Friday, June 22, 2012

LANL hosts robot rodeo for police agencies

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A robot rodeo might sound like a good time, but several New Mexico law enforcement agencies used the event hosted by Los Alamos National Labs for serious training. "It's easier to replace a robot than it is to replace an arm or a leg on a human," said Chris Ory of LANL' hazardous devices team.  Eight law enforcement agencies from across the state were set up in a meth lab scenario where something goes wrong. (Full Story)

Also from KOB-TV this week:

Los Alamos exhibit showcases first hand accounts from wildfire survivors

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People from Los Alamos and anywhere else now have a chance to be showcased in a museum.

It's a new wildfire exhibit at the Los Alamos National Laboratory's Bradbury Science Museum.

Museum director Linda Deck is one of the first people you'll see on exhibit recounting her personal account of the Las Conchas fire which caused the complete evacuation of Los Alamos in June 2011. (Full Story)

Bomb-squad teams square off in Robot Rodeo's sandwich-making competition

A robot attempts to pour Gatorade at the 2012 Robot Rodeo.  New Mexican photo.

On Tuesday, on a remote section of lab property, eight bomb-squad teams (including one from the New Jersey State Police) began competing against each other in the sixth annual Western National Robot Rodeo at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Their tasks in the three-day event range from the whimsical to the very practical and serious. Each scenario is 1 1/2 hours, and there are 12 scheduled. (Full Story)

Also from the Santa Fe New Mexican this week:

LANL Foundation grants $2.1M to schools

The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation has announced $2.1 million in grants to public schools in seven Northern New Mexico counties to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The educational effort, known as STEM, promotes teacher training, curriculum development, technology in the classroom and support to students to prepare them for science- and math-related careers. (Full Story)

LANL bestows funds on HydroBio, Vapour Organic Beauty, Integrative Enzymatics

Three small New Mexico companies have received a total of $195,000 in funding from a Los Alamos National Laboratory    program that helps start ups get traction in the marketplace.

The money comes from the Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF) from Los Alamos National Security LLC which provides $1 million in annual funding to small businesses in northern New Mexico. (Full Story)

Newest Los Alamos Facility Receives LEED® Gold Certification

The LEED Gold building at LANL.  LANL photo.

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s newest facility, the Radiological Laboratory Utility Office Building (RLUOB), is also its first to achieve both the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) status and LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

From its robust design to its advanced scientific equipment, RLUOB is essential to the Laboratory’s national security mission in support of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) nuclear weapons program. (Full Story)

RLUOB first building at lab to receive distinction

The RLUOB mass spectrometry lab.  LANL photo.

At more than 200,000 square feet, this building is the only radiological facility within the Department of Energy to have attained LEED Gold, which contributes to NNSA’s achievement toward the high performance sustainable building goals outlined in Executive Order 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance. (Full Story)

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