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Jellies Transfer Large Amount Of Carbon To Deep Ocean

The role of jellies (like these in the Pacific waters of Dakit-Dakit Island, Philippines) in ocean carbon cycling has been overlooked. Credit: Klaus Stiefel/Flickr, CC-BY-NC-2.0

AGU News:

New research suggests jellies play a more valuable role in food webs and carbon storage than scientists previously thought.

A new study in the AGU journal Global Biogeochemical Cycles estimates how much carbon gelatinous sea creatures store in their bodies and where that carbon goes.

The results show that 3.7–6.8 billion metric tons of organic carbon can be traced back to jellies each year, an amount on


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2020 AFRL Fellow Advances Nation’s Space Technology

Air Force Research Laboratory senior engineer Dr. Michael Starks standing in front of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket that carried AFRL’s Demonstration and Science Experiments (DSX) satellite into orbit on Jun. 25, 2019. DSX was designed and built at AFRL, and is successfully conducting new research to advance understanding of the Van Allen radiation belts and their effect on spacecraft components. Courtesy/AFRL

AFRL News: 

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE – The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) commander, Brig. Gen. Heather Pringle, recently announced the sought-after annual AFRL Fellow


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Los Alamos National Laboratory Brings Next-Generation HPC In Fight To Stop Spread Of COVID-19

Chicoma high-performance computing platform to support the nation’s response to COVID-19. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory has completed the installation of a next-generation high-performance computing platform, with aim to enhance its ongoing R&D efforts in support of the nation’s response to COVID-19.

Named Chicoma, the new platform is poised to demonstrate Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s new HPE Cray EX supercomputer architecture for solving complex scientific problems.

“As extensive social and economic impacts from COVID-19 continue to grip


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Evelyn Mullen Named American Nuclear Society Fellow

LANL’s Evelyn Mullen named a fellow of the American Nuclear Society. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Evelyn Mullen, chief operating officer for Global Security at Los Alamos National Laboratory, was named a fellow of the American Nuclear Society for her leadership in nuclear national security and ensuring the nation’s experimental capability in nuclear criticality.

“For more than 25 years, Evelyn Mullen has displayed outstanding leadership in nuclear and radiological threat response,” said Nancy Jo Nicholas, associate Laboratory director for Global Security at Los Alamos. “She has provided


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Learn About A Molecule Named ‘Braveheart’ Oct. 19

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:

What is the human heart truly made of? Why can it become diseased? With the right tools, could scientists actually grow healthy ones?

Karissa Sanbonmatsu, a team leader in Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Theoretical Biology and Biophysics group, will answer these questions and more in the Science on Tap virtual talk, “Secrets of the heart: imaging the dark matter of the genome”,  5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19. Register here.

The lecture


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STEM Pathways For Girls Virtual Conference Nov. 13-15

SSF News:

STEM education has suffered during the pandemic with distance learning.

In response, STEM Santa Fe expanded programming virtually, offering a math festival and five STEM summer camps. They are continuing this effort by launching their annual STEM Pathways for Girls Conference.

This conference kicks off STEM Santa Fe’s monthly program which aims to spark interest in STEM education for girls in 5th-8th grade. With hands-on workshops led by women in STEM, the goal is to keep girls engaged in STEM education while providing a local support system of like-minded peers and role models.


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Six Los Alamos National Laboratory Physicists Elected 2020 Fellows Of The American Physical Society

Six LANL physicists elected American Physical Society Fellows, top row from lef, Luis Chacon, Andrea Favalli and Ralph Menikoff. Bottom row from left, Andrea Palounek, Nicolai Sinitsyn and Blas Uberuaga. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Six Los Alamos National Laboratory physicists have been elected Fellows of the American Physical Society this year. The Lab’s 2020 APS Fellows are Luis Chacon, Andrea Favalli, Ralph Menikoff, Andrea Palounek, Nikolai Sinitsyn, and Blas Uberuaga.

“I’m pleased to see six members of our technical staff recognized through their election as Fellows of the American


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Los Alamos National Laboratory Post-Doctoral Student Eun Joo (Sarah) Park Wins Hydrogen And Fuel Cell Award

Eun Joo (Sarah) Park of Los Alamos National Laboratory is honored for her work on high-temperature fuel cells. Courtesy/LANL 

LANL News:

Eun Joo (Sarah) Park has won the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Office post-doctoral award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office for her work at Los Alamos advancing fuel-cell technology.

Fuel cells are a clean technology that cleanly and efficiently produce electricity from the chemical energy of hydrogen or another fuel, with water and heat as the only byproducts.

Park’s


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LANL: Seven Los Alamos Scientists And Engineers Named 2020 Laboratory Fellows

The 2020 Laboratory Fellows: top row from left, Tanmoy Bhattacharya, Christopher Fontes, Vania Jordanova and Thomas Leitner. Bottom row from left, Ralph Menikoff, Joseph Martz and John Lestone. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Seven Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) scientists and engineers have been named 2020 Laboratory Fellows: Tanmoy Bhattacharya, Christopher Fontes, Vania Jordanova, Thomas Leitner, John Lestone, Joseph Martz and Ralph Menikoff.

“Recognizing the Fellows of Los Alamos National Laboratory is one of my proudest responsibilities. To be a Fellow is to be a leader at


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HAPSMobile’s Sunglider Holds Successful Stratospheric Test Flight At Spaceport America

Sunglider flying in the stratosphere above Spaceport America. Courtesy/HAPSMobile

Sunglider’s inaugural flight at Spaceport America, July 2020. Courtesy photo

SPACEPORT AMERICA News:

SIERRA COUNTY — HAPSMobile Inc., a subsidiary of SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) and minority-owned by AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), successfully reached an altitude of more than 60,000 feet above sea level during a 20-hour test flight of the Sunglider™ solar-powered high-altitude platform station (HAPS) at Spaceport America.

This is the second successful test flight of the Sunglider at Spaceport


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