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Cleanup Project Begins Near Upper Truck Route

on August 22, 2014 - 11:16am
A worker shovels dirt at the TA-61 soil cleanup site. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Corrective Actions Program has begun a legacy-contaminant soil cleanup project at the former Technical Area 61.

Located on the south side of East Jemez Road adjacent to the county landfill, the project began Aug. 11 and will last until mid-September. Crews will excavate about 120 cubic yards of soil contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which are common in industrial sites, from a utility corridor where a leaking transformer was staged in the past.


New Issue Of LANL's 1663 Magazine Available

on August 20, 2014 - 1:11pm

LANL News:

The latest issue of Los Alamos National Laboratory's 1663 Magazine is now availble.

In this issue:

  • Gamma-ray bursts and persistent monitoring of the night sky
  • The effort to preserve helium-3, an endangered nuclear species
  • Global climate research stations for atmospheric sampling
  • No-yield subcritical nuclear testing
  • How endothelial cells adhere to blood vessels
  • …and more

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

Discussion of Fourth Episode of WGN's 'Manhattan'

on August 20, 2014 - 12:25pm

Niels Bohr on Sawyer's Hill in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project. Courtesy/LAHS Archives

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos Historical Society (LAHS) wants to thank the community for their continued interest and support in our discussions of WGN’s TV series Manhattan.

Here are some of the common questions we heard at the discussion of the fourth episode this past Sunday and on social media.

Every week the Society will be updating a bulletin board in the museum to continue exploring questions and reactions as the 13-episode series continues.

Previous episodes are discussed on the LAHS

Energy Department Invests $67 Million to Advance Nuclear Technology

on August 20, 2014 - 11:30am

DOE News:

WASHINGTON – Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and the Administration’s efforts to expand clean energy innovation, the Energy Department announced today nearly $67 million in nuclear energy research and infrastructure enhancement awards.

Eighty-three projects were selected from across the country based on their potential to create scientific breakthroughs that both help strengthen the nation’s energy security and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

“The Department’s support for cutting-edge nuclear science and engineering across our universities, national

WIPP Modifies Underground Entry Requirements

on August 20, 2014 - 10:08am

WIPP News:

Entries into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) underground facility are becoming more frequent, a sign that recovery efforts are progressing.

Recently, radiological control personnel began conducting the surveys and sampling necessary to reclassify areas in the underground facility from areas of potential airborne contamination to radiological buffer areas. A buffer area is an uncontaminated area immediately adjacent to the contaminated area and is usually located at the exit or entrance point of the contamination zone.

The initial areas being surveyed, sampled and

PMI Signs Contract With LANL

on August 19, 2014 - 4:59pm

Eric Quintana, general manager and co-owner of Performance Maintenance Inc., signs a contract to provide janitorial equipment and supplies to the Laboratory while Lorraine E. Dominguez, seated right, of Purchasing (ASM-PUR) witnesses, during a contract signing ceremony at LANL. Standing left to right are LANL Small Business Program Manager Chris Fresquez, Nick Perry of ASM-PUR, and Daven Quintana and Geraldine Talachy, both of PMI.  The contract is for one year with option years not to exceed five years. Courtesy/LANL

Drone Video Captures TA-21 Water Tower Demolition

on August 19, 2014 - 3:29pm

Click here to watch the video of Los Alamos National Laboratory's TA-21 water tower demolition captured from a drone operated by Joe Martz Monday afternoon. Courtesy/Joe Martz

LANL: Using Supercomputers to Forecast Wildfire Behavior

on August 19, 2014 - 3:25pm

PrintScreen/LANL Video

LANL News:


Thanks to prolonged drought and a changing climate, the frequency and intensity of catastrophic wildfires are increasing every year, not only in the West, but across the country and the world.

According to the National Interagency Fire Center there are currently 28 large wildfires burning across the country covering 568,582 acres.

LANL Foundation Hosts Annual First Born® Conference Featuring Dr. Bruce Perry Sept. 23

on August 19, 2014 - 10:06am

Dr. Bruce Perry


How do we foster brain development and create safe and healthy environments for children to thrive?

Dr. Bruce Perry, a nationally known psychiatrist who has served as a consultant in the Columbine school shootings and other traumatic events, will present on “The Power of Early Childhood” at the annual First Born® Conference 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sept. 23 at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort at Santa Ana Pueblo.

Perry is Senior Fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy in Houston, Texas and an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg

Emergency Exercise Planned At LANL Thursday

on August 19, 2014 - 9:52am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is conducting an emergency preparedness exercise Thursday, Aug. 21.

It is only an exercise. The Lab routinely conducts emergency exercises to test the preparedness of emergency response and other LANL personnel who would respond to an actual emergency. 

During the exercise, LANL employees and the public may see emergency response vehicles with their lights running in the area of Technical Area 3. “Exercise in Progress” signs will be placed in affected areas.

Public Invited To Robotics Night At Bradbury Friday

on August 19, 2014 - 8:04am

 Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Hazardous Devices Team robot.  Courtesy/LANL

BSM News:

  • Robots Take Center Stage At Bradbury Science Museum Friday

Employees and the public can see and drive a variety of different robots at "Robotics Night" set for 5 to 8 p.m., this Friday (Aug. 22) at the Bradbury Science Museum.

Robots from Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Hazardous Devices Team, the FIRST Robotics Clubs (high school and middle-school students) UNM-Los Alamos, First LEGO League and other local robotics enthusiasts are scheduled to be at the museum.

Activities take place inside the downtown

More Scenes From TA-21 Tower Demolishment

on August 18, 2014 - 6:26pm

The view from ground level across the canyon as workers prepare the tower to be demolished this afternoon at the west end of TA-21. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

A crowd gathers along East Road to watch the tower come down from across the canyon. Photo by Leland Lehman/

A drone operated by Joe Mertz to capture the tower demolition today appears as just a spec high in the sky. Photo by Carol A.

First TA-21 Water Tower Demolished ... Second Tower Goes Down Tuesday

on August 18, 2014 - 4:54pm

A bird's eye view from a drone of the water tower at the west end of TA-21 beginning to topple over at 1:58 p.m. today. Courtesy/Joe Martz

The drone captures the water tower falling at mid point at the west end of TA-21. Courtesy/Joe Martz

The drone captures the water tower hitting the ground and the ensuing cloud of dirt at the west end of TA-21. Courtesy/Joe Martz


The Department of Energy’s Environmental Projects Office took down the water tower at the west end of Technical Area 21 (TA-21) at 1:58 p.m. today.

The tower to the east at TA-21 is scheduled to come down

U.S. Ranks Second in Installed Capacity in the World in Wind Energy

on August 18, 2014 - 9:00am

DOE News:

The U.S. continues to be a global leader in wind energy, ranking second in installed capacity in the world, according to two reports released by the Department of Energy.

Wind power is a key component of the nation’s all-of-the-above strategy to reduce carbon pollution, diversify our energy economy, and bring innovative technologies on line. With increasing wind energy generation and decreasing prices of wind energy technologies, the U.S. wind energy market remains strong and the U.S.

LANL's Amanda N. Barry Speaks at MOWW Tuesday

on August 18, 2014 - 8:07am

Amanda N. Barry

MOWW News:

Dr. Amanda N. Barry of Los Alamos National Laboratory is the guest speaker at Tuesday's general meeting of the Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of World Wars, Tuesday, Aug. 19 at the Los Alamos Research Park in the main meeting room.

The topic of Dr. Barry’s talk is “Transforming Microalgae for Biofuel Production.”

Tuesday's meeting begins at 6 p.m. with a social period, followed at 6:25 p.m. by a brief business meeting and dinner and at about 7:15 p.m. Dr. Barry will begin her presentation.  

The Military Order of the World

SFI: Design Principles of Biological Growth Control

on August 18, 2014 - 7:01am

Arthur D. Lander

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will host a seminar at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 in the Collins Conference Room, 1399 Hyde Park Road.

Arthur D. Lander,  University of California, Irvine; SFI External Professor, will speak on "Design Principles of Biological Growth Control."


Our bodies arise through a process of controlled growth that can exhibit great speed and precision. That this happens is remarkable given that the basic units of growth—cells and parts of cells—are self-reproducing, and therefore naturally increase in an exponential fashion.

Killing Killer Asteroids With Nuclear Explosives

on August 14, 2014 - 1:26pm

PrintScreen/LANL YouTube Channel

LANL News:

We’ve all see Armageddon, but just how real is the threat to humanity from asteroids or other near-Earth objects (NEOs)? According to scientists, it’s very real.

So real, in fact, that the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space recently created a special action team dedicated to gathering and analyzing data on NEOs and the danger they pose to our p lanet.

Any NEO greater than a half-mile in diameter can become a deadly threat, and the likelihood is very high that a killer asteroid will eventually find itself on a collision

LANL: Public Comment Invited for Hazardous Waste Facility Permit Community Relations Plan

on August 14, 2014 - 12:49pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory's Hazardous Waste Facility Permit Community Relations Plan is available year-round for comments.

LANL reviews the Hazardous Waste Community Relations Plan annually in compliance with its Hazardous Waste Facility Permit (EPA ID No. NM0890010515).

The website is available year round and LANL revises the plan, if needed, in August to include necessary changes and comments received during the year. LANL welcomes public comment, which may be provided online via the Plan Comments Form

The updated Hazardous Waste Facility Permit Community Relations

Community and Historical Society Discuss Third Episode of WGN’s Manhattan

on August 14, 2014 - 12:36pm

Swimming at the cistern at Anchor Ranch ca. 1945: GIs Charles Graf and Burt Lutz with Stella and Josephine (last names unknown). Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society Archives

LAHS News:

As the drama continues in WGN’s new series, Manhattan, there was another great turnout for the Los Alamos Historical Society’s viewing of the third episode. 

Manhattan presents a fictionalized look at life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project. Below are some of the common questions that we heard that night and on social media.

DOE Secretary Addresses Employees At WIPP

on August 13, 2014 - 10:12am

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz addresses employees Tuesday at WIPP. Also on hand were DOE Deputy Under Secretary David M. Klaus for Management and Performance, second from left, and U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

This week, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz visited Carlsbad to tour the site and see firsthand the recovery efforts underway at the WIPP facility. In addition to meeting with local officials, Moniz spoke to area residents about WIPP recovery efforts at a town hall meeting, which also included Sen. Tom Udall, Sen.

LANL Director Makes Surprise Appearance At LAPS All Hands Breakfast

on August 12, 2014 - 5:22pm
LANL Director Charlie McMillan thanks Los Alamos Public School employees for making Los Alamos a better place to live and work. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Superintendent Gene Schmidt welcomes his staff back to school for the 2014-15 Academic Year. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos School employees were welcomed back by Superintendent Gene Schmidt and his administrative staff and also by surprise guest Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan at this morning's all-hands breakfast meeting at

SFI: Ranjit Kumble Presents Dynamics of Economic and Sociological Systems

on August 12, 2014 - 6:42am

Ranjit Kumble

SFI News:

Ranjit Kumble (Business Analytics and Insights, Pfizer Inc.; SFI Business  Network Fellow) will present a seminar 12:15 p.m., Aug. 13 in the Collins Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Road.

Abstract:  Dynamics of economic and sociological systems are to a very large degree shaped by recurrent decision-making behaviors of individuals within them.  

The ability to anticipate the time-evolution of such systems requires an understanding of the underlying generative mechanism for repeated decision outcomes.

Los Alamos Scientist Wins American Chemical Society Award

on August 11, 2014 - 5:06pm

Jaqueline Kiplinger

LANL News:

  • Jaqueline Kiplinger to receive F. Albert Cotton Award

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Jaqueline L. Kiplinger has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the F. Albert Cotton Award in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry, sponsored by the F. Albert Cotton Endowment Fund.

“To be nominated and selected for the Cotton Award by my American Chemical Society colleagues is such an extraordinary honor,” Kiplinger said.

Brown Bag Lecture at Bradbury Science Museum Examines Laboratory’s Wildlife Monitoring Aug. 13

on August 11, 2014 - 11:34am

Bradbury Science Museum. Courtesy/BSM

LANL News:

Maria Musgrave, Emily Phillips and Audrey Smith, all of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Environmental Stewardship group (ENV-ES), will discuss the important role wildlife monitoring plays in maintaining a healthy and well-rounded ecosystem.

The talk is noon to 1 p.m., Aug. 13 at the Bradbury Science Museum in downtown Los Alamos.

The Avian Nestbox Network (ANN) and the Wetland Wildlife Camera Project both evaluate the effects of Laboratory operations and other possible environmental stressors on wildlife. Wetlands support a unique

LANL Hosts Annual Employee Picnic at Overlook Park

on August 9, 2014 - 5:56pm

LANL Director Charlie McMillan introduces 2013 Rodeo Queen Rachel Larson and welcomes employees and their familes to today's annual picnic at Overlook Park where everyone was treated to a day of games including a geek competition and a climbing wall, food, music and a car show. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LANL Community Programs Office Director Kurt Steinhaus calls out the names of several prize winners. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LANL's Communications/Government Affairs Director Lisa Rosendorf, right, and Debbi Wersonick of LANL's Community Programs Office under