ScienceFest Launches Virtual Sci-Fi Costume Contest

Los Alamos Creative District News:

This year Los Alamos ScienceFest is holding a virtual science fiction costume contest July 7-12 in honor of the theme, “20/20 Eyes On the Future”.

All sci-fi fans are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character and share a photo online using the hashtags, #LosAlamosScienceFest2020 and #SciFiLosAlamos.

Just be sure to: 

  1. Dress up as your favorite sci-fi character;
  2. Post a photo or fun video of you and your costume on either Facebook or Instagram using #LosAlamosScienceFest2020 and #SciFiLosAlamos; and
  3. Make sure your social media post is made before


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,


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


Night With A Nerd: Virtual Bingo – Periodic Table July 9

BSMA News:

The community is invited to join a virtual bingo game 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9 that has STEM topics rather than numbers in the squares.

For the periodic table – the squares have symbols and someone calls the word. Players match to the symbols on their card. For example, if the word called is “sodium” then players look for “Na”.

Everyone is invited to play. RSVP to the event to get a link to a bingo card emailed the day of the event. 

Multiple players in the same household should register individually.To register, click here.

Winners receive a gift certificate to the Gadgets store inside


Thomas Bowles Of Los Alamos Honored With Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award In Nuclear Physics

Dr. Thomas J. Bowles of Los Alamos has been endorsed by Marquis Who’s Who as a leader in the field of nuclear physics. Courtesy photo


Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, has presented Thomas J. Bowles, PhD, of Los Alamos with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

An accomplished listee, Dr. Bowles celebrates many years’ experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field.

As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical


Han: We May Finish COVID-19 Pandemic With Less Fatality This Summer By Raising Curve

Proposal on how to avoid fall resurgence of the COVID-19 health crisis. Chart courtesy of Dr. Cliff Han

Los Alamos

With all the talk of flattening the coronavirus pandemic curve of infections, we can also ask the question another way: When should we raise the curve?

This accompanying chart is one we’re all used to by now: showing the number of newly infected people during the course of a pandemic. The CDC is currently trying to flatten the curve with preventive measures so that the pandemic will not overwhelm the healthcare system. But, if the priority is saving lives, then actually


Impossible Foods CEO And Stem Advocate/Miss America 2020 Join Event Line-up For Virtual Los Alamos ScienceFest

Stem advocate and Miss America 2020 Miss Camille Schrier will host a live demo and Q&A during this year’s Los Alamos ScienceFest Discovery Day. Courtesy/Los Alamos MainStreet

Stem advocate and Miss America 2020 Miss Camille Schrier doing science as a child. Courtesy/Los Alamos MainStreet

Los Alamos MainStreet News:

Los Alamos ScienceFest 20/20: Eyes On The Future, is going virtual this year, July 7-12, with events highlighting topics such as the future of cybersecurity, energy, and new camera and drone technologies.

Other special segments include discussions on the future of agriculture


Letter To The Editor: Response To T. Douglas Reilly

Los Alamos

In his recent Letter to the Editor (link), Mr. Reilly states that the Coronavirus is being managed “according to science”.

That’s not true. “One size fits all” is not good science, and that’s exactly what the governor is doing. 

You might argue that it is the “fair” way to do things, or perhaps you can argue that it is the only “politically tractable” way to do things. However, you can’t argue that it is good science.


Letter To The Editor: Something More On ‘What Is Science’

By Dr. T. Douglas Reilly
Los Alamos

I wish to add something to Don Neeper’s June 25 Op-ed in the Post, What is Science? I believe what local politicians mean when they say COVID virus will be managed “according to science”, is they will try to follow the advice of scientists.

What is the meaning of the word SCIENCE? It comes from the Latin word SCIRE (pronounced shear-ay) that has two meanings; to know and to divide (like shear). That is to say, the basic sense in which we use science is meaning KNOWLEDGE.

Experimental science leads to data, facts if you will; theoretical science attempts to place these


Full STEAM Ahead: STEAM Lab Adapts To Coronavirus

This child appears fascinated by the interactive toys available at the former physical location of Los Alamos STEAM Lab. Courtesy/STEAM Lab

Los Alamos Daily Post

Although STEAM Lab has been forced to close its physical location due to the pandemic, it has by no means stopped serving Los Alamos. They’ve just gotten creative about it.

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. STEAM Lab’s mission is to create a dynamic learning environment for children and their families.

Through the use of techniques and skills that range