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SFI: Genome Instability in Cancer - A Challenge or an Opportunity

on August 1, 2014 - 8:59am

Catie Grasso, Oregon Health & Science University. Courtesy/SFI

SFI News:

Catie Grasso will present a talk at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, in the Collins Conference Room at Santa Fe Institute

Abstract: Lynn Margulis’ endosymbiotic theory postulated that the eukaryotic cell arose from the symbiosis of multiple bacteria over time, making it possible to create organelles, like the mitochondrion and the chloroplast, which make eukaryotic cells extremely efficient and able to be building blocks in multi-cellular life.

Community and Historical Society Discuss First Episode of WGN’s Manhattan

on July 31, 2014 - 10:40am

Discussion got underway following Sunday's premiere of WGN’s new series, Manhattan, at Time Out Pizzeria. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAHS News:

There was an amazing turnout for the Los Alamos Historical Society’s viewing of the premiere of WGN’s new series, Manhattan, a fictionalized look at life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project.

There was a great discussion following the show, and the Society has collected some of the common questions that we heard that night and on social media.

SFI: The Joy of x ... A Guided Tour of Math

on July 31, 2014 - 9:52am

Steven Strogatz, Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University

SFI News:

Steven Strogatz will speak at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6 at the James a Little Theater – 1060 Cerrillos Road.

Abstract: Viewed through the right lens, the universal language of math connects to literature, philosophy, law, medicine, art, business, and even pop culture and current events. It underpins every aspect of our lives, from finding the perfect romantic partner to understanding how Google works.

Yet few of us understand math well enough to appreciate its beauty, prompting world-class mathematician

DOE Shares Steps For Modernizing Natural Gas Infrastructure

on July 31, 2014 - 9:48am

DOE News:

Building on the President’s Climate Action Plan, the White House and the Department of Energy hosted the fifth in a series of meetings on reducing methane emissions from natural gas systems.

Following the meeting, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced several new initiatives as DOE’s part of the larger Administration Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions.

“By expanding our discussions through these methane roundtables, we have heard from several different groups about the benefits to finding workable solutions to the problem of methane leakage,” Secretary Moniz said.

WIPP Performs Weekly Shaft Inspections

on July 31, 2014 - 9:04am

WIPP News:

In accordance with Mine Safety and Health Administration requirements, WIPP employees continue to perform inspections of the mine shafts.

Shaft inspections are required on a weekly basis and prior to allowing personnel to ride the conveyances, or elevators, into the underground facility. Currently, both the Salt Handling and Air Intake Shafts are inspected every Monday. Once the Waste Shaft is returned to service it will be added to the weekly inspection schedule.

In addition to the weekly inspections, crews also perform checks of the equipment on a daily basis to ensure the

LANL: The Real History of Los Alamos During the Manhattan Project

on July 30, 2014 - 11:24am

LANL Historian and Historic Buildings Manager Ellen McGehee presents a talk here. PrintScreen/LADP

View historic details about the Manhattan Project here. PrintScreen/LADP

LANL News:

Recently there’s been a lot of chatter about the fictionalized history of the Manhattan Project. But what about the real history? What did Los Alamos really look like during the Manhattan Project?

The Manhattan Project laboratory constructed at Los Alamos, New Mexico, beginning in 1943, was intended from the start to be temporary and to go up with amazing speed.

'Comb on a Chip' Powers New NIST/Caltech Atomic Clock Design

on July 30, 2014 - 8:11am

NIST physicists Scott Diddams, left, and Scott Papp with a prototype atomic clock based on a chip-scale frequency comb. Courtesy/ NIST

NIST News:

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have demonstrated a new design for an atomic clock that is based on a chip-scale frequency comb, or a microcomb.

The microcomb clock, featured on the cover of the inaugural issue of the new journal Optica, is the first demonstration of all-optical control of the microcomb, and its accurate conversion of optical frequencies