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LANL: Student Teams Showcase Computing Projects

on April 19, 2018 - 8:43am

More than 200 New Mexico students and teachers will come together April 23-24 at Los Alamos National Laboratory to showcase their computing research projects. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • The Supercomputing Challenge is project-based learning geared to teaching a wide range of skills including computational thinking and computer programming.

More than 200 New Mexico students and their teachers will come together April 23-24 at Los Alamos National Laboratory to showcase their computing research projects at the 28th annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge expo and awards ceremony.

“One of

NNSA Los Alamos Field Office Completes Analysis Of Sitewide Environmental Impact Statement

on April 19, 2018 - 8:16am

NNSA News:

The National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office has completed and posted a Supplement Analysis for the 2008 “Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement for Continued Operation of Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico” (SWEIS).

The document provides an analysis of changes in operations at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) since the publication of the 2008 SWEIS, which covered the period from 2008 through 2017.

It also evaluates the continued adequacy of the 2008 SWEIS for the future of LANL operations from 2018 through 2022.

The

NMED Hearing On Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Discharge Permit Slated For Thursday

on April 18, 2018 - 3:25pm
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) will hold a public hearing beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge Art Center.

The purpose of the hearing is to consider Discharge Permit DP-1132 prepared in response to a discharge plan submitted by the Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Security, LLC.

LANL: One Step Closer To Understanding Explosive Sensitivity With Molecule Design

on April 18, 2018 - 9:27am

LANL scientists from left, Daniel Preston, Virginia Manner and Geoff Brown prepare a drop-weight impact test on an explosive PETN derivative. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Explosives have an inherent problem – they should be perfectly safe for handling and storage but detonate reliably on demand. Using computer modeling and a novel molecule design technique, scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have replaced one “arm” of an explosive molecule to help unravel the first steps in the detonation process and better understand its sensitivity – how easily it begins a violent reaction.

“It

LANL’s Highest Honor Bestowed On Four Scientists

on April 17, 2018 - 9:40am

Winners of the Los Alamos Medal, the Laboratory’s highest honor, from left, Larry Deaven, Robert Moyzis, Scott Cram and Howard Menlove. Courtesy/LANL

Laboratory Director Terry C. Wallace, Jr., presents Howard Menlove with the Los Alamos Medal. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Los Alamos Medal Awardees Honored For Exceptional Work

Four Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists were honored at the Los Alamos Medal ceremony Thursday, April 12, for their distinguished achievements that have impacted the success of the Laboratory, and consequently the nation, either through mission accomplishments or

LANL And LAFD Respond To Bulging Drum At Sigma Facility

on April 16, 2018 - 10:27pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory personnel and Los Alamos Fire Department responded to a report of a bulging drum at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Sigma facility, according to a LANL spokesman.

“The drum has been rendered safe, and there is no threat to workers or the public. Full access to the facility has been restored,” the spokesman said.

The Sigma complex was built in the 1950s and 1960s and houses extensive laboratory areas for materials synthesis and processing, characterization, and fabrication.

Centerra Donates $10,000 To United Way Of NNM!

on April 16, 2018 - 4:23pm

Officials from Centerra Los Alamos, the security force at Los Alamos National Laboratory, visited the Los Alamos Daily Post this afternoon to present a $10,000 donation to United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) to help those in need in the local area. Post Publisher Carol A. Clark is on the UWNNM Board and took the photo at today's check presentation. From left, UWNNM Board President Steve Boerigter, Centerra General Manager Ted Spain, UWNNM Executive Director Mary Beth Maassen and Director Lennie Upshaw of Centerra Protective Force Operations and Training. Photo by Carol A.

New Mexico Environment Department Accepts 2016-2017 Los Alamos Airport Landfill Report

on April 16, 2018 - 4:13pm
Los Alamos County Airport. Courtesy/LAC
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The New Mexico Environment Department has accepted the 2016-2017 report on the Los Alamos County Airport evapotranspiration landfill cover, which states that the cover is in excellent condition and is performing as designed.

The report, prepared by Stephen F. Dwyer of Dwyer Engineering, LLC., indicated that there was no methane emission and no water percolation through the cover into the underlying waste but rather that moisture is migrating upward from the waste.

Madeline Lockhart Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

on April 16, 2018 - 3:41pm
Madeline Lockhart. Courtesy photo

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos High School 2016 graduate and Texas Tech University sophomore Madeline Lockhart is one of 211 students in the United States selected for a Goldwater Scholarship.

The Goldwater Scholarship was established to honor the lifetime work of Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years in the U.S. Senate.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Terry Wallace Speaks To Community Leaders At Quarterly Breakfast

on April 15, 2018 - 10:19am

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Dr. Terry Wallace, center, chats with Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber and Santa Fe Community College President Dr. Cecilia Cervantes at the quarterly LANL Community Leaders Breakfast Thursday at Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

“I’m extremely both proud and humbled to be the director of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

LANL: Understanding A Cell’s ‘Doorbell’

on April 15, 2018 - 7:57am

Advancing the design of drugs for better medical effects takes a combination of experimental and computer simulation research. Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory,  University of Toronto, Canada,  University of  California, San Diego and Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan are exploring how cellular components communicate with various nearby molecules. In this image, calcium bridges two parts of a cell receptor, possibly regulating its activity. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Drug design advances are the research goal

A multi-institutional project to understand one of the major targets of

Los Alamos County Enters Stage I Fire Restrictions

on April 12, 2018 - 6:44am

LAFD News:

Los Alamos County Stage I Fire Restrictions After consulting with Los Alamos National Laboratory, and in cooperation with the Santa Fe National Forest, the Los Alamos Fire Department has announced that Los Alamos County will enter into Stage I Fire Restrictions, effective immediately.  
 
Under Stage I Fire Restrictions, the following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire, campfire, charcoal or wood stove on all Los Alamos County lands. (See first exemption below for additional details.)
  • Smoking is prohibited except within

NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty Statement On Secretary Perry’s Supercomputing Initiative

on April 10, 2018 - 9:08am
Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty
 
NNSA News:
 
Statement from NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty on Secretary Perry’s supercomputing initiative:
 
“Today’s announcement by Secretary Perry is great news for NNSA and our nuclear security missions. Exascale computer systems will be 50 to 100 times more powerful than today's machines, promising a profound impact on research efforts to enhance our national security. 
 
“The new system at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will be an invaluable tool to ensure the continued safety, security, and effectiveness of the Nation’s nuclear

Purdue University Confirms LANL Bid With Bechtel

on April 10, 2018 - 8:27am

Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

By ExchangeMonitor

Purdue University on Friday confirmed it teamed with Bechtel National, Reston, Va., on a bid to run the Los Alamos National Laboratory — a teaming arrangement first reported by Weapons Complex Morning Briefing’s sister publication in February.

The confirmation came Friday from Mitch Daniels, president of Indiana-based Purdue University. Daniels spoke to the local Lafayette Journal and Courier newspaper on the sidelines of a meeting of the institution’s board of trustees.

The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security

Sink Malfunction At LANL Causes Stir With DNFSB

on April 7, 2018 - 6:34am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A Los Alamos National Laboratory spokesman told the Los Alamos Daily Post Friday that during the week of March 5, a few gallons of water overflowed from a sink in an administrative area of TA-55 with a small amount eventually settling in the basement rad storage area, which is specifically designed to isolate and contain water intrusions.

He said the system functioned as designed and there were no incidents.

“There was no contamination associated with this water overflow, and it did not occur in an area of the facility where

New Nuclear Security Chief Visits LANL

on April 6, 2018 - 9:44pm

NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty addresses Laboratory staff this morning during an all-employee meeting. Courtesy/LANL

NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, left, is greeted by Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Terry C. Wallace, Jr., center, and Bob Webster, head of the Laboratory’s Weapons program. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

The new Department of Energy Undersecretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty visited Los Alamos National Laboratory today to tour Laboratory facilities and address employees.

“The work that’s done at Los Alamos is

NNSA Administrator Cuts Ribbon At Pantex Plant

on April 6, 2018 - 9:00am
NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty cuts the ribbon Thursday on the new John C. Drummond Center at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas. Courtesy/KFDA
 
Pantex Plant has several national security missions that protect the country and its allies around the world. Providing the nuclear deterrent for the nation and allies, ensuring the stockpile is strong and viable, reducing the total nuclear weapons in the stockpile, and supporting the stockpile as the High Explosives Center of Excellence are key activities at this historic site. Courtesy/Pantex
 
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The

Film And Discussion Of J. Robert Oppenheimer April 22

on April 6, 2018 - 7:06am

J. Robert Oppenheimer

 

COMMUNITY News:

The New Mexico Jewish Historical Society and the Los Alamos Jewish Center is sponsoring a screening and discussion of the PBS film, “The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer” at 2 p.m. April 22 at Fuller Lodge.

Refreshments will be served. There will be a suggested $10 donation that will go toward future New Mexico Jewish Historical Society’s programs.

The first part of the film covers Oppenheimer’s life through his leadership of Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory during World War II.

Regional Coalition Meeting Canceled

on April 5, 2018 - 3:30pm

DOE-Savannah River Site Welcomes Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette

on April 5, 2018 - 9:51am
DOE-Savannah River Facility Representative Steve Stamper, left, walks with Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette through the Salt Waste Processing Facility. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:
 
AIKEN, S.C.  Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette toured the Savannah River Site (SRS) for the first time in late March, visiting SRS facilities and engaging the workforce and community leaders.
 
“It was a great visit at Savannah River Site, where I learned more about your impressive work in stockpile stewardship, environmental cleanup, and putting science to work,” Brouillette told the workers

NNSA: LANL Road Construction Contract Awarded

on April 5, 2018 - 9:30am

NNSA News:

Road improvements to several stretches of highways to and from Los Alamos National Laboratory will begin in about a month, following a $7 million contract award to Albuquerque Asphalt, Inc.

The road project is part of a $34.5 million settlement agreement between the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the U.S. Department of Energy following the February 2014 drum breach at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

The Supplemental Environmental Projects agreement requires DOE to perform several safety and environmental improvements to support LANL operations.

“This has been a

NMED Finds Marked Improvement In RCRA Violations At LANL For 2017

on April 4, 2018 - 4:51pm
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Results of the annual Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) inspection for 2017 by the New Mexico Environment Department indicate only five violations for proper management of hazardous waste for the year under Los Alamos National Laboratory’s RCRA Hazardous Waste Operating Permit, a marked improvement from previous years.

LANL’s chief spokesman said Wednesday that overall, this year’s annual RCRA inspection by the State shows improvement in Lab performance from past years, as evidenced by fewer non-compliances.

“That

Sen. Jeff Steinborn Presses Governor, State Agencies On Nuclear Waste Storage Facility Preparedness

on April 4, 2018 - 8:54am

New Mexico Sen. Jeff Steinborn

 

New Mexico State Democrats News:

...Presents Letters Asking State Agencies for Prompt Response to Allow Legislators and Residents to Become Informed and Participate in Public Comment Period

LAS CRUCES – Sen. Jeff Steinborn, the Chair of New Mexico’s Legislative Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Interim Committee, sent letters Tuesday to Gov.

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meets Friday

on April 2, 2018 - 4:34pm

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities meets at 11 a.m. Friday, April 6 in the Taos County Commission Chambers at 105 Albright St., in Taos.

The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda

A. Call to Order

B. Confirmation of Quorum

C. Approval of Agenda

D. Business

1. Approval of March 16, 2018 Meeting Minutes - Draft Minutes from 3-16-18 meeting attached

2. Approval of Open Meetings Act Resolution - RCLC Resolution 2018-01 Open Meetings attached

3. Review of  Revised Joint Powers Agreement and discussion regarding potential updates - Draft RCLC Joint Powers Agreement

LANL: Finding Order In Disorder Demonstrates A New State Of Matter

on April 2, 2018 - 12:43pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist Cristiano Nisoli. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • ‘Spindoctors’ note that topological order, associated with quantum mechanics, also applies to classical material called artificial spin ice

Physicists have identified a new state of matter whose structural order operates by rules more aligned with quantum mechanics than standard thermodynamic theory. In a classical material called artificial spin ice, which in certain phases appears disordered, the material is actually ordered, but in a “topological” form.

“Our research shows for the first time that

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