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UbiQD Of Los Alamos Wins 2019 SXSW Pitch Competition, Hyper-Connected Communities Category

on March 19, 2019 - 5:53pm

Andrew Hyde, host of the SXSW Startup Pitch® Awards ceremony in Austin, Texas, hands the microphone to UbiQD CEO Dr. Hunter McDaniel, center, who accepts a check following his successful presentation. Second from left is Dan Houck who visited Los Alamos for the past four months as a 'Chemical Engineering Intern' at UbiQD but recently returned to UT Austin to finish his PhD (in ChemE). Courtesy photo

Dr. Hunter McDaniel, CEO at UbiQD at the 2019 South by Southwest (SXSW) 11th Annual SXSW Pitch® competition in Austin, Texas. Courtesy photo

SXSW News:

  • The advanced materials company

N.M. Delegation Urges Department Of Defense To Consider New Mexico For Space Development Agency

on March 19, 2019 - 8:48am

New Mexico Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small urged Department of Defense Acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan to consider New Mexico as a host for co-locating the Space Development Agency headquarters and to fully utilize the state’s existing core research and development space assets.

Shanahan recently noted that the DoD must make changes to its research, development, and acquisition processes to protect U.S. vital interests in space.

LANL, Northern New Mexico College Launch Radiation Protection Course To Help Fill High-Demand Jobs 

on March 19, 2019 - 6:12am

LANL and Northern New Mexico College announce a collaborative effort to expand a pipeline training program for radiological control technicians who will support the 21st century workforce at the Laboratory. From left, LANL Pipeline and Partnerships Office Director Nan Sauer, New Mexico Secretary of Higher Education Kate O’Neill and Northern New Mexico College President Rick Bailey. Courtesy/NNMC

 

LANL News:

  • New associate degree program for up to an initial 40 students starts in June, includes internships at Laboratory

To meet the high demand for radiological control technicians (RCTs),

Museum Joins Collaboration With NM State Parks & CNM To Map One Of Largest Dinosaur Tracksites In US

on March 19, 2019 - 5:26am
Dinosaur tracksite at Clayton Lake State Park. Photo by Spencer Lucas, Ph.D.
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  This spring the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS), Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) and the New Mexico State Parks Department are undertaking a project to document, map, and model one of the largest dinosaur tracksites in the United States.
 
Hundreds of tracks, from at least four different species of dinosaurs, are exposed at the Clayton Lake State Park in northeastern New Mexico.

AGU: Arctic Change Has Widespread Impacts

on March 15, 2019 - 8:36am
As the Arctic warms faster than the rest of the globe, permafrost, land ice and sea ice are disappearing at unprecedented rates. Courtesy/NASA
 
AGU News:
 
As the Arctic warms faster than the rest of the globe, permafrost, land ice and sea ice are disappearing at unprecedented rates. And these changes not only affect the infrastructure, economies and cultures of the Arctic, they have significant impacts elsewhere as well – according to a commentary in the AGU journal Earth’s Future, led by research scientist Twila Moon of the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of

LANL: Handling Trillions Of Supercomputer Files Just Got Simpler

on March 14, 2019 - 11:44am

Gary Grider, left, and Brad Settlemyer discuss the new Los Alamos and Carnegie Mellon software product, DeltaFS, released to the software distribution site GitHub this week. Courtesy/LANL

Carnegie Mellon team members, from left, Chuck Cranor, Qing Zheng and George Amvrosiadis. Courtesy/Carnegie Mellon University

LANL News:

  • Exascale file system Delta FS breaks the ‘the metadata bottleneck’ by handling extreme numbers of files and amounts of data with unprecedented performance

A new distributed file system for high-performance computing being distributed today via the software collaboration

Science On Tap: Conversation With Jennifer Foster Harris On Bioengineering At LANL ... 5:30 p.m. Monday

on March 13, 2019 - 2:26pm

Jennifer Foster Harris

BSM/Creative District News:

Join the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 18 at UnQuarked Wine Room.  

Curious about the rapidly evolving field of bioengineering? Want to learn more about the ATHENA project, biosecurity, or what it takes to be a bioengineer? Jennifer Foster Harris of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Biosecurity and Public Health Group will discuss the extraordinary research happening at LANL in the field of bioengineering.

About the On Tap Series:

On Tap is a series of

I, CoBot -- Automation Offers Opportunities For New Mexico Businesses And Workers

on March 13, 2019 - 2:10pm
During the tour of Build With Robots at Albuquerque’s FUSE Makerspace on Manufacturing Day 2018. Photo by Jane Phillips
 
By CLAUDIA INFANTE,
Special Projects Coordinator
New Mexico MEP
 
The way they see it at Albuquerque’s Build With Robots LLC (BWR), automation and human labor can exist side by side, even in small and medium-sized businesses, without the dystopian consequences imagined by many futurists and science fiction writers.
 
The New Mexico company works with manufacturers and other businesses to enhance their productivity and competitive advantage by incorporating

U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, Rob Portman Launch Bipartisan Artificial Intelligence Caucus

on March 13, 2019 - 12:59pm

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) announced today the formation of the bipartisan Senate Artificial Intelligence (AI) Caucus.

AI is a transformative technology with implications spanning a number of fields including transportation, health care, agriculture, manufacturing and national security. The AI Caucus will help connect members and staff with AI experts in private industry, academia and the executive branch.

“I am proud to announce the formation of the bipartisan AI Caucus in the Senate with Sen.

BSMA And Century Bank Partner To Provide STEM Education Grants To Teachers In Northern New Mexico

on March 6, 2019 - 1:23pm

Century Bank Vice President/Branch Manager Karen Easton, right, presented a check recently 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 News:

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

The grants are up to $100 each and intended to fund STEM learning activities that teachers

LANB Helps 28 Students Visit Bradbury Museum

on March 4, 2019 - 10:40am

During an engineering challenge Friday, Bradbury Museum Educator Pam Dresher places a stuffed toy on top of card towers to see which will hold the toy for 10 seconds. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

LANB Market President Liddie Martinez and LANB Private Banker Elizabeth Bailey watch as Mora 4th graders work on their tower engineering challenge during their visit Friday to the Bradbury Museum. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com
 
By KayLinda Crawford
Los Alamos Daily Post

A group of 28 Mora Elementary School 4th graders participated in a field trip to the Bradbury

LANL: RoboRave Rally And Science Showdown At Northern New Mexico College 9 a.m. To 3 p.m. Saturday

on March 1, 2019 - 10:26am

LANL News:

The fifth annual RoboRAVE Rally/NNM Science Showdown takes place Saturday in Española.

The event features more than 50 student robotics teams from across the region and a great range of hands-on STEM activities and demonstrations. The event promises to be a great day of seeing science in action, and is free and open to the public.

 
Date: Saturday, March 2
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Eagle Gym at NNMC, 921 N. Paseo De Onate in Española

Details

The RoboRAVE Rally is a robotics competition in which 58 registered student robotics teams (from elementary to high school age)

Unsung Women Heroes Of The Space Race

on February 27, 2019 - 8:11am
The women of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) helped launch the first American satellites, lunar missions and planetary explorations. Those 'human computers' as they were called, are seen here in 1953. Janez Lawson was the first African American hired into a technical position at JPL. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech
 
NMMSH News:
 
ALAMOGORDO Katherine Johnson, Barbara Paulson, Margaret Brunn, Helen Ling and Susan Finley, to name just a few, all have one thing in common. They are the women who worked alongside the men to make the space program succeed.
 
Not all were computer

Earth May Be 140 Years Away From Reaching Carbon Levels Not Seen In 56 Million Years

on February 21, 2019 - 6:42am

A new study shows humans are pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at a rate nine to 10 times higher than the greenhouse gas was emitted during a global warming event 56 million years ago that made the oceans more acidic and drove some marine species extinct. Courtesy/AGU
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Total human carbon dioxide emissions could match those of Earth’s last major greenhouse warming event in fewer than five generations, new research finds.
 
A new study finds humans are pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at a rate nine to 10 times higher than the greenhouse

LAPS Students Heading To Regional Science Fair

on February 20, 2019 - 3:57pm

Lillian Petersen and Garyk Brixi were named Grand Award in the Environmental Science Senior Division for their project, ‘A Novel Computational Tool to Inform Cost-Effective Nutrition Interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa’. They will next compete at the Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science & Engineering Fair March 2 at New Mexico Highlands University. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools is sending 50 students to the Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science & Engineering Fair March 2 at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM.

Students qualified for the regional

LANL: Collaboration Opportunity To Harness Top Algae Strains For Bioenergy

on February 20, 2019 - 3:16pm

LANL and partners are inviting the algae industry and academia to contribute to research to find the best algae strains for biofuels and bioproducts. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • DOE project aims to boost productivity, lower cost of algae biofuels and bioproducts

Los Alamos National Laboratory and partners are inviting the algae industry and academia to contribute to research to find the best algae strains for biofuels and bioproducts and to reduce the cost of producing bioenergy from algae feedstocks. 

The U.S.

Explore Wonders Of ‘Big Honking Telescopes’ Friday

on February 20, 2019 - 2:54pm

Explore the wonders of big telescopes at 7 p.m. Friday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

 

Explore the wonders of “Big Honking Telescopes” this Friday, Feb. 22 at the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium. Join Dave North and Akkana Peck to learn why we build extremely large telescopes and what they have told us about our universe. This talk begins at 7 p.m. and is free to attend.

 

Most of what we know about the larger universe is the result of ever larger and better optics.

‘River Of Stars’ Streaming Through Milky Way ... Hiding In Plain Sight For 1 Billion Years

on February 19, 2019 - 1:56pm

In this stereographic projection, the Milky Way curves around the entire image in an arc, with the newly discovered river of stars displayed in red and covering almost the entire southern Galactic hemisphere. Courtesy/Astronomy & Astrophysics

LiveScience News:

One billion years ago, a cluster of stars formed in our galaxy. Since then, that cluster has whipped four long circles around the edge of the Milky Way. In that time, the Milky Way's gravity has stretched that cluster out from a blob into a long stellar stream.

Cornell Professor: ‘Carl Sagan, Vatican Astronomers, And A Life Of Science And Faith’ At IHM Wednesday

on February 18, 2019 - 7:10am

Cornell University Professor Jonathan Lunine

IHM News:

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish will host Cornell University Professor Jonathan Lunine for a presentation on the intersection of faith and science and his journey to the Catholic Faith. 

Professor Lunine is the David C. Duncan Professor in the Physical Sciences at Cornell University, director of the Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science, and vice president of the Society of Catholic Scientists.

The community is invited to attend this presentation at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 in the Parish Hall at 3700 Canyon Road.

Bradbury Science Museum Association Launches STEM Education Docent Program This Month

on February 17, 2019 - 10:38am
BSMA News:
 
The Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) is looking for volunteers for their latest endeavor, a docent program dedicated to supporting educational programs at the Bradbury Science Museum.
 
If you’re interested in giving of your time and expertise alongside the Bradbury staff, have a passion for science or education, enjoy working with school-aged children and adolescents, and can pass a background check, the BSMA’s new STEM Education Docent program may be a great fit for you.
 
More information and application forms are available here.

NNSA Approves ‘Critical Decision 1’ For Advanced Sources And Detectors Project, A New Tool To Advance Stockpile Stewardship

on February 15, 2019 - 8:50am
An abbreviated concept illustration shows a portion of the ASD accelerator and target vessel. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has approved Critical Decision-1 (CD-1) for the Advanced Sources and Detectors Project (ASD), a cornerstone of the Enhanced Capabilities for Subcritical Experiments portfolio (ECSE).
 
ASD is a proposed 20-million electron volt (MeV) accelerator that will generate X-ray images, or radiographs, of subcritical implosion experiments for the nuclear weapons program.
 
“The ECSE portfolio is designed to better

NOAA Announces Arrival Of El Nino

on February 15, 2019 - 8:23am
Difference from average sea surface temperatures during January 2019 at the equator in the tropical Pacific. Courtesy/NOAA
 
NOAA News:
 
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center issued an El Nino Advisory today, indicating the climate pattern has taken effect and is likely to continue through the spring.
 
While the El Nino is expected to be weak, it may bring wetter conditions across the southern half of the U.S. during the coming months.
 
“El Nino conditions across the equatorial Pacific have come together and we can now announce its arrival,” said Mike Halpert, deputy director, NOAA’s

Can Anyone Stump PEEC’s Team Of Professional Astronomers In Planetarium 7 p.m. Friday?

on February 14, 2019 - 5:09pm

Try to stump PEEC’s professional astronomers at 7 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 15 in the planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC

 

PEEC News:

 

Do you think you have what it takes to stump a panel of PEEC’s expert astronomers? Then come to the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium Friday, Feb. 15 for a “Stump the Astronomers” panel!

 

The fun starts at 7 p.m. Bring your most difficult astronomy-related questions and put the professionals to the test!

 

Peter Polko will be the M.C. for the evening.

LANL: World's Finest Gold Specimen Probed With Los Alamos Neutrons

on February 13, 2019 - 11:23am

The Ram’s Horn wire gold specimen Courtesy/Harvard University

LANL News:

  • Unraveling a 132-year-old gold wire structure mystery

Using neutron characterization techniques, a team of scientists have peered inside one of the most unique examples of wire gold, understanding for the first time the specimen's structure and possible formation process.

The 263 gram, 12 centimeter tall specimen, known as the Ram's Horn, belongs to the collection of the Mineralogical and Geological Museum Harvard University (MGMH).

"Almost nothing other than the existence of the specimen is known about wire gold,"

NMHU: Santiana Marrujo Accepted To Eight Chemistry Doctoral Programs Across The Country

on February 12, 2019 - 6:20am
Santiana Marrujo
 
NMHU News:
 
LAS VEGAS, NM A New Mexico Highlands University chemistry graduate has her pick of eight doctoral programs around the country.
 
In December, Santiana Marrujo’s letters of acceptance started rolling in from Ph.D. programs at Notre Dame, Purdue University, Iowa State University, Colorado State University, Brigham Young University, Kansas State University, New Mexico State University and UC–Santa Barbara.
 
Every university offered Marrujo a full ride for her doctoral education.

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