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New Mexico Tech And Los Alamos National Laboratory Make Joint Appointment To Work On Robotics Projects

on July 16, 2019 - 5:23pm

From left, Joint appointee David Grow, Laboratory Director Thom Mason and New Mexico Tech President Stephen Wells at the ceremony to mark the joint appointment. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Engineer becomes first researcher hired under cooperative agreement

New Mexico Tech (NMT) and Los Alamos National Laboratory marked the first scientific staff appointment under their cooperative agreement at a July 11 ceremony held at the Laboratory and attended by NMT President Stephen Wells and Laboratory Director Thom Mason.

Appointee David Grow will work as an R&D Engineer with the Laboratory’s

Randy Carlson Of Los Alamos Remembers Apollo 11

on July 16, 2019 - 8:48am
Randy Carlson of Los Alamos depicted here, blue shirt at right, in the Apollo 11 movie DVD released in mid-May using a 16 mm tri-turret camera to film the event. Courtesy/Randy Carlson
 
By RANDY CARLSON
Los Alamos

Today, July 16 is the 50th anniversary of man going to the moon. It so happens that I was there that morning and witnessed the Saturn V launch.

More recently those memories returned having seen myself in the recent “Apollo 11” movie. The movie uses a lot of footage not seen before and, to my amazement, there I was at the 18-minute mark into the movie. 

Although I was in the

NIST Quantum Logic Clock At Top Performance

on July 16, 2019 - 7:59am
NIST physicist David Leibrandt adjusting one of the lasers used to operate the quantum logic clock, an experimental next-generation atomic clock based on the "ticking" of a single aluminum ion (electrically charged atom). Courtesy/Burrus/NIST
 
Illustration of the ion trap that forms the heart of NIST’s quantum logic clock. The trap is the gold structure with the cross-shaped cutout. The inset shows the aluminum ion (blue), the source of the clock’s “ticks,” and the partner magnesium ion (yellow). Courtesy/S. Burrows/JILA
 
NIST News:
 
The quantum logic clock—perhaps best known for

Explore Space At Summer Family Evening Wednesday

on July 16, 2019 - 7:38am
Head to the Los Alamos Nature Center Wednesday, July 17 for a space-themed Summer Family Evening starting at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy crafts and activities from Mesa Public Library and join PEEC’s astronomers to look at the sky with telescopes and solar filters and for a planetarium open house. This program is sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union. Photo by Minesh Bacrania
 
PEEC News:
 
Join Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s astronomers this Wednesday, July 17 at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a space-themed Summer Family Evening.
 
Del

AGU: Study Bolsters Case That Climate Change Is Driving Many California Wildfires

on July 16, 2019 - 7:02am
Area burned by California wildfires in thousands of square kilometers, 1972-2018. Specific regions studied are at upper left. Courtesy/Williams et al., 2019
 
A satellite image, Aug. 6, 2018, shows smoke from multiple large California wildfires. The fires themselves, detected by thermal imagery, are in red. Courtesy/NASA
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Against a backdrop of long-term rises in temperature in recent decades, California has seen ever higher spikes in seasonal wildfires, and, in the last two years, a string of disastrous, record-setting blazes.
 
This has led

Los Alamos Scientists Abigail Hunter And Shea Mosby Win 2019 Presidential Early Career Awards

on July 15, 2019 - 8:24am

Abigail Hunter and Shea Mosby are recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Abigail Hunter, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Computational Physics Division, and Shea Mosby, of the Laboratory’s Physics Division, have received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

“Abigail has become a technical thought leader within the Laboratory’s weapons program and our materials modeling community, as well as an internationally recognized expert in materials science and the physics of solid-state materials,”

Researchers Find Probiotic Bacteria Reduces Impact Of White-Nose Syndrome In Bats

on July 15, 2019 - 6:43am
A little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) covered in the fungus, P. destructans, which causes white-nose syndrome. Photo by Joseph Hoyt
 
VT News:
 
It is widely accepted that probiotic bacteria are beneficial to human health, but what if they also could be used to reduce wildlife disease and conserve biodiversity?
 
Researchers from Virginia Tech and UC Santa Cruz did just that in a field trial on the effect of probiotic bacteria on white-nose syndrome in bat populations.
 
They found that it reduces the impact of the disease about five-fold. These findings were published recently in

Scenes Of 2019 Los Alamos ScienceFest Discovery Day

on July 14, 2019 - 7:36am

Middle school and high school students demonstrate robotics Saturday during the 2019 Los Alamos ScienceFest Discover Day. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene from the 2019 Los Alamos ScienceFest. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

BSA Troop 22 helped a young rocketeer assemble a rocket model. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Drone pilot Mario Rodriguez flies his drone as he looks through the viewer at the images the drone is sending back from its camera. The booth included small drones for trial flights, with supervision. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

The Manhattan

AFRL & Catalyst Space Accelerator Announce Applications Open For New Space-Based ISR Cohort

on July 14, 2019 - 7:32am
Courtesy/CSA
 
Courtesy/CSA
 
CSA News:
 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Catalyst Space Accelerator is excited to announce the opening of applications for the next cohort, the Space-Based ISR Cohort #CAISR, set for Sept. 9 through Nov. 22.
 
The deadline for applications for entry is Aug. 7. Applications may be found here.
 
The problem set for this cohort, by the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate, was born during the August 1960 Discoverer 14 delivery of the first space-based reconnaissance imagery on photographic film. 
 
Since that day, intelligence,

Science On Tap: Garrett Kenyon Discusses Artificial Intelligence At ProjectY Cowork 5:30 P.M. Monday

on July 14, 2019 - 7:31am

Garrett Kenyon

SCIENCE News:

The community is invited to join the Bradbury Science Museum and Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 15 at projectY cowork in Central Park Square.

This On Tap will feature a conversation with Garrett Kenyon about artificial intelligence (AI) and how computers learn to imagine the future.

Do you use Siri, Apple’s virtual personal assistant? If so, then you’ve used AI. If that makes you nervous, you’re not alone.

Meet Red Rover Author Roger Wiens At BSMA Booth During ScienceFest At Ashley Pond Park Today

on July 13, 2019 - 12:27pm

Stop by the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) booth during Los Alamos ScienceFest to get a signed copy of Red Rover and meet author Roger Wiens today at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

Science-themed items available for purchase at the BSMA booth at Los Alamos ScienceFest today at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

Beverage classes available for purchase at the BSMA booth at Los Alamos ScienceFest today at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

Assistant Speaker Luján Secures Major Environmental And Scientific Investments For New Mexicans

on July 13, 2019 - 6:37am
U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) announced Friday that he secured major environmental and scientific victories for New Mexican families in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which Friday passed the House.
 
“As President Trump continues to undermine our country’s national security and economy, House Democrats took the responsible step to keep Americans safe, invest in our communities, support our servicemembers, and protect our environment.

Large Crowd Gathers For ScienceFest Concert At Pond

on July 12, 2019 - 7:24pm
A large crowd is gathered for the ScienceFest Concert underway at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

2019 Los Alamos ScienceFest Discovery Day Activities Schedule, Trolley And Parking Map

on July 12, 2019 - 6:29pm

ScienceFest Trolley and Parking Map. Courtesy/LACD

ScienceFest  News:

The community is welcome to attend ScienceFest fun, all weekend long, as Discovery Day kicks off 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

You may have seen some fun promotional tickets, but organizers want to make sure everyone knows that the large event in Los Alamos downtown area is free, no ticket needed! A small number of activities require fees or pre-registration to participate. You can see the entire list at www.losalamossciencefestival.com/events.

This weekend includes a variety of food vendors, inflatables, photo booths,

Governor Announces 1st New Mexico STEM Challenge

on July 12, 2019 - 5:38pm

NMDWS Secretary McCamley flanked by Santa Fe High School computer science teacher Brian Smith, School of Dreams student Annalicia Sena, and Victor Reyes from the Office of the Governor. Courtesy/Governor's Office

From the Office of the Governor:

Albuquerque - Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today the first ever New Mexico Science Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Challenge program.

High schools that elect to participate will use a question formulated by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) as a problem-solving tool in science classes and will receive funding for teacher

On The Job In Los Alamos: Canopies For ScienceFest

on July 12, 2019 - 4:06pm

On the job in Los Alamos are crews setting up canopy boothes Thursday evening at Ashley Pond Park in preparation for 2019 Los Alamos ScienceFest activities. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

PEEC Celebrates ScienceFest Discovery Day!

on July 12, 2019 - 8:21am
Come see the Electric Vehicle Show at Discovery Day 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13. PEEC is organizing this event, which is made possible by the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities. PEEC also is hosting the July New Mexico PBS Science Café 2-4 p.m. Stop by to watch a segment of 'NOVA Wonders: What’s the Universe Made Of?' and hear from a panel of experts. Courtesy photo
 
Photo by Thomas Graves
 
PEEC News:
 
Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center for two special events this Saturday, July 13 for Los Alamos ScienceFest’s Discovery Day.
 
PEEC is organizing the

Public Invited To Enter Unmanned Aerial Vehicles In 2019 Los Alamos ScienceFest Drone Zone Competition!

on July 11, 2019 - 3:16pm

Public invited to bring drones out to Fuller Lodge Lawn 11:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13 during ScienceFest Discovery Day. Courtesy/LACD

 

ScienceFest News:

 

The public is encouraged to bring their drones out to Fuller Lodge Lawn 11:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13 during ScienceFest Discovery Day for an opportunity to fly in a competitive drone course and have a chance to win up to $150 in Chamber checks, good at dozens of businesses and restaurants in Los Alamos and White Rock.

 

Two courses will be available to the public, a Beginner and Advanced, and four prizes awarded.

NIST’s Compact Atomic Gyroscope Has New Twists

on July 11, 2019 - 2:44pm

NIST physicist Elizabeth Donley holds a card used to trace the paths of laser beams in the atomic gyroscope. The atoms are in a small glass container inside the magnetic shield box with the pink tape on it. Photo byJ. Burrus/NIST

NIST News:

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have upgraded their compact atomic gyroscope to enable multitasking measurement capabilities and measure its performance, important steps toward practical applications.

Described in a new paper, the quantum gyroscope design and evaluation processes were led by three women — a

Ledoux: Exploring Mysteries Of Living ... Behavior And Contingencies

on July 10, 2019 - 6:10pm

By STEPHEN F. LEDOUX
A Los Alamos member of
The International Behaviorology Institute

Since the causes of behavior are cast in terms of “contingencies,” the time has come to make some sense of the term “contingency.”

This term stands in generically for the range of “causes” of behavior the way other terms cannot, such as “stars” in astrology, or “selves” in psychology.

In a contingency, as an if-then relationship, if one variable happens, then the other variable happens. Each contingent relationship involves a dependency between variables.

ScienceFest Activities Through Sunday July 14

on July 10, 2019 - 5:14pm

A chemistry experiment from the American Chemical Society was on display Tuesday at the ScienceFest Kickoff Party at Ashley Pond Park. Courtesy/Los Alamos Creative District

Stilt walkers and hoolahoopers get active Tuesday at the ScienceFest Kickoff Party at Ashley Pond Park. Courtesy/Los Alamos Creative District

A couple takes a selfie with the fractal hot air balloon, Infinitude, from The Fractal Foundation provided Tuesday as part of the ScienceFest Kickoff Party at the pond. Courtesy/Los Alamos Creative District

 

Los Alamos Creative District News:

Tuesday’s ScienceFest Kickoff

Rotary: Galen Gisler On Threat Of Near-Earth Asteroids

on July 10, 2019 - 4:09pm

Dr. Galen Gisler, retired LANL astrophysicist and community volunteer, recently spoke at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about the threat of near-Earth asteroids. He described the impacts of the Chicxulub impact in present-day Yucatan that is responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, as well as those impacts in our modern age: Tunguska, Siberia in 1908 and Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2013. To study the threat, scientists find potentially hazardous asteroids, calculate their orbits, monitor and characterize them, and if necessary, develop and execute a deflection mission.

Scenes From ScienceFest Kick Off Event At Pond

on July 10, 2019 - 8:54am

This year's ScienceFest had an impressive start during its kick off event Tuesday at Ashley Pond Park. Los Alamos Creative District hosted the event, which featured ‘Infinitude', a digitally printed fractual hot air balloon. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

‘Infinitude', a digitally printed fractual hot air balloon was featured during the kick off event Tuesday for ScienceFest. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

‘Infinitude' draws a crowd at the kick off event Tuesday for ScienceFest. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

The Hillstompers provide lively music during the kick

Los Alamos ScienceFest 2019 Is Underway!

on July 10, 2019 - 7:48am
SCIENCEFEST News:
 
Los Alamos ScienceFest began Tuesday and continues for six days in a row, with a variety of highlights throughout the week.
 
Friday is themed, “Health Day,” as the events will include many based on, "Fitness in the Great Outdoors". Several local instructors, of a variety of different backgrounds, have teamed up to teach free outdoor classes that will pop up at different spots around town.
 
The entire schedule is posted on the website, www.LosAlamosScienceFest.com and on the ScienceFest Facebook page.

Nan & Jeffrey Sauer Endow Science Scholarship With Donation To Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund

on July 9, 2019 - 9:23pm
Nan and Jeff Sauer in their home in Los Alamos. Courtesy/LANLF
 
Nan Sauer with Nancy & Jeffrey Sauer Scholarship recipient Amadeo Suazo. Courtesy/LANLF
 
LANLF News:
 
Nancy and Jeffrey Sauer know the importance of education. Through their own experiences, they understand that while some students have clear direction and assistance along the path to college and career, many others, especially those in Northern New Mexico, face greater obstacles to get there.
 
It is the resiliency of local students, the couple’s lifelong commitment to science, and their desire to support the hopes

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