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Talks on the Cold War and explosives
September 1, 2013
New Frontiers in Science talk in August in four locations

One of the talks this month will highlight the Lab's history and contributions regarding explosives


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Talk on “Nuclear Weapons Testing During the Cold War September 11

As part of the Lab’s 70th anniversary lecture series, the Bradbury Science Museum will hold its monthly talk on Wednesday, September 11 on “Nuclear Weapons Testing During the Cold War.” The speaker will be Dr. Byron Ristvet of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

The talk is free and open to the public with no reservations required. The Museum is located at 1350 Central Avenue in Los Alamos. For more information this and other activities at the Museum, go to its website.

High Explosives Science talk on September 18

On Wednesday, September 18, a new exhibit will open at the Bradbury Science Museum featuring LANL’s cradle-to-grave work with explosives. In conjunction with that opening, there will be a talk from noon to 1 p.m., that same day, on the Lab’s history with high-energy materials that date back to the Manhattan Project and how research is aiding not only the Laboratory’s national security work but industry as well.

During the talk, Cary Skidmore (with the Lab’s Weapons Surety and Military Liaison Group) will describe the birth of high explosives science at Los Alamos and highlight other historical milestones the Lab has achieved in this field. Dan Hooks (with the Associate Directorate for Weapons Engineering and Experiments) will then give a basic introduction to some of the key concepts of explosives and describe how current research and development at Los Alamos continues the tradition of defining the field.