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LANL: Numerical Model Pinpoints Source Of Pre-Cursor To Seismic Signals

on July 29, 2019 - 3:00pm

These before and after simulations show the collapse of a stress chain after a laboratory quake. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Research could one day enable accurately predicting earthquakes

Numerical simulations have pinpointed the source of acoustic signals emitted by stressed faults in laboratory earthquake machines. The work further unpacks the physics driving geologic faults, knowledge that could one day enable accurately predicting earthquakes.

“Previous machine-learning studies found that the acoustic signals detected from an earthquake fault can be used to predict when the next

America’s Largest Seed Fund In Albuquerque Aug. 14

on July 29, 2019 - 6:33am
Regional Administrator, Region VI
The nation’s booming economy is buoyed by small business innovators who are looking to turn a big idea into an American success story. 
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s National SBIR Road Tour is coming to Albuquerque Aug. 14 as part of a 16-stop tour to connect entrepreneurs working on advanced technology to 11 federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health.
Also known as America’s Seed Fund, the Small Business Innovation

LAF&SF: Dan Winske Speaks On ‘Miracles – Divine Free Will: What, How, Why’ Wednesday Evening July 31

on July 28, 2019 - 7:29am

Scene from previous Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum. Courtesy/LAF&SF

Scene from previous Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum. Courtesy/LAF&SF

LAF&SF News:

Gerry Wood spoke to a full house Wednesday at the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum’s Summer Series.

The theme of the summer series is “Are You a Robot? Brain, Mind and Soul”. Wood spoke on the topic of “Evil: Is Anyone Responsible?” The ensuing table discussions were lively.

Dan Winske will speak Wednesday, July 31, on “Miracles — Divine Free Will: What, How, Why”. Winske’s talk is the final talk for this summer.


Book Signing And Science Fun For Kids Going On Now!

on July 27, 2019 - 11:48am

A free, family event is underway right now at the Bradbury Sicence Museum. Children's Science Author Misty Carty, who wrote Where Did The Sun Go, Where Is The Moon, and Why Are There Seasons, is giving a short talk with hands-on activities, followed by a book signing until 1pm today. She will have all three books on hand. Carty is a photographer with a Ph.D. in astronomy and has taught at Marymount and McKendree universities. Profits from the book sales will benefit the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) and regional science-education support. Courtesy photo

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Udall, Heinrich Announce $2 Million To New Mexico Small Businesses To Support Scientific Innovation

on July 26, 2019 - 5:14pm

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that two New Mexico businesses were awarded $2,100,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) to support research and development and advance innovation.

Mesa Photonics LLC and Woodruff Scientific Inc., both based in Santa Fe, were awarded $1,100,000 and $1,000,000, respectively.

Science Students Coming To Los Alamos To Interview Seniors On Manhattan Project For Podcast Series

on July 26, 2019 - 10:24am
Matthew Jordan is a Rhodes Scholar coming to Los Alamos with fellow student Nathaniel Smith  to speak to seniors about the Manhattan Ptoject for a podcast series. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Matthew Jordan is a Rhodes Scholar and an MSc candidate in the History of Science at Oxford University.

Jordan previously studied mathematics and physics in McMaster University’s interdisciplinary Arts & Science program, where he was a TEDx speaker and the only undergraduate student to ever teach a mathematics course.

He has conducted research on the mathematical

AGU: Scientists Take High-Speed Video Of Waves To Better Understand Sea Spray

on July 25, 2019 - 10:11am
AGU News:
Waves crashing on seashores generate tiny droplets of water known as sea spray. Sea spray moves heat and water from the ocean to the atmosphere, but scientists are unsure which part of the wave-breaking process generates the most spray, whether it be wind shear, splashing, or the popping of air bubbles at the surface of the wave.
To address this question, scientists generated breaking waves experimentally in a lab.

NMHU: Graduate Student Katherine Ottmers Awarded Scholarship For Drone Wetlands Research

on July 25, 2019 - 9:51am
Katherine Ottmers
NMHU News:
LAS VEGAS, NM New Mexico Highlands University environmental science management graduate student Katherine Ottmers will be using drones to conduct innovative New Mexico wetlands research, thanks to a scholarship from the New Mexico Geographic Information Council.
This is the first known time that drones, unmanned aerial systems, will be used to monitor wetlands in New Mexico.
The New Mexico Environment Department invited Ottmers to submit a proposal to develop drone-based wetlands monitoring, with Playa Lakes in Southeast New Mexico one possible

Tibbar Plasma Technologies Hosts Open House

on July 24, 2019 - 5:01pm

Tibbar Plasma Technologies (TPT) held an open house July 14 at its lab on DP Road. TPT is a company of plasma theorists, plasma experimentalists, engineers and technicians pursuing a number of avenues related to plasma and fusion research. The company recently received a grant from the NSF to develop revolutionary plasma-based technology. TPT President Dr. Richard Nebel presents an overview of the company’s projects including a plasma confinement device with oscillating concept, which may lead to smaller devices with higher efficiency fusion machines. Learn more by visiting

Air Force Research Laboratory Launches Largest Unmanned Space Structure On SpaceX Falcon Heavy

on July 24, 2019 - 4:10pm

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket carrying 24 satellites as part of DOD’s Space Test Program-2 mission launches June 25 from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Four NASA technology and science payloads, which will study non-toxic spacecraft fuel, deep space navigation, ‘bubbles’ in the electrically-charged layers of Earth’s upper atmosphere, and radiation protection for satellites are among the two dozen satellites put into orbit. Courtesy NASA/Joel Kowsky

AFRL News:

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE - A satellite spanning nearly the length of a football field was launched on

NIST Physicists Create Record-Setting Quantum Motion

on July 24, 2019 - 11:30am
NIST physicist Katie McCormick adjusts a mirror to steer a laser beam used to cool a trapped beryllium ion (electrically charged atom). McCormick and her colleagues got the ion to display record-setting levels of quantum motion, an advance that can improve quantum measurements and quantum computing. Courtesy/J. Burrus/NIST
NIST News:
Showcasing precise control at the quantum level, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a method for making an ion (electrically charged atom) display exact quantities of quantum-level motion — any specific

AGU: Airborne Research Shows East Coast Cities Emitting Twice As Much Methane As Estimated

on July 24, 2019 - 9:47am
A NOAA Twin Otter aircraft over the Hudson on a 2018 research mission. Courtesy/Eric Kort/U of M
Genevieve Plant of the University of Michigan and NOAA’s Colm Sweeney review measurements of methane and other gases during an airborne research project in 2018. Courtesy/Eric Kort/U of M
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. Atmospheric methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that also contributes to ground-level ozone pollution.
In the past decade, there has been intense scientific focus on improving the accuracy of methane emissions estimates in the United States, with most of the effort

New Mexico History Museum Launches Apollo Exhibit With Moon Rocks And Schmitt Flight Suit

on July 23, 2019 - 8:53am

On display at the NMHM is the Mercury Space Capsule 12B, created as a backup for the Mercury missions and on loan from the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. Courtesy/NASA

Mercury Space Capsule 12B. Courtesy/NASA

NMHM  News:

SANTA FE – Northern New Mexico residents have a rare opportunity to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing with a temporary exhibit at the New Mexico History Museum (NMHM) in Santa Fe through Oct. 20.

NMHM hosts “A Walk on the Moon: The 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing” as part of the worldwide celebration of our

UbiQD Announces Novel Quantum Dot Optical Fiber Technology That Delivers Extra Light To The Lower Canopy Of Plants

on July 23, 2019 - 6:33am

Fiber-coupled luminescent concentrators, using UbiQD quantum dots, deployed over a row of tomatoes in a commercial hydroponic greenhouse. Inset: Close-up of the fiber tips, where light is delivered to the lower canopy. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

Representation of spectral tissue sensing utilizing the quantum dot-enabled fiber-coupled broadband medical light-source. The reflected spectrum can be a disease diagnostic. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

UbiQD News:

  • Wide-ranging applications include greenhouse agriculture, medical diagnostics, and telecommunications

UbiQD, Inc., a New Mexico-based nanotechnology

UA: Alien Moons ... Vacations Of The Future?

on July 23, 2019 - 6:17am
UA News:
TUCSON, Ariz. — Humans first explored the Earth’s moon 50 years ago, an impressive feat for sure. But if you are interested in venturing a little off the beaten path, here are some other extraordinary moons humans may be able to visit in the future.
Pit Stop on Phobos 
Your guide: Alfred McEwen, UA Regents' Professor of Planetary Sciences and principal investigator of HiRISE, the sharpest camera ever sent to another planet.
As you pack up your spaceship in preparation for decades of travel, you’re sure to feel like you’re forgetting something. Don’t worry!

LANL: Vampire Algae Killer’s Genetic Diversity Poses Threat To Biofuels

on July 23, 2019 - 6:08am
New DNA analysis has found genetic diversity in Vampirovibrio chlorellavorus, complicating efforts to protect algae ponds and the biofuels industry from this destructive pest. The predatory bacterium sucks out the contents of the algae cells, ultimately transforming a productive green algae pond to a vat of rotting sludge. Photo by Seth Steichen and Judith K. Brown, Plant Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.
LANL News:
New DNA analysis has revealed surprising genetic diversity in a bacterium that poses a persistent threat to the algae biofuels industry.
With the

Los Alamos National Laboratory Summer Science Camp Empowers New Mexican Young Women

on July 22, 2019 - 11:45am

Laboratory researcher Adrianna Reyes-Newell, right, shows students how laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy works. The ChemCam instrument on the Curiosity rover uses this technology to investigate the composition of Martian rocks. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Two-week program from Los Alamos National Laboratory aims to inspire and increase diversity in STEM fields

The third annual Los Alamos National Laboratory Summer Physics Camp for Young Women recently concluded in Pojoaque, giving the 22 students from Northern New Mexico communities a grounding in science, technology, engineering and

First Woman On The Moon From New Mexico

on July 20, 2019 - 10:32am
Rocketeer Academy cadets Ariel Greene and Kason Henry inspect the lunar surface during a re-enactment of the Apollo 11 moonwalk July 17 at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Courtesy/NMMSH
Rocketeer Academy cadets Ariel Greene and Kason Henry. Courtesy/NMMSH
ALAMOGORDO Rocketeer Academy cadets Ariel Greene of Alamogordo and Kason Henry of Las Cruces inspect the lunar surface during a re-enactment of the Apollo 11 moonwalk July 17 at the New Mexico Museum of Space History.
Greene and Henry communicated with fellow cadets who acted as mission control inside

Bradbury Science Museum Brings Summer Science On Wheels To Espanola Public Schools July 23-24

on July 19, 2019 - 4:16pm
LANL News:
The Bradbury Science Museum at Los Alamos National Laboratory is taking its Summer Science on Wheels program to several Espanola Public Schools to help students keep up with science education learning and inspire the youth toward future STEM careers.
Mel Strong, an educator with the museum, will engage students using a fun and creative hands-on activity on sound.
Students will build an instrument with straws and use tuning forks to listen to vibrations and understand how sound is created.
The classes are 12:30-2 p.m., July 23 at James H.

LANL: Machine-learning Competition Boosts Earthquake Prediction Capabilities

on July 18, 2019 - 10:29am

Competitors in an online Kaggle competition developed a variety of methods for predicting the timing of earthquakes generated in a laboratory. The work could someday help to improve earthquake hazard assessments that could save lives and billions of dollars in infrastructure costs. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:

  • Competitors’ success predicting quake timing in the online Kaggle competition could help save lives, infrastructure

Three teams who applied novel machine learning methods to successfully predict the timing of earthquakes from historic seismic data are splitting $50,000 in prize money from an

An Open Book: Science And Humanity

on July 18, 2019 - 9:17am
Los Alamos
Last Saturday was ScienceFest Discovery Day, and it was certainly a discovery Saturday for me. I missed the prior Friday night concert (more about that later), but I wanted to make sure to walk around on Saturday and get a feel for what this ever-improving Los Alamos signature event was all about. I saw loads of kids doing hands-on science experiments or safely peering through telescopes at the Sun.

Los Alamos MainStreet Thanks Community And Visitors For Successful ScienceFest 2019!

on July 18, 2019 - 8:36am
Scene from Los Alamos ScienceFest 2019. Courtesy photo
Scene from Los Alamos ScienceFest 2019. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos MainStreet News:
The 12th annual Los Alamos ScienceFest attracted attendees from near and far throughout the 6-day festival that took place July 9-14. 
Attendees came to share their love of science in the town, “Where Discoveries Are Made.” More than 70 exhibitors and vendors provided unique and interactive Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) related activities during the July 13 Discovery Day at Ashley Pond Park and Fuller Lodge Lawn. 

UA Scientists Move From Mapping Moon To Worlds Beyond With A Few Mouse Clicks Over Lunch

on July 18, 2019 - 8:30am
UA News:
TUCSON — In 1972, it took an astronaut going on a spacewalk to do what Lynn Carter now can do with a few mouse clicks over lunch.
Carter, a planetary science professor at the Univerity of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, points to a small, framed photograph above her desk. It shows the Apollo 17 spacecraft, the last crewed mission to the moon, cruising high above the grey, cratered expanse below.
"See that little antenna sticking out there? That was the first planetary radar on a spacecraft, and while it went around the moon, it pinged the surface," she said.

Who WIll Stump PEEC Astronomers Friday!

on July 18, 2019 - 8:26am
See who can stump PEEC’s team of astronomers 7 p.m. Friday, July 19. The nature center also will play the full-dome film 'Incoming!' 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
See who can stump PEEC’s team of astronomers this Friday, July 19 at the Los Alamos Nature Center at another round of “Stump the Astronomers.”
The fun starts at 7 p.m. and features local astronomers Galen Gisler, Akkana Peck, Dave North, Steve Becker and Peter Polko. Guests should bring their toughest astronomy-related questions and see if they can stump the experts.
This event is free to

Kirtland Air Force Base Releases RFP For New Intercontinental Ballistic Missile System

on July 17, 2019 - 6:09am
Minuteman III ICBM launches during an operational test. An unarmed LGM-30G Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 2:42 a.m. Pacific May 1, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The Ground Based Strategic Deterrent ICBM is the follow-on to the aging Minuteman III, which first became operational in the mid-1960s. The GBSD program is managed by the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Hill AFB, Utah.  Photo by Airman 1st Class Aubree Milks
KAFB News:
KIRTLAND AFB The Air Force released a request for proposals Tuesday for its