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NWS: Today’s High Near 70; Tonight’s Low Around 52

on September 16, 2019 - 7:01am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 70 with a 40 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms and tonight’s low around 52. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Blanket Of Clouds Covers Mountains

on September 16, 2019 - 6:56am

Daily Postcard: A blanket of clouds rolls in over the mountains Sunday morning looking west from Los Alamos County Airport. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

How The Hen House Turns: Communication Between Animals

on September 15, 2019 - 8:22am
Wild California turkeys ‘communicating’. Courtesy photo
 
By CARY NEEPER
Los Alamos Daily Post

We humans are so focused on our verbal ways of communicating, it is easy to overlook the more subtle methods used by plants and animals.

However, that topic has appeared in some excellent books (The Hidden Life Of Trees and The Inner Life of Animals: What They Feel by Peter Wohlben )

Communication between living beings, and between themselves and their environments, is not limited to sound. Smell and taste play large roles in animal and plant communication.

NWS: Today’s High Near 68; Tonight’s Low Around 53

on September 15, 2019 - 7:36am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 68 with a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms and tonight’s low around 53. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Flowers Bloom On Cheryl Avenue

on September 15, 2019 - 7:25am

Daily Postcard: Flowers bloom in the yard of a residence on Cheryl Avenue in White Rock. Photo by Annette Maes-Livermore

Heinrich’s Clean Energy Jobs Act Has Key Hearing

on September 14, 2019 - 10:28am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich 

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

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich introduces the Clean Energy Jobs Act to establish a comprehensive, nationwide program at the Department of Energy to improve education and training for careers in clean energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Clean Energy Jobs Act (S. 2393), introduced by U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) received a hearing Wednesday in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy.

The bill establishes a comprehensive, nationwide program at the U.S.

A Big Zero Waste Thank You Los Alamos!

on September 14, 2019 - 7:45am

Scene from this year's summer concert. The Los Alamos Zero Waste Team together with Los Alamos County Environmental Services and Environmental Sustainability Board thank the community for its support in making this year's Summer Concert Series a zero waste event. Courtesy/LAC

Scene from this year's summer concert. An estimated 32,000 people attended this year's 15 concerts, generating a total of 10,640 pounds of waste material including 5,920 pounds of trash, 2,000 pounds of compostables, 1,540 pounds of recyclables and 1,180 pounds of glass that was collected and transported. Courtesy/LAC

NWS: Today’s High Near 75; Tonight’s Low Around 54

on September 14, 2019 - 7:02am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 75 with scattered showers and thunderstorms mainly after noon and tonight’s low around 54. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Paints First Light In White Rock

on September 14, 2019 - 6:33am

Daily Postcard: The sunise paints the first light of the morning in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

NWS: Today’s High Near 77; Tonight’s Low Around 54

on September 13, 2019 - 4:57am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 77 with a 20 percent chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon and tonight’s low around 54. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Harvest Moon Viewed From White Rock

on September 13, 2019 - 4:54am

Daily Postcard: A rare sighting of the Harvest Moon viewed at about 1:48 a.m. today from White Rock. The Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, the beginning of fall, which this year is Sept. 23. It’s different from other full moons because it rises at roughly the same time for several nights running, giving more light. According to Farmers’ Almanac contributing astronomer Joe Rao, this combination is typically a once-in-a-20-year occurrence, but unfortunately, you’ll have to wait even longer than usual for your next chance to see it in the U.S.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Secures Funding For New Mexico’s National Labs, WIPP, Nuclear Safety...

on September 12, 2019 - 4:19pm

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M), senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, voted to advance key legislation to provide strong funding for New Mexico’s national labs, technology transfer efforts, environmental clean-up projects, the Waste Isolation Pilot Program (WIPP), and Tribal energy programs throughout the state.

Udall joined the Senate Appropriations Committee in voting unanimously to advance the Fiscal Year 2020 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill to the Senate floor.

“This funding will help bolster New Mexico’s thriving science

LAHS Student Aims To End Malnutrition In The World

on September 12, 2019 - 8:33am
Havard University student Garyk Brixi and Los Alamos High School student Lillian Peterson at the International Science Fair in May in Phoenix, Ariz. Courtesy photo
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Malnutrition is the leading cause of death for children globally and Lillian Petersen, a senior at Los Alamos High School, along with her partner Garyk Brixi of Maryland, is doing something about it.

They created computer software that can help inform aid organizations on the most effective way to treat malnourished children.

Serna Releases Position Statement On Climate Change

on September 12, 2019 - 8:07am

Marco Serna

From the Marco Serna for Congress Campaign:

Española – Third Congressional District candidate Marco Serna has made public his position paper on Climate Change.

While highlighting that climate change was very real and a threat to our survival, he rejects the “Green New Deal” proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and three of his opponents in the 2020 Democratic Primary.

“I join with the National AFL-CIO in opposing the Green New Deal. If the 10-year plan was implemented, it would have a devastating effect on New Mexico’s economy and the state budget,” Serna said.

NWS: Today’s High Near 75; Tonight’s Low Around 50

on September 12, 2019 - 7:31am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 75 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 50. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Squirrel Eats Apricots In Tree

on September 12, 2019 - 7:25am
Daily Postcard: A squirrel munches apricots Tuesday in a tree on 48th Street. It pulled off the apricots, taking a bite from each one before they hit the ground. The squirrel then headed down to eat some of the apricots on the ground. Photo by Donna Reil

Science On Tap: Earthquake Forecasting Sept. 16

on September 11, 2019 - 3:37pm

Feynman Postdoctoral Fellow Daniel Trugman. Courtesy/LANL

Los Alamos Creative District News: 

The community is invited to join the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16 at projectY cowork, 150 Central Park Square.

This “On Tap” features a conversation with Daniel Trugman, a Feynman Postdoctoral Fellow with the Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Division.

In the United States, earthquakes are the most frequent natural disaster. While the U.S.

NWS: Today’s High Near 75; Tonight’s Low Around 50

on September 11, 2019 - 7:44am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 75 with scattered showers and thunderstorms and tonight’s low around 50. Courtesy/NWS

NIST: Can High-Tech Sniffer Help Keep Us Safe?

on September 10, 2019 - 12:23pm

The PLOT-cryo device can be used to detect very low concentrations of airborne chemicals such as those that might signal the presence of spoiled food, clandestine graves, and chemicals in fire debris that might show evidence of arson. Courtesy/Megan Harries

NIST News:

Science stinks.

So thought Megan Harries as she measured drops of putrescine and cadaverine — the chemicals that give decomposing corpses their distinctive, terrible odor — into glass vials. She then placed the vials on the floor of a shipping container, walked outside, and closed the door behind her.

Harries, a postdoctoral

Heinrich, Collins Introduce American Energy Opportunity Act To Streamline Clean Energy Technology Permitting

on September 10, 2019 - 12:16pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

The lawmakers introduced the legislation to encourage state and local governments to adopt instantaneous permit applications for solar and battery storage

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) Monday introduced the American Energy Opportunity Act to provide state and local governments with voluntary tools to expedite and standardize the permitting process for distributed energy technologies, such as rooftop solar and battery storage, while ensuring high-quality and safe installations.

“If we truly

NWS: Today’s High Near 76; Tonight’s Low Around 56

on September 10, 2019 - 7:28am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 76 with a 20 percent chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Courtesy/NWS

Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Fawn Spotted In Quemazon

on September 10, 2019 - 7:04am

Daily Postcard: A fawn spotted Friday morning in Quemazon. Photo by Jason Morris

Los Alamos Bioscientist Harshini Mukundan Selected AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador

on September 9, 2019 - 6:55pm

Los Alamos bioscientist Harshini Mukundan is being inducted into the American Association for the Advancement of Science and IF/THEN STEM ambassador program. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Los Alamos bioscientist notes deep commitment to STEM outreach goals

Los Alamos National Laboratory bioscientist Harshini Mukundan has been selected as one of the 125 AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) IF/THEN Ambassadors.

LANL: Discover Lightning’s Electrifying Truth At Free Public Talks In Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Albuquerque

on September 9, 2019 - 6:21pm

LANL physicist Tess Light will discuss lightning at free public talks starting Sept. 11. Photo by Rob Lang Photography

LANL News:

  • Tess Light of Los Alamos National Laboratory discusses those bright cracks across the sky at Frontiers in Science talks in Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Tess Light will discuss the beauty and mystery of lightning at three Frontiers in Science public talks starting Sept. 11 in Santa Fe. 

 

“On any given day lightning flashes nearly 4 million times across the earth,” said Light, a physicist at the Laboratory.

Family Star Party And Family Night At Los Alamos Nature Center Tuesday

on September 9, 2019 - 5:02pm

Visit the Los Alamos Nature Center Tuesday, Sept. 10 for an evening of family fun. The monthly Family Star Party, sponsored by New Mexico Bank & Trust starts at 5:30 p.m. and Family Night starts at 6 p.m. and is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Head to the Los Alamos Nature Center tomorrow evening for a night of family fun! The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s monthly Family Star Party and Family Night programs will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 10. The star party starts at 5:30 p.m. and Family Night begins at 6 p.m.

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