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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

Scenes From Final 2018 Los Alamos ScienceFest Event: Viewing The Martian At Bathtub Row Brewery

on July 15, 2018 - 11:08pm

A crowd gathers for the final 2018 Los Alamos ScienceFest event: viewing The Martian at Bathtub Row Brewery Coop patio in Central Park Square. Courtesy photo

Mark and KayLinda Crawford gather with family and friends at the final 2018 Los Alamos ScienceFest event: viewing The Martian at Bathtub Row Brewery Coop patio in Central Park Square. Courtesy photo

Scene from the final 2018 Los Alamos ScienceFest event: viewing The Martian at Bathtub Row Brewery Coop patio in Central Park Square. Courtesy photo

Scene from the final 2018 Los Alamos ScienceFest event: viewing The Martian at Bathtub

Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum: July 18 Talk ‘Can Organisms Drive Their Evolution?’

on July 15, 2018 - 9:31pm

Nelson Hoffman presents a lecture during the 2017 Los Alamos Faith and Science series. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum News:

Nelson Hoffman presents the next talk in the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum summer series Wednesday, July 18. The title of Hoffman’s talk is “Can Organisms Drive Their Evolution?”. The theme of the 2018 Summer Series is “Purposeful Evolution”.

A growing group of researchers within evolutionary biology seeks to put new emphasis on a set of ideas that differ considerably from the gene-centric viewpoint of Neo-Darwinism.

Scenes From ScienceFest Oppie Look-Alike Contest

on July 14, 2018 - 8:47pm
Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Director Ryn Hermann, right, presents 'The Oppies', contestants in the ScienceFest Oppie Look-alike, contest today at Fuller Lodge. Contest judge Wendee Brunish looks on. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Contest winner Xavier McTeigue shakes hands with judge Wendee Brunish. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Xavier McTeigue, center, receives his prize, a SelfieDrone, from Chamber Director Ryn Hermann. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
A gaggle of Oppies wait for the contest to begin. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Scenes From ScienceFest Discovery Day At Pond

on July 14, 2018 - 8:37pm
This young engineer builds a circuit during ScienceFest Discovery Day, which drew a big crowd today to Ashley Pond Park and the lawn area at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Discovery Day visitors stroll among the bubbles from the Los Alamos County booth at Ashely Pond Park. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Albert Einstein (aka Katy Korkos) gets an idea at ScienceFest today at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
This little shark found a shark's tooth at the United Way of Northern New Mexico/Los Alamos Daily Post booth.

Signs Of ScienceFest 2018 Spotted Downtown

on July 13, 2018 - 10:17pm

Tents were going up today around Ashley Pond Park in preparation for the 2018 Los Alamos ScienceFest, which runs through Sunday with the biggest day, Discovery Day, Saturday at the pond and Fuller Lodge. For more ScienceFest information, and the latest event schedule, visit Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Let the ScienceFest Chalk Walk begin! One chalk artist today was already at work creating a chalk painting on the sidewalk area near Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo

Federal Agencies Partner To Offer First Tour Of Los Alamos Manhattan Project Facilities

on July 13, 2018 - 6:36pm
Battleship bunker: Build in 1944, the Battleship Bunker supported implosion diagnostic tests for Fat Man. The building is known as a battleship building because the bunker’s west end is bow-shaped and shielded with a steel plate. Courtesy/NNSA
Pond cabin: Tours of historic sites featured a visit to the Pond Cabin, which served as an office for Emilio Segrè’s Radioactivity Group studying plutonium during the Manhattan Project. Courtesy/NNSA


 The U. S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office and Los Alamos National

Council Proclaims July 11-15 ScienceFest Weekend And July 14 Discovery Day In Los Alamos County

on July 12, 2018 - 8:14am

Los Alamos County Councilor Morrie Pongratz presents a proclamation declaring July 11-15 Los Alamos ScienceFest Weekend and Saturday, July 14 as Discovery Day in Los Alamos County to Los Alamos MainStreet Director Lauren McDaniel during Tuesday evening’s Council meeting. The proclamation states that 11 years ago, the Council voiced its desire to establish a signature tourism event that would set Los Alamos apart from any other place in the nation, as well as provide a wonderful venue for the community to gather downtown.

UNM-LA EMS And Science Faculty At ScienceFest

on July 11, 2018 - 6:58pm
UNM-LA Instructor Leslie Dendy, right, offered a pH testing activity, which drew participants of all ages during ScienceFest 2017. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA
EMS Instructor and LAFD Battalion Chief Joseph Candelaria talks to community members during an open house in August 2016. EMS Instructor/LAFD Deputy Chief Steve Dewald looks on from the simulated ER/hospital room. Photo by Kateri Morris/UNM-LA


The community is invited to participate in University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Sciencefest activities.

ScienceFest Local Business Specials

on July 10, 2018 - 6:50pm

Biotechnology Bootcamp At Los Alamos Makers

on July 10, 2018 - 5:05pm

A diverse group of participants learned the basics of biotechnology during a four-day bootcamp at Los Alamos Makers at 3540 Orange St. The workshop was made possible with the help of United Way of Northern New Mexico. The group was introduced to DNA forensics, DNA barcoding, next-generation DNA sequencing and genetic cloning. Visit Courtesy/LA Makers


The workshop was a hands-on opportunity for students to explore careers in biotechnology and for adults to get a better understanding of biotechnology news, including CRISPR technology. Courtesy/LA Makers

LANL Holds Annual DistrupTech Showcase Thursday

on July 10, 2018 - 4:50pm

LANL News:

Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation at Los Alamos National Laboratory has teamed with the New Mexico Angels to kick off the Fourth Annual DisrupTech Showcase, which is a celebration of 'disruptive technology’ created by the minds at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

This year’s festivities are 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday in the community room at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Tickets are $35 and will include access to a very unique networking opportunity, a full reception and, of course – the featured presentations of LANL’s most promising and emerging technologies.

Hear From Local Astronomers At Nature On Tap July 9

on July 8, 2018 - 7:13am
PEEC News:
Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Los Alamos Creative District for Nature on Tap, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 9, at UnQuarked Wine Bar.
Galen Gisler will lead a panel of local astronomers in a discussion about recent updates in astronomy. The panel features Erica Fogerty, Steve Becker, Joyce Guzik and Paul Arendt who will discuss topics like asteroid near misses, meteorites and dark matter. Audience members are welcome to ask any astronomy-related questions.
For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit,

AGU: Freak Rockfall Accident In China

on July 7, 2018 - 7:46am
The aftermath of the rockfall accident in Shimian County. Courtesy/Chengdu Business Daily
AGU News:
The Chengdu Business Daily has a report of a freak rockfall accident that occurred June 30 in Shimian County in Sichuan Province, China.
At the time a bus was driving on the S217 Provincial Road between Chengdu and Wuhu, carrying 38 people. The coach was struck by a large boulder. It appears that the boulder penetrated, and became wedged through, the windscreen of the coach. The driver, Zhao Jianguo, a 44-year-old native of Chengdu, was pinned in his seat and killed.

Santa Fe Institute Premieres ‘Majesty Of Music & Math’

on July 6, 2018 - 6:36am
Courtesy photo
SFI News:
The Santa Fe Institute is hosting a community event premiere screening of The Majesty of Music & Math at 4 p.m., Sunday Aug. 5, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St., in Santa Fe.
In June of 2017, New Mexico PBS, The Santa Fe Symphony and the Santa Fe Institute collaborated to tape The Majesty of Music & Math at The Lensic Performing Arts Center.
This multi-media production explores the interconnectedness of music and mathematics, featuring remarks by Cristopher Moore, an SFI mathematician and computer scientist, with musical

Climate Change Making Night Clouds More Visible

on July 2, 2018 - 8:07am
Noctilucent, or night-shining, clouds are the highest clouds in Earth’s atmosphere. They form in the middle atmosphere, or mesosphere, roughly 50 miles above Earth’s surface. The clouds form when water vapor freezes around specks of dust from incoming meteors. Courtesy/Leibniz Institute of Atmospheric Physics NASA
AGU News:
Washinton, D.C. -- Increased water vapor in Earth’s atmosphere due to human activities is making shimmering high-altitude clouds more visible, a new study finds.

AGU: Coldest Place On Earth ... Even Colder Than Scientists Thought

on June 27, 2018 - 10:16am
Persistent winds shape the surface of East Antarctica’s snow into small dune forms called ‘sastrugi’. Courtesy/Ted Scambos, NSIDC/University of Colorado-Boulder
Blowing snow conditions at a camp site near Vostok Station in Antarctic summer. Courtesy/Ted Scambos, NSIDC/University of Colorado-Boulder
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tiny valleys near the top of Antarctica’s ice sheet reach temperatures of nearly minus 100 degrees Celsius (minus 148 degrees Fahrenheit) in the winter, a new study finds.
The results could change scientists’ understanding of just how low temperatures

Heinrich Secures Amendment To Boost Tech-Transfer From National Laboratories To Private Sector

on June 26, 2018 - 5:23pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

  • Bipartisan amendment would help national laboratories work with the private sector to commercialize innovative energy technology

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) secured an amendment to improve technology transfer from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) national labs to the private sector.

The amendment was included in the fiscal year 2019 spending bill that sets funding for the Department of Energy and passed out of the Senate by an 86-5 vote.

“New Mexico’s national labs play a critical role in

LANL: Exploring Carbon Nanotube Optics As Pathway For Quantum Information Processing

on June 24, 2018 - 8:47am

Depiction of a carbon nanotube defect site generated by functionalization of a nanotube with a simple organic molecule. Altering the electronic structure at the defect enables room-temperature single photon emission at telecom wavelengths. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:


Researchers at Los Alamos and partners in France and Germany are exploring the enhanced potential of carbon nanotubes as single-photon emitters for quantum information processing. Their analysis of progress in the field is published in this week’s edition of the journal Nature Materials.


“We are particularly interested