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Pajarito Astronomers Host County-Sponsored Dark Night Oct. 21

on October 17, 2017 - 7:01am
COMMUNITY News: 
 
The Pajarito Astronomers will hold a County-Sponsored Dark Night at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park. Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze.  
 
A crescent moon, Mercury, Saturn with its rings and moons, Uranus, Neptune and some Orionid meteors will potentially be visible during the evening. There will be a tour of the summer and fall constellations, the Milky Way, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.

LANL: Chemical Treatment Improves Quantum Dot Lasers

on October 16, 2017 - 5:29pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Chemist Jaehoon Lim works on an apparatus that synthesizes quantum dots along with Los Alamos researcher Young-Shin Park (also with the University of New Mexico Center for High-Technology Materials). In a paper published in Nature Nanotechnology, Los Alamos colleagues Kaifeng Wu and Victor Klimov worked with Lim and Park to demonstrate that negatively charged quantum dots show promise for low-power laser applications or quantum dot laser diodes. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

  • Doctored dots release laser light more efficiently, use less power

One of the secrets

Rally For Science Education 8:30 a.m. Today

on October 16, 2017 - 5:31am

Democratic Party of New Mexico News:
  • PED to Hold Hearing on Proposed Edits to Next Gen Standards that Omit Basic Scientific Principles

SANTA FE – New Mexicans will rally at 8:30 a.m. today in front of the Jerry Apodaca Education Building, 300 Don Gaspar Ave., in Santa Fe ahead of the PED hearing on proposed edits to Next Gen Science Education Standards to demand that the standards be adopted and implemented in their entirety.

This is a community event to stand up for New Mexico kids’ futures.

Los Alamos Commerce And Development Corporation Comments On Proposed State Science Standards

on October 13, 2017 - 8:09am

LACDC News: 

The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) Board of Directors commented about the proposed new State Science Standards.

The LACDC is concerned that if adopted as proposed, the standards will have a negative effect on the Los Alamos economy, as well as the state economy. For additional comments, contact LACDC Executive Director Patrick Sullivan at Patrick@losalamos.org or 505.661.4854.

The LACDC Board of Directors is comprised of individuals from the Los Alamos community and functions to direct the company in its initiative to promote sustainable economic

NMMNHS: Da Vinci – The Genius Exhibition Explores Early Aviation Concepts Feb. 10 To July 29, 2018

on October 9, 2017 - 6:58am

Da Vinci—The Genius exhibition coming in February to the the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque explores early aviation concepts. Courtesy/Grand Exhibitions

NMMNHS News:

Thousands of visitors and New Mexicans are looking skyward this week at hot air balloons participating in the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Hot air balloon and aviation enthusiasts enjoying the enchanting vision of colorful balloons and special shapes will have another opportunity to study the origins of flight Feb.

JILA’s 3-D Quantum Gas Atomic Clock Offers New Dimensions In Measurement

on October 9, 2017 - 4:44am
JILA’s three-dimensional (3-D) quantum gas atomic clock consists of a grid of light formed by three pairs of laser beams. A stack of two tables is used to configure optical components around a vacuum chamber. Shown here is the upper table, where lenses and other optics are mounted. A blue laser beam excites a cube-shaped cloud of strontium atoms located behind the round window in the middle of the table. Strontium atoms fluorescence strongly when excited with blue light. Courtesy/G.E. Marti/JILA
 
NIST News:
 
JILA physicists have created an entirely new design for an atomic clock, in

Garcia Richard: Science Under Threat

on October 8, 2017 - 11:18am
By Rep. STEPHANIE GARCIA RICHARD
Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe

I represent Los Alamos; where we take science seriously. And here we know two things: we know that we want our students to be taught real science. So why should we teach any other student in New Mexico anything less than that? And we know that if our students are taught anything less than rigorous, demanding scientific theory, then they will be left out.

You may have seen the NM Public Education Department’s version of the science standards described by a national magazine with the headline: “New Mexico doesn’t

County: Parks & Recreation Board Set To Discuss Capital Projects At Oct. 12 Meeting

on October 6, 2017 - 9:43am

COUNTY News:

Capital projects for Golf Course Improvements, Ice Rink Improvements, Pinon Park Splash Pad and a Kiddie Pool that were moved forward by County Council at its Aug. 8 meeting will be discussed by the Parks and Recreation Board next Thursday, Oct. 12.

This will be the public's opportunity to see what is now being considered for these four projects, and the public is welcome to attend the meeting at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. No action will be taken; the Oct. 12 meeting is for Board discussion only and public comments will be accepted.

The next step in the process will

Bradbury Science Museum Question Of The Month: Why Not Harness Lightning For Renewable Energy Source?

on October 6, 2017 - 8:07am

Lightning striking behind LANL's main technical area. Courtesy/BSM

BRADBURY SCIENCE MUSEUM News:

Given that lightning generates so much electricity, why don’t we harness it as a renewable energy source?

While it’s true that a single lightning bolt could power the entire city of Santa Fe for about a minute, there are some issues with capturing lightning as an energy source.

First, while there are some areas of the planet (like the Sangre de Cristo mountains near Santa Fe and the Florida coast) that get a higher than average number of lightning strikes, getting lightning to exactly strike our

LANL: Four Entrepreneurial Fellows Announced In New Postdoctoral Training Program

on October 6, 2017 - 7:26am

The four postdoctoral researchers named Entrepreneurial Fellows at LANL include Vamshi Chillara, Jessica Kubicek-Sutherland, Anand Kumar and Maruti Mudunuru. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Four postdoctoral researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have been named Entrepreneurial Fellows as part of a new joint initiative of the University of California and Los Alamos.

The researchers will participate in a six-month pilot program designed to help early-career scientists think about their technologies from a commercial perspective and bring them to the marketplace faster.

“These postdoctoral

School Board Talks Back To PED On Science Standards

on October 3, 2017 - 5:42pm

LAPS News:

Recently, the Public Education Department asked for comments about their proposed science standards for New Mexico public schools. Being that Los Alamos is a community that highly values science, the Los Alamos School Board has written a response to PED.

The School Board recommends adoption of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). (See resolution below)

During last week’s School Board Work Session, board members reviewed and unanimously accepted the draft resolution with feedback about PED’s proposed science standards.

Hunt Over For A ‘Top 50 Most-Wanted Fungi’

on September 29, 2017 - 10:49am

Researchers from LANL and several other institutions have characterized a sample of ‘mystery’ fungus and found its home in the fungal tree of life. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Tree of life still holds mysteries in the fungal world – millions of them

In a step toward bridging the gap between fungal taxonomy and molecular ecology, scientists from several institutions including Los Alamos National Laboratory have characterized a sample of “mystery” fungus collected in North Carolina and found its home in the fungal tree of life.

“Working estimates tell us that there should be more than 5

Los Alamos Scientists Named 2017 Laboratory Fellows

on September 28, 2017 - 10:44am

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s 2017 Fellows, clockwise from top left, Donald Burton, Turab Lookman, Stephen Doorn and Manvendra Dubey. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News: 

  • Researchers recognized for outstanding science research and leadership

Four Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have been named 2017 Fellows: Donald Burton, Stephen Doorn, Manvendra Dubey, and Turab Lookman.

“Becoming a Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow is one of the highest accomplishments in the Lab,” Laboratory Director Charles McMillan said.

Commentary: Science Education Is Essential To New Mexico’s Future

on September 28, 2017 - 7:15am
By U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich

As senators who proudly represent the world-class scientists at New Mexico’s national laboratories, research universities, military installations and high-tech businesses, we call on policymakers to use science as a guiding light. 
 
Our capacity to seize opportunities and face the many challenges ahead rests heavily on our ability to make decisions driven by scientific data.

NNSA: No Risk Of An Inadvertent Criticality At LANL From Aug. 18 Event

on September 27, 2017 - 10:52am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Reaction has been widespread to a memorandum issued Sept. 1 by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board regarding what it calls a criticality safety event that occurred Aug. 18 at the Los Alamos National Laboratory Plutonium Facility.

National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) officials are now saying that the amount of material involved was well within parameters known to be safe and that there was no risk of an inadvertent criticality at any time.

The DNFSB memorandum indicates that the event occurred in the casting

Researchers Find New Way To Manipulate Magnetism

on September 26, 2017 - 9:46am
Schematic shows how different energies of argon (Ar) ions bombarding a thin film of cobalt (Co) sandwiched between platinum (Pt) layers can twist or rotate the spin of electrons in a particular direction, by controlling an effect known as the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI). Credit: NIST
 
NIST News:
 
In a pioneering effort to control, measure and understand magnetism at the atomic level, researchers working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have discovered a new method for manipulating the nanoscale properties of magnetic materials.
 
The ability to

PEEC Brings New Film To Planetarium

on September 25, 2017 - 11:32am
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is bringing a new full-dome planetarium film to the Los Alamos Nature Center this month. 
 
Dark Matter Mystery will premiere at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 and be accompanied by a presentation by Dr. Joyce Guzik. This new show will also play in the nature center planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.
 
Dark Matter Mystery sheds light on a seemingly intangible substance that makes up nearly a third of a third of the observable Universe.

Letter To The Editor: Changes To New Mexico STEM-Ready Science Standards

on September 25, 2017 - 11:31am
By ELENA E. GIORGI
Los Alamos

New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) recently released a draft of proposed changes to New Mexico STEM-ready science standards to be voted during the hearing Oct. 16.
 
They can be read in full on the PED website (http://ped.state.nm.us/ped/PublicNotices.html), under rule 6.29.10. These proposed changes scrap facts like the age of the Earth and the fact that temperatures have been steadily rising in the past years. The word evolution has also been taken out.
 
As a mother, a scientist, and a science educator, I find such censoring alarming,

Heinrich Welcomes $1 Million Federal Investment In Innovate ABQ Bioscience Incubator

on September 23, 2017 - 6:28am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) welcomes the announcement that the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration will award Innovate ABQ with a $1 million grant to establish a bioscience business incubator.
 
Innovate ABQ is a collaborative initiative that brings together the research powers of the University of New Mexico and New Mexico's government, education, and business communities.

"I've been proud to support Innovate ABQ from the start," Heinrich said.

Night Sky Observation In Valles Caldera Sept. 23

on September 21, 2017 - 7:00am
The Milky Way over the Jemez River. Photo by Jim Stein
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VALL) to offer a night sky observation event 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23.
 
PEEC astronomers and VALL park rangers will point out constellations, planets, and other celestial objects with the help of telescopes and lasers.
 
The Valles Caldera offers some of the darkest skies in our area and is a great place to get a better look at the night sky on clear nights.

Science On Tap: How Lab Scientists Use Biochemistry To Better Understand And Mend The Planet

on September 20, 2017 - 4:45pm

Los Alamos Creative District News:

The Earth is a complex place. The field of biogeochemistry seeks to better understand the links between geologic, chemical and biological processes. The community is invited to learn more at Science On Tap 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 at UnQuarked Wine Bar, 145 Central Park Square. The American Chemical Society, Central New Mexico Local Section, will provide light refreshments.

During this Science on Tap event, join Sharon Bone, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Inorganic Isotope and Actinide Chemistry group, who will talk about how molecular- and

NEA-New Mexico Weighs In On New Mexico PED Proposed Science Education Standards

on September 20, 2017 - 9:21am

NEA-NM News:
The National Education Association – New Mexico believes the entirety of the Next Gen standards should be adopted, not the version proposed by the P.E.D. which substitutes non-scientific notions where science should be taught," says Charles Goodmacher, Spokesperson for the National Education Association - New Mexico. 
 
"The PED proposed changes infuse politics into local classrooms across New Mexico," Goodmacher said.

AFT Responds To Public Education Department Proposed Changes To New Mexico Science Standards

on September 18, 2017 - 2:54pm
AFT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:
 
“Today’s revelation that the New Mexico Public Education Department wants to implement a perverted, watered-down version of the NextGen Science Standards is a slap in the face to our students and educators by simultaneously implementing a system of scientific skepticism into New Mexico curriculum and curtailing academic freedom for our educators.
 
“Parents and the larger community need to speak out against the PED’s promotion of junk science in their proposed

Santa Fe Institute Presents Stanislaw Ulam Memorial Lecture Series Sept. 25-26

on September 17, 2017 - 7:21am

‘Prodigal Son’ by Thomas Hart Benton, lithograph (1939). Courtesy/Santa Fe Institute

SFI News:

The Stanislaw Ulam Memorial Lecture Series is 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25 and Tuesday, Sept. 26 at The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe.

SFI's popular Ulam Lecture Series - now in its 25th year - honors the memory of the late Stanislaw theoretical mathematician Stanislaw Ulam.

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Collaboration Creates Highest-Resolution Scan Of Large Tyrannosaur Skull

on September 15, 2017 - 8:57am
A 3D image of Bistahieversor sealeyi, which was found in the Bisti Badlands in New Mexico and Imaged at Los Alamos’ unique facilities. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Researchers using Los Alamos’ unique neutron-imaging and high-energy X-ray capabilities have exposed the inner structures of the fossil skull of a 74-million-year-old tyrannosauroid dinosaur nicknamed the Bisti Beast in the highest-resolution scan of tyrannosaur skull ever done. The results add a new piece to the puzzle of how these bone-crushing top predators evolved over millions of years.

“Normally, we look at a variety of thick,

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