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DOE And NMED Hold Joint Meeting On Legacy Waste Clean-Up

on January 18, 2018 - 1:51pm

Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office Manager Doug Hintze, right, and New Mexico Environment Department Hazardous Waste Bureau Chief John Kieling take notes as NNSA representative Arturo Duran answers questions from the audience during Tuesday evening's meeting hosted by DOE and NMED at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. Duran earlier outlined milestones and targets for FY 2018 legacy waste clean-up. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Scene from the New Mexico Environment Department public information meeting on FY2018 Appendix B milestones and targets Tuesday evening

UC Rep Faces Tough Questions From Coalition Chair

on January 15, 2018 - 11:23am

UC Vice President for National Laboratories Kim Budil speaks to RCLC Board members Friday at Okway Owingeh Casino Resort Hotel. Photo by Maire O'Neill/




Los Alamos Daily Post


University of California Vice President for National Laboratories Kim Budil told Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board members during its meeting Friday at Ohkay Owingeh Casino Resort Hotel that circumstances on the ground are much better at Los Alamos National Laboratory since the incident in 2014 that caused the closure of the Waste Isolation

DOE Under Secretary For Science Visits Hanford Site

on January 12, 2018 - 6:36am
DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar (center) dons protective clothing prior to entering the air lock of the 324 Building, located about 300 yards west of the Columbia River. Courtesy photo
DOE News:
RICHLAND, WA  DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar spent his first working days of 2018 at the Hanford Site, emphasizing the importance of safety as he talked with EM officials, toured cleanup projects, and met with labor groups and others in the community. 
Dabbar visited three training facilities where workers practice using equipment in a non-hazardous environment

AGU: Study Finds First Direct Proof Of Ozone Hole Recovery Due To Chemicals Ban

on January 12, 2018 - 6:30am
A view of Earth’s atmosphere from space. A new study finds that levels of ozone-destroying chlorine are declining, resulting in less ozone depletion. Courtesy/NASA
AGU News:
WASHINGTON D.C. — For the first time, scientists have shown through direct satellite observations of the ozone hole that levels of ozone-destroying chlorine are declining, resulting in less ozone depletion.
new study in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, shows the decline in chlorine, resulting from an international ban on chlorine-containing manmade chemicals called

Hintze And Glasco Present Talk On Chromium Plume

on January 11, 2018 - 8:24am

DOE EM Los Alamos Field Office Manager Doug Hintze discusses the Chromium Plume issue during Tuesday’s County Council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

DPU Manager Tim Glasco discusses the Chromium Plume issue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/



Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Council members heard two messages Tuesday evening from Doug Hintze, manager of the Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office and Tim Glasco, County Utilities manager during a presentation on the chromium plume issue

The first from Glasco

Lecture Series: Impact Of Recent Discoveries On Evolutionary Theories Jan. 19 - 20

on January 10, 2018 - 5:20pm

Lecture series speaker John Baumgardner


Is neo-Darwinism true? It is according to the National Academy of Sciences and the other professional science societies in our land. Yet the fields of molecular biology and genetics have been demonstrating conclusively for well over 20 years that the framework is untenable.  

The community is invited to a lecture series on origins to hear 10 major technical reasons why neo-Darwinism is counterfeit science. The lecture is free at Calvary Chapel at 580 North Mesa Road in Los Alamos.
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Crowd Gathers For Nature On Tap At UnQuarked

on January 8, 2018 - 3:10pm

A crowd turned out Thursday evening for Nature on Tap  at UnQuarked in Central Park Square to hear local astronomers and astrophysicists Dr. Galen Gisler, Dr. Steve Becker and Dr. Paul Arendt provide an engaging discussion about gravitational waves, the creation of precious metals, black holes, neutron stars, the night sky and upcoming planetarium shows. Nature on Tap is part of a series of conversations about art, history, nature and science.

AGU: Arctic Clouds Highly Sensitive To Air Pollution

on January 5, 2018 - 7:32am
A rare case of forest fire smoke interacting with clouds in the Arctic in July 2012. Contour lines indicate carbon monoxide concentrations in the atmosphere. Courtesy/MODIS/NASA.
AGU News:
WASHINGTON D.C. — In 1870, explorer Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, trekking across the barren and remote ice cap of Greenland, saw something most people wouldn’t expect in such an empty, inhospitable landscape: haze.
Nordenskiöld’s record of the haze was among the first evidence that air pollution around the northern hemisphere can travel toward the pole and degrade air quality in the Arctic.

Science And Technology Highlights At LANL In 2017

on January 5, 2018 - 6:53am
Los Alamos National Laboratory put its Big Science capabilities to wide, productive use in 2017. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

With a top-story list populated by breakthroughs in supercomputing, accelerator science, space missions, materials science, life science, and more, Los Alamos National Laboratory put its Big Science capabilities to wide, productive use in 2017.

“No discipline left untouched—that’s the story from Los Alamos in 2017,” said Alan Bishop, Principal Associate Director for Science, Technology and Engineering at Los Alamos.

Recent Contamination Events At LANL Did Not Result In Radiological Uptake

on January 4, 2018 - 8:49am
Los Alamos Daily Post

A spokesperson for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) said Wednesday that contamination events at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Plutonium Facility noted in recent weekly reports filed by Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) staff were reported as part of a Radiation Protection Observation Process employed at LANL.

“None of the identified contamination events rose to a level requiring Occurrence Reporting.

LANL: Tweaking Quantum Dots Powers Up Double Pane Solar Windows

on January 3, 2018 - 7:00am

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory are creating double-pane solar windows that generate electricity with greater efficiency and create shading and insulation. It’s all made possible by a new window architecture which utilizes two different layers of low-cost quantum dots tuned to absorb different parts of the solar spectrum. The approach complements existing photovoltaic technology by adding high-efficiency sunlight collectors to existing solar panels or integrating them as semitransparent windows into a building’s architecture. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Engineered quantum dots

Nature On Tap: Recent Discoveries In Astronomy At UnQuarked Thursday

on January 2, 2018 - 5:00pm

PEEC News:

Nature on Tap is 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4 at UnQuarked in Central Park Square. Local astronomers and astrophysicists Dr. Galen Gisler, Dr. Steve Becker and Dr. Paul Arendt will provide an engaging discussion about gravitational waves, the creation of precious metals, black holes, neutron stars, the night sky and upcoming planetarium shows. Nature on Tap is part of a series of conversations about art, history, nature, and science. 

Gisler was born under the dark and starry skies of eastern New Mexico and eventually found his way back to his home state.

NSF Awards $5.7 Million To Protect U.S. Cyberspace

on December 29, 2017 - 9:14am

HSNW News:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently gave the nation’s cybersecurity professionals a boost with the inclusion of four new universities into its CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program.

NSF awarded nearly $5.7 million, with an expected total of almost $16.6 million over the next five years, to universities in Illinois, Maryland, Louisiana and Texas.

Promising New Wildfire Behavior Model May Aid Fire Managers In Near Real Time

on December 29, 2017 - 9:04am

NASA Global Fire Map. Courtesy/NASA

HSNW News:

Wildfires continue to scar California beyond the normal fire season in what’s been a particularly catastrophic year for natural disasters across the U.S. But a new big-data solution for predicting wildfire spread is also heating up, and it may become a useful tool in the firefighters’ arsenal, according to wildfire researchers attending the 2017 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.

The more readily available updates of wildfire behavior are, the more informed the decisions of fire managers, according to the researchers.

AGU: Scientists Engineer Microbes To Form ‘Memories’ Of Their Environment

on December 27, 2017 - 10:35am
Inserting chemically sensitive genes into the DNA of bacteria can produce lasting memories of their environment and show scientists how they communicate. Courtesy/Pixabay
AGU News:
Microbes like bacteria aren’t conscious enough to form memories, but a group of scientists in Texas developed a new way for them to do so at the genetic level.
Researchers report they’ve successfully engineered microbes to report on their environments and form genetic “memories” of the event.

AGU: Algae Growth Reduces Reflectivity, Enhances Greenland Ice Sheet Melting

on December 22, 2017 - 5:23am
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — New research shows algae growing on the Greenland ice sheet, the Earth’s second-largest ice sheet, significantly reduce the surface reflectivity of the ice sheet’s bare ice area and contribute more to its melting than dust or black carbon.
The new findings could influence scientists’ understanding of ice sheet melting and projections of future sea level rise, according to the study’s authors.
Glaciologists have long known materials such as mineral dust and black carbon can darken the surface of large ice sheets.

Texas A&M Representatives Meet With Local Leaders On LANL Managing And Operating Contract

on December 18, 2017 - 9:54am

Texas A&M representatives meet with Los Alamos community leaders and Regional Coalition of LANL Communities staff Friday morning at La Cocina Restaurant in Espanola. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz, left, chats with Assistant Vice Chancellor Scott Sudduth of Texas A&M University’s Office of Federal Relations and Senior Advisor Diane Hurtado for Strategic Initiatives at the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Friday in Espanola. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


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Manhattan Project Unsung Hero: Mathematician Ulam

on December 16, 2017 - 6:58am
Mathematician Stanislaw Ulam is featured in a display in the Hans Bethe House, part of the Los Alamos History Museum. Courtesy photo

Ulam used this slide rule--before calculators were invented--to solve many mathematical problems. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Historical Society
  • A mathematician does something on a piece of paper & then lo & behold a big explosion may occur. —Stanislaw Ulam, 1967, written in his desk drawer.
Stan Ulam may be one of the least known of the leading Manhattan Project scientists.

Four Scientists Win Los Alamos Medal

on December 14, 2017 - 8:51am

The Los Alamos Medal was established in 2001 to honor those who have contributed to the Laboratory at the highest level. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Cram, Deaven, Menlove and Moyzis receive Laboratory’s highest honor

Los Alamos National Laboratory will award four former researchers with the Los Alamos Medal for their scientific contributions. Scott Cram, Larry Deaven, Robert Moyzis and Howard Menlove will receive the award, the highest honor bestowed by the Laboratory.

The team of Cram, Deaven, and Moyzis are recognized for their work sequencing the human genome and Menlove for his work on

AGU: New Simulations Suggest Meteors Explode From The Inside

on December 12, 2017 - 11:37am
AGU News:
NEW ORLEANS, LA — Researchers have identified an explosive new mechanism that breaks down meteors as they hurtle toward Earth.
New simulations of falling meteors suggest air particles penetrate the space rocks’ porous interiors as they careen through the atmosphere. These air particles create pockets of high pressure that ultimately lead the rock to explode from the inside, tens of kilometers above the Earth.
By uncovering this new way in which Earth’s atmosphere breaks up meteors, the new finding suggests the atmosphere may provide better protection against meteors than

New Mexico History Museum And Santa Fe Opera Presentations Recognize State’s ‘Atomic Histories’

on December 12, 2017 - 10:46am
Test of Atomic Bomb at Trinity Site, New Mexico, July 16, 1945, near Alamogordo, NM. Palace of the Governors Photo Archives. Courtesy/National Park Service
General Leslie Groves walks across the Trinity Site in September 1945, 45 days after the first nuclear bomb was tested there. Courtesy/Historical AP News Features Photo
NMHM News:
SANTA FE  The New Mexico History Museum and the Santa Fe Opera will each feature presentations exploring New Mexico’s Atomic Histories during 2018 and 2019.
The History Museum’s Atomic Histories exhibition opens June 3, 2018 and runs through May 2019.

National Institute Of Justice Examines Use Of 3D Printers In Crime-Solving

on December 11, 2017 - 9:50am
DOJ News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Office of Justice Programs National Institute of Justice has published an article online that provides an overview of how 3D printing technology is being used by criminal justice practitioners in firearm identification.
The NIJ-funded research determines best practices and provides credibility for use of the technology in a forensic science capacity:
The Next Generation of Crime Tools and Challenges: 3D Printing
  • Researchers who developed a 3-D imaging system for analyzing cartridge casings say their latest work is “a critical next step” that gives

LAMS Hawks Sweep Robotics Tournament

on December 8, 2017 - 6:44am
Alpha Hawks are generally on the left and top row and the Beta Hawks are on the right middle and bottom in similar T-shirt styles and Logos. Photograph by Heath Watkins
Los Alamos
Los Alamos Middle School’s two robotics teams travelled to Phoenix over the weekend to compete in Glendale’s FIRST Technical Challenge (FTC) Qualifying Tournament.
The Alpha Hawks, a team comprised of mostly eight graders, and the Beta Hawks, a team comprised of seventh graders, competed in a field of over twenty robotics teams, and were two of only three middle school teams attending in

EM’s Los Alamos Field Office Awards Contractor 84 Percent of Available Fee

on December 6, 2017 - 4:33pm

​Technicians load the last remediation notrate salt drum for transportation. Courtesy photo

LANL News:  

The cleanup contractor for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) earned approximately 84 percent of the available fee for fiscal year (FY) 2017, according to a recently released award fee scorecard from the EM Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA).

Los Alamos National Security (LANS) received $8,458,736 of an available $10,083,579 fee. In its scorecard, EM-LA noted the contractor’s strong performance in several areas, including: 

  • Successfully completing an operational test of the Chromium

Free Weekly Raspberry Pi Club At Los Alamos Makers

on December 6, 2017 - 2:33pm
Einstein meets Raspberry Pi is one of the projects completed at Los Alamos Makers. The bust of Albert Einstein was 3D printed and brought to life with Raspberry Pi-powered animated eyes. Courtesy/Prisca Tiassé Yoder

Los Alamos Makers News:

“It's small. It's cheap” ($10). “You can turn it into an environmental monitor that can keep track of the temperature in your house, and even turn on your fan or air conditioner before you get home from work.”

This is how Akkana Peck describes the Raspberry Pi in her latest book, “Jumpstarting the Raspberry Pi zero - Controlling the world around you with