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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.

History On Tap: Robert Oppenheimer ... A Life Inside The Center Tuesday At Unquarked

on March 20, 2017 - 8:36pm

CREATIVE DISTRICT News:

Don’t miss History On Tap 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 at UnQuarked in Central Park Square.

The speaker is Ray Monk, author of Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center. He also has written award-winning biographies of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell. He is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southampton, with research interests in the history of analytic philosophy, the philosophy of mathematics, and philosophical issues arising from the practice of biography. Professor Monk is the 2017 Miller Scholar at the Santa Fe Institute.

History On

Meet David Williams Of White Rock

on March 20, 2017 - 8:58am
David Williams of White Rock takes a break at the Pig & Fig. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

During a recent stop at the Pig & Fig in White Rock, the Post bumped into local resident David Williams while he was enjoying his usual cup of cappuccino. Of Welsh heritage, he was born in Watford, just north of London, England, in 1936. His father worked on the de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito, which served during and after World War II. Constructed almost entirely of wood, it was nicknamed “The Wooden Wonder”, and affectionately known as the “Mossie”.

House Subcommittee Probes Nuclear Weapons Windfall

on March 18, 2017 - 10:41am

LANL Director Charlie McMillan appears Thursday before House Armed Services oversight and investigations subcommittee in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/HASC webcast

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

President Trump’s budget priorities were on parade in the House Armed Services subcommittee hearing Thursday, as the White House was releasing a sketch of its fiscal plans for the next 18 months. The White House projection for the nuclear security enterprise proposes strong support for a “nuclear force that is second to none.”

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan spoke

Science On Tap: What Travels At 84 Percent The Speed Of Light And Is Used By Researchers At Los Alamos?

on March 16, 2017 - 5:09pm

COMMUNITY News:

In response to requests from previous Science on Tap attendees, this month’s topic will be LANSCE. That acronym stands for Los Alamos Neutron Science Center. Housed at Los Alamos, it’s one of the most powerful linear accelerators in the country. During this Science on Tap event, Gus Sinnis, both a deputy associate director for Experimental Physical Science and the facility’s user director, will introduce you to the technology that attracts more than 500 researchers here each year.

Science On Tap happens every third Thursday of the month, featuring a new topic each time.

UNM-LA Students Consider LANL Technician Pipeline

on March 16, 2017 - 10:27am

Students with a variety of educational interests attend the recent presentation by Debbie Martinez who is the HR lead on the LANL Institutional Technician Pipeline Job Program. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Irina Alvestad and UNM-LA student Justin Garcia chat with presenter Debbie Martinez. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

In an ongoing effort to help students transition to the workforce, faculty at UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) regularly invite representatives from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to campus to speak about opportunities at

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