Friday, January 29, 2016

The story of Los Alamos National Laboratory — one business card at a time

1960s era Rolodex card, from the LA Times.  

What stories could a bunch of old Rolodexes possibly tell? A lot, it turns out — especially when those Rolodexes come from Los Alamos National Laboratory where the scientists built the first atomic bomb.

"Los Alamos Rolodex: Doing Business With the National Lab, 1967-1978," an exhibit on display at the Center for Land Use Interpretation and a new book of the same name, gather various business cards from those Rolodexes and presents them, largely without comment, in a way that tells an interesting story about Los Alamos and the top secret work of the National Laboratory. (Full Story)

Also in the Albuquerque Journal

Imaged 'jets' reveal cerium's post-shock inner strength

Photonic Doppler Velocimetry (PDV) probes simultaneously measure jet-growth velocities. From PhysOrg.

Scientists have learned that surface protrusions called "jets," formed after shock waves passed through cerium metal, could provide insight into the yield stress of cerium in its post-shock state.

"Using cerium allows us to gain a fundamental understanding of a wide range of phenomena related to the multiphase properties of materials, including how strength evolves following phase transitions," said Brian Jensen, who is a physicist and team leader in the Shock and Detonation Physics Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory. (Full Story)

The quest to predict severe weather sooner

MPAS 48-hour forecast for July 8, 2015. UCAR image.

A global software platform called Model for Prediction Across Scales, or MPAS, aims at resolving long-term forecasting issues. It offers a new way of simulating the atmosphere while providing scientists with more flexibility when focusing on regional conditions.

Jointly developed at NCAR and the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, MPAS is being groomed especially to improve regional and global weather forecasts, climate modeling, and atmospheric chemistry research, such as regional air-quality forecasts. (Full Story)

Los Alamos Names Laboratory Fellows

Zelenay, Tome, Bernardin and Saxena (top left to bottom right) LANL photo.

Four Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have been selected as 2015 Laboratory Fellows. The honorees this year are Michael Bernardin, Avadh Saxena, Carlos Tome and Piotr Zelenay.

“The Laboratory Fellows Organization recognizes researchers for innovative scientific and technical advances in their respective fields,” Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan said. “The exciting work by Michael, Avadh, Carlos and Piotr exemplifies the essential science we do at Los Alamos that helps enable continuing success in our national security mission. I commend each of them for this prestigious achievement.” (Full Story)

LANL to share in $25 million grant for nuclear science, security

The National Nuclear Security Administration has awarded a $25 million grant to a consortium of universities and national laboratories, including Los Alamos National Laboratory, for research and development of nuclear science and security, the U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday.

The grant will be allocated in $5 million annual increments. Research will focus on nuclear and particle physics and nuclear security policy, as well as other areas. (Full Story)

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