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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

Authors Speak Presents Dr. Stephen LeDoux With A New Book On The Scientific Study Of Human Behavior

on June 22, 2018 - 3:36pm
Dr. Stephen F. Ledoux and his new book on the scientific study of human behavior. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

Remember behaviorism? B.F. Skinner’s best-selling book for popular audiences, “Beyond Freedom and Dignity” published in 1971 had everyone talking about behavioral analysis as a tool to change human society and solve global problems. Inevitably, the public moved on to “the Next Big Thing” and behavioral analysis returned to university classrooms.


Los Alamos Faith And Science Forum June 27: Beyond The Neo-Darwinian Evolution Synthesis

on June 21, 2018 - 8:49am

Crowd at a Los Alamos Faith and Science talk at the Unitarian Church. Courtesy/LAFASF

Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum News:

Glenn Magelssen presents the fourth talk in the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum summer series Wednesday, June 27. The title of Magelssen’s talk is “Beyond the Neo-Darwinian Evolution Synthesis”. The theme of the 2018 Summer Series is “Purposeful Evolution”.

Most people are familiar with Darwin’s ideas about evolution.

LANL: Study Confirms Beetles Exploit Warm Winters To Expand Range

on June 20, 2018 - 2:58pm
Devin Goodsman
LANL News:
A new study by Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists and colleagues confirms that increasing minimum winter temperatures allow beetles to expand their range but reveals that overcrowding can put the brakes on population growth.
“It has long been predicted that warming winters will allow range expansion.

NNSA Conducts Rocket-Based Research In Hawaii With ‘HOT SHOT’

on June 20, 2018 - 8:39am

Sample of an instrument-carrying rocket designed to take measurements and perform scientific experiments during its sub-orbital flight. Courtesy image


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and Sandia National Laboratories successfully launched a research rocket in May that carried a series of experiments designed to deepen scientific understanding and support the stewardship of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile.

This launch marks the first time NNSA has used scientific instrument-carrying rockets, also known as

Summer Solstice Event At Nature Center Planetarium

on June 19, 2018 - 7:26am

Celebrate the summer solstice 7 p.m., Friday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Astrophysicist Dr. Rick Wallace will present a lecture on the tradition, folklore and astronomical significance of the summer solstice, 7 p.m. Friday at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.

Astrophysicist Dr. Rick Wallace

Before the lecture in the planetarium, the Los Alamos Folk Dance Club will perform a Polish Solstice dance until 7:15 p.m. outside the nature center. The audience will then gather inside the planetarium to hear from Dr.

AGU: Explosive Volcanoes Likely Spawned Mysterious Martian Rock Formation

on June 19, 2018 - 6:49am
An isolated hill in the Medusae Fossae Formation. The effect of wind erosion on this hill is evident by its streamlined shape. Courtesy/High Resolution Stereo Camera-European Space Agency
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Explosive volcanic eruptions that shot jets of hot ash, rock and gas skyward are the likely source of a mysterious Martian rock formation, a new study finds.
The new finding could add to scientists’ understanding of Mars’s interior and its past potential for habitability, according to the study’s authors.
The Medusae Fossae Formation is a massive, unusual deposit

LANL Responds To Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Reports On Plutonium Facility

on June 18, 2018 - 2:00pm
Technicians work in the pit manufacturing area of the Laboratory’s plutonium facility located at TA-55. Courtesy/LANL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory spokesman Matt Nerzig responded this morning to two recent reports filed by Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board on-site inspectors at LANL’s Plutonium Facility in May one identifying skin contamination on a craft worker’s hands and the other process deviations.

May 14, a work team declared a potential deviation when the total mass of nuclear material listed for a glovebox was less

‘Ignite Los Alamos’ Draws Overflow Crowd

on June 18, 2018 - 6:32am

The first ‘Ignite Los Alamos’ event took place at Los Alamos Makers Saturday, June 16. The event drew a full house with overflow outside. A diverse group of 11 speakers took on the challenge and shared their stories, insight and expertise. Teen videographer Sam Crooks recorded the event live. Courtesy/Los Alamos Makers

After the ‘Ignite Los Alamos’ event, LANL engineer Conrad Farnsworth relaxed outside Los Alamos Makers, surrounded by his supporters. Courtesy/Los Alamos Makers

The inaugural ‘Ignite Los Alamos’ event attracted an eclectic group of speakers.

On The Job In Los Alamos: LAPS Science Teachers

on June 17, 2018 - 7:26am

On the job in Los Alamos are Los Alamos Public Schools science teachers taking a break from an in-service day Thursday to have lunch at Cottonwood on the Greens, from left, Kathy Boerigter, Elizabeth Bowden, Ali Renner, Kate Whitty, Michela Ombelli, Debbie Grothaus, Stephanie Mitchell, Chris Peters and Eva Abeyta. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

AGU: South Napa Earthquake Linked To Summer Groundwater Dip

on June 17, 2018 - 7:25am
Surface ruptures from the August 2014 South Napa earthquake run through a vineyard near Buhman Road, Napa Valley, California. Courtesy/Dan Ponti, US Geological Survey
Plate Boundary Observatory GPS station P199 overlooks the Sonoma Valley, California. Data from the station demonstrated contraction in the valley during the summer, which contributes to seasonal stress on the fault that ruptured in the magnitude 6.0 South Napa Earthquake in 2014. Courtesy/UNAVCO
AGU News:
A summertime expansion in the Earth’s crust caused by changes in groundwater may have triggered the magnitude-6.0

Glenn Branch Lecture On Climate Change June 22

on June 16, 2018 - 8:20am

NIST: Can A Computer Think Like A Human?

on June 15, 2018 - 11:22am
NIST News:
Computers do many things better than our brains can. But one area where brains tend to outperform computers is in tasks such as perception, decision making, and context recognition.
A reason for this is that our brains process data both in sequence and simultaneously, and they store memories in synapses — connections between the brain’s nerve cells — all over the system. A conventional computer processes data only in sequence and stores memory in a separate unit.
Devices mimicking the brain’s nerve cells have been developed.

Los Alamos National Laboratory And U.S. Army Working On Replacement For Toxic TNT

on June 14, 2018 - 11:38am

Chavez TNT Replacement: Explosives chemist David Chavez pours an example of melt-castable explosive into a copper mold at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Technical Area 9. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:


Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen, Md., have developed a novel “melt-cast” explosive material that could be a suitable replacement for Trinitrotoluene, more commonly known as TNT.


“The Army and the Laboratory, through the Joint Munitions Program, have been looking for a TNT replacement,” said David Chavez, an explosives

SFI: The Nature Of Time – Panel Discussion June 19

on June 14, 2018 - 10:11am
Adolf Hoffmeister, The City of Lost Time (1964). Courtesy/SFI
SFI News:
What could be more mysterious, more precious, and more fleeting than time?
Heraclitus described time as “a game played beautifully by children”, Albert Einstein declared time is an illusion, and Jane Austen wrote that time will explain. Science has sought to explain time in terms of clocks, space, energy, perception, and convenience. Everyone agrees that we do not have enough of it and that we perceive it to be moving faster year by year.
This panel discusses the challenges of time in physics,