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LANL’s R&D 100 Award ... A Lot Of Credit To Go Around

on November 26, 2015 - 12:29pm
LANL Engineering Institute inside the Los Alamos Research Park, 4200 West Jemez Road. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

Like Oscars for films and Emmys for television, R&D 100s are among the best known annual awards in the domain of new inventions, setting standards of excellence and spotlighting new technologies.

Engineering Institute Director Chuck Farrar

The awards are named for a leading research and development magazine whose expert panels choose each year the 100 most significant new discoveries from consumer products to scientific breakthroughs.

For 2015,

Udall Introduces Updated Bill To Expand DOE Tech Transfer, Build NM’s Economy

on November 26, 2015 - 10:36am
WASHINGTON ― U.S. Sen. Tom Udall unveiled his updated bill to streamline the process for moving cutting-edge research and development from our national labs into the marketplace.
Udall has championed technology transfer as a way to advance high-tech industries and create jobs in New Mexico.
While Udall has successfully pushed the Department of Energy (DOE) to improve tech transfer, there is still much work to do.
The Accelerating Technology Transfer to Advance Innovation for the Nation (ATTAIN) Act will cut bureaucracy and better facilitate public-private partnerships at the

Moniz Awards $125 Million For 41 Transformational Energy Technology Projects Ahead Of COP21 In Paris

on November 24, 2015 - 10:47am

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced $125 million across 41 cutting-edge energy technologies awarded by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

These new projects are funded under ARPA-E’s OPEN 2015 program and come in advance of the COP21 U.N. Climate Negotiations in Paris next week. The announcement was made at D.C.

Andrew J. Wong Of Los Alamos Wins Grand Prize In 2015 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Photo Contest

on November 21, 2015 - 11:43am

Out of more than 1,700 entries from around the world, Andrew J. Wong of Los Alamos just won the Grand Prize in the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta photo contest. The annual fiesta is the world's most photographed event. Wong's winning photo is this striking silhouette of a crew and their hot air balloon. Wong works at Los Alamos National Laboratory and his wife Charissa Wong owns Photo Essence by Charissa, a local photography business. For his award winning photograph, Wong is receiving a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens. Photo by Andrew J. Wong

SFI: 'Disturbance Ecology Meets Macroecology...' Nov. 23

on November 21, 2015 - 6:43am
Erica Newman, University of California, Berkeley
SFI News:
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) holds seminar "Disturbance Ecology Meets Macroecology: A new method for cross-system comparisons of ecosystems in transition" for 12:15 p.m., Monday Nov. 23, at Collins Conference Room in Santa Fe. 
Abstract: Natural disturbances increase heterogeneity and diversity of ecosystems, while anthropogenic changes often decrease ecosystem complexity and diversity.
To a disturbance ecologist, factors such as the type, size, and seasonality of disturbances explain patterns on the landscape;

K-9 SOS Trains Dogs To Sniff Out Danger

on November 20, 2015 - 3:28pm

K-9 SOS Chief Operations Officer Shayne Brasfield Visiting the Los Alamos Daily Post newspaper recently to discuss his company and its canine training program. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

K-9 SOS handlers and their canines with Chief Operations Officer Shayne Brasfield, center, conducting a demonstration recently at Ashley Pond Park in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Jase, a black Labrador retriever, arrived in Los Alamos from Oakridge, Tenn., Oct. 21 and promptly stirred up the neighbors.

The 2-year-old

Los Alamos Technology Gains National Backing

on November 19, 2015 - 1:16pm

Descartes Labs artificial intelligence can race through mountains of data and read a landscape in seconds. An early emphasis for this technology is in evaluating and predicting agricultural output, like these irrigated fields near Roswell. Courtesy/2015 NASA/LANDSAT


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos pixels and Los Alamos dots were both riding high this week.

Descartes Labs, Inc., a one-year-old company specializing in satellite imagery recognition and analysis, announced Tuesday that it had raised $5 million in a venture capital round, thanks to a group of investors

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Discusses Consent Order Negotiations With NMED And EM-LA

on November 19, 2015 - 12:24pm

RCLC News:

HERNANDEZ -- The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) hosted representatives from the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the Los Alamos Environmental Management Field Office (EM-LA) to discuss the Consent Order agreement guiding the regulatory environment for cleanup of legacy nuclear waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

NMED Secretary Ryan Flynn gave an overview of the current consent order and expected changes to the upcoming version to be signed, and EM-LA Manager Doug Hintze presented the new campaign approach that will be utilized to clean up

DOE Awards $42.4 Million Contract To Portage, Inc.

on November 19, 2015 - 7:09am
DOE News:
CINCINNATI - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that Portage, Inc., the incumbent contractor, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, has been awarded a $42.4 million contract to provide technical support services to the DOE Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) in all program areas.
The contract includes a three-year base period of performance with one two-year option period. This contract includes the option to issue both Time-and-Materials (T&M) and Fixed-Price task orders.
Services to be provided by the contractor include:
  • Regulatory oversight
  • Quality Assurance Auditing and

WIPP Conducts Limited Scope Performance Tests

on November 19, 2015 - 6:45am
Members of the WIPP Emergency Operations Center participate in a drill, simulating an emergency occurrence at the WIPP Facility. Courtesy/WIPP
WIPP News:
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Emergency Operations Center staff conducted a series of Limited Scope Performance Tests (LSPT) Nov. 3‐4, designed to evaluate the readiness of the Emergency Response Organization (ERO) and the Emergency Operations Center.
A series of four exercises were conducted (i.e. earthquake, radiological release, etc.) to thoroughly test the ERO system and staff. The U.S.

LANL Structure-Damage Software Wins R&D 100 Award

on November 18, 2015 - 10:52am

LANL News:
  • SHMTools monitoring project takes home prestigious award

A software package called SHMTools, which can detect damage in a variety of structures and was developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, won an R&D 100 Award Friday.

“This R&D100 award highlights the Laboratory’s tremendous strength in structural health monitoring, and our long-standing collaborations with the University of California,” said Carol Burns, deputy principal associate director of the Laboratory’s Science, Technology and Engineering directorate.

Newell Discusses Quantum Encryption Nov. 19

on November 17, 2015 - 1:59pm

Raymond Newell 

LANL News:

Raymond Newell of Los Alamos National Laboratory's Applied Modern Physics group discusses quantum encryption during a Science on Tap presentation at 5:30 p.m., Thursday at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos. There is ample parking at Central Park Square.

“Quantum cryptography is very different from current encryption systems because it takes advantage of the fundamentally unpredictable behavior of individual subatomic particles of light [photons],” Newell said.

LANL On Delayed Start Today

on November 17, 2015 - 7:14am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is on a delayed start today due to snow conditions.

Employees with students in school and carpools should report between 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. and all others at 10:45 a.m.

New Climate Model Predicts Likelihood Of Greenland Ice Melt, Sea Level Rise, And Dangerous Temperatures

on November 16, 2015 - 1:28pm

Greenland ice loss. Photo by Matthew Hoffman/LANL

LANL News:

A new computer model of accumulated carbon emissions predicts the likelihood of crossing several dangerous climate change thresholds.

These include global temperature rise sufficient to lose the Greenland Ice Sheet and generate seven meters of long-term sea level rise, or tropical region warming to a level that is deadly to humans and other mammals.

"The model is based on idealized representations of societal, technological and policy factors," said lead researcher Jeremy Fyke, of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Theoretical

UbiQD Named Top High-Growth Company And Job Creator In NNM; Closes Round Of Financing

on November 16, 2015 - 8:47am

UbiQD Director of Applied Physics Dr. Matt Bergren, left, and UbiQD Founder and President Dr. Hunter McDaniel hold jars of quantum dots illuminated by blue LED flashlights. The lox-toxicity, low-cost quantum dot manufacturer has a manufacturing facility in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo


  • Honored With Northern New Mexico 20/20 Award

UbiQD, LLC, a low-toxicity, low-cost quantum dot manufacturer, has been recognized with a Northern New Mexico 20/20 Award that identifies high-growth companies driving regional economic growth.

This award follows on the heels of a general upswing in

LANL Monitoring Situation Unfolding In Paris, France

on November 16, 2015 - 7:49am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is monitoring the situation unfolding in Paris, France.

Security officials are engaged with the Department of Energy (DOE) as well as federal and local law enforcement. There are no known imminent threats to DOE sites or personnel.

LANL employees traveling in France are directed to contact their manager or the Emergency Operations Center for accountability purposes. In addition, the EOC is prepared to take calls for additional assistance and information.

Wash, Dry And Repeat … Billion Dollar Cleanup Settlement Starts Over

on November 13, 2015 - 1:29pm

New Mexico Environment Department Cabinet Secretary Ryan Flynn asks for input on a revised consent order from members of the Northern New Mexico Citizens Advisory Board Thursday at the Cities of Gold Conference Center in Pojoaque. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/

During a break at the NNMCAB meeting Thursday, from left, NNSA Environmental Programs Office Assistant Manager George Rael, talks to EM Los Alamos Field Office Manager Doug Hintze and contractor Bob Zulick. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/


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POJOAQUE – A citizen’s advisory

Los Alamos Scientists Recognized With Breakthrough Prize For Neutrinos Research

on November 12, 2015 - 11:50am

LANL News:

$3 million award goes to more than 1,300 scientists across five experiments

More than 1,300 scientists—including 35 from Los Alamos National Laboratory—were awarded the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics Nov. 8 for their work in defining neutrino oscillations across five international experiments that led to the determination that neutrinos have mass.

This is the largest group to be awarded the Breakthrough Prize since it was launched three years ago by billionaire venture capitalist Yuri Milner.

“This discovery fundamentally changed our understanding of matter,”

Ten Los Alamos Scientists Honored As New Fellows By American Physical Society

on November 12, 2015 - 9:31am

New Fellows of the American Physical Society, LANL scientists Tariq Aslam, Steven Batha, Eric Bauer, Hou-Tong Chen, Diego Alejandro Dalvit, Dinh Nguyen, Alan Perelson, Filip Ronning, Alexander Saunders and Glen Wurden. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Ten Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists are new Fellows of the American Physical Society.

Named this week by the national organization:

  • Tariq Aslam;
  • Steven Batha;
  • Eric Bauer;
  • Hou-Tong Chen;
  • Diego Alejandro Dalvit;
  • Dinh Nguyen;
  • Alan Perelson;
  • Filip Ronning;
  • Alexander Saunders; and
  • Glen Wurden.

“We’re extremely pleased that the technical

Los Alamos National Laboratory To Study Future Computing Technology Capabilities

on November 12, 2015 - 7:51am

D-Wave's newest quantum processor is over 1000 qubits - about double the size of its previous generation processor, and far exceeding the size of any other quantum processor. Courtesy/D-Wave

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is exploring the future of computing by critically evaluating quantum annealing technology through the acquisition of a 1000+ quantum bits (qubits) D-Wave 2X™ system.  

D-Wave is a company that specializes in the development, fabrication, and integration of superconducting quantum annealing computers.

"Eventually Moore’s Law (transistors on an integrated

Dr. Stefan Zollner Appointed To NMC Board

on November 10, 2015 - 3:44pm

Dr. Stefan Zollner

NMC News:

The New Mexico State University (NMSU) Board of Regents unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Stefan Zollner (Head, NMSU Department of Physics) to the New Mexico Consortium (NMC) Board of Directors, during its Oct. 21 meeting.

The New Mexico Consortium is a non-profit corporation formed by the three New Mexico research universities: University of New Mexico, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and NMSU to advance scientific research and education in New Mexico.

Scenes From Today's Signing Ceremony Establishing Manhattan Project National Historical Park

on November 10, 2015 - 2:26pm

From left, Los Alamos County Council Chair Kristin Henderson, former Councilor Fran Berting, Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan, Dr. Ben Neal, second from right, and at far right, Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott join U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and seated, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz at this morning's signing ceremony, in Washington, D.C., to officially establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Courtesy/NPS


Today's NDAA Passage Includes Infrastructure Funds For CMR Chemistry; B61 Life Extension Program And R&D

on November 10, 2015 - 12:38pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
  • Udall Joins Senate in approving National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined the Senate in voting 91-3 for a major defense policy bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes several priorities that Udall has championed for New Mexico's military bases and national laboratories.

The bill also includes Udall's measure to strengthen the open-air burn pits registry, which was created to help veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes while deployed overseas in Iraq and

LANL: National Labs Collaborate To Shape Development Of Next-Generation Supercomputers

on November 10, 2015 - 10:59am

LANL News:
Three of the Department of Energy's leading national laboratories are working together to solve some of the world's most challenging problems by ensuring that the nation's scientific community has access to leading edge computing systems to carry out their research.
Los Alamos, Lawrence Berkeley and Sandia national laboratories have formed the Alliance for Application Performance at Extreme Scale (APEX) to focus on the design, acquisition and deployment of future advanced technology high performance computing systems.
Over the years, each of the

Officials Sign MOA Establishing Manhattan Project National Historical Park

on November 10, 2015 - 10:04am

ECA Treasurer and Los Alamos County Council Chair Kristin Henderson

ECA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Moniz and U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Jewell are holding a ceremony today to sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) officially establishing the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Washington, D.C.

Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) and its member communities have worked for almost 10 years to see the creation of Manhattan Project National Historical Park.