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LANL: Molecular Clocks Control Mutation Rate In Human Cells

on November 9, 2015 - 9:51am

In research reported in the journal Nature Genetics, two clock-like mutational processes have been found in human cells and the rates at which the two clocks tick in different human cell types have been determined. Image courtesy Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Cancer and ageing could be predetermined by the speed of molecular clocks

CAMBRIDGE, UK, and LOS ALAMOS—Every cell in the human body contains a copy of the human genome. Through the course of a lifetime all cells are thought to acquire mutations in their genomes.

Some of the mutational processes

Looking For Deliberate Radio Signals From KIC 8462852

on November 8, 2015 - 8:13am

Allen Telescope Array. Courtesy/Seth Shostak, SETI Institute


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.— Could there be intelligent life in the star system KIC 8462852? A recent analysis of data collected by the Kepler space telescope has shown that this star, informally known as Tabby’s Star, evidences a periodic dimming of 20 percent and more. 

While several natural explanations for this strong change in luminosity have been proposed, one possibility is that a technologically adept civilization has built megastructures in orbit around star, causing the dimming. 

One example of a large-scale

Los Alamos Student Honored By Johns Hopkins University Center For Talented Youth

on November 6, 2015 - 12:53pm

Danielle Ensberg of Los Alamos, left, honored by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth Oct. 18 in Baltimore. Courtesy photo


BALTIMORE—Danielle Ensberg, a student from Los Alamos, was honored Oct. 18, as one of the brightest middle school students in the world at an international awards ceremony sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY).

The Center honored Ensberg, a student at Los Alamos High School School, for her exceptional performance as a middle school student on the college SAT, ACT, or similar test as part of the

New Mexico Magazine Wins International Awards

on November 4, 2015 - 7:37am
Editor in Chief Dave Herndon
NMM News:
New Mexico Magazine maintained its long winning streak by bringing home prestigious awards from the 35th annual International Regional Magazine Association (IRMA) dinner, Oct. 28 in San Diego, Calif.
Editor in Chief Dave Herndon accepted the awards on behalf of the magazine and its contributors.

“It’s an honor to represent the state in an international competition,” Herndon said. “And it’s gratifying to receive recognition from top publishing experts. I’m proud of our team and contributors.”

IRMA members include 31 state, province and regional

NNSA Labs Host Foreign Disarmament Experts

on November 3, 2015 - 11:44am

DOE/NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator Madelyn Creedon

WASHINGTON, D.C. Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) hosted a visit Oct. 26-27, by eight foreign disarmament and nonproliferation experts to demonstrate the technologies and capabilities through which the United States maintains the nuclear weapon stockpile in a non-testing environment. 

This visit built on the success of the first visit by NPT Non-Nuclear Weapon State representatives in advance of the NPT Review Conference in May.

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Of State Anita Freidt

At The Centre Of The Tuning Fork

on November 3, 2015 - 10:51am

This galaxy is known as Mrk 820. Courtesy/ESA/Hubble & NASA and N. Gorin (STScI) Acknowledgement.Judy Schmidt (


This galaxy is known as Mrk 820 and is classified as a lenticular galaxy — type S0 on the Hubble Tuning Fork.

The Hubble Tuning Fork is used to classify galaxies according to their morphology. Elliptical galaxies look like smooth blobs in the sky and lie on the handle of the fork.

Los Alamos Scientist Part Of NASA’s Select Few Hunting For Meteorites In Antarctica

on November 3, 2015 - 10:23am

LANL scientist Nina Lanza at the summit of Hvannadalsnukur, the highest mountain in Iceland, practicing glacier travel techniques similar to those needed for Antarctic fieldwork. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Nina Lanza, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Space and Remote Sensing group, was selected as one of eight members for the 2015-2016 field campaign of the Antarctica Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) program, which is supported by NASA.

“These meteorites can help us understand the formation and evolution of our solar system,” Lanza said. “They come from planets, their moons and asteroids.

LANL: High-energy Physics Detector MicroBooNE Sees First Accelerator-born Neutrinos

on November 2, 2015 - 10:43am

An accelerator-born neutrino candidate, spotted with the MicroBooNE detector. Courtesy/Fermilab

LANL News:

  • Los Alamos collaboration on target, beamline, aids detection of “ghost particles”

MicroBooNE, a neutrino detector saw its first neutrinos, known as the ghost particles, Oct. 15 in a multi-laboratory experiment at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, near Chicago.

“This is a great day for MicroBooNE, and it brings us closer to addressing the question of sterile neutrinos and short-baseline neutrino oscillations,” said Los Alamos National Laboratory staff member Richard Van de Water,

Halloween Skies To Include Dead Comet Flyby

on October 31, 2015 - 8:30am

This image, bearing an eerie resemblance to a skull, of asteroid 2015 TB145, a dead comet, was generated using radar data collected by the National Science Foundation's 1,000-foot (305-meter) Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. The radar image was taken Oct. 30, 2015, and the image resolution is 25 feet (7.5 meters) per pixel. Courtesy/NAIC-Arecibo/NSF

JPL News:

The large space rock that will zip past Earth this Halloween is most likely a dead comet that, fittingly, bears an eerie resemblance to a skull.

Scientists observing asteroid 2015 TB145 with NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility

LANL: Novel Targeted Therapy For Stomach Cancer

on October 29, 2015 - 8:46am

New research at LANL and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute shows a molecular fingerprint in stomach cancer that shows it can be treated with platinum drugs and/or molecular inhibitors known as PARP. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Therapy has potential to save lives of thousands of cancer patients each year

New research from a multidisciplinary team shows that a molecular fingerprint, termed “signature 3,” is found in stomach cancer, opening the door to potential treatment with therapies such as platinum drugs.

This finding has the potential to save thousand of lives a year by delivering a

White Rock Presbyterian Church Expects To Pack Over 200 Shoeboxes At Packing Party Nov. 6

on October 27, 2015 - 7:35am

Operation Christmas Child Packing Party in 2014. Courtesy photo

Operation Christmas Child Packing Party in 2014. Courtesy photo

WRPC News:

White Rock Presbyterian Church (WRPC) is again hosting a shoebox packing party for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) at 7 p.m., Nov. 6 at 310 Rover Blvd. in White Rock.

OCC is a project of Samaritan's Purse, which is a non-denominational relief organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.

Public Talk: ‘Delivering Little Boy’ By Grandson Of Manhattan Project Physician Oct. 27

on October 25, 2015 - 1:14pm

Little Boy. Courtesy/wikipedia


Los Alamos Daily Post

Jim Nolan, a professor of sociology at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., didn’t know much about his grandfather, James F. Nolan, a physician with training in radiology who played a unique role in the early history of the atomic bomb at Los Alamos.

James L. Nolan, Jr., Professor of Sociology, Williams College

The younger Nolan had a general idea that his father had moved to Los Alamos at an early age but no detailed knowledge about his grandfather.

Rotary Club Hosts Purple Pinky Day

on October 25, 2015 - 11:56am

Rotarian Linda King helps Barranca Mesa Elementary students participating in Friday’s Purple Pinky Project. Photo by Ed Van Eeckhout

Barranca Mesa Elementary students show off their purple pinkies during Friday’s recognition of Rotary's World Polio Day. Photo by Ed Van Eeckhout


By LINDA HULL, Vice President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

In honor of Rotary International's World Polio Day, members from the Rotary Club of Los Alamos volunteered Friday at local elementary schools to engage students in the Purple Pinky Project. 

 For a $1 donation, roughly the cost of a polio vaccine, students

NNSA Awards Over $11 Million to Accelerate Development Of Domestic Mo-99 In U.S. Without Use Of Highly Enriched Uranium

on October 24, 2015 - 1:25pm

Workers prepare a low-enriched uranium machine for the production of Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99). Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced Thursday it has awarded more than $11 million in additional funding to its cooperative agreement partners, SHINE Medical Technologies and NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes, to accelerate the establishment of new, domestic sources of the medical isotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) produced without the use of proliferation-sensitive highly enriched uranium (HEU). 


LANL Team Receives NNSA Administration Awards For Exceptional Work

on October 23, 2015 - 10:07am

Recognizing the LANL IFE14 team’s ‘extraordinary effort,’ Lt. Gen. Frank Klotz (ret.), center, presents team leader Ward Hawkins, second from left, with the NNSA Silver Award for Distinguished Service, and team members Richard Kelley, far left, and Aviva Sussman, second from right, with the NNSA Bronze Award for Excellent Service. Liz Miller, far right, is a member of the IFE14 team. Not pictured are Emily Schultz-Fellenz and Kenneth Wohletz, who also were awarded the NNSA Bronze Award. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a ceremony last week, National Nuclear Security

Rings of Fire: New Explosives Provide Enhanced Safety, High Energy

on October 22, 2015 - 8:18am

Explosives chemist David Chavez weighs a small amount of tetrazine, an explosives precursor. Chavez has synthesized two new explosives molecules that promise high-energy with enhanced safety. Courtesy/LANL

A small amount of explosive material is subjected to shock wave with a striker plate to induce detonation. An explosive material's insensitivity — it's resistance to accidental or unintended detonation — is one set of data measured using this type of test. Photo by Daniel Preston/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory explosives chemist David Chavez has synthesized a pair of

Local Man Retires From U.S. Army

on October 22, 2015 - 7:24am
Lt. Col. Brian D. Ray
White Rock
Lt. Col. Brian D. Ray was born in Los Alamos Dec. 21, 1964. He attended local schools and graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1983. He attended Eastern New Mexico University and received his BA in Criminal Justice in 1997.
While in college, Ray started his career in the U.S. Army by joining the ROTC and the New Mexico National Guard. He was honored at a retirement ceremony at the New Mexico National Guard in Santa Fe Oct. 13, 2015.
In attendance were his wife Ida; daughters Jamie and Felicia; grandchildren Athena, Brianna, Leandro and

Theoretical Study: Most Earth-Like Worlds Have Yet To Be Born

on October 21, 2015 - 7:52am
Earth came early to the party in the evolving universe.
According to a new theoretical study, when our solar system was born 4.6 billion years ago only eight percent of the potentially habitable planets that will ever form in the universe existed.
And, the party won't be over when the sun burns out in another 6 billion years. The bulk of those planets — 92 percent — have yet to be born.
This conclusion is based on an assessment of data collected by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the prolific planet-hunting Kepler space observatory.
"Our main motivation was understanding

LANL Protective Force Contract Protested

on October 15, 2015 - 10:39pm
Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos National Laboratory protective force contract that was awarded to Centerra Group, LLC Sept. 11 has been formally protested by SOC, LLC, the incumbent service provider.

"There is a protest," said SOC Los Alamos General Manager Jack Killeen today. "The lawyers are working on it."

Killeen said the appeal was lodged within the five-day period allowed and included the basis of the protest, but he could not elaborate on that now.

"It's lawyers talking to lawyers," he said, adding that LANL


Going For Gold: Santa Fe Council On International Relations Marks 50 Years

University of California President Janet Napolitano will speak at the Santa Fe Council for International Relations 50th Anniversary Benefit and Dinner  Oct. 24 at the Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe (Courtesy UCOP).

SFCIR organizes international trips for members and friends. During a recent tour in Turkey, SFCIR President Art McHaffie takes a bite. A 2016 tour is planned for Sicily. Pboto by Joy Constance
Los Alamos Daily Post

“We started in 1965 as a small group of former foreign services officers, who were already getting calls from their associates in Washington to host

Oak Ridge 3 Peace Protesters Headline Awards Ceremony On Capitol Hill

on October 14, 2015 - 7:38am
TAKOMA PARK, Md.,  Peace protesters Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed are among those to be honored at this year’s Nuclear-Free Future Awards in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Nuclear-Free Future Award Foundation (NFFAF).
The Nuclear-Free Future Awards are given annually to individuals who, through courage, integrity and conviction, have acted to rid the world of uranium mining, nuclear power and nuclear weapons.
This year’s Nuclear-Free Future Award ceremony is Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the Rayburn House Office Building of the U.S.

Mother Teresa's Volunteer Receives Caring Award

on October 11, 2015 - 8:24am
Noah Levinson. Photo by Miranda Parro/Reformer
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Bob Dole and Tom Daschle, co-chairs of the Caring Institute, have announced the 2015 Caring Award honorees.
The Caring Institute was founded in 1985 by Val J. Halamandaris after a meeting with Mother Teresa, who told him there was a poverty of the spirit in the developed world that was much worse than the poverty of the body seen in the developing world.
When she directed him to do something about it, he founded an awards program that identifies those who give back to society in outstanding ways and

Nobel Peace Prize: Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet

on October 10, 2015 - 7:02am

The members of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet awarded the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. Courtesy/EPA/HO

Nobel Prize News:

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.

The Quartet was formed in the summer of 2013 when the democratization process was in danger of collapsing as a result of political assassinations and widespread social unrest.


LANL Scientists' Link To 2015 Nobel Prize In Physics

on October 9, 2015 - 10:37am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists played a significant role in the research that led to the awarding of the 2015 Nobel Prizes in Physics to Arthur McDonald, head of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) in Canada and Takaaki Kajita of Japan, head of the Super-Kamionkande (Super K) experiment, for their work in discovering that neutrinos have mass.

The LANL Connection

LANL was instrumental in the design, assembly and data analysis of the SNO experiment.

Nobel Prize In Literature 2015: Svetlana Alexievich

on October 9, 2015 - 10:22am

Svetlana Alexievich at a discussion Feb. 8, 2011 in the Roter Salon in Berlin. Courtesy/


The Nobel Prize in Literature 2015 is awarded to Svetlana Alexievich "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time".

Alexievich was born May 31, 1948 in the Ukrainian town of Ivano-Frankivsk, as the daughter of a Belarusian father and a Ukrainian mother. When the father had completed his military service, the family moved to Belarus, where both parents worked as teachers.

After finishing school, Alexievich worked as a teacher and as a