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SFI: Understanding Genius - The Neuroscience Of Extraordinary Creativity

on July 10, 2015 - 12:40pm
Nancy C. Andreasen
 
SFI News:
 
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) presents community lecture "Understanding Genius: The Neuroscience of Extraordinary Creativity" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, at James A. Little Theater, 1060 Cerrillos Road.
 
How does one define extraordinary creativity? Is creative genius a product of nature or nurture? And can those of us who are less creative enhance the creative capacity in ourselves and others?
 
Andreasen uses neuroscience to analyze the connections between extraordinary creativity, intelligence, the social environment, and mental illness.
 
Using her extensive

Neutrons Find ‘Missing’ Magnetism Of Plutonium

on July 10, 2015 - 12:36pm

Doug Abernathy, left, ARCS instrument scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Marc Janoschek, Los Alamos National Laboratory, prepare their sample for experiments at the Spallation Neutron Source. Photo by Genevieve Martin/ORNL.

 

LANL News:

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Groundbreaking work at two Department of Energy national laboratories has confirmed plutonium’s magnetism, which scientists have long theorized but have never been able to experimentally observe.

The advances that enabled the discovery hold great promise for materials, energy and computing applications.

Plutonium was first

Los Alamos ScienceFest Calendar Of Events

on July 10, 2015 - 12:25pm

SCIENCEFEST News:

Have you noticed the flurry of activity at the entrance to town?

Led by Fuller Lodge Art Center art instructor Olivia Snyder, her class of 12-14 year old artists are transforming Entrance Park and creating a façade of the iconic main gate from the Manhattan Project era. Entrance Park will function as an information booth for ScienceFest Saturday, July 18.

The only science festival in the state, Los Alamos ScienceFest is a 5-day festival that celebrates Los Alamos, New Mexico as a center of science and creativity.

Supplemental Ventilation System Arrives At WIPP

on July 10, 2015 - 10:51am
WIPP employees unload sections of the SVS early this week at the WIPP facility. Courtesy/WIPP
 
 
WIPP News:
 
Sections of the new Supplemental Ventilation System (SVS) arrived this week at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad.
 
The SVS is designed to increase the total amount of air supplied to the underground. The fan assembly underwent factory acceptance testing last week and arrived at the WIPP facility early this week. The fan and associated equipment will be transported to the WIPP underground in four pieces where it will be assembled by WIPP personnel.
 
Once operational, the

‘Voices of the Manhattan Project’ Presents Eye Witness Accounts of Trinity Test

on July 10, 2015 - 10:46am
Oppenheimer with the 'Gadget' before the Trinity test. Courtesy http://www.atomicheritage.org.

AHF News:

At 5:29:21 MT July 16, 1945, Manhattan Project scientists conducted the world’s first atomic bomb test at the Trinity site near Alamogordo. The Atomic Heritage Foundation is pleased to feature dozens of audio/visual interviews with Trinity test eyewitnesses on the “Voices of the Manhattan Project.”  From Manhattan Project director General Leslie R. Groves to scientists and soldiers, they recall the overwhelming force and terrifying beauty of the first nuclear explosion.

Scientists

LANL Student-Mentor Picnic Lives Up To Expectations

on July 9, 2015 - 10:11pm
LANL mentor Jeff Favorite juggles fire to entertain summer students during today's picnic at Urban Park. Photo by Heather Hughes
 
Kirk Webber mans the DJ booth at today's during today's picnic at Urban Park. Photo by Heather Hughes
 
 
By ROWAN THOMAS LUMB
Los Alamos Daily Post
  • 2015 Student Mentor Picnic lives up to expectations; thrives on cheap summertime student energy

The nearly limitless energy source that is student enthusiasm for games, music, and shirking real work, was successfully harnessed this afternoon, June 9 in Urban Park. The event was a fantastic success.  

A live DJ

‘Fantastic Fractals’ Screens At Nature Center July 18

on July 9, 2015 - 10:47am
Fractal created by Wolfgang Beyer. Courtesy/Wikimedia Commons

PEEC News:

To get in the spirit of ScienceFest, PEEC is screening Fantastic Fractals.

Join host and Fractal Foundation Executive Director Jonathan Wolfe as he presents a full-dome planetarium show that explores infinitely complex mathematical fractals in nature. This award-winning program features original music, and is educational, entertaining, and amazing.

This planetarium show is $5, and will screen at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, July 18 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Seating is limited.

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