from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An unincorporated community of north-central New Mexico northwest of Santa Fe. It was chosen in 1942 as a nuclear research site to produce the first atomic bombs. The Atomic Energy Commission governed the town from 1947 to 1962. Population: 11,900.

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  • n. a town in north central New Mexico; in 1942 it was chosen as a nuclear research site where the first atomic bombs were produced


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  • Jason Halladay called her from the Los Alamos National Lab, where he had returned to his job as a computer technician, to give her the same information he had sent to Brion.

    127 Hours

  • Fort Douglas, Salt Lake City, was different from Los Alamos because Douglas was so quiet.

    Stallion Gate

  • His domain extended from the giant production plants of Hanford, Washington, and Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to the original labs in Chicago, but they were run by Union Carbide and DuPont or the pain-in-the-ass Europeans in Chicago, whereas Los Alamos was his personal duchy and run by his inspired choice, Oppenheimer, and was the real heart and soul of the project, the greatest scientific effort in the history of mankind.

    Stallion Gate

  • Omega Site was a hanger at the bottom of Los Alamos Canyon, a natural trench of basalt and pines deep enough and narrow enough to shield the Tech Area, a mile away, from any explosion.

    Stallion Gate

  • On January 27, 1986, I jumped in a T-38 and, along with the rest of the STS-62A crew, flew to New Mexico for some payload training at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Riding Rockets

  • Apparently Fuchs has been giving Fraulein Weiss the usual Los Alamos tour: there are the mountains, there are the mesas, there is the Indian.

    Stallion Gate

  • We landed in Albuquerque and took a lab-chartered flight to the small Los Alamos airport.

    Riding Rockets

  • Down in New Mexico, Steve Patchett talked with Jason Halladay on the phone at 10:31 A.M. Within the hour, they had coordinated two groups of my friends, search-and-rescue colleagues, and climbing partners in Albuquerque and Los Alamos who were making immediate plans to drive to Horseshoe Canyon.

    127 Hours

  • Groves hadn't wanted anyone from the British Mission – they thought Los Alamos was Oxford – but as Oppy said when he picked up the general, Fuchs wasn't really British.

    Stallion Gate

  • Drafting machines at the South Pole were busy around the clock and the Pittsburgh steel mills spewed millions of plates into the Los Alamos spaceport of the Evening Star Travel and Real Estate Cor­poration.

    Science Fiction Hall of Fame


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