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Science On Tap: Honey, Have You Seen My CubeSat?

on October 10, 2018 - 3:51pm

Rebecca Holmes

projectY cowork News:

Join the next Science On Tap, presented by the Los Alamos Creative District and the Bradbury Science Museum, Monday, Oct., 15 for a discussion with Rebecca Holmes on CubeSats.

The On Tap series starts at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room and is free and open to the public.

Originally designed in 1999 by professors at Stanford and Cal Poly, CubeSats are miniature, short-lived satellites traditionally launched into low Earth orbit. This summer a pair was deployed on a mission to Mars aboard the stationary lander, InSight.

CubeSats initial purpose was to

Paleontologists Converge On Albuquerque On National Fossil Day With Keynote Speaker Steve Brusatte

on October 9, 2018 - 6:51am
Bisti Beast (Bistahieversor sealeyi) Skull. Courtesy/NMMNHS
Miocene Gomphotherium skull being prepared. Courtesy/NMMNHS
ALBUQUERQUE A world-class repository for fossils, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science’s latest exhibition Back to Bones: New Mexico’s Links to the Pastfeaturing rarely seen specimens from the permanent collection is on display to greet the 78th annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Oct. 17-20, in Albuquerque.
The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) is an international organization of scientists and other

Learning Takes Flight At Barranca Elementary

on October 6, 2018 - 4:50am

Learning takes flight: Students in Ms. Waidler’s 5th grade Science and Social Studies class at Barranca Mesa Elementary School have been learning about water, weather and the science behind balloon flight. After quickly taking attendance, Ms. Waidler handed students their carefully constructed tissue paper hot air balloons. Students held them gently as they made their way down to the grassy field. There Ms. Waidler set up the burner device and selected the first balloon. With the help of parent volunteers, the balloon inflated and took flight. The students cheered and ran after the balloon.

LANL: Newly Detected Microquasar Gamma-Rays ‘Call For New Ideas’

on October 5, 2018 - 10:36am
The High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Gamma-Ray Observatory, 13,500 feet above sea level on the slopes of Mexico’s Volcán Sierra Negra. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
The first-ever detection of highly energetic radiation from a microquasar has astrophysicists scrambling for new theories to explain the extreme particle acceleration.
A microquasar is a black hole that gobbles up debris from a nearby companion star and blasts out powerful jets of material.
“What’s amazing about this discovery is that all current particle acceleration theories have difficulties explaining the

Girl Scouts Participate In STEM Activities At Bandelier

on September 30, 2018 - 7:48am

Local Girl Scouts had a great time over camping over the weekend Sept. 7-9 at the Ponderosa Campground at Bandelier. The Girl Scouts participated in activities and events that included science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), outdoors, ar, and entrepreneurship. Girls interested in learning more about becoming a Girl Scouts should contact Terri at or leave a message at 505.930.4199. Photo by John McHale/

Photo by John McHale/

Photo by John McHale/

Photo by John McHale/

Photo by John

LANL, PVSD And Highlands University Collaborate On Innovative Teacher Education Program

on September 28, 2018 - 5:26pm

LANL Director Terry C. Wallace, Jr., Pojoaque Valley School District Board of Education President of the Jon Paul Romero and New Mexico Highlands University Sam Minner. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory, Pojoaque Valley School District and New Mexico Highlands University officially launched the region’s first professional development school at a Sept. 26 PVSD board meeting.

“The value of education and the critical role it plays in the future success of both Northern New Mexico and Los Alamos National Laboratory cannot be overstated,” LANL Director Terry C.

NIST: New Instrument Will Give Scientists Window On Change At Nanoscale

on September 28, 2018 - 9:29am
The Very Small Angle Neutron Scattering (VSANS) instrument. Courtesy/NIST
NIST News:
It looks more like a long water main pipe than a microscope, but a new custom-built instrument at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will give scientists new ability to glimpse moment-by-moment changes in materials on the crucial nanometer scale.
(Link to video here).
The tool’s name is almost as lengthy as its 45-meter footprint—it’s called the Very Small Angle Neutron Scattering (VSANS) instrument.

DOE Solar Competition At Los Alamos Makers

on September 28, 2018 - 8:28am
The Department of Energy has broken down the American-Solar competition into a series of 3 distinct contests with increasing prize value. Courtesy/LA Makers
Los Alamos Makers is excited to announce that it was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to participate in the American-Made Solar Prize.
The American-Made Solar Prize is a $3 million prize competition designed to revitalize U.S.

LANL: New Space Instrument Goes For A Spin

on September 27, 2018 - 1:08pm

The High Explosives Centrifuge Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Scientists and engineers at Los Alamos National Laboratory are using a unique centrifuge facility to evaluate a flight-ready telemetry system for evaluating a nuclear weapons test missile launch.

The telemetry unit was designed and manufactured by Los Alamos' Intelligence and Space Research Division, Telemetry Program Manager Myles Fitzgerald said. Telemetry is a data stream of information on temperature, acceleration, vibration, strain, all the conditions a system encounters during a

PEEC: Discover Explosive Astronomy Friday

on September 27, 2018 - 6:30am
Learn about explosive astronomy at 7 p.m., Friday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Learn about explosive astronomy at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28 at the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium at 2600 Canyon Road.
Astrophysicist Rick Wallace will lead a discussion about supernovae, x-ray bursts, gamma-ray bursts, neutron stars and quasars.
At this talk, Wallace also will show the full-dome movie “Exploding Universe.” “Exploding Universe” explores the kinds of explosive events that shaped the Universe.

AGU: Ocean Research And Education Are Foundations For Economic Growth

on September 26, 2018 - 10:14am
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. Scientific research in Earth and space sciences advances our understanding of our world and contributes to strong global economies, security, and public health and safety.
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) announced a revision to its position statement, "Ocean Research and Education Are Foundations for Economic Growth.” The revision calls upon public and private entities to “forge cooperation and make bold investments that enable scientific discovery and solutions in ocean science to support the global economy.”
The statement recognizes that the

NIST: Quantum Information Science - Making The Leap

on September 26, 2018 - 8:51am
The first fully programmable and reconfigurable quantum computer module developed in 2016 by scientists at the Joint Quantum Institute, a partnership of NIST and the University of Maryland. The pioneering device takes advantage of the unique properties offered by trapped ions to run any algorithm. Quantum computers promise speedy solutions to some difficult problems, but building large-scale, general-purpose quantum devices is a problem fraught with technical challenges. Courtesy/E. Edwards/JQI and S. Debnath/IonQ
NIST News:
Quantum information science will contribute to one of the

Pajarito Astronomers Hold Dark Night Oct. 6

on September 25, 2018 - 3:28pm

Pajarito Astronomers News:

The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night starting at 6:30 p.m. (sunset), Saturday, Oct. 6 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park in White Rock.

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. The planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and its moons, Saturn and its rings, Neptune and Uranus will potentially be visible during the evening.

There will be a tour of the late-summer and fall constellations and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.

SAR Hosts Computer Scientist Leah Buechley For A Creative Thought Forum Lecture Oct. 11

on September 25, 2018 - 6:38am
Courtesy photo
SAR News:
SANTA FE The School for Advanced Research (SAR) has announced the next lecture in its second annual Creative Thought Forum series.
Computer scientist Leah Buechley presents “Connecting Science, Technology, and Culture in Education” 6:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11 at the James A. Little Theater in Santa Fe.
Buechley is a founder and former science director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s High-Low Tech research group.

AGU: New Study Suggests Martian Moon May Have Come From Impact On Home Planet

on September 25, 2018 - 6:24am
Phobos seen from Mars surface captured by the Curiosity rover in 2014. Courtesy/NASA / JPL / MSSS / Justin Cowart CC-BY-3.0
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The weird shapes and colors of the tiny Martian moons Phobos and Deimos have inspired a long-standing debate about their origins.
The dark faces of the moons resemble the primitive asteroids of the outer solar system, suggesting the moons might be asteroids caught long ago in Mars’ gravitational pull. But the shapes and angles of the moons’ orbits do not fit this capture scenario.
A fresh look at 20-year-old data from the Mars Global

Marc Kippen Awarded Inaugural Global Security Medal

on September 24, 2018 - 6:05pm

Los Alamos Global Security Medal recipient Marc Kippen. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • R. Marc Kippen is an expert in space-based sensing and nuclear detonation detection ... he is the first recipient of LANL’s Global Security Medal
  • Medal honors commitment to Los Alamos National Laboratory’s mission

R. Marc Kippen has been awarded the inaugural Los Alamos Global Security Medal in recognition of his innovative professional and scientific excellence supporting Los Alamos National Laboratory’s global security mission.

Specifically, Kippen is recognized for his leadership and achievements in

SFI: Limits Of Computers In Science & Society Tonight

on September 24, 2018 - 4:51pm
'The Fixer' from 'The Future is Now', by Josan Gonzales/
SFI News:
Stanislaw Ulam Memorial Lecture Series: "Limits of Computers in Science and Society" with Cristopher Moore, Santa Fe Institute, at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 24 and Tuesday, Sept. 25, at The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St., in Santa Fe.
Computers, algorithms, and artificial intelligence have touched every aspect of our society, from science, to communication, to the justice system.

Up In The Sky, It’s A Star, A Planet … No It’s A Balloon!

on September 23, 2018 - 7:02am

As the moon rose in the east at sunset Saturday, what looked like a bright star or planet turned out to be a high altitude research balloon. Photo taken by Jeff Bloch from Quemazon with a 300 mm Cannon Telephoto.

Science Balloon Spotted From Western Area Saturday

on September 23, 2018 - 6:29am

View of a science balloon spotted Saturday night in the sky next to the moon taken from Western Area. Photo by Diane Roussel-Dupre

Final FY19 Appropriations: NNSA Weapons RDT&E

on September 22, 2018 - 1:51am

Technicians inspect an optics assembly at the National Ignition Facility. Photo by Jason Laurea/LLNL


NNSA News:
The final fiscal year 2019 appropriations bill for the Department of Energy includes a 4 percent overall increase for the National Nuclear Security Administration, bringing its total budget to $15.2 billion.
Congress approved the appropriation last week as part of a three-bill package, and President Trump is expected to sign it into law today at an event in Las Vegas.
The bill continues a multi-year spending surge that is financing a comprehensive modernization of the U.S.

LANL Scientist Jonathan Dowell Discusses Lighthouse Directional Radiation Detector During Science On Tap

on September 18, 2018 - 7:15am

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Jonathan Dowell presented the talk, ‘Simple sophistication: Detecting radiation one beam at a time’ Monday evening at UnQuarked in Central Park Square. Like its namesake, the lighthouse directional radiation detector is all about maintaining a safe distance from harm. Whether the goal is confirming absence of radioactive materials or tracking them, the latest engineering innovation by Dowell and his colleagues brings a radiation-detection tool with immense potential to keep workers and the public safe.

AGU: Mysterious ‘Lunar Swirls’ Point To Moon’s Volcanic, Magnetic Past

on September 15, 2018 - 2:30pm
Sonia Tikoo, an assistant professor in Rutgers-New Brunswick’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, looks at moon rock samples in a Petri dish. Courtesy/Rutgers
AGU News:
The mystery behind lunar swirls, one of the solar system’s most beautiful optical anomalies, may finally be solved thanks to a new study.
The solution hints at the dynamism of the moon’s ancient past as a place with volcanic activity and an internally generated magnetic field. It also challenges our picture of the moon’s existing geology.
Lunar swirls resemble bright, snaky clouds painted on the moon’s

AGU: U.S. Wildfire Smoke Deaths May Double By 2100

on September 15, 2018 - 7:48am
A helicopter drops water on the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., as firefighters continue to battle the blaze in 2012. Courtesy/U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock
This image, captured by the NOAA-20 satellite’s VIIRS instrument Aug. 19, 2018, shows thick plumes of smoke over British Columbia. Courtesy/NOAA
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The number of deaths associated with the inhalation of wildfire smoke in the U.S. could double by the end of the century, according to new research.
A new study simulating the effects of wildfire smoke on human

LANL: Lectures Explore Impact Of Particle Accelerators

on September 14, 2018 - 2:54am
Bruce Carlsten
LANL News:
Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow Bruce Carlsten will explore the ways particle accelerators can improve our lives in three Frontiers in Science public lectures beginning Sept. 17 in Albuquerque.
“Particle accelerators have a range of applications, from fighting cancer to processing food and enabling key scientific discoveries,” said Carlsten, a researcher at the Laboratory’s Engineering Sciences Directorate.
“Simple accelerators can be as small as dental X-ray tools while large ones like the Large Hadron Collider at CERN can stretch over miles

Learn How Known Universe Has Grown Over Time

on September 13, 2018 - 9:03am

Dave North and Akkana Peck at 7 p.m. Friday to learn about how the ‘Known Universe’ has grown over time thanks to breakthroughs in astronomy. This is the first in a series of planetarium talks at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Go back in time this Friday evening to learn about how perceptions of reality have grown over time through breakthroughs in astronomy.

Dave North and Akkana Peck are giving the first in a series of planetarium talks that will explore how the “Known Universe” has increased in size over time.