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WIPP Continues To Restore Activities Underground

on October 28, 2014 - 3:46pm

WIPP News:

WIPP employees recently completed the 100th entry into the WIPP underground facility since the February events that temporarily shut down access.

Radiological control technicians continue to conduct “rollback” surveys and sampling necessary to re‐establish additional areas of the mine as radiological buffer areas. Preventive maintenance activities are underway on various pieces of heavy equipment so they can be safely returned to service.

Popular Los Alamos History Young Adult Novel Back In Print

on October 28, 2014 - 10:05am
HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:
 
The Secret Project Notebook, published by Bathtub Row Press of the Los Alamos Historical Society, is back in print and the Society is celebrating with a week-long scavenger hunt in the History Museum.
 
Written by award-winning author Carolyn Reeder, The Secret Project Notebook is a historical novel for young adults about a seventh-grader named Fritz who has just arrived in the secret city of Los Alamos during World War II. Exactly what are his father and other scientists working on at the lab? Fritz is determined to find out.

New Mexico Consortium First To Use Social Media To Track Northern Lights

on October 27, 2014 - 2:20pm

A recent All-sky camera photo of the northern lights or aurora, a natural light display in the sky, predominantly seen in the high latitude regions. Courtesy/NMC

NMC News:

The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) is launching a new citizen science platform today called Aurorasaurus that allows the public to track auroras in real-time using their smartphones and the project website.

The public can help researchers track auroras on their desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones. Courtesy/NMC

This NSF funded project provides data to help space scientists understand the mechanics behind the

Applicants Sought For Bradbury Science Museum Guides

on October 25, 2014 - 10:55am

Inside Bradbury Science Museum. Courtesy photo

BSM News:

Do you like talking with people? Do you know a bit about science and the work of Los Alamos National Laboratory, enjoy working on a team, and have no fear of presentation technology?

Would you like a job that helps you use all these assets? If so, working as a Museum Guide at the Bradbury Science Museum might be just the thing for you! There are three Museum Guide vacancies waiting to be filled—this is a great opportunity to join the Bradbury Science Museum staff.

Check out the job announcement for Museum Guide (Education Outreach

SFI Post Doc/Paraclimber Christa Brelsford Gives Back

on October 24, 2014 - 10:59am
Christa Brelsford exemplifies 'Service Above Self.' Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Rotary’s motto is “service above self” and Christa Brelsford, the speaker at Rotary Club of Los Alamos’ meeting Tuesday, exemplifies this motto.

The Santa Fe Institute Post Doctorate and champion rock climber lost her right leg when a building collapsed on her during the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. In response, Breslford started Christa’s Angels, an initiative to support the friends and colleagues she worked alongside in Haiti.

Japanese And German Media Visit Los Alamos

on October 24, 2014 - 10:03am

Los Alamos Historical Museum. Courtesy/LAHS

LA HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:

Nearly 70 years after the end of World War II, the former enemies of the United States are interested to learn how the community that played a significant role in ending the war portrays its own history.

This week, a reporter from the Chugoku Shimbun, a newspaper in Hiroshima, and a German documentary film crew both visited the Los Alamos Historical Museum.

“They both had thoughtful and even challenging questions,” said Heather McClenahan, executive director of the Historical Society.

WIPP Ventilation Fan Restarted

on October 24, 2014 - 7:54am

WIPP News:

Tuesday evening, workers at WIPP successfully restarted the 860A fan that is part of the mine ventilation and filtration system currently operating at the site.

The 860A fan was started Feb. 14, when continuous air monitors (CAM) in the WIPP underground facility detected elevated levels of radioactive contamination and shifted the underground ventilation system into filtration mode, forcing all air exiting the facility through High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters. The WIPP underground facility has remained in filtration mode since the event occurred.

The 860A fan ran

Letter to the Editor: Enjoy WGN's 'Manhattan' But Don't Believe A Word Of It

on October 24, 2014 - 7:30am
By ALAN HACK
Los Alamos

With the finish of this year's episodes of "Manhattan" I have a few comments.

There was indeed friction between the Army and civilians involving cutting down trees and other issues. But when the story gets to the scientific and technical issues almost everything shown is wrong.

A key issue was the need to develop an implosion system when reactor generated Pu proved to have too much spontaneous fission to be used in a gun type assembly.

Venture Acceleration Fund Wins National Entrepreneurship Award

on October 23, 2014 - 9:12am
RDC News:
 

The Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF) created by Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) and administered by the Regional Development Corporation received the 2014 entrepreneurship award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The award was presented at IEDC's annual conference this week in Fort Worth, Texas.

 

The IEDC annually recognizes the world's best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials and most influential leaders. The VAF program was one of 34 recognized by the IEDC.

LANL: Novel Rocket Design Flight Tested

on October 23, 2014 - 9:06am

Screenshot/Laboratory's YouTube Channel

Screenshot/Laboratory's YouTube Channel

LANL News:

  • New Rocket Propellant and Motor Design Offers High Performance and Safety

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists recently flight tested a new rocket design that includes a high-energy fuel and a motor design that also delivers a high degree of safety.

"What we're trying to do is break the performance versus sensitivity curve, and make a rocket that's both very high-energy, as well as very safe," said Bryce Tappan, an energetic materials chemist at the Laboratory.

SFI Colloquium: The History of the Universe ...

on October 23, 2014 - 8:09am

John Mather

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will host a colloquium titled “The History of the Universe: How We Got Here and Where We Are Going” by John Mather of NASA at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 in the Noyce Conference Room at SFI, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe. The SFI host is David Pines.

Abstract. The history of the universe in a nutshell, from the Big Bang to now, and on to the future – John Mather will tell the story of how we got here, how the Universe began with a Big Bang, how it could have produced an Earth where sentient beings can live, and how those beings are discovering

SFI Lecture: The Complexity of Competition ...

on October 23, 2014 - 7:52am

Jessie Barker of the University of Arizona

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will host a seminar, "The Complexity of Competition - How Contested Resources and the Scale of Competition Shape Cooperation in Human Groups" by Jessie Barker at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 in the Collins Conference Room at SFI, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe. The SFI host is Caitlin Stern.

Abstract. Cooperation among people across societies is required to solve our most pressing social and environmental problems.

High-Tech Halloween At Bradbury Friday

on October 22, 2014 - 10:01am

The Cryogenics Show featuring ‘Lady Bug’ (Pam Matteson) and ‘Lance Armstrong’ (Brent Matteson of LANL's Chemistry Division. Courtesy/BSM

BSM News:

High-Tech Halloween returns to the Bradbury Science Museum 4-6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. This annual event is one of the most popular for the museum and is in conjunction with Los Alamos County's Trick or Treat on MainStreet event.

Each year, hundreds of children from kindergarten through middle school flock to the museum to enjoy a variety of activities that teach them about STEM topics and the principals of science.

"Instead of candy, we offer kids

Sierra Club Presents Jeri Sullivan Graham On The Energy-Water Nexus

on October 22, 2014 - 8:55am

Jeri Sullivan Graham

SIERRA CLUB News:

The public is invited to hear Jeri Sullivan Graham present "The Energy-Water Nexus" at an open meeting of the Sierra Club at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 at UNM-LA Media Bldg. 2. Rm. 203.

Water and Energy are inextricably linked. It takes water to develop and transmit energy; it takes energy to acquire, treat, and transport water.

First Liquid Fueled Vehicle Returned To Service In WIPP Underground

on October 21, 2014 - 8:35pm

WIPP News:

The first piece of diesel-powered equipment has been returned to service in the WIPP underground facility.

Last week, workers inspected the four-ton forklift and performed preventative maintenance so that it could be returned to service. The forklift will support various activities over the next several weeks, including resumption of bolting activities, final waste hoist inspections, and moving equipment associated with project REACH.

Preventative maintenance activities and inspections are also being performed on the roof bolting machine and the mobile vehicle that supplies

New Mexico Consortium Laboratory Open To Public

on October 18, 2014 - 5:04pm
Laboratory setup. Courtesy/NMC
Algae samples. Courtesy/NMC
 
By VICTORIA ERHART
 
Interested in using pond scum to power a jet? What to create your own multi-colored, glow in the dark, grow anywhere tomato plant? Need to study the effects of climate change from the molecular to the ultrascale level?
 
Then visit the New Mexico Consortium Laboratory in Los Alamos on the fourth Saturday of each month when the lab offers public tours of its facilities.
 
The New Mexico Consortium Laboratory is a cooperative venture bringing together scientists and researchers from Los Alamos national Laboratory, UNM, NM

EM Chief Visits WIPP For First Underground Tour Since February Incidents

on October 18, 2014 - 4:01pm

CBFO Manager Joe Franco, left, points to a location on a map of the WIPP underground as EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney looks on. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Acting Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management Mark Whitney visited WIPP Thursday and became the first non‐WIPP employee to tour the underground facility since a truck fire and unrelated radiological release temporarily closed the facility in February.

"EM, and the greater DOE, is committed to reopening WIPP to support the important mission of cleaning up the nation’s legacy of nuclear waste," Whitney said.

One Episode And Historical Society Viewing Party Remains For WGN’s Manhattan

on October 17, 2014 - 7:58am

Project Y telephone booth. Courtesy/LAHS Archives

LAHS News:

WGN’s new series, Manhattan, a fictionalized look at life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project, only has one episode in the season left.

The Los Alamos Historical Society wants to continue to thank everyone who comes to our viewings and discussions for contributing their thoughts, questions, and experiences. The Society looks forward to the season finale on Sunday. Every week the Society updates a bulletin board in the Museum to continue exploring questions and reactions as the 13-episode series continues.

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Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meets Friday

on October 16, 2014 - 8:28am

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities will hold its regular business meeting 9-11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 17 in the Los Alamos County Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave., Suite 350.


The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities is comprised of eight cities, counties and pueblos surrounding the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).   Founded in 2011, the Regional Coalition works in partnership to create one voice to ensure national decisions incorporate local needs and concerns.

Methane Detected Three Times Larger Than Predicted Using EPA Inventory

on October 14, 2014 - 11:41am

Los Alamos National Laboratory measurement instruments were placed in the field for analysis of Four Corners area power plant emissions. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

A large, persistent methane hot spot has existed over the Four Corners area of the US Southwest for almost a decade, confirmed by remote regional-scale ground measurements of the gas.

“A detailed analysis indicates that methane emissions in the region are actually three times larger than reported by EPA.

SFI: 'Confidence Sharing: An Economic Strategy For Efficient Information Flows In Animal Groups'

on October 12, 2014 - 1:16pm

Amos Korman

SFI News

The Santa Fe Institute will host a seminar, “Confidence Sharing: An Economic Strategy for Efficient Information Flows in Animal Groups" by Amos Korman (CNRS) at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20 in the Collins Conference Room at SFI, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe. The SFI host is Michael Lachmann.

Abstract.  Social animals may share information to obtain a more complete and accurate picture of their surroundings.

Dr. Donald J. Dudziak Honored With Rockwell Lifetime Achievement Award

on October 12, 2014 - 12:46pm

American Nuclear Society honors Alamos National Laboratory Fellow Emeritus Dr. Donald J. Dudziak. Courtesy photo

ANS News:

LA GRANGE PARK, Ill. – For his 50 years of service, the American Nuclear Society (ANS) has awarded Dr. Donald J. Dudziak the Rockwell Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award recognizes Dr. Dudziak’s half-century of contributions to research, development, education and mentoring related to radiation shielding and protection.

“Outstanding professionals such as Dr.

Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture On LANL Tech Transfer By Dr. David Pesiri Tuesday

on October 11, 2014 - 9:08am

Dr. David R. Pesiri

LA HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:

Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture presents "Made in Los Alamos: A Perspective on the Laboratory’s Impact on Products and Industry" by Dr. David R. Pesiri at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 Fuller Lodge.

Los Alamos National Laboratory has a long and accomplished history in national security, and from this rich past has come a tremendous wealth of technologies and products used every day.

Meet New LANL Foundation CEO Jenny Parks

on October 9, 2014 - 3:38pm

Jennifer Parks. Photo by Don Usner

LANL Foundation Names Jennifer Parks as New CEO

Española — Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation announces that its board of directors has named Jennifer Parks as the next Chief Executive Officer effective mid-January, 2015.

She will assume the role currently held by Susan Herrera, who announced earlier this year her plan to retire after 17 years as its founding director.

Parks joins the LANL Foundation from the New Mexico Community Foundation (NMCF), where since 2010 she has served as President and CEO, guiding the organization in its mission

New Los Alamos Business Expo Creates Networking Opportunity For Local Businesses

on October 9, 2014 - 11:06am

BUSINESS News:

Business Outreach and Networking Event at Los Alamos Golf Course Oct. 27

A new event designed to bring Los Alamos businesses together with local resources is set for 4-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 at Los Alamos Golf Course.

The inaugural Los Alamos Business Expo event was created by the Regional Development Corporation (RDC) in partnership with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Los Alamos National Security, LLC, to encourage growth and continued success for businesses in Los Alamos.

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