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  • Scientists gain understanding of plutonium element

    Plutonium is the most complex element in the periodic table, yet it is also one of the most poorly understood ones. But now a well-known scientific technique, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, may turn out to be the perfect tool for uncovering some of plutonium’s mysteries.
    Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) have detected the faint signal of plutonium-239’s unique nuclear magnetic resonance signature. This signal promises to become a Rosetta stone for deciphering the complex atomic-scale electronic properties of this perplexing element. Their paper on the subject, “Observation of 239Pu Nuclear Magnetic Resonance,” was published in the May 18 issue of Science magazine.

  • Seat belt enforcement in full swing

    The 2012 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization kicked off this week, but local law enforcement has been ramping up seat belt use enforcement for months as part of the state-sponsored Operation Buckle Down.

    Since January the Los Alamos Police Department has been enforcing Operation Buckle Down or so-called OBD.
    OBD is the outcome of collaboration between Safer New Mexico Now, the state Department of Transportation’s Traffic Safety Bureau and state law enforcement agencies.

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  • Report evaluates projects

    A new report by Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher assesses Los Alamos County’s economic development needs and the possible impact from various CIP projects.

    Council had asked Fisher for input on how individual CIP projects might boost economic development. Fisher used a newly acquired software program to evaluate each project. The program arrived too late to generate a report before last week’s CIP meetings, but it does offer some insight into a number of funded and unfunded projects.

  • Wildfire in SW New Mexico has tripled in size past three days

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Fire managers say a dozen homes and several outbuildings in a summer community in southwestern New Mexico have been destroyed by two lightning-sparked blazes that have merged.

    A wind-whipped wildfire burned through the Willow Creek area on Wednesday, and officials confirmed Thursday that the homes along with seven small outbuildings were destroyed. Seven Willow Creek residents evacuated earlier this week.

    Fire information officer Sharma Hutchinson says the community of Mogollon is under voluntary evacuation. Authorities say many structures are still at risk.

  • Search Intensifies for Missing Louisiana Woman
  • NM governor, husband OK after plane's hard landing

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A spokesman for New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she and her husband were not injured when a small private airplane carrying them to Santa Fe landed without its gears down.

    Martinez spokesman Scott Darnell said in a statement that the Republican governor and her husband, Chuck Franco, were aboard a single-engine plane Wednesday night when the aircraft was forced to make a hard landing.

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  • Gulf Fishermen Reel From Seafood Troubles

    Usually folks are upbeat and busy in May, the month when shrimpers get back to work in Louisiana's rich waters. But this spring, catches are down, docks are idle and anxiety is growing that the ill effects of the BP spill may be far from over.

  • Raw Video: Tornado Appears During Wedding