Environment

Wash, Dry And Repeat … Billion Dollar Cleanup Settlement Starts Over

New Mexico Environment Department Cabinet Secretary Ryan Flynn asks for input on a revised consent order from members of the Northern New Mexico Citizens Advisory Board Thursday at the Cities of Gold Conference Center in Pojoaque. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

During a break at the NNMCAB meeting Thursday, from left, NNSA Environmental Programs Office Assistant Manager George Rael, talks to EM Los Alamos Field Office Manager Doug Hintze and contractor Bob Zulick. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

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NASA’s Swift Spots Its Thousandth Gamma-ray Burst

GRB 151027B, Swift’s 1,000th burst, center, is shown in this composite X-ray, ultraviolet and optical image. X-rays were captured by Swift’s X-Ray Telescope, which began observing the field 3.4 minutes after the Burst Alert Telescope detected the blast. Swift’s Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope (UVOT) began observations seven seconds later and faintly detected the burst in visible light. The image includes X-rays with energies from 300 to 6,000 electron volts, primarily from the burst, and lower-energy light seen through the UVOT’s visible, blue and ultraviolet


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El Valle Astronomers Host Dixon Star Party Saturday

Capella, left center, and the Pleiades, right, bathed in the Northern Lights. Imaged Oct. 11, 2015 with a Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR in Karasjok, Norway. Courtesy/NOP
 
By DAVID GRIGGS, Secretary
El Valle Astronomers

El Valle Astronomers will host a Star Party Saturday, Nov. 14. Meet in front of the Dixon Coop Market 4:55 p.m., and President Lee Mesibov will lead the procession up the hill to the Dixon Ballfield.

In the evening twilight, we will be observing details on the waxing crescent Moon. As twilight fades away, you can make out the last stars of summery Sagittarius to its left. Uranus (magnitude


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Scenes From Today’s Signing Ceremony Establishing Manhattan Project National Historical Park

From left, Los Alamos County Council Chair Kristin Henderson, former Councilor Fran Berting, Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan, Dr. Ben Neal, second from right, and at far right, Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott join U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and seated, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz at this morning’s signing ceremony, in Washington, D.C., to officially establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Courtesy/NPS

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell


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Kiwanis Club Sponsors Storytelling At Nature Center 6 p.m. Today

Gathered around the campfire to listen and imagine. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is bringing two great storytellers to the Los Alamos Nature Center at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 to light up one’s imagination.

Gather under the planetarium stars to enjoy nature-inspired storytelling. With master storytellers Teralene (Terry) Foxx and Kimberly Gotches as guides, children and adults will embark on an adventure to meet all kinds of animals, learn about stars, and even go fishing.

This program is free thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Kiwanis


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PEEC Workshop Saturday: The New Age Of Birding

Courtesy/PEEC

Do you enjoy watching birds? Would you like to know how to integrate new technology to further your birding efforts?

Expert birders Bob Walker and Dave Yeamans are leading a workshop 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Los Alamos Nature Center to explore how technology is transforming birding. This workshop is for all levels of birders and focuses on using digital tools.

Technology is quickly changing how we connect with nature. In many ways, the digital age is making it easier to view, identify, and document birds and other wild animals. That is if we know how to use our digital


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Interior, Energy Departments To Sign Agreement Establishing Manhattan Project National Historical Park

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz

DEPT. OF INTERIOR News:

WAHINGTON, D.C. – Tuesday, Nov. 10, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) at the Department of the Interior South Building Auditorium, to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

The park will have three locations: Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Tenn. and Hanford, Wash. National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis will attend the ceremony along with Senators Martin Heinrich, Lamar Alexander and Maria Cantwell, who


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Looking For Deliberate Radio Signals From KIC 8462852

Allen Telescope Array. Courtesy/Seth Shostak, SETI Institute

SCIENCE News:

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.— Could there be intelligent life in the star system KIC 8462852? A recent analysis of data collected by the Kepler space telescope has shown that this star, informally known as Tabby’s Star, evidences a periodic dimming of 20 percent and more. 

While several natural explanations for this strong change in luminosity have been proposed, one possibility is that a technologically adept civilization has built megastructures in orbit around star, causing the dimming. 

One example


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Super Strypi Fails In First Minute Of Launch

The Super Strypi launch vehicle blasted off from a rail launch platform at the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii at 5:45 p.m. (HST). Courtesy/U.S. Air Force/University of Hawaii/Spaceflight Now
 
 
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post
  • New Mexico CubeSat team weighs another shot

The maiden flight of the Super Strypi launch vehicle stumbled out of control in the first stage of a low-earth-orbit mission Tuesday night.

Lost in delayed glimpses of the disintegrating rocket were the pieces of a doomed payload, 13 small satellites. The main payload of six small CubeSats


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Advanced Reactor Development To Strengthen Nuclear Power’s Role In Combating Climate Change

DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) made two announcements today at the White House Summit on Nuclear Energy that will bolster our nation’s commitment to nuclear power as a clean energy solution for combating climate change.
 
One of the efforts by DOE will accelerate the development of advanced designs for nuclear reactors through the Office of Nuclear Energy’s Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN).
 
Additionally, DOE’s Loan Programs Office will issue a supplement to the agency’s existing Advanced Nuclear Energy Projects

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