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AGU: Waves In Lakes Make Waves In The Earth

on October 19, 2017 - 6:22am
Yellowstone Lake. Photo by Miguel Hermoso Cuesta
 
AGU News:
 
Beneath the peaceful rolling waves of a lake is a rumble, imperceptible to all but seismometers, that ripples into the earth like the waves ripple along the shore.
 
In a study published today in the Journal of Geophysical Research Solid Earth, scientists at the University of Utah report that these small seismic signals can aid science.
 
As a record of wave motion in a lake, they can reveal when a lake freezes over and when it thaws.

Science On Tap: Learn About Magnets Tonight

on October 19, 2017 - 5:31am

LACDC News: 

Interested in magnetism? Join us to learn more at Science On Tap, at 5:30 p.m. today at UnQuarked Wine Bar, 145 Central Park Square.

Ross McDonald, with the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory’s Pulsed Field Facility at Los Alamos, will talk about the motivation for using high magnetic fields for materials research. With applications ranging from trying to understand high temperature superconductivity to learning fundamental information about metals, he’ll cover the challenges and advantages of working with these incredibly strong fields.

35th Annual Taos Mountain Balloon Rally Oct. 27-29

on October 19, 2017 - 5:28am
Taos Balloon Rally. Photo by Kevin Rebholtz
 
Photo by Kevin Rebholtz
 
TMBR News:
 
TAOS The 35th Annual Taos Mountain Balloon Rally is Friday through Sunday, Oct. 27-29 at the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally field on Albright Street behind the Taos County Courthouse.
 
The free weekend event, which will include three ascensions, food, vendors and entertainment, is expected to draw more than 35 balloons and visitors from all over the southwest.
 
The event kicks off at 7 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27 with the daily Dawn Patrol and will continue with a Mini Mass Ascension at 8:15 a.m.

Daily Postcard: Cottonwood Trees Along Rio Grande

on October 19, 2017 - 5:11am

Daily Postcard: Cottonwood trees along the Rio Grande. Courtesy photo

EM Manager Doug Hintze Briefs RCLC Board

on October 18, 2017 - 11:11am

Doug Hintze, head of Environmental Management at the Los Alamos Field Office addresses Regional Coalition of LANL Communities board members Friday at their quarterly meeting in Espanola. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Topping the list of main priorities for Fiscal Year 2017 is enhancing oversight and maintaining focus on safety, efficiency and transparency, said Doug Hintze, manager of the Department of Energy’s Environmental Management at the Los Alamos Field Office.

Hintze told board members at the Regional

NMED Confirms 'Boil Water Advisory' For Cañada De Los Alamos In Santa Fe County

on October 18, 2017 - 9:19am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau (DWB) is confirming that a “boil water advisory” is required for the Cañada de Los Alamos Mutual Domestic Water Users Association (MDWCA) in Santa Fe County.
 
Cañada de Los Alamos MDWCA was required to issue the advisory Monday after bacteriological contamination (E. coli) was detected in repeat drinking water samples from the water system’s distribution system.

SFNF: Two Prescribed Burns Proceed

on October 18, 2017 - 8:25am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are taking advantage of favorable fall conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, to proceed with two previously announced prescribed burns.
 
Crews are working on both the 536-acre Cedar Springs prescribed burn on the Cuba Ranger District and the 2,515-acre Mesitas prescribed burn on the Española Ranger District. The Cedar Springs unit is located north of the community of LLaves and the Dead Man Lookout.

Los Alamos Researchers And Supercomputers Help Interpret Latest LIGO Findings

on October 18, 2017 - 6:56am
LANL News:
 
Astrophysicist Chris Fryer was enjoying an evening with friends Aug. 25, 2017, when he got the news of a gravitational-wave detection by LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory.
 
The event appeared to be a merger of two neutron stars—a specialty for the Los Alamos National Laboratory team of astrophysicists that Fryer leads. As the distant cosmic cataclysm unfolded, fresh observational data was pouring in from the observation—only the fifth published since the observatory began operating almost two years ago. ​
 
“As soon as I heard the news, I knew

It's Easy To Be Green! County Green Team Promotes Environmental Sustainability

on October 18, 2017 - 6:19am

Chamisa Elementary School fifth graders Kylie Lavarez and Ella Miranda discuss the Chamisa Eco-Green Evolution program with the public along with fourth grade teacher Megan Lee, right, Tuesday afternoon at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. They participated in the County Green Team's informational event, which brought together local organizations and County departments to educate the public on how to be environmentally sustainable. Lee explained Chamisa Elementary won the County's Business Recycler of the Year award; in part because of its lunchtime recycling program.

Daily Postcard: Fall Foliage In Los Alamos

on October 18, 2017 - 5:50am

Daily Postcard: Fall foliage fills the trees around Los Alamos. Photo by Corrina Hughes

AGU: Scientists Determine Source Of World’s Largest Mud Eruption

on October 17, 2017 - 11:30am
May 29, 2006, mud started erupting from several sites on the Indonesian island of Java and hasn’t stopped since. The eruption became known as Lusi and is the most destructive ongoing mud eruption in history. Courtesy Adriano Mazzini/The Lusi Lab Project.

Adriano Mazzini stands on top of dried mud from the Lusi eruption. Mazzini’s new research shows that deep underground, Lusi is connected to nearby volcanoes. Courtesy Adriano Mazzini/The Lusi Lab Project.

 

Lusi’s relentless sea of mud has buried some villages 40 meters (130 feet) deep and forced nearly 60,000 people from their homes.

Pajarito Astronomers Host County-Sponsored Dark Night Oct. 21

on October 17, 2017 - 7:01am
COMMUNITY News: 
 
The Pajarito Astronomers will hold a County-Sponsored Dark Night at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park. Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze.  
 
A crescent moon, Mercury, Saturn with its rings and moons, Uranus, Neptune and some Orionid meteors will potentially be visible during the evening. There will be a tour of the summer and fall constellations, the Milky Way, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.

NNSA And Partners Launch Project To Reduce Use Of Radioactive Source Based Devices

on October 17, 2017 - 5:43am
NNSA News:
 
NEW YORK, NY  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has partnered with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) to launch the first citywide initiative to reduce the reliance on risk significant devices in medical and research applications.
 
This combined effort will serve as a way to reduce the risk of a terrorist acquiring this material for a radiological dispersal device (“dirty bombs”).
 
NNSA’s Acting Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear

Daily Postcard: Autumn At Ashley Pond Park

on October 17, 2017 - 5:07am

Daily Postcard: Couples spend time Sunday afternoon at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LANL: Chemical Treatment Improves Quantum Dot Lasers

on October 16, 2017 - 5:29pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Chemist Jaehoon Lim works on an apparatus that synthesizes quantum dots along with Los Alamos researcher Young-Shin Park (also with the University of New Mexico Center for High-Technology Materials). In a paper published in Nature Nanotechnology, Los Alamos colleagues Kaifeng Wu and Victor Klimov worked with Lim and Park to demonstrate that negatively charged quantum dots show promise for low-power laser applications or quantum dot laser diodes. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

  • Doctored dots release laser light more efficiently, use less power

One of the secrets to

County Green Team Hosts Informational Event Tuesday

on October 16, 2017 - 4:29pm

Scenes From Open House Of E. Irving Couse

on October 16, 2017 - 6:35am

The studio and home of E. Irving Couse in Taos, one of the founding members of the Taos Society of Artists during a Oct. 7 open house. Photo by Sharon Snyder

Photo by Sharon Snyder

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Cosponsors Bill To Standardize Cost Of Climate Pollution

on October 16, 2017 - 6:30am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, cosponsored legislation led by U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) to standardize the metric used by federal agencies to measure the cost of climate pollution.
 
The Pollution Transparency Act counters a directive from the Trump administration to federal agencies to ignore existing metrics—uprooting years of progress and economic certainty—and an attempt made this week by the Department of Interior in the revised BLM methane rule to change the

Indigenous Leader Appeals To Japanese Prime Minister: Stop Rainforest Destruction For Tokyo 2020 Olympics

on October 16, 2017 - 5:20am
TO News:
 
SARAWAK / MALAYSIA  On the anniversary of the first Tokyo Olympics, Matu Tugang, headman of the Indigenous Penan community of Long Jaik from Sarawak, Malaysia, delivered an urgent plea to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to stop Japan’s use of wood from a company that is destroying their forests and their livelihoods.
 
Japan has been using tropical timber from Sarawak to construct the New National Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Evidence gathered at the Stadium construction site by NGOs in April 2017 confirmed the use of plywood supplied by Shin Yang, a company

Daily Postcard: Autumn In The Jemez

on October 16, 2017 - 5:13am

Daily Postcard: Autumn colors in the Jemez. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

DOE Awards Contract For Liquid Waste Services At Savannah River Site

on October 15, 2017 - 7:14am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Thursday announced the award of a contract to Savannah River EcoManagement, LLC for Savannah River Site Liquid Waste Services.
 
The contract is cost-plus-award-fee and includes an indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract line item. The total estimated value of the contract is approximately $4.7 billion. The period of performance includes a base period of seven years (including a transition period of 90 days) and an option period of three years. Three proposals were received in response to the solicitation.
 

Daily Postcard: Hiking On Pajarito Trail

on October 15, 2017 - 6:48am

Daily Postcard: Hiking Friday on Pajarito Trail, out of Rendija Canyon. Photo by Stephanie Nakhleh

Longest Yard Sale In New Mexico To Draw Bargain Shoppers And Leaf Peepers Oct. 21-22

on October 14, 2017 - 6:13am
 
JMTS News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — The Jemez Mountain Trail Sale will draw more than 150 vendors and leaf peepers to the Jemez Valley 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 21-22 to sell and buy new and used items and enjoy priceless views of the changing fall colors along the Jemez Mountain Trail Scenic Byway (N.M. 4).
 
The 14th annual Jemez Mountain Trail Sale – the longest yard sale in New Mexico – begins at San Ysidro near the intersection of N.M. 550 and N.M. 4 and continues 12 miles past Jemez Springs to La Cueva. The sale covers more than 30 miles.
 
Off N.M.

Birds Flock Around Birdfeeder On Camino Encantada

on October 14, 2017 - 6:05am

Birds flock around birdfeeder at a home on Camino Encantada. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Birds show their territorial side around a birdfeeder at a home on Camino Encantada. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Birds flock around birdfeeder at a home on Camino Encantada. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Birds flock around birdfeeder at a home on Camino Encantada. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Birds flock around birdfeeder at a home on Camino Encantada. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Rotary: Bob Hull Speaks On Solar Storms

on October 14, 2017 - 6:03am
Bob Hull, principal engineer for Los Alamos Technical Associates and an Honorary Rotarian, spoke at Rotary Tuesday about space weather and continuity planning for geomagnetic solar storms. Hull is a graduate of Florida State and Stanford with degrees in geochemistry and environmental engineering, with major studies in oceanography, hydrology and geology. Photo by Rob Metcalf

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