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LANL Emergency Exercise Planned For Wednesday

on August 28, 2012 - 7:47am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is conducting an emergency preparedness exercise on Wednesday, Aug. 29. It is an exercise only.

LANL routinely conducts emergency exercises to test the preparedness of emergency response and other LANL personnel who would respond to an actual emergency.

The majority of the exercise is on LANL property and shouldn't affect the public. Signs will be in place outside the Los Alamos Medical Center, alerting the public that an exercise is under way.

Laboratory employees who work in facilities near the exercise scenario have been notified.

LANL Responds to Radiological Incident at LANSCE

on August 27, 2012 - 10:56pm
  • Multiple tests indicate no health risks to public or employees

Los Alamos National Laboratory is investigating the inadvertent spread of Technetium 99 by employees and contractors at the Lujan Neutron Scattering Center at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE), a multidisciplinary accelerator facility used for both civilian and national security research.

The Laboratory has determined that about a dozen people came into contact with the material, and some tracked small amounts of Technetium 99 off-site.

The contamination poses no danger to the public.

SFI Colloquium: 'Ulam's Demons' Set for Thursday

on August 26, 2012 - 8:34am

SFI Colloquium: "Ulam's Demons" is set for 3:30 p.m. Thursday Aug. 30 in Noyce Conference Room.


George Dyson
Author and Historian of Technology

Abstract: Stanislaw Ulam (1909-1984), one of the inspirations for SFI, performed useful work, without the visible expenditure of energy, by letting good ideas in and keeping bad ideas out.

Four of the twentieth century’s most imaginative inventions — the Monte Carlo method, the hydrogen bomb, self-reproducing cellular automata, and nuclear pulse propulsion — originated with help from Stan.

Monte Carlo was the realization of what Maxwell had

ChemCam Laser First Analyses Yield Beautiful Results

on August 24, 2012 - 7:09am

This photo mosaic shows the scour mark, dubbed Goulburn, left by the thrusters on the sky crane that helped lower NASA's Curiosity rover to the Red Planet. It is located 16 to 20 feet (5 to 6 meters) to the left of the rover's landing position. The sky crane appears to have uncovered an outcrop of loosely consolidated rocks during the rover's landing. The mosaic consists of six images from the remote micro-imager (RMI) on the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument, shown around an image from the Mast Camera for context.

LANL Engineer Selected for 'Frontiers of Engineering' Symposium

on August 23, 2012 - 5:49am

LANL News:

  • Nathan Moody, specialist in electromagnetic radiation, honored

Nathan Moody of Los Alamos National Laboratory is among 78 of the nation's brightest young engineers selected for the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) 18th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium.

Engineers between 30 to 45 who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in a variety of disciplines attend the 2-1/2 day event, the academy announced.

The participants -- from industry, academia, and government -- were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations and chosen from

Explosions for Research at Los Alamos

on August 22, 2012 - 9:43am
The Bradbury Science Museum has provided the following video depicting some of what goes on behind the fence at Los Alamos National Laboratory:

The science of explosives has been important at Los Alamos since 1943. A variety of experiments with explosives are represented in this video. Music Credit: Nerves - by Kevin MacLeod,  Larva - by PhreDdy M.

Click HERE to view other videos provided by the Bradbury Science Museum including an interview with KRSN AM1490 owner David Sutton regarding the Las Conchas Fire and a video of President John F. Kennedy's 1962 visit to Los Alamos.

For more

LANL Laser Research Shows Promise for Cancer Treatment

on August 21, 2012 - 7:08am

Sasi Palaniyappan, right, and Rahul Shah inside a target chamber where the TRIDENT short pulse laser is aimed at a very thin foil target. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • New insights gained on how lasers generate ions in dense plasmas

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have observed for the first time how a laser penetrates dense, electron-rich plasma to generate ions.

The process has applications for developing next generation particle accelerators and new cancer treatments.

The results, published online August 19 in Nature Physics, also confirm predictions made more than 60 years

SFI Seminar - Models.Behaving.Badly: On Theories, Models, Intuition and Finance

on August 21, 2012 - 7:05am

SFI News:

Models.Behaving.Badly: On Theories, Models, Intuition and Finance

By Emanuel Derman
Columbia University

Thursday, Aug. 23 • 12:15 p.m. • Medium Conference Room

Abstract: Models are metaphors that explain the world we don’t understand in terms of worlds we do.

They are merely analogies, provide partial insight, stand on someone else's feet.

Theories stand on their own feet, and rely on no analogies.

Models tell you what something is more or less like; theories try to tell you what something is.

Financial models are not theories; they are analogies, idealizations that always

DOE Hosts Public Hearing Tonight at Holiday Inn Express

on August 21, 2012 - 7:04am

DOE News:

The Department of Energy is holding public hearings on a Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.

The hearings are scheduled for:

  • Los Alamos on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at the Holiday Inn Express, 60 Entrada Drive;
  • Santa Fe on Thursday, Aug. 23 at the Courtyard by Marriott, 3347 Cerrillos Road; and
  • Carlsbad on Aug. 28 hearing at the Pecos River Village Conference Center, 711 Muscatel Avenue.

The hearings will be 5:30-8 p.m. with a presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m. and public comments beginning around 6:45 p.m.

The comment period ends Sept. 25.


Planned Steam Plant Outage Underway at LANL

on August 20, 2012 - 5:30pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory's Utilities and Institutional Facilities Division began a planned steam outage for maintenance at 7 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19.

The planned steam outage is scheduled to conclude at 7 p.m., Aug. 25.

The centralized steam distribution system must be shut down for required maintenance of equipment, including replacing and upgrading key components of the Laboratory’s utility system.

During the outage, there will be no heating and no process steam available in building systems served by the Steam Plant.

All buildings within the TA-3 and TA-43 area will be affected

Don't Miss Tonight's Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture

on August 20, 2012 - 9:25am

Alex Filippenko brings cosmic photos, music, passion and a host of T-shirts to his popular Introduction to General Astronomy class. Photos by Steve McConnell/UC Berkeley

Tonight is the Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium. The lecture, by Alex Fillippenko from UC Berkeley is on "Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe."

The Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture is open to the public at no charge.

The  J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee is dedicated to honoring the memory of Oppenheimer and his significant contributions to Los Alamos, the nation and the world. 

ChemCam Laser Sets Sights on First Martian Target

on August 17, 2012 - 11:43am

Image of calibration target on the back of the Mars Science Laboratory mission Curiosity rover taken by the rover's ChemCam instrument. Courtesy NASA/JPL

LANL News:

  • Rock zapper ready after beaming back images of calibration targets

Members of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover ChemCam team have received the first photos from the instrument’s remote micro imager. The successful capture of ChemCam’s first 10 photos sets the stage for the first test bursts of the instrument’s rock-zapping laser in the near future.

“The successful delivery of these photos means we can begin efforts

Alan Bishop Selected to Lead LANL Science, Technology & Engineering Directorate

on August 17, 2012 - 8:42am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan announced today that after a yearlong, nationwide search, Alan Bishop has been selected to be the Laboratory’s next Principal Associate Director for Science, Technology, and Engineering (PADSTE.)

Bishop has been acting in that role since Aug. 29, 2011.

Over the course of a distinguished 30-year career as a research scientist and leader, Bishop has more than 700 publications in archival journals and has served as a guest scientist, guest scholar and visiting professor.

He has received Distinguished Fellow awards from the

NRC to Discuss Apparent Violations at Harris Nuclear Plant

on August 16, 2012 - 12:25pm

NRC News:

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has scheduled a regulatory and pre-decisional enforcement conference with officials of Duke Energy to discuss apparent violations of NRC requirements involving the ventilation systems for facilities at the Harris nuclear power plant that would be staffed during emergencies.

The Harris plant, which is operated by Duke Energy, is located near New Hill, N.C., about 20 miles southwest of Raleigh.

NRC and company officials will discuss the safety significance of two inspection findings related to the ventilation systems for the plant’s

Countywide Power Outage Hit Today

on August 15, 2012 - 3:45pm

Update to 4:30 p.m. power outage caused by lightning to local substation: DPU customers still without power should call 311 or 662-8333 ASAP.

A major electrical power failure hit the entire County of Los Alamos at 1:50 p.m. today.

Word from the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities is that a high voltage transmission service within Los Alamos National Laboratory was lost. LANL is investigating the cause.

Bingaman Discusses Manhattan Project National Historical Park at Los Alamos Historical Museum Event

on August 14, 2012 - 11:26am

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman spoke today at a gathering at the Los Alamos Historical Museum of the importance of establishing a Manhattan Project National Historical Park with sites in Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Tenn. and Hanford, Wash. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., was honored Monday afternoon at a gathering at the Los Alamos Historical Museum for his support of Los Alamos during his 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate.

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover presented Bingaman with a plaque of appreciation on behalf of the

Kiwanis Presents Prestigious Jeannette O. Wallace Scholarship Award to Michelle Boerigter

on August 10, 2012 - 1:47pm


Tuesday, Aug. 7, Kiwanis awarded Michelle Boerigter the prestigious Jeannette O. Wallace Scholarship award. Wallace was a longtime Kiwanian and former New Mexico State Representative for District 43. Michelle will be attending Hope College in Holland, MI and will study Bio Chemistry and Religion/Theology. From left, Key Club members Morrie Pongratz, Kiwanis President Kristy Ortega and Don Casperson; Terry Wallace, son of Jeannette Wallace; Michelle Boerigter; and parents Cathy and Steve Boerigter. Photo by Sharon Stover


LANL Protesters Plead 'Not Guilty' and Hunger Strike Continues

on August 9, 2012 - 9:59pm

Anti-nuclear peace activist, Barbara Grothus of Albuquerque, left, files a "not guilty" plea with Court Administrator Lisa Zuhn of the Los Alamos County Municipal Court. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Greg Kendall

Not Guilty

Los Alamos County Municipal Court Judge Alan Kirk presided over this morning's arraignment of six demonstrators arrested Monday for blocking traffic during a protest at Los Alamos National Laboratory. 

Protesters Janet Greenwald, Barbara Grothus, Pam Gilchrist, Benjamin (Summer) Abbott, Catherine Euler and Cathie Sullivan each entered a written plea of "not

NNSA Conducts 100th WMD Counterterrorism Exercise

on August 9, 2012 - 4:33pm

NNSA News:

  • NNSA, FBI Conclude Radiological Security Exercise at University of Cincinnati

WMDs. Courtesy photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – NNSA’s Offices of Counterterrorism Policy and Cooperation and Global Threat Reduction and the FBI today announced the completion of the Bearcat Thunder counterterrorism table-top exercise at the University of Cincinnati (UC), the 100th exercise of its kind.

The exercise is part of NNSA’s Silent Thunder table-top series, which is aimed at giving federal, state and local officials, first responders and law enforcement critical, hands-on experience in responding

Bingaman to Address LANL Employees Monday

on August 9, 2012 - 4:05pm
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman will be in Los Alamos Monday, Aug. 13 and will address Los Alamos National Laboratory employees.
Bingaman will talk about the economy, the federal deficit and what Congress can do to address these issues, among other things.
Bingaman will also attend a reception hosted by the Los Alamos Historical Society at the Los Alamos Historical Museum to talk about a bill he has introduced to designate Manhattan Project sites around the country as National Historical Parks.
Bingaman's schedule Monday, Aug. 13:
  •   10 a.m.

LANL Calls on Public for Help to Improve Plan

on August 9, 2012 - 10:39am

LANL News:

To accomplish our mission, Los Alamos National Laboratory generates some hazardous and mixed waste.

In November 2010, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) issued the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Hazardous Waste Facility Permit.

The Permit establishes standards for how LANL manages, stores and treats hazardous wastes on-site and for the closure and post-closure care of permitted waste management units.

The plan covers six elements

  • Establishing an open working relationship with the public
  • Establishing productive relationships with local tribes and pueblos

ChemCam Sends Digital ‘Thumbs Up’

on August 9, 2012 - 10:09am

Researchers from LANL and the French Space Agency examine data from the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover from inside the ChemCam Operations Center at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Monday, Aug. 6., less than a day after the rover landed on Mars. The ChemCam team received signals indicating that the instrument is healthy and all systems are ready to go. Photo Credit: Los Alamos National Laboratory/James E. Rickman

LANL News:

  • Martian landing area could be a boon for scientific study

Members of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover ChemCam team got a digital thumbs up about

Mutual Respect Framed LANL Protest

on August 7, 2012 - 9:02am

Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy shakes hands with a protester during Monday's demonstration at Los Alamos National Laboratory, marking the 67th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Despite any differences that may exist between demonstrators and authorities, an air of mutual respect permeated the annual event. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun calmly chats with protesters from left, Benjamin (Summer) Abbott, Catherine Euler and Cathie Sullivan who are three of the six protesters who eventually were arrested for blocking

DOE Awards $62 Million in Contracts to Accelerate Development of ‘Extreme Scale’ Supercomputers

on August 7, 2012 - 6:56am

Sequoia, an IBM supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California, was on June 18, 2012 named No. 1 in the TOP500, a list of the world's fastest supercomputers. Here, Sequoia is installed in LLNL’s Terascale Simulation Facility in April 2012. Courtesy/LLNL

DOE News:


LANL Sets Waste Shipping Record for Fourth Consecutive Year

on August 6, 2012 - 7:21pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory has set another record for shipments of transuranic waste in a single fiscal year. Here, the Laboratory’s 172nd shipment leaves the Laboratory on Aug. 2, headed for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Lab has sent 172 shipments so far this year; aiming for 200 by Sept. 30

For the fourth consecutive year, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s TRU Waste Program has shipped a record number of transuranic (TRU) waste shipments to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, N.M, for permanent disposal.

The Laboratory’s 172nd