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Beyond Pluto: The Search For The Edge Of The Solar System Focus Of LANL's Frontiers In Science Lectures

on July 30, 2015 - 10:22am

An image of the IBEX spacecraft. Courtesy/NASA

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow and physicist Herb Funsten will explore the edge of the solar system and anticipate its future as it moves through our galactic neighborhood in a series of three Frontiers in Science lectures.

The first lecure is Aug. 5 in the Duane Smith Auditorium at Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr.

Titled “Beyond Pluto: The Search for the Edge of the Solar System,” the talks focus on the heliosphere — the region of space under the Sun’s influence — that extends far beyond Pluto and forms a

EM’s Los Alamos Site Completes Canyon-Side Cleanup

on July 30, 2015 - 8:59am

A spider excavator extracts mercury-contaminated soil. Courtesy/

A waste container is loaded for off-site disposal. Courtesy/

DOE News:

The Environmental Management (EM) Los Alamos Field Office has completed the steep canyon-side cleanup of mercury-contaminated soil on DOE property just south of Smith's Marketplace shopping center in Los Alamos.

The project was finished in about five weeks — approximately three weeks ahead of schedule.

NPS And DOE Seek Public Input On Manhattan Project National Historical Park Draft Memo Of Agreement

on July 28, 2015 - 5:32pm

NPS News:

Washington, D.C. -- The National Park Service and the U.S. Department of Energy are inviting the public to review and comment on the Draft Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the National Park Service and the Department of Energy (DOE) that will guide the operation of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

The 2015 National Defense Authorization Act established the Manhattan Project National Historical Park and required the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Energy to create a Memorandum of Agreement for the park by Dec. 19, 2015. 

Once signed, this

Four LANL Projects Are R&D 100 Award Finalists

on July 27, 2015 - 11:19am

A team uses the PipeLIBS tool, which can quickly assess the condition of a pipe. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Finalists include X-ray imaging, pipe corrosion, data handling and damage-detection software

Four Los Alamos National Laboratory projects have been selected as finalists for the 2015 R&D 100 awards, which honor the top 100 proven technological advances of the past year as determined by a panel selected by R&D Magazine.

The Los Alamos finalists are:

  • LARS: Lab-scale Asynchronous Radiographic System;
  • PipeLIBS: A Self-Contained Elemental Analysis Tool for the Oil Industry;
  • MDHIM:

Research Promising For Bomb Proof Planes

on July 27, 2015 - 10:13am

Dr. Andy Tyas is leading the research on a bomb-proof lining developed by an international team of scientists. Courtesy photo


A bomb-proof lining developed by an international team of scientists, including academics from the University of Sheffield, has successfully contained blasts in a series of controlled explosions in the luggage hold of a Boeing 747 and an Airbus 321.

The Fly-Bag, which lines an aircraft’s luggage hold with multiple layers of novel fabrics and composites, was tested under increasing explosive charges on disused planes last week at Cotswolds Airport.


Final Week Of Summer Reading Challenge

on July 26, 2015 - 4:56pm

LAPS News:

On June 20, the Los Alamos School Board announced additional student incentives to help address the “summer slide” in reading skills.

This is the final week for participation.

The idea began at an Aspen Elementary School kickoff when Gov. Susana Martinez announced a statewide reading challenge encouraging students to read more books over the summer break. 

Reading is the foundation for learning and when students read well, they are better positioned to succeed academically, in the workplace, and in life. 

Los Alamos Public Schools, Los Alamos County, Los Alamos Commerce and

SFI: An Exploration Of Beauty And Madness Aug. 5

on July 26, 2015 - 8:28am
SFI News:
A singular conversation between artist James Drake and incoming SFI President David Krakauer will unfold Aug. 5 in Santa Fe in conjunction with the first public reading from SFI Trustee Cormac McCarthy’s new novel The Passenger.
During the free event sponsored by the Lannan Foundation, guests will be treated to an exploration of beauty and madness at the intersections of drawing, reading, and counting by Santa Fe luminaries from the arts and sciences.
Krakauer, an evolutionary biologist, will converse with Drake, a visual artist most recently celebrated for his 1,242

2015 Los Alamos Employees' Scholarship Fund Recipients Recognized At Special Event

on July 25, 2015 - 10:44am

A group shot of all the recipients who attended Thursday's Los Alamos Employees Scholarship Fund awards reception at the LANL Foundation Office in Espanola. Photo by Eric Vasquez/

More than 100 people from several communities in the seven counties surrounding Los Alamos attended the Thursday evening event as students from Los Alamos, Espanola, Taos, Mora, Las Vegas, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Pojoaque and elsewhere received scholarship awards. Photo by Eric Vasquez/

Christine Gelles Speaks At ETEBA Aug. 12

on July 25, 2015 - 8:58am

Christine Gelles at Puye Cliffs. Courtesy/


Energy Technology Environmental Business Association (ETEBA) will hold its member meeting Wednesday, Aug. 12 at the Lodge at 750 North Saint Francis Dr. in Santa Fe.

The guest speaker is Christine Gelles, acting manager Acting Manager of the Department of Energy’s Environmental Management (EM) Los Alamos Field Office. Gelles will provide an update on EM’s legacy cleanup program at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the status of the field office’s transition.

Networking begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the

Oppenheimer Lecture: Alan Guth Talks Cosmic Inflation And The Multiverse

on July 24, 2015 - 6:13pm

Alan Guth will deliver the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture Monday. Courtesy photo


LOs Alamos Daily Post

Alan Guth is not just one of the leading cosmologists in the world; he is widely viewed as a rock star cosmologist in a time of revolutionary advances. The distinguished Victor F. Weisskopf Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Guth is best known for his leading role in developing the theory of inflationary cosmology.

In 1979, he had what he labeled in a note to himself, a “spectacular realization” about the birth of the

LANL News: Top Los Alamos Technology Spinoff Ideas Honored At DisrupTech

on July 23, 2015 - 10:16am

Taking the 'Best Pitch' prize of $10,000 in internal Laboratory funding was the aptly named Cosmic Plumbing Inspection project, described by physicist Matt Durham. The project uses cosmic particles called muons  with the goal of ending catastrophic industrial accidents due to flow-accelerated corrosion. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:

Three potential business partnership projects emerged from the 2015 DisrupTech competition at Los Alamos National Laboratory with winning proposals.

“The goals of the DisrupTech forum were two-fold, to expose industry to potentially world-changing, disruptive,

LANL Sponsors 19th Annual Hazmat Challenge

on July 23, 2015 - 8:41am

Midwest City, Okla., Fire Department members use sandbags to stop simulated radioactive liquid waste from a spill from flowing downstream during the 2014 Hazmat Challenge. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Competition tests skills of hazardous materials response teams from three states

Twelve hazardous materials response teams from New Mexico, Missouri and Nebraska test their skills in a series of graded, timed exercises at the 19th annual Hazmat Challenge July 27-31 at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“The challenge provides hazardous materials responders the opportunity to test their skills, share

Los Alamos Honors Computer Code Team With Feynman Innovation Prize

on July 22, 2015 - 7:41pm

Winners of the 2015 Richard P. Feynman Innovation Prize at Los Alamos National Laboratory, from left, Larry J. Cox, Forrest B. Brown, Avneet Sood, Gregg W. McKinney, Jeffrey S. Bull and H. Grady Hughes. Also on the winning team but not pictured are Laura Casswell, Michael L. Fensin, John T. Goorley, Michael R. James, Brian C. Kiedrowski, Roger L. Martz, Stepan G. Mashnik, Garrett E. McMath, Richard E. Prael and Trevor Wilcox. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:

This year’s honorees for the Richard P.

MIT Professor Delivers 45th Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture At Smith Auditorium July 27

on July 21, 2015 - 10:00pm

MIT’s Dr. Alan Guth, award winning theoretical particle physicist, will speak Monday, July 27 in Los Alamos. Courtesy/NMC

NMC News:

MIT Professor Dr. Alan Guth will deliver the 45th Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 27 in Duane W. Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Dr. in Los Alamos.

The lecture, “Inflationary Cosmology: Is Our Universe Part of a Multiverse?” is free and open to the public.

Inflationary cosmology gives a plausible explanation for many observed features of the universe, including its uniformity, its mass density, and the patterns of the ripples that are

Los Alamos Peace Vigils Scheduled At Ashley Pond

on July 21, 2015 - 9:01pm

National peace and justice activist and former Jesuit priest John Dear


Thursday Aug. 6 and Sunday Aug. 9, hundreds of protesters are scheduled to converge on Los Alamos for the 70th Anniversary Peace and Disarmament Vigils commemorating the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

National peace and justice activists expected to attend include John Dear, Rev. James Lawson, Medea Benjamin, Kathy Kelly, Roshi Joan Halifax, Ken Butigan and Rev.

Record Amount Raised For LANL Scholarships

on July 21, 2015 - 9:41am

From left, Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship fundraising campaign champion Steven Girrens (LANL Associate Director for Engineering Sciences) and LANL Foundation scholarship program officer Tony Fox celebrate a record-breaking total. Since 1999 more than 1,000 students have been awarded $5 million in scholarships, funded by LANS, LANL employees, contractors and retirees, and the general public. Photo by Ed Vigil/LANL


ESPAÑOLA — The LANL Foundation reports that the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) once again broke fundraising records during the annual giving

Faith & Science: Intelligent Design Theory Wednesday

on July 20, 2015 - 4:17pm
Faith & Science:
Intelligent Design Theory

Everyone who accepts the Hebrew Scriptures as revealed truth believes in intelligent design of the universe and its inhabitants. But, what is this Intelligent Design (ID) Theory?

To its proponents, a few scientists and groups in the UK and US, it’s a scientific conclusion and method based on observations and logical deductions. To its detractors, including many scientists of faith and a Pennsylvania court, it’s not science and does not belong in science classrooms.

DisrupTech Introduces Tech Startup Candidates

on July 19, 2015 - 11:10am

Audience members at the Los Alamos Golf Course Event Center in search of ‘the next big thing’. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/


Los Alamos Daily Post

DisrupTech auditioned a set of eight creative scientific ideas in the early stages of commercialization out of Los Alamos National Laboratory. With expert feedback from investors and the business community, prospective startups had a chance to see how they stacked up in the public arena at the Los Alamos Golf Course Event Center on Thursday.

Event sponsors added to the competitive interest, by putting a little

Scenes From ScienceFest At Bradbury Science Museum

on July 19, 2015 - 9:34am

A visitor watches a video Saturday inside the Bradbury Science Museum in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Many interactive exhibits fill the Bradbury Science Museum, drawing people of all ages. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Visitors have poured into the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos during the three day ScienceFest festival that began Thursday.

People of all ages participated in interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities and listened to dynamic speakers meant to engage kids, families, and individuals who are interested in

Los Alamos Main Gate Now And Then

on July 19, 2015 - 7:53am

Ken Uher of White Rock at the Main Gate check-in station recreated for ScienceFest 2015, which runs through today. Uher brought out his 1939 Buick Special Convertible Opera Coupe Saturday to add to the historical drama of the day. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Ken Uher of White Rock places a newspaper from the era on the seat of his 1939 Buick, which he brought out Saturday to the Main Gate check-in station recreated for this weekend's ScienceFest 2015. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Ken Uher of White Rock places political buttons from the Manhattan Project era inside his

ScienceFest Event Explores Computational Mathematics

on July 17, 2015 - 6:23pm
The crowd listens as computational mathemetician Nathaniel Morgan talks about the past and future of his field Thursday at UnQuarked - The Wine Room. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Nathaniel Morgan gives the audience a (very) short course in computational mathematics. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post
Los Alamos may be the only place in the world where you can find more than 60 members of the community gathered at a local watering hole to hear a talk on computational mathematics.

That’s exactly what happened Thursday

NPS And DOE Officials Visit Los Alamos To Discuss Manhattan Project National Historical Park

on July 17, 2015 - 5:45pm
Victor Knox, NPS point person for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Officials from the National Park Service (NPS) and the Department of Energy (DOE) were in town Thursday to discuss the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, which will be partially located In Los Alamos.

NPS Assistant Director for Partnerships Jeff Reinhold described the local group working on the Park as “amazing.”

“This is an amazing group.

Luján Statement On 70th Anniversary Of Trinity Test

on July 17, 2015 - 11:33am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement Thursday on the 70th anniversary of the first test of an atomic bomb detonation at the Trinity test site in southern New Mexico:
“Today, we honor the memory of those who have fallen ill or passed on due to radiation exposure from the Trinity test. On this day 70 years ago, rural New Mexico became ground zero for the detonation of the first nuclear bomb.

Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board Meets In Taos July 29

on July 15, 2015 - 3:30pm


The Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board (NNMCAB) is one of eight site-specific advisory boards established to involve local citizens in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) environmental clean-up decision process at its nuclear facilities.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend NNMCAB meetings and provide their unique perspective on environmental issues.

The NNMCAB will meet 1-5:15 p.m., July 29 at Sagebrush Inn Conference Center, 1508 Paseo del Pueblo Sur in Taos.

At 2 p.m., representatives from DOE will provide an update titled “Los Alamos National Laboratory