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Los Alamos Quadrumaniacs Robotics Team Qualifies For International Competition In West Virginia

on May 2, 2019 - 9:45am

The Quadrumaniacs with their robot, from left, Zoya Kahn, Timothy Rousculp, Sasha Simakov, Magellon Bronson and Lucy Kelley. Members Corben Meek and Maggie Kelley are not pictured.  Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

bjgordon@ladailypost.com

The story of how the Quadrumanics got their name tells you something about the team. The name comes from quadrumana, primates with four hands. Probably, most people reading this didn’t know that, but the team did.

Scientists Track Giant Ocean Vortex From Space

on May 1, 2019 - 7:46am

Researchers have found a new way to use satellites to monitor the Great Whirl. Courtesy/AGU

AGU News:

WASHINGTON—Researchers have found a new way to use satellites to monitor the Great Whirl, a massive whirlpool the size of Colorado that forms each year off the coast of East Africa, they report in a new study.

Using 23 years of satellite data, the new findings show the Great Whirl is larger and longer-lived than scientists previously thought.

LANL: SuperCam One Step Closer To Mars

on April 30, 2019 - 8:14am

The SuperCam has completed testing and evaluation at LANL and is on its way to JPL for full system integration. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

The SuperCam instrument – designed, built and tested at Los Alamos National Laboratory in partnership with the French Space Agency – and destined for the exploration of Mars – has completed testing and evaluation at Los Alamos and is on its way to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California for full system integration. 

The SuperCam instruments left Los Alamos Monday, April 29. SuperCam will be one of two* Los Alamos instruments on the next rover, called

LAHS Team Competing At National Science Bowl

on April 30, 2019 - 8:06am

Members of the Los Alamos High School team including Do Vo, Michael Chigaev, Elijah Pelofske, Conner Rittner and Steven Zhao competing April 25-19 in Washington, D.C. at the National Science Bowl. Team sponsors are Kathy and Steve Boerigter. This is the ninth time in the last 10 years that the LAHS team has advanced to represent New Mexico at the national competition. Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy that tests the knowledge of middle and high school students in all areas of science and mathematics.

BSMA: Free National Geographic Summer Workshop

on April 29, 2019 - 11:23am

BSMA News:

In this interactive session, educators will discuss how they teach with a global and geographic perspective, reflecting on their teaching missions and collaborating to build upon one another's best project ideas.

They'll also be introduced to National Geographic's Learning Framework, which is a set of attitudes, skills, and knowledge areas that embody the attributes of an explorer-one who seeks solutions to our world's most pressing problems.  

This session counts as Phase 1 of the free professional learning program known as the National Geographic Educator Certification

Museum Exhibitions Extended: Drugs ... Costs And Consequences & Brain ... The Inside Story

on April 29, 2019 - 10:12am
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science has extended the stay of two current exhibitions Drugs: Costs and Consequences; and Brain: The Inside Story, through the Fall of 2019.
 
“Both of these thought-provoking exhibits have been very well-received and quite impactful based on comments we’ve received from our visitors,” said Margie Marino, Executive Director of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science .“ The Museum is pleased we were able to reach an accord with both of the exhibitors to extend the duration of these two exhibits which

AGU: New Studies Highlight Challenge Of Meeting Paris Agreement Climate Goals

on April 29, 2019 - 9:39am
Smokestacks in Champaign, Ill. Two new studies show future climate extremes depend on the policy decisions made by major emitters, and that even if major emitters were to strengthen their commitments to reducing emissions, the rest of the world would have to immediately reduce their greenhouse gases to zero to achieve the Paris 2015 goal. Courtesy/Wikimedia Commons
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.

AGU: Dust Toll In Africa Exceeds Deaths From HIV

on April 29, 2019 - 9:19am
AGU News:
 
In Africa, air pollution causes the premature deaths of about 780,000 people each year, potentially more than HIV infection, a new study estimates.
 
Mineral dust from the Sahara desert is the largest contributor to air quality-related mortality on the continent overall according to the new study in AGU’s Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.
 
“It’s just the sheer amount of material and also how it co-locates with the densely populated parts of Western Africa.

LANB Enables 134 Students To Visit Bradbury Museum

on April 26, 2019 - 6:56am

A Lybrook Elementary School student explores the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by Ryn Herrmann

BSMA News:

In partnership with the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA), Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) recently provided bus transportation for 134 students from San Juan Elementary School in Espanola, Milagro Middle School in Santa Fe and Lybrook Elementary School in Counselor.

The BSMA/LANB partnership is enabling students from northern New Mexico Title 1 Schools to travel to the museum and visit Los Alamos.

While at the museum, the students learn about engineering.

“The students are

PEEC: Earth Day Astronomy Talk And Premiere Of New Full-Dome Film

on April 25, 2019 - 2:40pm
Join Rick Wallace for a special Earth Day talk at 6 p.m., Friday, April 26 in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium. Plus, enjoy the premiere of the full-dome film “EXPLORE” at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 27 after the Earth Day Festival. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Join astronomer Rick Wallace Friday, April 26 for a special Earth Day talk in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium.
 
Climate scientists overwhelmingly agree that Earth’s climate has changed significantly in the past few decades, but some people argue that this is natural because Earth has experienced large historical

Odyssey Of The Mind Team Qualifies For World Finals

on April 25, 2019 - 8:05am

Aspen Elementary School Odyssey of the Mind Team poses early Tuesday evening outside the school board room, from left, Grace Virgilio, Sophia Pacheco, Vickie Daley, Alea Kretz, Matthew Allen, Jayden Garcia, Xander Wilson and Mike Coggeshall. Courtesy/LAPS

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos School Board recognized a group of Aspen Elementary School students during its meeting Tuesday evening who participated in the Odyssey of the Mind competition and qualified for World Finals being held in May at Michigan State University.

Odyssey of the Mind

29th Annual Supercomputing Challenge Concludes With Award Ceremony Tuesday April 30

on April 23, 2019 - 6:40pm

Supercomputing Challenge News:
  • New Mexico Middle and High School Students Compete for Scholarships and Awards

The 29th annual Supercomputing Challenge concludes with a festive Award Ceremony 9 a.m. to noon, April 30, at Smith-Brasher Hall on the campus of Central New Mexico Community College.

The competition for scholarships and awards showcases the school year-long research projects of budding scientists and engineers throughout the state of New Mexico.

LANL: Scientists Create First Billion-Atom Biomolecular Simulation Of Entire Gene Of DNA

on April 23, 2019 - 9:24am
A Los Alamos-led team created the largest simulation to date of an entire gene of DNA, a feat that required one billion atoms to model. Courtesy photo
 
LANL News:
 
Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have created the largest simulation to date of an entire gene of DNA, a feat that required one billion atoms to model and will help researchers to better understand and develop cures for diseases like cancer.
 
“It is important to understand DNA at this level of detail because we want to understand precisely how genes turn on and off,” said Karissa Sanbonmatsu, a structural

Particles, Tugging Tides May Affect Extraterrestrial Life

on April 22, 2019 - 12:19pm
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — Since its discovery in 2016, planetary scientists have been excited about TRAPPIST-1, a system where seven Earth-sized rocky planets orbit a cool star.
 
Three of the planets are in the habitable zone, the region of space where liquid water can flow on the planets' surfaces. But two new studies by scientists in the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory may lead astronomers to redefine the habitable zone for TRAPPIST-1.
 
The three planets in the habitable zone are likely facing a formidable opponent to life: high-energy particles spewed from

NMT Students Launch Experimental Rocket

on April 20, 2019 - 8:10am
NMT Rocket Design Team, Faculty Advisor and WSRDs launch crew. Courtesy photo
 
NMT News:
 
SPACEPORT AMERICA, NM At 8:19 a.m., MDT, Sunday, April 13, The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT) Rocket Team launched the latest of its student rockets from the Spaceport America Vertical Launch Area.
 
The rocket was developed jointly by NMT and White Sands Research and Developers (WSRDs), a Las Cruces certified Woman Owned Small Business specialized in aerospace R&D.

Los Alamos Robotics Team To World Championships!

on April 19, 2019 - 12:17pm
Team 4153, known as Project Y, with their robot at a recent competition. Courtesy photo
 
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Robotics Team 4153, known as Project Y is headed for the World Campionships in Houston, Texas.

“Our team has met the challenges and rigors of the competition, head-on,” team member Max Pasulka said. “We were a finalist at the El Paso competition of more than 50 teams, and made it to quarterfinals at the Amarillo meet.

LANL: Waste Shipment Successfully Completed At WIPP

on April 19, 2019 - 12:14pm
Transuranic waste barrels are loaded for transport to WIPP, the first TRU waste loading operations in five years at the Laboratory's RANT facility. Courtesy/LANL
 
Transuranic Package Transporter Model 2 (TRUPACT-II) containers are readied for transport to WIPP from the Laboratory's RANT facility April 10. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
The first shipment of Transuranic (TRU) waste from the newly reopened Radioactive Assay Nondestructive Testing (RANT) facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been successfully delivered to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad.
 

Teens Take Over Bradbury Museum 5-7 p.m. Today!

on April 19, 2019 - 12:06pm

The Bradbury Science Museum Association Teen Advisory Board gathers to organize Teens Take Over The Bradbury night set for5-7 p.m. today! Front row from left, Sam Cirigliano, Victor Popa-Simil, Emily Holmes, Eleanor Henderson, Natalie Aulwes, Neha Sadasivan and not pictured Ogden Berry, Elizabeth Frost, Elijah Pelofske and Sonya Svyatskaya. Back row from left, Filippo Delzanno, Jamie Cull-Host, Steven Bullock and Noah Lyons. Courtesy photo

Scientists Find Evidence Mercury Has Solid Inner Core

on April 18, 2019 - 3:51pm
An illustration of Mercury’s interior based on new research that shows the planet has a solid inner core. Courtesy/Antonio Genova.
 
An artist’s concept of the interiors of Earth, Mars and Earth’s moon. New research shows Mercury has a solid inner core like Earth does. Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Scientists have long known that Earth and Mercury have metallic cores.
 
Like Earth, Mercury’s outer core is composed of liquid metal, but there have only been hints that Mercury’s innermost core is solid.

AGU: Warm Autumn Winds Could Strain Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf

on April 16, 2019 - 4:36pm
 
This satellite image from March 3, 2016 shows unusual late summer/early fall melting on the Larsen C ice shelf. New research finds the additional melting is due in part to warm, dry air currents called foehn winds that originate in the Antarctic Peninsula’s central mountain range and discusses the compounding effects of these late-season melt events on the snowpack. Courtesy/NASA Earth Observatory/Lauren Dauphin

This photograph shows a cloud-clearing, induced by foehn winds, on the lee side of mountains on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Teens Take Over The Bradbury Friday Night!

on April 15, 2019 - 8:59am

The Bradbury Science Museum at 1350 Central Ave. Courtesy photo

BSMA Teen Advisory Board News:

The first ever Teen Night is happening at the Bradbury Science Museum, 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 19.

Created by the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) Teen Advisory Board, the event will have free food (catered by Sirphey!), a Bill Nye screening, remote control robots from the local FTC team (the Hawks), trivia and more. All high schoolers are welcome.

The BSMA Teen Advisory Board was created this year by Los Alamos High School junior Eleanor Henderson for her Girl Scout Gold Award project.

LANL: New First-Of-Its-Kind Model Accurately Predicts Harmful Space Weather

on April 14, 2019 - 7:02am
An artist’s rendering of the Van Allen radiation belts surrounding Earth. The purple, concentric shells represent the inner and outer belts. They completely encircle Earth, but have been cut away in this image to show detail. Courtesy/NASA’s Conceptual Image Lab/Walt Feimer
 
LANL News:
 
A new, first-of-its-kind space weather model reliably predicts space storms of high-energy particles that are harmful to many satellites and spacecraft orbiting in the Earth’s outer radiation belt.
 
A paper recently published in the journal Space Weather details how the model can accurately give a

Science On Tap With Dr. Sven Vogel April 15

on April 11, 2019 - 10:09pm
Dr. Sven Vogel will discuss the Ram's Horn wire gold specimen and DAHRT capabilities at the Lab at Science On Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 15 at UnQuarked Wine Room. Courtesy photo
 
SCIENCE News:
 
Join the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 15 at UnQuarked Wine Room.
 
This On Tap will feature a conservation conversation with Dr. Sven Vogel about the Ram's Horn wire gold specimen and DAHRT capabilities at the Lab.
 
Recently, researchers at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) had the unique opportunity to

Judges Needed For Int’l. Science & Engineering Fair

on April 11, 2019 - 4:25pm
A scene from a previous International Science and Engineering Fair. Courtesy photo
 
ISEF News:
 
Judges are being sought for the International Science and Engineering Fair May 12-17 in Phoenix, Ariz.
 
Judges are needed for all categories, but they are desperately needed in Energy: Chemical, Energy: Physical Plant Sciences, Microbiology, Computational Biology & Bioinformatics, Environmental Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Animal Sciences.
 
Descriptions of all of the categories can be found here.

Two useful flyers with information on judging. One is general for all judges:

Heinrich Questions Top Air Force Leadership About Artificial Intelligence Workforce Needs

on April 11, 2019 - 4:02pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. In a hearing before the Senate Committee on Armed Services April 5, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Chief of Staff of the Air Force General David L. Goldfein about how the Air Force, and the Department of Defense as a whole, is working to address the growing workforce needs as the military implements Artificial Intelligence (AI) initiatives.
 
Heinrich is focused on helping the military recruit more computer scientists and establishing digital engineering

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