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Scenes From International Science & Engineering Fair

on May 30, 2019 - 4:47pm

A massive crowd of students and judges assemble prior to entering the exhibition hall May 13-17 for the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, Ariz. Los Alamos students earned six prizes and awards during the ISEF.  LAHS student Lillian Kay Peterson earned a $21,000 scholarship for practice robotics innovation as well as the Sigma Xi first place physical science award, which totaled $2,000. She also won the USAID Science and Developmental second place award, which totaled $3,000, and a $1,000 NOAA grand award.

AGU: Aftershocks Of 1959 Earthquake Rocked Yellowstone In 2017-18

on May 30, 2019 - 6:20am
State Highway 287 slumped into Hebgen Lake; damage from the August 1959 Hebgen Lake (Montana-Yellowstone) earthquake. Photo by I.J. Witkind/USGS
 
AGU News:
 
Aug. 17, 1959, back when Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, the U.S. had yet to send a human to space and the nation’s flag sported 49 stars, Yellowstone National Park shook violently for about 30 seconds.
 
The shock was strong enough to drop the ground a full 20 feet in some places. It toppled the dining room fireplace in the Old Faithful Inn. Groundwater swelled up and down in wells as far away as Hawaii.

Los Alamos National Laboratory: Quantum Information Gets Boost From Thin-Film Breakthrough

on May 29, 2019 - 11:00am

An innovative method for controlling single-photon emission for specific locations in 2D materials may offer a new path toward all-optical quantum computers and other quantum technologies. This image shows a false-color scanning electron micrograph of the array used to create place single-photon sources in epitaxial tungsten diselenide. Inset shows the Hanbury-Brown Twiss interferometry measurement proving quantum emission. Image by Michael Pettes/Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Method opens new path to all-optical quantum computers, other technologies

 

Efforts to create reliable light-based

Former Ice Caps Buried Under North Polar Ice On Mars

on May 28, 2019 - 5:59am
A view of Mars showing the planet’s northern polar ice cap. A new study led by The University of Texas at Austin has found remnants of ancient ice caps buried in the north polar region. Courtesy/ISRO / ISSDC / Emily Lakdawalla.
 
A vertically exaggerated view of Mars’ north polar cap. Researchers estimate that if melted, the massive ice deposits discovered in this region would cover the planet in 1.5 meters (5 feet) of water. Courtesy/SA/DLR/FU Berlin; NASA MGS MOLA Science Team.
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.

J. Robert Oppenheimer Committee Awards Scholarships

on May 26, 2019 - 7:14am

J. Robert Oppenheimer. Courtesy/JROMC

JROMC News:

Ten college-bound high school students from Northern New Mexico have been selected for scholarships administered by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee.

The students are from Los Alamos, Pojoaque Valley and Santa Fe high schools.

The JROMC has awarded over 230 scholarships and other awards totaling more than $500,000 since the program was begun in 1984. The philanthropic organization's scholarship program is supported by several limited term endowments; numerous small, individual donations; and contributions from the Los Alamos

UNM-LA Invites Younger Students To Campus

on May 25, 2019 - 7:08am

Students study forensic investigation during the 2018 Summer Program for Youth at UNM-LA. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

Students study robotics during the 2018 Summer Program for Youth at UNM-LA. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

The UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Community Education annual Summer Program for Youth (SPY) will take place on the UNM-LA campus July 15 - 26, 2019.

SPY, formerly known as Children’s College, offers week-long camps providing hands-on activities in thematically oriented classes with an emphasis on Science, Math, Art and Technology for students in grades 1-10.

LAHS Student Lillian Petersen Wins Intel ISEF Award

on May 25, 2019 - 5:33am
USAID News:
 
The U.S. Agency for International Development has presented the 2019 Science for Development Award to Lillian Petersen of Los Alamos, at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Phoenix, Ariz.
 
Petersen won second place ($3,000 prize) in USAID’s Digital For Development Category for her project, Novel Computational Tool to Inform Cost-Effective Nutrition Interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa project. She is a past USAID Science for Development Award recipient.
 
This year Petersen teamed up with another high school student, Garyk Brixi of Potomac,

LANL Profile: Bill Priedhorsky

on May 23, 2019 - 7:53am

Bill Priedhorsky, the program director for Laboratory-Directed Research & Development. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Bill Priedhorsky, director of the Laboratory-Directed Research & Development (LDRD) program, has been walking for several hours.

The whisper of his passage across the desert disappears as thoroughly as the morning dew dries under the unrelenting heat of New Mexico’s sun. He leans on a hiking pole and takes in his surroundings.

There are convoluted shadows on the rocks all about him—nature is a gifted sculptor, using erosion to craft all types of interesting and bizarre shapes

Explore Asteroids Friday; Saturday In Planetarium

on May 23, 2019 - 6:03am
Explore the risks asteroids pose to Earth and what mankind might be able to do about them Friday and Saturday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Local asteroid expert Galen Gisler will lead a talk at 6 p.m. Friday, May 24, and the nature center will show the full-dome film 'Incoming!' at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Explore the risks asteroid impacts pose to the Earth this Friday and Saturday at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium.

SFI: 'Toward A New Understanding Of Aging, Adaptation And The Arrow Of Time' Tonight

on May 21, 2019 - 1:52pm
The Gardens of Ninfa, Italy. Built on the site of a Roman temple to the water nymphs, Ninfa grew into a thriving medieval town of 150 houses. In 1382, it was sacked during Papal wars, and a malaria outbreak left it a ghost town. It is now a public garden. Courtesy photo
 
SFI News:
 
SFI Community Event “Toward a New Understanding of Aging, Adaptation, and the Arrow of TIme” with Jean Carlson at 7:30 p.m. today, May 21 at The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St., Santa Fe, NM.
 
While time and age in standard dynamical systems are treated as simple clocks that run at

Registration Open For ‘Night With A Nerd’ June 13

on May 21, 2019 - 7:26am
projectY cowork News:

The community is invited to join Dr. Mel Strong for “Night with a Nerd” 6-8 p.m., June 13 at ProjectY cowork, 150 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos.

New Mexico’s “monsoon season” is responsible for about half of its annual precipitation. But why does New Mexico have a monsoon? Why does it start and end at particular times of the year? Why does it vary? How is it changing?

This talk will address these questions and more as the mechanisms behind the monsoon are explored.

Giant Impact Caused Difference In Moon’s Hemispheres

on May 21, 2019 - 7:19am
Artist’s depiction of a collision between two planetary bodies. New research suggests the stark difference between the Moon’s heavily-cratered farside and the lower-lying open basins of the nearside were caused by a wayward dwarf planet colliding with the Moon in the early history of the solar system. Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The stark difference between the Moon’s heavily-cratered farside and the lower-lying open basins of the Earth-facing nearside has puzzled scientists for decades.
 
Now, new evidence about the Moon’s crust suggests the differences

AGU: Study Finds 24 Percent Of West Antarctic Ice Is Now Unstable

on May 18, 2019 - 10:34am
An iceberg at Marguerite Bay on the Antarctic Peninsula. New research finds 24 percent of West Antarctic ice is now unstable. Courtesy/Andrew Shepherd
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In only 25 years, ocean melting has caused ice thinning to spread across West Antarctica so rapidly that a quarter of its glacier ice is now affected, according to a new study.
 
Scientists at the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM), based at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, have combined 25 years of European Space Agency satellite altimeter measurements and a model of

LANL Director Emeritus Terry Wallace Traces Gold’s Cosmic Journey In Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Los Alamos

on May 15, 2019 - 11:28am

Terry Wallace

LANL News:

  • From stars to the Amazon, free lectures explore the story of gold

 

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Emeritus Terry Wallace will discuss the cosmic and tectonic journey made by the metal gold in three Frontiers in Science public lectures beginning May 20 in Albuquerque. 

 

“Gold is one of the most fascinating of the 4,500 mineral species on Earth, and no mineral (or metal) evokes more emotion,” said geologist Wallace.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory Tour Highlights Research, Partnerships

on May 15, 2019 - 8:23am
From left, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar listening last week to environmental scientists Teresa Matthews and Mark Peterson of the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory discuss EM-funded research. Courtesy/ORNL
 
DOE News:
 
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar last week visited Oak Ridge National Laboratory where they learned about a partnership between EM and DOE’s Office of Science to identify effective and affordable solutions for mercury cleanup that can be used at the site

Viome Researchers Visit Senior Center Friday

on May 14, 2019 - 10:52am

Courtesy/Viome

COMMUNITY News:

Viome’s research and development team members Ryan Toma and Nathan Duval, who work on product development and clinical studies, will be on hand 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center to answer questions about their program and recruit participants for a study.

“We are currently recruiting for a study, which aims to understand how human gene expression varies across different populations,” Toma said. “Our study is trying to recruit participants from diverse populations, specifically over the age of 50.”

The participants will schedule a time

New Study Finds Island Lizards Are Expert Sunbathers, And It’s Slowing Their Evolution

on May 14, 2019 - 8:50am
A diminutive little tree lizard soaks up the sun in the Caribbean. Photo by J. Salazar
 
VIRGINIA TECH News:
 
If you’ve ever spent time in the Caribbean, you might have noticed that humans are not the only organisms soaking up the sun.
 
Anoles – diminutive little tree lizards – spend much of their day shuttling in and out of shade. But, according to a new study in Evolution led by Assistant Professor Martha Muñoz at Virginia Tech and Jhan Salazar at Universidad Icesi, this behavioral “thermoregulation” isn’t just affecting their body temperature.
 
Surprisingly, it’s also slowing their
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Science On Tap: A Conversation With Dr. Cathy Wilson About The Impact Of Thawing Arctic Permafrost

on May 13, 2019 - 5:22pm

Creative District News:

The community is invited to join the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 20 at project Y cowork, 150 Central Park Square.  

This discussion will feature Dr. Cathy Wilson of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Dr. Wilson is an observational and computational hydrologist and geomorphologist working with the Lab's Earth and Environmental Sciences Division.

Amateur Naturalist: What's Happening To The Birds?

on May 13, 2019 - 6:39am

The Acorn woodpecker has a white ring around its eye and also is among the most commonly seen. Photo by Bob Walker

The Lesser goldfinch is the most commonly seen species in the lower forest habitat.  
Photo by Bob Walker

Robert Dryja
Los Alamos

We previously considered bird species that are generalists for breeding throughout the various habitats in Los Alamos County. The annual counts give the impression that these species as a group have been increasing in number over the years.

However there is one dominant species, the Evening grosbeak, which is increasing in numbers.

Twelve Hundred NM Students Simulate Life On Mars

on May 12, 2019 - 7:40am
KAFB News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — More than 1,200 fifth-graders participated in one of New Mexico’s most exciting STEM events last week, the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Mission to Mars.
 
Students from 37 New Mexico schools had the chance Friday to experience life on the Red Planet, at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
 
Participating students spent months in the classroom learning about Mars and put their knowledge to use in this large-scale simulation.

LANB Provides 162 Students With Trip To Bradbury

on May 11, 2019 - 11:55am
McCurdy Charter School students spend time examining exhibits at the Bradbury Science Museum recently thanks to financial support from LANB. Courtesy/BSMA
 
A McCurdy student works a puzzle at the Bradbury Science Museum. Courtesy/BSMA
 
BSMA News:
 
In partnership with the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA), Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) recently provided the bus transportation for 162 students from Arroyos Del Norte Elementary School in Arroyo Seco, F.X. Nava Elementary School in Santa Fe and McCurdy Charter School in Española.
 
The BSMA/LANB partnership is enabling

AGU: Climate Change Gives Old Trees Growth Spurt

on May 10, 2019 - 6:17pm
A graph of Dahurian larch tree growth from 1964-2014. BAI stands for basal area increment – the amount of area the trees gained in cross-section each year, in square millimeters. The lines represent average growth for trees of different age groups (150 to 200 years old, 200 to 250 years old, 250 to 300 years old, and older than 300 years). The spike in growth around 2004 is evident. Courtesy/AGU/Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences
 

Tree rings collected from old-growth Dahurian larch trees. Trees grow one ring per year. Courtesy/Xianliang Zhang
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.

2019 JRMF Mathematics Festival At NNMC May 17

on May 10, 2019 - 9:44am
NNMC News:
 
ESPANOLA STEM Santa Fe has announced that for the first time the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival (JRMF) is coming to Española Friday, May 17 on the campus of Northern New Mexico College (NNMC).
 
Since first held at Google in California in 2007, this festival has successfully sparked the imagination of students and teachers alike to the joy and beauty of mathematics all over the world.
 
STEM Santa Fe has brought this festival to New Mexico for the first time in 2017 and has been holding it annually in Santa Fe.

AGU: Radioactive Carbon From Nuclear Bomb Tests Found In Deep Ocean Trenches

on May 9, 2019 - 8:48am
Hirondellea gigas, a type of amphipod that lives in the Mariana Trench. Courtesy/Daiju Azuma, CC BY 2.5
 
The 37 kiloton “Priscilla” nuclear test, detonated at the Nevada Test Site in 1957. Courtesy/U.S. Department of Energy
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Radioactive carbon released into the atmosphere from 20th-century nuclear bomb tests has reached the deepest parts of the ocean, new research finds.
 
A new study in AGU’s journal Geophysical Research Letters finds the first evidence of radioactive carbon from nuclear bomb tests in muscle tissues of crustaceans that inhabit Earth’s

2019 Los Alamos Faith And Science Forum Asks: Are You A Robot? Brain, Mind, Soul

on May 9, 2019 - 8:10am

Courtesy/LAF&SF

LA Faith & Science Forum News:

This summer, the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum asks: Are You a Robot? Brain, Mind, Soul.

If you use the internet at all, you may have been asked whether you are a robot. Many websites do this, trying to protect against spurious account creation. On one level, it’s an easy question to answer — no, you’re not a robot, you’re a flesh-and-blood human.

But on another level, it’s more difficult.

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