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Renowned Scientist George Cowan Has Died

on April 20, 2012 - 5:33pm

By Carol A. Clark

Internationally renowned scientist George A. Cowan has died. 

Cowan was a scientist, philanthropist and businessman who conducted early research for the Manhattan Project and went on to found Los Alamos National Bank and the Santa Fe Institute.

Los Alamos National Laboratory issued the following statement today on the death of the Laboratory's Senior Fellow.

“Dr. Cowan was a central figure at the Laboratory for 39 years. As a Senior Fellow and Los Alamos National Laboratory Medal Winner, he set an example of service to the nation that we strive to follow today.

Cancer Therapy Gets a Boost from New Isotope

on April 19, 2012 - 1:43pm

Los Alamos scientist Meiring Nortier holds a thorium foil test target for the proof-of-concept production experiments. Research indicates that it will be possible to match current annual, worldwide production of Ac-225 in just two to five days of operations using the accelerator at Los Alamos and analogous facilities at Brookhaven. Photo by Robb Kramer/LANL

A new medical isotope project at Los Alamos National Laboratory shows promise for rapidly producing major quantities of a new cancer-treatment agent, actinium 225 (Ac-225).

Using proton beams, Los Alamos and its partner Brookhaven

New Scalable Green Protocols for Processing Carbon Nanotubes

on April 18, 2012 - 6:20pm

NIST News:

Summary: The overall aim of this project is to develop and validate general methods and protocols for purification, size-separation and dispersion of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) that will enable aqueous 'biological' applications. New NMR metrologies are also being developed and applied to characterize and compare the physio-chemical properties of various length/diameter sized separated CNTs in aqueous dispersions.

Description: Since the discovery of the C60 "buckyball" by the 1996 Nobel Prize laureates Robert F. Curl, Harold W. Kroto, and Richard E.

Students descend on Los Alamos National Laboratory April 23-24 for Supercomputing Challenge Expo and Awards Ceremony

on April 17, 2012 - 10:35am

LANL News:

Research by student teams to be showcased during this month's New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge. Courtesy/LANL

More than 200 New Mexico students and their teachers will convene at Los Alamos National Laboratory April 23 and 24 for judging and the awards ceremony in the 22nd annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge.

More than 60 teams of students from elementary, middle, and high school are participating in the event, said David Kratzer of the Laboratory’s High Performance Computer Systems group and LANL’s coordinator of the Supercomputing Challenge.

While at LANL, students

Ron Barber to Speak at Phi Beta Kappa Banquet Honoring Local High School Scholars

on April 17, 2012 - 10:05am

By Joyce Ann Guzik

On Sunday evening, April 29, the Los Alamos Phi Beta Kappa Association will hold its 56th annual banquet to honor the top graduates of Los Alamos High School.

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest undergraduate honors society in the United States and has about 275 members in Los Alamos County (1.5 percent of the county’s population.) 

The banquet for the honor graduates, Phi Beta Kappa Members and their guests, will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos starting and will be catered by Decadent Table.

The 43 students of the Class of 2012 who will be honored this

SFI Colloquium: “On the Evolutionary Origins of the Egalitarian Syndrome”

on April 17, 2012 - 9:37am

Sergey Gavrilets. Courtesy/SFI

Sergey Gavrilets will present his talk “On the Evolutionary Origins of the Egalitarian Syndrome” at 3:30 p.m. Monday April 23 in the Noyce Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institue.

Gavrilets works at the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Department of Mathematics, National Institute For Mathematical and Biological Systems, University of Tennessee.

Abstract: Humans exhibit strong egalitarian syndrome, i.e. the complex of cognitive perspectives, ethical principles, social norms, and individual and collective attitudes promoting equality.

The

Consortium Partners with LANL's Academy

on April 15, 2012 - 7:24am

Special to the Los Alamos Daily Post

Northern New Mexico Math and Science Academy aims to enhance professional development of K-12 math and science teachers in underserved rural school districts.

The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) will become the new fiscal agent for the Northern New Mexico Math and Science Academy (MSA). 

The MSA is a teacher professional development program, sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to help improve math and science education in New Mexico K-12 schools. 

Partnership with MSA has the potential to expand the impact of NMC research programs into New

LANL’s Great Garbage Grab Sweeps Townsite

on April 11, 2012 - 9:00pm

Members of the Environmental Stewardship Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory from left, Beth Norris, Libby Jones, Rebecca Clark, Jeff Treasure and Debbie-Bryan-Ricketts join other employees cleaning up the landscape this week as part of the laboratory-wide Earth Day project – the Great Garbage Grab. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Members of the Environmental Stewardship Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory picked up several bags of trash in White Rock Wednesday, separating aluminum and plastic to run through LANL's recycle program.

Suspicious Item at Lab Determined to be Duct Tape and Wire

on April 10, 2012 - 1:51pm

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailynews.com

Emergency responders descended on the area near the parking garage next to Technical Area 3 at Los Alamos National Laboratory a few minutes ago.

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Lab security, the hazardous devices team and local police and fire personnel surrounded the area where a suspicious item was spotted and reported to officials.

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

After securing the area, authorities determined that the item was simply duct tape wrapped in wire. 

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The all clear was

Three Small Businesses Selected for Los Alamos National Laboratory Environmental Work

on March 30, 2012 - 10:06am

Subcontract worth up to $250 million over five years:

Los Alamos National Laboratory has awarded a master task order agreement for up to $250 million to three small businesses with offices in Northern New Mexico.

The agreement is for services related to the transportation and disposal of hazardous and radioactive waste.

The companies include Portage, Inc., ARS Cavanagh Environmental Services, LLC and Navarro Research & Engineering, Inc.

“Safely handling and transporting waste containers is an important part of our environmental cleanup efforts at Los Alamos,” said Pete Maggiore,

LANL Releases Voluntary Separation Program Results

on March 26, 2012 - 4:53pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory today announced that 557 employees will leave the Laboratory as part of a voluntary separation program announced last month.

The employees come from nearly all Lab functions, excluding certain essential areas.

"I would like to thank each and every employee who volunteered for the program," LANL Director Charlie McMillan said in a news release. "Some of them devoted their entire careers to serving the nation during a truly historic time for the country and the Lab. They set the example that we will continue to follow."
 
LANL announced it would seek a

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

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