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Los Alamos Makerspace Launches New Training, Collaboration And Hiring (MaTCH) Pilot

on June 24, 2019 - 11:59am

Alexandra De Lucia, a gifted LANL post-baccalaureate intern, learning how to solder and taking a stab at building hardware at the local makerspace. De Lucia researches machine learning-based monitoring tools on the LANL High Performance Computing Design team. She has been a seasonal volunteer with Los Alamos Makers since the summer of 2017. At that time, she mentored teens during the summer Coder Dojo. She has come back this year and led a weekly Python Club for teens and adults.

NMED Launches Technology Transfer Assistance Grants

on June 24, 2019 - 9:47am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Economic Development Department is launching a new grant program to help facilitate the transfer of technology developed in the laboratory to businesses seeking to improve existing products or business procedures.
 
The New Mexico Technology Transfer Assistance Grants (NM-TAG) are aimed to assist in the transfer and commercialization of technologies developed in New Mexico to business startups.
 
“There is a substantial amount of research being done at the National Laboratories and Universities in New Mexico that can be commercialized,” said

LAF&SF Features Bob Fuselier 6 P.M. Wednesday

on June 24, 2019 - 7:41am

Bob Fuselier of Los Alamos will speak on ‘Neuroscience and Emotions’ this Wednesday at the LAF&SF at the Unitarian Church. Courtesy/LAF&SF

LAF&SF News:

Los Alamos scientist Nels Hoffman spoke to a full house Wednesday at the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum’s Summer Series (LAF&SF).

The theme of the summer series is “Are You a Robot? Brain, Mind and Soul” and Hoffman spoke on the topic of “Neuroplasticity: How the Mind Changes the Brain”.

Bob Fuselier of Los Alamos will speak this Wednesday on “Neuroscience and Emotions”.

Fuselier’s abstract states: In his landmark publication

NIST: Unidentified Museum Objects V

on June 24, 2019 - 6:53am
Three unexplained technological oddities for your examination. Courtesy/NIST Museum
 
NIST News:
 
In celebration of National Inventors Month 2019 (yes, it’s a thing), we’re highlighting some curious inventions currently cooling their heels in the NIST museum’s basement storage area.
 
These innovations, created some decades ago, have been safely preserved and protected by the stalwart staff of the NIST museum. Trouble is, we’re not entirely sure why these particular inventions were … invented.
 
Welcome back to Unidentified Museum Objects, our sporadically recurring series that

Ledoux: Exploring Mysteries Of Living ... Welcome

on June 24, 2019 - 6:52am
By STEPHEN F. LEDOUX
Los Alamos member of
The International Behaviorology Institute
 
Welcome to the first of many columns exploring some of the mysteries of life and living, especially some behavior–related mysteries.
 
Each column will include where to find more information. And each column provides some basics of a scientific account for its mystery.
 
Behaviorology, the little known 100-year-old natural science of behavior, supplies the informing science.

Air Force Research Laboratory Prepares DSX Spacecraft For Launch On Space X Falcon Heavy Rocket

on June 23, 2019 - 6:52am
The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Demonstration and Science Experiments (DSX) spacecraft in the final preparation stages before shipment to Cape Canaveral, Fla., for launch on a Space X Falcon Heavy Rocket. Courtesy photo
 
KAFB News:
 
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE Air Force Research Laboratory engineers have completed the final assembly and integration of the Demonstration and Science Experiments (DSX) spacecraft in preparation for its placement on the first-ever Department of Defense SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch vehicle.
 
The DOD Space Test Program (STP-2) mission, managed by the Air

Bring Out Your Manhattan Project Era Cars To Main Gate Park Saturday, July 13 For 2019 ScienceFest!

on June 21, 2019 - 10:28am

Courtesy/Chamber

 

Courtesy/Chamber

 

CHAMBER News:

 

All year long thousands of visitors take photos in front of the façade at Main Gate Park at the entrance to Los Alamos. But only once a year is the complete photo-op available with the car parked in front, just like in the iconic photo.

 

It’s become a ScienceFest tradition to have Ken Uher park his 1939 Buick convertible in front of the Main Gate façade at Main Gate Park on the Saturday of ScienceFest. This year, Los Alamos MainStreet would like to invite anyone with a Manhattan Project Era car to join him.

 

While the car in

Air Force Research Lab Unveils New HPM System

on June 21, 2019 - 6:54am
An image of a 3-D solid model of the Tactical High Power Microwave Operational Responder (THOR) system. The system is used for modeling and simulation before integrating and testing. Courtesy/Verus Research and BAE Systems
 
KAFB News:
 
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE The Air Force Research Laboratory has a new high power microwave system that will be a major asset to the warfighter.
 
The Tactical High Power Microwave Operational Responder (THOR) is a directed energy weapon that disables the electronics in flying drones. The technology is housed in a shipping container-sized unit.
 

LANL Director Emeritus Terry Wallace Speaks To MOWW At American Legion On Future Of War

on June 20, 2019 - 8:34am
Dr. Terry C. Wallace, Jr., Director Emeritus of Los Alamos National Laboratory speaks to the Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of the World Wars Tuesday at the American Legion in Los Alamos on the future of war. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
LTC Gregg Giesler, USA (Ret), Commander of the  Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of the World Wars Companions presents Dr. Terry C.

Leading Planetary Scientist Amy Mainzer Joins UA

on June 20, 2019 - 7:32am
Amy Mainzer
 
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — Amy Mainzer, one of the world's leading scientists in asteroid detection and planetary defense, will join the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory as a professor of planetary sciences this fall.
 
Mainzer comes to the UA from the Science Division at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she has worked as a senior research scientist specializing in astrophysical instrumentation and infrared astronomy.
 
"We are the only university in the world currently leading a NASA sample return mission to an asteroid, and Amy is among the

AGU: Climate Change May Shift Summer Thunderstorms

on June 15, 2019 - 10:18am
Thunderstorm seen from Belfort, France. Courtesy/Thomas Bresson, Flickr
 
AGU News:
 
Climate change could affect the regularity of summer afternoon thunderstorms in some parts of the world, according to new research.
 
A new study in the AGU journal Geophysical Research Letters modeled weather patterns in western Germany, northern France and parts of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, under climate change.
 
Under a strong climate scenario, where greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, extreme summer thunderstorms in these areas might break out more often overnight and

Take A Tour Of Stonehenge At Nature Center Friday

on June 13, 2019 - 5:13pm

Head to the Los Alamos Nature Center this weekend to learn about Stonehenge and Sea Monsters. Akkana Peck and Dave North will lead a discussion on Stonehenge at 6 p.m. Friday, June 14. The nature center will show the full-dome film 'Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure' at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15. Courtesy/PEEC

 

PEEC News:

 

Take a tour of Stonehenge and some of its relatives this Friday, June 14 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Dave North and Akkana Peck will discuss what Stonehenge and similar monuments can — and can’t — tell us about ancient astronomy. This talk begins at 6 p.m.

Los Alamos County Council Green Lights Pebble Labs Plan To Advance Business

on June 13, 2019 - 7:30am
Council Chambers is filled with Pebble Labs employees Tuesday night. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Tuesday night, employees from Pebble Labs filled Los Alamos County Council Chambers to state their case on why council should support the budding biotech research company.

Pebble Labs employees’ efforts were successful. Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved an ordinance adopting an economic development project for public support of Pebble Labs.

Los Alamos National Laboratory All-Woman Team Commands Rock-Zapping Laser On Mars

on June 12, 2019 - 9:53am

Members of Los Alamos National Laboratory’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/LANL

LANL News:

The laser that zaps rocks on Mars is commanded by a talented group of engineers and scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory—who also happen to all be women, a rarity in the engineering field.

“It’s unusual, simply because engineering still tends to be male-dominated,” said Nina Lanza, a planetary scientist on the team who has helped recruit some

AGU: China’s Bioluminescent Seas Glowing Brighter

on June 12, 2019 - 8:24am

Blue bioluminescence produced by red Noctiluca scintillans near Taiwan’s Matsu Islands. Researchers now have a way to study the sparkly organisms by satellite. Courtesy/Yu-Xian Yang, Lienchiang County Government, Taiwan

 

AGU News:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Scientists have, for the first time, used satellites to track the bioluminescent plankton responsible for producing “blue tears” in China’s coastal waters and found the sparkly creatures have become more abundant in recent years.

 

Red Noctiluca scintillans are single-celled organisms found in coastal waters all over the world.

Science On Tap With Antonio Redondo June 17

on June 12, 2019 - 7:20am
LANL researcher Antonio Redondo
 
Creative District News:
 
The community is invited to join the Bradbury Science Museum and Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap at 5:30 p.m., Monday, June 17, at projectY cowork in Central Park Square.
 
This On Tap will feature a conservation with Antonio Redondo about the use of super-computer simulations in the study of chemical processes.
 
Many are familiar with the M&M’s tagline, “Melts in your mouth, not in your hand,” but most don’t give much thought to the science responsible for that crunchy candy shell.

Tiny Light Box Opens New Doors Into Nanoworld

on June 12, 2019 - 7:10am
Using a box of stacked atomically thin layers of tungsten disulphide, Chalmers researchers have succeeded in creating a type of feedback loop in which light and matter become one. Courtesy/Denis Baranov/Yen Strandqvist/Chalmers University of Technology
 
Chalmers University of Technology News:
 
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have discovered a completely new way of capturing, amplifying and linking light to matter at the nanolevel.
 
Using a tiny box, built from stacked atomically thin material, they have succeeded in creating a type of feedback loop in which

What’s At The Bradbury This Month

on June 11, 2019 - 7:43am
BSM News:
 
Night with a Nerd
 
Each summer, monsoon season arrives in New Mexico, bringing torrential rains, intense thunderstorms, damaging hail storms, and deadly tornados with it. In spite of these extreme and intimidating weather events, locals are generally glad to see the start of the monsoon. As the source of over half the year’s precipitation, the monsoon brings life-giving water to a state which is often parched.
 
The Bradbury’s National Outreach Traveling Exhibits Program (NOTEs)
 
Over the course of 4 months, Building Immunityguided over 200,000 visitors through the amazing and often

AGU: Loss Of Arctic Sea Ice Stokes Summer Heat Waves In Southern U.S.

on June 7, 2019 - 5:14pm
Composites of summer extreme (left panels) and oppressive heat wave (right panels) frequency during summers of low (top), neutral (middle) and high (bottom) Hudson Bay sea ice extent. Courtesy/AGU
 
AGU News:
 
Over the last 40 years, Arctic sea ice thickness, extent and volume have declined dramatically. Now, a new study finds a link between declining sea ice coverage in parts of the Canadian Arctic and an increasing incidence of summer heat waves across the southern United States.
 
The new study in AGU’s Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres explores how seasonal fluctuations

LANL Experts To discuss ‘The Science Of Vintage Space’ On Santa Fe Institute Panel 4:15-5:15 P.M. June 15

on June 7, 2019 - 4:25pm

Norris Bradbury, left, in front of the Kiwi B4-A reactor used to power a nuclear rocket in the 1960s as part of Project Rover. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

 

Los Alamos National Laboratory will host a panel at the Santa Fe Institute's InterPlanetary Festival about the Science of Vintage Space June 15 in Santa Fe.

 

The event is free and open to the public.

 

Both current and retired experts from the Laboratory will talk about the critical role LANL played in the early days of the space race, such as developing sensors for satellites to detect nuclear explosions in space that resulted

Thomas Intrator Scholarship Winners For 2019 Are Joseph Sarrao And Javier McTeague-Vasquez

on June 6, 2019 - 9:13am

The 2019 Thomas Intrator scholarship recipients Joseph Sarrao, left, and Javier McTeague-Vasquez. Jessica Booton Photography, www.jessicabootonphotography.com/


LAPS Foundation News:

 

The family of Thomas Intrator has announced its selection for this year’s Thomas Intrator Scholarship are 2019 Los Alamos High School graduates Joseph Sarrao and Javier McTeigue-Vasquez.

 

The scholarship honors Thomas Intrator, who was a distinguished plasma physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He encouraged, fostered and practiced a sense of curiosity.

Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum Features Reinovsky

on June 6, 2019 - 7:06am

Bob Reinovsky speaks at the first lecture of the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum’s Summer Series Wednesday evening at the Unitarian Church. Photo by Morrie Pongratz

LAF&SF News:

Bob Reinovsky was the first speaker of Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum’s Summer Series.

Reinovsky, a program manager at Los Alamos National Laboratory, spoke to a full house Wednesday evening at the Unitarian Church.

AGU: Earthquake In 2009 Intensifies American Samoa’s Rising Sea Levels

on June 5, 2019 - 7:00am
Crews working near the damage from the 2009 tsunami in American Samoa. Courtesy/Lorn Cramer/Flickr, Wikimedia Commons
 
 
AGU News:
 
The 2009, magnitude-8.1 Samoa earthquake dealt a great deal of damage to the Samoan Islands: Tsunami waves as high as 14 meters (46 feet) wiped out multiple villages, claiming nearly 200 lives and severely damaging water and electrical systems.
 
New research reveals the damage is likely to continue in the island Tutuila, also known as American Samoa.

Los Alamos ScienceFest Features ‘Eureka!’ Discoveries, STEM Learning, Free Chevel Shepherd Concert

on June 5, 2019 - 6:34am
COUNTY News:
 
The highly anticipated, award-winning, iconic Los Alamos ScienceFest returns this July with new events, including a free concert with the winner of The Voice and New Mexico native Chevel Shepherd Friday, July 12.
 
With six days of discoveries, learning and scientific fun in Los Alamos—the home of groundbreaking science and the place where discoveries are made—this year’s event is themed “Eureka!” and runs July 9-14, with Discovery Day taking place Saturday, July 13.
 
Paying homage to Archimedes and his “Eureka!” moment, which occurred in a bathtub, as well as

Enterprise Bank Provides 796 Students With Visit To Bradbury Science Museum In Spring 2019

on June 4, 2019 - 4:25pm

Students from McCurdy Elementary enjoy visiting the Bradbury Science Museum recently. Courtesy/BSMA

BSMA News:

In partnership with the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA), Enterprise Bank (EB&T), formerly Los Alamos National Bank (LANB), recently provided transportation for 796 students to visit the Bradbury Science Museum during Spring 2019.

The BSMA/EB&T partnership has enabled students from northern New Mexico Title 1 Schools to travel to the museum and visit Los Alamos.

"Providing students from Title 1 schools with a field trip to the Bradbury Science Museum has been an amazing

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