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Summer Solstice Event At Nature Center Planetarium

on June 19, 2018 - 7:26am

Celebrate the summer solstice 7 p.m., Friday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Astrophysicist Dr. Rick Wallace will present a lecture on the tradition, folklore and astronomical significance of the summer solstice, 7 p.m. Friday at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.

Astrophysicist Dr. Rick Wallace

Before the lecture in the planetarium, the Los Alamos Folk Dance Club will perform a Polish Solstice dance until 7:15 p.m. outside the nature center. The audience will then gather inside the planetarium to hear from Dr.

AGU: Explosive Volcanoes Likely Spawned Mysterious Martian Rock Formation

on June 19, 2018 - 6:49am
An isolated hill in the Medusae Fossae Formation. The effect of wind erosion on this hill is evident by its streamlined shape. Courtesy/High Resolution Stereo Camera-European Space Agency
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Explosive volcanic eruptions that shot jets of hot ash, rock and gas skyward are the likely source of a mysterious Martian rock formation, a new study finds.
The new finding could add to scientists’ understanding of Mars’s interior and its past potential for habitability, according to the study’s authors.
The Medusae Fossae Formation is a massive, unusual deposit

LANL Responds To Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Reports On Plutonium Facility

on June 18, 2018 - 2:00pm
Technicians work in the pit manufacturing area of the Laboratory’s plutonium facility located at TA-55. Courtesy/LANL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory spokesman Matt Nerzig responded this morning to two recent reports filed by Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board on-site inspectors at LANL’s Plutonium Facility in May one identifying skin contamination on a craft worker’s hands and the other process deviations.

May 14, a work team declared a potential deviation when the total mass of nuclear material listed for a glovebox was less

‘Ignite Los Alamos’ Draws Overflow Crowd

on June 18, 2018 - 6:32am

The first ‘Ignite Los Alamos’ event took place at Los Alamos Makers Saturday, June 16. The event drew a full house with overflow outside. A diverse group of 11 speakers took on the challenge and shared their stories, insight and expertise. Teen videographer Sam Crooks recorded the event live. Courtesy/Los Alamos Makers

After the ‘Ignite Los Alamos’ event, LANL engineer Conrad Farnsworth relaxed outside Los Alamos Makers, surrounded by his supporters. Courtesy/Los Alamos Makers

The inaugural ‘Ignite Los Alamos’ event attracted an eclectic group of speakers.

On The Job In Los Alamos: LAPS Science Teachers

on June 17, 2018 - 7:26am

On the job in Los Alamos are Los Alamos Public Schools science teachers taking a break from an in-service day Thursday to have lunch at Cottonwood on the Greens, from left, Kathy Boerigter, Elizabeth Bowden, Ali Renner, Kate Whitty, Michela Ombelli, Debbie Grothaus, Stephanie Mitchell, Chris Peters and Eva Abeyta. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

AGU: South Napa Earthquake Linked To Summer Groundwater Dip

on June 17, 2018 - 7:25am
Surface ruptures from the August 2014 South Napa earthquake run through a vineyard near Buhman Road, Napa Valley, California. Courtesy/Dan Ponti, US Geological Survey
Plate Boundary Observatory GPS station P199 overlooks the Sonoma Valley, California. Data from the station demonstrated contraction in the valley during the summer, which contributes to seasonal stress on the fault that ruptured in the magnitude 6.0 South Napa Earthquake in 2014. Courtesy/UNAVCO
AGU News:
A summertime expansion in the Earth’s crust caused by changes in groundwater may have triggered the magnitude-6.0

Glenn Branch Lecture On Climate Change June 22

on June 16, 2018 - 8:20am

NIST: Can A Computer Think Like A Human?

on June 15, 2018 - 11:22am
NIST News:
Computers do many things better than our brains can. But one area where brains tend to outperform computers is in tasks such as perception, decision making, and context recognition.
A reason for this is that our brains process data both in sequence and simultaneously, and they store memories in synapses — connections between the brain’s nerve cells — all over the system. A conventional computer processes data only in sequence and stores memory in a separate unit.
Devices mimicking the brain’s nerve cells have been developed.

Los Alamos National Laboratory And U.S. Army Working On Replacement For Toxic TNT

on June 14, 2018 - 11:38am

Chavez TNT Replacement: Explosives chemist David Chavez pours an example of melt-castable explosive into a copper mold at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Technical Area 9. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:


Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen, Md., have developed a novel “melt-cast” explosive material that could be a suitable replacement for Trinitrotoluene, more commonly known as TNT.


“The Army and the Laboratory, through the Joint Munitions Program, have been looking for a TNT replacement,” said David Chavez, an explosives

SFI: The Nature Of Time – Panel Discussion June 19

on June 14, 2018 - 10:11am
Adolf Hoffmeister, The City of Lost Time (1964). Courtesy/SFI
SFI News:
What could be more mysterious, more precious, and more fleeting than time?
Heraclitus described time as “a game played beautifully by children”, Albert Einstein declared time is an illusion, and Jane Austen wrote that time will explain. Science has sought to explain time in terms of clocks, space, energy, perception, and convenience. Everyone agrees that we do not have enough of it and that we perceive it to be moving faster year by year.
This panel discusses the challenges of time in physics,

PEEC: Discoveries Of NASA Kepler Mission Friday

on June 14, 2018 - 8:04am
Joyce Guzik
PEEC News:
Join Joyce Guzik to discuss the discoveries of the NASA Kepler Mission at 7 p.m. Friday, June 15, in a lecture at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
The Kepler spacecraft was launched in March 2009 into an Earth-trailing orbit around the Sun. So far, it has discovered 2,649 planets around other stars.
Kepler has also examined brightness variations for hundreds of thousands of stars, revealing many new variable star types and providing data for researchers to infer the size, mass, age, and interior structure of stars, a field known as “asteroseismology.” Joyce

Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum: Darwin And Beyond

on June 13, 2018 - 10:08am

Chick Keller


On Wednesday, June 20, Chick Keller presents the third talk in the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum summer series. The title of Keller’s talk is “Darwin and Beyond”. The theme of the 2018 Summer Series is “Purposeful Evolution”.

Our current understanding of how the Earth came to be filled with different, but apparently related, animals is that they evolved from simple organisms to the very complex ones we see today. Thus, complex life (including humans) appeared gradually through evolution.

Just One Month ‘Til Los Alamos ScienceFest!

on June 12, 2018 - 6:53pm

A STEAM exhibitor talking with a young attendee at a previous ScienceFest. Courtesy photo

A young girl at the controls getting hands-on experience at a recent ScienceFest. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos MainStreet News:

Each year, thousands flock to Los Alamos—home of groundbreaking science where discoveries are made—for the three-time award-winning ScienceFest.

2018 marks ScienceFest’s 11th year and is July 11-15 with a “Science Rules in Los Alamos” theme.

“ScienceFest is a must-attend, five-day festival complete with live music, interactive and family-friendly events for all ages and

UNM-LA: Free Cyber-Puzzles Workshop For Girls

on June 11, 2018 - 11:38am

UNM-LA News:

Girls entering grades 7-11 in fall 2018 are invited to participate in a no-cost day-long computer security learning event at UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA).

The event, called Queen Of The Hill (QOTH) meets 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 16. QOTH is organized by Neale Pickett, a research scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Los Alamos Faith And Science Forum: How Life Works

on June 10, 2018 - 9:16am

Physicist Nelson Hoffman presents a lecture during the 2017 Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum Summer Series. Courtesy photo


The theme of the 2018 Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum Summer Series is “Purposeful Evolution” and Nelson Hoffman is presenting a lecture Wednesday, June 13 on “How Life Works”.

To discuss recent ideas in evolutionary biology, we need to know a bit about how life works. This lecture will be an introduction to biology for people who don’t usually think about it. Hoffman will talk about the cell, metabolism, genetics, and reproduction.

LANL Director, Local Officials React To LANL M&O Contract Award To Triad National Security

on June 8, 2018 - 11:45am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Terry Wallace reacted Friday morning to the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration announcement that it has awarded the $2.5 billion management and operating contract for the Lab to Triad National Security, LLC.

“We are committed to working with the new management team to ensure a transition that is as seamless as possible,” Wallace said.

Science Busking On Streets Of Los Alamos

on June 8, 2018 - 7:36am
Science Evangelist Gordon McDonough performing science busking Tuesday in front of CB FOX. Courtesy photo
Science Evangelist Gordon McDonough and his side-kick Liz Martineau performing science busking Tuesday in front of CB FOX. Courtesy photo
Science Evangelist Gordon McDonough and his side-kick Liz Martineau performed science busking Tuesday in front of CB FOX Department store. The demonstration - about black holes and light - drew the attention of many curious pedestrians in downtown Los Alamos.
“Science busking is a fun initiative to showcase some of the

AGU: Scientists Solve Lunar Mystery With Aid Of Missing Moon Tapes

on June 6, 2018 - 4:39pm
Astronaut Harrison Schmitt uses an adjustable sampling scoop to retrieve lunar samples during the Apollo 17 mission in December 1972. Newly restored lunar data tapes show the Apollo astronauts’ activity warmed the Moon’s surface slightly. Courtesy/NASA
AGU News:
After eight years spent recovering lost Moon data from the Apollo missions, scientists report in a new study they’ve solved a decades-old mystery of why the Moon’s subsurface warmed slightly during the 1970s.
Scientists have wondered about the cause of the warming since soon after the Apollo missions started, when

LANL: New Elementary Particle Evidence Found, ‘Sterile Neutrino’ Long Suspected

on June 6, 2018 - 12:31pm

Mini Booster Neutrino Experiment. Courtesy/LANL


Participants from Los Alamos in MiniBooNE Control Room, from left, Gordon McGregor, Richard Van de Water, Geoffrey Mills and Bill Louis. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:

  • Los Alamos experiment at Fermilab explores potential ‘dark matter’ link, confirms earlier experiment

New research results have potentially identified a fourth type of neutrino, a “sterile neutrino” particle. This particle provides challenges for the Standard Model of particle physics, if found to be a valid result in future experiments.

Los Alamos Faith And Science Forum June 6: Introduction ... Why Study Evolution?

on May 29, 2018 - 6:34am

Scene from Dan Winske’s 2017 presentation for the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum. Courtesy photo


Dan Winske kicks-off the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum summer series Wednesday, June 6, by speaking to the title: “Introduction: Why Study Evolution?

This first talk of the 2018 Summer Series introduces its overall theme “Purposeful Evolution” by asking: What is evolution? Why study it now? And why are science and religion mostly congenial except when discussing evolution? Dr.

Del Norte Credit Union Sponsors Impact Training To Help Exhibitors Prepare For ScienceFest

on May 27, 2018 - 4:02am
Impact Training attendees do a training exercise. Courtesy photo
Del Norte Credit Union sponsored an Impact Training session May 18 at projectY cowork Los Alamos. Mathamuseum, LLC representatives Liz Martineau and Gordon McDonough led the session.
Impact Training teaches STEAM-subject matter experts to develop their skills in working with the public.
“Impact Training is about how to explain complex subjects to the general public using hands-on activities and real-world analogies,” Martineau said.
Attendees practiced demonstrating STEAM-related activities in

LANL: Public Lectures Explore Power Of Light

on May 25, 2018 - 6:34am
Jennifer Hollingsworth
LANL News:
Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow Jennifer Hollingsworth will discuss the power of light in three Frontiers in Science public lectures beginning June 4 in Santa Fe.
“Photons are the elementary particle responsible for light,” said Jennifer Hollingsworth, a researcher at the Laboratory’s Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies. “If the 20th century depended on electronics, it is predicted that the 21st century will depend as much on photonics: the science and application of making, detecting, controlling and transforming photons.”

AGU: Climate Change May Lead To Bigger Atmospheric Rivers

on May 25, 2018 - 6:09am
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new study shows that climate change is likely to intensify extreme weather events known as atmospheric rivers across most of the globe by the end of this century, while slightly reducing their number.
The new study, published online in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, projects atmospheric rivers will be significantly longer and wider than the ones we observe today, leading to more frequent atmospheric river conditions in affected areas.
“The results project that in a scenario where greenhouse gas emissions

International Space Station Passes Over Los Alamos

on May 23, 2018 - 7:36am
A 15 second exposure of the International Space Station passing over Los Alamos just after 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 22. Information about viewing the ISS can be found at Photo by Marc Bailey