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Heinrich Visits Local Teachers Union Officials

on June 27, 2012 - 4:11pm

U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich, center, visited with Vice President Ryan Ross of the Los Alamos Federation of School Employees and LAFSE President Ellen Mills of Los Alamos at the American Federation of Teachers-New Mexico offices in Albuquerque Saturday. The AFT-NM endorsed Heinrich, a Democrat, who is running against Republican Heather Wilson for the United States Senate seat of retiring Sen. Jeff Bingaman. Courtesy photo.

Drumheads Tuned to Make Quantum Dots

on June 26, 2012 - 7:45am

NIST researchers showed that straining graphene membrane creates pseudomagnetic fields that confines the graphene's electrons and creates quantized quantum dot-like energy levels. The background is a false color image of the graphene drumheads made from a single layer of graphene over 1 micron-sized pits etched in a silicon dioxide substrate.Credit: N. Klimov and T. Li, NIST/UMD

NIST News:

Tightening or relaxing the tension on a drumhead will change the way the drum sounds.

The same goes for drumheads made from graphene, only instead of changing the sound, stretching graphene has a

Friendship: An Evolutionary Puzzle

on June 26, 2012 - 7:43am

SFI News:

Dan Hruschka will present his talk: Friendship: An Evolutionary Puzzle at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday June 27 in the James A. Little Theater in Santa Fe.

Hruschka is a Santa Fe Institute Omidyar Fellow alumnus, is an assistant professor of anthropology at Arizona State University and author of Friendship: Development, Ecology, and Evolution of a Relationship

Abstract: Friends sacrifice for one another with little concern for past behavior or consequences.

Such unconditional helping provides an important buffer against hardship. But it also poses an evolutionary puzzle.

How have

School Board Meeting Set for June 28th

on June 25, 2012 - 11:37pm

Los Alamos School Board News

The School Board will hold a Work Session on Thursday, June 28, 2012, immediately following the Special School Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater. The agenda items for the Work Session will include a presentation on the Arts Grant, a briefing on the LAPS Strategic Plan, an update on the high school bus loop, a discussion about district surveys and a discussion regarding the funding for the middle school construction project. The agenda for the Special Board Meeting is an Open Meetings Act Compliance Resolution.

 

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Local Man Captures Bird Development

on June 25, 2012 - 7:59am

Day one. Photo by Carl Newton

By Carl Newton:

About two months ago, a couple of Say's Phoebes began building a nest at my back door.

The Say's Phoebe, a passerine, is in the Tyrant-Flycatcher family. Named for Thomas Say, the American naturalist, it is a common bird in the western United States that prefers dry, desolate areas.

After the nest was built, I raised a mirror above the nest to see when things would be interesting to take pictures.

I monitored the nest by holding up the mirror until the first chick appeared, then photographed one or two times a week.

I have a sequence of

Arrowsmith Graduates from Leadership New Mexico

on June 24, 2012 - 1:25pm

From left, Leadership New Mexico Chair Tony Atkinson, Program Director Jenny Lewis, Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith and LNM Curriculum Committee Chair Jim Haynes at the LNM graduation ceremony June 15 in Taos. Photo by Sharon Stover/Cell Phone

Leadership New Mexico

Los Alamos Deprtment of Public Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith is one of 38 members of the Leadership New Mexico class of 2011-2012 gathered June 13-15 in Taos for its final session and graduation ceremony.

Leadership New Mexico is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization founded to

The Crown Jewel of Manhattan Project Properties: The Oppenheimer House

on June 24, 2012 - 9:24am

Exterior of Master Cottage #2, when May Connell lived there. Courtesy/LA Historical Society

 

By Heather McClenahan, Executive Director
Los Alamos Historical Society

When conducting school tours of the Los Alamos Historic District and the Oppenheimer House, I like to tell kids that A. J. Connell, director of the Los Alamos Ranch School, thought girls had cooties. Most third and fourth graders love that!

Even the hard-headed Connell had to give in a bit, though, realizing that if he intended to prepare his young male students for Ivy League schools, he would have to offer art education, a

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