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NIST: Light At End Of Nanotunnel For Future Catalysts

on November 14, 2019 - 7:10am
The new nanoreactor allows us to investigate individual catalytic active nanoparticles isolated in separate liquid-filled nanotunnels. Illustration: Sune Levin and Nature Communications. Courtesy/Chalmers
 
Chalmers University of Technology News:
 
Using a new type of nanoreactor, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have succeeded in mapping catalytic reactions on individual metallic nanoparticles. Their work could help improve chemical processes, and lead to better catalysts and more environmentally friendly chemical technology.
 
The results are published in

UA: Mysteries Behind Interstellar Buckyballs Answered

on November 13, 2019 - 2:10pm

An artist’s concept depicting the presence of buckyballs in space. Courtesy/NASA / JPL-Caltech

UA News:

Tucson, Ariz. — Scientists have long been puzzled by the existence of so-called “buckyballs” – complex carbon molecules with a soccer-ball-like structure – throughout interstellar space.

Now, a team of researchers from the University of Arizona has proposed a mechanism for their formation in a study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Carbon 60, or C60 for short, whose official name is Buckminsterfullerene, comes in spherical molecules consisting of 60 carbon atoms organized

Scientists Develop Sensor To Save Children, Pets Left Alone In Vehicles

on November 11, 2019 - 8:18am
Graduate students Mostafa Alizadeh, left, and Hajar Abedi position a doll, modified to simulate breathing, in a minivan during testing of a new sensor. Courtesy/UOW
 
University of Waterloo News:

A small, inexpensive sensor could save lives by triggering an alarm when children or pets are left alone in vehicles.

The new device, developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo, combines radar technology with artificial intelligence (AI) to detect unattended children or animals with 100-per-cent accuracy.

Small enough to fit in the palm of a hand at just three centimetres in diameter,

Heinrich Calls For Forward-Looking Legislation To Advance America’s Energy Industry And Workforce

on November 10, 2019 - 8:12am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the Ranking Member on the Senate Energy Subcommittee, delivered opening remarks Thursday on legislative efforts to modernize America’s electric grid, boost innovations through technology transfer programs with national laboratories, and create energy workforce development opportunities across the country.
 
Assistant Secretary of Energy Daniel Simons testified on eleven separate bills.
 

Gold Mass At IHM In Honor Of Scientists Friday

on November 10, 2019 - 7:05am

St. Albert the Great, patron saint of scientists. Courtesy/SCS

Society Of Catholic Scientists News:

The Northern New Mexico Chapter of the Society of Catholic Scientists will host a Gold Mass in honor of scientists at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos.

Gold Masses bring together members of the scientific professions, but all are invited to attend.

The homilist at the Mass is Deacon Ray Alcouffe, retired Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist and Fellow of the American Nuclear Society.

Nov. 15 is the memorial of St.

View Mercury Transit From Overlook Park Monday

on November 8, 2019 - 7:16pm
Composite time-series image of a past Mercury Transit. Courtesy/NASA.
 
By JOYCE A. GUZIK
For the Pajarito Astronomers

The Pajarito Astronomers is offering the community an opportunity to view the Transit of Mercury Monday morning, Nov 11, at Overlook Park in White Rock.

Mercury transits are rare events in which the planet Mercury passes directly in front of the Sun as seen from Earth. The planet appears as a tiny black dot, only 13 arc seconds in size, against the face of the Sun.

PEEC: Nature Center Family Fun Tuesday Evening

on November 8, 2019 - 2:49pm

Head to the Los Alamos Nature Center Tuesday, Nov. 12 for PEEC’s monthly Family Star Party and Family Night. The evening will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Both programs are free thanks to PEEC’s sponsors New Mexico Bank & Trust and Kiwanis Club.

 

PEEC News:

 

Head to the Los Alamos Nature Center Tuesday, Nov. 12 for an evening of family fun.

 

The night will kick off at 5:30 p.m. with a Family Star Party in the planetarium and continue 6-7 p.m. with Family Night.

 

Both of these programs take place on the second Tuesday of every month and are free thanks to PEEC’s sponsors:

  • New Mexico

LANL: Nine Los Alamos Projects Win R&D 100 Awards

on November 8, 2019 - 8:52am
Histato Yamaguchi holding a photosensitive cell that has been coated with Atomic Armor, a R&D 100 winning project. Courtesy photo
 

LANL News:

“Oscars of Invention” honor the best innovations of the past year

Nine Los Alamos National Laboratory technologies won R&D 100 Awards and three inventions have won Special Recognition Awards, including a Gold and Silver for Corporate Social Responsibility, and a Gold Award for Market Disruptor Products.

“It’s an honor to have Los Alamos National Laboratory’s innovation recognized by the broader community with these nine R&D 100 awards,” Laboratory

‘Joseph Rotblat: A Singular Figure in 20th Century Nuclear Politics’ At Fuller Lodge 7 p.m. Nov. 12

on November 8, 2019 - 8:21am

Dr. Jeffrey Boutwell

Los Alamos Historical Society News:

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Joseph Rotblat will be the subject of the next topic in the Los Alamos Historcal Society’s continuing lecture series when Dr. Jeffrey Boutwell delivers “Joseph Rotblat: A Singular Figure in 20th Century Nuclear Politics” at 7 p.m. Nov. 12, in Fuller Lodge.

Rotblat was a Polish physicist and a controversial figure. He was the only scientist to voluntarily resign from the Manhattan Project, leaving Los Alamos in December 1944 amid a great deal of U.S. and British government surveillance.

In the mid-1950s,

LAHS Astronomy Club Participates In XL Program

on November 7, 2019 - 4:13pm
Local astrophysicist Rick Wallace speaks to students Saturday about human space exploration and living on the space station. Courtesy/LAPS
 
Students gather Saturday at LAHS to hear from guest speakers and learn more about Astronomy. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos High School Astronomy Club, in conjunction with science teachers Debbie Grothaus and Megan Rains, hosted local astronomers and astrophysicists Nov. 2 as part of the Extended Learning (XL) program.

Students not only had the opportunity to learn about a variety of Astronomy topics, but they also joined the Pajarito

UbiQD Earns 2019 New Product Innovation Award From Frost & Sullivan For Quantum Dot-Enabled UbiGro™ Greenhouse Film

on November 6, 2019 - 6:24pm

UbiQD’s quantum dot-enabled retrofit greenhouse film, UbiGro™, deployed above a row of tomatoes in a commercial greenhouse in New Mexico. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

UbiQD News:

  • The company completed several successful commercial plant trials with its UbiGro™ greenhouse film, highlighted in a new white paper and recognized by Frost & Sullivan as a first-of-its-kind product

UbiQD, Inc., a Los Alamos-based advanced materials company, announced today it has been awarded the Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award 2019 for its UbiGro™ luminescent greenhouse film, cited by the market research

Explore Event Horizon Telescope Image Of Black Hole

on November 6, 2019 - 5:01pm
Join George Wong at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium to explore the Event Horizon Telescope’s image of a black hole and what scientists have learned from it. In addition to this talk, PEEC will show the full-dome film ‘EXPLORE’ at 2 p.m. Nov. 9 Saturday in the planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
In April 2019, the Event Horizon Telescope released the first-ever direct image of a “black hole shadow,” which opened the door to an exciting new phase of scientific discovery.
 
Join George Wong at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov.

NMMSH: Free Science Saturday Program Nov. 9

on November 2, 2019 - 7:32am
NMMSH News:
 
ALAMOGORDO Bring your magnifying glasses, flashlights, and even sunglasses to Trip the Light Fantastic—literally—at Science Saturday at 10 a.m., Nov. 9 in the Tombaugh Education Building at the New Mexico Museum of Space History.
 
"Our Education Department can’t wait to show off their new optics bench for Science Saturday. Attendees will get to play with the basics of light, cameras, and projectors," Museum Director Chris Orwoll said. The optics bench, a donation from Explora!

Wright Brothers Institute, Partners Kick Off Second Round Of T3 Transition Accelerator

on November 1, 2019 - 4:11pm
WBI News:
 
Wright Brothers Institute (WBI), along with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Purdue Foundry, The Entrepreneurs Center (TEC), and the Air Force Small Business Office (SBIR/STTR) are seeking applications for the second cohort of the T3 Transition Accelerator.
 
Accepted small businesses will experience 10-weeks of intensive curriculum, preparing their products for military and commercial markets with the goal of making innovative technologies easier to integrate into the Air Force.
 
Unlike traditional accelerators, the T3 Transition Accelerator takes no equity stake

Nature On Tap: Updates In Astronomy Monday

on November 1, 2019 - 7:04am

 

COMMUNITY News:

Those fascinated by celestial objects and expansive skies who would like to know more about the latest updates in astronomy are encouraged to join the Pajarito Environmental Center (PEEC) and the Los Alamos Creative District at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4 for Nature On Tap at projectY cowork, 150 Central Park Square.

More information about Nature On Tap and other PEEC programs and events can be found at https://peecnature.org/events/.

The On Tap series begins each evening with an informal 10-15 minute topic introduction by the speaker, followed by a lively group

LAMC Imaging Staff Offers 3D Mammograms Nov. 7

on October 31, 2019 - 8:10am
From left, mammographers Maleea Medina, Loretta Rivera and Medical Imaging Director Susan Cazaux show off the new 3D imaging machine Monday at Los Alamos Medical Center. This state-of-the-art imaging machine will be available to the public starting Nov. 7. Photo by Carol A. Clark /ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is the busiest time of the year for the Mammography Department of Los Alamos Medical Center, according to the mammography staff.

But this year, they expect to be even busier in the

Udall, Kaine: Resolution To Reinforce U.S. Leadership In Peaceful Use Of Space & Technology Innovation

on October 31, 2019 - 7:17am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a resolution to maintain U.S. leadership in protecting satellites and spacecraft in Earth’s orbit from space debris and ensuring that all nations cooperate to promote the peaceful use of space for research and commercial purposes.
 
The resolution prioritizes the implementation of the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space guidelines negotiated between the U.S.

New Mexico Tech Secures Seven Year, $93 Million Contract To Support Air Force Cyber Initiatives

on October 29, 2019 - 6:05pm
New Mexico Tech News:
 
SOCORRO New Mexico Tech has secured a seven-year, $93 million contract to assist the Air Force Research Laboratory explore cyber-related defense initiatives.
 
The award will involve research, development, evaluation, testing, training and deployment support services for electronic and cyber technology problems.
 
New Mexico Tech will leverage its deep cyber and technical expertise of faculty, staff scientists and students to accomplish new research initiatives.

Bradbury Science Museum Volunteer Information Session: 2020 STEM Education Docent Program Nov. 14

on October 29, 2019 - 3:01pm

BSM News:

The Bradbury Science Museum (BSM) is partnering with the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) to recruit volunteers for its 2020 STEM Education Docent program.

People with a passion for science or education, who enjoy working with school-aged children and adolescents and can pass a background check, may find the docent program a great fit.

Come to an information session at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Bradbury Science Museum, 1350 Main St. in Los Alamos.

Docents will get training to work with students in grades 4-12, learn science content and facilitation

Astronomy Dark Night At Spirio Soccer Field Nov. 2

on October 28, 2019 - 10:31am

Pajarito Astronomers News:

The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding its final County-Sponsored Dark Night of 2019 starting at 6 p.m. (sunset) Saturday, Nov. 2 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park in White Rock. 

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze. The moon and the planets Mercury, Venus, Jupiter (with its moons), Saturn (and its rings), Neptune and Uranus will potentially be visible during the evening.

There will be a tour of the fall constellations and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and

Los Alamos And White Rock Brownie And Junior Girl Scouts Gather To Earn Programming Robots Badge

on October 27, 2019 - 11:11am

Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts from Los Alamos and White Rock gathered Saturday, Oct. 19 to earn their Programming Robots Badge by learning some basics about circuitry, programming and robotics. Girls practiced circuitry on littleBits and Cubelets electronics kits and practiced programming with Dash Robots. They ended the event with a Robot Dance Party, choreographed and programmed by the Brownies and Juniors. Local Girl Scouts would like to thank the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails Council for bringing the event to the Hill. Anyone interested in Girl Scouts can contact Grace Wiele,

Five LANL Scientists Elected 2019 APS Fellows

on October 27, 2019 - 8:04am
2019 Fellows of the American Physical Society top row from left, Hans Herrmann, Scott Hsu and Alan Hurd. Bottom row from left, Katherine Prestridge and Richard Van de Water. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
Five LANL scientists have been elected 2019 Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS).
 
Hans Herrmann, Scott Hsu, Alan Hurd, Katherine Prestridge and Richard Van de Water and were chosen for their “exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise”.
 
Fewer than one half of one percent of APS members are elected as Fellows each year.
 
These five scientists represent the

NM Delegation Hails $3 Million For UNM Program Focused On Improving Autonomous Technology

on October 27, 2019 - 7:20am
 
Congressional Delegation News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) have announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the University of New Mexico (UNM) $3,254,834 for its Cognitive Autonomy for Human CPS: Turning Novices into Experts program.
 
This program will help develop improvements to make autonomous technology more adaptable to real-life behavior while also preparing underrepresented students for future

PEEC: Night Skies And Asteroid Exploration

on October 25, 2019 - 11:02am
Join Steve Becker for a preview of the Pajarito Astronomers’ Dark Night program at 7 p.m. today, Oct. 25 in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC
 
The full-dome film 'Incoming!’ is 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26 in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC
 
 
PEEC News:
 
Join Steve Becker for an interactive tour of the heavens this Friday, Oct. 25 in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium.
 
This talk will begin at 7 p.m.

LANL: Bruce Carlsten Wins Prestigious Wilson Prize

on October 24, 2019 - 2:48pm

LANL Radio Frequency Engineer Bruce Carlsten

LANL News:

Bruce Carlsten, a radio frequency engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory, was awarded the 2020 Robert R. Wilson Prize for Achievement in the Physics of Particle Accelerators, presented by the American Physical Society.

He will receive this prize at the 2020 International Particle Accelerator Conference.

Open to all members of the scientific community in the U.S. and abroad, this award is the premier recognition of achievement in the accelerator science and technology field.

Foundation for free-electron lasers

Carlsten is a

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