Science

NIST: Department Of Commerce Establishes National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo

NIST News:

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo has announced that the Commerce Department has established a high-level committee to advise the President and other federal agencies on a range of issues related to artificial intelligence (AI).

Working with the National AI Initiative Office (NAIIO) in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the Department is now seeking to recruit top-level candidates to serve on the committee.

A formal notice describing the National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee (NAIAC) Read More

Dark Sky Program At Spirio Field In White Rock Tonight!

Pajarito Astronomers News:

Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Divisions have partnered up with the Parjarito Astronomers for the Dark Sky/Night program.

Anyone with an interest in star gazing and the chance to look for stars through a telescope is invited to come out tonight to Spirio Soccer Field at Overlook Park in White Rock.

Arrive at nightfall for viewing, or around sunset for setting up. If arriving at night and approaching Spirio Field, please use parking lights.

Bring a red flashlight for safety.

This gathering is weather permitting (if it’s partly cloudy it will happen, Read More

Community Invited To Take Survey To Determine Interest In Research Park On Old Nuclear Waste Dump On DP Road

This 1946 photo shows original nuclear weapons were developed in very rudimentary buildings. Courtesy photo

By RICK NEBEL
Tibbar Plasma Technologies, Inc.

Los Alamos

Starting in January 2022, Los Alamos County is planning to replace/extend utilities along DP Road down to the old TA-21 site. The County owns 10 acres of property along the south side of DP Road that it received from LANL for development. This is primarily an old nuclear waste dump dating back to WW2 that the lab cleaned up at a cost of $250,000,000.

My understanding is that this property is zoned C-3 (heavy industrial) and that the Read More

Spaceport America: LANL And UP Aerospace Partner On Suborbital Flight Experiment

UP Aerospace SpaceLoft Rocket on its rail at Spaceport America. Courtesy/Spaceport America

Inside Mission Control. Courtesy/Spaceport America

Teams from Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/Spaceport America

SPACEPORT AMERICA News:

SIERRA COUNTY — Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and UP Aerospace partnered Aug. 11 for a launch from Spaceport America.

For the first time, LANL, through the Stockpile Responsiveness Program, partnered with a private company to perform a suborbital flight experiment involving a Los Alamos-developed diagnostic and communication payload. Read More

LANL: Investors And Scientists Converge At 2021 DisrupTECH

Kirti Bhardwaj is the winner of the 2021 DisrupTECH award for Best Technology for SafeRad: Making Safer Radiation Therapy Accessible for Cancer. Ian Cummings is the winner of the 2021 DisrupTECH award for Best Presentation for ASSESS: A Rapid Full Structure Ultrasonic NDE Tool for the Aerospace Industry. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Cutting-edge technologies including more comfortable radiation therapy, ultrasonic aerospace testing, and advancements in hydrogen fuel cells were among 13 presentations to investors made by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) scientists as part of the Read More

Founder Of Society Of Catholic Scientists To Speak On ‘Science And Religion: The Myth Of Conflict’ Sept. 10

Prof. Stephen Bar

SCS News:

The New Mexico Chapter of the Society of Catholic Scientists (SCS) is pleased to invite the local community to a public lecture to be given by Prof. Stephen Barr of U. Delaware, Physics, the President and founder of the Society of Catholic Scientists, on “Science and Religion: the Myth of Conflict”, at Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Catholic Church at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, in the Karen McLaughlin Parish Hall.

This will be preceded by a Gold Mass for those in the scientific professions at 5:30 p.m. celebrated by the pastor of IHM, Fr. John Daniel. The SCS will provide Read More

NIST: Discovering Crystal Exhibiting Exotic Spiral Magnetism

This ‘semimetal’ crystal consists of repeating unit cells such as the one to the left, which has a square top and rectangular sides. The spheres represent silicon (violet), aluminum (turquoise), and — in gold — neodymium (Nd) atoms, the last of which are magnetic. Understanding the special magnetic properties of the material requires nine of these unit cells, shown as the larger block to the right (which has a unit single cell outlined in red). This 3×3 block shows green ‘Weyl’ electrons traveling diagonally across the top of the cells and affecting the magnetic spin orientation of the Read More

20 Years Later: NIST’s World Trade Center Investigation & Legacy

N. Hanacek/NIST

By S. Shyam Sunder
NIST

The collapse of the World Trade Center (WTC) buildings following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was one of the worst-ever building disasters in recorded history — killing 2,749 people. More than 400 emergency responders were among those killed, the largest loss of life for this group in a single incident.

I was shocked to learn of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, along with the rest of the nation, while attending a conference in Krakow, Poland. My immediate thoughts that Tuesday turned to the safety of my family back home. Once I talked to them and knew Read More

LANL: New Name Change Service Makes It Easier For Researchers To Claim Their Earlier Work

Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

When researchers change their names, they lose claim to their earlier published work. Requesting that their names be updated on their previous work comes with many challenges — they’ve had to contact publishers one by one and go through the specific process requirements of each.

Now, a new partnership provides an effortless way for researchers to change their names and claim published papers from all stages of their careers.

Announced July 28, the partnership includes Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), 16 other national laboratories, and 13 scientific publishers Read More

NIST’s Quantum Crystal Could Be A New Dark Matter Sensor

NIST physicists John Bollinger, left, and Matt Affolter adjust the laser and optics array used to trap and probe beryllium ions in the large magnetic chamber. The ion crystal may help detect mysterious dark matter. Courtesy/R. Jacobson/NIST

NIST News:

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have linked together, or “entangled,” the mechanical motion and electronic properties of a tiny blue crystal, giving it a quantum edge in measuring electric fields with record sensitivity that may enhance understanding of the universe.

The quantum sensor consists Read More

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