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LAHS's Cole Kendrick Four-time Finalist in New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge

on April 24, 2014 - 9:15am

Cole Kendrick of Los Alamos High School with his poster describing his work during finalist presentations Monday. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

The dynamic duo of Eli Echt-Wilson and Albert Zuo from La Cueva High in Albuquerque, proposed a unique model that simulates deciduous tree growth at the level of individual branches and leaves based on underlying biological processes. Their project, called Modeling Tree Growth and Resource Use with Applications won the top award at the 24th New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge Tuesday at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“The goal of the yearlong event is

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Meets Friday

on April 21, 2014 - 6:13pm

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities is set to hold its Regular Business Meeting 9-11 a.m. Friday, April 25 in Los Alamos County Chambers, 1000 Central Ave., Suite 350.

Presenters for the April 25 meeting:

  • Charlie McMillan, LANL Laboratory Director
  • Ryan Flynn, Secretary of the State Environmental Department
  • Joe Franco, WIPP Management and Operating Contractor

For more information, visit the Regional Coalition website at

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any

Filter Bank Mock-up Complete; HEPA Filters Arriving at WIPP

on April 21, 2014 - 4:19pm

WIPP News:

Experts from the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site have arrived in Carlsbad to train WIPP employees on replacing the high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters – a crucial component of the WIPP Ventilation System.

New filters are required to replace those that captured material following the Feb. 5 fire and Feb. 14 radiation event. The Savannah River Site is utilizing their expertise in changing contaminated filters to prepare WIPP site employees for potential levels of contamination on the filters.

Brown Bag Lecture April 23 Focuses on Jemez Mountains’ Ecology

on April 18, 2014 - 8:45am
Terry Foxx. By Jim Gautier
LANL News:


Terry Foxx, a master storyteller and former Laboratory employee, will discuss the ecology of the Jemez Mountains and the Pajarito Plateau noon to 1 p.m., April 23 at the Bradbury Science Museum as part of the museum’s Brown Bag lecture series.


Foxx will intertwine the evolution of her perspective about the natural world as a young girl, to working in a national laboratory, which was struggling with newly instituted environmental laws of the 1970s. Compliance with those laws required an evolution of perspective for project managers.


Foxx will share

Iconic Author Edward Abbey Focus of Earth Day Lecture April 22

on April 17, 2014 - 10:27am

Jack Loeffler. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Part of Bradbury Science Museum evening lecture series

Jack Loeffler, a bioregional aural historian, will talk about the author and environmental advocate Edward Abbey and his legacy at 5:30 p.m. April 22 at the Bradbury Science Museum. The talk is the fourth in a series of evening lectures planned this year at the museum, and is free and open to the public.

"Ed Abbey's message to the world is even more profound today than it was when he first spoke his piece in ‘Desert Solitaire’ in 1968,” Loeffler said.

Energy Department Announces $15 Million to Help Communities Boost Solar Deployment

on April 17, 2014 - 10:22am

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.In support of the Administration’s goal of doubling renewable energy generation for a second time by 2020, the Energy Department today announced $15 million to help communities develop multi-year solar plans to install affordable solar electricity for homes and businesses.

The United States continues to be a global leader in solar, with total U.S. solar energy installations reaching 13 gigawatts last year. As the cost of solar energy continues to decline, more states and local communities are deploying solar energy projects to meet their electricity needs.


Oppie Turns 110 - It’s Time for a Big Birthday Party!

on April 17, 2014 - 6:39am


Tuesday, April 22 marks the 110th anniversary of the birth of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, and the Los Alamos Historical Museum is hosting a daylong birthday party to celebrate.

The Museum, 1050 Bathtub Row (just north of Fuller Lodge), will have free cupcakes available while supplies last. Oppenheimer biographies, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning American Prometheus, will be 20 percent off regular price.

In addition, Los Alamos visitors and residents alike can pick up coupons at the Museum for $1 off Oppenheimer martinis and 10 percent off specially prepared

Students Descend on LANL April 21-22 for Supercomputing Challenge Expo and Awards

on April 16, 2014 - 12:18pm

LANL News:

Research by student teams to be showcased

More than 250 New Mexico students and their teachers will be at Los Alamos National Laboratory April 21-22 for the 24th annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge expo and awards ceremony.

“The goal of the year-long competition is to increase knowledge of science and computing, expose students and teachers to computers and applied mathematics, and instill enthusiasm for science in middle- and high-school students, their families and communities,” said David Kratzer of the Laboratory’s High Performance Computer Systems group and LANL’s

NNSA Awards $25 Million Grant to Improve Capabilities for Detecting Nuclear Proliferation

on April 16, 2014 - 11:40am

Anne Harrington, Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development today announced the award of a $25 million grant to a North Carolina State University-led consortium for research and development (R&D) in enabling capabilities for nonproliferation.

This sizeable, long-term investment will support the consortium at $5 million per year for five years.

LANL Physicist Honored With E.O. Lawrence Award

on April 16, 2014 - 11:17am

LANL physicist John Sarrao is being honored with the 2013 Ernest O. Lawrence Award. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • John Sarrao’s research in plutonium, superconductivity, magnetism praised

Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist John Sarrao is being honored by the U.S. Department of Energy with the 2013 Ernest O. Lawrence Award in Condensed Matter and Materials Sciences.

"John Sarrao's exciting advances in actinide studies exemplify the quality of research performed at Los Alamos National Laboratory,” said LANL Director Charlie McMillan.

Santa Fe Business Incubator Nets Big Boost from Los Alamos Lab

on April 15, 2014 - 9:49am

Modern flow cytometers were invented at Los Alamos National Laboratory and can be used to count and sort individual cells from a stream of liquid. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • BioScience Lab receives funding for cell-sorting machine

Los Alamos National Laboratory is providing funding to the Santa Fe Business Incubator BioScience Laboratory for the purchase of a commercial flow cytometer—a technology originally developed at Los Alamos and then later successfully commercialized by a Santa Fe company. The SFBI BioScience Lab is holding its open house today.

“The commercialization of flow cytometry

Shiny Quantum Dots Brighten Future of Solar Cells

on April 14, 2014 - 8:26am

Quantum dot LSC devices under ultraviolet illumination. Courtesy/LANL

This schematic shows how the quantum dots are embedded in the plastic matrix and capture sunlight to improve solar panel efficiency. Courtesy/LANL

NNSA News:

  • Photovoltaic solar-panel windows could be next for your house

A house window that doubles as a solar panel could be on the horizon, thanks to recent quantum-dot work by Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers in collaboration with scientists from University of Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB), Italy.

NNSA’s Nevada Field Office Transfers ACAVs to FBI

on April 13, 2014 - 9:43am

NNSA's Nevada Field Office recently transferred two Advanced Concept Armored Vehicles to the local FBI office in Nevada. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

  • Transfer provides cost avoidance of $474,000

LAS VEGAS – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Nevada Field Office recently transferred two Advanced Concept Armored Vehicles (ACAVs) to The Department of Justice’s local FBI office in Nevada.

The transfer created $474,000 in savings to the government as the NFO security force no longer had a mission need for the specialized and expensive tactical vehicles.

Luján to Highlight Importance of STEM Education

on April 13, 2014 - 9:29am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján

SANTA FE - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District will highlight the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education during a number of stops across northern New Mexico this week on a STEM Tour. 

Luján will meet with students, educators and other stakeholders to discuss the need to encourage students to pursue an education in STEM at a young age and the opportunities available in STEM fields.

BioScience Lab Opening Festivities Slated For Tuesday

on April 12, 2014 - 4:00pm

SFBI CEO Marie Longserre

SFBI News:

SANTA FE – The official grand opening ceremony for a new BioScience Lab at the Santa Fe Business Incubator (SFBI) takes place 9:45-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 15 at 3900 del Sol.

Program remarks will be followed by tours of the facility.

Speakers include:

  • The Honorable Tom Udall, U.S. Senator;
  • The Honorable Ben Ray Lujan, U.S. Congressman;
  • The Honorable Javier Gonzales, Mayor of Santa Fe;
  • Mr. Pedro Garza, EDA Regional Director U.S. Department of Commerce ; and
  • Mr. Jasper Welch, President of the National Business Incubation Association.

The BioScience

LANL Historian to Speak at MOWW Meeting on Lab's 1970-92 Cold War Period Involvement

on April 11, 2014 - 11:43am
LANL Historian Alan Carr. File photo/
MOWW News:
Historian Alan Carr of Los Alamos National Laboratory, will present a talk on LANL involvement in the 1970-92 period of the cold war as guest speaker for the April 15 dinner meeting of the Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of the World Wars at the Los Alamos County Research Park.

The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. Carr's presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m.

NanoDays Underway at Bradbury Science Museum

on April 11, 2014 - 9:16am
Bradbury Science Museum educator Gordon McDonough leads a demonstration of liquid metal during NanoDays Wednesday evening at the museum. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Aspiring scientists take part in a hands-on demonstration of surface tension Wednesday at the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Staff Report

The Bradbury Science Museum is celebrating NanoDays 2014 through April 13. At NanoDays, a range of exciting programs is underway that demonstrate the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale.

Check Out New Issue of National Security Science Magazine

on April 10, 2014 - 10:10am


LANL News:

The new issue of National Security Science magazine is available on the Los Alamos National Laboratory website here.
National Security Science magazine showcases the breadth and depth of the Laboratory's scientific and technical work to policy makers, the general public, academia, and scientific and technical experts.
In this issue:
  • Are we in the Second Nuclear Age? Is it really more dangerous than the Cold War?
  • Los Alamos nuclear-weapons designers speak frankly about the challenges they face in the Stockpile Stewardship Program: risk aversion, bureaucracy, too few

Atomic Heritage Foundation Launches 'Ranger in Your Pocket' Website

on April 10, 2014 - 8:42am
Ranger in Your Pocket website. Courtesy/AHF

AHF News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Heritage tourists around the world are now able to tour the historic B Reactor and learn about life at the Hanford site on a new website. “Ranger in Your Pocket,” launched Wednesday at The website features dozens of first-hand accounts of working on the top-secret Manhattan Project from solving the mysterious “poisoning” of the B Reactor to enduring the “termination winds.”   

The Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) has created a powerful new interpretive tool called “Ranger in Your Pocket,” based

NNSA Announces Recipient of $25 Million Grant to Improve Nuclear Arms Control Verification Technology

on April 10, 2014 - 7:46am
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development March 31 announced the award of a $25 million grant to a consortium, which includes Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), for research and development (R&D) in nuclear arms control verification technologies, including nuclear safeguards effectiveness.
The long-term investment will support the consortium, led by the University of Michigan, at $5 million per year for five years.

AGU: Scientists Reconstruct Ancient Impact That Dwarfs Dinosaur-Extinction Blast

on April 9, 2014 - 11:25am

A graphical representation of the size of the asteroid thought to have killed the dinosaurs, and the crater it created, compared to an asteroid thought to have hit the Earth 3.26 billion years ago and the size of the crater it may have generated. A new study reveals the power and scale of the event some 3.26 billion years ago which scientists think created geological features found in a South African region known as the Barberton greenstone belt. Courtesy/AGU

AGU News:


Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz Confirmed as DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security

on April 9, 2014 - 10:16am

Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON D.C. – Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz, United States Air Force (Ret), was confirmed by the Senate Tuesday as the Department of Energy’s Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

Lt. Gen. Klotz’s confirmation comes at a critical point for the National Nuclear Security Administration,” Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz said.

Audubon Society Hosts Tree Mortality Program Today

on April 9, 2014 - 8:57am


Trees are dying around the world, and some predict that they will disappear from the Southwest by the end of this century, but scientists do not have a complete understanding of just how trees die.

An experiment is underway at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to study the steps in the process that leads to tree mortality.

Nate McDowell 's Forests & Climate Change Lecture Tonight

on April 8, 2014 - 9:50am

Nathan McDowell measures photosynthesis at one of his research team's drought experiments. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • It’s not easy staying green…

Los Alamos National Laboratory climate researcher Nate McDowell will discuss climate change and its effects on forest systems in a Frontiers in Science lecture at 7 p.m. today at Duane W. Smith Auditorium at Los Alamos High School.

“The data we have suggests that forests of the Southwest and many other areas are in jeopardy of a massive die-off in the next few decades,” McDowell said.

Nuclear Arms Control R&D Consortium Includes Los Alamos

on April 7, 2014 - 11:22am

A neutron detector like this one at LANL is an invaluable national-security technology tool. Researchers at Los Alamos can help train and mentor the next generation of nation-security scientists thanks to formation of consortium led by the University of Michigan that focuses on R&D of arms control verification technologies. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Laboratory can help groom next generation of arms-control-technology experts

A consortium led by the University of Michigan that includes Los Alamos National Laboratory as a partner has been awarded a $25 million grant by the National Nuclear