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Los Alamos Technology Gains National Backing

on November 19, 2015 - 1:16pm

Descartes Labs artificial intelligence can race through mountains of data and read a landscape in seconds. An early emphasis for this technology is in evaluating and predicting agricultural output, like these irrigated fields near Roswell. Courtesy/2015 NASA/LANDSAT

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos pixels and Los Alamos dots were both riding high this week.

Descartes Labs, Inc., a one-year-old company specializing in satellite imagery recognition and analysis, announced Tuesday that it had raised $5 million in a venture capital round, thanks to a group of investors

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Discusses Consent Order Negotiations With NMED And EM-LA

on November 19, 2015 - 12:24pm

RCLC News:

HERNANDEZ -- The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) hosted representatives from the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the Los Alamos Environmental Management Field Office (EM-LA) to discuss the Consent Order agreement guiding the regulatory environment for cleanup of legacy nuclear waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

NMED Secretary Ryan Flynn gave an overview of the current consent order and expected changes to the upcoming version to be signed, and EM-LA Manager Doug Hintze presented the new campaign approach that will be utilized to clean up

WIPP Conducts Limited Scope Performance Tests

on November 19, 2015 - 6:45am
Members of the WIPP Emergency Operations Center participate in a drill, simulating an emergency occurrence at the WIPP Facility. Courtesy/WIPP
 
WIPP News:
 
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Emergency Operations Center staff conducted a series of Limited Scope Performance Tests (LSPT) Nov. 3‐4, designed to evaluate the readiness of the Emergency Response Organization (ERO) and the Emergency Operations Center.
 
A series of four exercises were conducted (i.e. earthquake, radiological release, etc.) to thoroughly test the ERO system and staff. The U.S.

Electric Vehicle Cross-Country Driver Visits Los Alamos Nature Center

on November 18, 2015 - 4:15pm

Brian Kent and his electric car this morning during a visit to the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By Rebecca Shankland
Los Alamos
 
Brian Kent, tired of hearing people say that they couldn't take road trips in their Leaf all-electric vehicles, decided to drive his Leaf cross country, visiting every state capital, and even planting trees in every state to offset the small amount of carbon required to generate electricity for the vehicle.
 
Wednesday Kent checked his charging station possibilities and found one at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Bandelier Pile Burning Along N.M. 4 Wednesday

on November 17, 2015 - 2:29pm

Pile burning at Bandelier. Courtesy/nps.gov

BANDELIER News:

With the arrival of snow providing good conditions, the fire crew at Bandelier National Monument is planning to burn about 30 piles of fuel materials Wednesday, Nov. 18. 

The piles are along N.M. 4 between Ponderosa Group Campground and the Bandelier entrance, totaling about 5 acres. Visitors may see smoke at a number of locations just off the highway, including one near the entrance station. There should be little impact on Juniper Campground, and none in the Visitor Center area. The operation is expected to only take one day.

New Climate Model Predicts Likelihood Of Greenland Ice Melt, Sea Level Rise, And Dangerous Temperatures

on November 16, 2015 - 1:28pm

Greenland ice loss. Photo by Matthew Hoffman/LANL

LANL News:

A new computer model of accumulated carbon emissions predicts the likelihood of crossing several dangerous climate change thresholds.

These include global temperature rise sufficient to lose the Greenland Ice Sheet and generate seven meters of long-term sea level rise, or tropical region warming to a level that is deadly to humans and other mammals.

"The model is based on idealized representations of societal, technological and policy factors," said lead researcher Jeremy Fyke, of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Theoretical

Roger This: Science And Politics Mix It Up

on November 15, 2015 - 9:15am

Courtesy/NOAA

Roger This: Science And Politics Mix It Up

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

A new “hockey stick” argument erupted this summer on Capitol Hill, as Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), chairman of the House Science Committee faced off with officials of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the last several months over a climate study published in Science magazine in June 2015.

The new study, “Possible artifacts of data biases in the recent global surface warming hiatus,”offered a revised version of historical land and sea temperatures that used new data

Wash, Dry And Repeat … Billion Dollar Cleanup Settlement Starts Over

on November 13, 2015 - 1:29pm

New Mexico Environment Department Cabinet Secretary Ryan Flynn asks for input on a revised consent order from members of the Northern New Mexico Citizens Advisory Board Thursday at the Cities of Gold Conference Center in Pojoaque. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

During a break at the NNMCAB meeting Thursday, from left, NNSA Environmental Programs Office Assistant Manager George Rael, talks to EM Los Alamos Field Office Manager Doug Hintze and contractor Bob Zulick. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

POJOAQUE – A citizen’s advisory

NASA's Swift Spots Its Thousandth Gamma-ray Burst

on November 12, 2015 - 10:23am

GRB 151027B, Swift's 1,000th burst, center, is shown in this composite X-ray, ultraviolet and optical image. X-rays were captured by Swift's X-Ray Telescope, which began observing the field 3.4 minutes after the Burst Alert Telescope detected the blast. Swift's Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope (UVOT) began observations seven seconds later and faintly detected the burst in visible light.

El Valle Astronomers Host Dixon Star Party Saturday

on November 12, 2015 - 9:02am
Capella, left center, and the Pleiades, right, bathed in the Northern Lights. Imaged Oct. 11, 2015 with a Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR in Karasjok, Norway. Courtesy/NOP
 
By DAVID GRIGGS, Secretary
El Valle Astronomers

El Valle Astronomers will host a Star Party Saturday, Nov. 14. Meet in front of the Dixon Coop Market 4:55 p.m., and President Lee Mesibov will lead the procession up the hill to the Dixon Ballfield.

In the evening twilight, we will be observing details on the waxing crescent Moon. As twilight fades away, you can make out the last stars of summery Sagittarius to its left.

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