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New Mexico Severe Weather Awareness Week 2013

on March 26, 2013 - 9:39am

Los Alamos National Laboratory during a morning rain and hail storm. Courtesy/LANL

NOAA News:

Monday marked the beginning of New Mexico Severe Weather Awareness Week 2013, which runs through Friday, March 29.

To bring awareness to the community, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service released the following information:

What Types of Severe Weather Can I Expect in New Mexico?

  • All 33 counties in New Mexico experience severe thunderstorms producing high winds, large hail, deadly lightning, and heavy rains at some time during the year.
  • During

SFI Seminar: Structural Determinants of Scoring Dynamics and Outcomes in Team Competitions

on March 26, 2013 - 7:21am

SFI

Thursday, March 28, 2013 • 12:15 p.m. • Collins Conference Room

Aaron Clauset, University of Colorado, Boulder; SFI External Professor will present the seminar, Structural Determinants of Scoring Dynamics and Outcomes in Team Competitions.

Abstract: The outcomes of many team-based competitions are determined by the steady accumulation of minor interactions over time.

Yet we lack a general understanding of their fundamental dynamics and how those dynamics are shaped by a competition's structure.

We introduce a novel generative model that can directly quantify a competition's scoring

Nuclear Submarine Officers Visit San Ildefonso Pueblo Home

on March 25, 2013 - 10:18am

USS Santa Fe Commander Timothy Poe receives gifts from Deborah and Elmer Torres during Saturday's Pueblo visit. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

The Red Turtle Dancers perform Buffalo, Butterfly and Rain dances for Commander Timothy Poe in the San Ildefonso Pueblo living room of Doborah and Elmer Torres. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Jerome Trujillo, 5, a member of the Red Turtle Dancers has been dancing since he was 2 years old. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

SAN ILDEFONSO PUEBLO – USS Santa Fe Commander Timothy Poe

SFI Seminar: Information-Based Physics: — An Intelligent Embedded Agent's Guide to the Universe

on March 25, 2013 - 7:17am

Kevin Knuth.

SFI Seminar

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 12:15 p.m. • Collins Conference Room

Kevin Knuth, University at Albany – SUNY, will present a seminar on Information-Based Physics: An Intelligent Embedded Agent's Guide to the Universe.

Abstract: In this talk, I propose an approach to understanding the foundations of physics by considering the optimal inferences an intelligent agent can make about the universe in which he or she is embedded. Information acts to constrain an agent’s beliefs.

However, at a fundamental level, any information is obtained from interactions where something

Portrait Unveiling Set for Manhattan Project Leader

on March 22, 2013 - 12:38pm

LANL News:
  • Family of Gen. Leslie Groves to donate official portrait to Los Alamos Historical Society

The family of the U.S. Army general who oversaw the building of Los Alamos National Laboratory will donate his official military portrait to the Los Alamos Historical Society Friday, April 5.

Gen. Leslie Groves was commander of the Army Corps of Engineers Manhattan Engineer District.

WHO: Los Alamos Historical Society, the family of Gen. Leslie Groves, Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan, Lt. Col. Antoinette Gant, Commander, U.S.

SFI Seminar: Graph Grammars and Directed Hypergraphs — Discrete Models of Chemistry

on March 22, 2013 - 8:10am

Peter F. Stadler

SFI Seminar:

Monday, March 25, 2013 • 12:15 p.m. • Collins Conference Room

Graph Grammars and Directed Hypergraphs: Discrete Models of Chemistry

Peter F. Stadler, University of Leipzig; SFI External Professor

Abstract: Labeled (multi)graphs have a long tradition as models of molecules as witnessed by the field of "chemical graph theory."

Chemical reactions, in this setting, are naturally thought of as graph transformations, a notion that goes back to the work Dugundji and Ugi.

In a more convenient framework chemical reaction mechanism are seen as transformation

LANL Director Charlie McMillan Dines for Charity

on March 20, 2013 - 12:48pm

Gathered for lunch at the Dixie Girl Restaurant Tuesday, from left, Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan, LANL Associate Director of Engineering Steve Girrens, Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher Carol A. Clark and TRK Management owner Roger Waterman. Lunch with the Laboratory director was an auction item at this year's Red and Black Ball that raised nearly $1,000 for the Los Alamos Family YMCA. As a charity, the local YMCA ensures that health and wellness programs are available for all individuals and families despite an inability to pay. In 2012, the Y provided $120,000 in

Lansing Details LANL's New Security Initiative

on March 20, 2013 - 12:08pm
Conceptual image of "Split Road" Option. See link to power point presentation below for full description of the three options under consideration. Courtesy/LANL
 
By KAREN KENDALL
First Vice President
Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos

Mike Lansing, associate director for Safeguards and Security at Los Alamos National Laboratory spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos Tuesday lunch meeting March 19. 

Lansing, who is starting his fourth year at LANL, discussed the “game plan for the future of the ‘large intestine.’”

He said his team must balance supporting the mission of the Lab, engaging

Aerial Survey Finds No Increase in Background or Man-made Radioactivity for Los Alamos Area

on March 20, 2013 - 10:37am

Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

Measurements from two recent aerial flyovers to determine the presence of background and man-made radioactivity brought good news for Los Alamos County and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The radiological surveys, conducted in August 2011 and June 2012, found that radioisotopes and their associated exposure rates are consistent with those expected from normal background radiation.

“These surveys were well worth the effort,” said Juan Griego, Acting Manager for the Los Alamos Field Office.

Los Alamos Science Sleuth on Trail of Martian Mystery

on March 20, 2013 - 10:25am

This dual image of a Martian rock taken by the ChemCam instrument aboard the Curiosity rover shows a rock at the "Rocknest" area on Mars before it was interrogated with ChemCam's high-powered laser (left) and after interrogation by 600 laser blasts (right). The crosshairs in the darkened portion of the image at right shows where the laser beam penetrated to a depth of at least 1 mm as a result of the repeated shots. The ChemCam laser vaporizes a small amount of material that can be read by a spectrometer to determine the target's composition.

NIST Tests Underscore Potential Hazards of Green Laser Pointers

on March 20, 2013 - 10:18am

NIST laser safety officer Joshua Hadler and his apparatus for measuring the properties of handheld laser devices. Photo by Burrus/NIST

NIST News:

Using a low-cost apparatus designed to quickly and accurately measure the properties of handheld laser devices, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers tested 122 laser pointers and found that nearly 90 percent of green pointers and about 44 percent of red pointers tested were out of compliance with federal safety regulations.

The NIST test apparatus was designed so that it can be replicated easily by other

Ideas – Talent – Capital – Community Drive 20th Annual Deal Stream Summit April 2-4

on March 20, 2013 - 9:50am

TVC News:

When: April 2-4, 2013 at the Hyatt Tamaya Resort in Albuquerque.

Ideas – Talent – Capital – Community—these are the themes driving the 20th annual Deal Stream Summit to be held April 2-4 at the Hyatt Tamaya Resort in Albuquerque.

With nearly 300 investors and partners in attendance, the 20th Deal Stream Summit this year will feature promising, high-tech business opportunities. Additionally, investment approaches and funding models critical to early-stage startups will be spotlighted.

Audience Profile: venture capitalists, startups, research & development scientists, DOE

LANL's Scott Runnels of Computational Physics to Teach at West Point

on March 20, 2013 - 9:29am

LANL News:

Under an agreement between Los Alamos National Laboratory and the U.S. Military Academy, Scott Runnels has been selected for a two-year faculty post in the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering at West Point.

The teaching position is intended to strengthen the ties between the U.S. national laboratories and the U.S. military academies by bringing in a top scientist to teach at West Point with "a firm grounding in research and practice" to bolster the institution's cadet and faculty research projects, faculty development, and cadet development activities.

"Scott's

Sudden Changes in Cosmic Rays Indicate Voyager 1 Has Entered New Region of Space

on March 20, 2013 - 9:28am

Voyager 1. Courtesy photo

AGU News:

WASHINGTON D.C. - Thirty-five years after its launch, Voyager 1 appears to have travelled beyond the influence of the Sun and exited the heliosphere, according to a new study appearing online today.

The heliosphere is a region of space dominated by the Sun and its wind of energetic particles, and which is thought to be enclosed, bubble-like, in the surrounding interstellar medium of gas and dust that pervades the Milky Way galaxy.

Aug.

Dr. Richard Sayre Speaks at PEEC March 21 on Next Generation of Biofuels

on March 20, 2013 - 8:31am

PEEC News:

The publis is invited to hear Dr. Richard Sayre present "Next generation biofuels: potential for enhanced energy efficiency and sustainability" at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3450 Orange St.

Dr. Richard Sayre of the New Mexico Consortium is a leading researcher in algae and plant cell metabolism. He is the director of the Biofuels project at the New Mexico Consortium working in conjunction with Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The NM Consortium’s new building is being built right now in the Entrada Business Park, next to the Los

Bradbury Science Museum: NanoDays March 25-28

on March 20, 2013 - 7:22am

The Bradbury Science Museum http://www.lanl.gov/museum is at 15th Street and Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos, New Mexico. The museum’s regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Admission is free and photography is allowed. Visit the museum’s website for more details regarding NanDays at http://www.lanl.gov/museum/index.shtml

Luján on President’s Visit to Argonne National Lab

on March 19, 2013 - 7:34am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – New Mexico Congressman Ben Ray Luján, a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and Co-Chair of the Science and National Labs Caucus, released the following statement on President Obama’s visit to Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois.

“Over the past few years, the United States has made progress toward a cleaner energy future that is better for our economy, our environment, and our security.

Emergency Exercise Planned March 21 at LANL

on March 19, 2013 - 7:13am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is conducting an emergency-preparedness exercise Thursday, March 21 ... it is only an exercise.

The Lab routinely conducts emergency exercises to test the preparedness of emergency response and other LANL personnel who would respond to an actual emergency.

The majority of the exercise is on LANL property and shouldn't affect the public.

Signs will be placed outside the Los Alamos Medical Center alerting the public that an exercise is under way.

LANL employees in affected facilities will be notified before the exercise begins and when it is

NIST: Through The Looking Glass

on March 19, 2013 - 7:01am

Futuristic touchscreen. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

Through The Looking Glass
By STACEY WAGNER

In the 2012 movie, “The Avengers”, Tony Stark, aka Ironman, uses a 3-D hologram to manufacture weaponry.

And although many movie-goers thought this was pure fantasy, the scene’s similarity to next generation manufacturing is much closer than most of us imagine.

Both Apple and Samsung are battling for 3-D screen dominance, but Disney (yes, Walt Disney) announced last year that its research and development department created “swept frequency capacitive sensing” that makes virtually any material

NeuroX: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Pop-Neuroscience

on March 18, 2013 - 12:13pm

SFI News:

NeuroX: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Pop-Neuroscience sponsored by the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University is set for May 8-10 at Founders Hall on the GMU Arlington, Va., campus.

Perspectives and applications from neuroscience are increasingly being applied to work in other areas, spawning new, interdisciplinary fields of the name “neuroX” where X can be almost anything from ethics to marketing.

 
What new insights can they provide? How much of neuroX is substantive?

Tiny Subject, Big Fun With NanoDays at Bradbury Science Museum

on March 18, 2013 - 11:37am

Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

The tiny, strange world of nanoscale science is a big subject at the Bradbury Science Museum these days, as the organization celebrates NanoDays 2013.

NanoDays is a national campaign, engaging people of all ages in learning about the emerging field of nanoscale science and engineering.

The Bradbury marks NanoDays 2013 with interactive demonstrations and activities on the museum floor on such apparently magical themes as a real-life invisibility cloak and metals with memory-all possible with nanoscience, the field of very, very tiny technology.

  • When: March 25-28

SFI Seminar: Large-Scale Power Restoration

on March 18, 2013 - 9:46am

Pascal Van Hentenryck, NICTA

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute presents the seminar, Large-Scale Power Restoration, by Pascal Van Hentenryck.

The seminar is 12:15 p.m., Friday, March 22 in the Collins Conference Room at 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

Abstract: This talk considers how to restore a transmission system after significant disruptions.

It presents hybrid optimization models, combining mathematical programming, constraint programming, and local search, that scale to large transmission systems and reviews the underlying technology to achieve these results.

Experimental

LANL: ChemCam Data Abundant at Planetary Conference

on March 16, 2013 - 9:18am

This image shows the ChemCam mast unit mounted on the Curiosity rover as it is being prepared in the clean room prior to the launch of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission. ChemCam fires a powerful laser that can sample Martian rocks and provide critical clues about the Red Planet's habitability. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Laser instrument aboard Curiosity rover provides well over 40,000 shots so far

Members of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover ChemCam team will present more than two dozen posters and talks next week during the 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The

LANL's New Culturing Tool Reveals a Full Genome From Single Cells

on March 15, 2013 - 9:52am

Two GMD containing gut-community microcolonies are shown, with green fluorescence marking the DNA. Photo by A. Dichosa/LANL

LANL News:

  • Gel microdroplet culturing reveals intraspecies genomic diversity within the human microbiome

A new technique for genetic analysis, “gel microdroplets,” helps scientists generate complete genomes from a single cell, thus opening the door to understanding the complex interrelationships of bacteria, viruses and eukaryotes that form “microbiome” communities in soil, in humans, and elsewhere in the natural world.

Microbes live in complex communities that

LANL: Documenting Stone Age Cleverness By Tool Development

on March 13, 2013 - 1:01pm

Ancient stone tools showing the pace of remarkable technological enhancements over time - 1.75 to 0.85 million years ago. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Ancient handaxe craftsmanship gives insight into mental advances

Stone Age man’s gradual improvement in tool development, particularly in crafting stone handaxes, is providing insight into the likely mental advances these early humans made a million years ago.

Better tools make for better hunting, and better tools come from more sophisticated thought processes.

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