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VIDEO: Udall, Community Leaders Hold Virtual Roundtable On Restarting Census Collection In Southern New Mexico

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

SANTA FE — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) held a virtual roundtable with the Las Cruces Area Office of the U.S. Census Bureau and community leaders in eastern and southern New Mexico to announce the restarting of census collection efforts temporarily paused to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The Las Cruces-based field office


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Sheehey: Physical Distancing, Social Cohesion

By PETE SHEEHEY
Los Alamos County Councilor

Rather than “social distancing” to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we mostly need physical distancing and social cohesion.

Physical distancing: if everyone covers their mouth and nose, and keeps six feet or more apart in public spaces, that minimizes breathing each other’s exhaled particles, the main path of contagion for the virus.

Social cohesion: only by all of us observing safe practices, as we help each other and do our business locally, can we buy time for medical research to develop effective treatments and vaccines, allowing a safe


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History On Tap Online: Alan Carr Discusses The Fourth Spy

Los Alamos Historical Society News:

Join the Los Alamos Historical Society for History on Tap online at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 1.

LANL historian Alan Carr will lead a conversation about Oscar Seborer, recently discovered to have spied in Los Alamos during World War II.

History on Tap is free. Find the link to attend here.

In September 2019, historians John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr published an article unmasking Oscar Seborer as a wartime spy at Los Alamos. The FBI records Haynes and Klehr discovered left little doubt that Seborer was guilty of espionage, but they shed very little light on what


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NIST Team Builds Hybrid Quantum System By Entangling Molecule With Atom

NIST physicist James Chin-wen Chou adjusts one of the laser beams used to manipulate an atom and a molecule in experiments that could help build hybrid quantum information systems. Courtesy/J. Burrus/NIST

NIST News:

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have boosted their control of the fundamental properties of molecules at the quantum level by linking or “entangling” an electrically charged atom and an electrically charged molecule, showcasing a way to build hybrid quantum information systems that could manipulate, store and transmit different


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AGU: How Climate Killed Great Barrier Reef Corals In 2016

The final toll: more than half the coral in some parts of the Great Barrier Reef died in 2016. Courtesy/AGU

AGU News:

A squad of climate-related factors is responsible for the massive Australian coral bleaching event of 2016. If we’re counting culprits: it’s two by sea, one by land.

First, El Niño brought warmer water to the Coral Sea in 2016, threatening Australia’s Great Barrier Reef’s corals. Long-term global warming meant even more heat in the region, according to a new study. And in a final blow that year, a terrestrial heatwave swept over the coast, blanketing the reef system well into the


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LANL: New Technique Separates Industrial Noise From Natural Seismic Signals

Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

For the first time, seismologists can characterize signals as a result of some industrial human activity on a continent-wide scale using cloud computing.

In two recently published papers in Seismological Research Letters, scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory demonstrate how previously characterized “noise” can now be viewed as a specific signal in a large geographical area thanks to an innovative approach to seismic data analyses.

“In the past, human-caused seismic signals as a result of industrial activities were viewed as ‘noise’ that polluted


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Los Alamos-Based UbiQD And Nanosys Partner To Improve Greenhouse Crop Yields

Nanosys Facilities and Equipment Manager presents a sheet of UbiGro® greenhouse film that uses fluorescent quantum dots to help plants get more from the sun. Behind him stands an over 2,000 L quantum dot production reactor. Courtesy/Nanosys

BUSINESS News:

  • Advanced materials leaders boost crop grower profitability by leveraging ultra-high-definition TV supply chain to manufacture luminescent agricultural films

UbiQD, Inc., headquartered in Los Alamos, an advanced materials company powering product innovations in agriculture, clean energy, and security, and Nanosys, Inc., headquartered


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LANL: ‘Green’ Quantum-Dot Solar Cells Exploit Defects

Scanning electron microscope image of electrodes infiltrated with quantum dots, left, and the corresponding distributions of copper, indium, zinc, and selenium across the film thickness. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Quantum-dot approach shows promise for a new type of toxic-element-free, inexpensive, defect-tolerant solar cells

Novel quantum dot solar cells developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory match the efficiency of existing quantum-dot based devices, but without lead or other toxic elements that most solar cells of this type rely on. 

“This quantum-dot approach shows great


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Albuquerque FBI Division Holds Twitter Chat To Alert Public About COVID-19 Scams And Frauds

FBI News:

The Albuquerque FBI Division hosted an hour-long live Twitter chat focused on coronavirus-related scams and frauds Friday, providing information to arm the public against criminals trying to cash in on the fear and uncertainty surrounding the pandemic crisis.

FBI special agents answered questions ranging from how to identify fraud and scam websites to ways to protect minors.

“The FBI will not tolerate criminals trying to take advantage of people at their most vulnerable during this pandemic,” said Special Agent in Charge James Langenberg of the Albuquerque FBI Division. “Together


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AGU: New Proof Of Watery Plumes On Jupiter’s Moon Europa

The new study is based on data collected by Galileo during a flyby of Europa in 2000. The image comprises data acquired by the Galileo Solid-State Imaging (SSI) experiment on the spacecraft’s first and fourteenth orbits through the Jupiter system, in 1995 and 1998, respectively, and was recently re-processed in 2014. The image scale is 1.6 km/pixel, and the north pole of the moon is to the right. Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute

AGU News:

Jupiter’s moon Europa is a fascinating world. On its surface, the moon appears to be scratched and scored with reddish-brown scars, which rake across


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