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AGU: Warm Autumn Winds Could Strain Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf

on April 16, 2019 - 4:36pm
 
This satellite image from March 3, 2016 shows unusual late summer/early fall melting on the Larsen C ice shelf. New research finds the additional melting is due in part to warm, dry air currents called foehn winds that originate in the Antarctic Peninsula’s central mountain range and discusses the compounding effects of these late-season melt events on the snowpack. Courtesy/NASA Earth Observatory/Lauren Dauphin

This photograph shows a cloud-clearing, induced by foehn winds, on the lee side of mountains on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Teens Take Over The Bradbury Friday Night!

on April 15, 2019 - 8:59am

The Bradbury Science Museum at 1350 Central Ave. Courtesy photo

BSMA Teen Advisory Board News:

The first ever Teen Night is happening at the Bradbury Science Museum, 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 19.

Created by the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) Teen Advisory Board, the event will have free food (catered by Sirphey!), a Bill Nye screening, remote control robots from the local FTC team (the Hawks), trivia and more. All high schoolers are welcome.

The BSMA Teen Advisory Board was created this year by Los Alamos High School junior Eleanor Henderson for her Girl Scout Gold Award project.

LANL: New First-Of-Its-Kind Model Accurately Predicts Harmful Space Weather

on April 14, 2019 - 7:02am
An artist’s rendering of the Van Allen radiation belts surrounding Earth. The purple, concentric shells represent the inner and outer belts. They completely encircle Earth, but have been cut away in this image to show detail. Courtesy/NASA’s Conceptual Image Lab/Walt Feimer
 
LANL News:
 
A new, first-of-its-kind space weather model reliably predicts space storms of high-energy particles that are harmful to many satellites and spacecraft orbiting in the Earth’s outer radiation belt.
 
A paper recently published in the journal Space Weather details how the model can accurately give a

Science On Tap With Dr. Sven Vogel April 15

on April 11, 2019 - 10:09pm
Dr. Sven Vogel will discuss the Ram's Horn wire gold specimen and DAHRT capabilities at the Lab at Science On Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 15 at UnQuarked Wine Room. Courtesy photo
 
SCIENCE News:
 
Join the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 15 at UnQuarked Wine Room.
 
This On Tap will feature a conservation conversation with Dr. Sven Vogel about the Ram's Horn wire gold specimen and DAHRT capabilities at the Lab.
 
Recently, researchers at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) had the unique opportunity to

Judges Needed For Int’l. Science & Engineering Fair

on April 11, 2019 - 4:25pm
A scene from a previous International Science and Engineering Fair. Courtesy photo
 
ISEF News:
 
Judges are being sought for the International Science and Engineering Fair May 12-17 in Phoenix, Ariz.
 
Judges are needed for all categories, but they are desperately needed in Energy: Chemical, Energy: Physical Plant Sciences, Microbiology, Computational Biology & Bioinformatics, Environmental Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Animal Sciences.
 
Descriptions of all of the categories can be found here.

Two useful flyers with information on judging. One is general for all judges:

Heinrich Questions Top Air Force Leadership About Artificial Intelligence Workforce Needs

on April 11, 2019 - 4:02pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. In a hearing before the Senate Committee on Armed Services April 5, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Chief of Staff of the Air Force General David L. Goldfein about how the Air Force, and the Department of Defense as a whole, is working to address the growing workforce needs as the military implements Artificial Intelligence (AI) initiatives.
 
Heinrich is focused on helping the military recruit more computer scientists and establishing digital engineering

LANL Scientists Develop New Open-Source Software That Predicts Impacts Of Extreme Events On Grids

on April 11, 2019 - 8:03am
Carleton Coffrin, a computer scientist at LANL, developed the Severe Contingency Solver software to help government agencies better plan for power outages caused by extreme events. The software is now available publicly. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
A new, free, open-source software reliably predicts how damage from hurricanes, ice storms, earthquakes and other extreme events will restrict power delivery from utility grids.
 
The Severe Contingency Solver for Electric Power Transmission is the only software available—commercially or open-source—that reliably supports analysis of

Megan Thursby Accepted To Five Doctoral Programs In Biomedical Sciences With Full Financial Rides

on April 11, 2019 - 7:30am
Megan Thursby
 
NMHU News:
 
LAS VEGAS, NM New Mexico Highlands University 2018 biology graduate Megan Thursby had the enviable challenge of choosing from five doctoral programs in biomedical sciences that accepted her, all offering full financial rides.
 
“I’m interested in biomedical sciences because the field is always changing because technology is providing us with tools to investigate answers to questions we have about the human body and its dysfunction,” Thursby said.

Scientific Computing In Cloud Gets Down To Earth

on April 9, 2019 - 10:53am

Seismology researchers at LANL have conducted a continent-scale survey for seismic signatures of industrial activity using the Amazon Web Services commercial cloud (AWS), then rapidly downloaded the results without storing raw data or needing a local supercomputer. Courtesy/Google
 
LANL News:
 
In a groundbreaking effort, seismology researchers have conducted a continent-scale survey for seismic signatures of industrial activity in the Amazon Web Services commercial cloud (AWS), then rapidly downloaded the results without storing raw data or needing a local supercomputer.
 
“Using a

Century Bank & BSMA Award STEM Education Grants

on April 8, 2019 - 7:25am

Century Bank Vice President/Branch Manager Karen Easton, right, recently presented a $500 check to Bradbury Science Museum Association President Ryn Herrmann and BSMA Past President Andy Trottier in support of STEM education grants for teachers in northern New Mexico. Courtesy/BSMA

BSMA and Century Bank News:

The Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) and Century Bank have awarded Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education grants to 10 certified K-12 teachers in northern New Mexico.

The grants are $100 each and are intended to help teachers promote STEM learning

NIST: Sustaining Innovation Through Technology

on April 6, 2019 - 7:15am
Courtesy/Mountain Valley of Cascadia
 
Maryruth Butler
 
NIST News:
 
When it received the Baldrige Award in 2016, Kindred - Mountain Valley (now Mountain Valley of Cascadia) had the distinct honor of seven consecutive years of five-star quality ratings—the highest possible—from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS; less than 1 percent of skilled nursing facilities nationwide achieved the five-star rating over that same period of time).
 
Now, a few years later, Executive Director Maryruth Butler explains that the skilled nursing center in rural Idaho has continued to

Seventy Seven Students Take Field Trip To Visit Bradbury Science Museum Thanks To LANB

on April 5, 2019 - 8:39am
In partnership with the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA), Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) provided the bus transportation last week for 77 students to visit the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

BSMA News:

Students from Okhay Owingeh and Santo Domingo Pueblos lat week participated in a hands-on engineering challenge and explored the Bradbury Science Museum galleries in search of engineered artifacts.

“As the students explored the museum galleries and focus on engineered artifacts, they gain an understanding of how engineers make the world a better

Sixty Students Visit Bradbury Thanks To Rotary Club

on April 2, 2019 - 9:53am
Students from Amy Beihl Community School during a field trip to the Bradbury Science Museum for which the Los Alamos Rotary Club sponsored the transportation expenses. Courtesy photo
 
BSMA New:
 
In partnership with the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA), the Los Alamos Rotary Club recently sponsored the transportation expenses for three 5th grade classes from Amy Biehl Community School in Santa Fe to visit the Bradbury Science Museum.
 
The students divided into three groups and took turns touring downtown Los Alamos, stopping for lunch at Ashley Pond Park and visiting the

NMMNHS Hosts ‘This Is Your Brain’ Dance April 19

on April 2, 2019 - 9:34am
Dinosaur at Dusk outside the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. Courtesy/NMDCA

NMMNHS News:

ALBUQUERQUE ― Want a great way to rejuvenate after a long work week? Unwind, relax, hit the dance floor, and learn about what dancing does to your brain at the “This is your Brain on Dance” happening 6-10:30 p.m., Friday, April 19 at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science.

“In addition to just being a fun-filled way to start your weekend, this dance offers a little more,” Museum Executive Director Margie Marino said.

New Mexico Public Safety Forensic Laboratory Secures Coveted International Endorsement

on March 30, 2019 - 1:05pm
NMDPS News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Forensic Laboratory system has been acknowledged for its technical competence and accredited in the disciplines of biology (DNA-nuclear and body fluid identification), drug chemistry, firearms, toolmarks and serial number restorations, latent print processing, comparisons and impression evidence (footwear and tires) by the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA).
 
“The accreditation process provides an essential, external, independent review of forensic services DPS provides.

PEEC: Explore Science Of ‘Interstellar’ 7 P.M. Today

on March 29, 2019 - 7:11am
Join Peter Polko to explore the science and science-fiction in the film ‘Interstellar’ at 7 p.m. Friday, March 29 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
When the film “Interstellar” came out, it was touted as the first physics-based science-fiction film. But not every part of it is plausible.
 
Join Peter Polko beginning at 7 p.m., Friday, March 29 in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium to dive into the film. Polko will discuss which parts are scientifically accurate and which are pure sci-fi.
 
Polko will explore how the storytelling choices in

Champions Of Youth Ambitions Awarded $1,500

on March 29, 2019 - 6:50am
Chad Lauritzen, known as the Sci Guy does science with students from Dixon Elementary. Courtesy photo
 
C’YA News:
 
Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) has received a $1,500 award from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation Board of Directors in support of educational hands on science, youth development and the Community Asset Awards.
 
“The LANL Foundation appreciates how Champions of Youth Ambitions celebrates community assets and achievements, and works to bring quality enrichment education to youth in Los Alamos,” C’YA Executive Director Bernadette Lauritzen said.
 
Since

Nature On Tap: Science Vs. Science Fiction April 1

on March 29, 2019 - 6:32am
Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Los Alamos Creative District for a special April Fool’s Day edition of Nature on Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 1 at UnQuarked Wine Room.
 
PEEC's team of astronomers will present several stories and facts to the audience and it's up to audience members to decide which is science and which is science fiction.
 
After hearing all the presentations, audience members will vote on which they think are real and which is the work of someone's imagination.
 
On Tap is a series of discussions hosted at UnQuarked in

Two LANL Researchers Win Women In Tech Awards

on March 28, 2019 - 9:18am

New Mexico Technology Council 2019 Women in Technology Award recipients Laura Monroe, left, and Janette Frigo. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Electrical engineer and mathematician recognized as outstanding contributors to STEM fields

Two researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory were recognized with 2019 Women in Technology Awards by the New Mexico Technology Council.

Janette Frigo, an electrical engineer with the Laboratory’s Intelligence and Space Research division, and Laura Monroe, a mathematician with the Laboratory’s High-Performance Computing division, were recognized for their

AGU: Laser Blasts Show Asteroid Bombardment, Hydrogen Make Great Recipe For Life On Mars

on March 28, 2019 - 8:04am
A portion of the experimental setup Dr. Rafael Navarro-González, an astrobiologist at the Institute of Nuclear Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City and a co-investigator with the SAM instrument, and his team of researchers used to simulate asteroid impacts in the early Martian atmosphere. The flask (center) contains a composition of carbon dioxide, nitrogen and hydrogen gasses. A high-intensity infrared laser is focused into the flask from a lens (left), to simulate the high energy shockwaves produced by asteroids entering the Martian atmosphere.

NIST: The Case For Building Beautiful Instruments

on March 27, 2019 - 8:11am
Even without the dramatic lighting, the NIST-4 Kibble balance that our team used to help redefine the kilogram is what I call a beautiful instrument! Courtesy/J.L. Lee/NIST
 
By STEPHAN SCHLAMMINGER
NIST News
 
I discovered my affinity for attractive instruments while working a job previous to my coming to NIST. My boss then had a love affair with the common hose clamp—the one with the worm gear.
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Hubble Captures Birth Of Giant Storm On Neptune

on March 25, 2019 - 8:47am

This composite picture shows images of storms on Neptune from the Hubble Space Telescope (left) and the Voyager 2 spacecraft (right). The Hubble Wide Field Camera 3 image of Neptune, taken in Sept. and Nov. 2018, shows a new dark storm (top center). In the Voyager image, a storm known as the Great Dark Spot (GDS) is seen at the center. It is about 13,000 km by 6,600 km in size — as large along its longer dimension as the Earth. The white clouds seen hovering in the vicinity of the storms are higher in altitude than the dark material. Courtesy/NASA/ESA/GSFC/JPL

AGU News:

WASHINGTON D.C.

NOAA Spring Outlook: Historic, Widespread Flooding To Continue Through May

on March 24, 2019 - 7:06am
NOAA News:
 
Nearly two-thirds of the lower 48 states face an elevated risk for flooding through May, with the potential for major or moderate flooding in 25 states, according to NOAA’s U.S. Spring Outlook issued today.
 
The majority of the country is favored to experience above-average precipitation this spring, increasing the flood risk.
 
Portions of the United States – especially in the upper Mississippi and Missouri River basins including Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa – have already experienced record flooding this year.

Scenes From BSMA Night With A Nerd

on March 22, 2019 - 6:48am

Community members gather March 14 at Fuller Lodge for the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) presentation of Night With A Nerd. Featured speaker Tim Koeth presented ‘The Physicists in the Basement of the High Castle’, an intriguing talk about the race between WW2 United States and Germany to build the world’s first atomic weapon and how the United States succeeded where others failed. www.bradburyassociation.org for more information about the BSMA. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

Community members at Fuller Lodge for the BSMA presentation of Night With A Nerd.

Explore Discoveries Of Cassini Mission To Saturn

on March 20, 2019 - 11:41am
Learn about the Cassini Mission to Saturn at 7 p.m., Friday at the Nature Center. Plus, watch the full-dome film 'Incoming!' at 2 p.m., Saturday. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The community is invited to join Dan Reisenfeld at 7 p.m. Friday, March 22 at the Los Alamos Nature Center to learn more about what scientists have discovered from the Cassini mission that orbited Saturn.
 
NASA and the European Space Agency had a spacecraft at Saturn sending back a continuous stream of images for 13 years. The Cassini mission orbited Saturn 2004 to 2017 and made what is described as spectacular

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