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Night With A Nerd: Dr. Phil Goldstone On Thinking About Nuclear Deterrence In Today’s World

on August 18, 2019 - 9:01am

BSMA News:

The community is invited to join Dr. Phil Goldstone Sept. 12 as he explores how the invention of nuclear weapons 75 years ago changed international affairs – and also the existential framework of a large portion of the world’s people. 

It's now long beyond the confrontations of the cold war, and the world’s largest weapons stockpiles have been greatly reduced. Yet nuclear weapons issues are now present and rising, with Russia (again), Iran and North Korea looming large in the news—and with the playing field changing weekly, it seems. 

Modern war has held some “conventional”

Office Of Science & Technology Accepting Applications For New Mexico SBIR/STTR Grants

on August 18, 2019 - 6:40am
 
NMED News:
 
The New Mexico Economic Development Department is offering Small Business Innovation Research (NM SBIR) grant awards up to $100,000 to accelerate commercialization of technologies developed with the aid of the federal SBIR awards.
 
  • Phase II grants - $100,000; and
  • Phase I grants - $25,000.
 
This is a competitive grant for New Mexican companies with high-growth potential. To be eligible, companies must have an active Phase I or Phase II SBIR award or a letter of award.

Robotics Night @ Bradbury Science Museum Aug. 23

on August 17, 2019 - 7:44am

PEEC: Explore Early Days Of Space Exploration Tonight

on August 16, 2019 - 7:56am
Join Galen Gisler and Peter Polko in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 to explore the early days of human space exploration. Courtesy/NASA
 
PEEC News:
 
The first decade and a half of human space adventure was fraught with Cold War tensions, launch failures and tragic accidents, but also some brilliant successes.
 
Join Peter Polko and Galen Gisler at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 16 to explore the trials and tribulations of this period of space history in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium tomorrow evening.
 
Before 1957, there were no artificial

Best Of Both Worlds: Asteroids And Massive Mergers

on August 16, 2019 - 6:53am
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — The race is on. Since the construction of technology able to detect the ripples in space and time triggered by collisions from massive objects in the universe, astronomers around the world have been searching for the bursts of light that could accompany such collisions, which are thought to be the sources of rare heavy elements.
 
The University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory has partnered with the Catalina Sky Survey, which searches for near-Earth asteroids from atop Mount Lemmon, in an effort dubbed Searches after Gravitational Waves Using ARizona

Science On Tap: Extraterrestrial Rock Zapping Aug. 19

on August 14, 2019 - 9:00am
Members of LANL’s ChemCam Engineering Operations team from left, Suzi Montano, Adriana Reyes-Newell, Roberta Beal, Lisa Danielson, Nina Lanza and Cindy Little (not pictured is Margie Root). Courtesy/LACD
 
Los Alamos Creative District News:
 
Join the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at projectY cowork in Central Park Square.
 
This On Tap will feature a conversation with Manager Lisa Danielson of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s all-female ChemCam Engineering Operations team, discussing extraterrestrial rock

On The Job In Los Alamos: Sheri Foley Of Gadgets

on August 13, 2019 - 7:18am
On the job in Los Alamos last Tuesday is Manager Sheri Foley of Gadgets, the gift shop inside the Bradbury Science Museum at 1350 Central Ave. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

LANL Donates Working FERMIAC Replica To Bradbury

on August 12, 2019 - 5:36pm
People can see the original 1947 FERMIAC at the supercomputing exhibit at the Bradbury Science Museum, but it's safely behind glass. Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Office of Experimental Sciences has donated  a replica of  the FERMIAC - a mechanical device for tracing out neutron transport paths on a table-top blueprint - to the Bradbury Science Museum. Enrico Fermi built the original after the end of the Manhattan Project.

UA: New Lens For Life-Searching Space Telescopes

on August 12, 2019 - 8:16am
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Arizona Richard F. Caris Mirror Laboratory is a world leader in the production of the world’s largest telescope mirrors. In fact, it is currently fabricating mirrors for the largest and most advanced earth-based telescope: The Giant Magellan Telescope.
 
But there are size constraints, ranging from the mirror’s own weight, which can distort images, to the size of our freeways and underpasses that are needed to transport finished pieces.

One Step Closer To Finding Answers ... Virtual ‘Universe Machine’ Sheds Light On Galaxy Evolution

on August 11, 2019 - 7:48am
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — How do galaxies such as our Milky Way come into existence? How do they grow and change over time? The science behind galaxy formation has remained a puzzle for decades, but a University of Arizona-led team of scientists is one step closer to finding answers thanks to supercomputer simulations.
 
Observing real galaxies in space can only provide snapshots in time, so researchers who want to study how galaxies evolve over billions of years have to revert to computer simulations.

High School Students From Across New Mexico Attend Joint Science And Technology Institute

on August 9, 2019 - 2:23pm
ORISE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Lexi Alcala and Thilo Roelofs of Los Alamos, were two of 31 high school students attending the Joint Science and Technology Institute, an educational opportunity to expand their knowledge and experience in science, technology, engineering and math.
 
Alcala, daughter of Lisa and Jermain Bracy, and Roelofs, son of Nina and Andreas Roelofs, are students at The Academy for Technology and the Classics in Los Alamos.
 
Alcala and Roelofs collaborated with mentors and conducted research activities on the University of New Mexico campus.

Silent Falcon UAS Technologies Conducts Analysis On Missing Man Aerials In Organ Mountains

on August 8, 2019 - 8:24am
Silent Falcon UAS Technologies was established to bring state-of-the-art technologies to small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). Courtesy/ Silent Falcon UAS Technologies
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The manufacturer of two New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) fixed-wing drones, Silent Falcon UAS Technologies, will critically analyze aerial video and electro-optical images for any trace of Steven Carey, the California man missing in the Organ Mountains, east of Las Cruces.
 
DHSEM’s drones are still in production and were not in the weekend search.

Free Science Saturday: Make A Rain Cloud In A Bottle

on August 7, 2019 - 9:23am
NMMSH News:
 
ALAMOGORDO Did you know you could make a rain cloud in a bottle?
 
Join Museum of Space History Education Director Dave Dooling Saturday, Aug. 10 for Science Saturday. He’ll be offering free hands-on demonstrations that show how weather and air conditioning work by putting the squeeze on gases – or by letting them relax.
 
Science Saturday is 10 a.m. to noon in the front classroom of the museum’s New Horizons Dome Theater.
 
Science Saturday is free to the public and happens every second Saturday of the month.

Los Alamos History Museum Atoms & Art Ends Aug. 18

on August 6, 2019 - 10:47am
Los Alamos History Museum exhibit: Atoms and Art is sponsored by Enterprise Bank & Trust. Courtesy photo
 
Los Alamos History Museum exhibit: Atoms and Art is sponsored by Enterprise Bank & Trust. Courtesy/LAHM
 
History Museum News:
 
The Los Alamos History Museum’s popular temporary exhibit, Atoms and Art: The Intersecting Lives of Maria Poveka Martinez and Bernice Bidwell Brode will be coming down soon.
 
The exhibit’s last day is Sunday, Aug.

NM Public Education Dept. Seeks Teacher Mentors For Governor’s 2019-20 STEM Challenge & Showcase

on August 5, 2019 - 3:23pm

NMPED News:

SANTA FE – As New Mexico schools are preparing for the 2019-20 academic year, the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) is reaching out to high school science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) educators to encourage participation in the first-ever Governor’s STEM Challenge and Showcase.

Over the course of the 2019 summer break, the PED contacted principals and superintendents in all 89 school districts and charter school directors across the state to share information about this exciting opportunity for New Mexico’s students.

Schools wishing to register a student

Lunch With A Leader: Global Warming Express Aug. 20

on August 4, 2019 - 10:46am
LWVLA News:
 
The League of Women Voters' Aug. 20 Lunch with a Leader community event is 11:45 a.m. in Mesa Public Library and will feature Genie Stevens from the Global Warming Express.
 
Stevens was born in New York City and grew up surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, on Cape Cod and then, Nova Scotia. She attended Dalhousie University in Canada, Emerson College in Boston, Harvard University in Cambridge and the University of New Mexico for studies in Theatre Direction, Education, Psychology and Cross-Cultural Communication.
 
Stevens has lived, for the most part, in New Mexico since

AGU: US Infrastructure Unprepared For Increasing Frequency Of Extreme Storms

on August 3, 2019 - 6:47am
Hurricane Florence’s unprecedented rainfall caused extensive damage to infrastructure in North and South Carolina after it made landfall in fall of 2018. Courtesy/U.S. Air Forces Central Command
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Current design standards for United States hydrologic infrastructure are unprepared for the increasing frequency and severity of extreme rainstorms, meaning structures like retention ponds and dams will face more frequent and severe flooding, according to a new study.
 
Extreme weather events are on the rise, but U.S.

New Mexico DHSEM Launches Drone Program

on August 2, 2019 - 9:09am
NM DHSEM Cabinet Secretary Jackie Lindsey signs the fuselage of the agency’s new drone representing the ceremonial start of its new drone program. Courtesy photo
 

NM DHSEM News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s (NM DHSEM) Executive Team signed the fuselage of its new drone Wednesday representing the ceremonial start of its drone program.  

DHSEM has acquired two unmanned aircraft systems that will be used throughout New Mexico to support all aspects of Homeland Security and Emergency Management including risk emergency mitigation,

Ledoux: Exploring Mysteries Of Living ... Behavior And Contingencies

on August 2, 2019 - 8:51am

By STEPHEN F. LEDOUX
Los Alamos  
A member of The International Behaviorology Institute

Last time we took a quick look at contingency causes of behavior through the oversimplified “A—B—Cs of behaviorology.” A slightly more realistic formula, “A—B—P,” refers mostly to events in time and stands for “Antecedents—Behaviors—Postcedents.” We will quickly see this develop into many fully realistic versions, a common one of which is “Evocative Stimulus—Response—Consequential Stimulus.”

Such variables are the starting point, the most basic starting point, for beginning any investigation about any

Workforce Solutions Department Funding Will Support Training For High-Demand Jobs At LANL And N3B

on August 1, 2019 - 9:52am

Officials and students gather Tuesday morning at NNMC for the announcement of a new program funded by Workforce Solutions that will train more than 50 area students for high-paying jobs at with LANL and N3B. Photo by Arin McKenna/Valley Daily Post

 

By ARIN MCKENNA
Valley Daily Post

New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, the Department of Higher Education, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos (N3B), Northern New Mexico College and University of New Mexico–Los Alamos held a joint press conference Tuesday at NNMC to announce a new program

AGU: Old Pollutants Melting Out Of Himalayan Glaciers

on August 1, 2019 - 7:55am
The high mountain glaciers of the Tibetan Plateau feed thousands of alpine lakes that form the headwaters of many of Asia’s major rivers. Courtesy/Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center
 
AGU News:
 
“The Earth is a closed system. Everything released on the Earth, stays somewhere on the Earth.” Kimberley Miner         
 
Melting Himalayan glaciers are releasing decades of accumulated pollutants into downstream ecosystems, according to a new study.
 
The new research in AGU’s Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres finds chemicals used in pesticides

DOE: DIII-D University Collaborators Receive Funding

on July 31, 2019 - 8:08am
The inside of the tokamak at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:
 
SAN DIEGO, Calif. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced Monday $14 million in awards to 10 universities across the country to pursue fusion energy research at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego, Calif.
 
A major goal of the research is to develop and test innovative methods for understanding and sustaining high-temperature fusion plasmas, a key enabling step towards making fusion a virtually limitless source of practical energy.
 
The projects range from

Aerospace: Building Gateway To The Galaxy

on July 30, 2019 - 6:39am
A NASA infographic shows the current lineup of parts comprising the Gateway. Modules shown in blue are U.S. contributions; modules shown in purple are proposed international components; and modules in yellow are both U.S. and international, or yet to be determined. Courtesy/NASA
 
Astronauts Stephanie Wilson, left, Shannon Walker and Raja Chari evaluate an American-made deep space habitat for the Gateway. Astronauts are participating in the evaluations to provide their perspectives as those who may one day live aboard the lunar outpost, which would be located about 250,000 miles from Earth.

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

America’s Largest Seed Fund In Albuquerque Aug. 14

on July 29, 2019 - 6:33am
By JUSTIN CROSSIE,
Regional Administrator, Region VI
 
The nation’s booming economy is buoyed by small business innovators who are looking to turn a big idea into an American success story. 
 
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s National SBIR Road Tour is coming to Albuquerque Aug. 14 as part of a 16-stop tour to connect entrepreneurs working on advanced technology to 11 federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health.
 
Also known as America’s Seed Fund, the Small Business Innovation

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