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The Science Behind ‘Silent Sky’

on September 13, 2018 - 7:56am
Henrietta Leavitt (Katrina Koehler) studies a photographic plate of star images from among the many boxes of plates she has had shipped to her to continue her studies while helping her family at their home in Wisconsin. Photo by Elena E. Giorgi
 
By GALEN GISLER 
Los Alamos

“Where are we?” This is the question driving the passion of the astronomer Henrietta Leavitt in Lauren Gunderson’s play Silent Sky, to be presented
by the Los Alamos Little Theatre.

Copernicus taught us that the solar system is centered on the Sun, not our Earth.

AAUW Hosts Fall Luncheon Saturday Sept. 15

on September 11, 2018 - 8:04am
AAUW News:
 
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will host its Fall Luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 2390 North Road in Los Alamos.
 
The lunch will be catered by Ruby K's and the cost is $15, payable by cash or check made out to AAUW.
 
There will be a slide show featuring Tech Trek (an AAUW sponsored program encouraging girls to go into science based fields of study).
 
Young women who have attended Tech Trek at NM Tech for a week long summer camp will speak to their experiences.

Free Computer Science Clubs At Los Alamos Makers

on September 10, 2018 - 8:00am

Kids learning the fundamentals of how a computer works by building marble-operated mechanical computers during CoderDojo for kids ages 7 to 12 at Los Alamos Makers. Courtesy photo

LOS ALAMOS MAKERS News:

Digital technology is all around us. Although not everyone aspires to be an engineer or a developer, we all wish we had more control over the technology we use.

“Manufacturers today want you to think that hardware is a black box. You shouldn’t work on it! If it breaks you should throw it away or you should pay somebody a lot of money.

AGU: Polluted Groundwater Likely Contaminated South Pacific Ocean Coral Reefs For Decades

on September 10, 2018 - 7:41am
Rarotonga. Photo by Dirk Erler
 
AGU News:
 
Groundwater containing excess nitrogen from agricultural fertilizers likely contaminated coral reefs on the Cook Islands during the second half of the 20th century, continuing for years after fertilizer use stopped, according to a new study.
 
The finding suggests human activities have long-lasting impacts on coral reef communities and could be contributing to their decline.
 
Coral reefs are some of the most diverse and valuable ecosystems on Earth, supporting more species per unit area than any other marine environment, according to NOAA

BSMA Presents Night With A Nerd Sept. 13

on September 7, 2018 - 9:20am

American Geophysical Union Announces Recipients Of 2018 Union Medals, Awards And Prizes

on September 5, 2018 - 3:18pm
AGU News:
 
33 individuals are recognized this year for their dedication to science for the benefit of humanity and their achievements in Earth and space science.
 
The recipients represent many areas of Earth and space science and come from a variety of backgrounds including early career researchers, climate scientists, data scientists, and journalists.

LANL: High-Impact Los Alamos Innovations Honored As R&D 100 Award Finalists

on August 29, 2018 - 9:50am
Ten Los Alamos National Laboratory innovations are finalists for the 2018 R&D 100 Awards, including the Universal Bacterial Sensor developed by the team led by Harshini Mukundan. The sensor mimics biological recognition of bacterial pathogens to identify infections even before the patient's symptoms are evident. Courtesy/LANL
 
Cristian Pantea and Dipen Sinha with the Acoustic Collimated Beam (ACCObeam). Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
Ten Los Alamos National Laboratory innovations are finalists for the 2018 R&D 100 Awards, which honor the top 100 proven technological advances of the past year

Getting The Next Generation Science Standards Into The Classroom

on August 28, 2018 - 7:44am

LAHS Science teachers met during the summer to decide how to implement the NGSS. Courtesy/LAPSF

 

By MORRIE PONGRATZ
LAPSF

In the Rogers and Hammerstein musical, “Oklahoma”, the returning cowboy sang, “Everything’s up to date in Kansas City”. Similarly, the Los Alamos High School (LAHS) Science Department wanted to keep up to date with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), so Department Chair Liz Bowden turned to the Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) Foundation for help.

The NGSS is a multi-state effort to create new education standards that are “rich in content and practice,

SFI: ‘How Beauty Leads Physics Astray’ Talk Tonight

on August 28, 2018 - 6:56am
The Cretish Labyrinth, 1558, Hieronymus Cock (ca. 1510-1570), etching on paper​. Courtesy photo
 
SFI News:
 
SFI Community Event: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray by Sabine Hossenfelder at 7:30 p.m., today, Aug. 28 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe.
 
To develop new laws of nature, physicists routinely rely on arguments from beauty. This method has worked badly and has resulted in 40 years of stagnation in the foundations of physics. Dozens of costly experiments were commissioned but failed to confirm any of the physicists' beautiful hypotheses.

NIST: Many Arctic Pollutants Decrease After Market Removal And Regulation

on August 27, 2018 - 4:28pm
Persistent Organic Pollutants, also known as POPs, can having lasting impacts on both people and wild animals in the Arctic. Research shows some POPs are decreasing in the region after being pulled from market or regulated around the globe. Courtesy/Arturo de Frias Marques (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Polar_Bear_AdF.jpg)
 
NIST News:
 
Levels of some persistent organic pollutants (POPs) regulated by the Stockholm Convention are decreasing in the Arctic, according to an international team of researchers who have been actively monitoring the northern regions of the globe.
 

Robotics Night At Bradbury Museum Draws 700+

on August 27, 2018 - 3:27pm

Bradbury Science Musuem during Robotics Night. File photo

Caught the t-shirt! Robotics Night attendee catches the t-shirt launched from the robot. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com
 
BSMA News:
 
The Bradbury Science Museum was busy inside and out Friday during Robotics Night as local Robotics teams demonstrated their robots to the public.
 
The annual event is hosted by the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA), and was generously sponsored by New Mexico Bank & Trust (NMB&T).
 
The BSMA is the 501 (c) 3 non-profit arm of the Bradbury Museum with the mission of

Robotics Night At Bradbury Science Museum Features Sumo Bots 5-8 p.m. Today!

on August 24, 2018 - 9:42am

BSMA News:

Local robotics groups will demonstrate their robots to the public 5-8 p.m. today, Aug. 24 during Robotics Night at the Bradbury Science Museum, 1350 Central Ave.

This free event is brought to you by the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) and generously supported by New Mexico Bank & Trust. Visitors will have an opportunity to see the robots used by organizations such as Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County Police Department and the University of New Mexico at Los Alamos.

NIST: Graphene Quantum Dot Structure Takes Cake

on August 24, 2018 - 7:26am
Illustration of the wedding cake structure formed by electrons magnetically confined within tiny regions in graphene. Photo by C. Gutiérrez/NIST
 
NIST News:
 
In a marriage of quantum science and solid-state physics, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have used magnetic fields to confine groups of electrons to a series of concentric rings within graphene, a single layer of tightly packed carbon atoms.
 
This tiered “wedding cake,” which appears in images that show the energy level structure of the electrons, experimentally confirms how electrons

AGU: Acceleration Of Mountain Glacier Melt Could Impact Pacific Northwest Water Supplies

on August 23, 2018 - 2:12am
Mount Rainier, Mount Rainier National Park in Washington. Courtesy/National Park Service
 

The Olympic Mountain Province rises to an elevation of 7,980 feet. The higher peaks are covered with glaciers and snowfields, feeding the many rivers that radiate outward from the center of the range. Courtesy/Washington State Department of Natural Resource
 
The Nisqually Reach region has been identified as an area important for fish, aquatic mammals, and benthic habitats and an area of unique geologic processes. Courtesy/Washington State Department of Natural Resources
 
AGU News:
 
Accelerated

NIST: Big-Picture Thinking Can Advance Nanoparticle Manufacturing

on August 22, 2018 - 3:53pm
Electron micrograph showing gallium arsenide nanoparticles of varying shapes and sizes. Such heterogeneity can increase costs and limit profits when making nanoparticles into products. A new NIST study recommends that researchers, manufacturers and administrators work together to solve this, and other common problems, in nanoparticle manufacturing. Courtesy/A. Demotiere, E. Shevchenko/Argonne National Laboratory
 
NIST News:
 
Nanoparticle manufacturing, the production of material units less than 100 nanometers in size (100,000 times smaller than a marble), is proving the adage that “good

LANL Director Terry Wallace Rocks Crowd With Cosmic Mystery Of Minerals Presentation At Fuller Lodge

on August 22, 2018 - 10:50am

LANL Director Terry Wallace listens as UNM-LA Advisory Board President Steve Boerigter delivers an introduction of Wallace laced with hilarity ahead of Wallace's presentation on ‘The Cosmic Mystery of Minerals’ during the UNM-LA fundraiser Aug. 15 at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

LANL Director Terry Wallace cracks up as he is being introduced with some geeky humor by Lab physicist Steve Boerigter during the UNL-LA fundraiser Aug. 15 at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos hosted “An Evening With Dr. Terry Wallace” Aug.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce NASA Grant For Navajo Tech Robotics Academy

on August 21, 2018 - 6:41am
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) announced that Navajo Technical University (NTU) in Crownpoint, N.M. was awarded $324,800 by NASA's Minority University Research and Education Project to develop a robotics academy.
 
NTU has long championed using Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum in innovative ways to encourage Navajo students to seek technically-based careers.

Strem And UbiQD Of Los Alamos Sign Distribution Agreement For Cadmium-Free Quantum Dots

on August 20, 2018 - 12:12pm

An example of UbiQD's innovative quantum dot (QD) technology. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

STREM CHEMICALS, INC. News:

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. – UbiQD, Inc., a nanotechnology company in Los Alamos, has signed an agreement with Strem Chemicals, Inc. to allow distribution of their innovative quantum dot (QD) technology.

Strem, a manufacturer and distributor of specialty chemicals for research and development, will now offer six new products in collaboration with UbiQD.

Governor Announces New Catalyst Fund Commitment To BlueStone Venture Partners

on August 19, 2018 - 5:58am
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Susana Martinez announced Thursday that BlueStone Venture Partners, LLC will receive up to $3 million from the Catalyst Fund to invest in New Mexico bioscience startups.
 
"Investing in homegrown New Mexico companies and entrepreneurs strengthens and diversifies our economy," Martinez said. "The Catalyst Fund helps our local companies get off the ground and succeed, creating new jobs and opportunities for New Mexicans."
 
The Catalyst Fund invests in emerging venture capital funds throughout the state.

Science On Tap: Sensor Diagnosis Of Infectious Diseases – The Need For Speed Aug. 20

on August 18, 2018 - 5:26am
Jessica Kubicek-Sutherland
 
SCIENCE ON TAP:
 
The next Science On Tap, “Sensor Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases: The Need for Speed” is 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20 at UnQuarked - The Wine at 145 Central Park Square in Los Alamos.
 
Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory, recognizing the global health threat from drug-resistant bacterial infections, have developed a rapid diagnostic tool that promises to revolutionize the way hospitals test for infection.
 
Join Jessica Kubicek-Sutherland, with the Lab’s Physical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy Group, for a discussion about

Federal Agencies Take Safety Steps As New Mexico Tests For Fungus Causing Bat Disease

on August 17, 2018 - 8:44am
Western long-eared myotis (Myotis evotis), one of many bat species found in New Mexico caves and abandoned mines. Photo by Kenneth Ingham, copyright 2016
 
University of New Mexico research team member Eddie Strach takes a sample of bat guano in Carlsbad Cavern in March 2018. Photo by Kenneth Ingham, copyright 2018
 
Research leader Diana Northup of the University of New Mexico enters a New Mexico cave in March 2018 to collect samples to test for P. destructans, the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats. Photo by Kenneth Ingham, copyright 2018
 
STATE News:
 
Federal agencies

PEEC: Explore Dark Matter At Planetarium Friday

on August 16, 2018 - 10:38pm
Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Unearth the mysteries of Dark Matter and Dark Energy this weekend at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium. At 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 17 Galen Gisler will give a talk called “The Dark Side of the Universe” that will explore these phenomena. The following day, the nature center will show the full-dome film “Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter” to dive further into this fascinating subject.
 
Astrophysicists and cosmologists attempt to understand the universe by studying the radiation that comes to us from outer space.

Los Alamos Middle School Hawk Hangout Friday

on August 15, 2018 - 8:05am
Time out for Pizza sponsored a STEM Solar Smores project, for National Smores Day Friday at the Los Alamos and White Rock Youth Activity Centers. This Friday the DWI Council and Rotary Stars will host a special event for Los Alamos Middle School students 6-9 p.m. at the Los Alamos Youth Center. Free burgers and drinks will be served to the first 80 students showing their ID or a print out of their class schedule. Call 662.9412. Courtesy photo
 
Courtesy photo
 
YAC News:
 
This Friday, the Los Alamos Youth Activity Center and the DWI Planning Council, will host a very special Hawk Hangout

Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Announce $3.5 Million In NSF Grants To UNM For Transmission Electron Microscope, Professional Development For HS Teachers

on August 15, 2018 - 6:43am
UNM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Monday two funding awards to the University of New Mexico (UNM), totaling $3.5 million, from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
 
The awards will enable UNM to acquire a transmission electron microscope for state-of-the-art research, and will fund the creation of an online professional development program for high school science and mathematics teachers. Together, these initiatives aim to enhance science and computer education for students across New Mexico.
 

LANL: Two Los Alamos Scientists Named American Geophysical Union Fellows

on August 14, 2018 - 7:41am
S. Peter Gary
 
LANL News:
 
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) named two Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists fellows in recognition of their leadership and excellence in Earth and space sciences.
 
Geoffrey D. Reeves and S. Peter Gary are among 62 new fellows who will be honored at AGU’s annual conference in December in Washington, D.C. Only 0.1 percent of AGU’s 60,000-plus member scientists are named fellows each year, according to the international organization.
 
Reeves has been involved in numerous NASA and national security missions, most recently the Van Allen Probes mission

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