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,


Vandals Destroy San Juan County Income Support Drop Box

Vandalized drop box at the San Juan County Income Support Division Office in Farmington. Courtesy/HSD

HSD News:

SANTA FE — The drop box at the San Juan County Income Support Division office in Farmington was vandalized by a fire that was intentionally set, announced the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD).

Employees discovered the vandalism this morning and the documents in the drop box at the time of the incident were destroyed.

A police report has been filed and the department is working to get the box repaired.

There were approximately seven envelopes in the drop box at the time of the


SFNF: Take Care Of Santa Fe National Forest This Fourth Of July Weekend No Fireworks, No Campfires, Leave No Trace

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is preparing for big crowds this Fourth of July holiday weekend as more and more people seek solace from COVID-19 in nature

All are welcome, but if you plan to spend the holiday camping, hiking or otherwise enjoying your public lands, please do so responsibly.

Although the monsoons are expected soon, New Mexico is still in fire season. Moderate to severe drought conditions with well-below-normal rainfall and above-average temperatures translate to elevated fire risk across northern New Mexico, and fire managers do not expect that to


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


New Mexico Fishing And Stocking Report: July 1


NMGF News:

We hope you enjoy this special Aquatic Education edition of the fishing report. Every fishing excursion can be turned into an educational opportunity for children and adults alike.

The activities outlined below can be utilized to learn more about the fish we pursue and the habitats they rely on, which in turn can make us better anglers. Happy fishing!

Dissecting A Fish And Identifying It’s Internal Body Parts

Fishing is a great way to spend a day outdoors with children, but it can also be an opportunity to teach them a little more than just how to catch and clean fish.


Spinning Yarn On The Lawn Behind Fuller Lodge

Windy Hahn set up her spinning wheel Sunday afternoon on the back lawn of Fuller Lodge to spin yarn to celebrate the Tout de Fleece holiday, a holiday celebrated in conjunction with the Tour de France bicycle race for those who spin yarn. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Manager Mary Fellman of Close-Knit Yarn Cooperative at 1247 Central Ave., celebrates the Tout de Fleece holiday Sunday using a drop spindle to weave yarn on the back lawn of Fuller Lodge. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com