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EPA Administrator Signs MOU With American Conservation Coalition For Environmental Education

on July 25, 2019 - 9:53am
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler signs MOU with ACC President Benji Backer. Courtesy/ACC
 
EPA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a first-time Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the American Conservation Coalition (ACC) to attract, educate, inspire and prepare students for careers and opportunities within today's various environmental fields.
 
“Today’s MOU with the American Conservation Coalition will help educate and encourage more students to get involved in important environmental issues like combatting

NMHU: Graduate Student Katherine Ottmers Awarded Scholarship For Drone Wetlands Research

on July 25, 2019 - 9:51am
Katherine Ottmers
 
NMHU News:
 
LAS VEGAS, NM New Mexico Highlands University environmental science management graduate student Katherine Ottmers will be using drones to conduct innovative New Mexico wetlands research, thanks to a scholarship from the New Mexico Geographic Information Council.
 
This is the first known time that drones, unmanned aerial systems, will be used to monitor wetlands in New Mexico.
 
The New Mexico Environment Department invited Ottmers to submit a proposal to develop drone-based wetlands monitoring, with Playa Lakes in Southeast New Mexico one possible

NWS: Today’s High Near 82; Tonight’s Low Around 59

on July 25, 2019 - 9:31am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 82 with a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms and tonight’s low around 59. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Sunflower Blooms On Garver Lane

on July 25, 2019 - 9:24am

Daily Postcard: Sunflower blooms in a patio on Garver Lane in White Rock. Photo by Annette Maes-Livermore

Bear Spotted Eating Cherries On Camino Cereza Today

on July 24, 2019 - 4:57pm

A bear is spotted today coincidently eating cherries on Camino Cereza. Photo by Andrew Phelps

Air Force Research Laboratory Launches Largest Unmanned Space Structure On SpaceX Falcon Heavy

on July 24, 2019 - 4:10pm

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket carrying 24 satellites as part of DOD’s Space Test Program-2 mission launches June 25 from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Four NASA technology and science payloads, which will study non-toxic spacecraft fuel, deep space navigation, ‘bubbles’ in the electrically-charged layers of Earth’s upper atmosphere, and radiation protection for satellites are among the two dozen satellites put into orbit. Courtesy NASA/Joel Kowsky

AFRL News:

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE - A satellite spanning nearly the length of a football field was launched on

On The Job In Los Alamos: Chuck Hannaford Of The New Mexico Office Of Archaeological Studies

on July 24, 2019 - 1:53pm

On the job in Los Alamos is Research Associate Chuck Hannaford ,from the New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies, teaching young students Tuesday at Ashley Pond Park about Native-American life in New Mexico, as part of the History Adventures children’s summer program presented by the Los Alamos History Museum. The program includes hands-on history activities that has kids moving, making, thinking, sharing and learning every Tuesday morning through July at Ashley Pond Park. History Adventures is free and no registration is required. For more information, click here.

Bear Spotted Roaming On Chamisa Street Monday

on July 24, 2019 - 11:46am

A bear is spotted early Monday evening walking down Chamisa Street. Photo by Philip Wolfram

A bear is spotted early Monday evening roaming around Chamisa Street. Photo by Philip Wolfram

NIST Physicists Create Record-Setting Quantum Motion

on July 24, 2019 - 11:30am
NIST physicist Katie McCormick adjusts a mirror to steer a laser beam used to cool a trapped beryllium ion (electrically charged atom). McCormick and her colleagues got the ion to display record-setting levels of quantum motion, an advance that can improve quantum measurements and quantum computing. Courtesy/J. Burrus/NIST
 
NIST News:
 
Showcasing precise control at the quantum level, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a method for making an ion (electrically charged atom) display exact quantities of quantum-level motion — any specific

AGU: Airborne Research Shows East Coast Cities Emitting Twice As Much Methane As Estimated

on July 24, 2019 - 9:47am
A NOAA Twin Otter aircraft over the Hudson on a 2018 research mission. Courtesy/Eric Kort/U of M
 
Genevieve Plant of the University of Michigan and NOAA’s Colm Sweeney review measurements of methane and other gases during an airborne research project in 2018. Courtesy/Eric Kort/U of M
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Atmospheric methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that also contributes to ground-level ozone pollution.
 
In the past decade, there has been intense scientific focus on improving the accuracy of methane emissions estimates in the United States, with most of the effort

NWS: Today’s High Near 81; Tonight’s Low Around 58

on July 24, 2019 - 7:41am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 81 with a 50 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms and tonight’s low around 58. Courtesy/NWS

Scenes Of Muddy Rio Grande Today

on July 23, 2019 - 5:50pm

The muddy Rio Grande flowing today near the San Ildefonso Bridge. Photo by Delbert Romero/ladailypost.com

The muddy Rio Grande today near San Ildefonso Bridge. Photo by Delbert Romero/ladailypost.com

Bear Spotted Sauntering Along Walnut Street

on July 23, 2019 - 5:25pm

A bear is spotted sauntering along the sidewalk under a Crime Watch Community sign Saturday on Walnut Street. Photo by Anthony S. Clark

Women In Wildland Fire Boot Camp Application Opens

on July 23, 2019 - 3:29pm

Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News: 

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe and Carson National Forests are looking for career-focused women who want to protect and preserve America’s public lands by training to become on-call wildland firefighters for the 2020 fire season. 

These on-call positions will provide support to wildland fire operations during fire season and may lead to future employment with the Forest Service. 

Approximately 30 applicants will be selected to attend the Women in Wildland Fire Boot Camp in September, which will provide comprehensive firefighter training and orientation. 

Participants

BAER Team Assesses Post-Fire Effects Of Naranjo Fire

on July 23, 2019 - 3:10pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team is assessing post-fire conditions for the Naranjo Fire near Regina on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF).
 
Monsoonal weather patterns are expected to bring heavy rainfall and thunderstorms this week, increasing the threat of localized flash flooding.
 
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for northern and central New Mexico until midnight tonight.
 
As the BAER team continues its analysis, residents and visitors to the area around the Naranjo Fire should remain alert

UbiQD Announces Novel Quantum Dot Optical Fiber Technology That Delivers Extra Light To The Lower Canopy Of Plants

on July 23, 2019 - 6:33am

Fiber-coupled luminescent concentrators, using UbiQD quantum dots, deployed over a row of tomatoes in a commercial hydroponic greenhouse. Inset: Close-up of the fiber tips, where light is delivered to the lower canopy. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

Representation of spectral tissue sensing utilizing the quantum dot-enabled fiber-coupled broadband medical light-source. The reflected spectrum can be a disease diagnostic. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

UbiQD News:

  • Wide-ranging applications include greenhouse agriculture, medical diagnostics, and telecommunications

UbiQD, Inc., a New Mexico-based nanotechnology

UA: Alien Moons ... Vacations Of The Future?

on July 23, 2019 - 6:17am
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — Humans first explored the Earth’s moon 50 years ago, an impressive feat for sure. But if you are interested in venturing a little off the beaten path, here are some other extraordinary moons humans may be able to visit in the future.
Pit Stop on Phobos 
 
Your guide: Alfred McEwen, UA Regents' Professor of Planetary Sciences and principal investigator of HiRISE, the sharpest camera ever sent to another planet.
 
As you pack up your spaceship in preparation for decades of travel, you’re sure to feel like you’re forgetting something. Don’t worry!

LANL: Vampire Algae Killer’s Genetic Diversity Poses Threat To Biofuels

on July 23, 2019 - 6:08am
New DNA analysis has found genetic diversity in Vampirovibrio chlorellavorus, complicating efforts to protect algae ponds and the biofuels industry from this destructive pest. The predatory bacterium sucks out the contents of the algae cells, ultimately transforming a productive green algae pond to a vat of rotting sludge. Photo by Seth Steichen and Judith K. Brown, Plant Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.
 
LANL News:
 
New DNA analysis has revealed surprising genetic diversity in a bacterium that poses a persistent threat to the algae biofuels industry.
 
With the

NWS: Today’s High Near 78; Tonight’s Low Around 57

on July 23, 2019 - 5:39am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 78 with a 40 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms and tonight’s low around 57. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Sunset Viewed From Diamond Drive

on July 23, 2019 - 5:33am

Daily Postcard: The sunset looking west Sunday evening from Diamond Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Meet Rainforest Creatures At Nature Center Wednesday

on July 22, 2019 - 4:40pm

Rainforest species from Albuquerque’s Exotics of the Rainforest will be on display Wednesdat at the Los Alamos Nature Center. This program starts at 6:30 p.m. and is sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The community is invited to stop by the Los Alamos Nature Center Wednesday, July 24 for Summer Family Evening and meet 25 different rainforest species.

Albuquerque’s Exotics of the Rainforest will be bringing free-flight Macaws and other rainforest creatures for participants to see up-close at this event.

The fun starts at 6:30 p.m.

Congress Moves To Permanently Protect Two National Treasures From Uranium, Oil, Gas Development

on July 22, 2019 - 2:53pm
NWF News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congress has taken an important step toward permanently protecting two national treasures in the American West.
 
The House Natural Resources Committee approved H.R. 1373, the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act, which will withdraw a million acres from future mining of uranium and minerals around the Grand Canyon.
 
It also passed H.R. 2181, the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, which protects Chaco Canyon from oil and gas development.
 
“These bills will protect wildlife in two of the country’s most cherished landscapes.

Los Alamos Master Gardeners Iris Sale Saturday

on July 22, 2019 - 8:33am

Trip To El Rancho De Las Golondrinas Wednesday

on July 22, 2019 - 8:00am
Courtesy/El rancho de las Golondrinas
 
LAS GOLONDRINAS News:
 
El Rancho de Las Golondrinas offers free Wednesdays for New Mexico residents in July. The Los Alamos and White Rock Senior Centers will offer members round trip transportation for just $8.
 
The trip is planned for Wednesday, July 24. It departs the Los Alamos Senior Center at 9 a.m. and picks up at 9:15 a.m. at White Rock Senior Center.
 
Admission is FREE at Las Golondrinas for New Mexico residents and visitors are welcome to bring or buy lunch there. Those age 60 and over can join the senior centers for free.
 

NWS: Today’s High Near 79; Tonight’s Low Around 57

on July 22, 2019 - 7:38am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 79 with a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms and tonight’s low around 57. Courtesy/NWS

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