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Thirst For Power, A Climate Change Solution In The Cards

on January 17, 2016 - 11:30am
Grid modernization is one of the many issues that will influence water and energy trade-offs in the future. Photo by Randy Montoya,/SNL for Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium
 
 
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

A Los Alamos educational company that promotes science and technology literacy has been invited to participate in the Climate Game Night next week at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

DOE Announces $11 Million For Seven New Projects To Test Options For Optimal Efficiency Of U.S. Electric Grid

on January 16, 2016 - 11:34am

DOE News:
  • ARPA-E’s GRID DATA Projects will Develop Innovative Models and Data Repositories to Improve Transmission and Distribution of Electricity on the U.S. Electric Grid

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Energy Department’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has announced $11 million in funding for seven transformational projects that will develop realistic, open-access models and data repositories to aid in improving the U.S. electric grid.

ARPA-E’s new program, Generating Realistic Information for the Development of Distribution and Transmission Algorithms (GRID DATA),

First Fee Free Day At Bandelier And Other Federal Areas Is Monday

on January 16, 2016 - 11:33am

Entry sign at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

 
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, Jan. 18,  and is this year's first Fee Free Day at Bandelier National Monument and other National Park areas all over the country, that charge entrance fees, including the Valles Caldera National Preserve. At Bandelier, there also will be discounts at the bookstore and gift shop.
 
In addition, entry will be free at Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management sites where entrance fees are charged.

LANL: Machine Learning Helps Discover Most Luminous Supernova In History

on January 15, 2016 - 10:32am

An artist’s impression of the record-breaking superluminous supernova ASASSN-15lh as it would appear from an exoplanet about 10,000 light years away in the host galaxy of the supernova. Courtesy/Beijing Planetarium - Jin Ma

Two of the 14-centimeter diameter lens telescopes in use for the All Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae (ASAS-SN) that discovered ASASSN-15lh. Since this photo was taken, two more telescopes have been added to the ASAS-SN station in Cerro Tololo, Chile. Courtesy/Wayne Rosing

LANL News:

  • Powerful explosion 570 billion times brighter than the sun

Machine-learning

Los Alamos To Tackle Modernizing Energy Grid In DOE-Wide Laboratory Consortium

on January 15, 2016 - 9:29am

U.S. lights. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Grid Modernization Initiative Releases Multi-Year Plan with $220 Million in Funds

Under a new, $220 million U.S. Department of Energy grid-modernization program, Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists will collaborate with other laboratories, academia, and state and local agencies on critical research and development in a number of key areas, such as advanced electrical storage systems and integrating clean energy into the grid. 

Up to $35.25 million in research funding could come to Los Alamos and its partners.

“Los Alamos scientists will

Positive Energy Solar Joins Master Dealer Network

on January 15, 2016 - 7:14am
PES News:
 
SANTA FE  Positive Energy Solar, a New Mexico-based solar installer, has joined the SunPower® Master Dealer network, a strategic partnership program designed to deliver global solar expertise to local communities through leading independent solar installers.  
 
SunPower carefully selects its Master Dealers, awarding the distinction only to installers that consistently put customers first and deliver the superior SunPower experience at every step of a customer’s unique solar energy journey.
 
Master Dealers offer complete SunPower solar solutions to homeowners, including the highest

Bill Priedhorsky Presents Talk To Mountaineers Jan. 20

on January 12, 2016 - 10:09am
Llama packer BJ Orozco and his staff, schlepping gear down the canyon of the Escalante River. Courtesy photo
 
LA MOUNTAINEERS:
 
Bill Priedhorsky, a local Los Alamos Mountaineers member, will present "Adventures in the Canyons: A Country of Puzzles" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20 at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos. Social time and reports of recent and upcoming events begin at 6:30 p.m.

Priedhorsky will share some highlights of his 36 years of exploring, focusing on the last few years of new adventures.

New Mexico Voters Weigh In On Public Lands

on January 12, 2016 - 8:13am
COLORADO COLLEGE News:
 
COLORADO SPRINGS — Against an uptick in anti-public lands rhetoric from militant extremists, a new Colorado College State of the Rockies Project Conservation in the West Poll released today revealed strong public support for efforts to protect and maintain national public lands.
 
The poll surveyed the views of voters in seven Mountain West states—including New Mexico—on key public lands issues affecting the region, including proposals to designate new national monuments in the West, establish new environmental and safety standards for oil and gas drilling, and prioritize

DOE Releases ‘2015 Year In Review’ Of EM Los Alamos Field Office

on January 12, 2016 - 8:00am

Workers use a Spider Excavator to remove contaminated soil. Courtesy/EM

DOE EM News:

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM) has published its 2015 Year in Review, highlighting last year’s key achievements at the Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) and throughout the EM program.

“I was honored this year to be confirmed by the U.S.

Los Alamos Company Invited To Game Night Hosted At Smithsonian

on January 11, 2016 - 11:25am

BUSINESS News:

Washington, D.C. Los Alamos based Science Education Solutions (SCIEDS) has been invited to showcase “Thirst for Power” at the prestigious Climate Game Jam hosted at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C.

“Thirst for Power” is a resource management game designed and developed in Los Alamos. It challenges players to provide critical energy for their “region” without creating too much pollution while having a limited water resource.

Planetarium Show Rescheduled For Tuesday

on January 10, 2016 - 7:17am
Night Sky. Courtesy photo
 

PEEC News:

January Night Sky Planetarium show has been rescheduled due to weather and will run at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12.

January’s Night Sky Planetarium show takes people on a tour of celestial objects easily viewed through binoculars. Discover a neighboring galaxy, planets, star clusters, nebulae, and double stars visible in the winter sky.

The January Night Sky Planetarium show is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets are available by calling or stopping by the nature center. Seating is limited. Planetarium shows are suitable for ages four and up.

Youth Summer Job Applications Now Available

on January 9, 2016 - 9:39am
YCC crew at work on the trails. Courtesy photo
 
YMCA News:
 
Applications for summer employment with The Family YMCA’s Youth Conservation Corps trail crew will be taken through 5 p.m., March 7.
 
Hiring for this program is restricted to those ages 14-25. Application packets and job descriptions are available on the Y’s website, at the YMCA 1450 Iris St., and at the Los Alamos and Espanola YMCA teen centers.
 
Completed applications require two letters of reference and may be turned in to the Y or the teen centers.

Arctic Islands At Nature Center, Part 2, 10:30 a.m. Saturday

on January 8, 2016 - 7:05pm

Stephen Becker aboard the National Geographic/Lindblad Explorer. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Enjoy the beauty of the Arctic Islands, only recently opened to eco-tourism, from the comfort of the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Saturday, Jan. 9 at 10:30 a.m. in the nature center planetarium, Stephen A. Becker will present photos from his voyage to West Greenland and the North Canadian Islands. See wildlife, glaciers, icebergs, geology, interesting sky phenomena, and Inuit settlements from this remote region.

Part 1 of this event took place Tuesday, where Becker showed a film from the trip.

Snow Storm Covers Los Alamos County

on January 8, 2016 - 6:51pm

County snow plows and sand spreaders were out in force on the main hill road and other streets throughout Los Alamos and White Rock today working to keep ahead of the storm. The National Weather Service forecasts a 50 percent chance of snow showers may continue this evening with a low around 15 degrees. Snow is not in the forecast for Saturday, which is expected to have partly cloudy skies and a high near 32. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Snow was coming down fast this afternoon and beginning to accumulate on Central Avenue near Mari Mac Shopping Center just before the plows

Planetarium Feature Film This Weekend: Exoplanets

on January 8, 2016 - 8:09am

Exoplanets poster. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center is bringing Exoplanets back to the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9 and Sunday Jan. 10.

Exoplanets takes audiences on a journey to observeplanets beyond our solar systemand uncover the science and astronomy behind their discovery. This full-dome film was produced by Casper Planetarium.

Tickets may be purchased by phone or at the nature centerand are only $6 for adults and $4 for children. This movie is recommended for ages four and up.

January Night Sky Planetarium Show 7 p.m. Friday

on January 7, 2016 - 5:05pm

View of the night sky and our Milky Way galaxy. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Do you want to learn more about the stars and constellations of winter? Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is holding a star show in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8. Paul Ardent will give a tour of celestial objects easily viewed through binoculars. Discover a neighboring galaxy, planets, star clusters, nebulae, and double stars visible in our winter sky.

The January Night Sky planetarium show is $6 for adults and $4 for children.

NWS Issues Winter Storm Warning Through Friday

on January 7, 2016 - 7:19am

NWS NEWS:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING. THE THIRD AND COLDEST SYSTEM OF THE WEEK WILL BEGIN IMPACTING THE AREA TODAY AND WILL CONTINUE INTO FRIDAY EVENING.

SNOW WILL BEGIN FLYING ACROSS WESTERN NEW MEXICO THIS MORNING. SNOW WILL GRADUALLY SPREAD NORTH AND EAST ACROSS THE AREA TONIGHT. SIGNIFICANT SNOW AMOUNTS ARE LIKELY ACROSS MUCH OF THE HIGHER TERRAIN.

THE EVENT WILL GRADUALLY DIMINISH FROM WEST TO EAST FRIDAY ... BUT MAY CONTINUE THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT ACROSS THE NORTHEAST DUE TO THE INTERACTION OF A BACKDOOR COLD FRONT AND AN EXITING UPPER LEVEL LOW.

FOR

Arctic Islands Film And Presentation Part 1 At Nature Center 7 p.m. Today

on January 5, 2016 - 8:00am

Stephen Becker of Los Alamos aboard the National Geographic/Lindblad Explorer. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Enjoy the beauty of the Arctic Islands, only recently opened to eco-tourism, from the comfort of the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road.

At 7 p.m., today in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium, Stephen A. Becker will show a film and share stories from his three week National Geographic voyage to West Greenland and the North Canadian Islands. This is the first of two events revealing nature in this remote part of the globe.

Part 2 of this event is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan.

Temporary Road and Area Closures Announced On Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District

on January 5, 2016 - 7:25am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest has issued a temporary closure order for many roads and areas on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District restricting the use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), two-wheel and four-wheel motorized vehicles. Snowmobiles are not prohibited by the order.

The closures have been implemented to protect natural resources and infrastructure, including wildlife, watershed and roads, and to ensure public health and safety during extreme soil moisture and heavy snowfall periods. 

The closure order is in effect until April 9, 2016, unless it is rescinded

Nature On Tap At UnQuarked Thursday Jan. 7

on January 4, 2016 - 5:33pm

COMMUNITY News:

Nature On Tap begins at 5:30 p.m. this Thursday, Jan. 7 at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos.

The speaker is Park Ranger Jorge Moldonado who will be discussing the National Park Service anniversary. The National Park Service and one of its jewels in New Mexico, Bandelier National Monument, will be celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2016.

Join ranger Jorge Maldonado for a discussion on what it means to celebrate 100 years of preservation, how this major occasion will be commemorated, and how you can participate.

Sponsored by the Los

To Sustain Astronauts’ Mental Health, Dartmouth-Led Team Testing Virtual Reality Tech In Arctic Isolation

on January 4, 2016 - 9:10am
Professor Robert Stone
University of Birmingham

DARTMOUTH News:

HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth physician and former astronaut Jay Buckey is leading a team of international investigators testing new virtual reality technology in the remote Arctic this winter.

Their goal is to see whether simulated natural beauty can relieve the psychological challenges of living in the isolated confines of deep space travel.

The test site is the Canadian Forces Station Alert (CFS Alert), the most northerly, permanently inhabited location in the world, only 817 kilometers from the geographic North Pole.

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, No Politics

on January 2, 2016 - 11:54am

A New Years Day light display in the sky above Los Alamos taken with an iPhone near Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Sean Reilly

A New Years Day light display in the sky above Los Alamos taken with an iPhone from a porch in White Rock. Photo by Douglas Reilly

A light display visible across Los Alamos taken by a LANL photographer using a fish-eye lens in 1988 from the roof of the old Administration Building. Courtesy/Douglas Reilly

Staff Report

Douglas Reilly explains that the sun with sun dogs are so-called because they follow (dog) the sun.

Top LANL Sci-Tech & Spy Stories 2015

on January 1, 2016 - 10:09pm

Courtesy/FBI

VIDEO: Leonardo Mascheroni Of Los Alamos Offering Nuclear Weapons To Venezuela

FBI News:
Feb. 1, 2015

In FBI undercover video and audio recordings, Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni of Los Alamos explains to undercover agent Jimenez that he had a "top of the top" clearance and that he held a security clearance from the Department of Defense and from the Department of Energy.

Mascheroni, 79, a naturalized U.S.

2015 Top Stories Of The Year

on January 1, 2016 - 7:46pm

From left, Los Alamos County Council Chair Kristin Henderson, former Councilor Fran Berting, Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan, Dr. Ben Neal, second from right, and at far right, Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott join U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and seated, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz at this morning's signing ceremony, in Washington, D.C., to officially establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Courtesy/NPS

MPNHP Field Team leader Arthur Knox wowed the crowd Tuesday

Sun Dogs Spotted Over White Rock Canyon

on January 1, 2016 - 6:28pm
Spectacular sun dogs spotted this morning over White Rock Canyon. Photo by Bob Drake

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