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Annual Festival Spotlights Sandhill Cranes

on March 24, 2017 - 7:13am

Thousands of Sandhill Cranes flock earlier this month to the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com​

A Sandhill Crane jumps for joy. Photo by Kirsten laskey\ladailypost.com​

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

It was an incredible social gathering. The air bubbled with inaudible conversations and the crowd was a bevy of movement. Newcomers swooped into the gathering while others rushed away. The crowd would hop, bob and weave.

SFNF: Prescribed Burn Planned To Reduce Risk Of Wildfire; Restore Forest Health

on March 24, 2017 - 5:54am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning to conduct a prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed as early as Friday, April 7, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable.
 
Hand and aerial ignitions on the 850-acre treatment area approximately 4 miles east of the City of Santa Fe could continue for up to three days, depending on fuel conditions, forecasted weather and smoke dispersion conditions.

Daily Postcard: Tsankawi Trail

on March 23, 2017 - 7:18am

Daily Postcard: A recent hike along the Tsankawi Trail. Photo by Robert Beberniss

A Mountaineer’s Story: Backpacking The Light Way March 28

on March 22, 2017 - 2:39pm
Rick Light's book Backpacking the Light Way can help you enjoy the outdoors in safety, style, and comfort. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
On Tuesday, March 28, Author and adventurer Rick Light will reveal how to shed pack weight without sacrificing comfort.
 
This free talk is part of the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. and includes information about upcoming outings. The presentation will start by 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Rick Light will open your eyes to the freedom of hiking light.

Heinrich: On Largest Wind Farm In New Mexico

on March 22, 2017 - 10:06am

A New Mexico wind farm. Courtesy photo

From the Desk of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

  • Xcel Energy’s major new wind project in eastern New Mexico made possible by production tax credits secured by Senator Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, welcomed the announcement from Xcel Energy that it will be building a wind farm in Roosevelt County, highlighting the impact it will have to the local economy.

“The Sagamore Wind Project will be the largest wind farm in the state, resulting in hundreds of clean

LANL: Ultrafast Measurements Explain Quantum Dot Voltage Drop

on March 22, 2017 - 9:50am

A femtosecond laser pulse launches a photocurrent transient in a quantum dot solid, which is time-resolved using ultrafast sampling electronics. This technique provides unprecedented insights into early time photoconductance in quantum dot assemblies for solar cells and photodetectors. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Insights pave way for solar cells and photodetectors based on tunable nanoparticles

Solar cells and photodetectors could soon be made from new types of materials based on semiconductor quantum dots, thanks to new insights based on ultrafast measurements capturing real-time

Altherr Receives Dorothy Hoard Stewardship Award

on March 21, 2017 - 11:50pm
Friends of Bandelier Board members from left, Jonathan Creel, President Craig Martin, award recipient Michele Altherr and Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott. Courtesy photo

Michele Altherr with a painting by Dorothy Hoard entitle 'Thunderstorm over Bandelier.' Courtesy photo

 

By TERRY FOXX
Friends of Bandelier
 
The Board of Friends of Bandelier have chosen Mountain Elementary School teacher Michele Altherr of Los Alamos to receive the 2017 Dorothy Hoard Stewardship Award.
 
Altherr was selected for her work with the children of Los Alamos and her many contributions to the

Breaking The Supermassive Black Hole Speed Limit

on March 21, 2017 - 11:08am

Quasar growing under intense accretion streams. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

A new computer simulation helps explain the existence of puzzling supermassive black holes observed in the early universe. The simulation is based on a computer code used to understand the coupling of radiation and certain materials.

“Supermassive black holes have a speed limit that governs how fast and how large they can grow,” said Joseph Smidt of the Theoretical Design Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, “The relatively recent discovery of supermassive black holes in the early development of the universe

LANL: Less Radiation In Inner Van Allen Belt Than Previously Believed

on March 21, 2017 - 7:55am

This artist’s rendering of the Van Allen Probes mission shows the path of its two spacecraft through the radiation belts that surround Earth, which are made visible in false color. Courtesy/NASA  

LANL News:

  • New study shows scientists the ‘snowflake in a rainstorm’

The inner Van Allen belt has less radiation than previously believed, according to a recent study in the Journal of Geophysical Research. Observations from NASA’s Van Allen probes show the fastest, most energetic electrons in the inner radiation belt are actually much rarer and harder to find than scientists expected.

Daily Postcard: Deer Trap Mesa At Dusk

on March 21, 2017 - 5:47am

Daily Postcard: Deer Trap Mesa during a hike Monday at dusk. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

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