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Extreme Solar Storms May Actually Be More Frequent

on October 14, 2019 - 12:58pm
This visualization depicts what a coronal mass ejection might look like as it interacts with the interplanetary medium and magnetic forces. Courtesy/NASA/Steele Hill
An image from NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory shows a giant sunspot present in 2014. The sunspot spanned 80,000 miles. Courtesy/NASA/SDO
AGU News:
Researchers propose in a new study why an extreme solar storm in 1859 was so damaging to Earth’s magnetic field. They compared the storm with other extreme storms in history, suggesting this storm is not likely unique.
The September 1859 Carrington Event ejected

Iron Magma Could Explain Psyche Density Puzzle

on October 13, 2019 - 11:31am
UA News:
TUCSON, Ariz. — The metallic asteroid Psyche has mystified scientists because it is less dense than it should be.
Now, a new theory by researchers including scientists at the University of Arizona, could explain Psyche's low density and metallic surface.
Psyche, the largest known metallic asteroid in the solar system, is located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Psyche appears to be composed largely of iron and nickel, rather than rocky rubble, like most asteroids, yet its density is estimated to be only about half that of an iron meteorite.

UC President Janet Napolitano And Triad’s Thom Mason Present $599,600 Grant To LANL Foundation

on October 12, 2019 - 9:53am
University of California President Janet Napolitano, right, and LANL Director and Triad President Thom Mason, left, present funding to LANL Foundation President/CEO Jenny Parks and board members Bill Wadt, Denise Thronas, Nan Sauer, Billie Blair, Tania Sanchez, Elmer Torres, Wilmer Chavarria and Hervey Juris during a recent event. Courtesy/LANLF
Melisha Martinez, TESOL certification candidate, builds skills to better serving dual-language students at La Tierra Montessori School Courtesy/LANLF
  • Triad grant supports K-12

Capacity Crowd Hears Jim Eckles Talk On Trinity Site

on October 12, 2019 - 7:09am

Author Jim Eckles of ‘Trinity – The History Of An Atomic Bomb National Historic Landmark’, shares his knowledge about Trinity Site with a packed room Thursday at the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Photo by KayLinda Crawford

Alden Oyer Presents Technical Talk At LANL Oct. 14

on October 11, 2019 - 9:39am
Alden Oyer
LANL News:
The Los Alamos Northern New Mexico Section is sponsoring a technical talk open to the public at noon Oct. 14 at the LANL Library JRO 1/2 (turn right upon entering the Oppenheimer Study Center.
Abstract: Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS) propagation is useful to establish communications over short to moderate distances where line-of-sight communications is not available. This presentation will discuss the phenomenon and applicability of NVIS, and describe antennas parameters suitable to exploit this propagation.
Biography: Alden Oyer is retired from

Heinrich Announces Youth Climate Change Challenge

on October 10, 2019 - 1:44pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced the Youth Climate Change Challenge. He is inviting New Mexico students from grades K-12 to submit drawings, paintings, poetry, and short essays about what the climate crisis means for them.
Senator Heinrich will visit the classrooms of the first-place winners.
“When I meet with students in New Mexico calling for climate action, I am always impressed with their depth of knowledge on climate science, their observations of how climate change is already impacting their daily

LANL: Modified Quantum Dots Capture More Energy From Light And Lose Less To Heat

on October 7, 2019 - 1:31pm

Doping a quantum dot with manganese (right half of graphic) speeds the capture of energy from a hot electron to 0.15 picoseconds, outpacing losses to phonons in the crystal lattice. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers discover a new approach for capturing energy from light-generated, ‘hot’ electrons, avoiding wasteful heat loss

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have synthesized magnetically-doped quantum dots that capture the kinetic energy of electrons created by ultraviolet light before it’s wasted as heat.


“This discovery can potentially

LANL: Ancient Oasis Once Existed On Mars ... New Findings From ChemCam Show Dynamic Climate

on October 7, 2019 - 12:19pm

The ChemCam – short for ‘chemistry’ and ‘camera’ – sits atop NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover. It shoots a laser at Martian rocks to analyze their chemical make-up, which gives researchers clues into the planet’s past habitability. The instrument was developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory in conjunction with the French space agency. Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech


LANL News:


The surface of Mars was once home to shallow, salty ponds that went through episodes of overflow and drying, according to a paper published today in Nature Geoscience.


These findings result from an analysis of

NMEDD Announces New Members Of Technology Research Collaborative Board

on October 7, 2019 - 11:48am
SANTA FE The New Mexico Economic Development Department's (NMEDD) Science and Technology Division has named new board members for the Technology Research Collaborative (TRC).
The TRC was formalized in 2003, with the goal of promoting technology commercialization in New Mexico, increasing high-paying jobs and diversifying the economy.
In Fiscal Year 2020, the TRC will serve as mentors to science & technology businesses in New Mexico. The board's short-term goals include leveraging its expertise to assist businesses applying for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

Northern New Mexico College Community Day Oct. 18

on October 7, 2019 - 8:51am

Four Local Science & Tech Startups Receive Awards

on October 4, 2019 - 9:03am
NMED News:
SANTA FE New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) Office of Science and Technology announced that four New Mexico companies, including Biodidact in Los Alamos, will receive Innovation Voucher Grants to help their businesses grow by covering eligible expenses at a state certified incubator, a business accelerator, or a state approved co-working space.
“These grants help small start-up companies at a critical stage of growth,” Deputy Cabinet Secretary Jon Clark said.

BSMA: Trinity Site Myths & Things You Might Not Know

on October 3, 2019 - 8:35pm

Jim Eckles leading a tour at the Trinity Site, will speak on the subject at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. Courtesy/BSMA

BSMA News:

The basic events of Trinity Site, where the first atomic bomb was tested on July 16, 1945, have been told and retold in dozens upon dozens of books, articles and television features.

Jim Eckles also has written about Trinity Site but has the perspective of conducting innumerable tours of the site and meeting veterans of the test since 1977.  He will explain that the dunes at White Sands National Monument were NOT bleached by the atomic blast, that the soldiers at

Water Distribution Affects Exoplanets Habitable Zone

on October 3, 2019 - 6:54am
Earth is an example of an aqua planet that maintains its water in a habitable zone. This image of Earth taken by the spacecraft Galileo shows its vast Pacific Ocean. Courtesy/NASA/JPL
Mars is an example of a potentially Earth-like planet that lost its liquid water and atmosphere. Courtesy/NASA/JPL/USGS
AGU News:
Earth-like exoplanets with dry tropical regions can remain habitable at a closer distance to their host star than previously thought, a new study suggests.
Because life on Earth requires liquid water, researchers looking for life beyond Earth’s solar system search for

AGU: Report Addresses Flooding In Communities

on September 30, 2019 - 1:21pm
A school bus drives through flooded streets in Houston, Texas Sept. 19 after heavy rain from Tropical Depression Imelda caused one of the worst flash floods in U.S. history. Courtesy/Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images News/Getty Images
AGU News:
AGU’s global community of Earth and space scientists has contributed research and expertise to our understanding of—and solutions for—climate change, natural hazards, and their related impacts on people.
Climate change, the increasing severity of extreme weather, and resulting floods are health and economic crises that we cannot ignore.

PEEC: Thank You Triad National Security!

on September 28, 2019 - 9:11am
Kindergarteners get outside and explore patterns and shapes in nature on PEEC’s field trips. These field trips and other work are funded through the generosity of granters like Triad National Security. Photo by Bob Walker
Photo by Bob Walker
PEEC News:
Thanks to the generosity of Triad National Security, a lot more kids will be getting out on the trails and into nature to learn science through hands-on lessons.
Triad recently granted the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) $5,000 to continue its work getting students outside for engaging science learning.

STEM Pathways For Girls Conference Oct. 5

on September 28, 2019 - 8:13am

STEM Santa Fe News:

STEM Santa Fe will hold its annual STEM Pathways for Girls conference, Saturday Oct. 5 at Santa Fe Community College, for Northern New Mexico girls in fifth through eighth grades.

This day-long event is designed to inspire and enhance the interest of 150 girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The conference is designed to give the impressionable young ladies a better appreciation of STEM and to demonstrate how they can use STEM to question, explore, challenge and change their world. 

The conference (formerly “Expanding Your Horizons”) kicks

BSMA: Gadgets Ribbon Cutting Thursday Oct. 10

on September 25, 2019 - 4:58pm

BSMA, Friends & Family Set Up New Gadgets Store

on September 24, 2019 - 10:03am
Members of the Bradbury Science Museum Association Board together with friends, family and neighbors pitched in Sunday to move Gadgets into its new store space adjacent to the fountain at the Bradbury Science Museum at 15th Street and Central Avenue. The grand opening celebration for Gadgets in its new location will be announced shortly. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/
Scene from Gadgets move Sunday into its new store space adjacent to the fountain at the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/
Scene from Gadgets move Sunday into its new store space

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Discusses ‘Military Readiness In Age Of Artificial Intelligence’ At The Atlantic Festival

on September 24, 2019 - 9:35am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich during an interview today by The Atlantic contributor John Donvan as part of a series titled, ‘Military Readiness In Age Of AI’. ScreenShot/LAPD

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), co-founder of the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus, was a featured speaker at The Atlantic Festival in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Heinrich was interviewed by The Atlantic contributor John Donvan as part of a series titled, “Military Readiness in the Age of AI.”

As co-founder of the Senate Artificial Intelligence

LANL Team Sets Sail For Arctic Year-Long Expedition

on September 23, 2019 - 3:38pm

Los Alamos staff members Paul Ortega and David Chu join team members from other institutions boarding the R/V Polarstern for months locked in the ice to study the Arctic. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • As part of MOSAiC field campaign, environmental researchers will operate a suite of instruments 24/7 as ship drifts in ice for the winter

Heading off to spend months on a ship trapped in the Arctic ice, a team from Los Alamos National Laboratory got underway last week aboard the R/V Polarstern from Tromso, Norway.

The team is supporting MOSAiC, the Multidisciplinary Drifting Observatory for the

Amateur Naturalist: Finding History In A Forest, Part 2

on September 23, 2019 - 8:55am
Los Alamos

The Valles Caldera was known initially as the Baca Ranch, named after the original owners of it.

The Baca family had wanted it for sheepherding. Sheepherding grew in size after the 1880’s before declining in the 1940s. Up to 100,000 sheep were brought annually to the Valles Caldera to graze on its meadows.

What were the shepherds like who watched over the sheep? Assumedly most came from the small rural Hispanic villages in northern New Mexico. Their carvings on the aspen trees of the Valles Caldera provide some additional clues.

Ledoux: Exploring Mysteries Of Living - Some Fictitious Causes

on September 22, 2019 - 10:11pm
Los Alamos member of
The International Behaviorology Institute

The magazine, Consumer Reports, regularly carries articles on the benefits of maintaining a healthy weight, even if that requires some special diet. All too commonly, people claim that to maintain a diet one must restrain oneself from all the chocolates (Heaven forbid!) and one must exert lots of will power to eat only the right foods in the right amounts.

Are self restraint and will power really the causes of successful dieting behavior? Are they the only or best advice for healthy and successful dieting?

Public Astronomy Dark Night Saturday Sept. 28

on September 19, 2019 - 10:10am

Pajarito Astronomers News:

The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night starting at 6:45 p.m. (sunset), Saturday, Sept. 28 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 six planets Mercury, Venus, Jupiter (with its moons), Saturn (and its rings), Neptune and Uranus will potentially be visible during the evening.

Study By LANL Atmospheric Physicist Michael Peterson Finds Lightning Flashes Illuminate Storm Behavior

on September 18, 2019 - 6:44pm
A comparison of GLM imagery products for a large thunderstorm over South America. The total energy measured by GLM in (a) differs from the idealized energy distribution in (b), and this difference forms the basis of the thundercloud imagery product in (c) that highlights the texture of the uppermost cloud layer (north) as well as long horizontal lightning flashes behind the thunderstorm core (south). Courtesy/Michael Peterson/LANL
AGU News:
Anybody who has ever tried to photograph lightning knows that it takes patience and special camera equipment.
Now, a new study is using those

Rotary: Lillian Petersen Discusses Research

on September 18, 2019 - 8:46am
Los Alamos High School senior Lillian Petersen has won multiple awards at Intel Science and Engineering competitions. At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, she described how she analyzes large data sets to investigate climate, agriculture, malnutrition and poverty. She explained her research on creating a real-time monitoring system to predict crop yields in every African nation several months before harvest and how this tool can predict areas of malnutrition.