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Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • 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.

  • Lab gets six pollution prevention awards

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has captured six 2010 National Nuclear Security Administration Pollution Prevention awards for projects ranging from energy savings to creating fuels from algae.
    One Lab team earned a “Best in Class” award for changing the way it heats electroplating baths, saving enough energy to heat more than 14 homes for a year. Additional improvements will allow the team to recycle and reuse about 250,000 gallons of water annually, saving $1.2 million in treatment costs.

  • Cielo cleared for classified operation use

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that its supercomputer platform Cielo has been approved for classified operations.
    Cielo, which supports Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories, is a petascale supercomputer that helps NNSA ensure the safety, security, and effectiveness of the nuclear stockpile while maintaining the moratorium on underground nuclear explosive testing.

  • Bulb crusher used throughout LANL

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory this month expanded the use of a fluorescent bulb-crushing machine to handle waste bulbs Labwide. Itís a move that could save tens of thousands of dollars in waste disposal fees and will prevent mercury from escaping into the environment.

  • Failed launch sends Glory satellite into Pacific

    WASHINGTON  — A rocket carrying an Earth-observation satellite plummeted into the Pacific Ocean after a failed launch attempt Friday, the second-straight blow to NASA’s weakened environmental monitoring program.
    The Taurus XL rocket carrying NASA’s Glory satellite lifted off early Friday morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, but fell to the sea several minutes later. The same thing happened to another climate-monitoring satellite two years ago with the same type of rocket.