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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

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.

Following House Passage, Heinrich And Rounds Urge Swift Senate Action To Permanently Repeal Cadillac Tax

on July 22, 2019 - 12:57pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), the bipartisan leads of Senate legislation to permanently repeal the ‘Cadillac Tax,’ applauded the House of Representatives’ passage of the measure.
 
They also called on the Senate to quickly take up their bill so it can be signed into law.
 
“Eliminating this onerous tax on employees' health coverage will protect important benefits for workers and ensure that businesses and families get a fair deal,” Heinrich said.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Summer Science Camp Empowers New Mexican Young Women

on July 22, 2019 - 11:45am

Laboratory researcher Adrianna Reyes-Newell, right, shows students how laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy works. The ChemCam instrument on the Curiosity rover uses this technology to investigate the composition of Martian rocks. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Two-week program from Los Alamos National Laboratory aims to inspire and increase diversity in STEM fields

The third annual Los Alamos National Laboratory Summer Physics Camp for Young Women recently concluded in Pojoaque, giving the 22 students from Northern New Mexico communities a grounding in science, technology, engineering and

Posts From The Road: Chris LeDoux Memorial Park

on July 21, 2019 - 9:44am

Chris LeDoux was passionate about rodeoing and music and became a champion in both fields. LeDoux earned accolades in rodeoing beginning in high school and won the world bareback championship in 1976. LeDoux’s music love allowed him to write and sing about the cowboy lifestyle. With the help of his parents, he created an independent record label and sold four million recordings. LeDoux was mentioned in a hit recording by Garth Brooks, which brought him national attention and recognition and a recording contract with Capitol Records.

First Woman On The Moon From New Mexico

on July 20, 2019 - 10:32am
Rocketeer Academy cadets Ariel Greene and Kason Henry inspect the lunar surface during a re-enactment of the Apollo 11 moonwalk July 17 at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Courtesy/NMMSH
 
Rocketeer Academy cadets Ariel Greene and Kason Henry. Courtesy/NMMSH
 
NMMSH News:
 
ALAMOGORDO Rocketeer Academy cadets Ariel Greene of Alamogordo and Kason Henry of Las Cruces inspect the lunar surface during a re-enactment of the Apollo 11 moonwalk July 17 at the New Mexico Museum of Space History.
 
Greene and Henry communicated with fellow cadets who acted as mission control inside

County Zero Waste Team: There Is No Planet B

on July 19, 2019 - 10:21am

Los Alamos Public Schools students work to improve the environment. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

Zero Waste Tip: Call or write to companies and ask them to reduce plastic in their products and packaging.

It’s summer. Kids are taking a break from the classroom, but many understand there’s no vacation from fixing climate change, specifically the climate change caused by plastic pollution and food waste.

These environmental leaders are communicating their concerns to their peers and parents. Their work is shifting the paradigm in Los Alamos.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Advances Legislation To Establish Tech-Transfer Maturation Program

on July 19, 2019 - 9:17am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 19, 2019) - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has advanced legislation to authorize an Energy Technology Maturation Program at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to facilitate successful commercialization of laboratory-developed energy technologies and boost regional, technology-driven economic impact.

Senator Heinrich introduced the Energy Technology Maturation Program Act of 2019 (S. 1286) earlier this year, and on Tuesday, the bill was reported by a voice vote during a markup in the U.S.

Members Of Congress, Senators Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral STOP Act To Safeguard Tribal Items

on July 19, 2019 - 8:20am
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), Don Young (R-Alaska), and Tom Cole (R-Okla.) reintroduced the bipartisan Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act, a bill to prohibit the exporting of sacred Native American items and increase penalties for stealing and illegally trafficking tribal cultural patrimony.
 
U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M), the lead author of the legislation, and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced the companion bill in the Senate.
 
“I am proud to

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Recognize LANL Contributions To State Economy, Employment

on July 18, 2019 - 10:37am

Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

 

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) commended findings from an independent economic-impact analysis released Tuesday, which found that Los Alamos National Laboratory is responsible for creating 24,169 jobs in New Mexico.

 

The Economic Impact report, developed by the University of New Mexico Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER), found that the Los Alamos National Laboratory contributes $3.1 billion to the states’

LANL: Machine-learning Competition Boosts Earthquake Prediction Capabilities

on July 18, 2019 - 10:29am

Competitors in an online Kaggle competition developed a variety of methods for predicting the timing of earthquakes generated in a laboratory. The work could someday help to improve earthquake hazard assessments that could save lives and billions of dollars in infrastructure costs. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

  • Competitors’ success predicting quake timing in the online Kaggle competition could help save lives, infrastructure

Three teams who applied novel machine learning methods to successfully predict the timing of earthquakes from historic seismic data are splitting $50,000 in prize money from an

LAHS Graduate Jody Merritt Promoted To Brigadier General Of United States Air Force Reserve

on July 18, 2019 - 10:07am
Los Alamos High School graduate Jody Merritt is promoted to Brigadier General in the U.S. Air Force Reserve during a special ceremony May 1 in California. Courtesy photo
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Jody (Guthals) Merritt, a 1985 graduate of Los Alamos High School, has had a career in the U.S. Air Force that spans 30 years.
 
She was promoted to Brigadier General in the Air Force Reserve during a special ceremony May 1 in California.
 
Merritt works as a mobilization assistant to the commander at the Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space

DEA: Sinaloa Cartel Leader Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Sentenced To Life In Prison Plus 30 Years

on July 18, 2019 - 9:48am
Joaquin Guzman ... also known as El Chapo
 
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, known by various aliases, including “El Chapo” and “El Rapido,” was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Brian M. Cogan to a life term of imprisonment plus 30 years.
 
The sentence is to run consecutive to the life sentence for being a principal leader of a continuing criminal enterprise – the Mexican organized crime syndicate known as the Sinaloa Cartel – a charge that includes 26 drug-related violations and one murder conspiracy.
 
The court also ordered Guzman Loera to

An Open Book: Science And Humanity

on July 18, 2019 - 9:17am
By DAVID IZRAELEVTIZ
Los Alamos
 
Last Saturday was ScienceFest Discovery Day, and it was certainly a discovery Saturday for me. I missed the prior Friday night concert (more about that later), but I wanted to make sure to walk around on Saturday and get a feel for what this ever-improving Los Alamos signature event was all about. I saw loads of kids doing hands-on science experiments or safely peering through telescopes at the Sun.

National Nuclear Security Administration Proposes Expansion Of TA-68 Water Canyon Test Site

on July 17, 2019 - 6:18pm

Existing TA-68 Water Canyon Test Site. Courtesy/NNSA

 

NNSA News: 

 

The Department of Energy's (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration Los Alamos Field Office has posted the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) categorical exclusion determination for the consolidation of existing Los Alamos National Laboratory capabilities for the research, development, and equipment calibration for imaging techniques to detect materials of interest by expanding the Technical Area-68 Water Canyon Test Site.

 

Consolidation of activities will improve the efficiency of operations that

AFT Joins National Campaign To Tax Rich

on July 17, 2019 - 6:08pm
From the Albuquerque Teachers Federation:

ALBUQUERQUE — The Albuquerque Teachers Federation released today the following message:

We owe billions to students of color, low-income students, and students with disabilities.

For more than 40 years, Title 1 and IDEA have been underfunded. In just the last decade, they have been underfunded by more than $580 billion. It’s time to pay our debt! It’s time to Fund our Future! It’s time the rich paid their fair share.

As part of The American Federation of Teachers’ (AFT) campaign to Fund our Future, the Albuquerque Teachers Federation (ATF) is

Udall Statement On BLM Relocation Proposal

on July 17, 2019 - 5:36pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the Department of the Interior’s budget, released the following statement Tuesday on the Trump Interior Department’s proposal to reorganize the Bureau of Land Management, including to relocate hundreds of staff and move the agency’s official headquarters to Grand Junction, Colo.:
 
“The Interior Department has not made a convincing argument for why such a relocation is necessary or in the best interests of the Bureau of Land

Kirtland Air Force Base Releases RFP For New Intercontinental Ballistic Missile System

on July 17, 2019 - 6:09am
Minuteman III ICBM launches during an operational test. An unarmed LGM-30G Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 2:42 a.m. Pacific May 1, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The Ground Based Strategic Deterrent ICBM is the follow-on to the aging Minuteman III, which first became operational in the mid-1960s. The GBSD program is managed by the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Hill AFB, Utah.  Photo by Airman 1st Class Aubree Milks
 
KAFB News:
 
KIRTLAND AFB The Air Force released a request for proposals Tuesday for its

New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf Selected For National Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowship

on July 16, 2019 - 4:58pm

Speaker Brian Egolf

NM Legislature News:

SANTA FE – Speaker of the House of Representatives Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) has been selected for the national Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership.

The program will bring together elected officials who have shown exceptional leadership and the ability to work across party lines.

Speaker Egolf was nominated for the Fellowship by Tobias Read, the State Treasurer of Oregon, and is one of only 24 elected political “rising stars” from around the country to be chosen.

“Speaker Egolf has been a long-time champion for New Mexico

Maggie Toulouse Oliver: It’s Time to Abolish ICE

on July 16, 2019 - 10:10am

From the Maggie Toulouse Oliver For Senate Campaign:
  • Agency Created to Fight Terrorism Now Creates Terror in U.S.

SANTA FE -- New Mexico Secretary of State and candidate for U.S. Senate Maggie Toulouse Oliver called today for the federal government to do away with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency saying that it has overstepped its original mission and is actually undermining safety and stability in American communities.
 

“It’s time to abolish ICE,” Toulouse Oliver said. “ICE was created to stop terrorism and keep Americans safe.

Homeland Security News Wire: Four Ways Blockchain Could Make Internet Safer, Fairer And More Creative

on July 16, 2019 - 10:01am

Courtesy/TPC Management SRL

HSNW News:

The Internet is unique in that it has no central control, administration or authority, but in recent years Internet services such as search engines and social media platforms have increasingly been provided by a small number of very large tech firms.

The Internet is slowly turning into something like the current financial system, which centrally monitors all transactions and uses that data to predict what people will buy in future.

Randy Carlson Of Los Alamos Remembers Apollo 11

on July 16, 2019 - 8:48am
Randy Carlson of Los Alamos depicted here, blue shirt at right, in the Apollo 11 movie DVD released in mid-May using a 16 mm tri-turret camera to film the event. Courtesy/Randy Carlson
 
By RANDY CARLSON
Los Alamos

Today, July 16 is the 50th anniversary of man going to the moon. It so happens that I was there that morning and witnessed the Saturn V launch.

More recently those memories returned having seen myself in the recent “Apollo 11” movie. The movie uses a lot of footage not seen before and, to my amazement, there I was at the 18-minute mark into the movie. 

Although I was in the

NIST Quantum Logic Clock At Top Performance

on July 16, 2019 - 7:59am
NIST physicist David Leibrandt adjusting one of the lasers used to operate the quantum logic clock, an experimental next-generation atomic clock based on the "ticking" of a single aluminum ion (electrically charged atom). Courtesy/Burrus/NIST
 
Illustration of the ion trap that forms the heart of NIST’s quantum logic clock. The trap is the gold structure with the cross-shaped cutout. The inset shows the aluminum ion (blue), the source of the clock’s “ticks,” and the partner magnesium ion (yellow). Courtesy/S. Burrows/JILA
 
NIST News:
 
The quantum logic clock—perhaps best known for

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