News and Articles
News and Articles
Public Meets with National Park Service on New Park
Friday, February 12, 2016
The National Park Service (NPS) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently held the first public meetings on the new Manhattan Project National Historical Park at Oak Ridge, TN (February 1), Hanford, WA (February 4), and Los Alamos, NM (February 8). A total of several hundred people attended these sessions and shared different perspectives on how the new park should be interpreted.
In Memoriam: Warren Nyer
Thursday, February 11, 2016
We are sad to report that Manhattan Project scientist Warren Nyer died last week at the age of 94. Nyer had the unusual distinction of working at four different project sites: Chicago, Oak Ridge, Hanford, and Los Alamos. According to his son Michael, he was the last living member of the group that worked directly under Enrico Fermi at the Chicago Metallurgical Lab.
“Ranger in Your Pocket: Los Alamos” Tour Launches
Friday, January 29, 2016
The Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) and the Los Alamos Historical Society (LAHS) have launched an online “Ranger in Your Pocket” program on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos, NM. The Los Alamos tour features fifteen audio/visual vignettes focusing on several key Manhattan Project properties.
The Manhattan Project and the Search for New Elements
Thursday, January 28, 2016
The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry recently confirmed the discovery of four new elements. These elements, with atomic numbers 113, 115, 117, and 118, will soon be officially named and will complete the seventh row of the periodic table.
Niels Bohr Announces the Discovery of Fission
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
On January 26, 1939, during the Fifth Washington Conference on Theoretical Physics at the George Washington University, Nobel Laureate Niels Bohr publicly announced the splitting of the uranium atom. The resulting “fission,” with its release of two hundred million electron volts of energy, heralded the beginning of the atomic age.