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Getting The Next Generation Science Standards Into The Classroom

on August 28, 2018 - 7:44am

LAHS Science teachers met during the summer to decide how to implement the NGSS. Courtesy/LAPSF

 

By MORRIE PONGRATZ
LAPSF

In the Rogers and Hammerstein musical, “Oklahoma”, the returning cowboy sang, “Everything’s up to date in Kansas City”. Similarly, the Los Alamos High School (LAHS) Science Department wanted to keep up to date with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), so Department Chair Liz Bowden turned to the Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) Foundation for help.

The NGSS is a multi-state effort to create new education standards that are “rich in content and practice,

SFI: ‘How Beauty Leads Physics Astray’ Talk Tonight

on August 28, 2018 - 6:56am
The Cretish Labyrinth, 1558, Hieronymus Cock (ca. 1510-1570), etching on paper​. Courtesy photo
 
SFI News:
 
SFI Community Event: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray by Sabine Hossenfelder at 7:30 p.m., today, Aug. 28 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe.
 
To develop new laws of nature, physicists routinely rely on arguments from beauty. This method has worked badly and has resulted in 40 years of stagnation in the foundations of physics. Dozens of costly experiments were commissioned but failed to confirm any of the physicists' beautiful hypotheses.

NIST: Many Arctic Pollutants Decrease After Market Removal And Regulation

on August 27, 2018 - 4:28pm
Persistent Organic Pollutants, also known as POPs, can having lasting impacts on both people and wild animals in the Arctic. Research shows some POPs are decreasing in the region after being pulled from market or regulated around the globe. Courtesy/Arturo de Frias Marques (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Polar_Bear_AdF.jpg)
 
NIST News:
 
Levels of some persistent organic pollutants (POPs) regulated by the Stockholm Convention are decreasing in the Arctic, according to an international team of researchers who have been actively monitoring the northern regions of the globe.
 

Robotics Night At Bradbury Museum Draws 700+

on August 27, 2018 - 3:27pm

Bradbury Science Musuem during Robotics Night. File photo

Caught the t-shirt! Robotics Night attendee catches the t-shirt launched from the robot. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com
 
BSMA News:
 
The Bradbury Science Museum was busy inside and out Friday during Robotics Night as local Robotics teams demonstrated their robots to the public.
 
The annual event is hosted by the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA), and was generously sponsored by New Mexico Bank & Trust (NMB&T).
 
The BSMA is the 501 (c) 3 non-profit arm of the Bradbury Museum with the mission of

Robotics Night At Bradbury Science Museum Features Sumo Bots 5-8 p.m. Today!

on August 24, 2018 - 9:42am

BSMA News:

Local robotics groups will demonstrate their robots to the public 5-8 p.m. today, Aug. 24 during Robotics Night at the Bradbury Science Museum, 1350 Central Ave.

This free event is brought to you by the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) and generously supported by New Mexico Bank & Trust. Visitors will have an opportunity to see the robots used by organizations such as Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County Police Department and the University of New Mexico at Los Alamos.

NIST: Graphene Quantum Dot Structure Takes Cake

on August 24, 2018 - 7:26am
Illustration of the wedding cake structure formed by electrons magnetically confined within tiny regions in graphene. Photo by C. Gutiérrez/NIST
 
NIST News:
 
In a marriage of quantum science and solid-state physics, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have used magnetic fields to confine groups of electrons to a series of concentric rings within graphene, a single layer of tightly packed carbon atoms.
 
This tiered “wedding cake,” which appears in images that show the energy level structure of the electrons, experimentally confirms how electrons

AGU: Acceleration Of Mountain Glacier Melt Could Impact Pacific Northwest Water Supplies

on August 23, 2018 - 2:12am
Mount Rainier, Mount Rainier National Park in Washington. Courtesy/National Park Service
 

The Olympic Mountain Province rises to an elevation of 7,980 feet. The higher peaks are covered with glaciers and snowfields, feeding the many rivers that radiate outward from the center of the range. Courtesy/Washington State Department of Natural Resource
 
The Nisqually Reach region has been identified as an area important for fish, aquatic mammals, and benthic habitats and an area of unique geologic processes. Courtesy/Washington State Department of Natural Resources
 
AGU News:
 
Accelerated

NIST: Big-Picture Thinking Can Advance Nanoparticle Manufacturing

on August 22, 2018 - 3:53pm
Electron micrograph showing gallium arsenide nanoparticles of varying shapes and sizes. Such heterogeneity can increase costs and limit profits when making nanoparticles into products. A new NIST study recommends that researchers, manufacturers and administrators work together to solve this, and other common problems, in nanoparticle manufacturing. Courtesy/A. Demotiere, E. Shevchenko/Argonne National Laboratory
 
NIST News:
 
Nanoparticle manufacturing, the production of material units less than 100 nanometers in size (100,000 times smaller than a marble), is proving the adage that “good

LANL Director Terry Wallace Rocks Crowd With Cosmic Mystery Of Minerals Presentation At Fuller Lodge

on August 22, 2018 - 10:50am

LANL Director Terry Wallace listens as UNM-LA Advisory Board President Steve Boerigter delivers an introduction of Wallace laced with hilarity ahead of Wallace's presentation on ‘The Cosmic Mystery of Minerals’ during the UNM-LA fundraiser Aug. 15 at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

LANL Director Terry Wallace cracks up as he is being introduced with some geeky humor by Lab physicist Steve Boerigter during the UNL-LA fundraiser Aug. 15 at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos hosted “An Evening With Dr. Terry Wallace” Aug.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce NASA Grant For Navajo Tech Robotics Academy

on August 21, 2018 - 6:41am
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) announced that Navajo Technical University (NTU) in Crownpoint, N.M. was awarded $324,800 by NASA's Minority University Research and Education Project to develop a robotics academy.
 
NTU has long championed using Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum in innovative ways to encourage Navajo students to seek technically-based careers.

Strem And UbiQD Of Los Alamos Sign Distribution Agreement For Cadmium-Free Quantum Dots

on August 20, 2018 - 12:12pm

An example of UbiQD's innovative quantum dot (QD) technology. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

STREM CHEMICALS, INC. News:

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. – UbiQD, Inc., a nanotechnology company in Los Alamos, has signed an agreement with Strem Chemicals, Inc. to allow distribution of their innovative quantum dot (QD) technology.

Strem, a manufacturer and distributor of specialty chemicals for research and development, will now offer six new products in collaboration with UbiQD.

Governor Announces New Catalyst Fund Commitment To BlueStone Venture Partners

on August 19, 2018 - 5:58am
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Susana Martinez announced Thursday that BlueStone Venture Partners, LLC will receive up to $3 million from the Catalyst Fund to invest in New Mexico bioscience startups.
 
"Investing in homegrown New Mexico companies and entrepreneurs strengthens and diversifies our economy," Martinez said. "The Catalyst Fund helps our local companies get off the ground and succeed, creating new jobs and opportunities for New Mexicans."
 
The Catalyst Fund invests in emerging venture capital funds throughout the state.

Science On Tap: Sensor Diagnosis Of Infectious Diseases – The Need For Speed Aug. 20

on August 18, 2018 - 5:26am
Jessica Kubicek-Sutherland
 
SCIENCE ON TAP:
 
The next Science On Tap, “Sensor Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases: The Need for Speed” is 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20 at UnQuarked - The Wine at 145 Central Park Square in Los Alamos.
 
Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory, recognizing the global health threat from drug-resistant bacterial infections, have developed a rapid diagnostic tool that promises to revolutionize the way hospitals test for infection.
 
Join Jessica Kubicek-Sutherland, with the Lab’s Physical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy Group, for a discussion about

Federal Agencies Take Safety Steps As New Mexico Tests For Fungus Causing Bat Disease

on August 17, 2018 - 8:44am
Western long-eared myotis (Myotis evotis), one of many bat species found in New Mexico caves and abandoned mines. Photo by Kenneth Ingham, copyright 2016
 
University of New Mexico research team member Eddie Strach takes a sample of bat guano in Carlsbad Cavern in March 2018. Photo by Kenneth Ingham, copyright 2018
 
Research leader Diana Northup of the University of New Mexico enters a New Mexico cave in March 2018 to collect samples to test for P. destructans, the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats. Photo by Kenneth Ingham, copyright 2018
 
STATE News:
 
Federal agencies

PEEC: Explore Dark Matter At Planetarium Friday

on August 16, 2018 - 10:38pm
Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Unearth the mysteries of Dark Matter and Dark Energy this weekend at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium. At 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 17 Galen Gisler will give a talk called “The Dark Side of the Universe” that will explore these phenomena. The following day, the nature center will show the full-dome film “Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter” to dive further into this fascinating subject.
 
Astrophysicists and cosmologists attempt to understand the universe by studying the radiation that comes to us from outer space.

Los Alamos Middle School Hawk Hangout Friday

on August 15, 2018 - 8:05am
Time out for Pizza sponsored a STEM Solar Smores project, for National Smores Day Friday at the Los Alamos and White Rock Youth Activity Centers. This Friday the DWI Council and Rotary Stars will host a special event for Los Alamos Middle School students 6-9 p.m. at the Los Alamos Youth Center. Free burgers and drinks will be served to the first 80 students showing their ID or a print out of their class schedule. Call 662.9412. Courtesy photo
 
Courtesy photo
 
YAC News:
 
This Friday, the Los Alamos Youth Activity Center and the DWI Planning Council, will host a very special Hawk Hangout

Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Announce $3.5 Million In NSF Grants To UNM For Transmission Electron Microscope, Professional Development For HS Teachers

on August 15, 2018 - 6:43am
UNM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Monday two funding awards to the University of New Mexico (UNM), totaling $3.5 million, from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
 
The awards will enable UNM to acquire a transmission electron microscope for state-of-the-art research, and will fund the creation of an online professional development program for high school science and mathematics teachers. Together, these initiatives aim to enhance science and computer education for students across New Mexico.
 

LANL: Two Los Alamos Scientists Named American Geophysical Union Fellows

on August 14, 2018 - 7:41am
S. Peter Gary
 
LANL News:
 
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) named two Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists fellows in recognition of their leadership and excellence in Earth and space sciences.
 
Geoffrey D. Reeves and S. Peter Gary are among 62 new fellows who will be honored at AGU’s annual conference in December in Washington, D.C. Only 0.1 percent of AGU’s 60,000-plus member scientists are named fellows each year, according to the international organization.
 
Reeves has been involved in numerous NASA and national security missions, most recently the Van Allen Probes mission

NASA Awards UbiQD Of Los Alamos Contract To Develop Greenhouse Films For Space Missions

on August 13, 2018 - 10:57am

Growing Opportunities is hosting UbiQD’s first commercial greenhouse pilot project in Alcalde. This false color photo shows the Dutch-style greenhouse where UbiGro™ Film is boosting the weight yield of tomatoes. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

Artist’s rendition of a quantum dot enhanced lunar greenhouse. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

NASA News:

  • Phase I STTR will fund a collaboration with the University of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center to develop and test quantum dot materials for maximizing crop yields on the Moon, Mars, or other long-term space missions

UbiQD, Inc., a Los Alamos-based

American Geophysical Union Announces 2018 Fellows

on August 13, 2018 - 5:59am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Geophysical Union (AGU) Friday announced its 2018 Fellows, an honor given to individual AGU members who have made exceptional scientific contributions and gained prominence in their respective fields of Earth and space sciences.
 
Since the AGU Fellows program was established in 1962, and according to the organization’s bylaws, no more than 0.01 percent of the total membership of AGU is recognized annually. This year’s class of Fellows are geographically diverse coming from 21 countries.
 
“AGU Fellows are recognized for their outstanding
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Pajarito Astronomers Dark Night Saturday

on August 8, 2018 - 8:18am
PAJARITO ASTRONOMERS News:
 
The Pajarito Astronomers are hosting a County-Sponsored Dark Night starting at 8 p.m. (sunset), Saturday, Aug. 11 at Spirio Soccer Field at Overlook Park in White Rock.
 
Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. The planets Venus, a brilliant Mars, Jupiter and its moons, Saturn and its rings, Neptune and Uranus will potentially be visible during the evening. There will be a tour of the summer constellations and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.
 
The

Study Reveals How Sand Dunes Alter Seismic Waves

on August 5, 2018 - 6:35am
Barchan dune geometry, in reality and the simulations. (a) Image of an isolated Qatari barchan dune from an aerial drone, courtesy of Sylvain Michel. (b) Elevation profile of the same barchan, from data courtesy of Michel Louge. (c) Mesh generated model of the same dune. The red arrow indicates the location of the point force for the simulation in the video. Courtesy/AGU
 
AGU News:
 
Sand dunes may be lovely to behold, but they have long been seismic troublemakers to geophysicists trying to detect what lies underground nearby.

DOJ: New Forensics Technology Group Members

on August 5, 2018 - 6:11am
DOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice Wednesday announced important advances to improve federal coordination with state and local forensic science laboratories.
 
As part of this effort, the department is announcing the newly selected members of the recently created Forensic Laboratory Needs Technology Working Group (FLN-TWG). The effort underscores the department’s commitment to creating an effective network of crime labs across the country.

PEEC: ‘Search For Sun Siblings’ Talk 7 p.m. Today

on August 3, 2018 - 7:29am
Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Stars like the Sun almost never form in isolation. Usually, star formation takes place in large clusters, creating many sibling stars in batches that slowly disperse over time. Join Erica Fogerty at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3 at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium to learn about the search for the Sun’s long-lost relatives and their most likely location.

Erica Fogerty

Fogerty is a computational astrophysicist in the Center for Theoretical Astrophysics at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

NIST: Flying Drones Compete In Unprecedented Feat

on August 3, 2018 - 4:00am
The EndureAir drone hovers with its payload. Courtesy/Fredericksburg Area RC Club
 
NIST News:
 
Whether it’s the effort to redefine the kilogram or researching the Harry Potter realm of quantum mechanics where things can somehow be in two or more places at one time, quite a bit of the science carried out at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) can be hard for the average person on the street to understand or relate to.
 
But at the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Flight and Payload Challenge, which NIST held May 21-24, the question being explored was as simple as can be:

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