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A Revolution In Supercomputing Is Coming. From A Remote Mountain Town. In New Mexico.

Lab Notes | Posted 09.21.2016 | Technology
Lab Notes

By Gary Grider Tucked in the foothills of the Jemez mountains in northern New Mexico, among the ponderosa pines and endless blue skies, sits one of t...

Could We Someday Predict Earthquakes?

Lab Notes | Posted 06.21.2016 | Science
Lab Notes

Earthquakes pose a vital yet puzzling set of research questions that have confounded scientists for decades, but new ways of looking at seismic information and innovative laboratory experiments are offering tantalizing clues to what triggers earthquakes -- and when.

Technology Is Sweeping Past Politics

Llewellyn King | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
Llewellyn King

Dear candidates - spare our technology, please, and do not get policy from the old tapes or old demagogues. The world is changing a lot faster than the talking points.

Why Mars? The Allure (and Challenge) of Colonizing the Red Planet

Lab Notes | Posted 05.17.2016 | Science
Lab Notes

On May 30, Mars and Earth will get close. Really close. With a distance between them of only 46.8 million miles, it's the nearest the two planets will be to each other in their respective orbits.

The Space Weather Threat... and How We Protect Ourselves

Lab Notes | Posted 04.19.2016 | Science
Lab Notes

Photo: NASA/GSFC/SDO By Geoffrey Reeves Many people think of space as a silent, empty void and the Sun as only a distant source of light and heat. N...

Bringing MRI Where It's Needed Most

Lab Notes | Posted 03.17.2016 | Science
Lab Notes

MRIs provide critical early diagnosis of potentially life-threatening injuries, yet their size and cost make them difficult to deploy to hard-to-reach places.

Decoding the Dark Matter of the Human Genome

Elena E. Giorgi | Posted 02.15.2016 | Science
Elena E. Giorgi

In 1994, researchers from Harvard and Stanford published a paper in which they described three mice: one was yellow and fat, one mottled and fat, and ...

70 Years After Hiroshima, Disarmament Is Still Vital

Joyce Olum Galaski | Posted 08.02.2016 | Politics
Joyce Olum Galaski

A little over 70 years ago, Paul Olum stood with his colleagues in the desert near Alamogordo, NM. They had spent the last few years designing the first atomic bomb. Six days after the bombing of Nagasaki, World War II was over -- and Paul Olum became a lifelong advocate of nuclear arms control and disarmament.

The End of the World as We Knew It, And I Feel...

Rachel Bronson | Posted 07.16.2016 | Politics
Rachel Bronson

This week's historic agreement between the United States and Iran shows that diplomatic acumen combined with scientific prowess can still come together to help limit and delay the spread of nuclear weapons. Still, today's world remains exceedingly dangerous.

The Real Nuclear Threat

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

If war were only "itself" -- the violence and horror, the conflagration and death -- it would be bad enough, but it's also an abstraction, a specific language of self-justifying righteousness that allows proponents to contemplate unleashing it not merely in physical but in moral safety.

I'm With Stupid: Organic Cat Litter Could Destroy Mankind

Todd Hartley | Posted 08.13.2014 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

If it seems like I'm overreacting a little bit, it's only because I know how serious the consequences of cat litter not soaking up toxic chemicals can be. I've smelled what can happen.

Retired U.S. Air Force Major General Chris Adams: The Cold War -- Then and Now?

Soul Dancer | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Soul Dancer

If history is our teacher, what have we learned regarding the cold war? According to Chris Adams, a published cold war historian, we've much to learn ...

Superman X-Ray Vision for the Masses?

Dr. Ali Binazir | Posted 08.25.2013 | Technology
Dr. Ali Binazir

If you could have just one of Superman's superpowers, what would it be? Most people would choose flight. After that, X-ray vision would probably be a ...

Budget cuts might lead to consolidation of nuclear labs

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Douglas Birch March 27, 2013This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigati...

Beyond Tokenistic Inclusion: Science, Citizenship, and Changing the Questions

Ruha Benjamin, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2013 | Science
Ruha Benjamin, Ph.D.

The scientific community prides itself on free and open inquiry, and yet when it comes to raising questions about the social and political implications of our work, a peculiar form of self-censorship seems to be at work.

Chinese Tech Sparks Security Concerns At Major U.S. Nuclear Weapons Laboratory

Reuters | Steve Stecklow | Posted 03.08.2013 | World

By Steve Stecklow LONDON, Jan 7 (Reuters) - A leading U.S. nuclear weapons laboratory recently discovered its computer systems contain...

Safety Board Calls Nuclear Lab's Earthquake Resistance Analysis 'Technically Inadequate'

Mia Steinle | Posted 09.29.2012 | Green
Mia Steinle

An ongoing government analysis of an important nuclear weapons laboratory's ability to withstand earthquakes may be flawed, according to a federal oversight panel.

Los Alamos Underestimates Radiation Leak Risk

Mia Steinle | Posted 09.10.2012 | Green
Mia Steinle

One of the nation's main nuclear weapons labs has sharply underestimated the amount of radiation that could leak from the facility as a result of an earthquake, raising questions about the safety and reliability of Los Alamos.

Follow the Defense Dollars -- If You Can

Joe Newman | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics
Joe Newman

What happens when Congress does the public's business in secret? The well-connected corporate lobbyists, fundraisers and campaign contributors are the ones who benefit the most because of their insider access.

How the New Mexico Anti-Nuclear Campaign Achieved a Major Victory

Subhankar Banerjee | Posted 04.23.2012 | Green
Subhankar Banerjee

On February 17, as I was stepping out the door for an exhibition opening of my arctic photographs and to participate in an environmental panel at Ford...

"Collaboration Within Competition" Is Key to American Technological Innovation

James M. Gentile | Posted 10.04.2011 | Technology
James M. Gentile

As Research Corporation for Science Advancement prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary next year (as America's oldest foundation dedicated wholly...

The End Times

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The culture of moneyed interests, war and techno-diversion, which is global in scope, is killing us at the same time that its media apologists reassure us that everything is fine and under control.

Tom Zeller Jr.

Fire And Flood Stoke Fears At U.S. Nuclear Facilities, But Officials Say Radioactive Materials Are Safe

HuffingtonPost.com | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 08.27.2011 | Green

With the specter of the devastating March 11 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent meltdown at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant still fresh ...

How Iodine May Help Protect You From Radiation Damage

Anne Dunev | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Anne Dunev

How much radiation a person can handle without developing cancer is very individual. Having sufficient iodine can help protect your body against many types of radiation.

Higher Learning: How to Blow Up the World

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

There's plenty of money sloshing around to reward the masters -- and academic servants -- of the nuclear weapons industry. But should the University of California be managing laboratories that design the latest technologies for nuclear holocaust?