

Washington, DC— In the race to discover a proposed ninth planet in our Solar System, Carnegie’s Scott Sheppard and Chadwick Trujillo of Northern Arizona University have observed several never-before-seen objects at extreme distances from the Sun

NPS Names Kris Kirby Superintendent Of Manhattan Project National Historical Park

on September 3, 2016 - 8:01am
MPNHP Superintendent Kris Kirby
 
NPS News:
 
DENVER  Kris Kirby, a 20-year career employee of the National Park Service (NPS), has been selected as the new Superintendent of Manhattan Project National Historical Park, according to Intermountain Regional Director Sue Masica. Kirby will assume her new duties Oct. 16.
 
Kirby is the Chief of Business & Revenue Management at Yosemite National Park in California. Prior to her assignment there, she served as Chief of Commercial Services at Lake Mead NRA and previously worked in concessions management at Glacier National Park.
 
"Kris has

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