Friday, October 29, 2010

LANL researchers garner fellows prize

The Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellows organization has selected five researchers as recipients of the 2010 Fellows Prizes, which honor exemplary scientific research and leadership. The Fellows organization includes some of the Laboratory’s most prominent scientists. (Full Story)

Lab completes new monitoring wells

Efficiencies in contracting and construction scheduling saved sufficient funds to construct additional wells.

os Alamos National Laboratory has completed 16 new groundwater monitoring wells funded with $45 million from federal economic-stimulus money.

The wells are part of a system the lab installed to monitor aquifers for possible contaminants from legacy Manhattan Project waste and current LANL operations. (
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Associated Press also covered the well story.

Safety Engineers host symposium, take a fresh look at safety

Todd Conklin. LANL photo

eynote speaker Dr. Todd Conklin, a renowned authority on organizational behavior from Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM, will provide attendees with a look at human performance and why changing perceptions of human error is key to enhancing safety. (
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Pulitzer winner explores world without nukes

Richard Rhodes, author of "The Making of the Atomic Bomb." Random House photo.

he question posed by a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Saturday at the end of a talk about his most recent book was this: Can we, should we, will we get to zero nuclear weapons?

Terry Hawkins, a senior manager in the Global Security directorate at LANL, warned about "a new country developing around the world." He said the new world is called "Cyberia." (
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Greenland ice drips away at record speed

Melting Greenland ice runoff.

esearch scientist Sebastian Mernild of Los Alamos National Laboratory in the US said his calculations show that 540 cubic kilometres of inland ice, weighing approx. 500 gigatons, have melted this summer, which is 25-50% more than in a typical year. (
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From nukes to teeth implants . . .

three-year effort by experts at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, several Russian scientific institutes and tech firm Manhattan Scientifics led to the use of nanotitanium, a super-strong metal, to make dental implants that are more reliable and longer-lasting. (
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