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LANL: Numerical Model Pinpoints Source Of Pre-Cursor To Seismic Signals

on July 29, 2019 - 3:00pm

These before and after simulations show the collapse of a stress chain after a laboratory quake. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Research could one day enable accurately predicting earthquakes

Numerical simulations have pinpointed the source of acoustic signals emitted by stressed faults in laboratory earthquake machines. The work further unpacks the physics driving geologic faults, knowledge that could one day enable accurately predicting earthquakes.

“Previous machine-learning studies found that the acoustic signals detected from an earthquake fault can be used to predict when the next

Sig Hecker Speaks At MOWW Meeting

on July 29, 2019 - 1:59pm

Dr. Sig Hecker with Chapter Commander LTC Gregg Giesler. Courtesy/MOWW

MOWW News:

Former LANL Director Dr. Sig Hecker, a noted authority on nuclear weapons states, spoke at the annual picnic of the Military Order of the World Wars July 16 at the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Posse Lodge on North Mesa.

Dr. Hecker started by asking for questions. Hearing none, he read from a list of several questions giving short answers to each.

Are the U.S. and Russia in another Cold War? No, but relations between the two are the worst in years.

Will the trade war with China lead to war, possibly nuclear?

Book Signing And Science Fun For Kids Going On Now!

on July 27, 2019 - 11:48am

A free, family event is underway right now at the Bradbury Sicence Museum. Children's Science Author Misty Carty, who wrote Where Did The Sun Go, Where Is The Moon, and Why Are There Seasons, is giving a short talk with hands-on activities, followed by a book signing until 1pm today. She will have all three books on hand. Carty is a photographer with a Ph.D. in astronomy and has taught at Marymount and McKendree universities. Profits from the book sales will benefit the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) and regional science-education support. Courtesy photo

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Catch Of The Week: Data Privacy And App Usage

on July 26, 2019 - 11:25am
Courtesy/thenationalcouncil.org
 
By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

It’s July, and it’s hot. So hot that … your friends are all prematurely aging? Surely by now you’ve seen Facebook friends posting images of themselves in 50 years, all thanks to a fun app called FaceApp.

FaceApp uses artificial intelligence to “age” uploaded photos by 50 years. So far, the app has been downloaded by around 80 million users.

Aside from the existential horror of seeing yourself in 50 years, it’s all fun and games until researchers start reading though the user and privacy agreements: by using this app, you

Snyder: The Journey Of Mrs. Frey’s Piano

on July 25, 2019 - 9:49am
Mrs. Frey sitting at her piano in Bandelier (date unknown). Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society
 
By SHARON SNYDER
Los Alamos Historical Society
 
Recently I met up with friends who were visiting Bandelier National Monument for an afternoon. I hadn’t seen them in a long time, nor had I visited Bandelier in several years. We had a fine afternoon, and at times I found myself reminiscing about a lifetime of visits to the park.
 
One of my clearest memories of my teen years is of Mrs. Frey, an elderly woman who was always present somewhere in the visitor center or the curio shop.

LANL Employees Donate $372,491 For Scholarships

on July 23, 2019 - 8:52am
LANLF News:
 
During the recent Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) campaign, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) employees pledged $372,491 to support scholarships for Northern New Mexico students.
 
The annual drive encourages Laboratory employees, retirees and subcontract personnel to donate to funds that award scholarships to qualified students pursuing a bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree, or professional certification in any area of study or in pursuit of a trade.
 
“These life-changing scholarships would not be possible without the generous support of the LANL

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

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

Bradbury Science Museum Brings Summer Science On Wheels To Espanola Public Schools July 23-24

on July 19, 2019 - 4:16pm
LANL News:
 
The Bradbury Science Museum at Los Alamos National Laboratory is taking its Summer Science on Wheels program to several Espanola Public Schools to help students keep up with science education learning and inspire the youth toward future STEM careers.
 
Mel Strong, an educator with the museum, will engage students using a fun and creative hands-on activity on sound.
 
Students will build an instrument with straws and use tuning forks to listen to vibrations and understand how sound is created.
 
The classes are 12:30-2 p.m., July 23 at James H.

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.

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

East Jemez Road Lane Closures Resume

on July 18, 2019 - 9:51am
Courtesy/NNSA
 
NNSA News:
 
East Jemez Road lane closures near the entrance to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) will resume Friday, July 19, and continue through Saturday night.
 
Drivers will be unable to get to Los Alamos via the truck route and should use the N.M. 502/Main Hill Road instead.
 
Full lane closures will start at 6 p.m. Friday and continue through Saturday night, July 20, weather permitting.
 
The water line replacement is part of a $34.5 million Supplemental Environmental Projects settlement agreement between the New Mexico Environment Department and the U.S.

Ground-Breaking Los Alamos Inventions Grab Honors

on July 18, 2019 - 9:13am
Kent Coombs, right, receives his award for Best Pitch from Antonio Redondo, left, director of the Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation and John Chavez, center, president of New Mexico Angels. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers Patrick McClure and Bob Reid were honored last week with the 2019 Richard P. Feynman Innovation Prize for their work in developing small, cost-effective, and safe nuclear reactor designs to power future habitats in space, as well as remote terrestrial locations. 
 
“Patrick and Bob’s work demonstrates the ingenuity we value at

Who WIll Stump PEEC Astronomers Friday!

on July 18, 2019 - 8:26am
See who can stump PEEC’s team of astronomers 7 p.m. Friday, July 19. The nature center also will play the full-dome film 'Incoming!' 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
See who can stump PEEC’s team of astronomers this Friday, July 19 at the Los Alamos Nature Center at another round of “Stump the Astronomers.”
 
The fun starts at 7 p.m. and features local astronomers Galen Gisler, Akkana Peck, Dave North, Steve Becker and Peter Polko. Guests should bring their toughest astronomy-related questions and see if they can stump the experts.
 
This event is free to

Analysis: Los Alamos National Laboratory Supports 24,000 Jobs; High Pay Of Workers Generates Wealth

on July 18, 2019 - 8:21am

From New Mexico Economic Development Department:
SANTA FE – Los Alamos National Laboratory is responsible for more than 24,000 jobs in New Mexico and generates $3.1 billion in economic output across the state, according to a new analysis by UNM’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research.
 
From federal fiscal years 2016 to 2018, LANL directly supported the employment of 14,754 workers and contractors. But LANL spending for procurement and by employees and families generated another 9,415 jobs.
 
The June, 2019 study indicates there are LANL employees in 27 of New Mexico’s 33 counties with

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

N3B’s Frazer Lockhart Speaks At VOLA Meeting July 22

on July 17, 2019 - 5:23pm

Frazer Lockhart will speak on N3B’s cleanup work at TA-21 on DP Road across from the airport July 22. Courtesy/VOLA

VOLA News:

Te next Voices of Los Alamos meeting is 6:30-7:30 p.m.
 July 22, at the Unitarian Church, 1738 North Sage Loop.

The featured speaker is Frazer Lockhart, program manager for Regulatory & Stakeholder Interface at Newport News Nuclear BWXT - Los Alamos (N3B).

Frazier will speak on N3B’s cleanup work at TA-21 on DP Road across from the airport. He’ll address N3B’s accomplishments to date, as well as upcoming work.

New Issue Of LANL’s 1663 Magazine Now Available

on July 17, 2019 - 5:58am
Cover of the new issue of 1663 magazine. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
The new issue of Los Alamos National Laboratory's 1663 magazine is available.
 
In this issue:
  • Averting a satellite-collision apocalypse in low earth orbit
  • Chasing beauty quarks in ultrahigh-energy collider experiments
  • Modeling the climate effects of sea ice
  • Using ultrasound to look underground
  • Protecting crops from untimely frost damage
  • …and more!
Click here to get your science and technology fix from Los Alamos!

New Mexico Tech And Los Alamos National Laboratory Make Joint Appointment To Work On Robotics Projects

on July 16, 2019 - 5:23pm

From left, Joint appointee David Grow, Laboratory Director Thom Mason and New Mexico Tech President Stephen Wells at the ceremony to mark the joint appointment. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Engineer becomes first researcher hired under cooperative agreement

New Mexico Tech (NMT) and Los Alamos National Laboratory marked the first scientific staff appointment under their cooperative agreement at a July 11 ceremony held at the Laboratory and attended by NMT President Stephen Wells and Laboratory Director Thom Mason.

Appointee David Grow will work as an R&D Engineer with the Laboratory’s

Environmental Management Los Alamos Interim Measure Shows Progress Reducing Contaminant Plume

on July 16, 2019 - 2:24pm

Crews installed a monitoring well to help the EM Los Alamos Field Office and cleanup contractor Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos better characterize chromium distribution in the eastern edge of the plume. Courtesy/EM-LA

EM-LA News:

The Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) and cleanup contractor Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos are seeing positive results from an interim measure to contain and control migration of a contaminant plume in groundwater.

The groundwater extraction, treatment, and injection system has been fully operational for the past year along the

LANL Director Thom Mason Shares Plans For Working With Local Communities During RCLC Board Meeting

on July 15, 2019 - 9:25am
LANL Director Thom Mason briefs board members Friday during the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities meeting in Council Chambers at Española City Hall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos County Councilor and RCLC liaison David Izraelevitz, right, speaks with LANL Director Thom Mason, left, as RCLC Executive Director Eric Vasquez, second from left, and Santa Fe City Councilor Peter Ives listen. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

ESPAÑOLA “It’s a scary world out there,” Los Alamos National

Los Alamos Scientists Abigail Hunter And Shea Mosby Win 2019 Presidential Early Career Awards

on July 15, 2019 - 8:24am

Abigail Hunter and Shea Mosby are recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Abigail Hunter, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Computational Physics Division, and Shea Mosby, of the Laboratory’s Physics Division, have received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

“Abigail has become a technical thought leader within the Laboratory’s weapons program and our materials modeling community, as well as an internationally recognized expert in materials science and the physics of solid-state materials,”

Meet Red Rover Author Roger Wiens At BSMA Booth During ScienceFest At Ashley Pond Park Today

on July 13, 2019 - 12:27pm

Stop by the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) booth during Los Alamos ScienceFest to get a signed copy of Red Rover and meet author Roger Wiens today at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

Science-themed items available for purchase at the BSMA booth at Los Alamos ScienceFest today at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

Beverage classes available for purchase at the BSMA booth at Los Alamos ScienceFest today at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

Assistant Speaker Luján Secures Major Environmental And Scientific Investments For New Mexicans

on July 13, 2019 - 6:37am
U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) announced Friday that he secured major environmental and scientific victories for New Mexican families in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which Friday passed the House.
 
“As President Trump continues to undermine our country’s national security and economy, House Democrats took the responsible step to keep Americans safe, invest in our communities, support our servicemembers, and protect our environment.

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