Friday, June 15, 2012

Study finds new evidence supporting impact theory

An 18-member international team of researchers that includes Robert E. Hermes of Los Alamos National Laboratory has discovered melt-glass material in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Syria, and is the result of a cosmic body impacting Earth.

"The melt material also matches melt-glass produced by the Trinity nuclear airburst of 1945 in Socorro, New Mexico," he continued. "The extreme temperatures required are equal to those of an atomic bomb blast, high enough to make sand melt and boil." (full story)

Got mass? Princeton scientists observe electrons become both heavy and speedy

The Princeton-led team, which included scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the University of California-Irvine, used direct imaging of electron waves in acrystal.

The researchers did so not only to watch the electrons gain mass but also to show that the heavy electrons are actually composite objects made of two entangled forms of the electron (full story).

New tech at Y-12 could save millions of dollars

The process is called Nondestructive Laser Gas Sampling (NDLGS) and is capable of assessing the internal gas constituents of hazardous components in a nondestructive manner. NDLGS demonstrated first use on a W76 Retrofit Evaluation System Test unit on May 3.

The new system, which is deployed at NNSA’s Y-12 facility, was made possible through collaboration among scientists and engineers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Y-12 and the Pantex Plant (full story).

LANS, LLC gives foundation $250K for scholarships

Los Alamos National Security, LLC through its employee gift-match program, has given $250,000 to the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation to award scholarships to help students in seven counties pursue a higher education (full story).

LANL building achieves LEED Gold certification

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s newest building, the Radiological Laboratory Utility Office Building, is its first to achieve both the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design status and LEED Gold certification from the U.S. GreenBuilding Council.

The 200,000 square foot building contains laboratories for analytical chemistry of special nuclear material, along with offices, training and emergency operations (full story).

Los Alamos exhibit captures wildfire stories

The Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos will host an opening reception Wednesday for its new exhibit, Living With Wildfire: Share Your Stories.

The exhibit opens nearly a year after the Las Conchas Fire, which started June 26, 2011, and burned a large area of the Jemez Mountains (full story).

Energy agency builds its own social network

The Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration is utilizing cloud-based social networking tools to allow the NNSA’s workforce to collaborate and work from any device, at any time.

Created at LANL, the cloud broker platform takes server automation to the next level by allowing researchers or scientists to log on and provision a virtual server in 30 minutes as opposed to 30 days, said LANL’s Anil Karmel (full story).

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