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The occasional neighborhood forest fire is one difference between Los Alamos National Laboratory and its offspring, Sandia National Laboratories, which was born in 1945 as LANL’s Z Division. A rich literature is another.
One book that makes my list of essential New Mexico books, required reading for understanding the state, is Richard Rhodes’ The Making of the Atomic Bomb.
While Los Alamos remains in the national defense and nuclear business, it, like Sandia, does much more. Web site wandering at lanl.gov uncovers some of the diversity.
LANL’s most recent point of pride is Mustomo Inc., a start-up working with the University of New Mexico Hospital on a breast-cancer ultrasound system that produces “three-dimensional images of virtually every fraction of tissue being examined,” the Albuquerque Journal reported.
LANL.gov states the mission as “scientific inquiry supporting nuclear deterrence, reducing global threats, fostering energy security.” The Science and Innovation tag on the top left of the lanl.gov home page lists a dozen “capabilities.”
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