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NIST: Light At End Of Nanotunnel For Future Catalysts

on November 14, 2019 - 7:10am
The new nanoreactor allows us to investigate individual catalytic active nanoparticles isolated in separate liquid-filled nanotunnels. Illustration: Sune Levin and Nature Communications. Courtesy/Chalmers
 
Chalmers University of Technology News:
 
Using a new type of nanoreactor, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have succeeded in mapping catalytic reactions on individual metallic nanoparticles. Their work could help improve chemical processes, and lead to better catalysts and more environmentally friendly chemical technology.
 
The results are published in

NWS: Today’s High Near 52; Tonight’s Low Around 30

on November 14, 2019 - 6:59am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 52 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 30. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: View From Anderson Overlook

on November 14, 2019 - 6:51am

Daily Postcard: Early morning view recently from Anderson Overlook. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

UA: Mysteries Behind Interstellar Buckyballs Answered

on November 13, 2019 - 2:10pm

An artist’s concept depicting the presence of buckyballs in space. Courtesy/NASA / JPL-Caltech

UA News:

Tucson, Ariz. — Scientists have long been puzzled by the existence of so-called “buckyballs” – complex carbon molecules with a soccer-ball-like structure – throughout interstellar space.

Now, a team of researchers from the University of Arizona has proposed a mechanism for their formation in a study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Carbon 60, or C60 for short, whose official name is Buckminsterfullerene, comes in spherical molecules consisting of 60 carbon atoms organized

SFNF: Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Permits On Sale Nov. 25; 4th Graders May Get One Tree Free

on November 13, 2019 - 10:22am
SFNF permits to cut own Christmas tree go on sale Monday. Courtesy photo
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Permits to cut your own Christmas tree on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) go on sale Monday, Nov. 25, at Forest Headquarters in Santa Fe and at all Ranger District offices
 
As part of the “Every Kid Outdoors” initiative, every fourth grader is eligible for a free holiday tree permit. In order to redeem the free permit, the student must present a valid Every Kid Outdoors pass, downloadable at www.everykidoutdoors.gov.
 
Accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18,

NWS: Today’s High Near 55; Tonight’s Low Around 28

on November 13, 2019 - 5:45am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 55 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 28. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Early Morning Sky In White Rock

on November 13, 2019 - 5:33am

Daily Postcard: A lone cloud floats above the horizon early this morning in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Group Pledges To Plant 500 Million Trees By 2025

on November 12, 2019 - 5:16pm
TREES News:
 
SILVER SPRING, MD International development nonprofit Trees for the Future (TREES) has pledged to plant 500 million trees by 2025.
 
Their recently released Strategic Growth Plan sets clear pathways to advance their regenerative agriculture approach worldwide.
 
“We know we’ve set a lofty goal for ourselves, but it is attainable and it is absolutely vital to the health of our environment and the well-being of people living on dying land,” says TREES Executive Director John Leary.

Zero Waste Team: Turn Leaves Into Gardener’s Gold

on November 12, 2019 - 10:53am

Fall leaves can be used in a variety of ways including mulch, leaf mold and compost. Courtesy/ZWT

ZERO WASTE TEAM News:

  • Zero Waste Tip: The recommended ratio for compost is one part green/nitrogen material and three parts brown/carbon material.

Now is the best time to start planning for spring gardens.

Composting in the fall allows time to create healthy compost by spring. Compost is vital to creating healthy soil to nourish plants. Healthy soil increases plant yields by enhancing aeration, water retention, nutrient availability, and resistance to soilborne disease.

Fall leaves can be

¡Iluminarte! 2019 Celebrates Light & Holidays Dec. 8

on November 12, 2019 - 7:03am
Scene from ¡Iluminarte! 2018. Courtesy/NHCC
 
NHCC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE ¡Iluminarte! is a one-of-a-kind, winter holiday celebration inspired by luminarias and farolitos—a New Mexico tradition.
 
This event is 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, and includes a magical light and bike parade along the Paseo del Bosque Trail in Albuquerque and short performances by Story Riders a bilingual elementary school program focusing on bike safety and storytelling – with Circo Latino, AirDance New Mexico and Albuquerque Poet Laureate Michelle Otero.
 
¡Iluminarte!

NWS: Today’s High Near 48; Tonight’s Low Around 28

on November 12, 2019 - 6:39am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 48 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 28. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Full Moon Silhouetted With Leaves

on November 12, 2019 - 6:33am
Daily Postcard: The full moon with fall leaves and branches in the silhouette Monday evening in White Rock. According to the Farmer's Almanac, this Full Moon is the Beaver Moon, also called the Frost or Frosty Moon, Snow Moon, Kartik Purnima, Moon of the Boun That Luang Festival and Il Poya. The full moon appears 'opposite' the Sun (in Earth based longitude) at 8:34 a.m. today. The moon will appear full for about three days centered on this time. The Maine Farmer's Almanac first published Indian names for the full Moons in the 1930's.

PEEC: Full Moon Hike And Potluck Dinner Wednesday

on November 11, 2019 - 2:59pm

PEEC, astrophysicist Galen Gisler and hiker Jean Dewart host a full moon hike and potluck dinner Wednesday. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Photo by Beth Cortright

PEEC News:

The community is invited to join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, astrophysicist Galen Gisler and avid hiker Jean Dewart of the Los Alamos Mountaineers Wednesday Nov. 13 for a full moon night hike and potluck dinner.

Participants will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road, for the potluck dinner. PEEC will provide water, cups, plates and utensils.

NWS: Today’s High Near 47; Tonight’s Low Around 20

on November 11, 2019 - 6:53am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 47 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 20. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: View From Walnut Street

on November 11, 2019 - 6:52am

Daily Postcard: View looking northeast recently from Walnut Street. Photo by Anthony S. Clark

Heinrich Calls For Forward-Looking Legislation To Advance America’s Energy Industry And Workforce

on November 10, 2019 - 8:12am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the Ranking Member on the Senate Energy Subcommittee, delivered opening remarks Thursday on legislative efforts to modernize America’s electric grid, boost innovations through technology transfer programs with national laboratories, and create energy workforce development opportunities across the country.
 
Assistant Secretary of Energy Daniel Simons testified on eleven separate bills.
 

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Stops In Cuba & Santa Fe

on November 10, 2019 - 7:17am

USDA News:

SANTA FE The magnificent New Mexico blue spruce chosen to grace the west front of the U.S. Capitol this holiday season will make two stops on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) next week as it begins its journey to Washington, D.C.

Harvested this week from the Carson National Forest, the 60-foot 2019 Capitol Christmas Tree will begin its cross-country tour Monday with 16 stops across New Mexico before heading east to Washington.

Events are planned in 30 communities along the entire route, and the tree’s journey can be tracked in real time at capitoltreetracker.com. The

NWS: Today’s High Near 62; Tonight’s Low Around 34

on November 10, 2019 - 7:05am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 62 with sunny mostly skies and tonight’s low around 34. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Morning View From Anderson Overlook

on November 10, 2019 - 6:59am

Daily Postcard: Early morning view Tuesday from Anderson Overlook. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

NWS: Today’s High Near 61; Tonight’s Low Around 32

on November 9, 2019 - 5:57am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 61 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 32. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Fog Settles Over Barrancas Canyon

on November 9, 2019 - 5:56am

Daily Postcard: Barrancas Canyon and Rio Grande Valley in fog Friday at sunrise. Photo by Cornell Wright

View Mercury Transit From Overlook Park Monday

on November 8, 2019 - 7:16pm
Composite time-series image of a past Mercury Transit. Courtesy/NASA.
 
By JOYCE A. GUZIK
For the Pajarito Astronomers

The Pajarito Astronomers is offering the community an opportunity to view the Transit of Mercury Monday morning, Nov 11, at Overlook Park in White Rock.

Mercury transits are rare events in which the planet Mercury passes directly in front of the Sun as seen from Earth. The planet appears as a tiny black dot, only 13 arc seconds in size, against the face of the Sun.

Thousands Of New Mexicans Call For Wildlife Protections In Santa Fe; Carson National Forest Plans

on November 8, 2019 - 6:05pm
S360 News:
 
SANTA FE A diverse coalition of New Mexico conservation organizations, sportsmen and women and public land advocates, called for stronger protection of critical wildlife habitat, clean water and wildlife migration corridors in the Upper Rio Grande Watershed.
 
The group delivered more than 23,000 public comments to the U.S. Forest Service calling for improvements to the Carson and Santa Fe National Forests’ land management plans.
 
The New Mexico Wildlife Federation, Trout Unlimited, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Defenders of Wildlife, New Mexico Wild, National

PEEC: Nature Center Family Fun Tuesday Evening

on November 8, 2019 - 2:49pm

Head to the Los Alamos Nature Center Tuesday, Nov. 12 for PEEC’s monthly Family Star Party and Family Night. The evening will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Both programs are free thanks to PEEC’s sponsors New Mexico Bank & Trust and Kiwanis Club.

 

PEEC News:

 

Head to the Los Alamos Nature Center Tuesday, Nov. 12 for an evening of family fun.

 

The night will kick off at 5:30 p.m. with a Family Star Party in the planetarium and continue 6-7 p.m. with Family Night.

 

Both of these programs take place on the second Tuesday of every month and are free thanks to PEEC’s sponsors:

  • New Mexico

SFNF Waives Fees On Veterans Day

on November 8, 2019 - 2:37pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will waive fees at many recreation sites on Veterans Day Monday, Nov. 11, in honor of Americans who have served in the armed services.
 
All SFNF offices will be closed that day in observance of the federal holiday. Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, Nov. 12.
 
The Forest Service participates in fee-free days with other federal agencies to commemorate holidays and encourage Americans to visit their public lands. Veterans Day is the final fee-free day for 2019. The next fee-free day will be Martin Luther King, Jr.

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