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LANL Launches Efficient Mission Centric Computing Consortium; DDN Joins Ultra-Scale Computing Quest

on November 8, 2018 - 9:49am

Los Alamos National Laboratory recently formed the Efficient Mission Centric Computing Consortium (EMC3) to investigate ultra-scale computing architectures and systems. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

 

Los Alamos National Laboratory recently formed the Efficient Mission Centric Computing Consortium (EMC3) to investigate ultra-scale computing architectures, systems and environments that can achieve higher efficiencies in extreme-scale mission-centric computing.

 

“We are excited about EMC3 and seek partnerships with high performance computing (HPC) technology providers and consumers that are

Los Alamos National Laboratory: Levitating Particles Could Lift Nuclear Detective Work

on November 8, 2018 - 9:35am
LANL News:
 
Laser-based ‘optical tweezers’ could levitate uranium and plutonium particles, thus allowing the measurement of nuclear recoil during radioactive decay.
 
This technique, proposed by scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory, provides a new method for conducting the radioactive particle analysis essential to nuclear forensics.
 
“Our idea relies on trapping a particle using ‘optical tweezers,’ a technique which is the subject of this year’s Nobel prize in Physics,” said Alonso Castro of the Lab’s Actinide Analytical Chemistry group, one of the authors of a new paper in

UA: Aging A Flock Of Stars In Wild Duck Cluster

on November 8, 2018 - 7:51am
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — Do star clusters harbor many generations of stars or just one? Scientists have long searched for an answer and, thanks to the University of Arizona's MMT telescope, found one in the Wild Duck Cluster, where stars spin at different speeds, disguising their common age.
 
In a partnership between the UA and the Korean Astronomy and Space Science Institute, a team of Korean and Belgian astronomers used UA instruments to solve a puzzle about flocks of stars called open clusters.
 
Astronomers have long believed that many open clusters consist of a single

AGU: Scientists Theorize New Origin For Earth’s Water

on November 7, 2018 - 9:15am
Artist’s conception of the dust and gas surrounding a newly formed planetary system. Courtesy/NASA
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON — Earth’s water may have originated from both asteroidal material and gas left over from the formation of the Sun, according to new research. The new finding could give scientists important insights about the development of other planets and their potential to support life.
 
In a new study in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, researchers propose a new theory to address the long-standing mystery of where

Los Alamos National Laboratory Pursues Efficient Computing With Cray, Marvell, And Arm

on November 6, 2018 - 7:28am
Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
In a drive to significantly boost usable operations per watt, per dollar and per development hour for extreme-scale computing, Los Alamos National Laboratory is running classified simulation codes in support of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Stockpile Stewardship Program on the new Cray® XC50™ system with Marvell® ThunderX2® processors.  
 
The collaboration with Cray Inc., funded by the NNSA’s Advanced Simulation and Computing Program, integrates the Marvell ThunderX2 processors with Cray’s proven networking

SFI: Lecture Features Michelle Girvan Nov. 13

on November 3, 2018 - 6:11am

Michelle Girvan

SFI News:

Santa Fe Institute (SFI) hosts "Harnessing Chaos and Predicting the Unpredictable with Artificial Intelligence" with Michelle Girvan at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, at The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211. W. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe.

In recent years, machine learning methods such as "deep learning" have proven enormously successful for tasks such as image classification and voice recognition.

Despite their effectiveness for big-data classification problems, these methods have had limited success predicting "chaotic" systems like those we see in

AGU: Researchers Describe Likely Origin Of Perfect Lines On Saturn’s Moon

on November 1, 2018 - 10:30am
Saturn’s moon Dione coasts along in its orbit appearing in front of its parent planet. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
 
AGU News:
 
Strange features on Saturn’s moon Dione resembling lines of latitude on a map could be the result of space dust crashing onto Dione’s surface, according to a new study.
 
Dione is the fourth-largest of Saturn’s 53 confirmed moons. It has a liquid water ocean covered by an icy shell and a surface marked by craters, fault scarps and recently discovered bright, linear streaks parallel to its equator.

UbiQD Of Los Alamos Selected Nationally For Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator Program

on November 1, 2018 - 8:33am

UbiQD of Los Alamos is one of only five companies selected nationally for the IN2 program. UbiQD will receive up to $250,000 to accelerate innovative commercial buildings technology. Courtesy/UbiQD

BUSINESS News:

  • One of only five companies selected nationally for the IN2 program, UbiQD will receive up to $250,000 to accelerate innovative commercial buildings technology

The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), a technology incubator and platform funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has announced that UbiQD, Inc.

Explore November’s Night Skies At Planetarium

on October 31, 2018 - 12:56pm

Explore the night skies of November at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2. At 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 watch the full-dome film “National Parks Adventure” at the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Learn what will be visible in November’s night skies Friday, Nov. 2 in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium.

Paul Arendt will host an interactive tour of the heavens at 7 p.m. and will highlight planets, star patterns and constellations that may be readily observed throughout the month.

During the month of November, Mars, Saturn and Venus will all be visible.

NFWF: $1.1 Million Plus In Grants To Help Bats

on October 30, 2018 - 9:08am

A big brown bat shows the telltale symptom of white-nose syndrome. This mysterious disease is obliterating entire bat colonies as it spreads across North America, and scientists say time is running out to save these ecologically and economically important mammals. Source: mnn.com. Courtesy/U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

NFWN News:

  • Four grants awarded to test strategies to stop white-nose syndrome from devastating bat populations

BIRMINGHAM, AL – On the eve of Halloween, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has announced more than $1.1 million in grants to combat white-nose

Jessica Sanders Is 2019 NM Teacher Of The Year

on October 25, 2018 - 12:53pm

2019 New Mexico Teacher of the Year Jessica Sanders is a NMHU alumna who teaches science  at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell. Courtesy photo

NMHU News:

  • ‘Teaching science is my passion.’ –Jessica Sanders, 2019 Teacher of the Year

LAS VEGAS, NM – A New Mexico Highlands alumna said she loves going to teach every day ready to empower young scientists to pursue science careers.

New Mexico’s Public Education Department has selected Jessica Sanders, a science teacher at Roswell’s Berrendo Middle School, as its 2019 Teacher of the Year.

Licia Hillman is the principal at Berrendo Middle School,

LANL: Clues To Creating An HIV Vaccine: HIV Sugars Are Key For Effective Immune Responses

on October 24, 2018 - 9:42am

Artistic rendition of antibodies targeting ‘gaps’ in the HIV virus’s sugar shield. Blue protein is antibody, and the HIV surface protein called Env is depicted using the predicted sugar shield – dark blue are sites where sugars are attached, green is the predicted sugar shield, and magenta/pink are uncommon gaps in the sugar shield. Study author Kshitij Wagh et al. show that the completeness of sugar shield of the infecting virus is key to developing effective antibody responses in HIV infected individuals. Courtesy/LANL

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The search for a vaccine against HIV, the virus that causes

PEEC: Explore World Of Black Holes Oct. 26-27

on October 24, 2018 - 7:17am
Explore the world of black holes this weekend at the Los Alamos Nature Center. At 7 p.m. Friday, join Aycin Aykutalp to learn about her recent research on infant massive black holes in the early universe. At 2 p.m. Saturday, watch the full-dome film ‘Black Holes’. CourtesyPEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Explore the world of black holes at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26. Aycin Aykutalp will discuss her research on possible pathways for the formation of massive seed black holes in the early universe and on Saturday, Oct.

AGU: New Research Shows Strong Indian Monsoons Steer Atlantic Hurricanes Toward Land

on October 24, 2018 - 6:34am
Hurricane Maria near peak intensity, moving north towards Puerto Rico, Sept. 19, 2017. New research finds strong monsoons in the Indian Ocean can induce easterly winds that push Atlantic Ocean hurricanes westward, increasing the likelihood they’ll make landfall in the Americas. Courtesy/Naval Research Laboratory/NOAA
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Strong monsoons in the Indian Ocean can induce easterly winds that push Atlantic Ocean hurricanes westward, increasing the likelihood they’ll make landfall in the Americas, according to new research.
 
A new study finds that in years where

ORNL: Past And Present DOE Missions Displayed In American Museum Of Science & Energy At Oak Ridge

on October 23, 2018 - 12:05pm

Participants in the Oct. 18 opening of the new American Museum of Science and Energy facility gather for the ribbon cutting. Courtesy/ORNL

From left, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thomas Zacharia, DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar and U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann tour the new American Museum of Science &d Energy facility with Museum Director Julia Bussinger. Courtesy/ORNL

Visitors are greeted by an interactive map of Oak Ridge and five exhibit areas when they enter the new American Museum of Science & Energy facility. Courtesy/ORNL

ORNL News:

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.

EM’s Office Of River Protection Energizes Hanford Waste Treatment Plant Analytical Laboratory

on October 18, 2018 - 6:12am
The Analytical Laboratory will analyze samples of vitrified low-activity waste to ensure it meets regulatory requirements and standards. Courtesy photo
 
An electrician tests control panel switches in Hanford’s Analytical Laboratory. The laboratory is the first of the Waste Treatment and Immobilization’s four primary facilities to be fully energized. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:

RICHLAND, Wash.

Arctic Ice Sets Speed Limit For Major Ocean Current

on October 18, 2018 - 6:06am
A large pool of meltwater over sea ice in the Beaufort Sea. Courtesy NASA/Operation IceBridge
 
The evolution of sea ice over the Beaufort Gyre: In springtime, as ice thaws and melts into the sea, the gyre is exposed to the Arctic winds. Courtesy of the researchers
 
AGU News:
 
The Beaufort Gyre is an enormous, 600-mile-wide pool of swirling cold, fresh water in the Arctic Ocean, just north of Alaska and Canada. In the winter, this current is covered by a thick cap of ice.

LANL: Arctic Greening Thaws Permafrost, Boosts Runoff

on October 17, 2018 - 4:20pm

NGEE-Arctic researchers from Los Alamos, University of Alaska Fairbanks and Oak Ridge National Laboratory dig deep snow pits in tall shrub patches to understand the warming effect of snow-shrub interactions on underlying permafrost. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Study finds shrubs trap snow, creating permanently thawed zones that destroy permafrost and create pathways for increased water and carbon flow

A new collaborative study has investigated Arctic shrub-snow interactions to obtain a better understanding of the far north’s tundra and vast permafrost system.

NMHU Students Conduct Czech Volcanic Research

on October 17, 2018 - 8:45am
Highlands geology graduate student Sindy Lauricella examines a rock sample from the Krasny Vrch volcano in the Czech Republic during field research. Photo by Jake Erickson/Highlands Media Arts
 
NMHU News:
 
LAS VEGAS, NM Highlands University geology students conducted five weeks of groundbreaking research aimed at understanding the legendary Krasny Vrch volcano in the Czech Republic.
 
Highlands University’s three-year $250,000 National Science Foundation Grant, titled From the Roots to the Roof: the Anatomy of Volcanoes, funded three geology students to conduct research in the

Antarctic Ice Shelf Sings As Winds Whip Across Surface

on October 17, 2018 - 8:35am

Study co-author Rick Aster during a station installation trip on the Ross Ice Shelf, holding a broadband seismometer. These sensitive sensors were buried at depths of two meters (6 feet) to record micro-scale seismic motions of the ice shelf in three dimensions over the course of two years. Courtesy/Rick Aster.

 

Researchers lay the conduit that connects the seismometer to the solar power system (background) and recording components at a Ross Ice Shelf seismic station. Courtesy/Rick Aster

 

AGU News:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.

SFI: 'Quantum Computers' With Chris Monroe Tonight!

on October 16, 2018 - 11:31am
The first transistor was designed at Bell Laboratories in New Jersey in 1947 by William Shockley, John Bardeen, and Walter Brattain. Courtesy photo
 
SFI News:
 
SFI Community Event: "Quantum Computers" with Christopher Monroe, at 7:30 p.m., today, Oct. 16 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center 211 W. San Francisco St., in Santa Fe.
 
Quantum computers exploit the bizarre features of quantum mechanics to perform tasks that are impossible using conventional means.

Interior Department ‘Open Science’ Directive Echoes Environmental Protection Agency Effort

on October 16, 2018 - 8:13am
The directive on ‘Promoting Open Science’ was issued by Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, pictured above at the Bureau of Land Management’s Rio Grande Gorge Visitor Center in New Mexico. Courtesy/DOI
 
DOI News:
 
In a directive titled “Promoting Open Science” released late last month, the Department of the Interior outlined steps it plans to take to increase the transparency of its decision-making.
 
Those steps include requiring the department’s offices to make the data from scientific studies they use to develop regulations publicly available, with certain exceptions for

LANL: Three Los Alamos Medal Winners Changed The Course Of Science

on October 15, 2018 - 3:20pm

From left, Paul Whalen, Geoffrey West and John M. Pedicini are awarded the Los Alamos Medal—Los Alamos National Laboratory’s highest honor. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

 

Los Alamos National Laboratory today announced that three individuals have been awarded the Los Alamos Medal, the Laboratory’s highest honor, for groundbreaking contributions to science and national security. John M.

LANL: John, Reichhardt And Viswanathan Honored

on October 12, 2018 - 10:17am

LANL scientists from left, Kevin John, Cynthia Reichhardt and Hari Viswanathan will be honored Oct. 25 with the Laboratory’s Fellows Prizes for 2018. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Three Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists will be honored Oct. 25 with the Laboratory’s Fellows Prizes for 2018.

Cynthia Reichhardt and Hari Viswanathan will receive the annual Fellows Prize for Research, and Kevin John will receive the Fellows Prize for Leadership.

“I congratulate Cynthia, Hari and Kevin for their outstanding achievements,” said John Sarrao, principal associate director for Science, Technology and

LANL Scientists Honored With APS Fellowships

on October 12, 2018 - 6:49am
The American Physical Society Fellows inductees, top left to right), Brian Albright and Jennifer Hollingsworth and bottom left to right, Brian J. Jensen and Brian Kendrick. Courtesy photo
 
LANL News:
 
The American Physical Society (APS) has selected the Society's 2018 Fellows, four of which are Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists: Brian Albright, Jennifer Hollingsworth, Brian J. Jensen and Brian Kendrick.
 
“I congratulate Brian, Jennifer, Brian, and Brian on their selection as American Physical Society Fellows,” said John Sarrao, principal associate director for Science, Technology

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