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Graduating Seniors Invited To Apply For J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Scholarship

on March 24, 2017 - 10:29am

J. Robert Oppenheimer. Courtesy photo

EDUCATION News:

The J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee is dedicated to furthering the memory and spirit of J. Robert Oppenheimer through scholarships to graduating seniors attending Los Alamos, Pojoaque, Capitol, and Santa Fe public high schools.

The committee awarded the first scholarship in 1984 and the number of scholarships awarded has grown over the years due to the generous contributions of many people. Twelve scholarships were awarded in 2016.

The Committee would like to remind graduating seniors that the deadline for applications for Los

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

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.

Museum Of Natural History & Science Opens Registration For Summer Science Camps 2017

on March 20, 2017 - 6:39am
Courtesy photo
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Enrich your child’s summer this year with mind-expanding fun at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science’s (NMMNHS) popular Young Explorers Summer Camp program.
 
Registration is now open for children from kindergarten through the eighth grade. Each Summer Camp session is one week long, with activities 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every weekday. Each week is theme-based, with the first session beginning the week of June 12 and the last beginning the week of July 30.
 
NMMNHS has been offering science-based summer camps to elementary

Study Suggests Brain Injury Effects Last Seven Years

on March 18, 2017 - 8:43am
HEALTH News:
 
A new study that was presented Feb. 10 to the annual meeting of the Association of Academic Physiatrists, suggests brain injury long-term effects in children may still be present as long as seven years after the injury is sustained.
 
Furthermore, researchers found that children who sustain brain injuries are at increased risk to develop other functioning issues. The research highlights the importance of protecting children from brain injuries, especially children involved in high-risk sports or activities linked to traumatic brain injury.
 
“More than 630,000 children

Organizations Prepare To March For Science April 22

on March 18, 2017 - 7:33am
SCIENCE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Less than two months after the March for Science event was first announced, the num ber of partners now approaches 100 organizations, which includes global institutions, and ranges from scientific societies to unions. 
 
New major partners include the Alliance for Science, American Federation of Teachers, American Public Health Association, California Academy of Sciences, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, The Field Museum, Genetics Society of America, Phi Beta Kappa, Society for Neuroscience, and United Automobile, Aerospace,

Physics World Features Article By Former Los Alamos Resident Jessamyn Fairfield

on March 17, 2017 - 3:52pm

Jessamyn Fairfield, left. Courtesy Photo 

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post

 

Jessamyn Fairfield, a former Los Alamos resident, strives to offer science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in a variety forms. Whether it is in the classroom at the National University of Ireland in Galway where she is employed in the physics department or through her comedy routines with Bright Club, which allows researchers to tap into their funny sides on stage, Jessamyn Fairfield works ensure STEM is accessible to everyone.

 

She is getting some major assistance in this

AGU: Increase In Extreme Sea Levels Could Endanger European Coastal Communities

on March 15, 2017 - 5:18am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Massive coastal flooding in northern Europe that now occurs once every century could happen every year if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, according to a new study.
 
New projections considering changes in sea level rise, tides, waves and storm surge over the 21st century find global warming could cause extreme sea levels to increase significantly along Europe’s coasts by 2100. Extreme sea levels are the maximum levels of the sea that occur during a major storm and produce massive flooding.
 
The increase in frequency of these events that are

McMillan To Testify At House Armed Services Panel

on March 13, 2017 - 8:03pm

LANL Director Charlie McMillan

Staff Report

The public will get a first glimpse under the hood of the next era of American nuclear weapons this week, when key officials in the complex stand for questions during a hearing of a House Armed Services subcommittee scheduled for Thursday.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan is set to be among those appearing before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. The meeting at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

LANL: Perovskite Edges Can Be Tuned For Optoelectronic Performance

on March 10, 2017 - 9:53am

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and their research partners are creating innovative 2D layered hybrid perovskites that allow greater freedom in designing and fabricating efficient optoelectronic devices. Courtesy/LANL

 

How it works, from sunshine (yellow beam) to LED light and photovoltaics -- Edge-states at the edges of the 2D perovskite layers lead to dissociation of electron-hole pairs (excitons) to free carriers for efficient photovoltaics of more than 12 percent (left). Dissociated carriers captured and located at the edge-states live longer while being protected from

LANL: Scientists Discover Unexpected Oxidation State For Molecular Plutonium

on March 10, 2017 - 8:52am

Scientists from LANL and University of California-Irvine explore a new oxidation state of plutonium. Courtesy/LANL 

LANL News:

  • New chemical form paves the way for additional transuranic revelations

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in collaboration with the University of California – Irvine (UCI) have uncovered a significant new chemical attribute of plutonium, the identification and structural verification of the +2-oxidation state in a molecular system.

“This finding marks out plutonium, already known for its extremely complex chemistry, as the actinide element with the

LANL’s Jaqueline L. Kiplinger Receives IUPAC 2017 Distinguished Women In Chemistry Award

on March 9, 2017 - 4:08pm

Jaqueline Kiplinger was recognized this week with the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry 2017 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering award. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos chemist is only US scientist thus honored

Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow Jaqueline Kiplinger was recognized this week with the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) 2017 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering award.

LANL: Frontiers In Science Talk Explores ‘The Mystery Of Detonation’

on March 8, 2017 - 7:44pm

The ‘Mystery of Detonation’ lecture will focus on various kinds of explosions, what is needed for detonation and current experiments and modeling of detonations.

LANL News:

David Moore, a Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow and scientist in the Shock and Detonation Physics group, will discuss the science behind detonation and explosions during three Frontiers in Science lectures titled “The Mystery of Detonation” beginning March 14 in Santa Fe.

“The speed and destructiveness of explosive events, and the accompanying opaque layers of products and intermediates, make the experiments

House Passes Bill To Advance Bioscience Research

on March 8, 2017 - 6:47am

HOUSE REPUBLICAN News:

SANTA FE – The House of Representatives passed House Bill 460 Tuesday night, to establish a Bioscience Authority in New Mexico. The bill sponsored, by Rep. Larry Larrañaga (R-Bernalillo), passed on a 64 to 2 vote.

House Bill 460 would create a Bioscience Authority to promote collaboration between state universities, government research institutions, including the national laboratories, and private sector entities in New Mexico.

LAPS Superintendent ​Thanks BSMA​ For​ STEM Education Outreach ​In Northern New Mexico

on March 6, 2017 - 2:57pm

BSMA President Andy Trottier, left, and LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus at Gadgets, the souvenir pop-up shop inside the Bradbury Science Museum Association. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

BSMA News:

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, right, visits Gadgets, the Bradbury Science Museum Association's (BSMA) souvenir pop-up shop, during the recent Chamisa Elementary Science Night at the museum.

The BSMA is the newly formed non-profit association with the sole mission of raising money to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education outreach into Northern New

Roger This: How To Stop Worrying And Have More Fun With Bombs

on March 2, 2017 - 4:45pm

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry is not only inspiration for Loony Tunes, but is probably going to be confirmed this week as Secretary of Energy, at which point his lack of qualifications will become downright scary.

As one of Trump’s typical cabinet appointments, Perry will most likely come into office with outstanding conflicts of interest, including his stake in Energy Transfer Partners, the builders of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. As of Feb. 23, the company’s stock, according to Market Watch, had gone up 14.5 percent since Jan.


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