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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

LANL: New Issue Of 1663 Magazine Now Available

on March 28, 2018 - 9:58am


LANL News:

Science news from Los Alamos National Laboratory is now available in the new issue of 1663 magazine.

In this issue:

  • How lightning starts and what it can be used for;
  • Shocks, whirls, and the science of turbulence;
  • Ultrathin metasurfaces for electromagnetic signal control;
  • Zika and chikungunya risk in the United States;
  • The environment and its tiniest inhabitants;
  • …and more.

Click here to get your science and technology fix from Los Alamos.

LANL: Public Lectures Explore Powering Space Missions On Mars Begin April 2

on March 26, 2018 - 10:32am

Artist's illustration of the umbrella-like heat radiators of four Kilopower nuclear reactors casting shadows on the Martian surface. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Patrick McClure and David Poston will discuss their Kilopower nuclear reactor project during three Frontiers in Science lectures

Artist's illustration of the umbrella-like heat radiators of four Kilopower nuclear reactors casting shadows on the Martian surface.

Los Alamos nuclear scientists Patrick McClure and David Poston will discuss the small nuclear reactor developed at the Laboratory to power missions on Mars during three

LANL: Self-assembling, Tunable Interfaces Found In Quantum Materials

on March 26, 2018 - 9:37am

Marc Janoschek, left, and David Fobes discuss features of quantum materials. Courtesy/lanl

LANL News:

A potential revolution in device engineering could be underway, thanks to the discovery of functional electronic interfaces in quantum materials that can self-assemble spontaneously.

“This illustrates that if we can learn to control and exploit the remarkable properties at the interfaces of quantum materials, this will likely result in a new generation of devices beyond our current imagination,” said Marc Janoschek, a physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory who, with David Fobes, also

I Love Life: Celebrating Biodiversity Through Art And Science April 13-14

on March 26, 2018 - 8:34am
NMHM News:
I Love Life: Celebrating Biodiversity through Art and Science is a weekend symposium at the New Mexico History Museum hosted by Biocultura Santa Fe April 13 and 14 to celebrate biological science and biodiversity with a unique ecosystem of national and local artists, scientists, educators and historians.
The main symposium is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, April 13 and Saturday April 14 at the NMHM.
Admission is $15 per day, $25 for both days, and free for current UNM students with ID. Advanced registration is strongly encouraged ( Tickets may also be

AGU: Arctic Sea Ice Becoming A Spring Hazard For North Atlantic Ships

on March 26, 2018 - 8:24am
A crab fishing boat trapped in the multiyear sea ice off the Newfoundland coast. Courtesy/David G. Barber
AGU News:
WASHINGTON D.C. — More Arctic sea ice is entering the North Atlantic Ocean than before, making it increasingly dangerous for ships to navigate those waters in late spring, according to new research.
The new research finds ocean passages typically plugged with ice in the winter and spring are opening up. Sea ice normally locked in the Arctic then can flow freely through these passages southward to routes used by shipping, fishing and ferry boats.
The new study

NIST: 'Hard Rock' Standard Reference Material Makes Identifying Chemicals In Mine Waste Easier

on March 24, 2018 - 6:50am
USGS chemist Steve Wilson collects hard rock mine waste for Standard Reference Material 2780a from the Silver Crown Mine, near Silverton, Colo. Courtesy/Mike Thompson/USGS
NIST News:
Across the American West’s Rocky and Sierra mountains, miners dug for gold, silver, zinc and lead to make their fortunes in the Gold Rush of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
As they burrowed into the mountains seeking thick veins of valuable ore, they tossed tons of rock waste outside their mine entrances.
Now, beautiful mountain vistas are marred by mine waste dumps that have turned into

Liver Cancer Caused By Alcohol Consumption May Have Worse Prognosis Than Other Forms

on March 24, 2018 - 6:45am
A new study indicates that patients with alcohol-related liver cancer often do not live as long as patients with liver cancer that is not associated with alcohol consumption, mainly due to diagnoses at later stages.
Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings indicate that efforts should be made to improve both screening for early signs of liver cancer and the management of alcohol abuse.
Liver cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide, with hepatitis B and C infections being the

AGU: August 2017 SpaceX Rocket Launch Created Large Circular Shock Wave

on March 23, 2018 - 7:38am
AGU News:
The unusual trajectory the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket took when delivering a Taiwanese satellite into orbit last August created an atmospheric shock wave four times bigger than the area of California, a new study finds.
All rocket launches create shock waves, which are atmospheric disturbances traveling faster than the speed of sound. They can’t be seen by human eyes but can be detected by GPS receivers monitoring the atmosphere and space.
Most rocket-induced shock waves are V-shaped when viewed from space because rockets tend to follow a curved trajectory after launch.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Releases File Index Product To Software Community

on March 22, 2018 - 10:34am

The Trinity supercomputer. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Grand Unified File Index (GUFI) hits GitHub for users

Resolving the supercomputer challenge of searching and retrieving files could now be far simpler, with a tool developed by Los Alamos National Laboratory and released today to the GitHub open-source software site.

The Grand Unified File Index (GUFI) is designed using a new, hierarchical approach to storing file metadata, allowing rapid  parallel searches across many internal databases. Queries that would previously have taken hours or days can now be run in seconds.

“We anticipate

LANL: Innovative Detectors Pinpoint Radiation Source

on March 22, 2018 - 9:16am
A small, fast and accurate novel radiation detector developed at Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
LANL News:
Innovative “lighthouse” detectors that use a sweeping beam to quickly pinpoint a radiation source in seconds are reducing radiation exposure for workers and opening up new areas for robotic monitoring to avoid potential hazards.
“It’s easier to find a needle in a haystack if the haystack is small,” said Jonathan Dowell, a Los Alamos scientist and inventor of the detector.

SFI: Public Lecture By Chris Kempes March 20

on March 19, 2018 - 4:59am
'Stellar Radiance' (1970) courtesy of David A. Hardy -
SFI News:
A Santa Fe Institute (SFI) community event "Life on Earth and Beyond" with Chris Kempes is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe.
Though scientists have yet to find life beyond our own planet, the universe is rife with possibilities. Where to look, and how to recognize it when we find it, are questions physical biologist Chris Kempes explores during this Santa Fe Institute Community Lecture.

Los Alamos Students Excel At Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science And Engineering Fair March 10

on March 18, 2018 - 3:48pm

LAHS student Lillian Peterson wins Best in Show in the Senior Division with her project, ‘Predicting Food Shortages in Africa from Satellite Imagery’. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public School students excelled at the Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair with 52 students representing the district March 10 and nearly half receiving top marks.

Los Alamos High School student Lillian Peterson won Best in Show for the Senior Division with her project, “Predicting Food Shortages in Africa from Satellite Imagery.”

Students who placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their