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  • Magneto-inertial fusion experiment nears completion

    10/21/2019 7:34:43 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 10/21/2019 | American Physical Society
    Assembly of the Plasma Liner Experiment (PLX) at Los Alamos National Laboratory is well underway with the installation of 18 of 36 plasma guns in an ambitious approach to achieving controlled nuclear fusion (Figure 1). The plasma guns are mounted on a spherical chamber, and fire supersonic jets of ionized gas inward to compress and heat a central gas target that serves as fusion fuel. In the meantime, experiments performed with the currently installed plasma guns are providing fundamental data to create simulations of colliding plasma jets, which are crucial for understanding and developing other controlled fusion schemes. Most fusion...
  • [2017] America’s hidden role in Chinese weapons research: Many scientists have returned to China

    08/27/2019 8:33:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 3/29/2017 | Stephen Chen
    China’s efforts to lure its scientists back from overseas institutions have been paying off militarily, with more than a little help from the United States. Military projects they have been involved in include China’s development of hypersonic weapons capable of penetrating missile-defence systems and the design of new submarines able to patrol quietly along the US west coast, researchers familiar with the programmes told the South China Morning Post. For more than a decade, China has been ramping up efforts to lure back talented scientists working at laboratories in the US linked to America’s nuclear weapons programme and other military...
  • NM judge booked, fingerprinted in political bribery scandal tied to Democrats, Richardson

    05/21/2011 5:58:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 5/20/11
    NM judge booked, fingerprinted in political bribery scandal tied to Democrats, RichardsonArticle by: Associated Press Updated: May 20, 2011 - 3:35 PM LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A New Mexico judge charged with bribery in a scandal tied to former Gov. Bill Richardson pleaded not guilty Friday, then was booked, fingerprinted and ordered to hand over his passport. State District Judge Michael Murphy is accused of telling a potential judicial candidate that if she wanted a seat on the bench she needed to donate to the Democratic Party through a political activist linked to Richardson. Allegations in a special prosecutor's report...
  • Will Senators Recall Bill Richardson's Scandalous Cabinet Record?

    12/17/2008 9:42:37 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies · 793+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | 12/17/2008 | Timothy P. Carney
    New Mexico Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson will go before the U.S. Senate in coming weeks as Barack Obama’s nominee for secretary of Commerce. Will Democrats in that chamber remember his performance in 1999 and 2000 as Energy secretary, when secrets disappeared from nuclear laboratories, and one Democratic senator promised to oppose Richardson for any future nomination? In the January of 1999, the U.S. House Select Committee on Intelligence published ... the “Cox Report” -- which found that China had stolen and still was stealing nuclear weapons secrets from the U.S. The committee reported that “the primary focus of this long-term,...
  • BREAKING: Conned big time "CIA Witness" to White House Lying about Intel story found to be FRAUD

    07/09/2003 4:04:00 PM PDT · by Doug Thompson · 1,339 replies · 6,988+ views
    Capitol Hill Blue ^ | July 9, 2003 | Doug Thompson
    Damn, I hate it when I've been had and I've been had big time. In 1982, while I was working for Congressman Manuel Lujan of New Mexico, a man came up to a me during a gathering in Albuquerque and introduced himself as Terrance J. Wilkinson. He said he was a security consultant and gave me a business card with his name and just a Los Angeles phone number. A few weeks later, he called my Washington office and asked to meet for lunch. He seemed to know a lot about the nuclear labs in New Mexico and said he...
  • Au Revoir Janice the American Elder; You Will Be So Missed

    06/25/2018 4:26:06 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 6 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 6-25-18 | MOTUS
    It is with deep sadness I report that Rotolab’s relentless efforts to pursue the whereabouts of our suddenly-missing Janice the American Elder has confirmed our worst fears. Just 67 years old, she shuffled off this mortal coil on June 7th to rejoin Mr. Elder, her soulmate and missing half, who preceded her by less than a year.It seems like only yesterday that we spent the better part of two weeks making sure that Janice, a self acknowledged fashion agnostic, was properly outfitted and accessorized for an awards ceremony she was being honored at by her employer, Los Alamos National Lab....
  • On July 16, 1945 the atomic age began with the Trinity nuclear test

    07/16/2017 9:22:26 AM PDT · by harpygoddess · 36 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 07/16/2017 | Harpygoddess
    It was on this date in 1945 that, for good or ill, the "nuclear age" began, with the explosion of the first experimental atomic bomb, code-named Trinity, in the western desert near Alamogordo, New Mexico. Trinity, with a yield equivalent to 20 kilotons of TNT, was the first spherical implosion bomb, developed at Los Alamos under the auspices of the Manhattan Project during World War II. The weapon designers were so confident of the success of the simpler gun-barrel configuration that the device of that type dropped on Hiroshima only three weeks later had never been tested. The subsequent Nagasaki...
  • Curiosity Finds Ancient Mars Likely Had More Oxygen and Was More Hospitable to Life

    07/03/2016 6:32:57 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 45 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 07/01/2016 | ken kremer
    Curiosity discovered high levels of manganese oxide minerals in rocks investigated at a location called “Windjana” during the spring of 2014. Manganese-oxide minerals require abundant water and strongly oxidizing conditions to form. “Researchers found high levels of manganese oxides by using a laser-firing instrument on the rover. This hint of more oxygen in Mars’ early atmosphere adds to other Curiosity findings — such as evidence about ancient lakes — revealing how Earth-like our neighboring planet once was,” NASA reported. The newly announced results stem from results obtained from the rovers mast mounted ChemCam or Chemistry and Camera laser firing instrument....
  • The Fermi Paradox Is Not Fermi's, and It Is Not a Paradox

    02/02/2016 1:30:21 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 81 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 1/29/16 | Robert H. Gray
    Two big ideas often come up in discussions about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI. One is the Drake Equation, which estimates the number of civilizations in our Galaxy whose signals we might be able to detect--potentially thousands, according to plausible estimates. The other is the so-called Fermi paradox, which claims that we should see intelligent aliens here if they exist anywhere, because they would inevitably colonize the Galaxy by star travel--and since we don't see any obvious signs of aliens here, searching for their signals is pointless. The Drake Equation is perfectly genuine: it was created by astronomer...
  • Grand Jury Testimony In Cold War-Era Rosenberg Case Released (Brother's Testimony)

    07/15/2015 6:15:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    NPR ^ | 7/15
    Here's what we know: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed in 1953 for selling U.S. nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union after one of the most sensational Cold War-era espionage trials. They were convicted in 1951 owing, largely, to the testimony of David Greenglass, Ethel Rosenberg's brother. Here's what we don't know: How credible Greenglass' testimony was in court. Greenglass himself spent nearly a decade in prison for his role in the conspiracy. The Army sergeant stole nuclear intelligence from Los Alamos, N.M., and said he passed it on to the Rosenbergs. At the trial, he said Ethel Rosenberg typed...
  • Plan For Lethal-Virus Laboratories Leaves Smalltown USA In Uproar

    06/28/2003 3:37:39 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 193+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 6-29-2003 | Andrew Gumbel
    Plan for lethal-virus laboratories leaves Smalltown USA in uproar By Andrew Gumbel in Los Angeles 29 June 2003 A network of high-security laboratories for storing and investigating some of the most lethal viruses known to mankind is being built across the US, leaving communities in uproar. They not only fear the risk of the viruses escaping, but also contend that the programme, part of the $6bn (£3.5bn) Project BioShield, is a stunning case of overkill. For none of the germs to be studied is related to bioweaponry. In the tiny town of Hamilton, Montana, campaigners worry that they will become...
  • Tape: Scientist offers to build nuke bomb targeting New York

    01/29/2015 2:48:22 PM PST · by windcliff · 35 replies
    Yahoo AP ^ | 1-29-15 | Russell Contreas
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A disgruntled, former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist promised to build 40 nuclear weapons for Venezuela in 10 years and design a bomb targeted for New York City in exchange for "money and power," according to secret FBI recordings released Wednesday. In the recordings, Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni tells an agent posing as a Venezuelan official that the bombs would prevent the United States from invading the oil-rich nation and brags to his wife that the passing of secrets would make him wealthy. "I'm going to be the boss with money and power," the naturalized U.S. citizen...
  • U.S. report cites safety lapses at New Mexico nuclear lab

    10/01/2014 10:06:35 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    Chronic lapses in safety procedures at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico may have led to a radiation leak that has forced a prolonged shutdown across the state of the only permanent U.S. nuclear waste repository, federal inspectors said on Wednesday. The inspectors, in a sharply critical report, sought to explain how a barrel of plutonium-tainted debris from the nuclear weapons lab near Santa Fe ended up improperly packaged before it was shipped off for burial 300 miles away at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. The leak of radiation, a small amount of which escaped to the surface...
  • Cause of New Mexico nuclear waste accident remains a mystery

    08/25/2014 7:20:07 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 22 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8/23/2014 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN
    A 55-gallon drum of nuclear waste, buried in a salt shaft 2,150 feet under the New Mexico desert, violently erupted late on Feb. 14 and spewed mounds of radioactive white foam. The flowing mass, looking like whipped cream but laced with plutonium, went airborne, traveled up a ventilation duct to the surface and delivered low-level radiation doses to 21 workers. The accident contaminated the nation's only dump for nuclear weapons waste — previously a focus of pride for the Energy Department — and gave the nation's elite ranks of nuclear chemists a mystery they still cannot unravel. Six months after...
  • NEW MEXICO SAYS 57 NUKE CONTAINERS COULD BE THREAT

    05/20/2014 5:54:58 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 26 replies
    AP ^ | 5/19/14 | JERI CLAUSING
    Los Alamos National Laboratory packed 57 barrels of nuclear waste with a type of kitty litter believed to have caused a radiation leak at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump, posing a potentially "imminent" and "substantial" threat to public health and the environment, New Mexico officials said Monday. State Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn issued a formal order giving the lab two days to submit a plan for securing the waste containers, many of which are likely stored outdoors on the lab's northern New Mexico campus or at temporary site in west Texas.
  • Government Lab Reveals It Has Operated Quantum Internet for Over Two Years

    05/06/2013 6:00:49 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 38 replies
    Government Lab Reveals It Has Operated Quantum Internet for Over Two Years A quantum internet capable of sending perfectly secure messages has been running at Los Alamos National Labs for the last two and a half years, say researchers One of the dreams for security experts is the creation of a quantum internet that allows perfectly secure communication based on the powerful laws of quantum mechanics.The basic idea here is that the act of measuring a quantum object, such as a photon, always changes it. So any attempt to eavesdrop on a quantum message cannot fail to leave telltale signs...
  • A Los Alamos Story Worthy of Stephen King (The Plutonium 239 Demon Core)

    07/26/2012 8:37:22 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    IO9 ^ | Jul 26, 2012 | Esther Inglis-Arkell
    A Los Alamos Story Worthy of Stephen King Ever heard of The Demon Core? It was named by Los Alamos scientists — who are generally not a superstitious lot — after it claimed multiple lives, in a series of strange and horrible accidents. Discover a legend of science... that's worthy of a horror movie. When I was reading Stephen King stories, I was constantly amazed at the things he made scary. It was like reading the legend of the monkey's paw over and over again, with increasingly weird objects. His most famous evil objects are the hotel in The Shining...
  • BREAKING: LANL Announces Planned Staff Reductions (Los Alamos National Lab)

    02/21/2012 5:05:52 PM PST · by CedarDave · 8 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | Tue, Feb 21, 2012 | Jackie Jadrnak
    Some 400 to 800 workers will be leaving Los Alamos National Laboratory this spring — preferably by choice, the lab announced Tuesday. Lab Director Charlie McMillan told workers the staff reduction plan has been sent to the National Nuclear Security Administration for approval, calling it a “voluntary separation program.” This chunk will be taken from the 7,585 permanent employees at LANL, explained spokesman Fred deSousa. It will not affect students, post-doctoral, term or union workers, he said, noting that those groups bring LANL’s current employment to 11,127 people. “We are taking these actions now in an attempt to reduce the...
  • Millionaire meltdown in Los Alamos: Nuke lab town has highest concentration of rich in America

    11/08/2011 1:11:38 PM PST · by george76 · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 4th November 2011 | Chris Parsons
    Nearly 12 per cent of households in Los Alamos have assets worth $1m or more. The northern New Mexico town of Los Alamos has been revealed as having the highest concentration of millionaires in America. The town, which is home to a government nuclear weapons lab, topped a report after it was found that more than one in ten households is home to a millionaire. Report findings state there are 885 millionaire households among the population of Los Alamos of around 18,000. ... Los Alamos saw off competition from Naples, Florida, which was second, and Bridgeport, Connecticut, which was third...
  • Anti-nuke groups to fight Manhattan Project parks

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Anti-nuclear activists say they will fight a proposal to create national parks at Los Alamos National Laboratory and two other sites where the world's first nuclear bombs were developed. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar released a study to Congress last week that recommends establishing a national historical park to commemorate the top-secret Manhattan Project that developed the atomic bomb.