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Daily Postcard: Sunrise Colors Clouds Orange

on April 7, 2017 - 7:11am

Daily Postcard: Thursday's sunrise colors the clouds orange over Los Alamos. Photo by Marc Bailey

Laboratory Earth Day Trails Tour Open To Public

on April 6, 2017 - 6:11pm

Participants in last year’s spring tour. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

In celebration of Earth Day, the Trails Management Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory will host a hiking tour the morning of April 14 at Lower Water Canyon and Lion’s Cave Trails.

Laboratory archeologist and biologists will provide information about the landscape and its cultural and biological resources as well as geology.

The 3.5-mile hike has an overall gradual 300-foot elevation change and is estimated to take three hours to complete.

Council Proclaims Clean Up Los Alamos Day April 29

on April 6, 2017 - 5:12pm

From left, Environmental Sustainability Board Member James Robinson, Environmental Services Division Manager Angelica Gurule and County Councilor Antonio Maggiore hold up a proclamation for Clean Up Los Alamos Day, which is April 29. The proclamation was made during the regular County Council meeting Tuesday night in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

WIPP: Preparations Continue For TRU Waste Shipments

on April 6, 2017 - 9:09am
Idaho State Trooper and commercial vehicle enforcement officer Tony Anderson speaks to attendees March 27 at the kick-off of the WIPP Road Show for the western corridor shipping route at Fort Hall, Idaho. Courtesy photo
 
WIPP News:
 
In preparation for the resumption of shipments of transuranic (TRU) waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) is supporting “road shows” sponsored by state and tribal authorities along the transportation routes to WIPP.
 
Shipments to WIPP were suspended in February

Daily Postcard: Hoarfrost Forms On Rusty Fence Rail

on April 6, 2017 - 7:22am

Daily Postcard: Hoarfrost forms on a rusty fence rail in Los Alamos. According to weather.com, hoarfrost is a white coating of needle-like ice crystals that form on a surface by sublimation of atmospheric water vapor. Photo by Marc Bailey

Spring Wildflower Hike With Craig Martin Saturday

on April 5, 2017 - 9:52am
View of the Rio Grande from Red Dot Trail. Photo by Paul Arendt

Desert Verbena is one of the many wildflowers often bloombing on this hike. Photo by Craig Martin
 
PEEC News:
 
The Red Dot Trail is especially beautiful this time of year a surprising number of plant species that bloom in early spring.
 
Saturday, April 8, Craig Martin, co-author of Plants of the Jemez Mountains, will lead a three-mile hike down the Red Dot Trail and identify flowers found along the way.
 
The hike will traverse the canyon from rim to river and promises to yield as many as 30 species in bloom.

What A Day!

on April 4, 2017 - 11:18pm

April showers turned into snow, wind and cold temperatures today throughout Los Alamos including along Diamond Drive near the golf course. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Snow and windy conditions caused riders to walk their bikes this afternoon on Diamond Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

PEEC: Gardening For Backyard Birds Workshop Thursday

on April 4, 2017 - 3:42pm
A mother Brewer’s Blackbird surveys the area from the top of a conifer. Photo by Bob Walker
 
PEEC News:
 
Want to know how to attract more birds to your back yard?
 
The Los Alamos Master Gardeners are working with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) to offer a free talk centered around creating a wildlife-friendly landscape from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Master Gardeners Carolyn Mangeng and Bob Walker will share how to make your back yard gardens a haven for native birds and wildlife.
 
This presentation, part of the Master

NASA: Star Discovered In Closest Known Orbit Around Likely Black Hole

on April 3, 2017 - 4:59pm
Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/University of Alberta/A.Bahramian et al.; Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss 
 
NASA News:
 
Astronomers have found evidence for a star that whips around a black hole about twice an hour. This may be the tightest orbital dance ever witnessed for a likely black hole and a companion star.
 
This discovery was made using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory as well as NASA's NuSTAR and CSIRO's Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA).
 
The close-in stellar couple — known as a binary — is located in the globular cluster 47 Tucanae, a dense cluster of stars in our galaxy

Could Fast Radio Bursts Be Powering Alien Probes?

on April 3, 2017 - 4:39pm
 
CFA News:
 
CAMBRIDGE, MA ― The search for extraterrestrial intelligence has looked for many different signs of alien life, from radio broadcasts to laser flashes, without success.
 
However, newly published research suggests that mysterious phenomena called fast radio bursts could be evidence of advanced alien technology. Specifically, these bursts might be leakage from planet-sized transmitters powering interstellar probes in distant galaxies.
 
"Fast radio bursts are exceedingly bright given their short duration and origin at great distances, and we

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