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Jemez Ranger Dist. To Start Vallecitos Piles Burn Dec. 4

on December 4, 2018 - 7:46am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE — U.S. Forest Service fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions today through Dec. 14 on Vallecitos piles to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Crews plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality, and weather forecasts, and treat up to 189 acres of piles located three to eight miles northeast of Jemez Springs, one mile southwest of Vallecitos de Los Indios, and north of Cat and San Juan Mesas on Forest Road 135 west of Forest Road 10.
         

OSIRIS-REx Arrives At Asteroid Bennu

on December 4, 2018 - 7:40am
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrived at its destination, asteroid Bennu, Dec. 3. Led by the University of Arizona, the OSIRIS-REx mission is the first NASA mission to visit a near-Earth asteroid, survey the surface, collect a sample and deliver it safely back to Earth.
 
The composition of the asteroid, Bennu, could shed more light on the origins of the solar system.
 
"Initial data from the approach phase show this object to have exceptional scientific value.

SAR Lecture: Chacoan Astronomy, Cosmography, Roads And Ritual Power Jan. 24

on December 4, 2018 - 7:16am
SAR News:
 
SANTA FE A sunray perfectly pierces a spiral rock formation marking the summer solstice; a shadow on a long South wall calls in the equinox. These astronomical alignments, embedded in the structures and roads across the Chaco Canyon region, provide insights into the pre-Colombian Puebloan culture.
 
The School for Advanced Research (SAR) is pleased to share exciting new developments on one of North America’s most influential archeological sites in the next Creative Thought Forum lecture.

Daily Postcard: Coyote Spotted Resting Behind IHM

on December 4, 2018 - 6:47am

Daily Postcard: A coyote spotted Monday morning resting near a tall tree behind Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Canyon Road. Photo by Fr. Glenn Jones

NM Environmental Law Center Gives Toxic Turkey Award To Oil Conservation Division & OCC

on December 3, 2018 - 11:18am
NMELC News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environmental Law Center announced joint “winners” of this year’s annual Toxic Turkey Award as the Oil Conservation Division (OCD) and the Oil Conservation Commission (OCC) for their failure to adequately regulate the oil and gas industry.
 
The Law Center gives the Toxic Turkey Award to a person or group that has shown extraordinary disregard for New Mexico’s environment. The Law Center presented the award at its annual members-only Member Appreciation Party in Santa Fe Dec. 2, 2018.
 
The Law Center also gives several awards to organizations or

Kiwanis Club Hosts Breakfast With Santa Saturday

on December 3, 2018 - 7:53am
Kiwanians preparing food for Breakfast with Santa. Courtesy photo
 
KIWANIS News:
 
The annual Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos and DelNorte Credit Union, is 7-11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
 
The breakfast is free. In return, attendees are requested to donate either non-perishable food items or money. Food collected will be used by LA Cares to feed local families in need. Money donated will be used for the Kiwanis/CYFD Foster Children Christmas party.

Daily Postcard: Friday Evening Sky Above Los Alamos

on December 3, 2018 - 7:26am

Daily Postcard: Friday evening sky above Los Alamos. Photo by Scot Rygh

Snow Provides Sledding Fun At Ashley Pond Today

on December 2, 2018 - 3:52pm

The snowstorm this morning made way for some sledding fun for parents and kids this afternoon at Ashley Pond Park. The National Weather Service has Los Alamos under a winter weather advisory until 5 p.m. today and predicts a 20% chance of more snow until 11 tonight. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

‘This is the life! Hey let’s go around again daddy!’ Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

NIST: New Device Widens Light Beams By 400 Times

on December 2, 2018 - 7:24am
This mode expansion device is made of a linear waveguide, a slab waveguide, and a grating. Light enters the device through the linear waveguide. When the waveguide makes contact with the slab, the light expands laterally. The grating then converts the expanded light into waves through free-space. The process also can happen in reverse, bringing free-space light into the waveguide. This enables researchers to connect two mode expansion devices together. For instance, they can use two devices to prove an unknown gas. By Sean Kelley/NIST
 
NIST News:
 
By using light waves instead of electric

Daily Postcard: Woodpeckers On Camino Encantado

on December 2, 2018 - 6:45am

Daily Postcard: A pair of acorn woodpeckers are spotted dining on bird seed Thanksgiving Day at a residence on Camino Encantado. Photo by Thai Ha

A trio of acorn woodpeckers gather to eat bird seed Thanksgiving Day at a residence on Camino Encantado. Photo by Thai Ha

PEEC: Learn About Christmas Bird Count Tuesday

on December 1, 2018 - 5:41am
Bird expert Mouser Williams will present a talk on the Los Alamos Christmas Bird Count Dec. 4 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Join bird expert Mouser Williams Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Los Alamos Nature Center to learn about the upcoming Los Alamos Christmas Bird Count (CBC). This talk will begin at 7 p.m. and is free to attend.
 
Williams will provide an introduction to the CBC at this talk and will give an overview of what birding opportunities will be available to the general public this year. The Los Alamos CBC is Sunday, Dec. 16 throughout the day.

Daily Postcard: Cloudy Sky Above Jemez Mountains

on December 1, 2018 - 5:39am

Daily Postcard: Driving Friday afternoon toward Los Alamos and looking at the cloudy sky above the Jemez Mountains. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

BLM Christmas Tree Permits Now Available

on November 30, 2018 - 4:23pm
Christmas tree permits now available. Courtesy/nmstatelands.org
 
BLM News:
 
SANTA FE – The Bureau of Land Management offices in Albuquerque, Socorro, Taos, Farmington, Las Cruces and Santa Fe are now selling Christmas tree permits.
 
The permits cost $5 and will be sold until Dec. 23. For a list of BLM office locations and contact information, click here.
 
Maps can be obtained when purchasing the permit at a local BLM office, and will show tree hunters where lands open to tree cutting are located. Tree permits are for sale on many parcels of public lands in the State.

50th Annual Earth Treasure Show Dec. 8-9

on November 30, 2018 - 10:23am

NIST: Atomic Clocks Now Keep Time Well Enough To Improve Models Of Earth

on November 30, 2018 - 9:36am
NIST physicist Andrew Ludlow and colleagues achieved new atomic clock performance records in a comparison of two ytterbium optical lattice clocks. Laser systems used in both clocks are visible in the foreground, and the main apparatus for one of the clocks is located behind Ludlow. Courtesy/Burrus/NIST
 
NIST News:
 
Experimental atomic clocks at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have achieved three new performance records, now ticking precisely enough to not only improve timekeeping and navigation, but also detect faint signals from gravity, the early universe and

BLM To Continue San Pedro Thinning Project

on November 30, 2018 - 9:34am
BLM News:
 
TAOS The Bureau of Land Management will continue thinning to reduce accumulated vegetation posing fire hazards in the San Pedro area through the end of December.
 
In addition to the presence of work crews, the public will be gathering wood in the area until Dec. 31. To ensure the safety of the work crews and the public, the area’s temporary closure to target shooting is extended until this time.

AGU: Whale Songs’ Changing Pitch May Be Response To Population, Climate Changes

on November 30, 2018 - 9:27am
A fin whale surfaces at 58˚S in the southern Indian Ocean in a photo captured in January 2010 from the R/V Marion Dufresne, the research vessel that collected hydrophone data for the new study. Courtesy/J-Y Royer
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Blue whales around the world are singing a little flat, and scientists may now have more clues as to the reason why.
 
A new study finds there’s a seasonal variation in the whales’ pitch correlated with breaking sea ice in the southern Indian Ocean.

Daily Postcard: Night Falls Over Saint Job Of Pochaiv

on November 30, 2018 - 8:32am

Daily Postcard: Night falls on the golden onion dome Saturday above Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Christian Church at 1319 Trinity Dr. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Zero Waste Gift Ideas: Thinking Outside The Gift Box

on November 29, 2018 - 9:00am

By THE ZERO WASTE TEAM:

Los Alamos, New Mexico— It’s November, and that means the seasonal food- and gift-based holidays are right around the corner! Every year at this time, I walk through stores crammed with festive lights, oversized toys, and decorated conifers, and it reminds me of the extent of consumerism.

Many of us are unaware of how much our gifts cost – not to our wallets, but to our planet. Manufacturing and transporting goods has become so efficient that most of us are blind to it. Things magically appear at the store for us to buy and take home.

PEEC: Explore The Sun With Joyce Guzik Friday

on November 29, 2018 - 8:27am
Joyce Guzik will present the talk ‘Inside the Sun’ at 7 p.m. Friday at the nature center. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Learn about a local star Friday, Nov. 30 at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium at a presentation from Joyce Guzik called “Inside the Sun.”
 
Guzik’s presentation begins at 7 p.m. and explores why the sun shines, the possible fate of the sun and earth and much more. She guarantees that the audience will learn something about the sun that they didn’t know before.
 
In her talk, Guzik will discuss what generates energy inside the sun, how the sun was formed, what

Daily Postcard: Western Bluebird Spotted At Bandelier

on November 29, 2018 - 8:13am

Daily Postcard: A Western Bluebird is spotted at Bandelier National Monument. This bird is common to the park year-round but more commonly seen on the mesas in the winter. Photo by Sally King/NPS

Three LANL Scientists Named Fellows By AAAS

on November 28, 2018 - 1:18pm

Los Alamos newest AAAS Fellows from left, Manvendra Dubey, David Janecky and Greg Swift. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Manvendra Dubey, David Janecky and Greg Swift honored for their lasting impacts in climate, oceanic and thermoacoustic science

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists Manvendra Dubey, David Janecky and Greg Swift have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a Fellow of AAAS is an honor bestowed upon Association members by their peers.

“Becoming an AAAS fellow is a tremendous honor.

LANL: Innate Fingerprint Could Detect Tampered Steel

on November 28, 2018 - 11:34am

David Mascarenas, a research and development engineer at LANL, used Barkhausen noise to find unique-looking ‘fingerprints’ in steel that could help to verify weapons treaties and reduce the use of counterfeit bolts in the construction industry. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Treaty compliance aided by spotting illicit artillery exchange and duplication

Researchers using magnetic signals have found unique “fingerprints” on steel, which could help to verify weapons treaties and reduce the use of counterfeit bolts in the construction industry.

 

“Magnetic signals provide a wide range of possible

New Report And Public Briefing On Disposal Of Surplus Plutonium At WIPP Nov. 30

on November 28, 2018 - 5:49am
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) outside Carlsbad. Courtesy photo
 
NASEM News:
 
The U.S. government plans to dispose of 34 metric tons of surplus plutonium under the Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement, signed by the U.S. and Russian Federation in 2000 and revised in 2010.
 
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has developed conceptual plans for disposing of the surplus plutonium in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) outside Carlsbad.
 
Congress asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) to

UbiQD Of Los Alamos Launches Quantum Dot Greenhouse Film Product

on November 27, 2018 - 4:05pm

UbiQD launched its retrofit greenhouse film product called UbiGro on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

Greenhouse Technology Engineer Damon Hebert checks on a tomato study grown under UbiGro films at the New Mexico Consortium (NMC) greenhouse in Los Alamos. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

UbiQD News:

  • The company has garnered EPA approval to manufacture its first commercial product, a luminescent film called UbiGro that improves crop quality and yield

UbiQD, Inc., a Los Alamos-based nanotechnology development company, announced today that it has launched its first commercial quantum dot

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