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LANL Proposes to Submit Interim Work Plan on Chromium Contamination Monitoring

on June 21, 2012 - 8:10am

LANL News:

On Monday, Los Alamos National Laboratory sent the following letter to Hazardous Waste Bureau Chief John Kieling at the New Mexico Environment Department.

In the letter, LANL proposes to develop by Dec. 15, a work plan to perform interim measure alternatives analysis for chromium in Mortandad and Sandia canyons.

Can Spin Glasses be Used to Study Opinion Formation?

on June 21, 2012 - 6:44am

Helmut Katzgraber will present a talk at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 26 in the Medium Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute.

Katzgraber works at the Department of Physics & Astronomy, Texas A&M University and ETH Zurich.

His talk is, Boolean Decision Problems with Competing Interactions on Scale-Free Networks: Can Spin Glasses be Used to Study Opinion Formation?

Abstract: Spin glasses are paradigmatic models that deliver concepts relevant for a variety of systems.

However, despite ongoing research spanning several decades in the area of glassy systems, there remain many fundamental

BREAKING NEWS: LANL Director Calls All-Employee Meeting Regarding Workforce Update

on June 20, 2012 - 1:56pm

From/MS: Charles F. McMillan, A100
Date: June 20, 2012

Subject: Workforce Update and All-Employee Meeting


Over the past several months, we have been engaged in efforts to manage Laboratory costs to live within the current budget and to position the Laboratory to successfully deal with future funding scenarios.

With the help of the entire Laboratory, I believe we have been successful in working the myriad budget issues so that we can more confidently face future challenges while delivering on our mission commitments.

In the Fall of 2011, I established the Laboratory Integrated Stewardship

NNSA Sites, Labs Earn 12 R&D 100 Awards

on June 20, 2012 - 12:51pm

Courtesy/LANL

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today congratulated its laboratories and production sites for receiving 12 of R&D Magazine’s 2012 R&D 100 Awards.

"Congratulations to this year's R&D 100 award winners," Energy Secretary Steven Chu said. "The research and development at the Department of Energy's laboratories continues to help the nation meet our energy challenges, strengthen our national security and improve our economic competitiveness."

Awarded annually by R&D Magazine to the best technological advances at universities,

Police and Lab Join Forces for Robot Rodeo

on June 20, 2012 - 9:32am

Los Alamos Police Department explosive devices experts and LANL hazardous devices experts joined forces to compete against seven other teams in the sixth annual Robot Rodeo underway this week in Technical Area 49 at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In this scenario, a pair of robots inspect a car involved in a chase and abandoned by drug traffickers.  Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Bob Clark, a Hazardous Devices technician at Los Alamos National Laboratory makes some final adjustments to the LANL/LAPD team robot. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

One of the tasks the robots

LANL Helps Medicine, Cosmetics and Crop Irrigation Businesses Gain Traction

on June 19, 2012 - 9:04am

LANL News:

Three small companies in the diverse fields of medicine, cosmetics and crop irrigation are the latest recipients of Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF) awards from the Los Alamos National Security, LLC.

Integrative Enzymatics, Vapour Organic Beauty and HydroBio will receive startup funding from the Laboratory to help them gain traction in their respective markets.

"The VAF program fills a unique need by providing capital that reduces a company’s risk," said David Pesiri, the Laboratory’s Technology Transfer Division leader.

NNSA Production Office Open for Business

on June 19, 2012 - 7:27am
NNSA Production Office Manager Steve Erhart, left, presents DOE Secretary Steven Chu with an overview last year of a B83 tooling system. Courtesy/NNSA
NNSA News:
  • New organization combines federal offices in Tennessee and Texas

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Production Office (NPO) is now in operation, providing federal oversight of nuclear production missions at the Pantex Site in Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

“This is an historic move for NNSA that puts us in a position to improve performance, reduce the

Seeing the Color of Disease

on June 18, 2012 - 2:52pm

Microarrayer machines (A) now can mix colors and deposit them on microscope slides, which can be used to calibrate hyperspectral imagers (HSI) for use in medical applications. The finished slides can be custom-colored (B) to calibrate HSIs to find specific types of tumors or disease tissue. Close up, they resemble dot-matrix printwork (C). Credit: Clarke/NIST

NIST News:

A powerful color-based imaging technique is making the jump from remote sensing to the operating room—and a team of scientists* at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have taken steps to ensure it

LANL to Host Robot Rodeo Tuesday

on June 18, 2012 - 12:03pm

Courtesy/LANL
  • Events test skills of hazardous devices team from around the Southwest

Hazardous devices teams from around the Southwest will wrangle their bomb squad robots at the sixth annual Robot Rodeo beginning Tuesday, June 19 at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL.)

The rodeo gets under way at 8 a.m. in Technical Area 49, a remote section of Laboratory property near the entrance to Bandelier National Monument.

Eight teams are scheduled to participate in the three-day competition.

“The Robot Rodeo gives bomb squad teams the opportunity to practice and hone their skills in a lively

World's Fastest Supercomputer Passes 16 Petaflops!

on June 18, 2012 - 7:26am

NNSA News:

An IBM technician loads CPUs into Sequoia, the world's fastest supercomputer. Courtesy Courtesy LLNL.gov/IBM

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced this morning that a supercomputer called Sequoia at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) was ranked the world’s most powerful computing system.

Every six months, the biggest supercomputers have a giant race to see which can lay claim to being the world’s fastest high-performance computing cluster.

Clocking in at 16.32 sustained petaflops (quadrillion floating point operations per

U.S. and Latvia Commission Radiation Detection Equipment

on June 17, 2012 - 8:00am

NNSA News:

Freeport of Riga in Latvia. Courtesy photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the State Border Guard of Latvia (SBG) Friday announced the commissioning of specialized radiation detection equipment at the Freeport of Riga, in an effort to prevent the illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive materials.

Under a 2007 agreement between the U.S. and Latvia, NNSA’s Second Line of Defense (SLD) Program has been working with SBG on projects at seven sites and a training center in Latvia.

LANL: After-hours, Weekend Changes Through East Jemez Road Vehicle Access Portal Begin Monday

on June 15, 2012 - 11:03am

Courtesy/LANL

Beginning Monday, June 18, all vehicles entering Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) Vehicle Access Portal at East Jemez Road must use center lane number 4 between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. weekdays and all day on weekends.

All other lanes will be closed during LANL’s non-work hours.

During these hours, drivers and bicyclists must stop at the center lane guard post and proceed only upon verbal or hand-signal direction from a LANL protective force officer.

Orange traffic safety cones will be used to funnel vehicle traffic into the center lane.

All drivers are reminded that

UK Continues Support for NNSA Nuclear Nonproliferation Programs

on June 15, 2012 - 9:43am
NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has announced that NNSA and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will continue cooperation to secure vulnerable nuclear and radiological material and reduce nuclear threats around the world.

Under an agreement signed with NNSA's Office of Global Threat Reduction (GTRI), the U.K. Global Threat Reduction Programme will provide the U.S. $3.5 million to support efforts in Uzbekistan, Belarus and Afghanistan.

"We welcome the U.K.’s longstanding and generous partnership with NNSA’s nuclear

Manhattan Project Historical Park Site Bill Moves Through Congress

on June 14, 2012 - 7:22pm

Chairman Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) today introduced legislation that would designate Manhattan Project sites around the country as a National Historic Park. 

Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Tom Udall (D-NM) and Patty Murray (D-WA) are cosponsors of S. 3300

In the House of Representatives, Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) said today that he will introduce a similar bill when the House returns to session next week.

As an expert panel of historians reported in 2001, the top-secret program to create an atomic bomb during World War II centered in Los

LANL Facility Receives LEED® Gold Certification

on June 13, 2012 - 4:39pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s newest facility, the Radiological Laboratory Utility Office Building (RLUOB), is also its first to achieve both the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) status and LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

From its robust design to its advanced scientific equipment, RLUOB is essential to the Laboratory’s national security mission in support of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) nuclear weapons program.

At more than 200,000 square feet, this building is the only radiological facility

New Quantum Computing Algorithm Could Simulate Giant Particle Accelerators

on June 13, 2012 - 7:09am

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a gigantic scientific instrument near Geneva, where it spans the border between Switzerland and France about 100m underground. It is a particle accelerator used by physicists to study the smallest known particles – the fundamental building blocks of all things. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

A trio of theorists, including one from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), have described how a future quantum computer could be used to simulate complex, high-energy collisions of subatomic particles.

Small Businesses Providing Services to LANL Receive National Awards from DOE

on June 11, 2012 - 5:10pm

LANL News:

Demolition of the former administration building at TA-3 conducted by ARSEC Environmental LLC. Courtesy/LANL

Three businesses that provide services to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) received Department of Energy small business awards for fiscal year 2011 and will be recognized by DOE at a ceremony June 27 in Washington, D.C.

  • Eberline Services of Santa Fe received DOE’s Small Business of the Year award. Eberline conducted environmental drilling services at LANL. The work in 2011 was completed without recordable injuries or lost work time because of accidents.

Bradbury Invites Public to Share Personal Fire Stories

on June 11, 2012 - 4:14pm

Courtesy/Bradbury Science Museum

Interactive exhibit opens June 13

Beginning Wednesday June 13, the public is invited to Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) Bradbury Science Museum to take part in “Living With Wildfire: Share Your Stories.”

The museum will host an opening reception from 3:30-6 p.m. for the general public.

Nearly one year ago, the Las Conchas Fire burned in forest areas surrounding LANL and forced a one-week closure.

The wildfire spared the Laboratory but it affected thousands of residents in Northern New Mexico.

The exhibit provides an opportunity for people to

Elhanan Borenstein Presents Talk at SFI Tuesday

on June 10, 2012 - 8:43pm

SFI News:

Elhanan Borenstein will present the talk, "From Metagenomics to Ecosystomics: Modeling the Human Microbiome" at 12:15 p.m., Tuesday June 12 in the Medium Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute. 

Borenstein is a SFI External Professor and works at the University of Washington where the Borenstein lab focuses on computational research in Evolutionary Systems Biology - an emerging field that examines the interplay between the evolutionary process and the organization of complex biological systems. This is done primarily in the following research topics:

  1. Metabolic interactions,

Federal Agencies Demonstrate Response Capabilities for a Radiological Event

on June 8, 2012 - 10:17am

NNSA News:

Courtesy/NNSA

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A joint federal, state and local government workshop and demonstration of the emergency response capabilities that will be deployed in the event of a radiological accident or incident was held this week in Kansas City, Kan.

This technical workshopwas part of a series of events associated with Amber Waves 2012, a radiological dispersaldevice (RDD) exercise series sponsored by the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Personnel from the states of Kansas, Missouri and Iowa, as well as numerous federal agencies

Aerial Survey of Los Alamos Townsite Begins Monday

on June 7, 2012 - 9:27pm

Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

The National Nuclear Security Administration plans this week to complete a high-fidelity aerial survey of Los Alamos town site, a dual-step project initiated last fall.

The survey is scheduled for June 11-13. Residents may notice the silver and blue Bell 412 helicopter flying overhead.

NNSA arranged for the Remote Sensing Laboratory/National Aerial Measuring System (RSL) of Las Vegas, Nev., to conduct this second flyover following a similar survey of lab property in August 2011, after the Las Conchas Fire.

“The objective of the flyover is to ensure that any and

Evaluating NRC's Progress on Open Government

on June 4, 2012 - 5:27pm

In its Open Government Directive, dated Dec. 8, 2009, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) called upon Government agencies to open their doors and data to the American people.

To evaluate progress toward that goal, OMB instructed the Federal Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) to develop an Open Government Dashboard. Initially, that Dashboard focused on the various deliverables explicitly identified in the OMB Directive, but the current revision offers a more holistic set of metrics, informed by each agency's Open Government Plan.

Consistent with that

New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program Recognized by U.S. Department of Commerce

on May 31, 2012 - 1:35pm

LANL News:

The New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) program, a collaboration of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Sandia National Laboratories and the state of New Mexico, received the 2012 Manufacturing Advocate of the Year award from the Manufacturing Extension Partnership under the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The award was presented this month at the 2012 Manufacturing Innovation conference in Orlando, Fla., for “commitment to the business growth and transformation of U.S.–based manufacturing through work in the manufacturing sector.”

The NMSBA was specifically recognized

Quantum Computers Will Be Able to Simulate Particle Collisions

on May 31, 2012 - 12:40pm

NIST News:

Stephen Jordan. Courtesy/NIST

Quantum computers are still years away, but a trio of theorists has already figured out at least one talent they may have.

According to the theorists, including one from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), physicists might one day use quantum computers to study the inner workings of the universe in ways that are far beyond the reach of even the most powerful conventional supercomputers.

Quantum computers require technology that may not be perfected for decades, but they hold great promise for solving complex problems.

The

LANL Scientist Selected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

on May 31, 2012 - 12:24pm

Jaqueline Kiplinger of Los Alamos National Laboratory's Materials Chemistry group has been selected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC.)

The Royal Society of Chemistry is Europe’s largest professional and academic society for chemistry and traces its roots to the Chemical Society of London, established in 1841.

Fellowship is awarded to nominees who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the advancement or application of chemical science or who have demonstrated excellence in the chemical science profession.

Research achievements

Kiplinger is internationally

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