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Science On Tap: Sensor Diagnosis Of Infectious Diseases – The Need For Speed Aug. 20

on August 18, 2018 - 5:26am
Jessica Kubicek-Sutherland
 
SCIENCE ON TAP:
 
The next Science On Tap, “Sensor Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases: The Need for Speed” is 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20 at UnQuarked - The Wine at 145 Central Park Square in Los Alamos.
 
Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory, recognizing the global health threat from drug-resistant bacterial infections, have developed a rapid diagnostic tool that promises to revolutionize the way hospitals test for infection.
 
Join Jessica Kubicek-Sutherland, with the Lab’s Physical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy Group, for a discussion about

Federal Agencies Take Safety Steps As New Mexico Tests For Fungus Causing Bat Disease

on August 17, 2018 - 8:44am
Western long-eared myotis (Myotis evotis), one of many bat species found in New Mexico caves and abandoned mines. Photo by Kenneth Ingham, copyright 2016
 
University of New Mexico research team member Eddie Strach takes a sample of bat guano in Carlsbad Cavern in March 2018. Photo by Kenneth Ingham, copyright 2018
 
Research leader Diana Northup of the University of New Mexico enters a New Mexico cave in March 2018 to collect samples to test for P. destructans, the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats. Photo by Kenneth Ingham, copyright 2018
 
STATE News:
 
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PEEC: Explore Dark Matter At Planetarium Friday

on August 16, 2018 - 10:38pm
Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Unearth the mysteries of Dark Matter and Dark Energy this weekend at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium. At 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 17 Galen Gisler will give a talk called “The Dark Side of the Universe” that will explore these phenomena. The following day, the nature center will show the full-dome film “Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter” to dive further into this fascinating subject.
 
Astrophysicists and cosmologists attempt to understand the universe by studying the radiation that comes to us from outer space.

Los Alamos Middle School Hawk Hangout Friday

on August 15, 2018 - 8:05am
Time out for Pizza sponsored a STEM Solar Smores project, for National Smores Day Friday at the Los Alamos and White Rock Youth Activity Centers. This Friday the DWI Council and Rotary Stars will host a special event for Los Alamos Middle School students 6-9 p.m. at the Los Alamos Youth Center. Free burgers and drinks will be served to the first 80 students showing their ID or a print out of their class schedule. Call 662.9412. Courtesy photo
 
Courtesy photo
 
YAC News:
 
This Friday, the Los Alamos Youth Activity Center and the DWI Planning Council, will host a very special Hawk Hangout

Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Announce $3.5 Million In NSF Grants To UNM For Transmission Electron Microscope, Professional Development For HS Teachers

on August 15, 2018 - 6:43am
UNM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Monday two funding awards to the University of New Mexico (UNM), totaling $3.5 million, from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
 
The awards will enable UNM to acquire a transmission electron microscope for state-of-the-art research, and will fund the creation of an online professional development program for high school science and mathematics teachers. Together, these initiatives aim to enhance science and computer education for students across New Mexico.
 

LANL: Two Los Alamos Scientists Named American Geophysical Union Fellows

on August 14, 2018 - 7:41am
S. Peter Gary
 
LANL News:
 
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) named two Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists fellows in recognition of their leadership and excellence in Earth and space sciences.
 
Geoffrey D. Reeves and S. Peter Gary are among 62 new fellows who will be honored at AGU’s annual conference in December in Washington, D.C. Only 0.1 percent of AGU’s 60,000-plus member scientists are named fellows each year, according to the international organization.
 
Reeves has been involved in numerous NASA and national security missions, most recently the Van Allen Probes mission

NASA Awards UbiQD Of Los Alamos Contract To Develop Greenhouse Films For Space Missions

on August 13, 2018 - 10:57am

Growing Opportunities is hosting UbiQD’s first commercial greenhouse pilot project in Alcalde. This false color photo shows the Dutch-style greenhouse where UbiGro™ Film is boosting the weight yield of tomatoes. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

Artist’s rendition of a quantum dot enhanced lunar greenhouse. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

NASA News:

  • Phase I STTR will fund a collaboration with the University of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center to develop and test quantum dot materials for maximizing crop yields on the Moon, Mars, or other long-term space missions

UbiQD, Inc., a Los Alamos-based

American Geophysical Union Announces 2018 Fellows

on August 13, 2018 - 5:59am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Geophysical Union (AGU) Friday announced its 2018 Fellows, an honor given to individual AGU members who have made exceptional scientific contributions and gained prominence in their respective fields of Earth and space sciences.
 
Since the AGU Fellows program was established in 1962, and according to the organization’s bylaws, no more than 0.01 percent of the total membership of AGU is recognized annually. This year’s class of Fellows are geographically diverse coming from 21 countries.
 
“AGU Fellows are recognized for their outstanding
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Pajarito Astronomers Dark Night Saturday

on August 8, 2018 - 8:18am
PAJARITO ASTRONOMERS News:
 
The Pajarito Astronomers are hosting a County-Sponsored Dark Night starting at 8 p.m. (sunset), Saturday, Aug. 11 at Spirio Soccer Field at Overlook Park in White Rock.
 
Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. The planets Venus, a brilliant Mars, Jupiter and its moons, Saturn and its rings, Neptune and Uranus will potentially be visible during the evening. There will be a tour of the summer constellations and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.
 
The

Study Reveals How Sand Dunes Alter Seismic Waves

on August 5, 2018 - 6:35am
Barchan dune geometry, in reality and the simulations. (a) Image of an isolated Qatari barchan dune from an aerial drone, courtesy of Sylvain Michel. (b) Elevation profile of the same barchan, from data courtesy of Michel Louge. (c) Mesh generated model of the same dune. The red arrow indicates the location of the point force for the simulation in the video. Courtesy/AGU
 
AGU News:
 
Sand dunes may be lovely to behold, but they have long been seismic troublemakers to geophysicists trying to detect what lies underground nearby.

DOJ: New Forensics Technology Group Members

on August 5, 2018 - 6:11am
DOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice Wednesday announced important advances to improve federal coordination with state and local forensic science laboratories.
 
As part of this effort, the department is announcing the newly selected members of the recently created Forensic Laboratory Needs Technology Working Group (FLN-TWG). The effort underscores the department’s commitment to creating an effective network of crime labs across the country.

PEEC: ‘Search For Sun Siblings’ Talk 7 p.m. Today

on August 3, 2018 - 7:29am
Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Stars like the Sun almost never form in isolation. Usually, star formation takes place in large clusters, creating many sibling stars in batches that slowly disperse over time. Join Erica Fogerty at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3 at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium to learn about the search for the Sun’s long-lost relatives and their most likely location.

Erica Fogerty

Fogerty is a computational astrophysicist in the Center for Theoretical Astrophysics at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

NIST: Flying Drones Compete In Unprecedented Feat

on August 3, 2018 - 4:00am
The EndureAir drone hovers with its payload. Courtesy/Fredericksburg Area RC Club
 
NIST News:
 
Whether it’s the effort to redefine the kilogram or researching the Harry Potter realm of quantum mechanics where things can somehow be in two or more places at one time, quite a bit of the science carried out at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) can be hard for the average person on the street to understand or relate to.
 
But at the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Flight and Payload Challenge, which NIST held May 21-24, the question being explored was as simple as can be:

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Secures Major Wins For New Mexico In Annual National Defense Spending Bill

on August 2, 2018 - 9:57am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

  • National Defense Authorization Act heads to President’s desk for signature

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced provisions he secured in the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that support New Mexico's men and women in uniform, military installations, national laboratories, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), and job-creating initiatives throughout the state. The bill includes an amendment sponsored by Sen.

Wallace And Five Former LANL Directors Participate In Panel To Wrap Up 75th Anniversary Celebration

on August 2, 2018 - 7:34am
Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Terry Wallace, right, and former directors, from left, Donald Kerr, John Browne, Robert Kuckuck, Michael Anastasio and Charlie McMillan, answer questions from panel moderator Ellen Tauscher during Tuesday's event celebrating 75 years of LANL leadership. Courtesy/LANL

LANL Director Terry Wallace recalls his best memories of LANL including the 1960s and 70s when he was growing up in the Los Alamos community. Courtesy/LANL

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

“Is this the coolest thing ever?”, Los Alamos National Laboratory

LANL: Computer Simulations Predict Spread Of HIV

on August 1, 2018 - 4:06pm
Thomas Leitner, computational biologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy photo
 
Principal decay of paraphyletic signal. Courtesy photo
 
LANL News:
 
In a recently published study in the journal Nature Microbiology, researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory show that computer simulations can accurately predict the transmission of HIV across populations, which could aid in preventing the disease.
 
The simulations were consistent with actual DNA data obtained from a global public HIV database, developed and maintained by Los Alamos.

AGU: Researchers Find Glaciers In East Antarctica Also Imperiled By Climate Change

on August 1, 2018 - 5:15am

In this WorldView-2 satellite image of Totten Glacier’s front – acquired Oct. 11, 2015 – ice flows from left to right. The heavily crevassed surface of the floating part of Totten is visible on the left, with larger undulations in topography associated with bottom crevasses. The dark area in front of the glacier is open water, and on the right is thin and packed sea ice. Courtesy/DigitalGlobe Inc.

 

AGU News:
 
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NNMCAB Members Hear Report On LANL Aggregate Area Investigation And Remediation Projects

on July 31, 2018 - 8:45am
Brenda Bowlby, N3B Los Alamos project manager for the aggregate area soils remediation program addresses the NNMCAB July 25 at SFCC. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

During its July 25 meeting at Santa Fe Community College, Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board members heard from Brenda Bowlby, N3B Los Alamos project manager for the Aggregate Area Soils Remediation Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory on a total of 28 aggregate areas on site that were contaminated over time with past historic use.

Bowlby

Solar Flares Disrupt Radio Communications During September Atlantic Hurricane Relief Effort

on July 31, 2018 - 8:12am
Hurricanes Katia, Irma and Jose lined up in the Atlantic Sept. 6, 2017 in an image captured by the Suomi NPP weather satellite. Courtesy/NASA

The Sun erupted in class X-9.3 and x-2.2 flares Sept. 6, 2017, visible to NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory in extreme ultraviolet (171 angstrom wavelength) light. Courtesy/NASA/GSFC/SDO

AGU News:

 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — An unlucky coincidence of space and Earth weather in early September 2017 caused radio blackouts for hours during critical hurricane emergency response efforts, according to a new study in Space Weather, a journal of the American

N3B Los Alamos Official Tells NNMCAB Clean-Up Of Material Disposal Areas Won’t Be Quick

on July 31, 2018 - 7:24am

EM-LA Deputy Designated Federal Officer Lee Bishop, left, chats with N3B Los Alamos RCRA Remediation Program Director Erich Evered prior to Evered's presentation. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

NNMCAB member Robert Hull of Los Alamos Technical Associates, Inc., left, listens to presentations during the July 25 meeting at Santa Fe Community College. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

EM-LA Deputy Designated Federal Officer Lee Bishop, right, speaks with N3B's Kristin Henderson, left, and Alison Scott Majure during the networking break at the NNMCAB meeting July 25 at SFCC. Photo

AGU: Researchers Develop Model For Predicting Landslides Caused By Earthquakes

on July 26, 2018 - 7:37am
A seismically-induced landslide in El Salvador in 2001. Courtesy/USGS
 
AGU News:
 
The 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in Sichuan, China killed tens of thousands of people and left millions homeless. Approximately 20,000 deaths — nearly 30 percent of the total — resulted not from the ground shaking itself but from landslides the quake triggered.
 
A new model developed by researchers at Indiana University can help experts address such risks by estimating the likelihood of landslides that will be caused by earthquakes anywhere in the world.

LANL Chemist Jaqueline Loetsch Kiplinger Elected Fellow Of American Chemical Society

on July 25, 2018 - 5:57am
Jaqueline Loetsch Kiplinger
 
LANL News:
 
Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow Jaqueline Loetsch Kiplinger has been announced as a fellow of the American Chemical Society. She is among 51 new fellows for the nation’s key chemistry organization and is one of only seven from Los Alamos in the laboratory’s 75-year history.
 
“I am very honored and humbled to be distinguished as an ACS Fellow and to join many great scientists who already hold this lifetime recognition for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and ACS,” Kiplinger said.

Promising LANL Innovations Take Spotlight

on July 24, 2018 - 9:39am

From left, Antonio Redondo, division leader Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation; Nancy Jo Nicholas, principal associate director of global security at LANL; Bette Korber, 2018 Richard P. Feynman Innovation Prize awardee from Los Alamos theoretical biology and biophysics division; Lee Finewood of DOE NNSA Administration Office of Strategic Partnerships Programs; Daniel Lockney, program executive of NASA technology transfer. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

 

Los Alamos scientist Bette Korber was recently honored with the 2018 Richard P.

Los Alamos MainStreet Thanks Community & Visitors For Success Of ScienceFest 2018!

on July 23, 2018 - 2:21pm
Scene from the 11th annual Los Alamos ScienceFest July 11-15 in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Scene from the 11th annual Los Alamos ScienceFest July 11-15 in downtown Los Alamos.
Courtesy photo
Scene from the 11th annual Los Alamos ScienceFest July 11-15 in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
 
Los Alamos MainStreet News:
 
The 11th annual Los Alamos ScienceFest attracted attendees from near and far throughout the 5-day festival that took place July 11-15. The July 14 Discovery Day event had the largest number of exhibitors in the event’s history.
 
Attendees came to share their love

Los Alamos Faith And Science Forum: Beyond The Neo-Darwinian Evolution Synthesis Wednesday

on July 22, 2018 - 10:17pm

LAF&SF News:

Bob Reinovsky will present the last lecture in the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum summer series Wednesday. The title of Reinovsky’s talk is “The Future of Humanity”. The theme of the 2018 Summer Series is “Purposeful Evolution”.

We begin addressing the implications for the future of humans of the bio-chemical and molecular-biological processes that we have been studying in the last 5 lectures.

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