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NMMNHS: Da Vinci – The Genius Exhibition Explores Early Aviation Concepts Feb. 10 To July 29, 2018

on October 9, 2017 - 6:58am

Da Vinci—The Genius exhibition coming in February to the the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque explores early aviation concepts. Courtesy/Grand Exhibitions

NMMNHS News:

Thousands of visitors and New Mexicans are looking skyward this week at hot air balloons participating in the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Hot air balloon and aviation enthusiasts enjoying the enchanting vision of colorful balloons and special shapes will have another opportunity to study the origins of flight Feb.

Heinrich Announces $4 Million For Navy Testing And Evaluation Construction Project At WSMR

on October 9, 2017 - 6:46am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, welcomed an announcement from the U.S. Navy that it will fund a $4.3 million project at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) to support future testing for naval operations.
 
The U.S. Navy was able to secure this funding through a provision Sen. Heinrich included in the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to revitalize and recapitalize facilities at labs and test ranges.

Happy Columbus Day

on October 9, 2017 - 5:52am

Columbus Day celebrates Christopher Columbus's Discovery of the Americas in 1492. Courtesy/wikipedia

COLUMBUS DAY News:

Columbus Day is a national holiday in many countries in the Americas and elsewhere, which officially celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas Oct. 12, 1492.

The landing is celebrated as "Columbus Day" in the United States, as "Día de la Raza" ("Day of the Race") in many countries in Latin America, as "Día de la Hispanidad" and "Fiesta Nacional" in Spain, where it also is the religious festivity of la Virgen del Pilar, as Día de las

U.S. Rep. Luján Co-sponsors Legislation To Prohibit Manufacture And Sale Of Bump Stocks

on October 9, 2017 - 5:05am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) Thursday released the following statement on his co-sponsorship of legislation (H.R.3947) to prohibit the manufacture, possession, sale or transfer of bump stocks and similar devices designed to convert a semi-automatic weapon into the near equivalent of a fully automatic machine gun.
 
“Earlier this week, our country witnessed the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

DOJ Awards Nearly $37 Million To Support Sexual Assault Kit Testing, Tracking And Investigation

on October 9, 2017 - 4:47am
DOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Justice Thursday announced awards totaling nearly $37 million to help state, local and tribal government agencies improve the response to sexual assault and victim services, and analyze unsubmitted sexual assault kits in law enforcement custody.
 
The grants will aid jurisdictions in reducing backlogs of sexual assault evidence and solving crimes of sexual violence.
 
“There is no greater injustice to a victim of sexual assault than a failure on the part of the system to exhaust its investigative possibilities,” said Alan Hanson, Acting

JILA’s 3-D Quantum Gas Atomic Clock Offers New Dimensions In Measurement

on October 9, 2017 - 4:44am
JILA’s three-dimensional (3-D) quantum gas atomic clock consists of a grid of light formed by three pairs of laser beams. A stack of two tables is used to configure optical components around a vacuum chamber. Shown here is the upper table, where lenses and other optics are mounted. A blue laser beam excites a cube-shaped cloud of strontium atoms located behind the round window in the middle of the table. Strontium atoms fluorescence strongly when excited with blue light. Courtesy/G.E. Marti/JILA
 
NIST News:
 
JILA physicists have created an entirely new design for an atomic clock, in

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