Friday, August 13, 2010

Nuclear weapon simulator runs test

A nuclear-weapon research tool at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico produced five high-quality images in support of U.S. stockpile stewardship efforts, the National Nuclear Security Administration announced yesterday. The radiographs, produced using two electron accelerators at the laboratory's Dual-Axis Radiographic Hydrotest Facility, focused on a "surrogate-material implosion system," according to an agency press release (full story).

Solar power in Los Alamos

A 15-acre array of solar panels will be built next year in Los Alamos, for a project intended to advance ideas on efficiently storing and utilizing solar power in communities. The $27 million "smart grid" system is a collaboration between the county, Los Alamos National Laboratory and a Japanese energy company (full story—requires subscription or view of advertisement).

Recovery jobs at LANL to top 500

The lab received $212 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money to help avoid falling behind in its environmental cleanup obligations. Later this summer, lab officials said they planned to hire 12 additional crews, adding 125 workers to the project and bringing the total of jobs saved or created to as many as 533 (full story).

Mimicking the Moon’s surface in the basement

A team of scientists used an ion beam in a basement room at Los Alamos National Laboratory to simulate solar winds on the surface of the Moon. The table-top simulation helped confirm that the Moon is inherently dry (full story).

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