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Study Shows Humans Have Polluted European Air For 2000 Years

on May 31, 2017 - 10:22am

The Colle Gnifetti Glacier on the Swiss-Italian border where the ice core used in the study was taken. In the bottom right corner, the coring stie can be seen. Photo by Nicole Spaulding

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, DC — A new study combining European ice core data and historical records of the infamous Black Death pandemic of 1349-1353 shows metal mining and smelting have polluted the environment for thousands of years, challenging the widespread belief that environmental pollution began with the Industrial Revolution in the 1700s and 1800s.

The new study, accepted for publication in GeoHealth, a

LANL: ‘Halos’ Discovered On Mars Widen Time Frame For Potential Life

on May 30, 2017 - 7:04pm

A mosaic of images from the navigation cameras on the NASA Curiosity rover shows ‘halos’ of lighter-toned bedrock around fractures. These halos comprise high concentrations of silica and indicate that liquid groundwater flowed through the rocks in Gale crater longer than previously believed. Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech

LANL News:

Lighter-toned bedrock that surrounds fractures and comprises high concentrations of silica—called “halos”—has been found in Gale crater on Mars, indicating that the planet had liquid water much longer than previously believed.

Los Alamos Freshman Lillian Petersen Wins Third Place At Intel International Science And Engineering Fair

on May 28, 2017 - 6:41am

Lillian Petersen places third in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair May 14-19  in Los Angeles. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Topper Academy freshman Lillian Petersen competed May 14-19 in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles, Calif. Petersen received a third place award for her project in the Earth and Environmental Sciences category. The title of Petersen’s award winning project is, America's Farming Future: The Impact of Climate Change on Crop Yields. Petersen was awarded a $1,000 scholarship by Intel.

Also competing at the

Whole New Jupiter: First Science Results From NASA’s Juno Mission Show Gigantic Turbulent World

on May 27, 2017 - 7:41am
Through the Juno mission, scientists are learning more about the largest planet in the solar system. NASA/JPL-CalTech/USGS Photo
 
NASA News: 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Early science results from NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in the solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world, with Earth-sized polar cyclones, plunging storm systems that travel deep into the heart of the gas giant, and a mammoth, lumpy magnetic field that may indicate it was generated closer to the planet’s surface than previously thought.
 
“We are excited to share these early

Three Los Alamos National Laboratory Teams Receive DOE Secretary Appreciation Awards

on May 26, 2017 - 6:45am

Dimitri Kusnezov (NNSA), Sara Del Valle, Paul Fenimore, Kirsten McCabe and LANL Charlie McMillan at the April 11 awards ceremony. Courtesy/LANL

Dimitri Kusnezov (NNSA) presents Kirsten McCabe and Paul Dotson with their awards during the April 11 ceremony. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Three teams at Los Alamos National Laboratory were the recent recipients of the Department of Energy’s Secretary Appreciation Awards for their exceptional contributions to the agency’s mission.

The Laboratory’s Ebola Task Force, Cancer Moonshot team and Technology Convergence Working Group were all recognized in

Students Enjoy Hands-On Science At Bradbury

on May 26, 2017 - 5:03am
Taos High School student is captivated by the Human Battery hands on exhibit. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/BSMA
 
Taos High School student studies the hands-on Matchstick Puzzle. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/BSMA

BSMA News:

Twenty-two Taos High School students enjoyed the hands-on science activities at the Bradbury Science Museum, thanks to the bus ride paid for by the Bradbury Science Museum Association.

“Getting the bus ride funding made such a huge difference for us!” said Ines Firmo, Taos High School special education science teacher.

PEEC Offers Geology Tour Of Mount Taylor

on May 26, 2017 - 5:01am
Mount Taylor has a fascinating geologic story, one that can be told by Fraser and Cathy Goff. Photo by Fraser Goff

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a special overnight tour June 17-18 of the Mount Taylor region. The tour will focus on the geology of the area, and is suitable for geologists and non-geologists alike. Space is limited for this trip.

Geologists Fraser and Cathy Goff will lead the tour, which will include the earth science and volcanology of Mount Taylor and surrounding areas.

Udall, Heinrich Urge Against NASA Funding Cuts

on May 22, 2017 - 10:20am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged the Senate Appropriations Committee to support NASA’s Office of Education in the coming fiscal year despite a proposal by President Trump to eliminate the office, which works to inspire and educate students across the country to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
 
NASA’s Office of Education programs include the Space Grant College and Fellowship Program -- a competitive, state-federal partnership that functions through consortia in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the

Ice Particles In Earth’s Atmosphere Create Glints

on May 18, 2017 - 8:46am
One million miles from Earth, a NASA camera is capturing unexpected flashes of light reflecting off Earth. Courtesy/NASA
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — One million miles from Earth, a NASA camera is capturing unexpected flashes of light reflecting off Earth.
 
The homeward-facing instrument on NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory, or DSCOVR, launched in 2015, caught hundreds of these flashes over the span of a year. NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) instrument aboard DSCOVR is taking almost-hourly images of the sunlit planet from its spot between Earth and the sun.

Four LAHS Students Compete At Intel ISEF

on May 17, 2017 - 8:53am

LAHS juniors Priyanka Velappan, Alex Ionkov and Sophia Li and freshman Lillian Peterson are competing this week at the Intel ISEF in Los Angeles, Calif. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

Four Los Alamos High School students are competing May 14-19 at Intel's International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Los Angeles, Calif.

LAHS juniors Priyanka Velappan, Alex Ionkov and Sophia Li, along with freshman Lillian Peterson won all expense paid trips to Intel ISEF by winning Grand Awards at the Northeastern New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair and the New Mexico State Science and Fair.

Science On Tap: Discovering Boron On Mars May 18

on May 16, 2017 - 7:09pm
LACD News:
 
Although the NASA Curiosity rover has investigated Mars since August 2012, it has only recently detected boron on the planet.
 
The presence of this element has implications for questions about abundant water, prebiotic chemistry, and the habitability of Mars. The ChemCam instrument, which has been vital to this research, was a joint effort between Los Alamos and the French Space Agency, Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales.
 
Come and hear Patrick Gasda, of the Lab’s Space and Remote Sensing group, talk about what has been learned through this special and unique equipment

Los Alamos Faith And Science Forum Launches 2017 Summer Series

on May 16, 2017 - 7:07am

COMMUNITY News:

Again this summer the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum will present a series of talks by local speakers during May, June and July. The theme of the talks is “Hope: Science, Religion and the Future”. There will be seven Wednesday evening meetings including May 31; June 7, 14, 28 and July 12, 19, 26.

The meetings will follow the usual format: light supper at 6 p.m., talk at 6:30 p.m., followed by questions for the speaker and then table discussions.

Letter To The Editor: Response To Dr. Neeper

on May 9, 2017 - 7:53am
By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos
 
This is a brief reply to Dr. Neeper’s recent letter (link). First of all, I did not suggest that people should go to work for private industry. I suggested that they form their own companies and go to work for themselves. That way you set your own corporate values, and those values can help restore credibility to science. That’s a little different than working for R J Reynolds.
 
I also think that volunteering is great, but volunteering isn’t going to create research jobs. We need to grow research, and taking the entrepreneurial route is one way to do that.

LANL: Data Analysis Could Trigger New Shale Gas Revolution

on May 8, 2017 - 7:53pm

Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Manipulating ‘tail production’ could yield huge long-term gains while minimizing environmental impacts

Extensive data mining and analysis of 20,000 shale gas wells has revealed how “refracturing” existing wells with new technology could transform them from diminished producers into high-performers long after their initial peak production period has ended.

“Our analysis could potentially aid in reducing the number of new wells to be drilled,” said Richard Middleton, lead author of the study by a team of Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists.

Mysteries In Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium

on May 8, 2017 - 7:33am

Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

To prepare for the upcoming Bear Festival, this Friday there will not be an evening planetarium show. However, there will be fun for the whole family at the Los Alamos Nature Center Saturday, May 13, including New Mexico's first Bear Festival, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a full-dome planetarium show at 2 p.m. of Mysteries of the Unseen World. This full-dome film, which allows viewers to discover what is normally too fast, too slow, too small, or outside the visible spectrum, also will play at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The Los Alamos Nature Center is open regular hours this month:

Letter To The Editor: Response To Nebel

on May 8, 2017 - 6:57am
By DONALD A. NEEPER
Portola Valley, Calif. 
(Los Alamos resident 1968-2014)

I was a signatory to the letter published in the May 4 edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post (link), in which 18 retired LANL scientists expressed concern regarding federal plans to suppress scientific research and monitoring related to environmental protection and public health.

In the May 6 edition of the Daily Post, Richard Nebel responded thoughtfully, pointing to the productivity of private industry, the bureaucratic ineptness of government, and the feelings of laborers (link). However, he missed the essence of

Heinrich Highlights Nexus Between Small Businesses And NM Labs, Urges Hiring At Kirtland And WSMR

on May 6, 2017 - 2:05pm
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, highlighted the nexus between small businesses and Labs in New Mexico during a hearing yesterday.
 
He questioned former directors of Department of Defense (DOD) laboratories—such as the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base and the Army Research Laboratory at White Sands Missile Range— on how to accelerate small business contracting hiring for vital research missions.
 
Heinrich helped create a

Letter To The Editor: Idea For Retired LANL Scientists

on May 6, 2017 - 1:59pm
By RICHARD NEBEL, Ph. D
Los Alamos
 
This is in response to the recent “retired scientists” letter in the Post (link). First of all, let me disclose that I do have some skin in this game.
 
Our company is funded by the ARPA-E, which is the one part of the DOE that the Trump administration wants to eliminate completely. And obviously, I don’t agree with that.
 
My primary issue with the “retired scientists” letter is that I think they have misdiagnosed the problem. The problem isn’t that people are opposed to science.

Eighteen Area Students Gaining STEM Research Experience At Prestigious Institutions

on May 5, 2017 - 7:16am

Northern New Mexico College students Alondra Villalba and Britney Martinez. Photo by John T. Denne

NNMC News:

Eighteen students from Northern New Mexico College’s Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science programs have secured summer research experiences at prestigious institutions around the country.

In alignment with the National Science Foundation funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, the students will be associated with a research project in their field of study at a host institution, where they will work closely with the institution’s faculty and other

Retired LANL Scientists: Attacks On Science, EPA Are Foolhardy, Dangerous

on May 4, 2017 - 10:11am

By retired LANL scientists: Chris Barnes, Ph.D.; Fairley Barnes, Ph.D.; James Bradbury, Ph.D.; James Cost, Ph.D.; Margaret Cox, Ph.D.; Larry Deaven, Ph.D.; Terry Foxx; Mikkel Johnson, Ph.D. and Laboratory Fellow; Charles F. (Chick) Keller, Ph.D.; Arvid S. Lundy; F.J. (Jeff) Martin; Caroline (Cas) Mason, Ph.D.; Rodney (Rod) Mason, Ph.D.; Donald A. Neeper, Ph.D.; Cheryl Rofer; Marvin VanDilla, Ph.D.; David Watkins, Ph.D. and Mike Williams, Ph.D.

On April 22, New Mexicans across the state stood up for scientific integrity in the face of attacks on the role of science in our daily lives.

That

LANL: Roelofs Takes Director Role At Center For Integrated Nanotechnologies

on May 2, 2017 - 9:10am

Noted physicist Andreas Roelofs is the new director of the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Noted physicist Andreas Roelofs is the new director of the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), a Department of Energy-funded nanoscience research facility with a core center at Sandia National Laboratories and a gateway research site at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

CINT provides users from around the world with access to state-of-the-art expertise and instrumentation in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment with a focus on nanoscience

AAUW-NM Announces First Mission In Action Award

on May 2, 2017 - 6:31am

Dr. Tinka Gammel, left, representing the New Mexico Network of Women in Science in Engineering receives the Mission in Action Award from AAUW-NM Awards Chair Sheila Portillo at AAUW’s annual state convention Saturday evening in Los Alamos. Courtesy/AAUW-NM

AAUW-NM News:

AAUW-New Mexico has announced that the New Mexico Network for Women in Science and Engineering (the Network) is the first recipient of its Mission In Action Award.

Awards Chair Sheila Portillo presented the award Saturday evening at AAUW’s annual state convention in Los Alamos to Dr.

Summer Physics Camp For Young Women June 5-16

on May 1, 2017 - 6:21pm
LANL News:
 
Los Alamos National Laboratory, Pojoaque Valley High School and the American Physical Society would like to invite young women attending high school in Northern New Mexico to join them for a two-week "Summer Physics Camp for young women”.
 
  • When? 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 5-16.
  • Where? Pojoaque Valley High School
 
The camp will focus on boosting local young women's understanding of the physics of the Sun, Earth, and everything in between.
 
Daily activities will include demonstrations, hands-on laboratory experiments, and discussions with female

New Mexicans March For Climate, Jobs And Justice

on April 28, 2017 - 10:54am
SIERRA CLUB News:
 
New Mexicans are invited to take to the streets Saturday, April 29, to call for a strong government response to the global climate crisis.
 
People’s Climate Marches are planned in the state’s largest three cities: Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Santa Fe. New Mexicans will join more than 100,000 people nationwide in more than 300 cities, representing a growing popular movement for climate justice.
 
From the disruption of ecosystems, a loss of biodiversity, an increase in extreme weather, rising seas, and the spread of new diseases, to resource scarcity that exacerbates

LAHS Grad Wins Prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

on April 27, 2017 - 8:43am

Anna Scott, a senior majoring in chemistry at Montana State University, inspects a vial containing a protein for enzyme research on Monday, March 27, 2017, in Bozeman, Montana. Scott recently won a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. MSU photo by Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez
By ANNE CANTRELL
MSU News Service

BOZEMAN — A Montana State University student who would like to contribute to renewable energy efforts throughout her career in research has received a prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

Anna Scott, a senior and 2013

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