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EB&T Sponsorship Takes 144 Students To Bradbury Museum

BSM Educator Chelsea Redman assists students from Tony Quintana Elementary during field trip. Courtesy photo 

BSMA News:

The 2020 spring semester begins the 4th year that Enterprise Bank & Trust (EB&T), formerly Los Alamos National Bank, and the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA), have been in a partnership to provide bus transportation for many Title 1 schools in northern New Mexico to visit the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos.

Most recently, EB&T provided the bus transportation for 144 students from Mora Elementary School in Mora, Tony Quintana Elementary


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AGU: Researchers Get ‘Whale’s-Eye View’ Of Antarctic Sea Ice

Cameras attached to the backs of Antarctic minke whales with suction cups. The footage shows scientists how these mysterious creatures feed and respond to different amounts of sea ice. Photo by Jacob Linsky/NMFS

AGU News:

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Cameras attached to a rare species of Antarctic whale are giving scientists an unprecedented view of how the whales survive in their sea ice habitat, according to new research presented here at the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020.

In a recent study, scientists attached tags to 30 Antarctic minke whales, a small and little-known species of baleen whale, to better


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PEEC: Discover Wonders Of Supernovas Friday

Explore supernovas at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium. Astronomer Rick Wallace will lead this discussion to explore these incredible stellar explosions. Courtesy/PEEC

The nature center also will play the full-dome film ‘Exploding Universe’ at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Explore supernovas at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21 in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium. Astronomer Rick Wallace will investigate these incredible stellar explosions during this talk.

These amazing stellar destruction events form some of the strangest


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75th Anniversary Of Trinity Site: NMMSH Hosts Motor Coach Tour

The world’s first atomic bomb mounted inside the tower at Trinity Site. The steel frame of the tower was almost completely destroyed by the detonation. Courtesy/WSMR

Workers carefully unload the core of the atomic bomb at the McDonald House, about three miles from Trinity Site. The core was assembled inside a clean room at the house. Courtesy/WSMR

NMMSH News:

ALAMOGORDO — July 16, 2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of an event that was destined to change the course of world history.

On that day in 1945, the United States secretly detonated the first atomic bomb at Trinity Site in New Mexico.

World


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American Geophysical Union: New Research Shows Warming, Acidic Oceans May Nearly Eliminate Coral Reef Habitats By 2100

Coral bleaching happens when corals are stressed by conditions such as high temperatures. According to new research, rising sea surface temperatures and acidic waters could eliminate nearly all existing coral reef habitats by 2100. Courtesy/USGS

AGU News:

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Rising sea surface temperatures and acidic waters could eliminate nearly all existing coral reef habitats by 2100, suggesting restoration projects in these areas will likely meet serious challenges, according to new research presented here Monday at the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020.

Scientists project 70 to 90


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UNM-LA: ‘Modern Astrophysics For Everyone’ Feb. 18

Dr. Nicole-Lloyd Ronning

UNM-LA News:

The UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Community Education class “Modern Astrophysics for Everyone” begins Feb. 18, meeting 3-4 p.m. every Tuesday through April 28.

Facilitated by Dr. Nicole Lloyd-Ronning, this class provides a unique learning opportunity for all community members, regardless of math and science backgrounds.

Students will explore problems in astrophysics in an informal, discussion-style format. Students’ individual interests will guide topics for the class.

“I encourage anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what


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Pajarito Astronomers Host Club / Public Meeting Feb. 23

The night sky viewed from White Rock. Photo by Glen Wurden

PAJARITO ASTRONOMERS News:

The Pajarito Astronomers will hold a club and public meeting 2:30-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 at the Los Alamos Mesa Public Library in Meeting Rooms 2/3 upstairs.

The club will welcome new members and discuss upcoming events and club business. This will be followed by a talk by Didier Saumon title: “Blinded by the Light: Outdoor Lighting and Life after Dark”.

Abstract:

New Mexico is blessed with relatively dark skies throughout the state and with several remote areas that offer pristine views. Poor outdoor lighting


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NM Delegation, Governor Urge Military Officials To Utilize, Develop State’s Space Assets For U.S. Space Force

Congressional Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), along with New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, sent a letter Tuesday to General John W. Raymond, the first Chief of Space Operations for the U.S. Space Force and Commander of U.S. Space Command.

The letter urges General Raymond to utilize New Mexico’s existing public and private sector space capabilities as the United States Space Force develops its infrastructure and


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LAHS Wins Science Bowl Regional Competition!

The Los Alamos High School Science Bowl Team has won the Science Bowl Regional Competition! From left, LAHS Coach Ali Renner with competitors Lillian Petersen, Michael Chigaev, Max Corliss, Captain Anthony Lestone and Jennie Gao. The team practiced four times a week since August to prepare for this challenging competition. Every person on the team also spent countless hours reading science textbooks and memorizing science facts in their fields of expertise. This is the 10th time in the last 11 years that the LAHS team has advanced to represent New Mexico at the national competition. Science


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Posts From The Road: NM Museum Of Space History

Museum and Hall of Fame: The entire campus of the New Mexico Museum of Space History sits high on a hillside on the eastern side of Alamogordo overlooking the city below. Shown is the facility which houses the museum and International Space Hall of  Fame. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Space History Exhibit: Shown is a display in the space history section of the museum. Hundreds of items used in the space program as well as hardware used are displayed throughout the museum. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
Space Station 2001: A mock up display of Space Station 2001 is included in the

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Science On Tap: Featuring Bin Hu On Latest Innovations In Environmental Microbiome Research At LANL

LACD News:

Join the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 10 at projectY cowork.

This On Tap will feature a conversation with Bin Hu discussing the latest innovations in environmental microbiome research at Los Alamos.

Microbiome is the collection of microorganisms in a particular environment, and also is used to refer to the combined genetic materials of the microorganisms found in a particular environment.

As one of the four DOE national laboratories participating in The National Microbiome Data Collaborative (NMDC),


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LANL Foundation Grant Moves Nonprofit Into New Reality

A LANL Foundation grant recently allowed the purchase of Virtual & Augmented Reality supplies for science education in elementary schools, with C’YA science educator Chad Lauritzen. Courtesy/C’YA

EDUCATION News:

Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) has gained some new gifts just before Valentine’s Day, and they hope you might consider giving something small, too.

A grant from Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation has moved the small non-profit to enter a new reality. That new reality is a virtual one. The purchase of Oculus goggles and Merge Cubes will allow students to hold science


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AGU: Why We Can No Longer Ignore Consecutive Disasters

AGU News:

In recent decades, a striking number of countries have suffered from consecutive disasters: events whose impacts overlap both spatially and temporally, while recovery is still under way.

The risk of consecutive disasters will increase due to growing exposure, the interconnectedness of human society and the increased frequency and intensity of non‐tectonic hazard.

This paper provides an overview of the different types of consecutive disasters, their causes and impacts. The impacts can be distinctly different from disasters occurring in isolation (both spatially and temporally)


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Fifteen Organizations Join LANL’s EMC3 Project

LANL News:

Just over a year after Los Alamos National Laboratory launched the Efficient Mission Centric Computing Consortium (EMC3), 15 companies, universities and federal organizations are now working together to explore new ways to make extreme-scale computers more efficient. 

“In the first year of EMC3 we have already seen efficiency improvements to HPC in a number of areas, including the world’s first NVMe-based hardware-accelerated compressed parallel filesystem, in-situ analysis enabled on network adapters for a real simulation code, identifying issues with file system metadata


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Los Alamos National Laboratory High-Performance Computing Veteran Candace Culhane To Chair SC22

Candace Culhane, program/project director in LANL’s Directorate for Simulation and Computation. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Candace Culhane, a program/project director in Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Directorate for Simulation and Computation, has been selected as the general chair for the 2022 SC Conference (SC22). 

“We are thrilled to announce that Candy Culhane is the SC22 General Chair. She brings to the conference her deep knowledge and practical experience in working with the high-performance computing industry sector, national laboratories and supercomputer centers‚”


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LANL: Acetone + Light Creates Green Jet Fuel Additive

Starting with acetone derived from plants, scientists at Los Alamos are converting this simple molecule into jet fuel using a novel process that uses light. This has the potential to be blended with regular jet fuel to offer a greener option. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Take biomass-derived acetone—common nail polish remover—use light to upgrade it to higher-mass hydrocarbons, and, voila, you have a domestically generated product that can be blended with conventional jet fuel to fly while providing environmental benefits, creating domestic jobs, securing the nation’s global leadership


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Family YMCA Invites Nominations For Española Teen Center For Air Force Research Laboratory STEM Award

An Española YMCA Teen Center team member demonstrates the team’s watering system during an international robotics competition last summer in China. Courtesy/Family YMCA

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA invites people to nominate The Española YMCA Teen Center for the Air Force Research Laboratory’s STEM awards in the nonprofit category.

Española YMCA Teen Center Director Ben Sandoval took a team of three young people to China in summer 2019 to compete in the robotics international program. The team earned a first place in the Entrepreneurial Division for their designed watering system.

The nomination


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LAPS: District Science Fair At LAMS Feb. 1

Participants in the 2019 District Science Fair. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools invites the community to the annual District Science Fair Saturday, Feb. 1.

View the array of projects 1-2 p.m. at Los Alamos Middle School on Hawks Drive.

There will be approximately 200 projects on display from four different groups:

  • K-5 class projects;
  • Elementary Division (grades 4-5);
  • Junior Division (grades 6-8); and
  • Senior Division (grades 9-12).

Students will set up projects 4:15-6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, with judging 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Students are present for the Junior and Senior


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AGU: Air Pollution From Oil And Gas Production Sites Visible From Space

OMI NO2 map and NOx emission estimates.(a) Absolute changes in OMI tropospheric NO2VCDs between 2007 and 2018 for the continental U.S. Green boxes denote major U.S. oil and gas production regions. The insets show the NO2 VCD change between 2007 and 2016, 2017 and 2018, respectively, over the Permian basin. (b) 2015 FOG NOx emission estimates for the areas outlined in (a) ©2019 American Geophysical Union. Courtesy photo

AGU News:

Oil and gas production has doubled in some parts of the United States in the last two years, and scientists can use satellites to see impacts of that trend: a significant


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LANL Foundation: STEAM Day At Legislature Jan. 22

Scene at the 2019 STEAM Day at the Legislature. Photo by Andrea Neal/LANF

Scene at the 2019 STEAM Day at the Legislature. Photo by Andrea Neal/LANF

LANLF News:

SANTA FE — The community is invited to join the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation (LANLF), 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jan. 22 for STEAM Day at the Legislature.

Two dozen educational organizations from throughout the state that advocate for STEAM education from kindergarten to career will provide hands-on STEAM activities for all ages.

Leaders, advocates and policy makers will share their vision for Science, Technology, Engineering,


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