New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 100

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced 17 additional positive tests for COVID-19.
Per the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH), the most recent cases are:
Five new cases in Bernalillo County:
  • A female in her 40s
  • A male in his 40s
  • A female in her 50s
  • A male in his 70s
  • A male in his 80s
Three new cases in Doña Ana County:
  • A male in his 20s
  • A male in his 30s
  • A male in his 60s
One new case in Cibola County:
  • ​A female in her 50s​
One new case in Curry County:
  • ​A female in her 50s
One new case in McKinley County:
  • A female in her teens
Four new cases in San Juan County:
  • Two males in their 30s


Denman Glacier Retreats Nearly 3 Miles In 22 Years

Researchers are concerned that the unique topography beneath East Antarctica’s Denman Glacier could make it even more susceptible to climate-driven collapse. Courtesy/NASA

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — East Antarctica’s Denman Glacier has retreated 5 kilometers, nearly 3 miles, in the past 22 years, and researchers at the University of California, Irvine and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are concerned that the shape of the ground surface beneath the ice sheet could make it even more susceptible to climate-driven collapse.

If fully thawed, the ice in Denman would cause sea levels worldwide


LANL: Flat-Panel Technology Could Transform Antennas, Wireless And Cell Phone Communications

The National Security Sciences Building at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • What goes in is not what comes out with a spatio-temporally modulated metasurface reflector

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory are reinventing the mirror, at least for microwaves, potentially replacing the familiar 3-D dishes and microwave horns we see on rooftops and cell towers with flat panels that are compact, versatile, and better adapted for modern communication technologies. 

“Our new reflectors offer lightweight, low-profile alternatives to conventional antennas.


U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Urges Trump Administration To ‘Put Our National Labs To Work’ On COVID-19 Response

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement urging the Trump administration to do everything possible to engage the researchers and scientists at New Mexico’s national laboratories to find solutions to the coronavirus pandemic:

“Our national labs employ some of the best and brightest minds on Earth, and they have played a leading role in finding solutions to past public health crises. Sandia National Labs trained their high-powered electron microscopes on anthrax spores after


AGU: New Research Shows Greenland Lost 600 Billion Tons Of Ice In 2019

A glacier front in Greenland. New research shows Greenland lost 600 billion tons of ice in 2019. Courtesy/Kristin Laidre

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — During the exceptionally warm Arctic summer of 2019, Greenland lost 600 billion tons of ice, enough to raise global sea levels by 2.2 millimeters in two months, according to new research.

On the opposite pole, Antarctica continued to lose mass in the Amundsen Sea Embayment and Antarctic Peninsula but saw some relief in the form of increased snowfall in Queen Maud Land, in the eastern part of the continent.

These new findings and others by glaciologists


LANL: New Program Helps New Mexico Small Businesses Bring Technology To Market

National Security Sciences Building at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

New Mexico companies who find themselves up a creek without venture capital to ferry them across the research and development gap from invention to commercialization may receive a life-preserver thanks to a new law recently passed by the New Mexico Legislature and signed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Qualifying companies may receive up to $150,000 per year in technical assistance from Los Alamos National Laboratory or Sandia National Laboratories, applicable toward activities such as


Homeland Security News Wire: COVID-19 Virus Isolated … Better Testing, Treatments, Vaccines Are Near

Researchers from left, Dr. Robert Kozak, Dr. Samira Mubareka and Dr. Arinjay Banerjee have isolated the agent responsible for the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19. Courtesy/McMaster University

From Homeland Security News Wire:

A team of researchers from Sunnybrook Health Science Center in Toronto, McMaster University, and the University of Toronto(opens in a new window) has isolated severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the agent responsible for the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19.

Sunnybrook says that the team was able to culture the virus from two clinical


PEEC: Experience ‘The Universe In Six Strings’ Friday

Classical guitarist and physicist Mohit Dubey performs Friday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:  

Travel through the universe using music as a vehicle in a one-of-a-kind planetarium show 7 p.m. Friday at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Classical guitarist and physicist Mohit Dubey returns to the nature center by popular demand and will take listeners on a journey using full-dome visuals paired with classical guitar music in his performance “The Universe in Six Strings”.

From original compositions inspired by the beauty of nature, to the mathematical elegance of J.S.


Canceled: BSMA Cancels Night With A Nerd Thursday

BSMA News:

Due to New Mexico Governor Lujan Grisham’s declaration of a state of emergency, the Night With a Nerd membership event scheduled for Thursday has been cancelled.

The governor declared a state of emergency this morning during a press conference at which she and the New Mexico Department of Health announced that three New Mexico residents tested presumptive positive for COVID-19, and announced that all out of state travel has been halted for state employees.

Also, the state will be canceling all large public events that they have control over and are urging the private sector to do the


New Mexico Museum Of Space History Launching Rocketeer Academy Summer Camp

Sometimes exploring gets messy! These summer camp cadets are trying to determine just exactly what sort of extraterrestrial lifeform they’ve happened upon. Hands-on science is what makes the Museum of Space History’s camp a summer to remember. Courtesy/NMMSH

What goes up, must come down…but will it survive? The only way to find out is to try, and that’s exactly what these summer camp cadets are ready to do – launch their basketful of peeps and prepare for the results. Courtesy/NMMSH


ALAMOGORDO — Who says you can’t be at two places at the same time?

This summer, the New Mexico Museum