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Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • NASA wants Mars Rover Spirit to phone home

    The prospect of ever hearing from the stuck Mars rover Spirit is fading after it failed to respond to repeated calls from Earth.

    Despite the dismal outlook, NASA will make a last-ditch effort to communicate with Spirit, which fell silent a little over a year ago. If there’s still no contact in the next month or so, the space agency will scale back its listening campaign for Spirit and focus on its healthy twin, Opportunity.

    That Spirit has not called home suggests that something is more seriously wrong than just a power issue, said program manager John Callas at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

  • DOE looking at lab, Carlsbad as disposal sites

    A nuclear waste repository in southeastern New Mexico and the Los Alamos National Laboratory could be burying an additional type of low-level radioactive waste in the future.
    The U.S. Department of Energy is eyeing Los Alamos and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant east of Carlsbad and other sites around the country for waste known as greater-than-Class C low-level radioactive waste and greater-than-Class C-like waste.
    Such material consists of low-level radioactive waste generated by various activities, including electricity production by nuclear power plants, producing and using radioisotopes to diagnose and treat disease, oil and gas exploration, and other industrial uses, the DOE said.
    It does not include spent nuclear fuel or high-level waste.

  • LANL taps Bechtel man for position

    An internal restructuring at Los Alamos National Laboratory will combine project management and environmental cleanup functions under a new directorate.

    Laboratory Director Michael Anastasio also has announced the creation of a new senior leadership position, principal associate director for capital projects (PADCAP), adding that Paul Henry of Bechtel has been chosen for that position.

    The Los Alamos Monitor received inquiries as to why the position was not posted to give others an opportunity to apply.

  • Discovery may lead to hydrogen-fueled vehicles

    Researchers have revealed a new single-stage method for recharging the hydrogen storage compound ammonia borane. The breakthrough makes hydrogen a more attractive fuel for vehicles and other transportation modes.
    In an article appearing in the March 18 edition of Science magazine, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and University of Alabama researchers working within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Chemical Hydrogen Storage Center of Excellence describe a significant advance in hydrogen storage science.

  • More transparency under new contract to manage LANL environmental data--see video

    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. and LOS ALAMOS--Locus Technologies (Locus), a Web-based environmental software company, announced Monday that it has been awarded a contract from Los Alamos National Laboratory to manage LANL's environmental data in Locus' Cloud. The contract is worth up to $2 million from 2011 through an additional four option years.

    “High-quality environmental data is one of the key drivers that will help us meet our cleanup goals,” said Alison Dorries, division leader for the Lab's Waste and Environmental Services organization. “Organizing these massive volumes of data, and making them available to the public, will help demonstrate our commitment to openness and environmental compliance.”

  • Drive toward hydrogen-powered vehicles may be shorter

    With the price of a gallon of gas showing no signs of retreating, scientists may have hit upon a way to bring hydrogen-fueled vehicles one step closer to reality.

    Researchers have revealed a new single-stage method for recharging the hydrogen storage compound ammonia borane. The breakthrough makes hydrogen a more attractive fuel for vehicles and other transportation modes.

  • NNSA deploys team to Japan

     The National Nuclear Security Administration, a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy, has released photographs and video of its Consequence Management Response Teams deploying from Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada, to assist Japanese efforts in the response to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

  • Senior lab engineer sues for $15 million

    Samuel M. Roberts was a senior lab engineer at the University of Rochester’s Laboratory (N.Y.) for Laser Energetics when a pipe broke loose from a bracket during an experiment in August 2008.
    According to the suit, the pipe and bracket, weighing more than 100 pounds, struck Roberts in the head, fractured his spine and left him a quadriplegic. Roberts filed a $15 million lawsuit last week against Los Alamos National Security LLC and Los Alamos scientist Hans W. Herrmann, who co-directed the experiment that was under way when Roberts was injured.

  • CMRR project update: 'There's nothing to sink your teeth into'

    Since 2005, as part of the settlement between the Los Alamos National Laboratory and a network of community groups, it was required that the lab hold semi-annual meetings in regards to the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Project.

    On Thursday night at Fuller Lodge, the 11th such meeting was held as a standing-room only crowd was in attendance.

    Greg Mello of the Los Alamos Study Group perhaps may have summed it up best near the end of the meeting when he said, “there is nothing to sink your teeth into.”

  • NMED leverages resources on community outreach

    ESPAÑOLA — The decision to disband the Community Radiation Monitoring Group (CRMG) did not sit well with those who have been there from the start.
    The announcement came was delivered via an email that was received five days prior to what would be the final CRMG meeting on Wednesday in Española.