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Science On Tap: Yamaguchi On ‘Atomic Armor’

Hisato Yamaguchi examines a material for night vision goggles coated with atomic armor. Courtesy/LANL

Los Alamos Creative District News:

The Bradbury Science Museum and Los Alamos Creative District present Science On Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday at projectY cowork.

This On Tap will feature a conversation with Hisato Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi studies initial corrosion processes using surface science techniques and synthesizes atomically thin, two-dimensional protection crystals for the Finishing Manufacturing Science group at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Science On Tap is sponsored


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PEEC: Evening Of Family Fun Jan. 14

PEEC hosts its monthly Family Star Party and Family Night are Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The community is invited to the Los Alamos Nature Center Tuesday, Jan. 14 for an evening of family fun.

The night will kick off with a Family Star Party in the planetarium at 5:30 p.m. and continue 6-7 p.m. with Family Night. Both of these programs take place on the second Tuesday of every month and are free thanks to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s sponsors: New Mexico Bank & Trust sponsors Family Star Parties and Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos.

At the Family


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Luján On House Passage Of PFAS Action Act

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, issued the following statement on the House passage of the PFAS Action Act:
 
“Every person living in the United States has a right to clean and safe drinking water. I was proud to vote today for comprehensive legislation to address PFAS contamination and protect New Mexicans from these harmful chemicals. Across the country, PFAS contamination threatens public health and the environment – putting families and communities at risk by jeopardizing

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Governor Kicks Off First Space Valley Summit

Spaceport Authority Executive Director Dan Hicks fastens a pin on the lapel of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Wednesday during the Space Valley Summit at NMSU in Las Cruces. Courtesy photo

Spaceport Authority Executive Director Dan Hicks facilitates the first Space Valley Summit. Courtesy photo

SPACEPORT AMERICA News:

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham kicked off New Mexico’s first Space Valley Summit Wednesday at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

The event brought together federal and state leaders of New Mexico’s space industry.

Facilitated by Spaceport Authority Executive Director 


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AGU: Searching For Oldest Ice In Antarctica

Robert Mulvaney (dressed in black) and the Beyond EPICA surveying team. Courtesy/British Antarctic Survey
 
AGU News:
 
Drilling engineer and ice core scientist Robert Mulvaney has driven thousands of kilometers over Antarctica in the past few years in a snow tractor, creeping slowly over one of the highest points of the ice sheet, near a location known as Dome C.
 
He’s looking for the perfect place to drill one and a half million years into the past. Gas trapped in the ice as it formed holds clues to Earth’s past climate and, Mulvaney believes, the atmospheric conditions that

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State Takes Enforcement Action Against Cannon Air Force Base For Discharging Without Permit

NMED News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) today issued an administrative compliance order to the United States Air Force for ongoing violations of state law related to the protection of groundwater resources.

The administrative compliance order seeks immediate compliance with groundwater discharge permitting requirements and assesses a civil penalty of $1,699,872.60.

In 2018, the state began protecting groundwater resources from three per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals, a group of manmade chemicals known to cause adverse health effects.


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Study: Deforestation Changing Animal Communication

Howler monkey. Courtesy/UofW

University of Waterloo News:

Deforestation is changing the way monkeys communicate in their natural habitat, according to a new study.

This study, led by an anthropologist at the University of Waterloo, offers the first evidence in animal communication scholarship of differences in vocal behaviors in response to different types of forest edge areas.

Working in a tropical lowland rainforest in Costa Rica, the researchers examined how human-caused forest habitat changes have affected vegetation and, in turn, the rate and length of howling by the group-living


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NWS: Today’s High Near 38; Tonight’s Low Around 22

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 38 with partly sunny skies and a 10 percent chance of snow showers after 5 p.m., and tonight’s low around 22 with a 40 percent chance of snow, mainly after 8 p.m. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Courtesy/NWS

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Master Gardener Classes Start Tuesday Feb. 4

Basket of Gold (Alyssum montanum). Courtesy/LAMG

GARDENING News:

For anyone desiring inspiration for this year’s garden or landscaping, now is the time to register for the Master Gardener course offered by the Los Alamos County and New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service.

Classes begin Feb. 4 and run through April 25, 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday in Fuller Lodge, and are open to anyone who desires to learn more about gardening.

Each of the 13 classes will be taught by specialists from New Mexico State University and Los Alamos County Agent – Carlos Valdez. A few of the numerous


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