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Heinrich On American Artificial Intelligence Initiative

on February 11, 2019 - 3:25pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Senate Intelligence committees, issued the following statement on the executive order to be signed today launching the American Artificial Intelligence (AI) initiative:

“I welcome the administration’s announcement to invest more in the research and development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and to build a workforce that is prepared to take on the enormous changes that will come as a result of this technology.

National Science Foundation Awards $224,780 Grant To Tibbar Plasma Technologies Of Los Alamos

on February 9, 2019 - 8:39am

NSF News:

Tibbar Plasma Technologies, Inc. (TPTI) received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant of $224,780 from the National Science Foundation Feb. 1 to develop a plasma heat engine for efficient production of fusion energy.

Over the next year, TPTI will be exploring the properties of oscillating plasmas with the goal of creating an experimental fusion device.

Confining plasma has always been a significant challenge in the development of fusion energy, but Tibbar’s approach is radically different from other fusion systems.

2019 Lectures & Curator’s Coffee Series: ‘The Brain: It’s More Than You Think’ Saturday Feb. 23

on February 9, 2019 - 7:56am
2019 Lectures & Curator’s Coffee Series: The Brain: It’s More Than You Think Feb. 23 at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Courtesy/NMMNHS 
ALBUQUERQUE As part of the programming associated with the new traveling exhibition Brain: The Inside Story, which opens Saturday Feb. 23 at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, the museum’s 2019 Lectures & Curator’s Coffee Series theme is, “The Brain: It’s More Than You Think.”
Brain: The Inside Story draws on research and technology to present recent findings in neuroscience, highlighting

Talk/Film On Dark Matter This Weekend In Planetarium

on February 7, 2019 - 11:29am

Explore the nature of Dark Matter and Dark Energy this weekend at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium. Astrophysicist Galen Gisler discusses the nature of these phenomena at 7 p.m. Friday and the full-dome film ‘Dark Matter Mystery’ will play at 2 p.m. Saturday. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Unearth the mysteries of Dark Matter and Dark Energy this weekend at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium.

Astrophysicist Galen Gisler will give a talk called “The Dark Side of the Universe” at 7 p.m. Friday that will explore these phenomena.

SFI Lecture: ‘Networks Thinking Themselves’ Feb. 12

on February 6, 2019 - 9:32am

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SFI News:

Neuroscientist Danielle S. Bassett

The Santa Fe Institute presents its first SFI Community Lecture of the 2019 season: “Networks Thinking Themselves” by neuroscientist Danielle S. Bassett. The lecture is 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12 at The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe.

We are all embedded in multiple, ever-changing networks — the network of colliding particles in the universe, the interacting flows in Earth’s atmosphere, the highways and city streets we

‘Empty Trash Bag’ Orbiting Earth In Strange Way

on February 5, 2019 - 9:43am
Lots of space debris is orbiting Earth, including non-functional satellites. Courtesy/NASA
A bizarre object orbiting Earth is reminding astronomers of an empty trash bag.
The unusual satellite is trekking around the planet in an almost absurd ellipse, dipping as close as 372.8 miles (600 kilometers) from the surface and then swinging out to a distance of 334,460 miles (538,261 km), or 1.4 times the average distance of the Earth to the moon.
According to Northolt Branch Observatories in London, the object is a light piece of material left over from a rocket

AGU: Early Spring Rain Boosts Methane From Thawing Permafrost By 30 Percent

on February 5, 2019 - 8:49am
Grassy plants called sedges grow across the surface of the bog that Neumann and her team studied. Photo by Rebecca Neumann/University of Washington
A UW-led team has found that early spring rainfall warms up a thawing permafrost bog in Alaska and promotes the growth of plants and methane-producing microbes. Photo by Rebecca Neumann/University of Washington
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Arctic permafrost is thawing as the Earth warms due to climate change. In some cases scientists predict that this thawing soil will release increasing amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas,

Science On Tap: Latest Innovations In Fuel-Cell Research At LANL Discussed At UnQuarked Feb. 11

on February 5, 2019 - 5:58am
Dr. Yu Seung Kim of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices Group. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Creative District News:
Join the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 11, at UnQuarked Wine Room.
This discussion will feature Dr. Yu Seung Kim of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices Group. This event replaces the previously scheduled Feb. 25 Science On Tap.
Fuel-cell research has been a hot topic at Los Alamos since the 1970s.

AGU: Passing Aircraft Wring Extra Snow And Rain Out Of Clouds

on February 3, 2019 - 4:31pm
A radar station at Kerava, Finland, recorded a trail of heightened precipitation—the yellow streak to the left—on the aircraft approach path to Helsinki-Vantaa airport (EFHK) in March 2009. Courtesy AGU/Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres
Hole-punch’ clouds like this one seen over Houston, Minn. in November 2014, occur when airplanes fly through a thin cloud of supercooled water vapor, causing water droplets to freeze. The tiny crystals fall, leaving a hole to mark the plane’s passage.

NMHU: New Geologic Research Instrument Opens Up Exciting New Research Opportunities

on February 1, 2019 - 8:51am

Highlands geology professor Michael Petronis installs a new instrument in the university’s Paleomagnetic Laboratory. Courtesy/HU
New Mexico Highlands University

LAS VEGAS, N.M. – A new geologic research instrument at New Mexico Highlands University will open up opportunities for student research that will advance knowledge across the science disciplines of geology, chemistry and physics.

Thanks to a $550,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, Highlands has added a superconducting rock magnetometer to its state-of-the-art Paleomagnetic – Rock Magnetic

Perfect Pi Day Celebration In Los Alamos March 14

on February 1, 2019 - 8:23am


The Los Alamos Youth Activity Centers, a program of Los Alamos Family Council, will host the first ever communitywide Perfect Pi Day Celebration.

The March 14 event is 5-6 p.m. at the Ashley Pond Park Pavilion in Los Alamos.

The Pi and Pie event includes a silent auction to bid on pies from local restaurants and bakeries, and the sale of raffle tickets for the chance to pie local celebrities.

Youth Activity Center members will host free pi friendly activities throughout the afternoon and receive one free raffle ticket for the celebrity pie activity.

To volunteer your face

LANL: RFP Issued For New Supercomputer ‘Crossroads’

on February 1, 2019 - 7:58am
Los Alamos National Laboratory. CourtesyLANL
LANL News:
The next big supercomputer is out for bid. A Request For Proposal (RFP) was released Thursday for Crossroads, a high-performance computer that will support the nation’s Stockpile Stewardship Program.
The RFP is a joint effort of the New Mexico Alliance for Computing at Extreme Scale (ACES), a collaboration between Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Sandia National Laboratories.
“Los Alamos National Laboratory is proud to serve as the home of Crossroads,” LANL Director Thom Mason said.

LANL Director Thom Mason Reflects On First 90 Days

on January 31, 2019 - 9:39am
LANL Director Thom Mason. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Thom Mason today completes his first 90 days at the helm of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

During an interview in his office last Thursday, Mason spoke of his admiration for the scientists, engineers and staff at the Lab and his gratitude to the community for its warm welcome. He also touched on the best thing about his job as well as the challenges.

“During these first 90 days one thing that has really struck me as I’ve visited the various areas of the

National Weather Service Announces Major Upgrade To Cannon Air Force Base Doppler (KFDX) Radar

on January 31, 2019 - 9:30am
NOAA News:
The Cannon Air Force Base WSR-88D Doppler Radar near Clovis will undergo a major hardware upgrade beginning Wednesday, Feb. 6.
The radar will be shut down for approximately three weeks while technicians replace the pedestal, as well as the stand that rotates and positions the antenna.
Once the antenna is disassembled, the protective radar dome and pedestal will be removed by a crane. A new pedestal will then be installed, the protective dome replaced, and the antenna reassembled.
Once the estimated three-week project commences, the radar cannot and will not be

Who Are The Four Last Graduates Of Los Alamos Ranch School?

on January 31, 2019 - 9:01am

Boys of the Los Alamos Ranch School at dinner in the Dining Hall at Fuller Lodge, ca. 1930s before the final group of graduates left the school in 1943. Courtesy/LAHS

By Sharon Snyder
Los Alamos Historical Society

In the 25 years of the Los Alamos Ranch School’s existence, more than 550 boys came to the Pajarito Plateau as students and/or summer campers. Almost all of them went on to earn college degrees and make contributions to their chosen communities and, in many cases, to the nation.

The last four boys to graduate from the ranch school in late January of 1943 went on to make the school

Astronomy Superstar’s ‘Failed Retirement’ Benefits UA

on January 30, 2019 - 9:23am
Robert C. Kennicutt Jr.
UA News:
TUCSON, Ariz. — An astronomer whose discoveries helped explain how stars are born and plumb the depths of the cosmos more accurately is back at the University of Arizona because he “failed at retiring”, as he puts it.
Robert C. Kennicutt Jr. first joined the UA Steward Observatory as an associate professor 30 years ago. In 2008, he was lured to the University of Cambridge, whose faculty roster has included Sir Isaac Newton and the late Stephen Hawking.

New Mexico Leads World In Space Tourism

on January 27, 2019 - 10:01am
Spaceport America is an FAA-licensed spaceport on 18,000 acres of State Trust Land in the Jornada del Muerto desert basin in southern New Mexico directly west and adjacent to White Sands Missile Range. Courtesy photo
NMT News:
SANTA FE The future is now. For nearly a decade New Mexico has partnered with Virgin Galactic to take tourism out of this world to new heights.
During a recent interview on “CBS This Morning,” Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group said 2019 is the golden year.
“I will hope to go up in the middle of this year myself,” Branson said.

Launch Pad Lecture: ‘Big Bang And Its Afterglow’

on January 27, 2019 - 10:00am
NMSM News:
ALAMOGORDO, Imagine running a movie backwards and watching an explosion reassemble itself into one tiny package. That's just the starting point for figuring out what happened in the first years -- and trillionths of a second -- of the universe.
Join Museum Education Director Dave Dooling for the monthly free Launch Pad Lecture, Friday, Feb. 1 on the first floor of the museum. He will give you a peek at the Big Bang, its tell-tale afterglow, the unusual physics that went on, and why we had to clean up after the pigeons to be sure of it all.
The Launch Pad Lecture is

Air Force Selects Prime Contractor For NTS-3

on January 27, 2019 - 9:08am
KAFB News:
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASEM The Air Force Research Laboratory and the Space and Missile Systems Center has selected Harris Corporation as the prime contractor to build Navigation Technology Satellite-3, the next-generation experimental Position, Navigation and Timing spacecraft.
The satellite, called NTS-3, is expected to launch in 2022.
As a unique testbed in geosynchronous orbit, NTS-3 will integrate several advanced technologies to demonstrate resiliency and new concepts of operation to include experimental antennas, flexible and secure signals, increased automation, and use

Tales Of Our Times: Look Beyond Politics Into Climate, Science, Inquiry By Trial

on January 25, 2019 - 8:15am

Tales of Our Times
By John Bartlit
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Look Beyond Politics Into Climate, Science, Inquiry By Trial

Climate change has been a powerful issue in our country for decades. The 116th Congress now proposes to expand the struggle. Over the decades, the issue has been muddled in the public arena, which talks less about the science than about kinds of people who pervert the science. This new normal for public discourse has clouded the “climate of science” in our democracy.
More broadly, our nation’s continued success depends on a renewed public awareness of methods

PEEC: Explore Future Of Manned Space Exploration

on January 24, 2019 - 6:51am
Rick Wallace discusses manned space exploration at 7 p.m. Friday at the nature center. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Rick Wallace will discuss current and future manned space exploration efforts and show the audience some full-dome movies from NASA discussing their plans for exploration of the moon and Mars.
His talk is 7 p.m., Friday, Jan.

LANL Physicist Michelle Thomsen Wins $100,000 Award ... 2019 Arctowski Medal

on January 23, 2019 - 10:46am

Michelle F. Thomsen. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Michelle F. Thomsen, Planetary Science Institute and Los Alamos National Laboratory, will receive the 2019 Arctowski Medal.

Over the past 40 years, Thomsen has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of the relationships between the sun and its planetary bodies, with a particular emphasis on the physics of collisionless shocks and the dynamics of the planetary magnetospheres of Earth, Jupiter, and Saturn.

Beginning with her graduate work, Thomsen analyzed data from the early planetary missions Pioneer 10 and 11 and made some of the

LANL: Scientist Bette Korber To Discuss Her Work Developing HIV Vaccine In Frontiers In Science Lectures

on January 23, 2019 - 6:21am
Bette Korber
LANL News:
Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow Bette Korber will discuss her work designing a vaccine against HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) in three Frontiers in Science public lectures beginning Jan. 31 in Los Alamos.
“Our immune system precisely targets and eliminates pathogens when we get an infection, and our immune cells have a remarkable capacity to ‘remember’ such an encounter, acquiring protection that can last a lifetime,” said computational biologist Korber, who was named as the 2018 Scientist of the Year by R&D magazine.

Details On Tonight’s Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse

on January 20, 2019 - 2:12pm




If you live in the continental United States, tonight (Jan. 20) is a great night to take a gander at the sky.

As the clock ticks toward midnight on the East Coast, the moon will become increasingly cloaked in red shadows in the longest lunar eclipse visible from North America for years.

This eclipse has been dubbed the Super Blood Wolf Moon eclipse.

The Wolf Moon is the traditional name for January’s full moon. “Blood” is for the vermilion hue that shades the moon during a lunar eclipse. And the “super” is there because this January’s full

PEEC: Explore Age Of Earth And Lunar Eclipse

on January 19, 2019 - 10:45am
Rick Wallace talks at 2 p.m., Sunday at the nature center about the evening’s total lunar eclipse. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
The Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium has something coming up everyday this weekend.
Discover how scientists measure the age of the Earth on Friday evening, watch the beautiful film “National Parks Adventure” Saturday afternoon and learn more about the total lunar eclipse Sunday afternoon before viewing it Sunday night.
At 7 p.m., Friday, Jan.