Zero Hour for Los Alamos

bomb_backlit.jpgJeez. As if things couldn't get any busier around here. Now the Santa Fe New Mexican is reporting that there's a winner in the monster fight to grab control of Los Alamos National Lab -- and its $2.2 billion per year contract."Department of Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman is scheduled to announce the winning contractor... at noon Mountain Time," according to the paper's Los Alamos blog.A whole lot more than money is at stake here. If the Lockheed Martin-led team wins, some scientists worry, the nuclear lab's culture of innovation could be crushed. But if the University of California continues to run Los Alamos -- as it has since the days of the Manhattan Project -- the lab's seemingly-endless series of scandals may never stop. Stay tuned to the New Mexican's site, and to LANL: The Real Story, where lab insiders dish and vent hot.

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