Friday, July 23, 2010

Labs' Research Awards Well-Deserved Honors

New Mexico's two premier national laboratories scored a "repeat" in a global competition for invention. Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories together tied their 2009 record, again winning nine prestigious R&D 100 Awards. Los Alamos took five and Sandia won four "Oscars of Innovation." This is the contest's 48th year. (Full Story)

Lab security training facility seen as shot in the arm for local economy

The training facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory will be patterned after Y-12’s National Security Complex near Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and will include movable walls Photo by Los Alamos Monitor

The new training facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory could have a significant economic impact on the area. The $8.8 million facility, which will be completed by August of 2011, already has its first event set for September of 2011, officials say. (Full Story)

Also in the Los Alamos Monitor:

‘Cool roofs’ coming to LANL

The roofs are part of the federal government’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

nder a DOE program, the lab will be adding “cool roof” technologies — using lighter-colored roofing surfaces or special coatings to reflect the sun’s heat. The result? Less urban heat, more efficiencies, reduced cooling costs and offsetting carbon emissions. The announcement came Tuesday from U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu. (
Full Story)

(From John Fleck’s New Mexico Science Blog)

D'Agostino: Los Alamos Plutonium Capability Top Priority

NNSA Administrator, Tom D'Agostino

estifying at the Senate Armed Services Committee's START hearing on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, National Nuclear Security Admistration chief Tom D'Agostino said upgrading Los Alamos National Laboratory's plutonium capabilities is among the agency's top priorities. (
Full Story) D’Agostino’s testimony

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