Friday, July 30, 2010

Hazardous duty

Wednesday was the first day of competition in the lab's 14th annual Hazmat Challenge, in which 14 hazmat teams (mostly from New Mexico) converge deep in the woods on LANL property to run through eight elaborate simulations of varying hazardous-chemical scenarios.

LANL's emergency response division leader, Jeff Dare, said planning for the challenge begins each year in February or March, and setup for the exercises starts in May. Officials from the EPA and FEMA join lab workers in evaluating performance (full story—subscription or viewing of advertising is required).

The AIM interview: LANL's José Olivares

While originally organized for a single purpose: to design and build the atomic bomb, this Northern New Mexico advanced science center has played a key role in developing other modern technologies key to our national security.

About three years ago LANL’s Bioscience Division started working on small projects in algae — in New Mexico, with the Center for Excellence in Hazardous Materials Management (CEHMM), and on a DARPA project with General Atomics (full story).

LANL supercomputer simulates gulf spill spread

Los Alamos National Laboratories collaborates on a project using "Encanto," New Mexico's supercomputer, to show simulation of the Gulf Oil Spill (watch for yourself).

Spacequakes rumble near Earth

After THEMIS discovered the jets and quakes, Joachim Birn of the Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico conducted a computer simulation of the rebounding process. Lo and behold, vortices appeared in good accord with THEMIS measurements (full story).

Computers show new strategies to avoid satellite collisions

Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Air Force Research Laboratory are collaborating to improve capabilities for detecting and monitoring space debris and other threats to space operations (full story).

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