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Pajarito Astronomers Dark Night Saturday

on August 8, 2018 - 8:18am
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.

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
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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:

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Secures Major Wins For New Mexico In Annual National Defense Spending Bill

on August 2, 2018 - 9:57am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

  • National Defense Authorization Act heads to President’s desk for signature

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced provisions he secured in the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that support New Mexico's men and women in uniform, military installations, national laboratories, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), and job-creating initiatives throughout the state. The bill includes an amendment sponsored by Sen.

Wallace And Five Former LANL Directors Participate In Panel To Wrap Up 75th Anniversary Celebration

on August 2, 2018 - 7:34am
Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Terry Wallace, right, and former directors, from left, Donald Kerr, John Browne, Robert Kuckuck, Michael Anastasio and Charlie McMillan, answer questions from panel moderator Ellen Tauscher during Tuesday's event celebrating 75 years of LANL leadership. Courtesy/LANL

LANL Director Terry Wallace recalls his best memories of LANL including the 1960s and 70s when he was growing up in the Los Alamos community. Courtesy/LANL


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LANL: Computer Simulations Predict Spread Of HIV

on August 1, 2018 - 4:06pm
Thomas Leitner, computational biologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy photo
Principal decay of paraphyletic signal. Courtesy photo
LANL News:
In a recently published study in the journal Nature Microbiology, researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory show that computer simulations can accurately predict the transmission of HIV across populations, which could aid in preventing the disease.
The simulations were consistent with actual DNA data obtained from a global public HIV database, developed and maintained by Los Alamos.

AGU: Researchers Find Glaciers In East Antarctica Also Imperiled By Climate Change

on August 1, 2018 - 5:15am

In this WorldView-2 satellite image of Totten Glacier’s front – acquired Oct. 11, 2015 – ice flows from left to right. The heavily crevassed surface of the floating part of Totten is visible on the left, with larger undulations in topography associated with bottom crevasses. The dark area in front of the glacier is open water, and on the right is thin and packed sea ice. Courtesy/DigitalGlobe Inc.


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NNMCAB Members Hear Report On LANL Aggregate Area Investigation And Remediation Projects

on July 31, 2018 - 8:45am
Brenda Bowlby, N3B Los Alamos project manager for the aggregate area soils remediation program addresses the NNMCAB July 25 at SFCC. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

During its July 25 meeting at Santa Fe Community College, Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board members heard from Brenda Bowlby, N3B Los Alamos project manager for the Aggregate Area Soils Remediation Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory on a total of 28 aggregate areas on site that were contaminated over time with past historic use.


Solar Flares Disrupt Radio Communications During September Atlantic Hurricane Relief Effort

on July 31, 2018 - 8:12am
Hurricanes Katia, Irma and Jose lined up in the Atlantic Sept. 6, 2017 in an image captured by the Suomi NPP weather satellite. Courtesy/NASA

The Sun erupted in class X-9.3 and x-2.2 flares Sept. 6, 2017, visible to NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory in extreme ultraviolet (171 angstrom wavelength) light. Courtesy/NASA/GSFC/SDO

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — An unlucky coincidence of space and Earth weather in early September 2017 caused radio blackouts for hours during critical hurricane emergency response efforts, according to a new study in Space Weather, a journal of the American

N3B Los Alamos Official Tells NNMCAB Clean-Up Of Material Disposal Areas Won’t Be Quick

on July 31, 2018 - 7:24am

EM-LA Deputy Designated Federal Officer Lee Bishop, left, chats with N3B Los Alamos RCRA Remediation Program Director Erich Evered prior to Evered's presentation. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

NNMCAB member Robert Hull of Los Alamos Technical Associates, Inc., left, listens to presentations during the July 25 meeting at Santa Fe Community College. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

EM-LA Deputy Designated Federal Officer Lee Bishop, right, speaks with N3B's Kristin Henderson, left, and Alison Scott Majure during the networking break at the NNMCAB meeting July 25 at SFCC. Photo

AGU: Researchers Develop Model For Predicting Landslides Caused By Earthquakes

on July 26, 2018 - 7:37am
A seismically-induced landslide in El Salvador in 2001. Courtesy/USGS
AGU News:
The 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in Sichuan, China killed tens of thousands of people and left millions homeless. Approximately 20,000 deaths — nearly 30 percent of the total — resulted not from the ground shaking itself but from landslides the quake triggered.
A new model developed by researchers at Indiana University can help experts address such risks by estimating the likelihood of landslides that will be caused by earthquakes anywhere in the world.

LANL Chemist Jaqueline Loetsch Kiplinger Elected Fellow Of American Chemical Society

on July 25, 2018 - 5:57am
Jaqueline Loetsch Kiplinger
LANL News:
Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow Jaqueline Loetsch Kiplinger has been announced as a fellow of the American Chemical Society. She is among 51 new fellows for the nation’s key chemistry organization and is one of only seven from Los Alamos in the laboratory’s 75-year history.
“I am very honored and humbled to be distinguished as an ACS Fellow and to join many great scientists who already hold this lifetime recognition for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and ACS,” Kiplinger said.

Promising LANL Innovations Take Spotlight

on July 24, 2018 - 9:39am

From left, Antonio Redondo, division leader Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation; Nancy Jo Nicholas, principal associate director of global security at LANL; Bette Korber, 2018 Richard P. Feynman Innovation Prize awardee from Los Alamos theoretical biology and biophysics division; Lee Finewood of DOE NNSA Administration Office of Strategic Partnerships Programs; Daniel Lockney, program executive of NASA technology transfer. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:


Los Alamos scientist Bette Korber was recently honored with the 2018 Richard P.

Los Alamos MainStreet Thanks Community & Visitors For Success Of ScienceFest 2018!

on July 23, 2018 - 2:21pm
Scene from the 11th annual Los Alamos ScienceFest July 11-15 in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Scene from the 11th annual Los Alamos ScienceFest July 11-15 in downtown Los Alamos.
Courtesy photo
Scene from the 11th annual Los Alamos ScienceFest July 11-15 in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos MainStreet News:
The 11th annual Los Alamos ScienceFest attracted attendees from near and far throughout the 5-day festival that took place July 11-15. The July 14 Discovery Day event had the largest number of exhibitors in the event’s history.
Attendees came to share their love

Los Alamos Faith And Science Forum: Beyond The Neo-Darwinian Evolution Synthesis Wednesday

on July 22, 2018 - 10:17pm

LAF&SF News:

Bob Reinovsky will present the last lecture in the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum summer series Wednesday. The title of Reinovsky’s talk is “The Future of Humanity”. The theme of the 2018 Summer Series is “Purposeful Evolution”.

We begin addressing the implications for the future of humans of the bio-chemical and molecular-biological processes that we have been studying in the last 5 lectures.

UPTE Applauds New LANL Contract That Supports Research, Development And Employees...

on July 21, 2018 - 7:26am

UPTE News:

UPTE Applauds New LANL Contract That Supports Research, Development and Employees – Not Profits; and Urges New Contractor to Adopt Two Structural Reforms, Offers to Help Change Safety Culture

UPTE’s years-long lobbying of DOE for a return to non-profit operators for the national laboratories has paid off at LANL (Los Alamos National Laboratory). Beginning in November of this year the new contract will pay Triad National Security, LLC $2.5 billion per year for up to ten years to manage and operate LANL.

Mars Comes Into Focus At NMMNHS

on July 21, 2018 - 7:14am
These two images show Mars through a telescope before and after the dust storm. Courtesy/Christophe Pellier
ALBUQUERQUE In the coming weeks, the planet Mars will be closer to the Earth than it will be again for decades.
For its First Friday evening event Aug. 3, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) will offer information about the Red Planet and a possibility to see it through telescopes. With the extension of Da Vinci — The Genius through Aug.

Legislative Finance Committee Meets In Los Alamos

on July 19, 2018 - 9:39am
Rep. Patricia Lundstrom opens the Legisaltive Finance Committee meeting Wednesday morning at UNM-LA. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Christine Chandler, right, and UNM-LA CEO Cindy Rooney answer questions Wednesday following their opening remarks. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Staff Report

The Legislative Finance Committee spent the day Wednesday in Los Alamos at UNM-LA hearing from representatives of Los Alamos National Laboratory, UNM-LA, Los Alamos County, Los Alamos Public Schools, Public Education Department and New Mexico

AGU: Martian Atmosphere Behaves As Single System

on July 18, 2018 - 9:29am

Artist’s concept showing the three segments of MARSIS, the radar instrument on the Mars Express spacecraft. Courtesy/NASA/JPL/Caltech
American Geophysical Union News:
By European Space Agency

New research using a decade of data from the European Space Agency’s Mars Express mission has found clear signs of the complex Martian atmosphere acting as a single, interconnected system, with processes occurring at low and mid levels significantly affecting those seen higher up.

Understanding the Martian atmosphere is a key topic in planetary science, from its current status to its past history.

NNMC Students Conduct Research In The Bahamas

on July 18, 2018 - 6:33am
Dr. Rhiannon West, left, Jonathan Madrid and Estrella Gonzalez of NNMC during their recent three-week undergraduate research experience trip in The Bahamas. Courtesy photo

NNMC freshmen Jonathan Madrid and Estrella Gonzalez during their recent three-week undergraduate research experience trip in The Bahamas. Courtesy photo
NNMC freshmen Jonathan Madrid and Estrella Gonzalez during their recent three-week undergraduate research experience trip in The Bahamas. Courtesy photo
NNMC News:
When most people think of The Bahamas, they think of fun-filled vacations on white sandy beaches.

LANL: Feeding Plants To This Algae Could Fuel Cars

on July 17, 2018 - 3:47pm

LANL scientist Amanda Barry studies how biofuel-producing algae can be fed various grasses to improve their productivity. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:


Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory and partner institutions provided today the first published report of algae using raw plants as a carbon energy source.


The research shows that a freshwater production strain of microalgae, Auxenochlorella protothecoides, is capable of directly degrading and utilizing non-food plant substrates, such as switchgrass, for improved cell growth and lipid productivity, useful for boosting the

LANL Releases Radionuclide Air Emissions Report

on July 17, 2018 - 7:04am
Map of LANL air sampling stations around Los Alamos County and regional Northern New Mexico. Not all are EPA Compliance points; some are for facility environmental surveillance. Courtesy image
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory has released its 2017 Radionuclide Air Emissions report, which indicates that the highest effective dose equivalent (EDE) to an off-site member of the public for last year was 0.47 mrem. The annual limit is 10 millirem per year as established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The information in this

BSMA Thanks Community; Leadership For Support

on July 16, 2018 - 8:08am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan stops by the BSMA booth to support STEM Education during the LANL Family Picnic. Photo by KayLinda Crawford
LANL Director Terry Wallace and his wife Michelle Hall stop by the BSMA booth to support STEM education during Family Picnic. Photo by KayLinda Crawford
BSMA News:
The Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) thanks community members and leaders for their support during the recent LANL Family Picnic.
The BSMA is the 501 (c) 3 non-profit arm of the Bradbury Science Museum created to provide STEM education outreach initiatives throughout northern