Friday, September 17, 2010

US conducts non-nuclear test at Nevada proving ground

Pictured is the Cygnus 2.5 mEv x-ray machine, used to take detailed x-ray imagery of subcritical experiments. NNSS Photo.

NNSA spokesman Darwin Morgan said Thursday the subcritical test, dubbed Bacchus, was conducted Wednesday at the recently renamed Nevada National Security Site.

The experiment involved the detonation of explosives around radioactive material in a vault some 1,000 feet under ground.
It was conducted at the former Nevada Test Site by scientists from the government's Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. (Full Story)

United Way kicks off campaign

LANL’s Vera Vigil responds to a survey at the Santa Fe Children's Project information booth. LANL Photo.

"Give, advocate, volunteer," was the mantra of the evening event attended by community members and campaign volunteers from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The laboratory's 2011 employee giving campaign also kicked off Monday.
"We opened the campaign today at the laboratory and we already have 30 pledges," said Kurt Steinhaus, director of LANL's Community Programs Office. (Full Story)

Also from the Monitor this week

LANS picnic honors 9/11

David Swingle of the Lab's Veterans Committee speaks during the 9/11 commemoration. LANL photo.

A somber ceremony led by Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Michael Anastasio this afternoon at Overlook Park was filled with memories of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack and the people who lost their lives on that horrific day. (Full Story)

Boeing receives task order for design of Free Electron Laser lab demonstrator

oeing is partnering on FEL with U.S. Department of Energy laboratories, academia and industry. The laboratories include the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Va., and Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M. (
Full Story)

Hyperion to build demo reactor at Savannah River

Diagram of a basic modular reactor. LANL illustration.

Hyperion Power Generation has entered into an agreement with Savannah River National Laboratory that could lead to deployment of its 25MWe modular reactor at the US Department of Energy's Savannah River Site. (Full Story)

LANL says goodbye to early nuclear fusion research facility

Demolition video includes time-lapse footage of the building’s destruction. LANL video.

An early nuclear fusion research facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been demolished as part of environmental cleanup funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. (Watch the video here)

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