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Manhattan Project National Historical Park Advisory Committee Meets May 26

on May 23, 2015 - 8:52am
LAC News:
 
The next meeting of the newly established Manhattan Project National Historical Park Advisory Committee is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, at Municipal Building Room 330.
 
The public is welcome to attend meetings of the committee. The committee has not yet determined a regular meeting time, date and location.
 
The purpose of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Committee is to identify and review the various issues that must be addressed in order to prepare Los Alamos County for the opening of the Park.

Poll: What's Causing Bright Spots On Ceres?

on May 22, 2015 - 10:32am

Unusual bright spots discovered on Ceres. Courtesy/JPL

JPL News:

Can you guess what's creating those unusual bright spots on Ceres? Volcano, geyser, rock, ice, salt deposit, other?

On March 6, NASA's Dawn spacecraft began orbiting Ceres, the largest body in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Even before the spacecraft arrived at the dwarf planet, images revealed mysterious bright spots that captivated scientists and observers alike.

Until Dawn gets a closer look over the next few months, it's anyone's guess what those spots could be. So, go ahead! Cast your vote. See more

SFI Seminar 'Punches And Hugs' May 26

on May 22, 2015 - 7:36am
Christie Aschwanden SFI Journalism Fellow
 
SFI News:
 
Santa Fe Institute (SFI) will be holding the seminar "Punches and Hugs: What Hate Mail Has Taught Me About How To Communicate Science With The Public" with Christie Aschwanden at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, at Noyce Conference Room.
 
Abstract: Even in our age of science, irrational thinking and science denialism remain rampant.

U.S. Leads Fifth International Review Meeting On Safety Of Spent Fuel And Radioactive Waste Management

on May 20, 2015 - 8:11pm
NNSA News:
 
VIENNA, Austria Representatives of the nations or Contracting Parties who are signatories to the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management (Joint Convention), began on Monday the Fifth Review Meeting of the Contracting Parties.
 
The Joint Convention is the first international instrument that deals with the safety of management and storage of radioactive waste and spent fuel in countries with and without nuclear programs.

Court Reverses Sabotage Verdict For Y-12 Protesters

on May 20, 2015 - 11:37am
Courtesy/Nuke Resister & Transform Now Plowshares
 
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

By a 2-1 vote, a U.S. Court of Appeals in Knoxville, Tenn., overturned a sabotage conviction for three religious protesters on May 8.

The decision led to the release Saturday of Megan Rice, an 84-year-old nun, 59-year-old Greg Boertje-Obed and 66-year-old Michael Walli. They were arrested while infiltrating the Y-12 National Security Site near Oak Ridge National Laboratory on July 28, 2012.

Rice has been serving a 35-month sentence and the two men were working on a 65-month sentence each.

National Defense University Students Tour Los Alamos

on May 19, 2015 - 11:24am

National Defense University students gather for lunch Monday at Fuller Lodge during their visit to Los Alamos. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Students from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., paid a visit to Los Alamos National Laboratory Monday as part of a two-week trip visiting various national security facilities around the country. 

According to a staff member traveling with the students, 50 different countries are represented by this gathering and all are studying for a Masters Degree in National Security.

Before gathering for lunch at

Udall To Discuss Critical NM Funding For Labs

on May 18, 2015 - 11:00pm

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will attend Senate Committee meetings on several issues important to New Mexico, including the Fiscal Year 2016 budgets for New Mexico's national labs, military bases and the Department of Veterans Affairs; Indian water rights settlements; important safety updates at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that affect all airports; and expanding U.S. relations with Cuba.

Additionally, a bill that Udall recently introduced to create a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES), will be considered by the Senate Energy and

Science On Tap: Risks Of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

on May 18, 2015 - 10:58pm

James Privette 

LANL News:

James Privette of the Integrated Services group at Los Alamos National Laboratory describes how LANL is working to counter the risk unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) pose to national security.

Privette will discuss the issue in a Science on Tap conversation at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 21, at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos. There is ample parking in Central Park Square.

As the use of drones increases in popularity, their threat to the nation's assets also increases.

LANL's Surplus Property Sale May 21 Is Cancelled

on May 18, 2015 - 5:41pm
LANL News:
 
Los Alamos National Laboratory's monthly surplus property sale scheduled for Thursday, May 21, has been cancelled.
 
The next scheduled surplus property sale is June 18, weather permitting.

Heinrich Fights For New Mexico In Annual Defense Bill

on May 17, 2015 - 8:01am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voted to advance the committee's fiscal year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The bill includes key provisions Senator Heinrich worked to include that benefit New Mexico's men and women in uniform, military installations, private industry, national laboratories, and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

The bill, which sets the Department of Defense spending levels and policies for the upcoming fiscal year, was reported out of committee today and will now

LANL: New Issue Of 1663 Magazine Available

on May 17, 2015 - 7:54am

LANL News:

The new issue of Los Alamos National Laboratory's 1663 magazine is now available.

In this issue:

  • New observatory explores the hidden depths of the high-energy universe
  • Forecasting global disease outbreaks with Wikipedia page-request data
  • Major breakthrough in the production of low-cost solar cells
  • Better antibodies for better biomedical research and better biomolecular detection
  • How interface misalignments shape the properties of layered nanocomposites

…and more

Click here to get your science and technology fix from Los Alamos!

LANL: Better Predicting Flu Outbreaks With Wikipedia

on May 16, 2015 - 8:43am

From left, Kyle Hickmann, Nick Generous, Alina Deshpande, Geoffrey Fairchild, Sara Del Valle and Reid Preidhorshy. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have the ability to forecast the upcoming flu season and other infectious diseases by analyzing views of Wikipedia articles.

“The ability to more accurately forecast the flu season and other infectious diseases will transform the way health departments prepare for and respond to epidemics, ultimately saving lives,” scientist Sara Del Valle said.

Del Valle and her team recently published “Forecasting the

Donation Site Opens For Worker Injured At TA-53

on May 15, 2015 - 12:37pm
IBEW News:
 
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 611 has set up an emergency fundraising site for Julian Trujillo, who was critically injured at Los Alamos National Laboratory May 3 while performing maintenance on an electrical substation at TA-53. 
 
Trujillo remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition and faces "a long and difficult recovery," as noted on the fundraising site. 
 
If you would like to help support Trujillo and his family during this very difficult time, please donate online to the Julian and Deborah Trujillo Recovery Fund.

NMED Secretary: A Safer New Mexico

on May 15, 2015 - 7:31am

A Safer New Mexico
By Cabinet Secretary Ryan Flynn
New Mexico Environment Department

A little more than a year ago, a drum of transuranic waste packed with incompatible materials ruptured after being transported 300 miles through New Mexico from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad. When the drum ruptured and released radiation into the atmosphere, Gov. Susana Martinez and her administration moved quickly and decisively.

Immediately after being notified of the release, the New Mexico Environment Department was on the ground in

WIPP: Initial Closure Of Panel 6 Complete With Work In Panel 7, Room 7 In Process

on May 14, 2015 - 3:29pm

A steel bulkhead seals the entrance to Panel 7, Room 7 at WIPP. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Workers at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) completed the initial closure of Panel 6, safely and successfully isolating about 85 percent of the nitrate salt bearing waste containers associated with the breached drum from the Los Alamos National Laboratory that are in the WIPP underground facility.

Workers completed installation of the substantial barrier (chain link, brattice cloth and mined salt) and steel bulkheads on both the intake and exhaust sides of Panel 6. As an added precaution,

US And China Mark 10th Anniversary Of Peaceful Uses Of Nuclear Technology Joint Coordination Meetings

on May 14, 2015 - 3:09pm

NNSA News:

CHENGDU, CHINA – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington and China National Energy Administration (NEA) Director General Liu Baohua co-chaired the 10th Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Technology (PUNT) Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC) meeting May 6-7 in Chengdu, China.

Since 2002, the United States and China have held periodic joint meetings on their cooperative activities under the U.S.-China PUNT Agreement.

LANL Guards Reach Out To SOC-LA To Restart Talks

on May 14, 2015 - 11:30am

IGUA News:

International Guards Union of America Local 69 (IGUA) just announced that they had reached out to SOC-LA, the company that provides security services at Los Alamos National Laboratory, to resume labor talks.

IGUA said they are reaching out despite the company’s threatening to withhold paychecks from negotiators as part of the contentious talks that the union walked out of last week, due to SOC-LA’s acting in bad faith, and continuing its demands for disproportionate increases in health care costs for union members while offering only a nominal increase in retirement benefits.

LANB Donates $50K To Los Alamos Historical Society

on May 13, 2015 - 1:25pm

Los Alamos National Bank's Senior Administrative Officer Rod Pittman, left, presents a check for $50,000 to the Los Alamos Historical Society, which is accepted by Board President Ron Wilkins during the organization's annual meeting Tuesday evening at Fuller Lodge. Wilkins commended LANB for its generosity and the many good works it does throughout the community. Executive Director Heather McClenahan, standing, and Historical Society board member Wendy Hoffman look on at right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Audience members applaud as Senior Administrative Officer Rod Pittman

State Environment Secretary Discusses $73 Million WIPP Settlement With DOE

on May 13, 2015 - 1:24pm

NMED Secretary Ryan Flynn

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

“Liability was a major issue,” said New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Secretary Ryan Flynn during a telephone interview Tuesday, discussing the state’s $73 million settlement on April 30 of claims for violations and liabilities related to a major contamination accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad in southern New Mexico. “We felt strongly that the weight of the evidence on our side was so overwhelming, we were able to get past that issue early on,” he said.

The WIPP facility has been closed

MOWW Presents Alan B. Carr At Meeting May 19

on May 13, 2015 - 11:23am
MOWW News:
 
At this month's meeting of the Military Order of the World Wars, the guest speaker is Alan B. CarrHis thesis, ”The Long Road to Kursk: The Development, Abandonment and Relearning of Soviet Military Strategy,” at 7:15 p.m., May 19 at the Hot Rocks Java Cafe in the Los Alamos Research Park the 2nd floor conference room.
 
The Los Alamos Research Park building is located west of the South Mesa Fire Station.

Quantum Dot Startup Takes Another Quantum Leap

on May 12, 2015 - 12:30pm
Hunter McDaniel, president and founder of UbiQD, LLC. Courtesy photo
 
Quantum dots can take any light and turn it into any color. Courtesy photo
 
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

If it were possible to win a trifecta in the high-stakes/high-gain world of start-up technology, a two-year-old Los Alamos company with a geeky name might have just pulled one off.

Hunter McDaniel, president and founder of a local venture called UbiQD, LLC, announced Monday that his company had signed two key intellectual property licensing agreements, one with Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Letter To The Editor: Author Chuck Montaño Comments On His Book 'Los Alamos: A Whistleblower’s Diary'

on May 11, 2015 - 11:46am
By Chuck Montaño
Santa Fe

I thank the Los Alamos Daily Post for its recent review of my book. The book is titled Los Alamos: A Whistleblower’s Diary, and is a “70th Anniversary Reflection” focusing on
significant issues and events other books about Los Alamos tend to overlook.

The centerpiece of my book is the obstruction of justice that happened in 2003, when two seasoned criminal investigators—Glenn Walp and Steve Doran—were terminated suddenly
for the purpose of derailing their ongoing investigation of a major procurement fraud occurring in Los Alamos at the time.

LANL and University of

Bill Introduced For Tech-Transfer Maturation Program

on May 11, 2015 - 11:13am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. and Michael Bennet, D-Colo. introduced legislation to launch a new National Laboratory Technology Maturation Program (NLTMP) at DOE to facilitate successful commercialization of laboratory-developed technologies and boost regional, technology-driven economic impacts.

The bill, S.1259, the National Laboratory Technology Maturation Act, will be considered June 4 during a hearing in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Under the National Laboratory Technology Maturation Program, small businesses with

Work Continues On Historic Hans Bethe House

on May 11, 2015 - 11:00am

A gardener works on the grounds of the Hans Bethe House Wednesday at 1350 Bathtub Row in preparation for new landscaping. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Friday the grounds of the Hans Bethe House on Bathtub Row are cleared, leveled and ready for landscaping. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Work contiues on the historic home at 1350 Bathtub Row, including exterior clean up and landscaping. 

Manhattan Project artifacts collectors Clay and Dorothy Perkins turned over the deed of the home to the Los Alamos Historical Society in December.

Dr. Nina Lanza: 'Exploring Mars With The Curiosity Rover'

on May 10, 2015 - 11:51am
Mars Curiosity Rover. Courtesy photo
 

HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:

Dr. Nina Lanza will present a Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture, “Exploring Mars with the Curiosity Rover,” following the Society’s annual meeting.

The meeting is 6:30 p.m. and the lecture is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12 in Fuller Lodge. Lanza is a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She is living her dream of working on a spaceship with lasers on Mars as part of the ChemCam instrument team on the Curiosity Rover.

Lanza is broadly interested in understanding the history of water on the Martian surface at a variety

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