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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

BSMA Thanks Los Alamos National Laboratory And Community For Supporting STEM Education

on March 17, 2018 - 10:23am

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Terry Wallace makes a purchase during the launch of the Laboratory's 75th annivesary event Tuesday at the Bradbury Science Museum. Courtesy photo

The BSMA Gadgets Gift Shop was filled with customers purchasing merchandise commemorating Los Alamos National Laboratory's 75th anniversary. Courtesy photo


BSMA News:


The Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) wishes to thank Los Alamos National Laboratory and the community for supporting STEM education outreach efforts in northern New Mexico.

The (BSMA) and the Laboratory hosted a 75th

Science On Tap: Energy To Explore Deep Space

on March 17, 2018 - 9:48am
The On Tap discussion series presented by the Los Alamos Creative District has moved to Mondays!
Start your week off with interesting conversations and libations. This week join the Bradbury Science Museum and Patrick McClure for Science on Tap to learn about the energy needed to explore deep space, at 5:30 p.m. March 19 at UnQuarked, 145 Central Park Square.
Examining the universe, including other planets, requires a safe, compact, reliable, and durable power source that isn’t cost prohibitive.

NNSA Extends Public Comment Period For Draft Environmental Assessment

on March 17, 2018 - 9:44am
NNSA News:
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is extending for 30 days the public comment period for the Draft Environmental Assessment of Proposed Changes for Analytical Chemistry and Materials Characterization at the Radiological Laboratory/Utility/Office Building (Draft EA). 
NNSA made the Draft EA available for public comment on February 21, 2018. The public comment period for the Draft EA has now been extended to April 25, 2018. This extension is being made in response to public and stakeholder requests for additional review time.
The Draft EA is available

Mystery Of Purple Lights In Sky Solved With Help From Citizen Scientists

on March 16, 2018 - 2:21pm
The aurora known as Steve seen over Lake Minnewanka in Alberta. Photo by Paulo Fedozzi
NMC News:
Notanee Bourassa knew that what he was seeing in the night sky was not normal.
Bourassa, an IT technician in Regina, Canada, trekked outside of his home on July 25, 2016, around midnight with his two younger children to show them a beautiful moving light display in the sky -- an aurora borealis. He often sky gazes until the early hours of the morning to photograph the aurora with his Nikon camera, but this was his first expedition with his children.

Scenes From BSMA’s ‘Night With A Nerd’ ... Alan Carr

on March 16, 2018 - 9:16am

Bradbury Science Museum Association presents ‘Night with A Nerd’ during which LANL Historian Alan Carr recounts 75 Years of LANL history in 60 minutes to the crowd gathered Thursday evening at Project Y in Central Park Square. Courtesy photo

Bradbury Science Museum Association presents ‘Night with A Nerd’ during which LANL Historian Alan Carr recounts 75 Years of LANL history in 60 minutes Thursday evening at Project Y in Central Park Square. Courtesy photo

LANL 75th Anniversary Logo Unveiled At Celebration Of Stem Education At Bradbury Science Museum

on March 15, 2018 - 5:19pm
Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Terry Wallace unveils the new 75th Anniversary LANL logo at a Celebration of Stem Education Tuesday at the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
New 75th Anniversary LANL logo unveiled Tuesday. 
Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
The Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) is the Laboratory’s vendor for official 75th Anniversary merchandise through a memorandum of understanding between the BSMA and the Laboratory.

Science On Tap: Energy To Explore Deep Space

on March 15, 2018 - 5:18pm
LACD News:
The Science On Tap discussion series presented by the Los Alamos Creative District has moved to Mondays.
Start the week off with interesting conversations and libations at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 19 at UnQuarked 145 Central Park Square. Join the Bradbury Science Museum and Patrick McClure, with the Lab’s Nuclear Engineering and Nonproliferation group, for Science on Tap to learn about the energy needed to explore deep space.
Examining the universe, including other planets, requires a safe, compact, reliable, and durable power source that isn’t cost prohibitive.

OSAC Releases Online Lexicon For Forensic Sciences

on March 14, 2018 - 8:58am
The forensic sciences encompass dozens of disciplines, each with its own history and vocabulary. As a result, a word might mean one thing to forensic anthropologists, for example, but something else to forensic document examiners. To help facilitate clear communication across the many disciplines, the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC) has created a Lexicon of Forensic Science Terminology, which can be accessed from the OSAC website. Courtesy/OSAC

AGU: Scientists Capture Sounds Of Volcanic Thunder

on March 14, 2018 - 8:20am
This satellite image shows Bogoslof volcano erupting on May 28, 2017. The eruption began about 18 minutes prior to this image and the cloud rose to an altitude greater than 12 kilometers (40,000 feet) above sea level. Courtesy/Dave Schneider / Alaska Volcano Observatory & U.S. Geological Survey
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Researchers report in a new study that they’ve documented rumblings of volcanic thunder for the first time, a feat considered nearly impossible by many volcanologists. 
Microphones set out to detect volcanic eruptions in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands recorded sounds

National Science Foundation Awards UbiQD Phase II SBIR Grant

on March 12, 2018 - 3:31pm

The UbiQD team taken at its September board of directors meeting a short walk from the quantum dot company’s headquarters in Los Alamos. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

UbiQD team members measure the electrical output of a window prototype near the company’s headquarters in Los Alamos. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

UbiQD News:

  • Funding will accelerate development of its quantum dot solar glass technology

UbiQD, Inc., a New Mexico-based nanotechnology development company, announced today that it was recently awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant by the National Science Foundation

Café Scientifique New Mexico Partners With Los Alamos National Laboratory For Special Events

on March 12, 2018 - 10:22am

Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Café Scientifique New Mexico is partnering with Los Alamos National Laboratory to host three special events for high school students in northern New Mexico to go behind the scenes and learn about the latest technology in emergency management careers.

This program is open to high school students in Los Alamos, Española, Pojoaque and Taos.

The Los Alamos event is March 13, the Española-Pojoaque event is March 21 and the Taos event is March 27.

Emergency response to major disasters requires the most advanced technology to protect the

Uranium Processing Facility Achieves Key Milestone

on March 12, 2018 - 6:31am
Uranium Processing Facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Courtesy/DOE/NNSA
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) project continues to make timely progress with the recent completion of the Site Infrastructure and Services (SIS) subproject.
UPF will replace an early-Cold War plant with a modern, more efficient, and safer facility for conducting highly-enriched uranium operations at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
“Completing the SIS subproject is an important

LANB Brings Students From El Camino Real Academy To Bradbury Science Museum

on March 11, 2018 - 1:20am
El Camino Real Academy 5th graders visit to the Bradbury Science Musuem thanks to a generous transportation grant from Los Alamos National Bank. Photo by Linda Anderman/BSM

An El Camino Real Academy 5th grader at the Bradbury Museum during a field trip sponsored by LANB. Photo by Linda Anderman/BSM


BSMA News:
Twenty-five 5th graders from El Camino Real Academy enjoyed a field trip to the Bradbury Science Museum, thanks to a grant provided by Los Alamos National Bank, that pays for the student’s and teacher’s transportation to the museum.
Liddie Martinez, LANB Market President

Frederick Reines Work At Hans Bethe House

on March 9, 2018 - 12:19pm
Robert Reines stands next to his father's Nobel Prize medal in the Hans Bethe House. Photo by Todd Nickols
Frederick Reines/Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Historical Society
The only Nobel Prize won for work done at the laboratory in Los Alamos is justly on display in the Los Alamos History Museum’s Hans Bethe House.
The world’s top physics prize was awarded to Frederick Reines in 1995 for the discovery of the nuetrino, a subatomic particle produced by the decay of radioactive elements.