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Sciencefest Science On Tap At projectY: Dr. Hunter McDaniel On Feeding The Future With Quantum Dots

on July 9, 2019 - 8:35pm
Dr. Hunter McDaniel
LACD News:
Join the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District for a special ScienceFest edition of Science On Tap.
This event 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11 at projectY cowork and will feature a conversation with Dr. Hunter McDaniel, founder and CEO of UbiQD.
“Our story is about leveraging nanotechnology for sustainability, licensed out of world-class research institutions like Los Alamos National Lab and M.I.T. targeting big, fast growing market opportunities,” McDaniel said.

Sign Of Solidarity With USDA Scientists Spotted July 4

on July 8, 2019 - 10:45am
Showing solidarity, Los Alamos Scientist Brinson Willis holds up a sign saying ‘Please Don’t Fire USDA Scientists’ during the annual fireworks show Thursday at Overlook Park in White Rock. For more details on this issue, click here. Courtesy photo

AGU: New Study Solves Mystery Of Salt Buildup On Bottom Of Dead Sea

on July 6, 2019 - 12:21pm
An aerial view of the Dead Sea taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. New research explains why salt crystals are piling up on the deepest parts of the Dead Sea’s floor, a finding that could help scientists understand how large salt deposits formed in Earth’s geologic past. Courtesy/NASA/Hubble

Researchers walk along the bank of the Dead Sea, one of Earth’s saltiest bodies of water. It is nearly 10 times saltier than the ocean. Courtesy/Nadav Lensky/Geological Survey of Israel
Salt crystals form on instruments dipped into the Dead Sea. Courtesy/Nadav Lensky/Geological Survey of Israel


AGU: Climate Change Transforming Northernmost Arctic Landscapes

on July 5, 2019 - 8:02am
A. Map of the study area showing permafrost monitoring site locations. B. Examples of the even terrain at each site at the start of monitoring (2003, 2004, 2005) and the terrain after a decade of monitoring (2016). Thermokarst development was observed at all sites. C. Examples of thermokarst topography and landforms observed at each site in 2016: i), ii) subsidence and trough formation at Isachsen, iii) trough formation and pond development at Mould Bay, iv) subsidence and trough formation at Green Cabin.

Chad The Science Guy Bubble Presentation July 9

on July 5, 2019 - 7:19am

Chad ‘The Science Guy’ will bring a free bubble presentation to the Betty Ehart Senior Center 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday at 1101 Bathtub Row. Families and seniors are welcome to the event to help kick off the 6-day celebration of ScienceFest next week. Jordan Holsapple is seen here enjoying a heads on experience with science. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum Presents Lectures Next Wednesday And Thursday July 10-11

on July 4, 2019 - 1:33pm

Professor Warren Brown

LAF&SF News:

Next week the Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum presents two lectures by Professor Warren Brown.

Brown is director of the Lee Edward Travis Research Institute and professor of psychology in the Department of Doctoral Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif.

Professor Brown has co-authored several books including Did My Neurons Make Me Do It? Philosophical and Neurobiological Perspectives on Moral Responsibility and Free Will. Oxford, U.K., Oxford University Press, 2007.

Professor Brown’s talk Wednesday, July 10 is entitled Did My

ScienceFest Special Section Now Online!

on July 3, 2019 - 6:12pm

Click on the image to read the ScienceFest special section. It may take a moment to load.

ScienceFest 2019 Kicks Off Tuesday July 9

on July 3, 2019 - 7:57am
LACD News:
The time of year has arrived when we celebrate the hard work and innovation of a community of educators, with ScienceFest 2019.
Los Alamos MainStreet and the Creative District with the duo of Kate Cleveland and Jennifer Loveless, unofficially dubbed Loveland, have gotten things off to a great start.
Cleveland, along with the rest of the LACDC squad have formed a team effort behind the planning and execution of this year’s events. Their tireless crews are eager to energize visitors, vendors, and patrons to partake of their six-day event.

SFI: ‘Swarm Engineering Across Scales’ July 9

on July 3, 2019 - 7:03am
Andrew Lincoln Nelson, Robot 18 (2008) from the series entitled 'The Living Machines'.
SFI News:
Santa Fe Institute (SFI) Community Event: "Swarm Engineering Across Scales" with Sabine Hauert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe.
Birds do it, bees do it. Even ants and fish in the sea do it. When certain individuals group together, they create a “swarm intelligence”— a collective brain capable of solving complex problems, which would be insurmountable for an isolated individual.
In the world of artificial

LANL: Researchers Cast Neural Nets To Simulate Molecular Motion

on July 2, 2019 - 12:15pm

New deep learning models predict the interactions between atoms in organic molecules. These models will help computational biologists and drug development researchers understand and treat disease. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Machine learning allows quantum mechanics to be efficiently applied to molecular simulations for drug development, detonation physics and more

New work from Los Alamos National Laboratory, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Florida is showing that artificial neural nets can be trained to encode quantum mechanical laws to describe the

Enchanted Evening 2019 Features Women In STEM

on June 30, 2019 - 3:10pm

Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck served as master of ceremonies at the at the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails at the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails (GSNMT) annual fundraiser, Enchanted Evening, Saturday evening at the Sandia Resort in Albuquerque. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Dr. Jennifer Harris specializes in biosecurity at LANL and was the keynote speaker GSNMT annual fundraiser Saturday at Sandia Resort. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck served

AGU: Space Station Mold Survives Ionizing Radiation

on June 28, 2019 - 2:41pm
Mold grows on the International Space Station on a panel where exercise clothes were hung to dry. Courtesy/NASA
Scanning electron micrograph of a Pennicillium mold producing chains of spores. Courtesy/David Gregory & Debbie Marshall, CC BY
AGU News:
BELLEVUE, Wash. — The International Space Station, like all human habitats in space, has a nagging mold problem.
Astronauts on the ISS spend hours every week cleaning the inside of the station’s walls to prevent mold from becoming a health problem.
New research being presented here finds mold spores may also survive on the

Inside Out And Outside In: Layne Kalbfleisch Uses Neuroscience And Psychology To Help Clients

on June 28, 2019 - 6:59am
Layne Kalbfeisch, M.E.d Ph.D, recently stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post to talk about her business, 2E Consults ® LLC. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Educational psychologist and neuroscientist Layne Kalbfleisch , M.Ed. Ph.D., has recently moved her base of operations to northern New Mexico.

Her practice, 2E Consults ® LLC, spans Los Alamos, Espanola and Santa Fe. She currently sees Los Alamos clients at Project Y, 150 Central Park Square.

After years spent as an academic and researcher, Kalbfleisch

PEEC: Watch 'Interstellar' And Explore The Science Behind The Film June 27-28

on June 27, 2019 - 7:24am

Watch ‘Interstellar’ tonight at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The movie is part of the nature center’s Suds & Shows summer movie and beer night series. Beer and wine are available from Pajarito Brewpub starting at 6 p.m. and the movie starts at 7 p.m. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy outside before the show. Then, join Peter Polko at 6 p.m., Friday in the planetarium to explore the science behind the film. Courtesy/PEEC


PEEC News:
Watch “Interstellar” this evening in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium for PEEC’s summer movie series “Suds & Shows.”
Doors open

How University Of Arizona Guided Men To The Moon

on June 27, 2019 - 5:56am
Moon samples collected by the Apollo astronauts a half-century ago hold answers to questions that weren't even on scientists' minds at the time, as new technological tools provide insight into some of the oldest mysteries about the moon, the earth and the solar system.
UA News:
TUCSON, Ariz. — Only a handful of people were seriously studying the moon when President John F. Kennedy announced in 1961 that Americans would walk on its surface by the decade's end.
Among them was a small group of researchers at the University of Arizona.
The UA team imaged and mapped the lunar surface, which

Amateur Naturalist: Summer Solstice ... What Is Happening To The Birds

on June 25, 2019 - 7:39am
The Evening Grosbeak: The most adaptable species for the varying habitats of Los Alamos has resulted in it being the most commonly seen. Photo by Bob Walker
A House Sparrow and a fledgling: The efforts of a parent bird may help their numbers increase in coming years. Photo by Bob Walker
Amateur Naturalist
We have been considering in previous columns what has been happening to the birds of Los Alamos County.
This has involved reviewing the distribution of breeding species in different habitats and what has been the trend in their numbers for year to year since

Recent Breakthrough On DIII-D Enables Major Step Toward Economical Fusion Energy

on June 25, 2019 - 7:27am
The D-shaped plasmas in Super H-mode experiments on DIII-D are able to reach ion temperatures of more than 30 million degrees in the pedestal region (the yellow areas of the cross sections), enabling the core plasma (orange areas) to reach optimal fusion temperatures of over 150 million degrees. During the experiments, the DIII-D plasma is the hottest spot in the solar system, far hotter than the core of the sun. Courtesy/General Atomics & Bill Meyer
SAN DIEGO, Calif. It’s called “Super-H Mode,” and it could mean a dramatic reduction in the cost and size of

AGU: ‘Bathtub Rings’ Around Titan’s Lakes Might Be Made Of Alien Crystals

on June 25, 2019 - 6:33am
A false-color, near infrared view of Titan’s northern hemisphere collected by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft showing the moon’s seas and lakes. Orange areas near some of them may be deposits of organic evaporite minerals left behind by receding liquid hydrocarbon. Courtesy/NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute
AGU News:
BELLEVUE, Wash. The frigid lakeshores of Saturn's moon Titan might be encrusted with strange, unearthly minerals, according to new research being presented here.
Scientists re-creating Titan-esque conditions in their laboratory have discovered new compounds and

Los Alamos Makerspace Launches New Training, Collaboration And Hiring (MaTCH) Pilot

on June 24, 2019 - 11:59am

Alexandra De Lucia, a gifted LANL post-baccalaureate intern, learning how to solder and taking a stab at building hardware at the local makerspace. De Lucia researches machine learning-based monitoring tools on the LANL High Performance Computing Design team. She has been a seasonal volunteer with Los Alamos Makers since the summer of 2017. At that time, she mentored teens during the summer Coder Dojo. She has come back this year and led a weekly Python Club for teens and adults.

NMED Launches Technology Transfer Assistance Grants

on June 24, 2019 - 9:47am
NMED News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Economic Development Department is launching a new grant program to help facilitate the transfer of technology developed in the laboratory to businesses seeking to improve existing products or business procedures.
The New Mexico Technology Transfer Assistance Grants (NM-TAG) are aimed to assist in the transfer and commercialization of technologies developed in New Mexico to business startups.
“There is a substantial amount of research being done at the National Laboratories and Universities in New Mexico that can be commercialized,” said

LAF&SF Features Bob Fuselier 6 P.M. Wednesday

on June 24, 2019 - 7:41am

Bob Fuselier of Los Alamos will speak on ‘Neuroscience and Emotions’ this Wednesday at the LAF&SF at the Unitarian Church. Courtesy/LAF&SF

LAF&SF News:

Los Alamos scientist Nels Hoffman spoke to a full house Wednesday at the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum’s Summer Series (LAF&SF).

The theme of the summer series is “Are You a Robot? Brain, Mind and Soul” and Hoffman spoke on the topic of “Neuroplasticity: How the Mind Changes the Brain”.

Bob Fuselier of Los Alamos will speak this Wednesday on “Neuroscience and Emotions”.

Fuselier’s abstract states: In his landmark publication

NIST: Unidentified Museum Objects V

on June 24, 2019 - 6:53am
Three unexplained technological oddities for your examination. Courtesy/NIST Museum
NIST News:
In celebration of National Inventors Month 2019 (yes, it’s a thing), we’re highlighting some curious inventions currently cooling their heels in the NIST museum’s basement storage area.
These innovations, created some decades ago, have been safely preserved and protected by the stalwart staff of the NIST museum. Trouble is, we’re not entirely sure why these particular inventions were … invented.
Welcome back to Unidentified Museum Objects, our sporadically recurring series that

Ledoux: Exploring Mysteries Of Living ... Welcome

on June 24, 2019 - 6:52am
Los Alamos member of
The International Behaviorology Institute
Welcome to the first of many columns exploring some of the mysteries of life and living, especially some behavior–related mysteries.
Each column will include where to find more information. And each column provides some basics of a scientific account for its mystery.
Behaviorology, the little known 100-year-old natural science of behavior, supplies the informing science.

Air Force Research Laboratory Prepares DSX Spacecraft For Launch On Space X Falcon Heavy Rocket

on June 23, 2019 - 6:52am
The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Demonstration and Science Experiments (DSX) spacecraft in the final preparation stages before shipment to Cape Canaveral, Fla., for launch on a Space X Falcon Heavy Rocket. Courtesy photo
KAFB News:
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE Air Force Research Laboratory engineers have completed the final assembly and integration of the Demonstration and Science Experiments (DSX) spacecraft in preparation for its placement on the first-ever Department of Defense SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch vehicle.
The DOD Space Test Program (STP-2) mission, managed by the Air