Friday, May 30, 2014
Editorial: New Mexico has role in keeping world at peace
B61. LANL photo.
So, New Mexico can take comfort and pride in the work being done here to modernize one of the oldest and most versatile nuclear weapons in the U.S. arsenal – the B61 bomb.
Sandia National Laboratories, working with Los Alamos National Laboratory and the U.S. Air Force, expects a refurbished model to be ready for production by 2020. The overall project will consolidate four different B61 models into a single, more versatile weapon called the B61-12. (Full Story)
LANL scientists follow universe theory
Map of the sky is BICEP2’s ‘smoking gun’ evidence. From the New Mexican.
A team of astronomers led by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics stunned the scientific community earlier this year with new evidence about the birth of the universe, 13.8 billion years ago.
“It’s of great interest to people here,” said Michael Graesser, a staff scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory who works on questions of the early universe. (Full Story)
Emissions verified from space
Four corners power plant. LANL photo.
The emissions from two very large coal-fired power plants in New Mexico were recently measured remotely via space-based techniques by researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
“A critical barrier to any future international treaty aimed towards controlling greenhouse and pollutant gas emissions is our inability to verify inventories and reduction of emissions claimed by individual nations following implementation of new technologies,” stated LANL senior scientist Manvendra Dubey. (Full Story)
Pecos High standout pursues medical studies
Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charles McMillian visits with Jeanette Varela and Nicolette Gonzales. LANL photo.
Nicolette Gonzales, co-valedictorian at Pecos High School, won one of 73 Los Alamos Employees Scholarships, worth $10,000, and she was admitted to the undergraduate medical program at The University of New Mexico, which admits only 28 students from the state each year. The program guarantees Gonzales a spot in UNM’s medical school after she completes her bachelor’s degree. She is the first Pecos resident to be accepted into the program in its eight-year history. (Full Story)
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