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Wider Temperature Tolerance Is Based On Ion-pair-coordinated Polymers

on August 25, 2016 - 4:35pm
Researchers Yu Seung Kim,left, and Kwan-Soo Lee. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:

A new class of fuel cells based on a newly discovered polymer-based material could bridge the gap between the operating temperature ranges of two existing types of polymer fuel cells, a breakthrough with the potential to accelerate the commercialization of low-cost fuel cells for automotive and stationary applications.

A Los Alamos National Laboratory team, in collaboration with Yoong-Kee Choe at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan and Cy Fujimoto of Sandia National

Johnson Supports Johnson

on August 25, 2016 - 10:06am
Longtime Los Alamos GOP leader JoAnn Johnson worked side by side with Gary Johnson as his regional campaign chairman in the 1994 election in which he became Governor of New Mexico. Photo by Carol A. Clark/  
By JoAnn Johnson
Los Alamos

If you are looking for a viable candidate for President of the United States in the Nov. 8, 2016 General Election, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson is your man.

Johnson’s beliefs are what I want to hear. He has pushed for equal rights for LGBT couples, criminal justice and immigration reform and for less American military intervention.

High-impact Innovations Are R&D 100 Award Finalists

on August 25, 2016 - 8:48am

Pulak Nath, of Los Alamos National Laboratory, holds the Pulmonary Lung Model (PulMo). Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Eight technologies offer breakthroughs in energy, computing, cybersecurity, health, materials and particle accelerators

Eight Los Alamos National Laboratory innovations were selected as finalists for the 2016 R&D 100 Awards, which honor the top 100 proven technological advances of the past year as determined by a panel selected by R&D Magazine.

National Park Service Is 100 Years Old Today!

on August 25, 2016 - 8:36am

Turret Arch and North Window are two of the massive stone arches at the Windows Section in Arches National Park Utah. Photo by NPS/Jacob W. Frank

NPS News:

The National Park Service turns 100 years olds today and everyone can take part in the celebration.

The centennial kicks off a second century of stewardship of America's national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation and historic preservation programs.

The National Park Service invites the nation to find a park and discover the national parks and programs in their own backyard.

Humanist Lobby Group Releases Scorecard For US House Members On Church/State Separation

on August 25, 2016 - 7:45am
CFE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Center for Freethought Equality, the 501(c)4 sister advocacy organization of the American Humanist Association, released its scorecard of the members of the US House of Representatives of the 114th Congress.

“It’s time for our US Representatives to listen to the concerns of the nonreligious community, especially now that the Pew Research Center is reporting that nearly a quarter of Americans do not identify as religious,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the Center for Freethought Equality.

National Park Service Turns 100 Years Old: All Parks Are Free To Visit Aug. 25-28

on August 24, 2016 - 3:16pm

NPS News:
My name is Cheyenne and I am a rising 5th grader at an elementary school in Maryland. This Thursday, Aug. 25, the National Park Service turns 100 years old.

To celebrate this anniversary, all national parks will be free to visit Aug. 25-
28, and I wanted to tell you why I hope you will go to and plan a visit to some of these amazing places.

Parks are very important to me. When you go to parks, you are able to see just how beautiful and awesome the outdoors can be and how we must be good stewards of our planet.

Sure, you can go on an adventure in a video game, or

Robot Electrocutes Invasive Lionfish In Coral Reefs

on August 24, 2016 - 3:01pm
Courtesy photo
RISE News:
A US non-profit company has designed an innovative method of controlling the spread of lionfish threatening to devastate fish stocks and coral reef ecosystems in warmer ocean waters.

Robots In Service of the Environment (RISE) joined deep ocean research charity, Nekton, on its maiden voyage in the North Atlantic to test a prototype being developed to operate remotely in deep water to locate and deliver a fatal electric shock to the invasive species.

Nekton’s research vessel was off the Bermudian coast conducting the XL Catlin Deep Ocean Survey, a pioneering

Garcia Richard Visits With Tech Transfer Companies

on August 24, 2016 - 7:58am

From left, Fast Company Magazine founder Alan Webber and Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard visit with UbiQD CEO Hunter McDaniel Aug. 11 during a tour of local tech transfer companies. Courtesy photo

From left, Fast Company Magazine founder Alan Webber and Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard watch a demonstration by UbiQD CEO Hunter McDaniel during an Aug. 11 tour of local tech transfer companies. Courtesy photo

Rick Nebel, founder of Tibbar Plasma Technologies in Los Alamos speaks with Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Aug.

USPS Helps National Park Service Celebrate Centennial

on August 24, 2016 - 6:48am

This sheet includes 16 different stamps, all of them showing views of national parks or plants, animals, artwork, objects, and structures found in or associated with a national park. Courtesy/NPS

USPS News: 

NEW YORK — Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan helps the National Park Service celebrate its 100th anniversary with the dedication of the pane of 16 National Parks Forever stamps .The first-day-of-issue ceremony took place in New York City at the World Stamp Show-NY 2016 – which is the world’s largest stamp show and is only held once a decade in the United States.

“The men and women of

Valles Caldera Celebrates National Park Service Birthday With Free Entry Aug. 25-27 And Special Event Saturday

on August 23, 2016 - 5:27pm

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve, in partnership with Los Amigos de Valles Caldera and the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, is celebrating the National Park Service centennial anniversary with free entry from Aug. 25-28 and a special event 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27.

Visitors on Saturday can participate in the preserve’s “BioBlitz” where citizen-scientists of all ages can help the NPS discover and document the plants and animals that call the preserve home.  

Los Amigos de Valles Caldera, the preserve’s friends group, will sponsor a variety of

New Mexico Together Family Picnic Hosted by Hillary for Los Alamos County Campaign East Park Saturday

on August 23, 2016 - 5:09pm


The community is invited to a Family Picnic 5-7 p.m. Saturday at East Park as a campaign kick-off event for the Hillary for Los Alamos County Campaign hosted by New Mexico Together. 

Special guests at the picnic include Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, State Sen. Richard Martínez and Marco Serna, Democratic candidate for District Attorney. Attendees will have an opportunity to speak to their local elected officials and those running for election and re-election this year.


Estimated $109 Billion Annual Cost Of Drowsy Driving

on August 23, 2016 - 3:05pm
GHSA News:
We all know not to drive drunk, drugged or distracted, but what about driving drowsy? The Governors Highway Safety Association issued a new report in collaboration with State Farm titled Wake Up Call!
Understanding Drowsy Driving and What States Can Do, highlights the dangers associated with driving tired. Among them: drowsy driving can closely mimic drunk driving, 10-20 percent of large truck and bus crashes involve fatigued drivers, and society loses $109 billion annually due to drowsy driving crashes.
Check out the full report here: 

USPS Honors Festival Of Diwali With Forever Stamp

on August 23, 2016 - 3:00pm
USPS News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Postal Service will commemorate the joyous Hindu festival of Diwali with a Forever stamp. The Wednesday, Oct. 5, first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony is at the Consulate General of India in New York City. 
The stamp design is a photograph featuring a traditional diya oil lamp beautifully lit, sitting on a sparkling gold background. Diya lamps are usually made from clay with cotton wicks dipped in a clarified butter known as “ghee” or in vegetable oils. 
Also known as Deepavali, Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil.

Los Alamos High School Teacher Kathy Boerigter Receives Prestigious Presidential Award For Excellence In Science Teaching

on August 22, 2016 - 7:56pm
 Los Alamos High School teacher Kathy Boerigter has received the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, which she will receive in September at the White House in Washington, D.C. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus congratulates Los Alamos High School teacher Kathy Boerigter for being honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. P
hoto by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Today, the White House announced the recipients of the prestigious Presidential

LANL: DOE Pilot Program Connects Entrepreneurs With Expertise At National Laboratories

on August 22, 2016 - 5:08pm

PajaritoPowder, LLC, a fuel-cell-catalyst company based in Albuquerque, is one of the voucher recipients that will partner with Los Alamos. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory will give technical assistance to three fuel-cell technology companies, including one based in Albuquerque, that have been awarded vouchers by the Department of Energy as phase two of the Small Business Voucher (SBV) pilot program.

The program partners small businesses working toward clean-energy technologies with national laboratories so they can better leverage their world-class capabilities and

Heinrich Hosts NSF Director, Highlights STEM Education And Community Empowerment Programs

on August 22, 2016 - 4:57pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) with National Science Foundation Director Dr. France A. Córdova and Northern New Mexico College staff and students today at NNMC. Courtesy/Heinrich Staff


U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) was in Rio Arriba County today with National Science Foundation (NSF) Director Dr. France A. Córdova to promote educational investments in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and highlight training programs to prepare students for New Mexico's high-tech job industry.

Senator Heinrich and Director Córdova toured Northern New Mexico College to

LAHS Student Participates In National Program

on August 22, 2016 - 12:26pm
Los Alamos High School student Erica Keevama participated with 24 other NNAYI participants this summer at the Association of American Medical Colleges. Courtesy photo
AAIP News:
A San Juan Pueblo and San Ildefonso Pueblo high school student was part of 25 teenagers nationwide to participate in the 18th Association of American Indian Physicians’ National Native American Youth Initiative (NNAYI) program.
Erica Keevama. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos High School student Erica Keevama joined 24 teenagers from across the nation to participate in the 18th Association of American Indian

LANL Scientist David L. Clark Receives 2017 Glenn T. Seaborg Award For Nuclear Chemistry

on August 22, 2016 - 10:05am

David L. Clark is the recipient of the 2017 Glenn T. Seaborg Award for Nuclear Chemistry from the American Chemistry Society. Photo by Rod Searcey, Stanford, Calif.

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory chemist David L. Clark has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Glenn T. Seaborg Award for Nuclear Chemistry, sponsored by the American Chemical Society Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology.

“Dave is well-known for his breadth of accomplishment in actinide synthesis, characterization, and electronic structure elucidation, as well as the development of modern multi-method

Heinrich: U.S. Must Help Safeguard Tribal Patrimony

on August 21, 2016 - 11:21am

By U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-NM

Earlier this year, when looking through a list of tribal artifacts up for bid at an art auction house in Paris, the Pueblo of Acoma discovered that the Acoma shield, a sacred ceremonial object, had been stolen and was about to be sold to the highest bidder.

After Acoma Gov. Kurt Riley notified me, I wrote a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging the U.S. State Department to take all possible action to help repatriate the shield and other stolen cultural items to American Indian tribes.

AGU: Climate Change Could Cause Major Decline In Antarctic Krill Habitat By 2100

on August 19, 2016 - 7:53am
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Antarctic krill, small crustaceans key to the Antarctic marine food web, could lose most of their habitat by the year 2100, according to a new study published online in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).
Researchers combined climate simulations with a krill growth model to find that changes in water temperature and sea ice in Antarctic waters could shrink krill habitat by as much as 80 percent by the end of the century, potentially causing a decline in krill that could ripple throughout the entire marine food

Isotope Research Opens Possibilities For Cancer Treatment

on August 19, 2016 - 7:49am
The triumphant research team during the acquisition of the first actinium X-ray Absorption Fine Structure analysis (on the screen). From left, Thomas Hostetler (SSRL), Chantal Stieber (former Los Alamos), Maryline Ferrier (Los Alamos), Juan Lezama Pacheco (Stanford) and Stosh Kozimor (Los Alamos). Courtesy photo

LANL News:

  • Computer models supporting spectroscopy unlock behavior of actinium-225

A new study at Los Alamos National Laboratory and in collaboration with Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource greatly improves scientists’ understanding of the element actinium.

Foxx: Does Voting Matter?

on August 18, 2016 - 11:53pm

Los Alamos

It is Aug. 18, 2016 as I write this. Ironically, it is the 96th anniversary of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote. And I ask myself “Does voting really matter?”

I once read a book called “Having Our Say, The Delany Sisters First 100 Years.” It was about two African American Sisters, Sadie and Bessie Delany (born in 1889 and 1890). It is their real life stories of trials, and tribulations they faced during their century of life. In their book, they describe their excitement at being able to vote for the very first time.

To them it was not only a

Celebrate National Parks Centennial With Free Lecture Sept. 4

on August 18, 2016 - 10:27pm
Dr. Dwight T. Pitcaithley
NMHM News:
SANTA FE — This year marks the Centennial for the National Park System in the United States.
From Carlsbad Caverns to Chaco Canyon, National Parks pepper the terrain of New Mexico and the southwest. Each helps shape our regional history through the land. In celebration of one hundred years of our national parks, the New Mexico History Museum has scheduled a lecture by Dr. Dwight T. Pitcaithley, the former Chief Historican for the National Parks Service, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, in the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium at 113 Lincoln Ave.

NOAA Launches America’s First National Water Forecast Model

on August 18, 2016 - 10:06pm

The new National Water Model will provide river forecast guidance at 2.7 million locations (in blue), complementing the 4,000 locations (in yellow) where National Weather Service river forecasts are currently issued. Courtesy/NOAA

NOAA News:

NOAA and its partners have developed a new forecasting tool to simulate how water moves throughout the nation’s rivers and streams, paving the way for the biggest improvement in flood forecasting the country has ever seen.

Launched today and run on NOAA’s powerful new Cray XC40 supercomputer, the National Water Model uses data from more than 8,000 U.S.

Heinrich To Host Summit On Energy Storage Strategies For Industry And National Security

on August 18, 2016 - 9:35am

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

ALBUQUERQUE - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will host the 2016 Energy Summit: Energy Storage Strategies for Industry & National Security in Albuquerque.

The event is Tuesday, Aug. 23 and will bring together industry leaders, scientists, and grid and national security experts, and feature panel discussions with representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S.