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Daily Postcard: Harvest Moon Over Los Alamos

Daily Postcard: The Harvest Moon early Wednesday morning viewed from Los Alamos. In the Northern Hemisphere, the full moon closest to the autumn equinox is called the Harvest Moon. Depending on time zone, 2019’s autumn equinox for the Northern Hemisphere comes on Sept. 22 or Sept. 23. Source: earthsky.org. Photo by Annis Young

The Harvest Moon setting early Wednesday morning viewed from Los Alamos. Photo by Annis Young

The Harvest Moon disappears behind the horizon as the sky turns a golden hue early Wednesday morning. Photo by Annis Young


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Study By LANL Atmospheric Physicist Michael Peterson Finds Lightning Flashes Illuminate Storm Behavior

A comparison of GLM imagery products for a large thunderstorm over South America. The total energy measured by GLM in (a) differs from the idealized energy distribution in (b), and this difference forms the basis of the thundercloud imagery product in (c) that highlights the texture of the uppermost cloud layer (north) as well as long horizontal lightning flashes behind the thunderstorm core (south). Courtesy/Michael Peterson/LANL
 
AGU News:
 
Anybody who has ever tried to photograph lightning knows that it takes patience and special camera equipment.
 
Now, a new study

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NMG&F: Native Fish Restoration Activity Planned For Whitewater Creek

NMG&F News:
 
SANTA FE Native fish restoration efforts on Whitewater Creek are scheduled for Sept. 25 through Oct. 3.
 
As part of the Whitewater Creek Native Fish Restoration Project, the Department will remove non-native trout from Whitewater Creek to allow restoration of Gila trout and other native fish to their native range.
 
This portion of the project starts at the intersection of the Gold Dust Trail (FS Trail #41) with Whitewater Creek and continues upstream to the headwaters. The closure does not affect the Catwalk National Recreation Area.
 
The Department

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Indian Affairs Department Awards Over $540,000 To Special Projects And Tobacco Cessation And Prevention Programs In New Mexico Tribal Communities

NMIAD News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Indian Affairs Department (IAD) has announced $297,324 in Special Projects funding and $249,300 in Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program (TCPP) funding that was awarded across several tribal communities or tribal serving organizations by the Special Project Grant Program.
 
During the 2019 New Mexico Legislative Session, IAD received a General Fund Appropriation to support special projects in Fiscal Year 2020 that benefit NM tribal communities. From this appropriation the department made funds available for projects that identify

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Rotary: Lillian Petersen Discusses Research

Los Alamos High School senior Lillian Petersen has won multiple awards at Intel Science and Engineering competitions. At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, she described how she analyzes large data sets to investigate climate, agriculture, malnutrition and poverty. She explained her research on creating a real-time monitoring system to predict crop yields in every African nation several months before harvest and how this tool can predict areas of malnutrition. Her work has captured global attention, and she has been an invited speaker at 11 different aid organizations

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Aditya Viswanthan Discusses His Photography Tonight

Aditya Viswanathan will talk about his photography adventures at 6:30 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

 

PEEC News:

 

Aditya Viswanthan is an award winning photographer who has traveled around the world photographing birds, butterflies, fish, mammals and landscapes … and he is only 10 years old.

 

The community is invited to join Viswanathan at 6:30 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Nature Center to learn about his photography adventures and hear how other kids can get involved in this exciting hobby.

 

This talk is free to attend and no registration


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Secretary Bernhardt Announces Over $100 Million In Public-Private Funding For Wetland Conservation

DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, chaired by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, approved $28 million in funding for various wetland conservation projects.
 
Marking its 30th anniversary since enactment, the 2019 North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants will be used to ensure waterfowl and other birds are protected throughout their life cycles. Of the funds issued, $23.9 million was allocated for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners to conserve or restore more than 150,000 acres of wetland and

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U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Meets With Pro Athletes Impacted By Climate Change

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich meets with professional athletes with Protect Our Winters (POW) visiting Capitol Hill to discuss the effects of the climate crisis on the winter sports industry. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, participated in a hearing titled, “The Fight to Save Winter: Pro Athletes for Climate Action.”

The committee heard from professional winter athletes about the impact the climate crisis is having on winter


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How The Hen House Turns: Communication Between Animals

Wild California turkeys ‘communicating’. Courtesy photo
 
By CARY NEEPER
Los Alamos Daily Post

We humans are so focused on our verbal ways of communicating, it is easy to overlook the more subtle methods used by plants and animals.

However, that topic has appeared in some excellent books (The Hidden Life Of Trees and The Inner Life of Animals: What They Feel by Peter Wohlben )

Communication between living beings, and between themselves and their environments, is not limited to sound. Smell and taste play large roles in animal and plant communication. A giraffe can smell danger when eating.


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Heinrich’s Clean Energy Jobs Act Has Key Hearing

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich 

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich introduces the Clean Energy Jobs Act to establish a comprehensive, nationwide program at the Department of Energy to improve education and training for careers in clean energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Clean Energy Jobs Act (S. 2393), introduced by U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) received a hearing Wednesday in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy.

The bill establishes a comprehensive, nationwide program at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to create a well-trained


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