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  • Curiosity Power Source Wins DOE Award

    A team from Los Alamos National Laboratory has received the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award for their contributions on the thermoelectric generator that provides electrical power and heat to the Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity rover.

    The award was presented by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu to Craig Van Pelt, Alejandro Enriquez, Diane Spengler, John Matonic, and David Armstrong Oct. 4, in Washington D.C. The Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award is typically given to recognize a group or team of employees who together accomplished significant achievements on behalf of DOE.

    Powering a rover as sophisticated as Curiosity is made possible through the Plutonium-238 fueled Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (MMRTG), which was successful in part due to the Los Alamos National Laboratory employees who worked on this project.

    The MMRTG keeps the rover's battery charged night and day, giving Curiosity the potential of being the longest-operating, farthest-traveling, most-productive Mars surface mission in history.

  • 10 things to know for Friday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about today (times in EDT):

    1. CONSULATE ATTACK TIMELINE COMES INTO FOCUS

    AP's Kimberly Dozier says the CIA station chief in Libya reported to Washington within 24 hours of the deadly attack that there was evidence it was carried out by militants.

    2. A BULLET TRAIN IT IS NOT

    But test runs will start zooming along a small section of the Amtrak line between Chicago and St. Louis at 110 mph — a 30 mph increase.

    3. AIRLINE SAFETY RECORD A MIXED BAG

    While it's been more than 3½ years since the last deadly airline crash in the U.S., one consequence of such a remarkable record is the difficulty in imposing new safety rules on the industry.

    4. CANDIDATES GET BACK TO BUSINESS

  • Puppies Help Boy Lost in Woods

    Kyle Camp, 10, went missing for 15 hours in the woods near his home in Northwestern Alabama. He stayed warm by cuddling with four puppies who were with him.

  • Today in History for October 19th
  • Raw: Dust Storm Shuts Down Interstate in Okla.

    A massive dust storm swirling reddish-brown clouds over northern Oklahoma triggered a multi-vehicle accident along a major interstate Thursday, forcing police to shut down the heavily traveled roadway amid near blackout conditions.

  • Power restored in North Mesa

     Power has been restored in the North Mesa neighborhood of Los Alamos, according to the Department of Utilities.

    Earlier, there were reports of outages on North Mesa and the Alamo areas.

    The initial report came in around 1:45 p.m. that power was out on North Mesa in the San Ildefonso and Alamo areas as crews backfed power to the area. At 3:30 p.m., a report from DPU said that power was restored in those areas. But 15 minutes later, it was reported power was still out in San Ildefonso area of North Mesa.

    DPU said an underground fault caused portion of North Mesa to lose power.

        

  • Backups expected for evening commute

    The eastbound curb lane of Trinity Drive in the vicinity of the Mountain Village apartments (east of 35th Street) is closed to allow Century Link to perform emergency line repairs. This closure will impact the evening traffic commute and motorists are urged to either use the Truck Route or be prepared for delays on Trinity Drive.
     
    Due to the nature of the emergency, crews may also need to work on Diamond Drive north of the Diamond/Trinity intersection during the evening commute. Motorists are advised to expect congestion on both Diamond and Trinity.

           

  • New Documents Detail History of Boy Scout Abuse

    The Boy Scouts of America have released nearly a decade of confidential files never before made public. The Scouts kept track of suspected pedophiles they banned from their ranks, but kept the list secret until now.

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  • Police: 3 Arrested for Denver Bar Killings, Fire