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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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PEEC: Explore Worlds Of Science Fiction Jan. 17

Explore the worlds of popular science fiction shows at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Peter Polko will provide an introduction to fan-based 3D recreations and then participants will get to try them out as well. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC also will play the full-dome film ‘EXPLORE’ at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 in the planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Have you ever wished you could activate the gate in Stargate Command, take The Orville for a spin or walk the decks of the Enterprise?

With the advent of more powerful computers, recreating environments with stunning detail is


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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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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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LANL Scientists And International Partners Create 3-D Image Of Heart RNA Structure For First Time

The first 3-D images have been created of an RNA molecule known as ‘Braveheart’ for its role in transforming stem cells into heart cells. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Work could lead to new strategies in regenerative medicine for heart conditions

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and international partners have created the first 3-D images of a special type of RNA molecule that is critical for stem cell programming and known as the “dark matter” of the genome. 

“As far as we know,” said corresponding author Karissa Sanbonmatsu, “this is the first full 3-D structural study of any


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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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Journey Into World Of Fractals At Nature Center Friday

Explore the fascinating world of fractals at 7 p.m. Friday in the planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Journey into the never-ending world of fractals in an amazing tour of science, math and art at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Peter Polko will show the award-winning, full-dome planetarium show “Fantastic Fractals”. This show takes viewers on a tour of the fractals in nature and zooms through infinitely complex mathematical fractions.

Featuring original music, the show is both educational and highly entertaining and is appropriate


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Scientists In The Spotlight: Nathan Debardeleben And Linda Anderman At Bradbury Science Museum Jan. 11

Nathan Debardeleben and Linda Anderman. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
Scientists in the Spotlight: Nathan Debardeleben and Linda Anderman will meet community members 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Bradbury Science Museum.
 
Supercomputing Reliability
 
Nathan Debardeleben, with the Lab’s High Performance Computing Design Group, started designing, programming and tinkering at an early age. At the Lab, Debardeleben uses his knowledge to help build the latest supercomputers and keep them running in tip-top shape—no matter what the environment throws

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Science On Tap With Hisato Yamaguchi Jan. 13

LANL scientist Hisato Yamaguchi examines a material for night vision goggles that is coated with atomic armor one atom thick. A piece of paper is 500,000 atoms thick. Courtesy/BSM
 
BSM News:
 
Science on Tap with Hisato Yamaguchi: a conversation about how this research at Los Alamos contributes to the Lab’s national security mission, at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 13, at projectY Cowork, 150 Central Park Square.
 
Yamaguchi studies initial corrosion processes using surface science techniques and synthesizes atomically thin, two-dimensional protection crystals for

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The Manhattan Project Electronic Field Trip Feb. 4

Film crew at the replica guard gate in Los Alamos. Courtesy/BSM
 
BSM News:
 
The National WWll Museum in New Orleans is presenting the Manhattan Project Electronic Field Trip Feb. 4. This interactive streaming exploration will feature live polling and Q&A, so students can participate without ever leaving their classroom.
 
Answering student questions on-location at the WWll Museum will be Sharon Squassoni, research professor at George Washington University and member of the Science and Security Board at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The experience is geared

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Nature On Tap: Updates In Astronomy; Celestial Objects And Expansive Skies Monday, Jan. 6

A black hole. Courtesy/extremetech

CREATIVE DISTRICT News:

The community is invited to join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Los Alamos Creative District for Nature On Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6 at projectY cowork.

This On Tap will feature a combination of science and cheer with Peter Polko and Felicia Krauss, who will take a light-hearted look at cosmology, the supermassive black holes at the center of galaxies, and the connection between the two in two 20-minute talks. 

Nature On Tap is sponsored by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC)


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NMMSH: Free Telescope Workshop Jan. 4

A telescope can help inspire a lifelong interest and appreciation in nature and science, but the first step is learning how to use it. Bring your new telescope and everyone interested to the free telescope workshop Jan. 4 at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Courtesy/Air & Space Magazine
 
NMMSH News:
 
ALAMOGORDO The New Mexico Museum of Space History education department is holding a free telescope workshop beginning 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 in the front classroom of the Tombaugh Building in Alamogordo.
 
The focus of the workshop will be on showing new telescope

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AGU100 Blogosphere: Llamas Could Help Replenish Plant Life After Glaciers Retreat

Plot used to sample landscapes in the Andes and the Alps. Photo by Anaïs Zimmer/UT-Austin

A llama near the village of Patacancha in the Peruvian Andes. Photo by Lauren Lipuma

 
By ERIN MALSBURY
AGU100 Blogosphere
  • Unexpected gardeners might help plant communities colonize newly exposed land

The rapid retreat of glaciers from alpine regions around the world could result in widespread ecosystem losses, according to new research. Now, scientists are exploring a hairy solution to this hairy problem in the form of llamas.

As glaciers retreat with increasing speeds, they leave behind bare


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Virginia Tech Student Entrepreneurs Showcase Their Emerging Desktop Robotics Company At Autodesk Expo

From left, Kaelum Hasler, Bradley Turner and Martin Angst represented their emerging desktop robotics company at the Autodesk Expo in November. ‘Rendyr epitomizes the potential of Virginia Tech students to change the world through launching a new venture while pursuing their degree,’ said Sean Collins, director of the Apex Center for Entrepreneurs. Rendyr seeks to democratize access to prototyping tools and could be a game changer in multiple industries, Collns said, adding that Apex ‘is proud to support this amazing group of talented students as they bring their

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Spaceport America Announces Test Operations Of ABL Space Systems

SPACEPORT AMERICA News:
 
ABL Space Systems, a company founded by former SpaceX engineers, recently completed a successful test campaign of its E2 rocket engine at Spaceport America.
 
“Spaceport America provided the perfect location and support staff for us to test the E2 rocket engine,” ABL CFO Dan Piemont explained. “Our team did a great job rapidly activating our deployable test site, and we are happy with how E2 performed. This campaign was an important step toward bringing the RS1 launch vehicle to market.”
 
When operational, RS1 will fill an important role in the global

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NMMSH: Free Launch Pad Lecture On Comets Jan. 3

Comet Bennet was discovered Dec. 28, 1969 by John Caister Bennett in Pretoria, South Africa. It was widely visible by April 1970 and was slated to be photographed April 14 from Apollo 13, but a critical malfunction in the spacecraft prevented the crew from taking the photos. Courtesy/britastro.org

NMMSH News:

ALAMOGORDO – From early effects on world history to intergalactic interlopers, take a fascinating look at the sometimes terrifying but always beautiful and fascinating world of comets.

Harbingers of doom in the past, comets today provide a fascinating look into the early days of the


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New Technology Tested At Los Alamos County Airport

Crews prepare a drone for launching via catapault Nov. 8 at Los Alamos County Airport. Courtesy/LAC
 
A parachute carries the drone back to the ground. Courtesy/LAC
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

The pavement on airport runways and taxiways is essential; however, its maintenance and repair does not come cheap. But an innovative piece of technology could change that, and the Los Alamos County Airport recently played a role in putting this new technology to the test.

Officials from New Mexico Department of Transportation aviation division as


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American Geophysical Union: Scientists Use Satellites And Social Media To Detect Potential Famines

Oxfam delivers food aid to Turkana, Kenya during an ongoing food crisis fueled by drought. This year, below-average rains caused crop production to fall nearly 50 percent. Courtesy/Irina Fuhrmann/Oxfam under Creative Commons 2
 
AGU News:
 
Deaths due to famine have fallen precipitously in recent decades, but undernutrition, which affects one in five children worldwide, remains rampant. Now, researchers are using satellite imagery and social media to detect food-scarce regions before they become full-blown crises.
 
Molly Brown of the University of Maryland conducts

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EDD: Grants For Science And Technology Start-Ups

EDD News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Economic Development Department is offering a new small grants program to science and technology start-ups, Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes has announced.
 
The Business Start-Up Grants can be used by potentially high-growth, for profit companies in New Mexico in the science and technology fields with fewer than 50 employees.
 
Applicants must demonstrate the potential to create jobs or generate additional private investment, be headquartered in New Mexico, and provide a letter of good standing or Certificate of Compliance with the

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