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Economic Dev. Remains LANL Focus Under Triad

on December 17, 2018 - 10:02am

Robert Naranjo unloads root stock for a Northern New Mexico wine growers association, a project that was helped by LANL’s community commitment. Courtesy/FNM
 
By JASON GIBBS
Finance New Mexico

New leadership at Los Alamos National Laboratory hopes to increase business development and educational programs for small businesses, while relying even more on New Mexico companies to fulfill contracts.

On the heels of LANL’s 75th anniversary in the summer of 2018, Triad National Security LLC has taken the helm as the new managing contractor for the research facility in Northern New Mexico.

Nobel Laureate Niels Bohr Brought Winter Cheer To Los Alamos

on December 14, 2018 - 8:59am

Neils Bohr was an avid skier long before coming to Project Y at Los Alamos and assuming the codename of Nicholas Baker. Photographs were strictly forbidden during those days, but someone snapped this picture of Bohr on skis at Sawyer’s Hill. Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society

By HEATHER MCCLENAHAN
Los Alamos Historical Society

Los Alamos has had its share of prominent and important visitors through the years. One of the most significant was in December 1943, when brilliant Danish physicist Niels Bohr visited.

Bohr won the 1922 Nobel Prize for contributions that laid the foundations for

Responding To Today’s Nationwide Bomb Threat Campaign ... Los Alamos Bomb Squad Stands Ready To Handle Any Threats To County Or Laboratory

on December 13, 2018 - 7:53pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department released a statement this evening saying it is aware of the bomb threat campaign that is happening across the country.

The Los Alamos Bomb Squad stands ready to handle any and all threats to this County including the National Laboratory. Cmdr. Preston Ballew said LAPD is communicating with the FBI and getting updates as they develop.

Any suspicious activity should be reported to Los Alamos Police Dispatch at 505.662.8222 immediately.

The Los Alamos Daily Post looked into the situation and finds that this afternoon dozens of institutions and

LANL Director Shares Plans At 2018 REDI Conference

on December 13, 2018 - 9:51am

LANL Director Thom Mason
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Thom Mason focused his recent keynote address at the 2018 Regional Economic Development Initiative REDI Conference on the importance of area small businesses – and emphasized his intention to increase LANL’s support.

“LANL is already consistently among the best performing across all the national laboratories in percentage of procurement from regional small businesses,” Mason told the crowd gathered Dec. 4 at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino.

Oak Ridge Crews Finish Preparing Site For New Mercury Treatment Facility

on December 12, 2018 - 4:12pm
Crews constructed two secant pile retaining walls to retain soils, control water seepage, and provide a deep, secure foundation for the water intake structure. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:
 
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. DOE's Oak Ridge Office of EM (OREM) has completed site preparations necessary to begin construction of the Outfall 200 Mercury Treatment Facility.
 
This vital piece of infrastructure will help fulfill OREM’s regulatory commitments to reduce mercury levels in the East Fork Poplar Creek and enable large-scale cleanup and demolition to start at the Y-12 Natonal Security Complex

LANL Director Thom Mason Works With Students During Hour Of Code Project At School In Española

on December 7, 2018 - 5:00pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Thom Mason volunteered for the Hour Of Code project this afternoon at Tony E. Quintana Elementary in Española. The program was presented to the combined 6th grade classes of Nancy Martinez and Danita Quintana. This program provides a one-hour introduction to computer science designed to demystify ‘code’ and show that anyone can learn the basics.

Los Alamos National Laboratory On 2-Hour Delay

on December 7, 2018 - 7:28am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is on a delayed start.

Employees should report to work between 10-10:30 a.m. today.

DOE Awards ‘OF 200 MTF’ Contract To APTIM-North Wind Construction JV

on December 6, 2018 - 9:32am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the award of the Outfall 200 Mercury Treatment Facility (OF200 MTF) contract to APTIM-North Wind Construction JV, LLC.
 
The value of the Firm-Fixed-Price contract is $91,770,489. The period of performance is for up to four years after issuance of the initial notice to proceed, inclusive of final cleanup of the premises.
 
Two proposals were received in response to the solicitation. There is no incumbent contractor for this work.

Remembering A Stellar Moment In Los Alamos History

on December 6, 2018 - 7:48am

On the platform at the football field across from Los Alamos High School for the Dec. 7, 1962 speech were President John F. Kennedy, Sen. Clinton Anderson, LASL Director Norris Bradbury, Vice President Lyndon Johnson, Congressman Joseph Montoya and Congressman Thomas Morris. Courtesy/LANL Archives

After President John F. Kennedy addressed the crowd on the football field, a motorcade took him along Central Avenue, where the streets were lined with even more people wanting a chance to see the president. It was an opportunity that no one in Los Alamos that day would ever forget.

AGU: The Oldest Water On Earth

on December 6, 2018 - 7:17am

Salty water deep below the surface of the Earth that hasn’t seen the light of day in millions or even billions of years. Courtesy/AGU

AGU News:

Thousands of feet below the surface of the Earth is salty water that hasn’t seen the light of day in millions or even billions of years.

Miners working deep underground had encountered and wondered about the origin of this water for decades, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that scientists started to investigate where this water was coming from and what it might contain – giving researchers clues into how life survives in the deepest parts of our

LANL: Arctic Ice Model Upgrade To Benefit Polar Research, Industry And Military

on December 5, 2018 - 11:09am

LANL scientist Elizabeth Hunke and her team have released an update to the sea-ice computer model, CICE, that has been a key part of the Arctic predictive capability for the U.S. Navy, NOAA and the National Ice Center. CICE also is widely used for earth-system research in academic and government institutions worldwide. Courtesy/E. Hunke.

 

LANL News:

  • Polar conditions modeled more accurately for naval and commercial safety improvements

An update for an internationally vital sea-ice computer model developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory with several collaborating groups, called CICE

New LANL Director Dr. Thomas Mason Delivers Keynote Address At 2018 REDI Conference Today

on December 4, 2018 - 4:46pm

New Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Dr. Thomas Mason delivers the keynote address today at the 2018 Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Conference will at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino. More details to follow. Courtesy photo

LANL Director Dr. Thomas Mason touched on a variety of topics including his intention to increase LANL support for area small businesses. Courtesy photo

TechSource Donates $5,000 To LAPS Foundation

on December 4, 2018 - 4:01pm

From left, LAPS Foundation Executive Director Laura Loy, TechSource CEO Brian D'Andrea and LAPS Foundation Fundraising Chair Karen Hawkins. TechSource Inc., a locally-headquartered science and engineering small business and subcontractor of Triad National Security, donated $5,000 to education in Los Alamos through the LAPS Foundation. The money will be used to foster innovation and growth in the public schools. To learn more about the LAPS Foundation and how to support the local schools, visit www.lapsfoundation.com

Committee On Arms Control & International Security Presents Talk By LANL Senior Fellow Terry Hawkins

on December 4, 2018 - 7:10am
 

LACACIS News:

The Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security (LACACIS) will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the lounge of The United Church of Los Alamos at 2525 Canyon Road.  

A brief business meeting will be followed by a presentation by LANL Senior Fellow Houston T. (Terry) Hawkins. The presentation is entitled “The Art and Science of Surviving What We Are Becoming.” Hawkins grounds his presentation in the field of socially coupled systems and informatics (SCSI), which deals with the social aspects of computerization.

NIST: New Device Widens Light Beams By 400 Times

on December 2, 2018 - 7:24am
This mode expansion device is made of a linear waveguide, a slab waveguide, and a grating. Light enters the device through the linear waveguide. When the waveguide makes contact with the slab, the light expands laterally. The grating then converts the expanded light into waves through free-space. The process also can happen in reverse, bringing free-space light into the waveguide. This enables researchers to connect two mode expansion devices together. For instance, they can use two devices to prove an unknown gas. By Sean Kelley/NIST
 
NIST News:
 
By using light waves instead of electric

AGU: Whale Songs’ Changing Pitch May Be Response To Population, Climate Changes

on November 30, 2018 - 9:27am
A fin whale surfaces at 58˚S in the southern Indian Ocean in a photo captured in January 2010 from the R/V Marion Dufresne, the research vessel that collected hydrophone data for the new study. Courtesy/J-Y Royer
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Blue whales around the world are singing a little flat, and scientists may now have more clues as to the reason why.
 
A new study finds there’s a seasonal variation in the whales’ pitch correlated with breaking sea ice in the southern Indian Ocean.

Three LANL Scientists Named Fellows By AAAS

on November 28, 2018 - 1:18pm

Los Alamos newest AAAS Fellows from left, Manvendra Dubey, David Janecky and Greg Swift. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Manvendra Dubey, David Janecky and Greg Swift honored for their lasting impacts in climate, oceanic and thermoacoustic science

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists Manvendra Dubey, David Janecky and Greg Swift have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a Fellow of AAAS is an honor bestowed upon Association members by their peers.

“Becoming an AAAS fellow is a tremendous honor.

History On Tap: Tracing History Of Los Alamos Ski Club

on November 28, 2018 - 12:58pm

Niels Bohr skiing during the Manhattan Project. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Creative District News:

 

Join the Los Alamos Historical Society and the Creative District at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 at UnQuarked Wine Room in Central Park Square for History On Tap.

 

The presentation will trace the Los Alamos Ski Club (LASC) history through six decades of dedicated volunteer effort, from its formation during the Manhattan Project years, to the development of organized skiing at Sawyer’s Hill in the 1940s and 50s, and finally the creation of the modern family-friendly five-chairlift Pajarito

LANL: Innate Fingerprint Could Detect Tampered Steel

on November 28, 2018 - 11:34am

David Mascarenas, a research and development engineer at LANL, used Barkhausen noise to find unique-looking ‘fingerprints’ in steel that could help to verify weapons treaties and reduce the use of counterfeit bolts in the construction industry. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Treaty compliance aided by spotting illicit artillery exchange and duplication

Researchers using magnetic signals have found unique “fingerprints” on steel, which could help to verify weapons treaties and reduce the use of counterfeit bolts in the construction industry.

 

“Magnetic signals provide a wide range of possible

New Report And Public Briefing On Disposal Of Surplus Plutonium At WIPP Nov. 30

on November 28, 2018 - 5:49am
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) outside Carlsbad. Courtesy photo
 
NASEM News:
 
The U.S. government plans to dispose of 34 metric tons of surplus plutonium under the Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement, signed by the U.S. and Russian Federation in 2000 and revised in 2010.
 
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has developed conceptual plans for disposing of the surplus plutonium in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) outside Carlsbad.
 
Congress asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) to

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Welcome New Pricing Preferences For Northern NM Businesses Contracting With LANL

on November 25, 2018 - 7:06am

Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján welcomed a new agreement for procurement opportunities for northern New Mexico businesses contracting with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

Under LANL’s new management and operating (M&O) contract between Triad National Security, LLC and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration, that went into effect Nov.

LANL: Eight Los Alamos Projects Win R&D 100 Awards

on November 20, 2018 - 8:16am

Eight LANL projects win R&D 100 Awards at R&D Magazine’s annual ceremony. Courtesy photo
 
LANL News:
 
Eight Los Alamos National Laboratory technologies win R&D 100 Awards at R&D Magazine’s annual ceremony in Orlando, Fla. Three of the inventions also win Special Recognition Awards, including a Gold award for corporate social responsibility.
 
“The Laboratory’s eight R&D 100 award winners show how scientific excellence in the name of national security can also benefit society as a whole,” Laboratory Director Thom Mason said.

DOE Releases RFI/Sources Sought For EM ICP

on November 19, 2018 - 6:06am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a Request for Information (RFI)/Sources Sought for the Environmental Management (EM) Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) - Radioactive Waste Management Complex (RWMC) Closure and Other Mission Objectives acquisition at the DOE Idaho National Lab (INL) Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) Site in southeast Idaho.
 
The EM ICP mission objectives is currently being performed by Fluor Idaho, LLC and expires May 31, 2021.
 
The RFI/Sources Sought is seeking to solicit input via capability statements from interested parties with

Floodplain Assessment For TA-72 Outdoor Live Fire Range Upgrades And Channel Stabilization Projects At Los Alamos National Laboratory

on November 17, 2018 - 9:45am
NNSA News:
 
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is proposing new construction activities in lower Sandia Canyon at Technical Area (TA)-72 at the Outdoor Live Fire Range facility within Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), New Mexico.
 
This proposed action would include the construction and use of a new warehouse, new sanitary holding tank, range upgrades, a new dual-purpose shooting range with access roads, and streambed channel corrective actions within the 100-year floodplain.

WIPP Shares Details On Underground Rock Fall

on November 16, 2018 - 7:41am
WIPP News:
 
A rock fall in Room 6, Panel 7, of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) underground has apparently occurred, according to worker observations.
 
The fall is believed to have occurred around 7 p.m. Wednesday, when underground personnel heard a loud thud while performing inspections in Panel 7. Room 6 has been prohibited to routine personnel access for over two years due to unsafe ground conditions. The room does not contain transuranic waste.
 
Employees exited the area, and all underground work was stopped.

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