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LANL Waste Management Services Group Leader Speaks At Voices Of Los Alamos Meeting Monday Oct. 28

on October 19, 2019 - 9:42am

VOLA News:


Voices of Los Alamos is hosting its next meeting is 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage Loop.

Guest Speaker Steven Singledecker will present a talk on Los Alamos National Laboratory waste shipments to offsite disposal facilities.

Singledecker is the Waste Management Services Group Leader at LANL and has more than 29 years of experience in the waste management industry. He also worked at Brookhaven and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

More Detail On Giant LANL Rotor

on October 18, 2019 - 6:23pm
A truck convoy transporting a giant rotor headed out today from Los Alamos National Laboratory and is shown here this morning passing the ‘Y’ on N.M. 4 near White Rock. Photo/Copyright 2019 by Leigh House
Los Alamos
The rotor (spinning part) of a very large motor-generator was found to need repairs at a specialized repair site in Virginia.
The first part of this trip to repair it will be by truck that will take it to a rail station. Because it is so large and so heavy, it required a special truck assembly to move it.

AGU: Radioactive Chlorine From Nuclear Bomb Tests Remain Present In Antarctica

on October 18, 2019 - 10:19am
New research finds some glaciers in Antarctica are still releasing radioactive chlorine-36 created during 1950s nuclear weapons tests. Courtesy/NASA/Joe MacGregor
Vostok and Talos Dome are both shown on this map of Antarctica. Vostok is still releasing anthropogenic chlorine-36 into the atmosphere. Courtesy/AGU
AGU News:
Antarctica’s ice sheets are still releasing radioactive chlorine from marine nuclear weapons tests in the 1950s, a new study finds.
This suggests regions in Antarctica store and vent the radioactive element differently than previously thought.

Traffic Alert: Giant Rotor Leaving LANL Now

on October 18, 2019 - 8:55am

A 460,000-pound rotor from Los Alamos National Laboratory is being transported out of town right now and is seen here exiting Pajarito Road and moving through the intersection at Grand Canyon Drive onto N.M. 4 in White Rock. Motorists are urged to slow down in this area. For complete route details click here. Courtesy/LAPD

Triad’s Beierschmitt On Connecting Road Concept

on October 17, 2019 - 8:36am
Triad Deputy Director of Operations Kelly Beierschmitt discusses LANL idea of developing a connecting road from Albuquerque to Santa Fe during the Tuesday night Council work session. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

After years of being on a shelf, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) officials have blown the dust off the idea of having a connecting road from Albuquerque to Santa Fe.

During a presentation Tuesday night to Los Alamos County Council, Triad National Security Deputy Director of Operations Kelly

Snyder: Archive Month – A Time for Reflection

on October 17, 2019 - 6:47am

One of our largest artifacts is mathematician Stan Ulam’s desk, to which he added this comment—’A mathematician does something on a piece of paper, & then lo & behold a big explosion may occur.’ The desk is on display in the Hans Bethe House. Photo by Minesh Bacrania for the Los Alamos Historical Society

Los Alamos Historical Society

On Oct. 1 the County Council declared Archive Month in Los Alamos with a proclamation that began “Whereas: Much of our community’s rich and diverse history can be found in records created by and for the people.”

I suspect that quite a number of

Giant LANL Rotor Traveling Through New Mexico

on October 17, 2019 - 6:38am

Map of the route that a 460,000-pound rotor will be taking from LANL to Clovis beginning Friday morning: LANL, Pajarito Road, N.M. 4, N.M. 502, U.S. 84/285, U.S. 84/285/St. Francis Drive., N.M. 466/St. Michaels, N.M. 466/ Old Pecos Trail, N.M. 300/Old Las Vegas Highway, U.S. 285, I-40, N.M. 219, U.S. 54 and U.S. 60. The load will stop at JCT U.S. 60/ MLK Boulevard, then travel Brady Avenue in Quay County to rail siding for transport via train for repairs to Richmond, Va. Courtesy/ NMDOT


  • Santa Fe traffic to see impacts; route to Clovis will take rotor along I-40


RCLC Board Meets In Santa Fe Oct. 18

on October 16, 2019 - 4:51pm

Seven Los Alamos Scientists And Engineers Honored As 2019 Laboratory Fellows

on October 16, 2019 - 9:38am

2019 Lab Fellows from top left, Brian Albright, Patrick Chain, Dana Dattelbaum, Michael Hamada, Anna Hayes-Sterbenz, Michael Prime and Laura Smilowitz. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Brian Albright, Patrick Chain, Dana Dattelbaum, Michael Hamada, Anna Hayes-Sterbenz, Michael Prime and Laura Smilowitz become part of a prestigious fellowship.

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists and engineers Brian Albright, Patrick Chain, Dana Dattelbaum, Michael Hamada, Anna Hayes-Sterbenz, Michael Prime and Laura Smilowitz are being honored as 2019 Laboratory fellows.

“Los Alamos National Laboratory

House Assistant Speaker Luján Highlights Los Alamos National Laboratory On Congressional Delegation Tour

on October 13, 2019 - 8:32am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
This week, U.S House Assistant Speaker Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, toured Los Alamos National Laboratory on a congressional delegation highlighting the importance of New Mexico’s national labs.
U.S. Rep. Luján and Smith were joined by the Department of Energy’s Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty.
As co-chair of the National Labs Caucus, Luján has secured major environmental and scientific investments for

UC President Janet Napolitano And Triad’s Thom Mason Present $599,600 Grant To LANL Foundation

on October 12, 2019 - 9:53am
University of California President Janet Napolitano, right, and LANL Director and Triad President Thom Mason, left, present funding to LANL Foundation President/CEO Jenny Parks and board members Bill Wadt, Denise Thronas, Nan Sauer, Billie Blair, Tania Sanchez, Elmer Torres, Wilmer Chavarria and Hervey Juris during a recent event. Courtesy/LANLF
Melisha Martinez, TESOL certification candidate, builds skills to better serving dual-language students at La Tierra Montessori School Courtesy/LANLF
  • Triad grant supports K-12

Gadgets Officially Opens For Business At Bradbury

on October 12, 2019 - 8:19am
The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce celebrates the new location of the Bradbury Science Museum Assocation’s (BSMA) Gadgets Museum Shop Thursday afternoon with a ribbon cutting. The new location is in the Defense Gallery inside the Bradbury Science Museum at 1350 Central Ave. Roger Waterman, center, cuts the ribbon, while Museum Director Linda Deck, Kristin Henderson, Chamber Director and  BSMA President Ryn Herrmann, Gadget Manager Shari Foley, Kent Waterman and BSMA Vice President Bob Hull look on. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
The new Gadgets Muesum Shop was made possible

Capacity Crowd Hears Jim Eckles Talk On Trinity Site

on October 12, 2019 - 7:09am

Author Jim Eckles of ‘Trinity – The History Of An Atomic Bomb National Historic Landmark’, shares his knowledge about Trinity Site with a packed room Thursday at the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Photo by KayLinda Crawford

Alden Oyer Presents Technical Talk At LANL Oct. 14

on October 11, 2019 - 9:39am
Alden Oyer
LANL News:
The Los Alamos Northern New Mexico Section is sponsoring a technical talk open to the public at noon Oct. 14 at the LANL Library JRO 1/2 (turn right upon entering the Oppenheimer Study Center.
Abstract: Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS) propagation is useful to establish communications over short to moderate distances where line-of-sight communications is not available. This presentation will discuss the phenomenon and applicability of NVIS, and describe antennas parameters suitable to exploit this propagation.
Biography: Alden Oyer is retired from

DOE: Idaho EM Team Employs Unique Equipment To Tear Down Legacy Reactor

on October 9, 2019 - 9:52am
A diamond wire saw, left, was used to slice concrete shielding, exposing the center of the Argonne Fast Source Reactor, at center. A gantry crane, at right, is used to lift the resulting concrete blocks. Courtesy/DOE
DOE News:
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho EM crews recently demolished a legacy research reactor built in the 1950s at DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL), using innovative tools to break down its 4.5-foot-thick concrete shield.
The Argonne Fast Source Reactor was constructed at the Materials and Fuels Complex to create neutron fields that exposed materials to a radioactive

NNSA Approves Lab Proposal To Build Parking Garage

on October 8, 2019 - 7:25pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:


The U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office has issued a National Environmental Policy Act categorical exclusion determination (CX) for the proposal to construct, use, and maintain a multi-level parking structure (approximately 200,000 square feet) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) within Technical Area 03 (TA-3).


The purpose of the project is to provide LANL with additional and upgraded parking infrastructure to reduce a chronic parking shortage within TA-3.

Catch Of The Week: FBI Warning On Ransomware

on October 8, 2019 - 7:40am
Los Alamos
What is ransomware? Ransomware is a subset of malware, where all data on a victim’s computer is held for ransom by means of data encryption. Payment is demanded, usually via Bitcoin, before the ransomed data is decrypted so the victim can access their data again.
Oct. 1, three hospitals owned by Alabama based DCH Health Systems were struck by ransomware. The hospitals were forced to limit services to only the most critical new patients after the ransomware attack. The ransomware affected all 1,500 of the hospital’s computers, including its email server.

LANL: Modified Quantum Dots Capture More Energy From Light And Lose Less To Heat

on October 7, 2019 - 1:31pm

Doping a quantum dot with manganese (right half of graphic) speeds the capture of energy from a hot electron to 0.15 picoseconds, outpacing losses to phonons in the crystal lattice. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers discover a new approach for capturing energy from light-generated, ‘hot’ electrons, avoiding wasteful heat loss

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have synthesized magnetically-doped quantum dots that capture the kinetic energy of electrons created by ultraviolet light before it’s wasted as heat.


“This discovery can potentially

LANL: Ancient Oasis Once Existed On Mars ... New Findings From ChemCam Show Dynamic Climate

on October 7, 2019 - 12:19pm

The ChemCam – short for ‘chemistry’ and ‘camera’ – sits atop NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover. It shoots a laser at Martian rocks to analyze their chemical make-up, which gives researchers clues into the planet’s past habitability. The instrument was developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory in conjunction with the French space agency. Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech


LANL News:


The surface of Mars was once home to shallow, salty ponds that went through episodes of overflow and drying, according to a paper published today in Nature Geoscience.


These findings result from an analysis of

NMEDD Announces New Members Of Technology Research Collaborative Board

on October 7, 2019 - 11:48am
SANTA FE The New Mexico Economic Development Department's (NMEDD) Science and Technology Division has named new board members for the Technology Research Collaborative (TRC).
The TRC was formalized in 2003, with the goal of promoting technology commercialization in New Mexico, increasing high-paying jobs and diversifying the economy.
In Fiscal Year 2020, the TRC will serve as mentors to science & technology businesses in New Mexico. The board's short-term goals include leveraging its expertise to assist businesses applying for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

Historical Society Screens ‘The Burning Ground’ Oct. 8

on October 6, 2019 - 10:59am


A screening of “La Tierra Quemada” (The Burning Ground) will be presented Oct. 8 in Fuller Lodge as part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s Lecture Series.

Cary Skidmore will present this 54-minute documentary video produced by Los Alamos National Laboratory to recount the circumstances of its most devastating explosives accident, Oct. 14, 1959.

Skidmore will conduct a brief question and answer period following the video.

Explosives operations at the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s S-Site were at a feverish pace that undergirded the frenzy of Cold War nuclear

Call Goes Out For LANL Foundation Scholarships

on October 4, 2019 - 12:11pm


ESPAÑOLA— Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation is accepting applications for 2019 scholarships in two categories: four-year undergraduate awards and Career Pathways awards.

Four-Year Undergraduate Degree Scholarships

High school seniors enrolling in or undergraduates currently attending an accredited post-secondary educational institution in pursuit of a four-year degree in any field of study may apply.

Awards range from $1,000 to $20,000, and one application in this category automatically allows students to be considered for any scholarship for which

BSMA: Trinity Site Myths & Things You Might Not Know

on October 3, 2019 - 8:35pm

Jim Eckles leading a tour at the Trinity Site, will speak on the subject at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. Courtesy/BSMA

BSMA News:

The basic events of Trinity Site, where the first atomic bomb was tested on July 16, 1945, have been told and retold in dozens upon dozens of books, articles and television features.

Jim Eckles also has written about Trinity Site but has the perspective of conducting innumerable tours of the site and meeting veterans of the test since 1977.  He will explain that the dunes at White Sands National Monument were NOT bleached by the atomic blast, that the soldiers at

Ribbon Cutting For Bradbury Science Museum Association’s New Gadgets Shop Location Thursday

on October 2, 2019 - 2:36pm



The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the new location of the Bradbury Science Museum Assocation’s Gadgets Muesum Shop with a ribbon cutting 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10.


The new location is in the Defense Gallery inside the Bradbury Science Museum at 1350 Central Ave.


The new Gadgets Muesum Shop was made possible through the generous support of Kent and Roger Waterman, in memory of their parent’s Robert and Alice Waterman. The Watermans moved to Los Alamos in 1947 when Robert was hired by the Atomic Energy Commission as a security guard.