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LANL: Newer Variant Of COVID-19–Causing Virus Dominates Global Infections

This chart tells the essential story of how the pandemic has shifted over time from orange (the original D type of the virus) to blue (the now-widespread G form, D614G). Courtesy/LANL

Chart: ARS-CoV-2 Spike. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Virus with D614G change in Spike out-competes original strain, but may not make patients sicker

Research out today in the journal Cell shows that a specific change in the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus virus genome, previously associated with increased viral transmission and the spread of COVID-19, is more infectious in cell culture.

The variant in question, D614G,


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LANL: Seven Los Alamos Students Complete Fourth Annual, Virtual Summer Physics Camp For Young Women

Seven Los Alamos students complete virtual Summer Physics Camp for Young Women Rachel Butler, Kaisa Drew, Jalyn Gould, Madison Morris, Nina Johnson, Sofia Parra, and Rebeca Rocha excel at two-week intensive By attending on-line presentations and doing hands-on experiments at home, 25 students completed the first virtual Summer Physics Camp for Young Women. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Seven Los Alamos students just completed the fourth-annual, two-week intensive, Los Alamos National Laboratory Summer Physics Camp for Young Women, June 8-19.

Rachel Butler, Kaisa Drew, Jalyn Gould, Nina


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LANL: Building Better Electron Sources With Graphene

An added layer of graphene allows photocathode substrates to be cleaned and reused repeatedly in place inside electron microscopes and accelerators. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Photocathodes that produce electron beams for electron microscopes and advanced accelerators can be refreshed and rebuilt repeatedly without opening the devices that rely on them, provided the electron emitting materials are deposited on single-atom-thick layers of carbon known as graphene, according to a new study published in the journal Applied Physics Letters.

“The machines that rely on these electron


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Thomas Bowles Of Los Alamos Honored With Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award In Nuclear Physics

Dr. Thomas J. Bowles of Los Alamos has been endorsed by Marquis Who’s Who as a leader in the field of nuclear physics. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, has presented Thomas J. Bowles, PhD, of Los Alamos with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

An accomplished listee, Dr. Bowles celebrates many years’ experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field.

As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical


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Impossible Foods CEO And Stem Advocate/Miss America 2020 Join Event Line-up For Virtual Los Alamos ScienceFest

Stem advocate and Miss America 2020 Miss Camille Schrier will host a live demo and Q&A during this year’s Los Alamos ScienceFest Discovery Day. Courtesy/Los Alamos MainStreet

Stem advocate and Miss America 2020 Miss Camille Schrier doing science as a child. Courtesy/Los Alamos MainStreet

Los Alamos MainStreet News:

Los Alamos ScienceFest 20/20: Eyes On The Future, is going virtual this year, July 7-12, with events highlighting topics such as the future of cybersecurity, energy, and new camera and drone technologies.

Other special segments include discussions on the future of agriculture


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LAVA Director Sarah Chandler Leaves Magical Mark

Sarah Chandler, 3rd from right, with her children from left, Ethan, Dean, Celeste, Alec, Olivia and Olivia’s husband Lee. Courtesy photo

Sarah Chandler with volunteers Thursday including Janet Montoya and Florence Riebe. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Executive Director
LARSO

The lyrics from the old Mary Tyler Moore Show suddenly came to mind last Thursday, “She can turn the world on with her smile. She can take a nothing day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile”.

You see Thursday was the last official day for Sarah Chandler of the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization


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Friday Marked Nine Years Since Las Conchas Fire

Scene of the Las Conches Fire June 26, 2011, which ultimately burned 156,593 acres. Courtesy/NWS

NWS News:

Friday marked the 9th anniversary of the Las Conches Fire, which began June 26, 2011 when a tree fell on a power line 12 miles southwest of Los Alamos.

The fire spread quickly, burning more than 40,000 acres its first day.

By the time it was contained at the end of the month, the fire burned 156,593 acres. At the time it was the largest wildfire in New Mexico history.

Las Conches Destruction:

  • Damaged or destroyed 80 homes as well as numerous outbuildings;
  • Completely destroyed 10 vehicles;
  • Forced

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