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LANL: Student Teams Showcase Computing Projects

on April 19, 2018 - 8:43am

More than 200 New Mexico students and teachers will come together April 23-24 at Los Alamos National Laboratory to showcase their computing research projects. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • The Supercomputing Challenge is project-based learning geared to teaching a wide range of skills including computational thinking and computer programming.

More than 200 New Mexico students and their teachers will come together April 23-24 at Los Alamos National Laboratory to showcase their computing research projects at the 28th annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge expo and awards ceremony.

“One of

Los Alamos ScienceFest Discovery Day Exhibitors Register Free Until May 31

on April 19, 2018 - 6:32am
Scence from a ScienceFest day with attendees enjoying STEAM-related exhibits. Courtesy photo
Scence from a ScienceFest day of a STEAM exhibitor talking with a young attendee. Courtesy photo
Each year, thousands flock to Los Alamos for the three-time award-winning ScienceFest, which celebrates New Mexico’s past and present contributions to science and fosters science curiosity for future generations.
This year’s event is sponsored by New Mexico Magazine and runs July 11-15 with a “Science Rules in Los Alamos” theme.
Discovery Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

NMED Hearing On Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Discharge Permit Slated For Thursday

on April 18, 2018 - 3:25pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) will hold a public hearing beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge Art Center.

The purpose of the hearing is to consider Discharge Permit DP-1132 prepared in response to a discharge plan submitted by the Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Security, LLC.

LANL: One Step Closer To Understanding Explosive Sensitivity With Molecule Design

on April 18, 2018 - 9:27am

LANL scientists from left, Daniel Preston, Virginia Manner and Geoff Brown prepare a drop-weight impact test on an explosive PETN derivative. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Explosives have an inherent problem – they should be perfectly safe for handling and storage but detonate reliably on demand. Using computer modeling and a novel molecule design technique, scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have replaced one “arm” of an explosive molecule to help unravel the first steps in the detonation process and better understand its sensitivity – how easily it begins a violent reaction.


LANL’s Highest Honor Bestowed On Four Scientists

on April 17, 2018 - 9:40am

Winners of the Los Alamos Medal, the Laboratory’s highest honor, from left, Larry Deaven, Robert Moyzis, Scott Cram and Howard Menlove. Courtesy/LANL

Laboratory Director Terry C. Wallace, Jr., presents Howard Menlove with the Los Alamos Medal. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Los Alamos Medal Awardees Honored For Exceptional Work

Four Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists were honored at the Los Alamos Medal ceremony Thursday, April 12, for their distinguished achievements that have impacted the success of the Laboratory, and consequently the nation, either through mission accomplishments or

Scientists Discover New Ocean Current Off Madagascar

on April 16, 2018 - 3:42pm
A vessel returns to the traditional fishing village Lavanono, inshore of the upwelling zone at the southern end of Madagascar, in a region where the newly discovered coastal current could play a key role for the local fisheries. Courtesy/Mathieu Rouault
AGU News:
While investigating coastal upwelling that nourishes marine wildlife and fisheries off the coast of Madagascar, Ramanantsoa et al. identified a previously unrecognized current.
The Southwest Madagascar Coastal Current (SMACC) is a rare example of a subtropical surface current flowing in a poleward direction off the

Madeline Lockhart Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

on April 16, 2018 - 3:41pm
Madeline Lockhart. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos High School 2016 graduate and Texas Tech University sophomore Madeline Lockhart is one of 211 students in the United States selected for a Goldwater Scholarship.

The Goldwater Scholarship was established to honor the lifetime work of Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years in the U.S. Senate.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Terry Wallace Speaks To Community Leaders At Quarterly Breakfast

on April 15, 2018 - 10:19am

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Dr. Terry Wallace, center, chats with Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber and Santa Fe Community College President Dr. Cecilia Cervantes at the quarterly LANL Community Leaders Breakfast Thursday at Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

“I’m extremely both proud and humbled to be the director of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

LANL: Understanding A Cell’s ‘Doorbell’

on April 15, 2018 - 7:57am

Advancing the design of drugs for better medical effects takes a combination of experimental and computer simulation research. Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory,  University of Toronto, Canada,  University of  California, San Diego and Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan are exploring how cellular components communicate with various nearby molecules. In this image, calcium bridges two parts of a cell receptor, possibly regulating its activity. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Drug design advances are the research goal

A multi-institutional project to understand one of the major targets of

Bradbury Science Museum 25th Anniversary April 25

on April 14, 2018 - 5:00am

AGU: Melting Of Arctic Mountain Glaciers Unprecedented In Past 400 Years

on April 13, 2018 - 8:47am
Scientists spent a month in Denali National Park in 2013 drilling ice cores from the summit plateau of Mt. Hunter. The ice cores showed the glaciers on Mt. Hunter are melting more now than at any time in the past 400 years. Courtesy/Dominic Winski
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Glaciers in Alaska’s Denali National Park are melting faster than at any time in the past four centuries because of rising summer temperatures, a new study finds.
New ice cores taken from the summit of Mt.

AGU: Study Proposes Link Between Formation Of Supercontinents, Strength Of Ocean Tides

on April 12, 2018 - 10:39am
The Earth’s tides weren’t always as energetic as they are today. A new study suggests that when tectonic movement molds ocean basins into certain shapes, the tides grow much stronger. And when tectonic movement opens those same basins millions of years later, the tides weaken. Courtesy/Creative Commons CC0
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The cyclic strengthening and weakening of ocean tides over tens of millions of years is likely linked to another, longer cycle: the formation of Earth’s supercontinents every 400 to 600 million years, according a new study.
The new findings have

Science On Tap: Local Wildfire Risk

on April 11, 2018 - 1:32pm


What is the local wildfire risk? How is Los Alamos National Laboratory preparing for the fire season?

Explore these questions with the Bradbury Science Museum and Manny L’Esperance at Science on Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 16 at UnQuarked, 145 Central Park Square.

According to L’Esperance, with the Lab’s Emergency Preparedness group, Los Alamos has seen the least amount of snow since the recordkeeping began back in 1906. This puts the Laboratory at extreme risk for wildfire.

Esteban Abeyta Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

on April 9, 2018 - 5:26pm

Esteban Abeyta. Courtesy/UNM

UNM News:

Los Alamos High School 2015 graduate Esteban Abeyta has been awarded the Goldwater Scholarship, which recognizes distinguished students in the fields of mathematics, science and engineering.

Abeyta, a biochemistry major at the University of New Mexico, plans to get a Ph.D. and research pathogenic mechanisms that lead to diagnostic tools, vaccine development and the study of novel targets for drugs.

Abeyta said he is humbled and honored to be selected as a Goldwater Scholar.

“I could not be more thankful for the opportunities that this recognition

Alexandra Berl Of Los Alamos Receives National Science Foundation Fellowship

on April 9, 2018 - 7:56am

Alexandra Berl
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos High School 2014 graduate and University of California-Berkeley chemistry student Alexandra Berl has been offered a fellowship from the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

Some 2,000 awardees were selected following a national competition, which drew more than 12,000 applicants from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories.

New Nuclear Security Chief Visits LANL

on April 6, 2018 - 9:44pm

NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty addresses Laboratory staff this morning during an all-employee meeting. Courtesy/LANL

NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, left, is greeted by Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Terry C. Wallace, Jr., center, and Bob Webster, head of the Laboratory’s Weapons program. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

The new Department of Energy Undersecretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty visited Los Alamos National Laboratory today to tour Laboratory facilities and address employees.

“The work that’s done at Los Alamos is

NMED Finds Marked Improvement In RCRA Violations At LANL For 2017

on April 4, 2018 - 4:51pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

Results of the annual Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) inspection for 2017 by the New Mexico Environment Department indicate only five violations for proper management of hazardous waste for the year under Los Alamos National Laboratory’s RCRA Hazardous Waste Operating Permit, a marked improvement from previous years.

LANL’s chief spokesman said Wednesday that overall, this year’s annual RCRA inspection by the State shows improvement in Lab performance from past years, as evidenced by fewer non-compliances.


LANL: Finding Order In Disorder Demonstrates A New State Of Matter

on April 2, 2018 - 12:43pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist Cristiano Nisoli. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • ‘Spindoctors’ note that topological order, associated with quantum mechanics, also applies to classical material called artificial spin ice

Physicists have identified a new state of matter whose structural order operates by rules more aligned with quantum mechanics than standard thermodynamic theory. In a classical material called artificial spin ice, which in certain phases appears disordered, the material is actually ordered, but in a “topological” form.

“Our research shows for the first time that

Interactive Tour Of Heavens At Planetarium April 6

on March 30, 2018 - 10:13am

The Milky Way. Photo by Elena Giorgi


PEEC News: 


The community is invited to take an interactive tour of the heavens that highlights the planets, star patterns, constellations, and deep sky objects that might be observed during the month of April. This event is 7 p.m. Friday, April 6 in the Planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Dr.


Dr. Paul Arendt will discuss selected objects outlined in star chart handouts that will be given to the audience.

LAHS Robotics Club Competes In Colorado Regional

on March 30, 2018 - 9:38am
LAHS Robotics Club, FIRST Team 4153--Project Y at the Colorado Regional last weekend in Denver. Courtesy photo

LAHS Robotics Club, FIRST Team 4153--Project Y, center robot, competing on the field with two other robots. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos High School Robotics Club, FIRST Team 4153--Project Y, competed last weekend in Denver, Colo., in the Colorado Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.
The Team competed with their robot named "Bohr Bot." The competition included teams from New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Wyoming and an international team from Istanbul,

Councilors Talk Pros & Cons Of Small Nuclear Reactor

on March 30, 2018 - 8:58am
Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey, a rendering of Nuscale and Council Vice Chair Christine Chandler at a March 26 meeting on the County’s participation in the Carbon-Free Power Project. Courtesy photo
Voices of Los Alamos
The Los Alamos County Council will vote April 10 on the County’s participation in the Carbon-Free Power Project (CFPP) to construct a 600-megawatt nuclear power-generating facility that utilizes small modular reactors.
An $80,000 investment is required and will not be refundable later in the process if the County chooses to withdrawal

LANL Faces Penalties For Delayed Shipment Of Five Hazardous Waste Containers

on March 30, 2018 - 8:28am
Los Alamos Daily Post

New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is expected to propose a civil penalty against Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for storage of two hazardous waste containers for more than the 90-day storage time limit in central accumulation storage areas and three hazardous waste containers over the one-year storage time in a permitted unit.

LANL notified NMED Feb.

AGU: Satellites And Cell Phones Form A Cholera Early-Warning System

on March 29, 2018 - 10:23am
A Bangladeshi village woman collects water from a tube well, which taps a shallow unconfined aquifer, amid surroundings flooded with contaminated water. A new initiative combines satellite data with observations and communication networks on the ground to warn Bangladeshis of waterborne cholera hazards. Mushfiqul Alam/NurPhoto/Getty Images
AGU News:
Cholera, an acute waterborne diarrheal illness, poses a major threat to global health, especially in developing countries of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Kirtland Youth Center STEM Center Of Innovation Grand Opening Today

on March 29, 2018 - 9:56am
KAFB News:
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE  Kirtland’s Youth Center announces the new Science Technology Engineering and Math, or STEM, Center of Innovation grand opening ceremony 3-5 p.m. March 29, at Kirtland Air Force Base, 2000 Wyoming Blvd SE in Albuquerque.
Raytheon and the Boys Girls Clubs of America have partnered to create STEM Centers of Innovation at select Boys & Girls Clubs and Youth Centers, whose partnership supports a high-quality, technology-based STEM program.
The Kirtland Youth Programs, part of the Kirtland Force Support Squadron, provide opportunities to Kirtland’s

LANL: Accepting Applications For Free Summer Physics Camp For High School Girls ... Deadline April 30

on March 28, 2018 - 5:42pm

Students watching a science demonstration at the 2017 Summer Physics Camp for Young Women. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico Consortium and Pojoaque Valley High School are hosting a two-week Summer Physics Camp for Young Women in Northern New Mexico.

While gaining a better understanding of the physics of the sun, Earth and everything in between, participants will learn how to write computer programs and get introduced to internship opportunities at the Laboratory.

Daily activities will include demonstrations, hands-on laboratory experiments, and