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American Geophysical Union Announces 2017 Fellows

on July 27, 2017 - 9:08am

The American Geophysical Union headquarters in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/AGU

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Geophysical Union (AGU) today announced its 2017 Fellows, an honor given to individual AGU members who have made exceptional scientific contributions and gained prominence in their respective fields of Earth and space sciences.

Since the AGU Fellows program was established in 1962, and according to the organization’s bylaws, no more than 0.01 percent of the total membership of AGU is recognized annually.

Museums’ Fossil Mammal Research Project Gets Grant

on July 27, 2017 - 7:13am
Skull of an early Paleocene mammal collected from New Mexico from the collections of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Courtesy/NMMNHS
 
NSF News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The National Science Foundation has awarded the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science a $101,125 grant to support research on early placental mammals and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) educational programs. 
 
The project, aims to shed light on how mammals fared after the Cretaceous extinction (K-Pg extinction), an event most famous for the demise of the non-avian dinosaurs.

Lightning Measure In Downtown Los Alamos Today

on July 26, 2017 - 1:35pm

Here is a measure of the lightning striking during a 30 minute period this afternoon in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy/Morris B. Pongratz

LANL Information Scientist Herbert Van de Sompel To Receive Paul Evan Peters Award

on July 26, 2017 - 9:51am

Herbert Van De Sompel, an information scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will recieve the Paul Evan Peters Award.

LANL News:

  • Networked infrastructure to support scholarship among his contributions

Herbert Van de Sompel, research scientist at the Research Library of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Award from the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), the Association of Research Libraries, and EDUCAUSE.

The award recognizes notable, lasting achievements in the creation and innovative use of network-based information

LAF&SF Features Hope: Science, Religion, And The Future At Unitarian Church 6 p.m. Wednesday

on July 24, 2017 - 8:36pm

LAF&SF News: 

Religions provide varieties of short-term, long-term, and eternal hopes and pathways to them. In our culture everyone is free to choose from these hopes or to live without them.

In this final session of the Faith and Science Forum, which is Wednesay, a panel is scheduled to share four faith perspectives on hope: Rabbi Jack Shlachter (also a scientist) will present Jewish hopes; Connon Odom (engineer and Los Alamos Church of Christ deacon) will present comments on Christian hope versus optimism from N.T.

NNSA Conducts Aerial Radiation Assessment Survey

on July 24, 2017 - 9:03am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) conducted a low-altitude helicopter flight over portions of the Arlington, Va., area July 22 to measure naturally occurring background radiation.
 
Officials from NNSA announced that the radiation assessment covers approximately three square miles. A twin-engine Bell 412 helicopter, operated by the Remote Sensing Laboratory Aerial Measuring System from Joint Base Andrews, was equipped with radiation sensing technology.
 
The helicopter flew in a grid pattern over the

NOAA’s Climate.Gov: Natural Wetlands, Tropical Agriculture Cause Methane Increases, Not Oil And Gas

on July 24, 2017 - 7:59am
Courtesy/NOAA
 
NOAA News:
 
“Agricultural and wetland emissions” from the planet’s tropical areas, not oil and gas activities in the United States, are more than likely responsible for a post-2007 global increase in methane levels, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate.gov.
 
But regulating or mitigating those methane sources could be difficult or impossible.
 
“Both of the likely contenders for the recent increase in emissions could be tricky to mitigate,” wrote Climate.gov’s Rebecca Lindsey and Michon Scott.

LANL: Neutrino Research Takes Giant Leap Forward

on July 20, 2017 - 4:31pm

This illustration shows the 800-mile/1300-kilometer path from Fermilab to the Sanford Underground Research Facility, straight through the earth. Courtesy/Fermilab
  • The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment will send particles 800 miles to a mile-deep detector in South Dakota

LANL News:

In a unique groundbreaking ceremony July 21 at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, S.D., an international group of dignitaries, scientists and engineers will mark the start of construction of a massive experiment that could change our understanding of the universe.

Savannah River Site Reaches Milestone In Supplying Tritium For National Defense

on July 20, 2017 - 4:20pm

SAVANNAH RIVER News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s Savannah River Tritium Enterprise (SRTE) in Aiken, S.C., has conducted three tritium extractions in fiscal year 2017, marking the first time the Tritium Extraction Facility has performed more than one extraction in a year.

 “Achieving this significant milestone – especially doing it safely, securely, and in a disciplined manner – has required a tremendous team effort on the part of the entire SRTE team,” said Lt. Gen. Frank G.

Tonight ... Science On Tap: Preparing For The Eclipse

on July 20, 2017 - 4:13pm

LA CREATIVE DISTRICT News:

A full solar eclipse will pass over much of the United States Friday. It’s a rare opportunity indeed. Join us tonight at Science On Tap, at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked in Los Alamos to prepare!

The last such eclipse was in February of 1979 and the next one won’t be until October 2023. What makes these celestial transits special is an opportunity to view the sun’s corona (or its extensive low-density atmosphere) when it is visible. It is only during a total solar eclipse that such investigation is possible.

Join Galen Gisler, a Lab scientist with our XTD Integrated

ORNL: Titan Simulations Show Importance Of Close 2-Way Coupling Between Human And Earth Systems

on July 20, 2017 - 7:48am
OLCF’s Titan advances delivery of accelerated, high-resolution earth system model with human dimensions. Courtesy photo
 
ORNL News:
 
Oak Ridge National Laboratory announces that its Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) has developed a new integrated computational climate model to reduce uncertainties in future climate predictions marks the first successful attempt to bridge Earth systems with energy and economic models and large-scale human impact data.
 
The integrated Earth System Model, or iESM, is being used to explore interactions between the physical climate system,

3-D Models Help Scientists Gauge Flood Impact

on July 20, 2017 - 7:14am
Iowa Flood Center team performs one of the first 3-D RANS simulations of dam breaks in a natural environment. Courtesy photo
 
IFC News:
 
Heavy rainfall can cause rivers and drainage systems to overflow or dams to break, leading to flood events that bring damage to property and road systems as well potential loss of human life.
 
A team from the Iowa Flood Center (IFC) at the University of Iowa, led by UI Professor George Constantinescu, is creating 3-D non-hydrostatic flood models that can more accurately simulate flood wave propagation and account for the interaction between the

LANL: Simulation Reveals Universal Signature Of Chaos In Ultracold Reactions

on July 19, 2017 - 8:26am

A two-dimensional slice of the potential energy surface for the K + KRb reaction. The reaction proceeds from right to left. In the intermediate region a deep well is clearly visible which leads to chaotic motion. Image courtesy Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Findings have implications for quantum computing, other technologies

Researchers have performed the first ever quantum-mechanical simulation of the benchmark ultracold chemical reaction between potassium-rubidium (KRb) and a potassium atom, opening the door to new controlled chemistry experiments and quantum

National Awards Recognize Los Alamos National Laboratory Leadership In Nuclear Safeguards

on July 17, 2017 - 5:37pm

Nancy Jo Nicholas, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s associate director for threat identification and response, was recognized with the Edway R. Johnson Meritorious Service award by the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Two Los Alamos National Laboratory employees were recognized today by the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management for their contributions to the nuclear safeguards profession.

Nancy Jo Nicholas, the Laboratory’s associate director for threat identification and response, was recognized with the Edway R. Johnson Meritorious Service award.

ScienceFest Schedule Of Events Today!

on July 15, 2017 - 8:41pm

ScienceFest News:

Schedule of ScienceFest events for Sunday, July 16:

FLIGHT OF THE ORIGAMI CRANES!
Los Alamos History Museum
Each year the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum receive thousands of donated paper cranes from around the world. Create YOUR crane to send to Japan at Culture and Collaboration: The Los Alamos/Japan Project, an exhibit on display at the Los Alamos History Museum until July 20. The Los Alamos History Museum will deliver community cranes to Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August.

Scenes From ScienceFest 2017 At Ashley Pond Park

on July 15, 2017 - 8:30pm
Los Alamos celebrated ScienceFest today at Ashley Pond Park. The event had a Ranch School theme. Canoe rides were part of the fun. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
These recent Los Alamos High School graduates competed in the Colorado Kinetic Sculpture Race in June. Their sculpture was The Manhattan Project and had a mad scientist theme. They won First Place in the Virgin (first time in the race) catagory. They plan to compete again next year. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Building molecules with marshmallows at the UNM-Los Alamos booth. Photo by Bonnie J.

Public Astronomy Dark Night July 22

on July 15, 2017 - 5:03am
Pajarito Astronomers News:
 
The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night at 8:15 p.m., (sunset) Saturday, July 22, at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park.  
 
Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. Mercury, Jupiter and its moons and Saturn with its rings and moons will potentially be visible during the evening. There will be a tour of the summer constellations, the Milky Way, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.
 
The public is invited and encouraged

ScienceFest Schedule Of Events: Saturday July 15

on July 14, 2017 - 7:11pm

ScienceFest News:

ScienceFest Schedule for Saturday July 15:

This major event celebrates the science in everyday life in hands-on, interactive experiences. Great for millennials, families and kids, ScienceFest highlights the groundbreaking science that still happens in Los Alamos. This year’s theme is “100th Anniversary of the Ranch School.” Discover Ranch School Days – without the Ranch School, the Manhattan Project would not have been located here.

Los Alamos Ashley Pond Park
10am-3pm

FREE admission

MAIN GATE PARK FESTIVAL INFORMATION BOOTH & PHOTO OPP
Main Gate Park
9am-2pm

ASHLEY POND PARK

ScienceFest Curiosity Challenge Goes Live!

on July 14, 2017 - 10:57am

ScienceFest News:

This year ScienceFest attendees will have the chance to compete with one and other in an exciting and interactive scavenger hunt.

Participants can accumulate points by completing challenges and experiencing all of the entertainment ScienceFest has to offer. The person or team with the most points at the end of the challenge will win a brand new Yeti cooler!

Joining the challenge is easy.

DREAM BIG: Free Screening Reel Deal 10am Saturday

on July 14, 2017 - 10:44am

BECHTEL News:

What does it mean to be an engineer? Bechtel Corporation, one of the lead teammates of Los Alamos National Security LLC, is joining with Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos ScienceFest to present a free, one-day-only showing of an inspirational movie about engineering called “Dream Big: Engineering Our World.”

The movie is showing at IMAX theaters and science museums across the country but we’ve arranged for a screening in Los Alamos as part of the ScienceFest celebration.

Dream Big takes viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a

ScienceFest Schedule: Friday July 14

on July 14, 2017 - 9:07am

ScienceFest News:

Today's shedule of activities for ScienceFest 2017:

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
SCIENCEFEST CONCERT: The Peterson Brothers Band
Ashley Pond Park Stage
7-10pm

FREE admission

 
FULLER LODGE LAWN FAMILY CAMP OUT
Fuller Lodge Lawn
Bring your family tent and sleeping bags to take advantage of this once in a life-time opportunity to camp at Fuller Lodge Lawn. Art & crafts, snacks, campfire songs and S’mores Wars!
7pm-7am
FREE admission

FLIGHT OF THE ORIGAMI CRANES!
Los Alamos History Museum
Each year the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum receive

ScienceFest Schedule: Thursday July 13

on July 13, 2017 - 4:58pm

ScienceFest News:

 

RANCH SCHOOL NIGHTS CELEBRATION SOLD OUT!
Fuller Lodge
The most anticipated party of the year. Join us for an old fashioned Ranch School evening at Fuller Lodge and Lawn to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Los Alamos Ranch School. Dinner, drinks, music, campfire stories and songs, root beer floats and s’mores. Live auction of props from WGN’s Manh(A)ttan TV show.
6-9pm
Tickets in advance only

 

FLIGHT OF THE ORIGAMI CRANES!
Los Alamos History Museum
Each year the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum receive thousands of donated paper cranes

LANL: Algae Production Research Gets Boost

on July 13, 2017 - 10:55am
An aerial view of a 30,000L raceway, where Sapphire validates the performance of its cultivation strains by testing them at increasing spatial scales. Courtesy/Saphire Energy Inc. 
 
LANL News:
 
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of three projects to receive up to $8 million, aimed at reducing the costs of producing algal biofuels and bioproducts.
 
One of the projects involves Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Shawn Starkenburg working with Alina Corcoran of Sapphire Energy at its Las Cruces, New Mexico field site, evaluating rationally designed

COUNTY: Rocket-Fueled Family Fun Night Friday!

on July 13, 2017 - 10:53am

COUNTY News:
 
Start the ScienceFest Weekend off with a bang at the Rocket-Fueled Family Fun Night 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 14, at the Walkup Aquatic Center. 
 
The floating island will be set up in the pool and the bounce house on the patio. Other activities will include a cannonball contest in the deep end, and a coin treasure hunt in the shallow end with great prizes for the winners. There is no additional cost for this night besides your regular admission into the pool. Come join in the fun!

Greenland’s Ocean Bloom Likely Fueled By Iron

on July 12, 2017 - 10:55am

Satellite photo of glacial meltwater runoff from the Greenland Ice Sheet. A new study finds iron particles washed off Greenland’s rocks and soil and ferried into the sea by the meltwater are driving a recently-discovered summer algal bloom. Courtesy/NASA

 

By KER THAN
Stanford

Iron particles catching a ride on glacial meltwater washed out to sea by drifting currents is likely fueling a recently discovered summer algal bloom off the southern coast of Greenland, a new study finds.

Microalgae, also known as phytoplankton, are plant-like, marine microorganisms that form the base of the food

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