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October 2013


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The Quality of Science and Engineering at the NNSA National Security Laboratories
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The Quality of Science and Engineering at the NNSA National Security Laboratories

The three National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) national security laboratories ... [more]

 

Professionalizing the Nation's Cybersecurity Workforce?
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Professionalizing the Nation's Cybersecurity Workforce?: Criteria for Decision-Making

Professionalizing the Nation's Cybersecurity Workforce? Criteria for Decision-Making considers approaches to increasing ... [more]
 

Geotargeted Alerts and Warnings: Report of a Workshop on Current Knowledge and Research Gaps
Geotargeted Alerts and Warnings: Report of a Workshop on Current Knowledge and Research Gaps

Geotargeted Alerts and Warnings: Report of a Workshop on Current Knowledge and Research Gaps is the summary of a February, 2013 workshop convened by ... [more]
 

Voyager 1 is Officially "Out There"

 NASA confirms Voyager 1's entry into interstellar space more than a year ago (report from Scientific American ), the first man-made object to do so. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory presents audio evidence of Voyager 1's movement in a video. Click the image below to hear the sounds recorded of seven months of plasma vibrations condensed to a few seconds.

The vibrations were caused when a massive burst of solar wind and magnetic fields, which erupted from the sun in March 2012, reached Voyager 13 months later. The burst caused the plasma surrounding Voyager to vibrate allowing researchers on earth to measure its density confirming it was characteristic of plasmas found in interstellar space. 

 

Voyager 1 launched in September, 1977 and NASA expects it to continue its mission until 2025 when its generators will become unable to supply power.
 

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NRC Contributions to Chemical Agent Destruction

It may be timely to note the significant work done by the DEPS Board on Army Science and Technology (BAST) on the U.S. Army's chemical demilitarization programs with talk of destroying Syrian chemical weapons in the news. The U.S. stockpile originally consisted of approximately 30,000 tons of mustard and nerve agents. The technologies being discussed for destruction of the Syrian stockpile have all been assessed by BAST in conjunction with its work for the Army.

To date 90 percent of the stockpile has been destroyed. Two plants are under construction to destroy the remaining 10 percent. Pilot plants are under construction near Pueblo, Colorado and Richmond, Kentucky. These are multi-billion dollar facilities that will destroy the agent from various assembled chemical munitions via chemical neutralization. Five of the seven other facilities, which destroyed 90 percent of the stockpile, used incineration rather than chemical neutralization as the method of agent destruction.


 
Photo: PEO, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives
 
Pilot plants are under construction near Pueblo, Colorado and Richmond, Kentucky. These are multibillion dollar facilities that will destroy the agent from various assembled chemical munitions via chemical neutralization. Five of the seven other facilities, which destroyed 90 percent of the stockpile, used incineration rather than chemical neutralization as the method of agent destruction. [More]
 
 
 
 

Meetings & Events

October 8-9, 2013
U.S. Air Force Strategic Deterrence Military Capabilities in the 21st Century Security Environment
Air Force Studies Board
Keck Center, Washington, DC

October 9, 2013
A Survey of the Active Scientific Use of the Radio Spectrum
Board on Physics and Astronomy
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

October 10-11, 2013
Review of Test Protocols Used by the DOD to Test Combat Helmets
Board on Army Science and Technology
Washington, DC

 

October 14-15, 2013
Assessment of Technologies for Improving Fuel Economy of Light-Duty Vehicles - Phase 2
Board on Energy and Environmental Systems
Irvine, California

October 15-16, 2013
Committee on Human Spaceflight: Technical Panel
Space Studies Board
Washington, DC
 

October 16-17, 2013
Committee on Radio Frequencies will meet in Puebla, Mexico, at the Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica, and will visit the Large Millimeter Telescope, the world´s largest single-dish steerable millimeter-wavelength telescope.

October 21-23, 2013
Committee on Human Spaceflight
Space Studies Board
Washington, DC

October 29-30, 2013
Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space
Space Studies Board
Washington, DC

November 4-5, 2013
Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics
Space Studies Board
Washington, DC
 

 

 
 
 
 

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