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Another document that involves Vela Project. Regarding the nuclear weapons the document specifies what Los Alamos can contribute with:
1- Encourage the modernization, where appropriate, of nuclear warheads to provide the best safety and security features technology can offer.
2-Assure the effectiveness of nuclear weapons over a wider range of operating conditions.
3-Improve the protection of warheads against newly developed electronic countermeasures designed to defeat our weapons.
4-Develop new means of making our weapons more effective against hardened targets in the Soviet Union.
5-Improve the techniques for defending our own strategic forces from a first strike.
6-Determine the feasibility of newer weapons, including those involving particle beams and lasers.
Moreover the document states that the advanced physical, theoretical, and computational capabilities of Los Alamos will contribute to a decade of
imaginative and striking benefits in the areas of biomedical research, energy development, and environmental science.
The document deals also with another venture into the the realm of biology exploits our computing capability—the largest in the world—to compile
and make available to the scientific community a library of genetic sequences. Los Alamos has recently been designated as the site of the national
sequence data bank. This data bank will contribute significantly to
unraveling the mysteries of DNA.
The Laboratory has a major responsibility in developing secure alternative energy sources such as shale oil. Experimental shale retorts and advanced
capabilities in cellular and genetic toxicology provide the opportunity to choose extraction and processing methods that produce the least harmful
pollutants. This will involve using the advanced techniques described above to study the effect of pollutants on cells.
The Laboratory has devoted a substantial effort to energy programs during the past decade, and it is my hope that as these efforts reach maturity in
the coming decade, they will bear technological fruit in the following forms.
Safety and engineering advances that will make nuclear power a more acceptable approach when the world turns again to this energy source, as I believe
it eventually will.
1- Nuclear waste disposal techniques that will satisfy public concerns.
2-Techniques for extracting fossil fuels from the earth that will provide greater efficiency and worker safety and cause less pollution and
3-Practical fuel cells that will power many diverse activities, from transportation to materials production.
4-Geothermal projects that will tap the heat of the earth’s mantle to provide a clean and safe supply of heat and electricity.
5-Advances in renewable energy technologies that will allow for decentralized energy supplies so necessary in rural America and in many developing
E great read indeed