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Scenes From FIRST LEGO League Robotics Event

on January 19, 2019 - 10:12am
FLL Team 146, The Quadrumaniacs, won the top award, The Champion's Award at the 2018-2019 Los Alamos FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournament. Courtesy photo
FLL Jr. Teams cheer for a successful expo! Courtesy photo
LEGO robots congregated at Los Alamos Middle School Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 for the local qualifying tournament for FIRST LEGO League (FLL).
Teams from Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque competed for awards and met to share ideas, as is part of the "gracious professionalism" concept of FLL.
Local high school robotics team, Project Y, which is

UNM Student Esteban Abeyta Selected To Study At University Of Cambridge As Churchill Scholar

on January 19, 2019 - 7:40am

Churchill Scholar Esteban Abeyta

UNM News:

Receiving the Churchill Scholarship is an honor bestowed upon a very select cohort of college students from across the U.S.

The University of New Mexico’s Esteban Abeyta, a senior biochemistry major and honors minor, can now count himself as one of the scholarship’s elite.

The Churchill Scholarship was awarded to Abeyta for one year of master’s study at Churchill College at the University of Cambridge. The award covers full tuition, a stipend, travel costs, and the chance to apply for a $2,000 special research grant.

The Scholarship was set up

LANLF: STEAM Day At Roundhouse Today

on January 17, 2019 - 10:32am
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANLF) Foundation is convening a press conference this morning at the Roundhouse Rotunda, bringing together education leaders and advocates to speak in support of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) education and workforce development in New Mexico.
Confirmed speakers are:
  • Lieutenant Governor of the State of New Mexico Howie Morales,
  • Cabinet Secretary for Department of Workforce Solutions Bill McCamley,
  • Senator Mimi Stewart,
  • NM Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard,
  • New Mexico State University Chancellor Dan Arvizu,
  • Air

AGU: New Study Finds Evidence Of Changing Seasons, Rain On Titan’s North Pole

on January 17, 2019 - 8:26am
New research provides evidence of rainfall on the north pole of Titan, the largest of Saturn’s moons, shown here. The rainfall would be the first indication of the start of a summer season in the moon’s northern hemisphere, according to the researchers. Courtesy/NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Titan’s north pole as seen by the Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer. The orange box shows the ‘wet sidewalk’ region, what analyses suggests is evidence of changing seasons and rain on Titan’s north pole. The blue box shows the expanded region in the bottom panel.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Contributes $3 Billion Annually To New Mexico State Economy

on January 15, 2019 - 6:25am

The Laboratory’s NMSBA program helped optimize a new crate for shipping valuable artwork developed by Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Innovations, a for-profit business subsidiary of the world-renowned museum. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Economic development initiatives created or retained nearly 1,500 in-state jobs
  • More than half of goods and services came from New Mexico businesses 

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s average annual total impact on economic output across New Mexico from 2015 to 2017 was $3.1 billion, according to preliminary independent research from the University of New Mexico’s

LANL: ‘Realistic’ New Model Points Way To More Efficient And Profitable Fracking

on January 15, 2019 - 6:10am
Fracking image. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
A new computational model could potentially boost efficiencies and profits in natural gas production by better predicting previously hidden fracture mechanics.
It also accurately accounts for the known amounts of gas released during the process.
“Our model is far more realistic than current models and software used in the industry,” said Zdeněk Bažant, McCormick Institute Professor and Walter P.

Science Saturday Goes On The Road … And Hooks Up With A Tornado

on January 13, 2019 - 7:16am
ALAMOGORDO Science Saturday has been moved to today, Jan. 13, at the Otero County Fairgrounds as part of the German Air Force Tornado event slated to begin at noon.
Activities focus on aerodynamics and aviation principles and are free. Several other demonstrations are planned throughout the afternoon, including the very popular trash can launches on the hour beginning at 1 p.m. today.
Museum members also will be able to take advantage of an extra 10 percent discount on summer camp registrations today only during the event.
The New Mexico Museum of Space History,

LANL: More Stable Light Comes From Intentionally ‘Squashed’ Quantum Dots

on January 10, 2019 - 12:21pm

Novel colloidal quantum dots are formed of an emitting cadmium/selenium (Cd/Se) core enclosed into a compositionally graded CdxZn1-xSe shell wherein the fraction of zinc versus cadmium increases towards the dot's periphery. Due to a directionally asymmetric lattice mismatch between CdSe and ZnSe, the core, at top right, is compressed more strongly perpendicular to the crystal axis than along it. This leads to modifications of the electronic structure of the CdSe core, which beneficially affects its light-emission properties.

Science On Tap: ‘Accobeam & How Technological Innovations Using Sound Are Changing What Is Seen’

on January 10, 2019 - 11:19am
LANL Scientist Dr. Vamshi Chillara
LACD News:
Join the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14 at UnQuarked Wine Room.
This discussion will feature Dr. Vamshi Chillara of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Acoustics and Sensors Team.
Are you interested in how current research at Los Alamos is improving biomedical imaging and long-range undersea communications?

STEM Educator’s Evening At New Mexico Museum Of Space History: Free Demos, Dinner, Door Prizes Jan. 17

on January 10, 2019 - 9:03am
STEM education is much more than sitting in class, it takes hands-on activities to help spark young imaginations like these two Rocketeer Academy cadets gearing up for fun and learning. Teachers are invited to the museum Jan. 17 for a free Educator’s Evening, showcasing the many STEM based programs that the museum’s education department offers. Courtesy/NMMSH
Sometimes seeing things in action helps make everything click.

Explore Discoveries Of NASA’s Kepler Mission Friday

on January 9, 2019 - 1:30pm

Join Joyce Guzik at 7 p.m. Friday at the nature center to discuss the discoveries of the NASA Kepler Mission and preview first results from the TESS spacecraft. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join local scientist Joyce Guzik at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium to explore the discoveries of the NASA Kepler Mission.

The spacecraft was officially retired in October 2018, and Guzik will highlight a few of the many discoveries of the mission and preview first results from the follow-up TESS spacecraft, which launched in April 2018.

The Kepler Mission launched in

Testing Einstein: University Of Arizona Student Simulates Thousands Of Black Holes

on January 4, 2019 - 8:10am
Lia Medeiros is a Steward Observatory graduate student whose research is supported by the NSF's PIRE Project. Photo by Robert Demers/University of Arizona
UA News:
What: Modeling Variability and non-Kerr Spacetime Effects in Black Hole Images with Lia Medeiros, a doctoral student at the University of Arizona, 2:10-2:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 7, at 233rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, Washington State Convention Center at 705 Pike Street in Seattle, Washington.
Medeiros is developing mathematical models that will allow researchers to pit Einstein's Theory of General

Amateur Naturalist: What Is Happening To The Birds?

on January 3, 2019 - 9:01am
An American robin prepares to drink some water. Photo by Bob Walker
A Broad tailed hummingbird shows why it received its name. Photo by Bob Walker
Los Alamos
There are three sources of information about the bird populations of Los Alamos county.
Each has its own approach to gathering data. One approach considers where and what kinds of birds were breeding throughout the county. This involves dividing the county in to 60 blocks and visiting the blocks over four years.
A second approach involves people reporting the numbers and kinds of birds that come to

AGU: Who Is Vulnerable To Tropical Cyclones And Why?

on January 3, 2019 - 8:56am
A radar image of the Bhola cyclone, believed to be the deadliest tropical cyclone in world history, which struck Bangladesh Nov. 12, 1970, resulting in upwards of 300,000 deaths. Courtesy/NOAA
AGU News:
Tropical cyclones, and the torrential rains and strong winds these storms bring along with them, threaten coastal communities around the world and are expected to increase in intensity due to climate change. But not every tropical cyclone becomes a natural disaster and not every natural disaster results in human fatalities.
Whether or not a natural hazard, such as a tropical

Nature On Tap: Updates In Astronomy Monday

on January 2, 2019 - 11:03am

Dr. Galen Gisler will lead a panel of local astronomers at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7 at UnQuarked Wine Room, on the latest updates in astronomy and upcoming lunar eclipse. Courtesy/LACD


The community is invited to join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Los Alamos Creative District, 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7 at UnQuarked Wine Room in Central Park Square for Nature On Tap, to discuss the latest updates in astronomy and learn about the upcoming lunar eclipse.

Dr. Galen Gisler will lead a panel of local astronomers in this discussion.

On Tap is a

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Enters Close Orbit Around Bennu, Breaking Record

on January 1, 2019 - 7:30am
Orbital A Beauty shot. Photo by Pam Scott/UA
UA News:
TUCSON, Ariz. — At 2:43 p.m. EST, Monday Dec. 31, while many on Earth prepared to welcome the New Year, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, 70 million miles (110 million kilometers) away, carried out a single, eight-second burn of its thrusters – and broke a space exploration record.
The spacecraft entered into orbit around the asteroid Bennu, and made Bennu the smallest object ever to be orbited by a spacecraft.
“The team continued our long string of successes by executing the orbit-insertion maneuver perfectly,” said Dante Lauretta,

UNM Society Of Physics Chapter Named Outstanding Chapter For 2017-18

on December 31, 2018 - 12:48pm
Award-winning UNM chapter at Four Corners American Physical Society meeting. Courtesy/UNM

UNM News:

The UNM Society of Physics Chapter was recognized nationally recently as an Outstanding Chapter for 2017-18 by the American Institute of Physics.

The SPS Outstanding Chapter Awards are determined each academic year after a careful review of information, photos and supporting material that is presented in the annual SPS Chapter Reports. The UNM chapter focuses on making a difference in the community and strengthening students involvement in physics throughout the region.

Los Alamos National Laboratory World-Class User Facilities Foster Rich Research Opportunities

on December 30, 2018 - 7:03am

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory's Pulsed Field Facility at LANL has a $30 million pulsed power infrastructure that includes this 1.43 gigawatt motor generator. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Through its technology transfer efforts, Los Alamos National Laboratory can implement user facility agreements that allow its partners and other entities to conduct research at many of its unique facilities.

Its national user facilities are the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE), the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL), and the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT). They

UNM Hosts 2nd Annual STEM Boomerang Event

on December 30, 2018 - 6:32am
Exhibitors share information with attendees at STEM Boomerang. Courtesy/UNM

For the second year in a row, business, academic and economic development and government leaders from the city, state and region came together at The University of New Mexico to meet with recent highly-trained STEM professionals who are in and out of New Mexico.

STEM Boomerang was held Dec. 20 in UNM’s Student Union Building with well over 200 in attendance.

Nature On Tap: Latest Updates In Astronomy Jan. 7

on December 28, 2018 - 9:03am

PEEC News:

Nature on Tap will discuss the latest updates in astronomy 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Jan.7 at UnQuarked Wine Bar, 145 Central Park Square.

The event is free. Learn about the upcoming lunar eclipse and other topics of interest. Dr. Galen Gisler will lead a panel of local astronomers in this discussion.

Registration for this event is not required. This discussion is presented free by PEEC and the Los Alamos Creative District.

NMMNHS Hosts ‘Encounter Party’ Following New Horizons Fly-By Of Kuiper Belt’s Ultima Thule

on December 25, 2018 - 5:32pm

Illustration of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft encountering 2014 MU69 – nicknamed ‘Ultima Thule’ – a Kuiper Belt object that orbits one billion miles beyond Pluto. Set for New Year’s 2019, New Horizons’ exploration of Ultima will be the farthest space probe flyby in history. Courtesy image/NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI


ALBUQUERQUE – NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto July 14, 2015, but its mission didn’t end there. On New Year’s Day, the probe will perform another flyby of a Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule.

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (is

Explore Science And Folklore Behind Winter Solstice At Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium Tonight!

on December 21, 2018 - 5:09pm

Explore the science and folklore behind the Winter Solstice at 7 p.m. today in the planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The nature center also will show the full-dome film “National Parks Adventure” at 2 p.m. Saturday.

PEEC News:

Explore the science and folklore behind the Winter Solstice at 7 p.m. today in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium.

Astronomer Rick Wallace will discuss the astronomy of solstices as well as folklore, festivals and activities that are dedicated to celebrating this time of year.

Wallace will look at solstice celebrations from around the world in

LAPS Employee Spotlight: Teacher Rachel Bartram

on December 21, 2018 - 4:40pm

UbiQD Hosts 2018 Ugly Sweater Christmas Party ... R&D Chemist Andres Velarde Wins By Landslide

on December 21, 2018 - 7:27am

The crowd cheers as UbiQD CEO Hunter McDaniel, left, pronounces R&D Chemist Andres Velarde the overwhelming winner in the company's annual ugly sweater contest Wednesday evening at UbiQD's Los Alamos headquarters at 134 Eastgate Dr. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

UbiQD's Chief of Product Matt Bergren, left, and Greenhouse Technology Engineer Damon Hebert are clearly contenders. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

UbiQD CEO Hunter McDaniel is joined by his wife Los Alamos MainStreet Director Lauren McDaniel and their son Duncan at the company's Ugly Sweater Christmas Party.

UA: Stellar Corpse Reveals Clues To Missing Stardust

on December 21, 2018 - 7:09am
UA News:
TUCSON, Ariz. — Everything around you – your desk, your laptop, your coffee cup – in fact, even you – is made of stardust, the stuff forged in the fiery furnaces of stars that died before our sun was born.
Probing the space surrounding a mysterious stellar corpse, scientists at the University of Arizona have made a discovery that could help solve a long-standing mystery: Where does stardust come from?
When stars die, they seed the cosmos around them with the elements that go on to coalesce into new stars, planets, asteroids and comets.