Friday, September 12, 2014

Lab reports lowest radiation emissions in two decades

Technical Area 3. LANL photo.           

Los Alamos National Laboratory reached its lowest radioactive air emissions rate in 20 years during 2013, the lab reported Thursday. “The laboratory has worked diligently to ensure the air is as clean as possible.”

Based on 2013 data from 40 air monitoring stations located at the lab and in neighboring communities that measure ambient air quality, the off-site dose rate was 0.21 millirem — about 2 percent of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act limit of 10 millirem, a unit of radioactive measurement. (Full Story)

Also from the Los Alamos Monitor

Los Alamos conducts important hydrodynamic experiment in Nevada

Making final adjustments to "Leda" in the "Zero Room" at the NNSS U1a facility. LANL photo.

Los Alamos National Laboratory has successfully fired the latest in a series of experiments at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS).

“Leda is an integrated experiment that provides important surrogate hydrodynamic materials data in support of the Laboratory’s stewardship of the U. S. nuclear deterrent,” said Bob Webster, associate director for weapons physics. (Full Story)

Also from Homeland Security Newswire

National Labs play unique role in working for America
Co-author Charlie McMillan.  LANL photo.

By Paul Alivisatos, Dan Arvizu, Charlie McMillan and Terry Michalske. 

As directors within the National Lab System, we are honored to steward the phenomenal resources of this one-of-a-kind research network to solve problems in the public interest. In today’s rapidly changing global environment, the list of technological demands is staggering: more and cleaner energy, better batteries, carbon capture and storage, faster and more powerful supercomputers, national security, and the development of more energy efficient homes and offices, to name just a few. (Full Story)

LANL hosts pre-campaign kickoff reception

Alan Bishop talks about the 2015 Employee Giving Campaign and why he finds giving personally satisfying. LANL photo.

Individuals in the position of division leader and above joined United Way staff, board members and LANL Executive Director Rich Marquez for the Lab's Employee Giving Campaign "Pre-campaign" Kickoff Reception Sept. 2 at the Oppenheimer Study Center.

LANL Giving Campaign Chair Alan Bishop explained that the theme for the 2015 campaign is "Leading the Way" by example. He issued a challenge for this year's goal to surpass the all-time campaign's employee participation rate of 21 percent in 2013 and exceed last year's $2million in employee contributions. (Full Story)

New exhibit highlights archaeology, wildlife, and climate

Nake'muu Pueblo archaeological site on Los Alamos National Laboratory property. LANL photo.    

The Bradbury Science Museum unveils a new interactive exhibit featuring the rich history and current research into archaeology, wildlife biology, local climate and sustainability efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The exhibit shows in posters, interactive elements and videos the Laboratory’s compliance work and research into the diverse archaeological and biological resources found here, as well as local climate research and the Laboratory’s environmental sustainability activities. (Full Story)

Day of commercially available quantum encryption nears

Quantum Key Device, LANL photo.

The largest information technology agreement ever signed by Los Alamos National Laboratory brings the potential for truly secure data encryption to the marketplace after nearly twenty years of development at the national-security science laboratory.      

“Quantum systems represent the best hope for truly secure data encryption because they store or transmit information in ways that are unbreakable by conventional cryptographic methods,” said Duncan McBranch. (Full Story)

Also from

Los Alamos’ explosive history ushered in nuclear age

Newly renovated Ashley Pond.  Photo from The Chieftain.

Sprawled across the vast mesas of the Pajarito Plateau with the Jemez Mountains looming darkly in the background, it looks, at first glance, like many other isolated backwaters in the American West.

In the early 1940s, as World War II raged across Europe and the Pacific, this remote, sparsely inhabited area 32 miles northwest of Santa Fe was being converted into a top-secret government complex to create what was, at that time, the most powerful and destructive military weapon ever known. (Full Story)

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