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Los Alamos-lead Consortium Works To Enhance Fuel Cell Technology

on October 8, 2015 - 12:11pm

Rod Borup, left, and David Langlois simulate drive cycles on a fuel cell test station at LANL to understand how carbon corrosion affects catalyst stability. Balancing durability and cost is a key challenge for the success of hydrogen-powered electric cars. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Alternative energy key to greener future

Los Alamos National Laboratory is leading a Department of Energy - Fuel Cells Technologies Office-funded project to enhance the performance and durability of polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells, while simultaneously reducing their cost.

“The cost and durability of

Clear View Of Mount Sharp On Mars

on October 8, 2015 - 12:03pm

Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

NASA News:

A composite image looking toward the higher regions of Mount Sharp on Mars was taken Sept. 9 by NASA's Curiosity rover.

In the foreground -- about 2 miles (3 kilometers) from the rover -- is a long ridge teeming with hematite, an iron oxide. Just beyond is an undulating plain rich in clay minerals. And just beyond that are a multitude of rounded buttes, all high in sulfate minerals. The changing mineralogy in these layers of Mount Sharp suggests a changing environment in early Mars, though all involve exposure to water billions of years ago.

Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich, Aziz Sancar Awarded Nobel Prize In Chemistry 2015

on October 7, 2015 - 7:57am


The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2015 “for mechanistic studies of DNA repair" to:

  • Tomas Lindahl Francis Crick Institute and Clare Hall Laboratory, Hertfordshire, UK;
  • Paul Modrich Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, USA; and
  • Aziz Sancar University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

The cells’ toolbox for DNA repair

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2015 is awarded to Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar for having mapped, at a molecular level, how cells repair damaged DNA and

LANL Foundation Education Grants Available

on October 7, 2015 - 5:58am


The LANL Foundation offers Educational Outreach Small Grants to school districts and nonprofits with programs that strengthen teaching and learning.

Grants of up to $1,500 are available monthly to support public schools and nonprofits working in K-12 education in Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties. Nonprofit focus should be on teacher professional development, curriculum enhancement, and support for classroom instruction and student learning.

Chromium Blotch Grows Slowly Under The Plateau

on October 6, 2015 - 4:57pm

Danny Katzman, LANL water stewardship program manager, discusses proposals for containing the chromium plume in the regional aquifer during a Sept. 29 presentation at Cities of Gold. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/


Los Alamos Daily Post

POJOAQUE PUEBLO – Nearly nine years have gone by since Los Alamos National Laboratory formally reported the presence of a potentially carcinogenic chromium contaminant in the regional aquifer under the lab.

The probable source was soon traced to an era in which hexavalent chromium dissolved in various fluids was commonly used

LANL's Dee Magnoni New President Elect Of Special Libraries Association

on October 6, 2015 - 8:19am

LANL Research Library Director Dee Magnoni 

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory's Research Library (SRO-RL) Director Dee Magnoni is the new president elect of the Special Libraries Association beginning in January 2016.

She will serve one year as president-elect, followed by a year as president (2017) and a year as past president. Additionally, Magnoni will serve a three-year-term on the association's Board of Directors.

Magnoni became Los Alamos' Research Library director in January 2014. Magnoni is a Fellow of the Special Library Association, where she has served in several

Kajita And McDonald Receive Nobel Prize In Physics

on October 6, 2015 - 7:31am


The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2015 “for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass” to:

Takaaki Kajita, Super-Kamiokande Collaboration University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Japan; and





Arthur B. McDonald, Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Collaboration Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada.

Metamorphosis in the particle world

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2015 recognises Takaaki Kajita in Japan and Arthur B.

LANL EM Support Contract Goes To Sigma Science

on October 5, 2015 - 10:08am

DOE News:

CINCINNATI  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the award of an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract to Sigma Science Inc. (SSI) of Los Alamos.

SSI is a Small Business Administration (SBA) Certified 8(a) Program Participant. The contract will have a maximum value of $4 million with a five year ordering period. Firm-fixed-price and time-and-material task orders may be issued from the basic contract.

SSI has 18 years of experience providing nuclear safety, operations, maintenance, engineering, environmental management, project management and

Nobel Prize In Medicine Announced Today

on October 5, 2015 - 8:34am

Youyou Tu searched ancient literature on herbal medicine in her quest to develop novel malaria therapies. The plant Artemisia annua turned out to be an interesting candidate, and Tu developed a purification procedure, which rendered the active agent, Artemisinin, a drug that is remarkably effective against Malaria. Courtesy/


The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has today decided to award the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with one half jointly to

  • William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against

NNSA Awards Mo-99 Cooperative Agreement To General Atomics

on October 3, 2015 - 8:55am
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, DC  Wednesday Sept. 30, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) announced that it will award a cooperative agreement to General Atomics (GA) to support its project for domestic production of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) without highly enriched uranium (HEU).  
Mo-99 is the parent isotope of technetium-99m, which is the most widely used radioisotope in medical diagnostic imaging and is used in approximately 80 percent of nuclear diagnostic imaging procedures in the United States, equating to about 50,000 medical procedures every day. 

WIPP Emergency Response Team Member Earn Advanced Training Certifications

on October 3, 2015 - 8:39am
WIPP News:
Recovery activities at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant continue to move in a positive direction.
As part of increased emergency response capabilities, the WIPP Fire Department and Emergency Response Team are participating in advanced training, improving overall capabilities and receiving advanced certifications.
Training and validation testing has included written examinations, as well as intense physical and practical testing. All WIPP firefighters are certified at Firefighter Level I/II.

Celebrate Women In Science ... Vote For Favorite

on October 2, 2015 - 8:40am

Cast a ballot at Mesa Public Library for your favorite woman in science. Photo by Katy Korkos


Who’s your favorite woman scientist? Is it Grace Hopper, or Ada Lovelace, or maybe you call her Mom? At the Los Alamos County Libraries, we’re celebrating Ada Lovelace Day with a week of programs for kids and adults, Oct. 12 through 16, and we’re going to name a public computer after your favorite woman scientist.

“A library patron brought to our attention that not one of our computers was named after a female scientist,” Reference Librarian Liza Rivera said.

The library nicknames

Many Millions To Settle Livermore Lay-off Suit

on October 1, 2015 - 10:39am

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory span one square mile. Courtesy/LLNL

LLNL News:

The claims of 129 of the plaintiffs in the long-running lawsuit brought by 130 former workers against Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have been resolved.

In the settlement, the Laboratory has agreed to pay the former employees a total of $37.25 million in contract damages. 

The lawsuit arose out of a 2008 workforce restructuring at the Laboratory, which impacted more than 1,000 employees. In 2013, the claims of five “test plaintiffs,” out of the 130, were litigated in two separate jury trials.

The first

History Of Jews In LANL's Theoretical Division Discussed At Public Presentation Oct. 4

on October 1, 2015 - 9:55am

LANL News:

Acting Los Alamos National Laboratory Theoretical Division Leader Jack Shlachter discusses the history of Jews in T Division during the Manhattan Project in a special presentation at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4 at the Bradbury Science Museum in downtown Los Alamos. The talk is free and open to the public.

Shlachter notes that in 1945 a "disproportionate fraction" of T Division management was of Jewish origin. He will talk about several of these individuals and explore what role, if any, their religious background played in their lives.

A snapshot of the Theoretical Division at Los

Study Reveals Urban Smoke Absorbs Sunlight, Exacerbating Climate Warming

on October 1, 2015 - 9:35am

A new study by a science team led by LANL stresses the importance of understanding mixed black and brown carbon in smoke emissions for climate models. The particulates found in urban smoke are especially prone to absorbing sunlight and having a heating effect on the planet. A measurement station, shown here (Detling, UK), is one of several deployed in the UK throughout the study. Photo courtesy Manvendra Dubey/LANL

LANL News:

  • First Field Demonstration Of Warming Caused By Soot And Brown Carbon

Cloaking urban areas and wildfire zones, tiny smoke particles suspended in the atmosphere have a

Maj. Gen. Scott Jansson Assumes Command Of Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center At Kirtland AFB

on October 1, 2015 - 9:34am

Maj. Gen. Scott Jansson


KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE – Maj. Gen. Scott Jansson will assume command of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNWC) in a ceremony this morning at Hardin Field.

Before coming to the AFNWC, Jansson was the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Weapons and director of the Armament Directorate at the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

Jansson replaces Maj. Gen. Sandra Finan, who is going to the Pentagon to be the deputy chief information officer for Command, Control, Communications, and Computers. Gen.

Udall Welcomes OK Of Short-Term Budget Agreement, Urges Responsible Long-Term Budget For NM

on September 30, 2015 - 10:48pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Appropriations Committee, joined the full Senate in voting today for a short-term agreement to keep the federal government running until Dec. 11.

The measure, which passed the Senate 78-20 and passed the U.S. House of Representatives 277-151, is now headed to the president to be signed into law.

SFI: 'Social Consumer-Resource Dynamics' Oct. 6

on September 30, 2015 - 12:21pm
John Fryxell, University of Guelph
SFI News:
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) hosts Colloquium "Social Consumer-Resource Dynamics" at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday Oct. 6, at Noyce Conference Room.
Abstract: Classic ecological theory is based on mass action principles derived from the ideal gas law.
While the simplicity of this approach has been very useful, it is clear that the biology of living organisms violates several of the key central assumptions.
At the same time, there is also growing recognition that active non-living particles can have interesting emergent properties not predicted by the ideal

Tree Death Impact Studied In Forests Worldwide

on September 30, 2015 - 9:13am

Large trees suffer more than small trees during and after droughts, and while theories had suggested this should be a globally consistent pattern, a new study confirms the concept with a worldwide survey of 38 forests. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

In forests worldwide, drought consistently has had a more detrimental impact on the growth and survival of larger trees, new research shows.

In addition, while the death of small trees may affect the dominance of trees in a landscape, the death of large trees has a far worse impact on the ecosystem and climate’s health, especially due to the important

NASA Confirms Evidence That Liquid Water Flows On Present Day Mars

on September 30, 2015 - 7:32am
NASA News:
New findings from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present day Mars.

Using an imaging spectrometer on MRO, researchers detected signatures of hydrated minerals on slopes where mysterious streaks are seen on the Red Planet. These darkish streaks appear to ebb and flow over time. They darken and appear to flow down steep slopes during warm seasons, and then fade in cooler seasons.

Moniz On Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

on September 30, 2015 - 6:52am
Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz
DOE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Secretary Of Energy Ernest Moniz released the following statement on the occasion of the 2015 conference on facilitating entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty:
"In 1992, the United States government voluntarily implemented a moratorium on nuclear explosive testing—a policy that has been observed ever since, by four presidential administrations, both Democrat and Republican. 
"Four years later, the United States was the first country to sign the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) when it

NNSA Partnership Successfully Removes All Remaining HEU From Uzbekistan

on September 29, 2015 - 3:50pm
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, DC  Today, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) announced the successful return of the final 5 kilograms (approximately 11 pounds) of highly enriched uranium (HEU) spent fuel from the IIN-3M “Foton” research reactor in Tashkent, Uzbekistan to Russia.
This is the eighth shipment of HEU from Uzbekistan since 2004 and marks the removal of all HEU from the country.
Since the Russian Research Reactor Fuel Return program began in 2002, DOE/NNSA has collaborated with the Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation and the Federal Center

Udall Urges Congress To Stop Playing Games, Pass Responsible Budget For New Mexico

on September 27, 2015 - 7:09am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


“New Mexicans are eager for solutions. And they are tired of these political games that threaten jobs and weaken our economy.” – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, delivered a speech on the Senate floor about the impact a potential government shutdown would have in New Mexico.

With less than one week left until government funding runs out, Udall urged Congress to pass a temporary funding extension and begin bipartisan budget negotiations he’s long

Paws To People Awards $10K To Lyme Disease Study

on September 27, 2015 - 7:05am


PTOP News:

ALBUQUERQUE - What do you say to a research project that will tackle head on a trio of diseases that are escalating in both dogs and humans to better understand their relationships and develop a better diagnostic test?

To a project that will yield results not in decades but in months? One that embodies the essence of translational studies in its ability to benefit animals and humans? If you are the Paws To People Organization, you would say ... What are we waiting for - let’s Build A Bridge!

Paws To People Board of Directors awarded $10,000 to fund a