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  • Los Alamos Fire: EPA Testing for Radiation

    06/29/2011 10:24:11 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 42 replies
    abc ^ | 6/29 | ryan owens
    The wildfire that surrounds the nuclear lab in Los Alamos, New Mexico, has grown to at least 61,000 acres amid mounting concerns about what might be in the smoke that's visible from space. Such fear has prompted the Environmental Protection Agency to bring in air monitors, along with a special airplane that checks for radiation levels. So far officials have not been able to find anything. "Our facilities and nuclear material are protected and safe," Laboratory Director Dr. Charles McMillan told ABC News. ...
  • Breaking: Los Alamos Evacuation Ordered Due To Wildfire (NM-Mandatory for entire community)

    06/27/2011 3:32:25 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 79 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | Mon, Jun 27, 2011 | Mark Oswald
    Authorities have ordered an evacuation of Los Alamos due the threat from Las Conchas wildfire. Below is a press release from Los Alamos County that was issued moments ago: Los Alamos County officials are reporting the fire is now threatening Los Alamos. They are ordering a mandatory evacuation which will begin and proceed in this order: Group 1: Western, Quemazon, Ponderosa; Group 2: North Community, Barranca Mesa, North Mesa; Group 3: East of Diamond and the remainder of the town site. White Rock is NOT being evacuated at this time. Residents in Los Alamos should NOT go to White Rock...
  • Wildfire triggers evacuation for Los Alamos laboratory

    06/27/2011 5:53:33 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 23 replies
    SANTA FE, New Mexico (Reuters) - Voluntary evacuations have been issued for Los Alamos, including the Los Alamos National Laboratory, which is threatened by a fast-moving wildfire that broke out in northern New Mexico on Sunday, authorities said. The Las Conchas Fire flared early Sunday afternoon around 12 miles southwest of Los Alamos, charring about 3,500 acres and endangering the nation's nuclear weapons laboratory and its surrounding communities, said Lawrence Lujan, a spokesman for the Santa Fe National Forest. "We have homes and we have the labs, so it's a very, very big concern, not only locally but nationally and...
  • Say hello to cheaper hydrogen fuel cells

    04/27/2011 12:21:37 PM PDT · by edcoil · 22 replies
    Los Alamos ^ | 4-27-2011 | edcoil
    Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have developed a way to avoid the use of expensive platinum in hydrogen fuel cells, the environmentally friendly devices that might replace current power sources in everything from personal data devices to automobiles.
  • Ex-Los Alamos Scientist, Wife Indicted in Alleged Atomic Weapon Conspiracy

    09/17/2010 12:45:21 PM PDT · by DFG · 61 replies · 2+ views
    Fox News ^ | 09/17/10 | AP
    A scientist and his wife who used to work at a high-level U.S. energy laboratory were arrested Friday after an FBI sting operation and indicted on charges of conspiring to help develop a nuclear weapon for Venezuela. After their arrest, the two appeared in federal court in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They dealt with an FBI undercover agent posing as a Venezuelan agent. The government did not allege that Venezuela or anyone working for it sought U.S. secrets.
  • How Richard Feynman went from stirring jelly to a Nobel Prize

    09/16/2010 5:45:18 PM PDT · by decimon · 29 replies
    BBC ^ | September 16, 2010 | Robin Ince
    Nobel Prize-winning and eccentric physicist Richard Feynman has been called a buffoon and a magician, but is lauded as a man who could make science accessible and interesting for all. When I was a child I desperately wanted to be a scientist, but then it all went wrong. Unfortunately, during the early years of my secondary school education, science became joyless. It was a subject that seemed disjointed from the world even though it is the method that attempts to explain the world and the universe. If only it were possible to place an automaton Richard Feynman in every school....
  • Model Suggests Slick Could Zoom Up East Coast

    06/04/2010 4:09:20 AM PDT · by Scanian · 22 replies · 603+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | JUNE 4, 2010 | ROBERT LEE HOTZ
    New supercomputer studies suggest it is "very likely" ocean currents will carry oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico around the tip of Florida and thousands of miles up the U.S. East Coast this summer, researchers announced Thursday. "It is truly a simulation, not a prediction," said Terry Wallace, principal associate director for science, technology and engineering at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, which collaborated on the project. "But it shows that when you inject something into the Gulf, it is likely to have much larger consequences." So far the oil has been...
  • Safer nuclear reactors could result from Los Alamos research (healing power)

    03/25/2010 12:52:20 PM PDT · by decimon · 6 replies · 269+ views
    DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory ^ | Mar 25, 2010 | Unknown
    'Loading-unloading' effect of grain boundaries key to repair of irradiated metalSelf-repairing materials within nuclear reactors may one day become a reality as a result of research by Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists. In a paper appearing today in the journal Science, Los Alamos researchers report a surprising mechanism that allows nanocrystalline materials to heal themselves after suffering radiation-induced damage. Nanocrystalline materials are those created from nanosized particles, in this case copper particles. A single nanosized particle—called a grain—is the size of a virus or even smaller. Nanocrystalline materials consist of a mixture of grains and the interface between those grains,...
  • Nuclear Lab Accidentally Blows Up Building

    12/25/2009 9:08:14 AM PST · by FromLori · 57 replies · 2,378+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | 12/23/09 | Rachel Morris
    Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico accidentally blew up a building on December 16 with a Civil War-style cannon. According to an occurrence report [pdf], which was first reported by the Project on Government Oversight, the lab's Shock and Detonation Physics team was testing a large-bore powder gun when they heard a "loud unusual noise." About 20 minutes later, the researchers ventured out of their bunker to see what had happened. Upon further investigation of the facility’s Technical Area 15, the team discovered that Building 562 had been blown apart. Two doors were "propelled off the structure"...
  • Los Alamos guard company laying off workers

    07/25/2009 8:18:15 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies · 248+ views
    Associated Press - ^ | July 24, 2009
    A company that provides uniformed guards for Los Alamos National Laboratory, SOC Los Alamos, plans to cut up to 18 jobs. The action is being taken because of a reduction in funding
  • 80 missing computers at nuke lab: watchdog

    02/14/2009 4:59:50 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies · 541+ views
    AFP ^ | Feb 14, 2009
    Eighty computers have been lost, stolen or gone "missing" at a major US nuclear weapons lab... worrisome losses at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the state of New Mexico. The letter says that 13 lab computers were lost or stolen during the past year, three of the machines taken from an employee's home in January. Another 67 computers are deemed "missing." What became of the missing computers and the "security ramifications of each of the 80 systems" was to be detailed in a written report to lab officials by February 6, according to the letter. AFP telephone calls to the...
  • 69 computers missing from nuclear weapons lab

    02/11/2009 6:40:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 930+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/11/09 | Joan Lowy - ap
    WASHINGTON – The Los Alamos nuclear weapons laboratory in New Mexico is missing 69 computers, including at least a dozen that were stolen last year, a lab spokesman said. No classified information has been lost, spokesman Kevin Roark said. The watchdog group Project on Government Oversight on Wednesday released a memo dated Feb. 3 from the Energy Department's National Nuclear Security Administration that said 67 computers were missing, including 13 that were lost or stolen in past 12 months.
  • Plague Found in Los Alamos (NM) Cat

    12/10/2008 9:37:08 PM PST · by CedarDave · 21 replies · 705+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 10, 2008 | AP
    Plague has been confirmed in a cat in Los Alamos, and the state Department of Health is urging New Mexicans to keep pets from hunting and take other precautions against the disease. An Eddy County man who caught plague in January from hunting rabbits is New Mexico's sole case of human plague this year. Last year, New Mexico recorded five human cases, one of them fatal. Plague is a bacterial disease of rodents generally transmitted to humans through the bites of infected fleas, but can be transmitted by direct contact with infected animals. It was found earlier this year in...
  • Wen Ho Lee Set Free 7 Years Ago Today (NM-Bill Richardson)

    09/13/2007 8:03:46 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 15 replies · 344+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | September 13, 2007 | Bruce Daniels
    It's unlikely that Gov. Bill Richardson will be reminding voters in his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination of this part of his fabled resume. Former Los Alamos scientist Wen Ho Lee pleaded guilty on Sept. 13, 2000 to a single count of mishandling nuclear secrets, ending an ordeal in which the Taiwanese-American scientist had spent 278 days in solitary confinement after being arrested in December 1999 for allegedly violating the Atomic Energy Act and stealing nuclear secrets. Seven years ago today, federal prosecutors dropped 58 counts of illegally downloading classified data from Los Alamos National Laboratory computers, and Lee...
  • Report: Lab Not Tracking All Plutonium(No inventory taken for 13 years!)

    09/13/2007 7:57:46 AM PDT · by kellynla · 30 replies · 524+ views
    Assoicated Press ^ | 9/13/2007 | JENNIFER TALHELM
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A stockpile of plutonium and other nuclear weapons materials stored at Los Alamos National Laboratory hasn't been fully accounted for in 13 years or more, a government audit has found. The northern New Mexico lab's workers have done regular, partial inventories of the material, which the government considers to be at high risk of theft, the audit by the Energy Department's inspector general, Gregory Friedman, found. Yet an inventory of all the material hasn't been done in "perhaps 13 years or more," Friedman wrote. It wasn't even done when the lab's management contract changed last year, investigators...
  • Energy Dept. acts against Los Alamos lab ( $3,000,000 proposed civil penalty )

    07/13/2007 10:51:30 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies · 825+ views
    UPI ^ | July 13 ,2007 | UPI staff
    WASHINGTON, July 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Energy has started an enforcement action against Los Alamos National Laboratory. The department and its National Nuclear Security Administration announced Friday they had started a "formal enforcement actions ... against the University of California and the Los Alamos National Security, LLC, the prior and current management and operating contractors of the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico." The action was being taken "for violations of classified information security requirements under their respective contracts," the NNSA said in a statement. "Investigations revealed that management deficiencies of both contractors were a central...
  • U.S. back in nuclear warhead business

    07/03/2007 7:56:51 AM PDT · by jdm · 17 replies · 866+ views
    UPI via ET ^ | July 03, 2007 | Staff
    LOS ALAMOS, N.M., July 3 -- The Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico has resumed production of plutonium detonators, the first production since 1989. The first detonator, known as a "pit," was completed last month and shipped to Texas, but on Monday, the laboratory hosted a ceremonial stamping of approval of a second pit for dignitaries, including U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., The Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal reported. The devices are designed for W88 warheads used on nuclear submarines and the lab intends to produce 10 of them a year to replace older ones in rotation, lab Director Michael Anastasio...
  • Lax and Lazy At Los Alamos [two MORE security breaches!]

    06/26/2007 9:52:13 AM PDT · by TChris · 17 replies · 553+ views
    Newsweek/MSNBC ^ | 6/25/2007 | John Barry
    What's going on at Los Alamos? The nation's premier nuclear-weapons laboratory appears plagued with continuing security problems. Barely 10 days after revelations of a leak of highly classified material over the Internet, NEWSWEEK has learned of two other security breaches. In late May, a Los Alamos staffer took his lab laptop with him on vacation to Ireland. A senior nuclear official familiar with the inner workings of Los Alamos—who would not be named talking about internal matters—says the laptop's hard drive contained "government documents of a sensitive nature." The laptop was also fitted with an encryption card advanced enough that...
  • Los Alamos figures out different way to liquefy natural gas

    04/02/2007 9:20:23 PM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies · 790+ views
    Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | Apr 2, 2007 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) - A Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist, after more than two decades of work, has figured out how to liquefy natural gas using sound waves _ which could open up more gas fields. "This is a low-cost, low-maintenance technology that can access fields that as of today have a zero value," said John Gorman, a 30-year veteran of the energy industry who runs Houston-based Swift LNG, which has licensed the lab's technology. Gorman and lab physicist Greg Swift _ who has no stake in the company of the same name _ expect the liquefaction technology will...
  • LANL Could Lose Classified Projects (Los Alamos Lab)

    02/22/2007 7:14:44 AM PST · by CedarDave · 7 replies · 391+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 22, 2007 | John Arnold
    Congressional leaders aren't finished scrutinizing Los Alamos National Laboratory over its security failures. Members of a powerful House committee have asked Congress' investigative arm, the General Accountability Office, to evaluate the feasibility of moving classified activities to other laboratories "where there is a better track record with respect to security." In a Feb. 16 letter to Comptroller General David Walker, House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders said repeated security problems have cast doubt on whether lab manager Los Alamos National Security and the National Nuclear Security Administration "are capable of assuring adequate safety, security, and sound business management practices." The...