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Anastasio Appointed To LANS And LLNS Boards of Governors

on September 2, 2014 - 4:35pm

Dr. Michael Anastasio

LANL News:

Norman J. Pattiz, chairman of the Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS) Boards of Governors, today announced that Dr. Michael Anastasio has been appointed as a University of California Advisory Governor on the LANS and LLNS Boards.

Anastasio also is a member of the LLCs’ Mission Committee. His appointment takes effect immediately.

“Mike has the distinction of serving as Lab Director at both Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories with 34 years of university service.

Los Alamos ScienceFest Events Calendar

on September 2, 2014 - 9:28am

Scene from ScienceFest 2013. Courtesy/LA MainStreet

LA MainStreet News:

Los Alamos ScienceFest has expanded to a full week of mind-blowing demonstrations, interactive activities, art, discussions for inquisitive minds of all ages, Sept. 5-13 in Los Alamos, and the majority of events are free.

Two highly anticipated special events are new to Los Alamos ScienceFest this year:

  • RocketDay, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6 will take off in White Rock with the launch of 220 model rockets over a period of a few hours.

LANL: Secure Computing for the ‘Everyman'

on September 2, 2014 - 8:05am

This small device developed at LANL uses the truly random spin of light particles as defined by laws of quantum mechanics to generate a random number for use in a cryptographic key that can be used to securely transmit information between two parties. Quantum key distribution represents a foolproof cryptography method that may now become available to the general public, thanks to a licensing agreement between Los Alamos and Whitewood Encryption Systems, LLC.

AHF: A Secrecy Sieve

on August 31, 2014 - 11:29am



AHF News:


In 1944, General Leslie Groves commissioned a history of the Manhattan Project. The Department of Energy has just released the 36-volume, declassified history. There are many interesting stories in the texts, from the science to counterespionage programs. Science blog io9 did a story on the "Manhattan District History," focusing on the security leaks investigated during the project.


"Since September 1943, investigations were conducted of more than 1,500 'loose talk' or leakage of information cases and corrective action was taken in more than

CIR Lecture: Disarming Syria's Chemical Weapons

on August 30, 2014 - 9:23am

Cheryl Rofer

CIR News:

The Santa Fe Council on International Relations presents a world affairs lecture by Cheryl Rofer on disarming Syria’s chemical weapons Thursday, Sept. 4.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and light refreshments will be served followed by the lecture at 5:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe Woman’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe. The cost for CIR members is $15 and $20 for non-members; qualifying students may attend for free.

Rofer is CEO and founder of Nuclear Diner ( and contributes posts and discussion to that site.

Explosive Interest In WGN's 'Manhattan'

on August 30, 2014 - 9:19am

Scene from WGN's television show 'Manhattan.' Courtesy/wgnamerica

AHF News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The WGN America television show “Manhattan” has galvanized the interest of millions of viewers. Shown on Sunday nights, national audiences are riveted by the dramatic tension between rival groups of scientists and the omnipresent security police in Los Alamos in 1943.

“Manhattan” follows the scientists as they confront the challenges of making a workable atomic bomb while dealing with an intrusive military force, intense rivalries, and strained marital relations where couples can no longer

Los Alamos County's Allison Majure Elected Vice Chair Of Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board

on August 29, 2014 - 11:37am

Allison Majure. CourtesyNNMCAB


The Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board (NNMCAB) held elections at its July 30 board meeting at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe.

Los Alamos resident Allison Majure was elected to serve as vice chair. Majure works in communications at the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities. She has served on the NNMCAB since March 8, 2012.

Doug Sayre served as vice chair over the past fiscal year was elected at the July 30 meeting to serve as chair for Fiscal Year 2015. He is a native resident of Santa Fe and has served on the NNMCAB since

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

on August 29, 2014 - 9:18am

Robert Oppenheimer. Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society Archives

LAHS News:

WGN’s Manhattan continues with another dramatic episode and great turnout for the Los Alamos Historical Society’s viewing of the fifth 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.

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.

Helene Suydam Celebrates 95th Birthday

on August 28, 2014 - 5:52pm

John Ruminer, board member of the Los Alamos Historical Society, presents a maquette (statuette) of Dr. Robert Oppenheimer to Helene Suydam for her 95th birthday this week. Mrs. Suydam lives in Oppenheimer's wartime house on Bathtub Row and has donated the cottage, in a life trust, to the Historical Society. Courtesy/LAHS.

C-130 Airplane Finally Arrives In Los Alamos!

on August 28, 2014 - 5:15pm
The demilitarized C-130 airplane from Kirtland Air Force Base finally arrived at N.M. 4 and Rover Boulevard at 4:30 p.m. today after being delayed since Wednesday trying to obtain permission to pass through Santa Fe. The plane is surplus from Kirtland AFB and has been given to Los Alamos National Laboratory for emergency response training at Technical Area 49. The fuselage of the plane will be used for emergency response training purposes. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Photo by Bonnie

Senators Visit Sandia to Discuss Tech Transfer

on August 28, 2014 - 7:45am

Senators Tom Udall and Richard Durbin meet with scientists at Sandia National Laborator. Courtesy/Office of Sen. Udall


ALBUQUERQUE – Tuesday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. visited Sandia National Laboratories with fellow Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois to discuss ways to support New Mexico's national labs and promote technology transfer to create new well-paying jobs.

Udall welcomed Durbin, who chairs the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, to receive an update on Sandia's work on the B61 Life Extension Project.  

Udall has fought to maintain adequate funding for this and

Former Sandia Scientist Pleads Guilty to Taking Government Property to China

on August 28, 2014 - 7:36am

Jianyu Huang

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Jianyu Huang, a scientist formerly employed by Sandia Corporation (Sandia) at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), pleaded guilty Monday to making a false statement and unlawfully transporting converted government property in interstate and foreign commerce.

The guilty plea was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez and Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division.

Huang, 46, a naturalized U.S.

‘RocketDay’ Lifts Off Sept. 6 With Astronaut Visit, Model Rocket Launches

on August 28, 2014 - 7:33am

Astronaut John Phillips

LANL News:

Former NASA shuttle astronaut and Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) research scientist, John Phillips, will take on a new mission as he helps to launch the first of 270 model rockets in White Rock as part of the Los Alamos ScienceFest’s “RocketDay” 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6.

“Science and technology are cool, and there’s nothing cooler than launching rockets,” retired NASA astronaut John Phillips said. “Los Alamos has been in the forefront of science and engineering, including space research, for 70 years no

“The original intent behind establishing

NNSA Continues to Assist Vietnam in Enhancing its Nuclear/Radiological Emergency Program

on August 28, 2014 - 7:05am

Joseph J. Krol. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is conducting emergency management workshops in Vietnam to help enhance the nuclear/radiological emergency program of Vietnam emergency response personnel.

The workshops hosted by the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (VARANS) were conducted in Ninh Thuan this week and in Hanoi last week.

WIPP Workers Establish Access to North Experimental Area

on August 28, 2014 - 7:03am

WIPP News:

Entry teams established access to the north experimental area of the WIPP underground facility this week. Geotechnical engineers, accompanied by radiological control technicians (RCT), first conducted visual inspections of the north area of the mine to ensure stability and safety.

As expected, no radiological contamination was detected during the entry; however, soot from the Feb. 5 underground truck fire was visibly present.

Additional entries will be needed to further evaluate the condition of the equipment and experimental apparatus used for basic scientific research in the

SFI Seminar: 'The Secret Life of Active Colloids'

on August 28, 2014 - 6:42am

Gabriel Redner

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will host a seminar at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2 in the Collins Conference Room, 1399 Hyde Park Road. Gabriel Redner, Brandeis University, will speak on "The Secret Life of Active Colloids.”


Active systems are composed of self-propelled units which interact to produce a wide range of complex behaviors. In this talk I will describe a minimalist active system comprised of self-propelled spheres immersed in a fluid and confined to two dimensions, interacting through hard-core repulsion alone.

Suicide Awareness & Prevention Week Workshops Announced

on August 27, 2014 - 10:15am


LANL: MagRay Scanning Technology Could Enhance Airport Security, Benefit Passengers

on August 27, 2014 - 8:49am

LANL News:

For most people, the upcoming Labor Day holiday marks the end of summer travel season.

But for those already thinking about the headaches involved in air travel for fall and winter vacations, take heart! Thanks to a piece of technology developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, one element of the onerous airport security screening process may soon be a thing of the past.

Los Alamos scientists have advanced a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology that may provide a breakthrough for screening liquids at airport security.

Alert: Traffic Impact Expected As C-130 Airplane Travels by Flatbed to LANL Today

on August 27, 2014 - 8:08am

LANL News:

  • Traffic to be impacted during transport

Los Alamos National Laboratory will receive a C-130 airplane from Kirtland Air Force Base today and motorists traveling along the expected route from Albuquerque to Los Alamos should be aware that this transportation could cause traffic delays and adjust their schedules, or take an alternate route.

The plane, which is surplus from Kirtland Air Force Base, has been demilitarized and will be located at the Laboratory’s emergency response training area at Technical Area 49. The fuselage of the plane will be used for emergency response training

New Mexico Electric Car Challenge Nov. 22

on August 27, 2014 - 6:58am

LANL: Breakthrough Antibacterial Approach Could Resolve Serious Skin Infections

on August 26, 2014 - 7:48am

Artist’s rendition of a cross section of skin layers (stratum corneum, epidermis and dermis) showing topical application of an ionic liquid for combating a skin-borne bacterial infection. The ionic liquid can be formulated with antibiotics for transdermal drug delivery or it can directly kill the bacteria infesting the skin surface. Image by Peter Allen/ UCSB

LANL News:

  • Los Alamos and partners test ionic liquids to break bacterial biofilm layer and save lives

Like a protective tent over a colony of harmful bacteria, biofilms make the treatment of skin infections especially difficult.

JILA Team Finds First Direct Evidence Of 'Spin Symmetry' In Atoms

on August 25, 2014 - 11:10am

Illustration of symmetry in the magnetic properties—or nuclear spins—of strontium atoms. JILA researchers observed that if two atoms have the same nuclear spin state (top), they interact weakly, and the interaction strength does not depend on which of the 10 possible nuclear spin states are involved. If the atoms have different nuclear spin states (bottom), they interact much more strongly, and, again, always with the same strength. Image by Ye and Rey groups and Steve Burrows/JILA

NIST News:

Just as diamonds with perfect symmetry may be unusually brilliant jewels, the quantum world has a

DOE Dedicates New National Security Campus

on August 24, 2014 - 9:24am

National Security Campus in Kansas City. Courtesy/NNSA

DOE News:

  • New Facilities Are Part of NNSA's Effort to Transform Cold War Era Infrastructure into a 21st Century Nuclear Security Enterprise

KANSAS CITY – Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz was joined by the Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Lt. Gen. Frank Klotz, United States Air Force (Ret), U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver II and Vicky Hartzler, and other local officials Friday to officially dedicate the new National Security Campus in Kansas City.

As the manufacturer of non-nuclear components for

Overnight Crash Closes Truck Route All Day

on August 23, 2014 - 7:45pm

The truck route has been closed since 6 a.m. today, according to a guard at the scene. He explained that a woman crashed her vehicle into an electrical pole overnight, which knocked out power all day to the nearby mobile home park, Royal Crest at 2025 E. Jemez Road. He added that the woman was complaining of chest pain and trouble breathing following the crash and was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center with unknown injuries. The cause of the crash is under investigation. The guard did not know when power would be restored or the truck route reopened. Photo by Carol A.

WIPP: Samples Taken From Materials Surrounding Suspected Waste Drum In Underground Facility

on August 23, 2014 - 11:10am


WIPP News:

Workers entered the underground facility to collect additional samples Aug. 15, in support of the Accident Investigation Board’s (AIB) ongoing investigation into the cause of the February radiological event at WIPP.

The AIB requested additional samples of the materials surrounding the waste drum that is the suspected source of the radiological release in Room 7 of Panel 7. The samples will be sent to offsite laboratories for analysis in an effort to further evaluate what types of material were released from the drum at the time of the event.

Another key component of