Environment

Daily Postcard: Sun Dog Over Los Alamos Wednesday

Daily Postcard: A sun dog is spotted in the sky Wednesday evening above Los Alamos. According to skyandtelescope.com, a sundog, or mock Sun, is a concentrated patch of sunlight occasionally seen about 22° to the left or right of the Sun. Sundogs often form when sunlight refracts through icy clouds containing hexagonal platecrystals aligned with their large, flat faces parallel to the ground. Technically known as parhelia (singular parhelion) they are often white but sometimes quite colorful, looking like detached pieces of rainbow, with red on the inside, toward the Sun, and blue on the outside.


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Science On Tap: Honey, Have You Seen My CubeSat?

Rebecca Holmes

projectY cowork News:

Join the next Science On Tap, presented by the Los Alamos Creative District and the Bradbury Science Museum, Monday, Oct., 15 for a discussion with Rebecca Holmes on CubeSats.

The On Tap series starts at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room and is free and open to the public.

Originally designed in 1999 by professors at Stanford and Cal Poly, CubeSats are miniature, short-lived satellites traditionally launched into low Earth orbit. This summer a pair was deployed on a mission to Mars aboard the stationary lander, InSight.

CubeSats initial purpose was


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Bring A Friend To PEEC-nic Sunday

The Los Alamos Nature Center hosts PEEC-nic 1-3 p.m. Sunday. This annual membership appreciation picnic is open to the public and includes a variety of special activities. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Los Alamos Nature Center celebrates the community with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s annual membership appreciation event, “PEEC-nic”, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14.

This event is open to the public and a great opportunity to learn more about PEEC and membership benefits, enjoy a variety of fun activities and dine on delicious desserts made by PEEC’s board members.

Bring a friend


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N3B Begins LANL Waste Shipments To WIPP

NB3 workers load waste from LANL into a transport container bound for WIPP, marking the resumption of regular shipments from LANL to WIPP for the first time in four years.

N3B News:

Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B) last week began shipments of transuranic waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad.

“This is the first of what will be regular shipments of waste from Area G, a LANL waste management area, in more than four years,” said Danny Nichols, manager of the N3B Contact-handled Transuranic Waste Program.

The shipments will


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Weekly Fishing Report: Oct. 10

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
After looking over the stocking report, it’s pretty easy to pick this week’s hotspot.
 
Oct. 3, the State Game and Fish Department stocked Laguna del Campo near Los Ojos with 575 rainbow trout that averaged 20 inches in size and over three pounds in weight. Those are some big fish. They were raised at the nearby Los Ojos Fish Hatchery.
 
Laguna de Campo is a small lake that is open to anglers 14 years of age or younger, 65 years of age or older and to those anglers with disabilities. Up to two adults in direct supervision of youth anglers

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Help Improve Quemazon Trail Oct. 20

Join PEEC and SFNF for a fall trail workday Saturday, Oct. 20 on Quemazon Trail. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Improve our public lands by joining a team of volunteers, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Santa Fe National Forest for a fall trail workday Saturday, Oct. 20. Volunteers will help fix erosion issues, clear brush and check dams on Quemazon Trail. Pre-registration is required to volunteer for this project.

Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center to carpool to the trailhead and return by 2 p.m. There will be trail maintenance jobs for all ages and experts


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Paleontologists Converge On Albuquerque On National Fossil Day With Keynote Speaker Steve Brusatte

Bisti Beast (Bistahieversor sealeyi) Skull. Courtesy/NMMNHS
 
Miocene Gomphotherium skull being prepared. Courtesy/NMMNHS
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE A world-class repository for fossils, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science’s latest exhibition Back to Bones: New Mexico’s Links to the Pastfeaturing rarely seen specimens from the permanent collection is on display to greet the 78th annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Oct. 17-20, in Albuquerque.
 
The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) is an international organization

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New Mexico Magazine Opens Annual Photo Contest

Photo from last year’s contest, Storm over Orphan Mesa at Ghost Ranch. Photo by Michael Hyde

NEW MEXICO MAGAZINE News:

Founded in 1923, New Mexico Magazine reigns as one of the oldest, most prestigious state magazines in the U.S. NMM’s photography contests are legendary, challenging amateur photographers to capture the state’s most stunning scenery, interesting people, and extraordinary events. Check out last year’s winners. 

It’s time to do it again!

ENTRY INFORMATION

This year’s contest deadline is 12 p.m. MST


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2018 NatureScapes ‘Clouds’ Competition Winners

First Place: Aguirre Spring by Tim Funk. Courtesy/NMMNH&S

 

Second Place: Hideaway by Max Woltman. NMMNH&S

 

NMMNH&S News:

ALBUQUERQUE The photos are in, the judging is complete, and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is announcing the winners of this year’s Naturescapes photo competition.

This year, the theme was CLOUDS and photographers explored the entire state to find clouds everywhere. Congratulations to all the photographers who participated in the annual photo competition, NatureScapes.

This year, the Museum received 142 entries.


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Learning Takes Flight At Barranca Elementary

Learning takes flight: Students in Ms. Waidler’s 5th grade Science and Social Studies class at Barranca Mesa Elementary School have been learning about water, weather and the science behind balloon flight. After quickly taking attendance, Ms. Waidler handed students their carefully constructed tissue paper hot air balloons. Students held them gently as they made their way down to the grassy field. There Ms. Waidler set up the burner device and selected the first balloon. With the help of parent volunteers, the balloon inflated and took flight. The students cheered and ran after the balloon.


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Udall And Other Senators Demand Full Transparency On EPA’s Plans For Children’s Health Office

U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) wrote to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler expressing their strong concern over the future of the EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Protection (OCHP) and the EPA’s mission to safeguard the health of America’s youth in light of recent reports.
 
The letter follows EPA’s unexplained placement of the OCHP Director, Dr. Ruth Etzel, on administrative leave and widespread stakeholder

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