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LANL: New Issue Of 1663 Magazine Now Available

on March 28, 2018 - 9:58am

Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Science news from Los Alamos National Laboratory is now available in the new issue of 1663 magazine.

In this issue:

  • How lightning starts and what it can be used for;
  • Shocks, whirls, and the science of turbulence;
  • Ultrathin metasurfaces for electromagnetic signal control;
  • Zika and chikungunya risk in the United States;
  • The environment and its tiniest inhabitants;
  • …and more.

Click here to get your science and technology fix from Los Alamos.

NNSA: Uranium Processing Facility Authorized To Start Construction On Main Buildings

on March 28, 2018 - 8:13am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) project has been authorized by Departmental leadership to start construction on the Main Process Building (MPB), Salvage & Accountability Building (SAB), and Process Support Facilities (PSF) subprojects in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
 
UPF will replace an early-Cold War plant with a modern, more efficient, and safer facility for conducting highly-enriched uranium operations at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
 
Secretary Rick Perry

LANL: Public Lectures Explore Powering Space Missions On Mars Begin April 2

on March 26, 2018 - 10:32am

Artist's illustration of the umbrella-like heat radiators of four Kilopower nuclear reactors casting shadows on the Martian surface. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Patrick McClure and David Poston will discuss their Kilopower nuclear reactor project during three Frontiers in Science lectures

Artist's illustration of the umbrella-like heat radiators of four Kilopower nuclear reactors casting shadows on the Martian surface.

Los Alamos nuclear scientists Patrick McClure and David Poston will discuss the small nuclear reactor developed at the Laboratory to power missions on Mars during three

LANL: Self-assembling, Tunable Interfaces Found In Quantum Materials

on March 26, 2018 - 9:37am

Marc Janoschek, left, and David Fobes discuss features of quantum materials. Courtesy/lanl

LANL News:

A potential revolution in device engineering could be underway, thanks to the discovery of functional electronic interfaces in quantum materials that can self-assemble spontaneously.

“This illustrates that if we can learn to control and exploit the remarkable properties at the interfaces of quantum materials, this will likely result in a new generation of devices beyond our current imagination,” said Marc Janoschek, a physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory who, with David Fobes, also

DOE Releases RFP, Announces Pre-Proposal Site Tour For Outfall 200 Mercury Treatment Facility Procurement

on March 25, 2018 - 7:05am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, OH  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) Thursday issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Outfall 200 Mercury Treatment Facility (OF200 MTF) procurement.
 
A Firm-Fixed-Price contract is anticipated. The RFP is established as a full and open competition with a four year period of performance.
 
Additionally, a pre-proposal site tour has been scheduled. Interested parties are encouraged to view the procurement website for further details, to include registration instructions.
 
The OF200 MTF

LANL Archives Preserve History

on March 22, 2018 - 6:55pm

From left, LANL Historian Alan Carr, Deputy Group Leader for the Records Management Group Christopher C’de Baca and Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz during a recent meeting at the Los Alamos Daily Post at which Carr and C’de Baca discussed the Archives at LANL. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A sampling of spy-related documents preserved in the Archives at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

A treasure trove of historical documents and data is preserved in the

Heinrich Secures Commitment From Energy Secretary On Key LANL Mission, Highlights Funding For New Mexico Labs

on March 22, 2018 - 5:50pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a Senate Armed Service Committee hearing to review the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) atomic energy defense programs for Fiscal Year 2019, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) secured a commitment from Energy Secretary Rick Perry to support maintaining Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) role as the nation’s Center of Excellence for Plutonium Research.

Work is currently underway to upgrade facilities at LANL in preparation to produce 30 pits per year by 2026, and the National Nuclear

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