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Los Alamos Science No. 21, 1993: The Laboratory of the Atomic Age

By Edward Teller

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Title: Los Alamos Science No. 21, 1993: The Laboratory of the Atomic Age  
Author: Edward Teller
Volume: Volume 21, Article 3
Language: English
Subject: Newsletter, Science, Education
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection (Contemporary), Los Alamos Science, Los Alamos National Laboratory Journal Collection
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Publisher: Los Alamos National Laboratory


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Description: In 1993, LANL's 50th anniversary, the Cold War was over, and the Laboratory was in the midst of changing its identity. This volume captures the mood of the times through a candid roundtable among LANL scientists and former Director Harold Agnew. Hans Bethe and Edward Teller offer separate visions of the Laboratory's future, and feature stories examine the new ""stewardship"" of the nuclear weapons stockpile in the absence of nuclear testing, the threat of nuclear proliferation, and the new peacetime collaborations between former rivals in Russian and American nuclear weapons laboratories. Ten short articles show the breadth of research at LANL ranging from studies of nature's fundamental forces to superconducting wires for efficient delivery of electric power. This volume illustrates the evolving role of national laboratories in national security, energy security, and big science.

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Table of Contents: The Los Alamos Center for Human Genome Studies -- Understanding Inheritance: An Introduction to Classical and Molecular Genetics -- Mapping the Genome: The Vision, the Science, The Implementation; What is the Genome Project? -- Maps, Markers, and the Five-Year Goals -- Technological Challenges in the Genome Project -- Implications for Biology and Society -- The Mapping of Chromosome 16 -- DNA Libraries: Recombinant Clones for Mapping and Sequencing -- Computation and the Genome Project: A Shotgun Wedding -- Rapid DNA Sequencing Based on Single-Molecule Detection -- Members of the Human Genome Center at Los Alamos National Laboratory National Laboratory -- ELSI: Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of the Human Genome Project -- An Invitation to Genetics in the 21st Century -- Human Genome Project Glossary -- Taking on the Future: Harold Agnew and the Los Alamos scientists discuss the potential of the Laboratory -- What is the Future of Los Alamos? -- The Laboratory of the Atomic Age -- Bombs Away? -- The Stewardship of Nuclear Weapons -- Redefining the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Program and the DOE Nuclear Weapons Complex -- Key Issues Framing Today's Decisions -- An Expanding Role for AGEX: Above-Ground Experiments for Nuclear Weapons Physics -- AGEX I: The Explosives Regime of Weapons Physics -- Line-imaging Laser Interferometers for Measuring Velocities -- AGEX II: The High-Energy-Density Regime of Weapons Physics -- Deja Vu All Over Again -- Proliferation Challenges in Perspective -- New Technologies in Support of Nonproliferation -- Russian-American Collaborations: The Transition to Peacetime Work -- Interview with Alexander Ivanovich Pavlovskii -- Science and Innovation at Los Alamos -- Probing the Structure of Matter: A History of Accelerators at Los Alamos -- Medium-Energy Physics at LAMPF -- Accelerator-based conversion of Surplus Plutonium -- Neutrons in Our Future: A Proposed High-Flux Spallation Neutron Source -- Malone Refrigeration: An Old Solution to a New Problem -- CFCs and Cooling Equipment: The Size of the Problem -- John Malone and the Invention of Liquid-based Engines -- Thermoacoustic Engines and Refrigerators -- Mixing and Chaotic Microstructures -- Novel Electronic Materials: The MX Family -- Unification of Nature's Fundamental Forces: A Continuing Search -- Testing the Standard Model of Particle Interactions Using State-of-the-Art Supercomputers -- Parity Violation in Nuclear Physics: Signature of the Weak Force -- Molecular Wires for Ultrafast Circuits -- Experimental Structural Biology -- Crystals and Ultrasound: Old-fashioned Materials Science -- Machines That Learn: Adaptive Computation with Artificial Neural Networks -- Climate, the Ocean, and Parallel Computing -- New Numerical Methods for Ocean Modeling on Parallel Computers -- Superconductivity: Physics, Electrical Cables, and Industry -- Science Policy: Past and Future -- Science Policy and the Role of the National Laboratories -- Los Alamos: Beginning the Second Fifty Years


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