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Hunt Over For A ‘Top 50 Most-Wanted Fungi’

on September 29, 2017 - 10:49am

Researchers from LANL and several other institutions have characterized a sample of ‘mystery’ fungus and found its home in the fungal tree of life. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Tree of life still holds mysteries in the fungal world – millions of them

In a step toward bridging the gap between fungal taxonomy and molecular ecology, scientists from several institutions including Los Alamos National Laboratory have characterized a sample of “mystery” fungus collected in North Carolina and found its home in the fungal tree of life.

“Working estimates tell us that there should be more than 5 million

Los Alamos Scientists Named 2017 Laboratory Fellows

on September 28, 2017 - 10:44am

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s 2017 Fellows, clockwise from top left, Donald Burton, Turab Lookman, Stephen Doorn and Manvendra Dubey. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News: 

  • Researchers recognized for outstanding science research and leadership

Four Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have been named 2017 Fellows: Donald Burton, Stephen Doorn, Manvendra Dubey, and Turab Lookman.

“Becoming a Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow is one of the highest accomplishments in the Lab,” Laboratory Director Charles McMillan said.

Commentary: Science Education Is Essential To New Mexico’s Future

on September 28, 2017 - 7:15am
By U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich

As senators who proudly represent the world-class scientists at New Mexico’s national laboratories, research universities, military installations and high-tech businesses, we call on policymakers to use science as a guiding light. 
 
Our capacity to seize opportunities and face the many challenges ahead rests heavily on our ability to make decisions driven by scientific data.

NNSA: No Risk Of An Inadvertent Criticality At LANL From Aug. 18 Event

on September 27, 2017 - 10:52am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Reaction has been widespread to a memorandum issued Sept. 1 by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board regarding what it calls a criticality safety event that occurred Aug. 18 at the Los Alamos National Laboratory Plutonium Facility.

National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) officials are now saying that the amount of material involved was well within parameters known to be safe and that there was no risk of an inadvertent criticality at any time.

The DNFSB memorandum indicates that the event occurred in the casting

Researchers Find New Way To Manipulate Magnetism

on September 26, 2017 - 9:46am
Schematic shows how different energies of argon (Ar) ions bombarding a thin film of cobalt (Co) sandwiched between platinum (Pt) layers can twist or rotate the spin of electrons in a particular direction, by controlling an effect known as the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI). Credit: NIST
 
NIST News:
 
In a pioneering effort to control, measure and understand magnetism at the atomic level, researchers working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have discovered a new method for manipulating the nanoscale properties of magnetic materials.
 
The ability to

PEEC Brings New Film To Planetarium

on September 25, 2017 - 11:32am
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is bringing a new full-dome planetarium film to the Los Alamos Nature Center this month. 
 
Dark Matter Mystery will premiere at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 and be accompanied by a presentation by Dr. Joyce Guzik. This new show will also play in the nature center planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.
 
Dark Matter Mystery sheds light on a seemingly intangible substance that makes up nearly a third of a third of the observable Universe.

Letter To The Editor: Changes To New Mexico STEM-Ready Science Standards

on September 25, 2017 - 11:31am
By ELENA E. GIORGI
Los Alamos

New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) recently released a draft of proposed changes to New Mexico STEM-ready science standards to be voted during the hearing Oct. 16.
 
They can be read in full on the PED website (http://ped.state.nm.us/ped/PublicNotices.html), under rule 6.29.10. These proposed changes scrap facts like the age of the Earth and the fact that temperatures have been steadily rising in the past years. The word evolution has also been taken out.
 
As a mother, a scientist, and a science educator, I find such censoring alarming,

Heinrich Welcomes $1 Million Federal Investment In Innovate ABQ Bioscience Incubator

on September 23, 2017 - 6:28am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) welcomes the announcement that the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration will award Innovate ABQ with a $1 million grant to establish a bioscience business incubator.
 
Innovate ABQ is a collaborative initiative that brings together the research powers of the University of New Mexico and New Mexico's government, education, and business communities.

"I've been proud to support Innovate ABQ from the start," Heinrich said.

Night Sky Observation In Valles Caldera Sept. 23

on September 21, 2017 - 7:00am
The Milky Way over the Jemez River. Photo by Jim Stein
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VALL) to offer a night sky observation event 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23.
 
PEEC astronomers and VALL park rangers will point out constellations, planets, and other celestial objects with the help of telescopes and lasers.
 
The Valles Caldera offers some of the darkest skies in our area and is a great place to get a better look at the night sky on clear nights.

Science On Tap: How Lab Scientists Use Biochemistry To Better Understand And Mend The Planet

on September 20, 2017 - 4:45pm

Los Alamos Creative District News:

The Earth is a complex place. The field of biogeochemistry seeks to better understand the links between geologic, chemical and biological processes. The community is invited to learn more at Science On Tap 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 at UnQuarked Wine Bar, 145 Central Park Square. The American Chemical Society, Central New Mexico Local Section, will provide light refreshments.

During this Science on Tap event, join Sharon Bone, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Inorganic Isotope and Actinide Chemistry group, who will talk about how molecular- and

NEA-New Mexico Weighs In On New Mexico PED Proposed Science Education Standards

on September 20, 2017 - 9:21am

NEA-NM News:
The National Education Association – New Mexico believes the entirety of the Next Gen standards should be adopted, not the version proposed by the P.E.D. which substitutes non-scientific notions where science should be taught," says Charles Goodmacher, Spokesperson for the National Education Association - New Mexico. 
 
"The PED proposed changes infuse politics into local classrooms across New Mexico," Goodmacher said.

AFT Responds To Public Education Department Proposed Changes To New Mexico Science Standards

on September 18, 2017 - 2:54pm
AFT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:
 
“Today’s revelation that the New Mexico Public Education Department wants to implement a perverted, watered-down version of the NextGen Science Standards is a slap in the face to our students and educators by simultaneously implementing a system of scientific skepticism into New Mexico curriculum and curtailing academic freedom for our educators.
 
“Parents and the larger community need to speak out against the PED’s promotion of junk science in their proposed

Santa Fe Institute Presents Stanislaw Ulam Memorial Lecture Series Sept. 25-26

on September 17, 2017 - 7:21am

‘Prodigal Son’ by Thomas Hart Benton, lithograph (1939). Courtesy/Santa Fe Institute

SFI News:

The Stanislaw Ulam Memorial Lecture Series is 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25 and Tuesday, Sept. 26 at The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe.

SFI's popular Ulam Lecture Series - now in its 25th year - honors the memory of the late Stanislaw theoretical mathematician Stanislaw Ulam.

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Collaboration Creates Highest-Resolution Scan Of Large Tyrannosaur Skull

on September 15, 2017 - 8:57am
A 3D image of Bistahieversor sealeyi, which was found in the Bisti Badlands in New Mexico and Imaged at Los Alamos’ unique facilities. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Researchers using Los Alamos’ unique neutron-imaging and high-energy X-ray capabilities have exposed the inner structures of the fossil skull of a 74-million-year-old tyrannosauroid dinosaur nicknamed the Bisti Beast in the highest-resolution scan of tyrannosaur skull ever done. The results add a new piece to the puzzle of how these bone-crushing top predators evolved over millions of years.

“Normally, we look at a variety of thick,

Farewell To Cassini Mission That Explored Saturn

on September 15, 2017 - 6:32am

This illustration shows NASA’s Cassini spacecraft about to make one of its dives between Saturn and its innermost rings as part of the mission’s grand finale. Cassini will make 22 orbits that swoop between the rings and the planet before ending its mission today, Sept. 15, 2017, with a final plunge into Saturn. Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech

 LANL News:

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory played part in two major discoveries and powered the spacecraft during its 20-year flight

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists led the development of two scientific sensors on NASA’s spacecraft Cassini that

Scenes From Season Kick Off Of Cafe Scientifique

on September 14, 2017 - 6:59am

Cafe Scientifique participants working on a building project during the season kick-off Tuesday night at UNM-LA. Photo by Michelle Hall

Presenter Mike Hoog leads Cafe Scientifique participants in yoga Tuesday evening at UNM-LA. Photo by Michelle Hall

Staff Report

Café Scientifique kick off its season Tuesday evening on the campus of UNM-Los Alamos. The popular program brings teens from all walks of life together to explore, discuss and debate the latest ideas in science and technology.

BSMA Presents Lecture, Tour, Workshop Sept. 16

on September 11, 2017 - 6:53am

UNM-LA Astrophysics Discussion Sept. 19 - Nov. 21

on September 6, 2017 - 2:54pm
Explore Your Universe: Modern Astrophysics for Everyone is open to all ages. This non-credit class focuses on inquiry and discussion. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA
 
UNM-LA News:
 
UNM-Los Alamos Community Education is once again offering a unique opportunity for all community members - from high school students to retirees - who have an interest in learning more about our universe.

Dr. Nicole Lloyd-Ronning will facilitate the non-credit astrophysics course, which begins Sept. 19 at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo

Beginning Sept. 19 and running through Nov.

LANL: Carlsten, Nguyen And Sheffield Win Free-Electron Laser Prize

on September 6, 2017 - 1:24pm

Los Alamos scientists Bruce Carlsten, Richard Sheffield and Dinh Nguyen receive the 2017 Free Electron Laser Prize at an international conference hosted in Santa Fe.

LANL News:

  • International panel notes pioneering contributions in the field

At an international science conference hosted recently in Santa Fe, Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists Bruce Carlsten, Dinh Nguyen and Richard Sheffield were awarded the 2017 Free-Electron Laser (FEL) Prize.

“The very brightest sources of x-rays are the latest generation of x-ray ‘light sources’ called free electron lasers,” Laboratory physicist

Mission To The Asteroid Belt

on September 2, 2017 - 6:12am
Dawn Space Probe Exhibition at New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. Courtesy photo
 
NMMNH&S News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE ― The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science has opened a new, one-of-a-kind exhibition about NASA’s Dawn space probe and the amazing discoveries it has made during its 10-year journey through the solar system.
 
This temporary addition to the space science area will be available through mid-2018.
 
Dawn traveled to and explored Ceres and Vesta, the largest objects in the main asteroid belt, located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

LANL: Superconductivity Research Reveals Potential New State Of Matter

on August 31, 2017 - 7:35am
Filip Ronning at work in his lab. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

A potential new state of matter is being reported in the journal Nature, with research showing that among superconducting materials in high magnetic fields, the phenomenon of electronic symmetry breaking is common. The ability to find similarities and differences among classes of materials with phenomena such as this helps researchers establish the essential ingredients that cause novel functionalities such as superconductivity.

The high-magnetic-field state of the heavy fermion superconductor CeRhIn5 revealed a so-called electronic

FSU Researcher Studying Ways To Treat Spinal Cord Injuries At Cellular Levels

on August 30, 2017 - 9:32am
FSU News:
 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Supported by a new $800,000 National Science Foundation grant, Florida State University College of Medicine Professor Yi Ren is studying the immune response to spinal cord injuries and how cellular functions contribute to paralysis and organ dysfunction.
 
While instant paralysis is an obvious point of fear in spinal cord injuries, a great deal of the damage actually takes place after the initial trauma.
 
“Most of the research being done by scientists who focus on spinal cord injuries is about trying to prevent the secondary injury from happening,” said

Groups Call On Japan Not To Dump Radioactive Water Into Pacific Ocean

on August 30, 2017 - 9:24am
BN News:
 
TAKOMA PARK, Md. — Beyond Nuclear has signed onto a new letter from marine wildlife, environmental and conservation groups calling on authorities in Japan to avoid at all cost the dumping of hundreds and thousands of tons of radioactively contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean.
 
Currently, Japanese utility, TEPCO, is planning to release 777,000 tons of waste containing radioactive tritium into the Pacific Ocean from its stricken Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear site.

NNSA Removes All HEU From Ghana

on August 30, 2017 - 7:50am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), in cooperation with Ghana, China, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), repatriated approximately one kilogram of Chinese-origin highly enriched uranium (HEU) from Ghana’s GHARR-1 Miniature Neutron Source Reactor (MNSR) at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission’s National Nuclear Research Institute in Accra, Ghana Aug. 28.
 
This shipment removes the last known HEU from Ghana, making it the 32nd country plus Taiwan to become HEU-free.

LANL: High-impact Innovations Honored As R&D 100 Award Finalists

on August 29, 2017 - 3:52pm

Carl Gable, left, and Hari Viswanathan discuss R&D 100 finalist selection Discrete Fracture Network Modeling Suite (dfnWorks): Transforming simulations of flow and transport through fractured rock. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory snags eight nominations for health, computer modeling, materials, engineering and energy technologies

Eight Los Alamos National Laboratory innovations were selected as finalists for the 2017 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. The

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