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Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • Supercomputer world's fastest

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Monday announced that a supercomputer called Sequoia at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) was ranked the world’s most powerful computing system.
    Clocking in at 16.32 sustained petaflops (quadrillion floating point operations per second), Sequoia earned the number one ranking on the industry standard Top500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers released Monday at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC12) in Hamburg, Germany. Sequoia was built for NNSA by IBM.

  • RLUOB first building at lab to receive distinction

    Los Alamos National Laboratory’s newest facility, the Radiological Laboratory Utility Office Building (RLUOB), is also its first to achieve both the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) status and LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

    From its design to its scientific equipment, RLUOB is part of the laboratory’s national security mission in support of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) nuclear weapons program.

  • LANL ramps up after-hours vehicle security

    Despite concerns expressed by some local businesses regarding its potential impact on efforts to bolster tourism, Los Alamos National Laboratory is taking further steps to ratchet up security.

    Beginning Monday, all vehicles entering the LANL Vehicle Access Portal at East Jemez Road must use center lane number 4 between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. weekdays and around the clock on weekends. All other lanes will be closed during LANL’s non-work hours.

  • DOE cites businesses

    Three businesses that provide services to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) received Department of Energy small business awards for fiscal year 2011 and will be recognized by DOE at a ceremony June 27 in Washington, D.C.
     Eberline Services of Santa Fe received DOE’s Small Business of the Year award. Eberline conducted environmental drilling services at LANL. The work in 2011 was completed without recordable injuries or lost work time because of accidents. The company also provided gamma-ray spectroscopy analyses as part of LANL’s recently completed remediation of Material Disposal Area B (Technical Area 21) east of downtown Los Alamos.

  • LANL to host opening ceremony for RLUOB

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory is having a opening ceremony for the Radiological Laboratory Utility Office building Thursday.

    And the public is not invited.

    Joni Arends from Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety wrote the following email to Lorrie Bonds Lopez, who is in charge of community outreach for LANL.

    “Good afternoon,
    We understand that there will be a formal ribbon cutting at the RLUOB on June 14th.  The Interested Parties to the CMRR Air Permit Settlement Agreement, therefore, respectfully request an invitation for each of the Interested Parties to attend the ribbon cutting.  We look forward to receiving invitations to attend.
    Best,
    Joni”

  • Scientists keep eye on runoff from storm water

    With the Las Conchas Fire last year, most were fearing the worst when it came to storm water runoff.

    It certainly was bad but not as bad as it could have been, said Ralph Ford-Schmid from the NMED Department of Energy Oversight Bureau.

    They definitely felt it at Bandelier National Monument as one thunderstorm caused a massive flow down Frijoles Canyon. Sandbags saved the visitor’s center from extensive damage.

    There were floods at Santa Clara Pueblo, Dixon’s Apple Orchard, Peralta Canyon, the Valles Caldera and another that caused a flash flood near El Rancho.

    In all, there were 13 flood events, Ford-Schmid said.

    And how would he classify last year’s events?

  • Bradbury to open new fire exhibit

    Beginning Wednesday, the public is invited to Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) Bradbury Science Museum to take part in “Living With Wildfire: Share Your Stories.” An opening reception for the general public is from 3:30 to 6 p.m.
    Nearly one year ago the Las Conchas fire burned in forest areas surrounding Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and forced a one-week closure. The wildfire spared the Laboratory but it affected thousands of residents in Northern New Mexico. The exhibit provides an opportunity for people to share their stories about the Las Conchas fire and other wildfires, listen to stories told by others and watch a slideshow that describes the community’s response to wildfires.

  • NNSA does aerial survey

    The National Nuclear Security Administration plans this week to complete a high-fidelity aerial survey of Los Alamos town site, a dual-step project initiated last fall.

    The survey began Monday and will run through Wednesday. Residents may notice the silver and blue Bell 412 helicopter flying overhead.  The county release indicated that the NNSA is conducting flights to do aerial radiation surveys over LANL property and the townsite.

    NNSA arranged for the Remote Sensing Laboratory/National Aerial Measuring System (RSL) of Las Vegas, Nev., to conduct this second flyover following a similar survey of lab property in August 2011, after the Las Conchas fire.

  • McMillan: CMRR vital

    Second of a series

    Former White House aide Jon Wolfsthal this week suggested that the architects of the plan to put the plans for a new Chemistry Metallurgy Research facility on ice were none other than LANL director Charlie McMillan and his Livermore and Sandia counterparts.

    “This was the lab directors coming to NNSA and saying, ‘We think we can save you money’ -- perhaps an unprecedented step – and saying, ‘We think we can do plutonium work without building the CMRR in New Mexico,’” Wolfsthal said at an Arms Control Association panel discussion in Washington.

  • NMSBA cited by Dept. of Commerce

    The New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) program, a collaboration of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Sandia National Laboratories and the state of New Mexico, received the 2012 Manufacturing Advocate of the Year award from the Manufacturing Extension Partnership under the U.S. Department of Commerce.
    The award was presented in May at the 2012 Manufacturing Innovation conference in Orlando, Fla. for “commitment to the business growth and transformation of U.S.–based manufacturing through work in the manufacturing sector.”