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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.

LAUNCH Los Alamos Info Night Tonight: Funding For Young Entrepreneurs To Start A Business

on August 26, 2016 - 3:31pm


Anyone between the ages of 13 and 19 who has a great business idea is invited to attend a unique event this evening: Community ‘Info Night’ at projectY, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at 150 Central Park Square.

The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) is providing a fantastic opportunity to youth in the communities of Los Alamos, Jemez Springs, Espanola and Pojoaque. The LAUNCH LA Program provides youth the opportunity to experience the rewards of starting and running a business.

Today's Emergency Exercise At LAMC Has Concluded

on August 26, 2016 - 3:16pm

Los Alamos Medical Center. Courtesy Photo

LAMC News:

The multi-agency Emergency Exercise today at Los Alamos Medical Center has concluded.

All hospital activities have returned to normal procedures.

We appreciate the assistance and understanding of our patients and visitors during the event.

NNSA Awards Nevada National Security Site Management & Operating Contract To NVS3T

on August 26, 2016 - 11:55am

NNSA News:

Contract Award Provides Best Value to the Government and Workforce Stability for a Decade

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced today it has awarded Nevada Site Science Support and Technologies Corporation, LLC (NVS3T) with the management and operating contract for the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) near Las Vegas, NV.

NVS3T is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Integrated Technology, LLC. Fluor Federal Services, Inc. and Longenecker and Associates, Inc. will support NVS3T in the performance of this contract.


Alert: Multi-agency Emergency Exercise At LAMC Today

on August 26, 2016 - 8:45am


This is a reminder there is a multi-agency Emergency Exercise today at Los Alamos Medical Center.

If you see a lot of activity, such as emergency vehicles and the like, it is because of the Emergency Exercise.

LAMC is working with LANL, Los Alamos County, and emergency responders as part of our work to be wholly prepared in case of a true crisis.

Should there be demand for real patient care that requires ED staff attention, the exercise at LAMC will be suspended to care for patients. 

Wider Temperature Tolerance Is Based On Ion-pair-coordinated Polymers

on August 25, 2016 - 4:35pm
Researchers Yu Seung Kim,left, and Kwan-Soo Lee. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:

A new class of fuel cells based on a newly discovered polymer-based material could bridge the gap between the operating temperature ranges of two existing types of polymer fuel cells, a breakthrough with the potential to accelerate the commercialization of low-cost fuel cells for automotive and stationary applications.

A Los Alamos National Laboratory team, in collaboration with Yoong-Kee Choe at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan and Cy Fujimoto of Sandia National

High-impact Innovations Are R&D 100 Award Finalists

on August 25, 2016 - 8:48am

Pulak Nath, of Los Alamos National Laboratory, holds the Pulmonary Lung Model (PulMo). Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Eight technologies offer breakthroughs in energy, computing, cybersecurity, health, materials and particle accelerators

Eight Los Alamos National Laboratory innovations were selected as finalists for the 2016 R&D 100 Awards, which honor the top 100 proven technological advances of the past year as determined by a panel selected by R&D Magazine.

Letter To The Editor: Kosiewicz Reply To Bowman Retort

on August 25, 2016 - 8:39am
Los Alamos

A few days before Charles Bowman wrote his retort to my letter, I asked the Los Alamos Daily Post and the Los Alamos Monitor to publish the correct gas composition of gases generated by radiolysis of cellulosics. The Post immediately corrected my online story to show the main gases were hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and lesser amounts of carbon monoxide, see Zerwekh (ref.1) and Kosiewicz (ref.2) cited below. Hereafter, I will just refer to them as ref. 1 and ref.2.

Bowman cites ref. 1 as showing radiolytic gas pressure doubling in one experiment in 21 days.

Garcia Richard Visits With Tech Transfer Companies

on August 24, 2016 - 7:58am

From left, Fast Company Magazine founder Alan Webber and Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard visit with UbiQD CEO Hunter McDaniel Aug. 11 during a tour of local tech transfer companies. Courtesy photo

From left, Fast Company Magazine founder Alan Webber and Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard watch a demonstration by UbiQD CEO Hunter McDaniel during an Aug. 11 tour of local tech transfer companies. Courtesy photo

Rick Nebel, founder of Tibbar Plasma Technologies in Los Alamos speaks with Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Aug.

Cone Zone Extra: LANL Exercise Friday Aug. 26

on August 23, 2016 - 4:35pm


Motorists at or near the Diamond/Trinity intersection may see activity in the parking lot of the Los Alamos Medical Center this Friday. This is only a LANL emergency exercise, no cause for alarm.

Read the LANL news release below for details. Traffic should not be impeded, but, curious drivers may be more interested in looking at "what's going on at the Medical Center..." - so be alert if passing through this busy intersection!

LANL News Release:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is conducting an emergency preparedness exercise Friday, Aug. 26. It is only an exercise.

Los Alamos High School Teacher Kathy Boerigter Receives Prestigious Presidential Award For Excellence In Science Teaching

on August 22, 2016 - 7:56pm
 Los Alamos High School teacher Kathy Boerigter has received the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, which she will receive in September at the White House in Washington, D.C. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus congratulates Los Alamos High School teacher Kathy Boerigter for being honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. P
hoto by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Today, the White House announced the recipients of the prestigious Presidential

LANL: DOE Pilot Program Connects Entrepreneurs With Expertise At National Laboratories

on August 22, 2016 - 5:08pm

PajaritoPowder, LLC, a fuel-cell-catalyst company based in Albuquerque, is one of the voucher recipients that will partner with Los Alamos. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory will give technical assistance to three fuel-cell technology companies, including one based in Albuquerque, that have been awarded vouchers by the Department of Energy as phase two of the Small Business Voucher (SBV) pilot program.

The program partners small businesses working toward clean-energy technologies with national laboratories so they can better leverage their world-class capabilities and

LANL Scientist David L. Clark Receives 2017 Glenn T. Seaborg Award For Nuclear Chemistry

on August 22, 2016 - 10:05am

David L. Clark is the recipient of the 2017 Glenn T. Seaborg Award for Nuclear Chemistry from the American Chemistry Society. Photo by Rod Searcey, Stanford, Calif.

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory chemist David L. Clark has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Glenn T. Seaborg Award for Nuclear Chemistry, sponsored by the American Chemical Society Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology.

“Dave is well-known for his breadth of accomplishment in actinide synthesis, characterization, and electronic structure elucidation, as well as the development of modern multi-method

Letter to the Editor: Bowman Response To Kosiewicz

on August 21, 2016 - 4:29pm
By Charles D. Bowman
President, ADNA Corporation
Los Alamos

Kosiewicz, apparently from his letter, a key leader in establishing the design basis for WIPP, says he retired from LANL 11 years ago. It would have served readers well if he had not relied on memory before commenting on our analysis of the barrel incident and our “errors and omissions.”

Among his misstatements:

  1. He writes, “In our experiments, the major gases produced from radiolysis of cellulosics were carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide with lesser amounts of hydrogen.” However Fig.

Roger This: Here We Go Again With The Bomb Factory

on August 19, 2016 - 7:58am

Los Alamos Daily Post

A new report from the Government Accountability Office finds little to like about the latest plans for building plutonium production and analysis capacity at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  

Congress has asked the lab to step up its potential to supply pits, or plutonium triggers, for the existing nuclear arsenal and meet the needs of a modernized inventory of nuclear weapons, while making way for additional process equipment upgrades.

DOE and the National Nuclear Security Administration have the responsibility to forge a strategy to pick up the

Isotope Research Opens Possibilities For Cancer Treatment

on August 19, 2016 - 7:49am
The triumphant research team during the acquisition of the first actinium X-ray Absorption Fine Structure analysis (on the screen). From left, Thomas Hostetler (SSRL), Chantal Stieber (former Los Alamos), Maryline Ferrier (Los Alamos), Juan Lezama Pacheco (Stanford) and Stosh Kozimor (Los Alamos). Courtesy photo

LANL News:

  • Computer models supporting spectroscopy unlock behavior of actinium-225

A new study at Los Alamos National Laboratory and in collaboration with Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource greatly improves scientists’ understanding of the element actinium.

NOAA Launches America’s First National Water Forecast Model

on August 18, 2016 - 10:06pm

The new National Water Model will provide river forecast guidance at 2.7 million locations (in blue), complementing the 4,000 locations (in yellow) where National Weather Service river forecasts are currently issued. Courtesy/NOAA

NOAA News:

NOAA and its partners have developed a new forecasting tool to simulate how water moves throughout the nation’s rivers and streams, paving the way for the biggest improvement in flood forecasting the country has ever seen.

Launched today and run on NOAA’s powerful new Cray XC40 supercomputer, the National Water Model uses data from more than 8,000 U.S.

Heinrich To Host Summit On Energy Storage Strategies For Industry And National Security

on August 18, 2016 - 9:35am

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

ALBUQUERQUE - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will host the 2016 Energy Summit: Energy Storage Strategies for Industry & National Security in Albuquerque.

The event is Tuesday, Aug. 23 and will bring together industry leaders, scientists, and grid and national security experts, and feature panel discussions with representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S.

NNSA Receives Excellence Award For Radiological Security Enhancements

on August 18, 2016 - 9:17am

NNSA Deputy Administrator Anne Harrington - Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation

HONOLULU – At an official event this week, the City and County of Honolulu presented the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) with the Homeland Security Award for DOE/NNSA’s Office of Radiological Security’s (ORS) efforts to enhance the security of radioactive materials in the State of Hawaii.

The award recognizes DOE/NNSA and Hawaii’s partnership to improve radiological material security across Hawaii in order to prevent the materials from falling into the hands of

SFI Community Lecture: Surprises At Intersection Of Human Emotion And Wearable Tech Aug. 30

on August 18, 2016 - 8:41am
SFI News:
SANTA FE  How will our future computers, robots, and smartphones get the emotional intelligence they need to be truly useful?
This talk highlights the adventures behind some of the world's first technologies that recognize human emotion. Rosalind W. Picard is the founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the MIT Media Laboratory and a pioneer in the field of human-computer interaction.

Seating for SFI's community lectures is limited and ticket reservations are required. Reserve your free tickets through the Lensic Box Office online or call

DOE Announces Spirit Of Concern For Whistleblowers

on August 17, 2016 - 6:14pm
Department of Energy. Courtesy/DOE
Los Alamos Daily Post

Department of Energy employees and contractor employees may get a little more help in the future to combat whistleblower retaliation by their employers.

Steven Croley

DOE general counsel Steven Croley announced in a DOE blog Aug. 4 that he was taking two new steps to improve the situation.

First, he has sent an “Acquisition Letter” to senior procurement executives of DOE and the National Nuclear Security Administration intended to make clear “if and when the Department will reimburse legal costs in

Science On Tap: The Neutrino Yesterday and Today

on August 17, 2016 - 2:03pm


Science On Tap happens every third Thursday of the month, featuring a new topic each time. This month Keith Rielage will talk about neutrinos. Science On Tap begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.

Rielage is a neutrino physicist with Los Alamos National Laboratory's Neutron Science & Technology group, and will share a brief tale of the discovery and study of the neutrino.

NASA Issues Report On New Mexico Methane Hotspot

on August 17, 2016 - 10:39am

NASA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  NASA released a study Monday on methane emissions from the oil and gas industry in the San Juan Basin of New Mexico.
The report, based on intensive aerial surveys and ground crews, is a follow-up on the 2014 satellite report that initially found the “hotspot” in the region, and sought to further identify and explain its causes.

The study identified 250 large methane plumes emitted from well pads, storage tanks, pipelines, gas processing plants, and venting from the San Juan coal mine.

Planetarium Film: ‘Exploding Universe’ Aug. 19, 20, 21

on August 16, 2016 - 7:53am
The family-friendly film ‘Exploding Universe’ plays at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 and 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 and Sunday, Aug. 21 in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium on Canyon Road. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC) new planetarium film, “Exploding Universe”, explores a world where supernovas erupt, massive materials collide and protons give birth to life as is known today.
This family-friendly film plays at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 and 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 and Sunday, Aug. 21 in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium on Canyon

Heinrich Launches Online Zika Resource Center

on August 15, 2016 - 1:24pm

Courtesy image

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen.  Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is providing New Mexicans with critical resources and raising awareness about the health threat posed by the Zika virus. 

Today, he launched a Zika Resource Center on his website to provide information about the virus and tools to help New Mexicans stay healthy.

“While the Zika crisis grows, it’s more important than ever that New Mexicans have access to critical information about how to keep themselves and their families safe during the summer months and while traveling.