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World Record Shattered During Six-Experiment Pulse at LANL

on March 23, 2012 - 8:52am

Charles Mielke, center, receives congratulations at the moment of the 100-T pulse. Courtesy LANL

LANL News:

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s biggest magnet facility today met the grand challenge of producing magnetic fields in excess of 100 tesla while conducting six different experiments. The hundred-tesla level is roughly equivalent to 2 million times Earth’s magnetic field.

“This is our moon shot, we’ve worked toward this for a decade and a half,” said Chuck Mielke, director of the Pulsed Field Facility at Los Alamos.

The team used the 100-tesla pulsed, multi-shot

Nanopower: Avoiding Electrolyte Failure in Nanoscale Lithum Batteries

on March 22, 2012 - 9:16am

 

Using a transmission electron microscope, NIST reearchers were able to watch individual nanosized batteries with electrolytes of different thicknesses charge and discharge. The NIST team discovered that there is likely a lower limit to how thin an electrolyte layer can be made before it causes the battery to malfunction. Photo by Talin/NIST

From NIST Tech Beat:

It turns out you can be too thin—especially if you’re a nanoscale battery.

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the University of Maryland, College Park, and Sandia National Laboratories

Local governments to Discuss Funding for LANL, Environmental Liabilities, Jobs

on March 19, 2012 - 11:50am

WHAT: Press conference to discuss funding for Los Alamos National Laboratory and the impacts on jobs, environmental cleanup and national security.

Proposed funding cuts are resulting in a reduction of jobs at LANL, missed environmental cleanup deadlines, and significant changes in LANL’s nuclear mission.

WHO: Mayor Alice Lucero, City of Espanola; Council Chair Sharon Stover, Los Alamos County; Commissioner Alfredo Montoya, Rio Arriba County; Commissioner Danny Mayfield, Santa Fe County; Mayor David Coss, City of Santa Fe; Commissioner Andrew Chavez, Taos County; Elmer Torres, San

SFI Seminar: Free Will and the Brain: Some Current Confusions

on March 17, 2012 - 7:56am

Daniel Dennett

Daniel Dennett of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University and External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute is presenting the seminar, Free Will and the Brain: Some Current Confusions at 12:15 p.m., Monday in the Medium Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute.


Abstract: There has been a recent explosion of writing by neuroscientists and psychologists about how “science shows us” that we don’t have free will.

The problem with this work is that it confuses several quite different issues.

Once we sort it out, we find that there have been in fact some important

Heather Wilson Draws Many LANL Employees to Her Town Hall Meeting

on March 15, 2012 - 4:41pm

LANL employees and others listen to Senatorial candidate Heather Wilson during her Town Hall meeting late Wednesday afternoon at the Hilltop House Hotel. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

A large crowd turned out to hear Republican U.S. Senatorial candidate Heather Wilson speak at a Town Hall Meeting at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel late Wednesday afternoon.

Wilson spoke of her background and experience before fielding questions from the audience of slightly more than 100 people.

At age 17, she entered the U.S.

LANL's Terry Wallace Addresses Workforce Action at Wednesday's Community Forum

on March 15, 2012 - 12:14pm

LANL Official Terry Wallace briefs audience members at Duane Smith Auditorium Wednesday evening about the voluntary separation program under way at the Lab. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By Carol A. Clark

Terry Wallace, Principal Associate Director for Science, Technology, and Engineering at Los Alamos National Laboratory conducted the third and final community forum about the Lab’s Voluntary Separation Program (VSP) now under way.

On March 1, the National Nuclear Security Administration approved the plan to reduce the Laboratory workforce by 400 to 800 employees this spring

Wednesday's HazMat Incident Categorized as 'Non-emergency Significant'

on March 15, 2012 - 7:39am

HazMat and other emergency responders worked near this section of TA-21 at the east end of DP Road Wednesday after a small chemical reaction occurred during cleanup activities. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LANL NEWS:

At about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Los Alamos police and firefighters left the scene of a HazMat incident that began just before noon at the east end of DP Road.

A small chemical reaction in a bottle containing liquid drawn from a 60-year-old cylinder at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Technical Area 21 caused Laboratory officials to call in hazardous material

HazMat Situation Winding Down

on March 14, 2012 - 2:21pm

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun just reported that as of 1:43 p.m. today, the air monitors surrounding the HazMat spill near Enclosure 12 toward the far end of DP Road are registering clean.

"The roadblocks at the intersection of DP Road and Trinity Drive are being removed and placed down around the building involved while cleanup work there continues," Purtymun said. "The roadblocks were placed at the entrance to DP Road as a precautionary measure until the situation was assessed. The public can now come and go nomally along the majority of DP Road."

Anyone in buildings west

DP Road Residents Ordered to Shelter in Place

on March 14, 2012 - 1:11pm

Coordinator Philmont Taylor of the Los Alamos County Emergency Management Department just released a reverse 911 meesage ordering all residents along DP Road to shelter in place.

The cause for this emergency is a hazmat leak in Enclosure 12 at TA-21, Taylor said.

DP Road residents are to stay inside and close off all ventilation to the outside until they hear the "all clear" signal.

Check back for more on this developing story.

 

DP Road Shut Down Due to TA-21 HazMat Issue

on March 14, 2012 - 12:42pm

DP Road is shut down at about noon today because of some type of hazmat issue at Technical Area 21.

Police are directing drivers away from the intersection of DP Road at Trinity Drive.

There is a report of a small brush fire at TA-21 and police and other emergency responders are on scene.

Check back for more details on this developing story.

Early Los Alamos National Laboratory Video from the Hugh Bradner Collection

on March 14, 2012 - 10:20am

The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has recently released a new ten minute portion of physicist Hugh Bradner's amazing "peak-at-life" home movie clips from early Laboratory days, filmed from 1943 to 1945.

Bradner, a physicist at Los Alamos, was granted informal permission to use his video camera inside the New Mexico town that didn't official exist. Bradner took home movies of some of the top secret work being conducted at Los Alamos. It was likely that Army Officials were unaware that Bradner was taking home movies of these laboratory experiments.

Town Hall on Future of LANL Set for Wednesday

on March 13, 2012 - 5:00pm

WHO: Heather WIlson, Candidate for U.S. Senate

WHAT: Heather Wilson Hosts Town Hall on the Future of Los Alamos National Laboratory

WHERE: Best Western Hilltop House Hotel, 400 Trinity Dr.

WHEN: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14

“The Obama Administration’s decision to eliminate nearly 800 jobs at Los Alamos Labs jeopardizes our national security and our economy. New Mexico needs someone who will fight for our laboratories —someone who understands our state’s unique contribution to national security.” -Heather Wilson, candidate for the U.S. Senate

LANL's Scott A. Watson Speaking at Smith Auditorium Thursday

on March 12, 2012 - 10:41pm

Two Forums Packed with Information and Resources for LANL Employees Eligible for Voluntary Separation Set for Thursday

on March 12, 2012 - 5:03pm

UNM-LA SBDC News:

The UNM- Los Alamos Small Business Development Center is hosting two community forums this week to provide LANL employees eligible for voluntary separation with information about opportunities and resources available to them. 

Both forums take place on Thursday, March 15:

  • The first forum will is noon–1 p.m., in conference room #202A at the Los Alamos Research Park, 4200 West Jemez Road.
  • The second forum is 5:30-6:30 p.m. at The Hive, 134 State Road 4 in White Rock.

The forums will include representatives from organizations with resources available to help scientists and

Former New York Times Reporter to Talk on State of Nuclear Threats and Possibility of a Nuclear 9-11

on March 9, 2012 - 5:00pm


Phillip Taubman

Former New York Times reporter Philip Taubman talks about the current state of nuclear threats, including Pakistan, North Korea, Iran, and the possibility of a nuclear 9-11 at a presentation beginning at 6 p.m. March 15 at Los National Laboratory’s Bradbury Science Museum.

Taubman also will talk about his newly published book, “The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb.”

The talk is open to the public; seating is limited to 100.

Taubman is a former Moscow and Washington, D.C., bureau chief for the New York Times.

He worked at the Times for more

LANL Schedules Three Community Forums

on March 9, 2012 - 5:00pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is hosting three Northern New Mexico community forums about the Lab’s voluntary workforce separation program now under way.

The public is invited to ask questions and get answers about Lab workforce action starting Monday, March 12.

Employees, spouses and the general public are welcome to attend.

Lab officials will be on hand to answer questions:

  • March 12 in Pojoaque, 6-7:30 p.m., Cities of Gold Conference Center
  • March 13 in Española, 6-7:30 p.m., Nick L. Salazar Center for the Arts, Northern New Mexico College
  • March 14 in Los Alamos, 6-7:30

Clairvoyance and Confusion: Some Remarks on Composite Hypothesis Testing

on March 9, 2012 - 5:00pm

By James Theiler, LANL

James Theiler of the Space and Remote Sensing Sciences Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory is presenting a talk at 12:15 p.m. Friday in the
Medium Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute:

Abstract: The composite hypothesis testing problem is one of the great unsolved problems of statistics — but it is not unsolved because it is particularly hard; it is unsolved because it is fundamentally ambiguous. It is also enormously useful: it lies at the core of what it means to do science, and provides a nice framework to do target detection in multispectral imagery.

For

NNSA Initiates International Nuclear Forensics Training with the IAEA

on March 8, 2012 - 5:00pm

NNSA News:

Anne Harrington

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announces the successful completion of the “International Workshop on Nuclear Forensics Methodologies,” held at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington, and conducted in partnership with the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Office of Nuclear Security.

Dr. John C. Hopkins to Lecture on 'The Cold War and U.S. Nuclear Weapons: From My Perspective'

on March 8, 2012 - 12:00am

Mushroom-shaped cloud and water column from the underwater Baker nuclear explosion of July 25, 1946. Photo taken from a tower on Bikini Island, 3.5 miles away. Courtesy Photo

Los Alamos Historical Society News:
 

Dr. John C. Hopkins will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge on “The Cold War and U.S. Nuclear Weapons: From My Perspective” as part of the Los Alamos Historical Society's 2011-2012 lecture series.

John Hopkins

“Nuclear weapons, and hence Los Alamos, played a major role during the Cold War.

Immediately after World War II, the task at Los Alamos was to rebuild the staff

A Glimpse of the Engineering Behind the Science at LANL

on February 26, 2012 - 12:00am

LANL Associate Director of Engineering Steve Girrens discusses current data on R&D engineering
demographics at the Lab. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories about the important role engineers play at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

February is National Engineers Month and several local engineers recently appeared on the Behind the White Coat Program now airing on PAC 8 to spotlight the role engineering plays at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Steve Girrens, LANL’s associate director for engineering participated in the five-part

LANL Cost Management and Workforce Planning Memo

on February 21, 2012 - 12:00am

Charlie McMillan

LANL Director Charlie McMillan sent out the following memo to all employees this afternoon:

Subject: Cost Management and Workforce Planning

On Thursday, the Laboratory submitted a plan to NNSA calling for a voluntary separation program (VSP) with a severance package based on years of service.

There are three main reasons why we are taking this action now:

* Our current budget and future financial outlook require significant cost-cutting to position the Lab for FY13 and beyond. In FY12 alone, we face a budget reduction of around $300 million across multiple programs.

*

LANL Director Calls All Hands Meeting

on February 19, 2012 - 12:00am

Director Charlie McMillan

In a memo sent to all employees Friday, Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan announced that he will call an all hands meeting at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

On the agenda is information regarding the budget.

In early December, with LANL facing a potential budget shortfall of $200 million, McMillan formed a panel to oversee spending cuts.

FY 2013 Budget Request Seeks $11.5 Billion to Achieve President Obama’s Nuclear Security Objectives, Shape Future of Nuclear Security

on February 17, 2012 - 12:00am

NNSA News

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Thomas D’Agostino today highlighted the strong support for NNSA in President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Request, which was delivered to Congress earlier today. The $11.5 billion budget request will help NNSA achieve the President’s nuclear security objectives, including his four-year goal to secure vulnerable nuclear material around the world. The request represents an increase of 4.9 percent over the FY 2012 appropriation.

“The President’s budget continues to demonstrate his strong support for

Never-Before-Seen Manhattan Project Footage

on February 15, 2012 - 12:00am

J. Robert Oppenheimer and Leslie Groves at remains of the Trinity test in September 1945. Photo/wikipedia.com

Action 7 News recently obtained never-before-seen film of the scientists and their families who came to Los Alamos during World War II to construct the first atomic bomb as part of the Manhattan Project.

 

Check out the amazing footage:

http://www.koat.com/news/30455910/detail.html

Enloe and Cowan Share Unique History

on February 6, 2012 - 5:00pm

 

Bill Enloe, left, with Dr. George Cowan at the Santa Fe Institute in December. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Santa Fe Institute founder Dr. George A. Cowan and SFI board member Bill Enloe discussed their unique history in an interview on the Behind the White Coat science program in December.

Cowan is a founding director of Los Alamos National Bank and was its chairman for 30 years. Enloe has spent his professional career with LANB and serves as chairman and chief executive officer.

Cowan is a research scientist, academician, businessman and philanthropist.

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