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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


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


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.

County: ABCs Of Zero Waste

on September 9, 2019 - 7:13am

  • Zero Waste Tip: We don’t need a handful of people doing ZERO WASTE perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.

The ABCs of Zero Waste:

Action! Doing a few small things is better than nothing. Make small changes to your daily habits before making dramatic changes to your life.

Beeswax cloth food wraps: These are a great way to reduce plastic use in the kitchen. They seal to a container (bowl, other) with the warmth of your hands, and they work great to wrap up a half a piece of fruit or to use for a sandwich in a lunch.

Carpool: Commit to sharing a ride or

Full Moon Tour At Fort Union Friday

on September 9, 2019 - 6:47am


Courtesy photo


WATROUS – Join park rangers Friday, Sept. 13 for a 1.25-mile tour through the grounds of Fort Union and along the Santa Fe Trail under the serenity of a dark sky.

The tour will bring together the history and culture of the valley with a natural dark sky. The program will start at 8:30 p.m. at the visitor center and will run to approximately 10  p.m. Friday.

After sunset, the high plains take on a new identity. Beneath the glow of a full moon the remnants of the old fort casts light shadows against the prairie.

NWS: Today’s High Near 80; Tonight’s Low Around 55

on September 9, 2019 - 6:43am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 80 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 55. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Moon Shines Over Abiquiu Inn

on September 9, 2019 - 6:37am

Daily Postcard: The moon illuminates the sky above the Abiquiu Inn Saturday night at 21120 US-84 in Abiquiu. Photo by John McHale/

SFNF Plans Multiple Prescribed Burns This Fall

on September 8, 2019 - 9:10am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning to take advantage of favorable conditions this fall to conduct prescribed burns across the forest to remove hazardous fuels, improve wildlife habitat, and create healthier, more resilient forest and watershed ecosystems.

Depending on conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, the forest’s window to implement these prescribed burns is Sept. 16 to Nov. 30.

The SFNF will issue additional notifications about each project based on fire managers’ expectations for

Posts From The Road: Palms To Pines

on September 8, 2019 - 7:53am
Mountain Views: The Palms to Pines Byway leaves streets lined with palm trees in the Palm Springs area to the dry desert landscape when  crossing the mountains. The first signs of fall were spotted at a mountain stop as cottonwood trees along a stream begin to show their autumn colors. Photo by Gary Warren/
Idyllwild: The village of Idyllwild, Calif. sits on the western slopes of the San Jacinto Mountains and is surrounded by ponderosa pines at an elevation of 5,413 feet. The peaks in the area rise to almost 11,000 feet in  elevation. Photo by Gary Warren/

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

on September 8, 2019 - 7:41am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 77 with a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms mainly afternoon and tonight’s low around 54. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Sunset Viewed From Canyon Road

on September 8, 2019 - 7:28am

Daily Postcard: A fiery sunset viewed recently from Canyon Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

NOAA Satellite Image: Hurricane Dorian Early Sept. 7

on September 7, 2019 - 12:32pm

NOAA GEOS Public Domain satellite image of Hurricane Dorian off the US east coast, AM Sept. 7 2019, enhancement and preparation by David A. Ponton,

NWS: Today’s High Near 81; Tonight’s Low Around 55

on September 7, 2019 - 6:41am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 81 with a 50 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon and tonight’s low around 55. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Fawn Visits Garden On Obsidian Loop

on September 7, 2019 - 6:32am

Daily Postcard: A fawn visits the garden of a residence on Obsidian Loop earlier this week in Los Alamos. Photo by Ju Yeon Yoo

Fawn visits a garden earlier this week on Obsidian Loop. Photo by Ju Yeon Yoo

2020 Breakthrough Prize Honors Los Alamos Astrophysicists For Work On First Black Hole Image

on September 6, 2019 - 5:35pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Astrophysicist Benjamin Ryan. Courtesy/LANL


Los Alamos National Laboratory Astrophysicist George Wong. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:

  • International team wins ‘Oscar of Science’ for using eight radio telescopes from around the world to resolve image of a supermassive black hole in a distant galaxy

Los Alamos National Laboratory astrophysicists Benjamin Ryan and George Wong are members of the Event Horizon Telescope team that just won the 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for creating the first image of a black hole.

“The observations themselves

SFNF Hosts Glorieta Rock Art Tour Saturday Oct. 5

on September 6, 2019 - 4:39pm

Horizontal rock art panel on Glorieta Mesa. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The community is invited to join the Santa Fe National Forest’s Site Stewards Saturday, Oct. 5, to explore two unusual horizontal rock art panels on Glorieta Mesa.

The petroglyphs are unique in both design and location. Both panels are easily accessible, but the trip will require carpooling in high-clearance vehicles. Sunscreen, snacks, water and closed-toe shoes are recommended.

The Glorieta rock art tour is free and open to the public, but if you plan to attend, please register in advance by calling the

NOAA Satellite Images: Hurricane Dorian Early Sept. 6

on September 6, 2019 - 8:56am

NOAA GEOS Public Domain satellite image of Hurricane Dorian, early morning Sept. 6, 2019, enhancement and preparation by David A. Ponton,

NOAA GEOS Public Domain satellite image of Hurricane Dorian along the SE USA coastline, hours before sunrise Sept. 6, 2019, enhancement and preparation by David A. Ponton,

Explore Geology Of Valles Caldera Saturday Sept. 14

on September 6, 2019 - 7:23am

Local geologists Cathy and Fraser Goff will lead a PEEC van tour Sept. 14 of the geology of the Valles Caldera. Courtesy/PEEC

VCNP News:

The community is invited to join local geology experts Fraser and Cathy Goff 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 on a PEEC field trip driving through Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Participants will examine the volcanology and geothermal springs of the 1.25-million-year-old Valles Caldera — the world’s type example of a resurgent caldera.

The trip will consist of six stops and take most of the day. Participants will meet promptly at 9 a.m.