Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • Consortium set to design human trials of HIV vaccine

    Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher Bette Korber is part of an international team of investigators working to design and implement the first human trial of a mosaic HIV vaccine candidate. The vaccine represents a novel strategy for fighting the virus that causes AIDS by attempting to address one of the most daunting challenges in HIV vaccine design: the virus’s extensive genetic diversity.

  • Arms Control Committee to host weapons talk

    Nuclear weapons expert Joseph C. Martz will present an overview titled “Nuclear Weapons, Past, Present, and Future” at an open meeting of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday in Graves Hall at the United Church, 2525 Canyon Road.
    The talk will review U.S. nuclear weapons development and its close linkage to deterrence during the Cold War.

  • NNSA completes uranium fuel return campaign

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced the removal of more than 450 kilograms (more than 1,000 pounds) of Russian-origin highly enriched uranium (HEU) spent fuel from Poland.  
    The nuclear material, enough to make more than 18 nuclear weapons, was sent back to Russia in a series of five shipments over 12 months and marks the completion of the largest spent fuel shipment campaign in NNSA’s history.  

  • LANL program wins award

    Los Alamos National Laboratory received the U.S. Department of Energy Voluntary Protection Program’s Innovation Award for its Safety Short program of videos, flyers and posters at a recent DOE-VPP conference in Orlando, Fla.
    Los Alamos was honored for “Outstanding industry performance and leadership in furthering the advancement of the principles of the Department of Energy Voluntary Protection Program.

  • NNSA, LLNL complete first ignition experiment

    WASHINGTON – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) today announced that the National Ignition Facility (NIF) recently completed its first integrated ignition experiment.

  • Mascheroni case delayed as lawyers await security clearance

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The case against a New Mexico physicist accused of trying to help Venezuela develop a nuclear weapon is going on hold for at least six weeks as defense attorneys await security clearances needed to review classified documents.

    Prosecutors and defense lawyers discussed the delay during a status conference Friday with U.S. District Judge Bruce Black.

  • Lab starts demo work at TA-54

    Los Alamos National Laboratory recently began to demolish Dome 281 — a 4,100-square- foot metal and fabric dome at the lab’s Technical Area 54.  It’s the next step in LANL’s multi-year closure plan for TA-54, which must be complete by 2015 under the Consent Order cleanup agreement with the state of New Mexico.  Removing the domes at TA-54 is also important to the San Ildefonso Pueblo, whose sacred lands are just to the north of TA-54.

  • NM's Trinity Site open for tour Saturday

    WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. (AP) — The southern New Mexico desert site where scientists set off the world's first atomic bomb test in 1945 opens for tours Saturday.

    All adults visiting Trinity Site on White Sands Missile Range must show a photo ID.

    Visitors can take a quarter-mile walk to ground zero, where an obelisk marks where the bomb was exploded.

    The fence surrounding the area displays historical photos.

    Visitors also ride a shuttle bus 2 miles to a ranch house where scientists assembled the bomb's plutonium core.

  • Pipe with excess plutonium halts lab clean-up

    Discovery of a pipe with a high level of plutonium-239 at a clean-up site at Los Alamos National Laboratory has forced officials to shut down operations.
    The pipe, which was dug up by an excavator three weeks ago, had plutonium-239 that exceeded the amount lab officials had expected and that was allowed above the ground, lab spokesman Fred deSousa said Friday. The lab had estimated about 200 grams of plutonium-239 over the 6-acre clean-up site. The pipe alone had 42 grams, or about 1.6 ounces.

  • Lab scientist, wife indicted for leaking nuke weapons info

      A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist and his wife were indicted Friday on charges of providing classified nuclear weapons information to a Venezuelan government official.
    The pair, Pedro    Mascheroni, 75, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Argentina, and Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, 67, a U.S. citizen was also charged with conspiring to participate in the development of an atomic weapon for Venezuela.
    The 22-count indictment was returned by a federal grand jury in the District of New Mexico.