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New Mexico Consortium Laboratory Open To Public

on October 18, 2014 - 5:04pm
Laboratory setup. Courtesy/NMC
Algae samples. Courtesy/NMC
 
By VICTORIA ERHART
 
Interested in using pond scum to power a jet? What to create your own multi-colored, glow in the dark, grow anywhere tomato plant? Need to study the effects of climate change from the molecular to the ultrascale level?
 
Then visit the New Mexico Consortium Laboratory in Los Alamos on the fourth Saturday of each month when the lab offers public tours of its facilities.
 
The New Mexico Consortium Laboratory is a cooperative venture bringing together scientists and researchers from Los Alamos national Laboratory, UNM, NM

EM Chief Visits WIPP For First Underground Tour Since February Incidents

on October 18, 2014 - 4:01pm

CBFO Manager Joe Franco, left, points to a location on a map of the WIPP underground as EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney looks on. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Acting Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management Mark Whitney visited WIPP Thursday and became the first non‐WIPP employee to tour the underground facility since a truck fire and unrelated radiological release temporarily closed the facility in February.

"EM, and the greater DOE, is committed to reopening WIPP to support the important mission of cleaning up the nation’s legacy of nuclear waste," Whitney said.

One Episode And Historical Society Viewing Party Remains For WGN’s Manhattan

on October 17, 2014 - 7:58am

Project Y telephone booth. Courtesy/LAHS Archives

LAHS News:

WGN’s new series, Manhattan, a fictionalized look at life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project, only has one episode in the season left.

The Los Alamos Historical Society wants to continue to thank everyone who comes to our viewings and discussions for contributing their thoughts, questions, and experiences. The Society looks forward to the season finale on Sunday. Every week the Society updates a bulletin board in the Museum to continue exploring questions and reactions as the 13-episode series continues.

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Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meets Friday

on October 16, 2014 - 8:28am

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities will hold its regular business meeting 9-11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 17 in the Los Alamos County Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave., Suite 350.


The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities is comprised of eight cities, counties and pueblos surrounding the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).   Founded in 2011, the Regional Coalition works in partnership to create one voice to ensure national decisions incorporate local needs and concerns.

Methane Detected Three Times Larger Than Predicted Using EPA Inventory

on October 14, 2014 - 11:41am

Los Alamos National Laboratory measurement instruments were placed in the field for analysis of Four Corners area power plant emissions. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

A large, persistent methane hot spot has existed over the Four Corners area of the US Southwest for almost a decade, confirmed by remote regional-scale ground measurements of the gas.

“A detailed analysis indicates that methane emissions in the region are actually three times larger than reported by EPA.

SFI: 'Confidence Sharing: An Economic Strategy For Efficient Information Flows In Animal Groups'

on October 12, 2014 - 1:16pm

Amos Korman

SFI News

The Santa Fe Institute will host a seminar, “Confidence Sharing: An Economic Strategy for Efficient Information Flows in Animal Groups" by Amos Korman (CNRS) at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20 in the Collins Conference Room at SFI, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe. The SFI host is Michael Lachmann.

Abstract.  Social animals may share information to obtain a more complete and accurate picture of their surroundings.

Dr. Donald J. Dudziak Honored With Rockwell Lifetime Achievement Award

on October 12, 2014 - 12:46pm

American Nuclear Society honors Alamos National Laboratory Fellow Emeritus Dr. Donald J. Dudziak. Courtesy photo

ANS News:

LA GRANGE PARK, Ill. – For his 50 years of service, the American Nuclear Society (ANS) has awarded Dr. Donald J. Dudziak the Rockwell Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award recognizes Dr. Dudziak’s half-century of contributions to research, development, education and mentoring related to radiation shielding and protection.

“Outstanding professionals such as Dr.

Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture On LANL Tech Transfer By Dr. David Pesiri Tuesday

on October 11, 2014 - 9:08am

Dr. David R. Pesiri

LA HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:

Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture presents "Made in Los Alamos: A Perspective on the Laboratory’s Impact on Products and Industry" by Dr. David R. Pesiri at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 Fuller Lodge.

Los Alamos National Laboratory has a long and accomplished history in national security, and from this rich past has come a tremendous wealth of technologies and products used every day.

Meet New LANL Foundation CEO Jenny Parks

on October 9, 2014 - 3:38pm

Jennifer Parks. Photo by Don Usner

LANL Foundation Names Jennifer Parks as New CEO

Española — Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation announces that its board of directors has named Jennifer Parks as the next Chief Executive Officer effective mid-January, 2015.

She will assume the role currently held by Susan Herrera, who announced earlier this year her plan to retire after 17 years as its founding director.

Parks joins the LANL Foundation from the New Mexico Community Foundation (NMCF), where since 2010 she has served as President and CEO, guiding the organization in its mission

New Los Alamos Business Expo Creates Networking Opportunity For Local Businesses

on October 9, 2014 - 11:06am

BUSINESS News:

Business Outreach and Networking Event at Los Alamos Golf Course Oct. 27

A new event designed to bring Los Alamos businesses together with local resources is set for 4-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 at Los Alamos Golf Course.

The inaugural Los Alamos Business Expo event was created by the Regional Development Corporation (RDC) in partnership with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Los Alamos National Security, LLC, to encourage growth and continued success for businesses in Los Alamos.

Historical Society’s Last Two Viewing Parties Of WGN’s Manhattan Fast Approaching

on October 9, 2014 - 10:08am

Members of the Alsos Mission with uranium cubes captured from the German bomb project in Haigerloch. Photo/public domain

LAHS News:

WGN’s new series, Manhattan, a fictionalized look at life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project, only has two episodes left. The Historical Society wants to again thank everyone who comes to our viewings and discussions for contributing their thoughts, questions, and experiences. Every week the Society updates a bulletin board in the Museum to continue exploring questions and reactions as the 13-episode series continues.

LANL Receives Star Status Recognition For Safety Excellence From Department of Energy

on October 8, 2014 - 11:36am

Voluntary Protection Program Star Site flag flying at Los Alamos National Laboratory's main technical area. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Lab largest site in DOE complex to attain Star level

Los Alamos National Laboratory has received Star-level recognition from the Department of Energy as part of DOE’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). Los Alamos becomes the largest site in the DOE complex to receive VPP Star Status.

“Hazards are part of our everyday work and achieving VPP Star recognition validates the evolution of worker-manager partnerships in making our Laboratory safe,” Laboratory

WIPP’s Primary Hoist Begins Inspection Processes

on October 8, 2014 - 11:34am

WIPP News:

The waste hoist, which is the largest and primary conveyance into the WIPP underground facility, is undergoing the final inspections necessary to return to operation.

The conveyance consists of a large enclosed platform, similar to an elevator, that transports people, equipment and waste containers from the surface to the WIPP underground facility.

The waste hoist has not been operated since the Feb. 5 fire event because of soot that accumulated on electrical components.

SFI Seminar: Carrots, Sticks and Other Smart Tricks...

on October 5, 2014 - 8:21am

Seth Blumsack

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will host a seminar, “Carrots, Sticks and Other 'Smart' Tricks: Experiments With Electricity Pricing and Consumer Behavior in Vermont,” by Seth Blumsack of Penn State Univeresity at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6 in the Collins Conference Room at SFI, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe. The SFI host is Sid Redner.

Abstract. The dominant model for the pricing of residential electric service over roughly the past century has been one in which consumers face a time-invariant price, despite high temporal and spatial variability in the economic,

SFI Seminar: More Disordered than Disorder...

on October 4, 2014 - 8:45am

Pablo Damasceno

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will host a seminar, “More Disordered than Disorder: Self-Organization, Microstates and Why Entropy Might Not Be What You Think,” by Pablo Damasceno of the University of Michigan at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdy, Oct. 8 in the Collins Conference Room at SFI, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

The public is invited to bring a lunch. The SFI host is Sid Redner.

Abstract.  Despite being usually associated to disorder, Entropy can be used to assemble building blocks into a variety of complex structures in a surprisingly predictive way.

Energy Department Officials Kick Off National Energy Action Month

on October 3, 2014 - 12:19pm

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will kick off National Energy Action Month with events in New York and Texas to highlight President Obama’s recent proclamation calling on stakeholders across the country to work together to combat climate change while spurring job creation and a low-carbon energy future.

Throughout the month of October, Moniz and other Energy Department officials will participate in events across the country to emphasize the important role that the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy plays in strengthening

SFI: 'Darwinian Approach To Complexity, Evolutionary Transitions In Individuality In Volvocine Green Algae'

on October 3, 2014 - 7:19am

Richard Michod

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will host a Colloquium, “A Darwinian Approach to Complexity, Evolutionary Transitions in Individuality in the Volvocine Green Algae” with Richard Michod of the University of Arizona at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 7 in the Noyce Conference Room at SFI, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe. The SFI host is Eric Libby.

Abstract. Individuality is a complex trait, yet a series of stages each advantageous in itself can be shown to exist allowing evolution to get from unicellular individuals to multicellular individuals.

Applications Being Accepted For Los Alamos Scholarships

on October 2, 2014 - 8:47am

LAESF News:

Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) is now accepting applications for 2015 awards.

The largest scholarship pool in Northern New Mexico, LAESF supports students who are residents of Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties seeking four-year degrees in fields that serve the region.

High school seniors enrolling in or undergraduates currently attending an accredited post-secondary educational institution are eligible to apply.

LANL Introduces ATHENA, the Desktop Human ‘Body’

on October 2, 2014 - 7:37am

Rashi Iyer

LANL News:

Creating surrogate human organs, coupled with insights from highly sensitive mass spectrometry technologies, a new project is on the brink of revolutionizing the way we screen new drugs and toxic agents.

ATHENA, the Advanced Tissue-engineered Human Ectypal Network Analyzer project team, is developing four human organ constructs – liver, heart, lung and kidney – that are based on a significantly miniaturized platform. Each organ component will be about the size of a smartphone screen, and the whole ATHENA “body” of interconnected organs would fit neatly on a desk.

“By

DOE Issues Draft Loan Guarantee Solicitation For Advanced Nuclear Energy Projects

on October 2, 2014 - 7:35am

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Energy has issued a draft solicitation that would provide up to $12.6 billion in loan guarantees for Advanced Nuclear Energy Projects, supporting the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy and bringing the nation closer to its low-carbon future.

Once finalized, these loan guarantees will provide critical financing to help commercialize advanced nuclear energy technologies, supporting projects that are often unable to secure full commercial financing due to their scale and use of innovative technology.

This draft solicitation

Los Alamos Historical Society Discusses Manhattan Episode 10

on October 1, 2014 - 2:14pm

Bernice Brode and James Tuck dancing. Courtesy/LAHS Archives

LAHS News:

  • Nearly Through  With the First Season of WGN’s Manhattan

WGN’s new series, Manhattan, a fictionalized look at life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project, is reaching its final episodes.

The Los Alamos Historical Society wants to again thank everyone who comes to our viewings and discussions for contributing their thoughts, questions, and experiences.

Every week, the Society updates a bulletin board in the Museum to continue exploring questions and reactions as the 13-episode series continues.

LANL: Team Advances Understanding Of Greenland Ice Sheet’s Meltwater Channels

on October 1, 2014 - 12:56pm

An international team of researchers deployed to western Greenland to study the melt rates of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Photo by Matthew Hoffman/LANL

LANL News:

An international research team’s field work, drilling and measuring melt rates and ice sheet movement in Greenland is showing that things are, in fact, more complicated than we thought.

“Although the Greenland Ice Sheet initially speeds up each summer in its slow-motion race to the sea, the network of meltwater channels beneath the sheet is not necessarily forming the slushy racetrack that had been previously considered,” said

DOE Secretary Hosts Energy Security Symposium, Honors Dr. Daniel Yergin With First Schlesinger Medal

on October 1, 2014 - 9:25am

Daniel Howard Yergin

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—To commemorate the 37th anniversary of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) opening in 1977 and to kick off National Energy Action Month, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today hosted the first Schlesinger Medal Ceremony and Symposium on Energy Security.

The Secretary began the event by presenting the new James R. Schlesinger Medal to world-renowned energy expert and Pulitzer-Prize winning author Dr. Daniel Yergin.

DOE Releases WIPP Recovery Plan

on October 1, 2014 - 8:11am

WIPP News:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the WIPP Recovery Plan Tuesday, which outlines the key activities, management approach and strategies that will be used to meet the current goal of resuming operations by the first quarter of calendar year 2016.

The plan also includes the projected schedule and costs associated with resumption of waste emplacement at WIPP.

NIST Scientists Improve Microscopic Batteries With Homebuilt Imaging Analysis

on September 30, 2014 - 8:30am

A 'nanoforest’ of nanowire lithium-ion batteries. Images by Oleshko/NIST

NIST News:

In a rare case of having their cake and eating it too, scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and other institutions have developed* a toolset that allows them to explore the complex interior of tiny, multi-

layered batteries they devised. It provides insight into the batteries’ performance without destroying them—resulting in both a useful probe for scientists and a potential power source for micromachines.

A STEM image of an individual battery. Images by Oleshko/NIST

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