Friday, April 10, 2015

70 years on, crowd gets close to the birthplace of the atomic bomb

Visitors at Trinity Site, from the NYT

As the 70th anniversary of the test approaches in July, interest in Trinity Site has surged, bringing more visitors to places — test sites, bunkers, museums — connected to the weapons.

As home to the testing site and the laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico also takes considerable state pride in the nuclear program. “It felt, for me, like a pilgrimage,” said Janet Gagliano, 54, from Albuquerque.  (Full Story)

A potential Rosetta Stone of high temperature superconductivity

An international team led by scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory has demonstrated that the compound CeCoIn5 with incredibly high purity and the highest superconducting temperature for a cerium based material could serve as an ideal system to investigate the effect of disorder in the materials. Magnetic fluctuations, a driver for unconventional superconductivity, are indeed observed in pristine CeCoIn5. (Full Story)

Today in photos: A trillion-particle cosmic simulation

Photo #3  A team of astrophysicists and computer scientists, including Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers, completed the first-ever complete trillion-particle cosmological simulation and have made an initial 55 Tbyte (trillion bytes) public data release. A primary goal of this project is to adopt some of the fundamental concepts of the open source community, and translate them to open data for state-of-the-art cosmological simulations. (Photo)

This stunning image shows us the future of climate models

This technicolour swirl may look like an artist’s acid trip, but what you’re actually looking at is the next generation of high-resolution climate models.

Warmer colours represent hotter temperatures and ripples indicate eddy currents in this stunning visualization, which was released last week by Los Alamos National Laboratory.

It was produced by a simulation called the Model for Prediction Across Scales Ocean (MPAS-O). MPAS-O is a variable resolution model, meaning researchers can sharpen the simulation on regional scales where more data exists. (Full Story)

Nanoscience showcase at Los Alamos’ Bradbury Science Museum

Bradbury Science Museum, LANL photo.

Nanoscience is in the spotlight this week at the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos, where a range of programs will demonstrate the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale. KSFR's Tom Trowbridge spoke with Gordon McDonough, one of two “science evangelists” at the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos about “Nano Days,” and asked him to tell us what’s going on during the event. (Full Story)

Randy Fraser named Security Professional of the Year

Randy Fraser.  LANL photo.                

The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) announced on Thursday that Randy Fraser has been awarded the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Security Professional of the Year award for 2014.

Fraser is employed by the LANL Security, Safeguards and Emergency Response Directorate, as a program manager for the Strategic Security Infrastructure program. (Full Story)

Two LANL organizations receive recognition

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Nuclear Material Control and Accountability Group and the Quality and Performance Assurance Division received 2014 Performance Excellence Recognition awards from Quality New Mexico and will be recognized at QNM’s annual learning summit and awards ceremony in Albuquerque. (Full Story)

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