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Letter To The Editor: No Science Rally In Los Alamos

on April 21, 2017 - 9:13am
By CATHERINE HENSLEY
Los Alamos

I have to respond to a letter in the Los Alamos Daily Post (link) suggesting that we are sleeping through the current challenges to science in our country. I think rather that it is a matter of preaching to the choir.  

In a town that exists for the pursuit of science, it seems silly to shout that we believe it. Therefore, three generations of my family will be going to Santa Fe Saturday to remind our state government that we believe in science, and that they should, too. My friends and neighbors already know that.

Study Examines Mortality Burden Of Modifiable Behavioral Risk Factors

on April 21, 2017 - 6:29am
SGIM News:
 
A team of researchers from Cleveland Clinic and New York University School of Medicine have found that based on 2014 data, obesity resulted in as much as 47 percent more life-years lost than tobacco, and tobacco caused similar life-years lost as high blood pressure.
 
Preliminary work presented by Cleveland Clinic today at the 2017 Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting analyzed the contribution of modifiable behavioral risk factors to causes-of-death in the US population.
 
Based on this preliminary work, the team found the greatest number of preventable

Why Can We See And Hear Meteors At The Same Time?

on April 21, 2017 - 5:28am
A new study explains why we can hear meteors at the same time as we see them. Courtesy photo
 
By LAUREN LIPUMA
AGU Blogosphere
 
Light travels nearly a million times faster than sound. But for thousands of years, humans have reported hearing some meteors as they pass overhead, puzzling scientists for decades.
 
Now, a new study puts forth a simple explanation for the phenomenon: the sound waves aren’t coming from the meteor itself. Instead, radio waves created by the meteor convert to sound waves when they strike metal structures on Earth.
 
Edmund Halley – namesake of the famous

World Futures: INFORMATION - What And How Do We Teach People?

on April 21, 2017 - 5:15am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

It was not that long ago that we went to school to learn the three R’s – Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic. These skills served the student well as the foundation for learning other skills, communicating, and doing basic mathematical calculations of everyday life.  Today reading is often supplanted by video, writing has given way to keyboarding, and mathematics has become a smart phone application.

Video increases the speed of information transmission, keyboarding increases speed of composition, and the smart

LANL: Students Showcase Projects At 27th Annual Supercomputing Challenge

on April 20, 2017 - 10:48am

Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Supercomputing Challenge is project-based learning geared to teaching a wide range of skills: research, writing, teamwork, time management, oral presentations and computer programming. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Team-based research highlights a wide range of skills

More than 200 New Mexico students and teachers from 55 different teams will come together April 24-25 at the  Jewish Community Center in Albuquerque to showcase their computing research projects at the 27th annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge expo and awards ceremony.

“It is encouraging to

Letter To The Editor: Science, Policy And Earth Day

on April 20, 2017 - 10:27am
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

In Honor of Upcoming Earth Day: Are Science and Politics Immiscible Quantities?

“Americans have reached a point where ignorance, especially of anything related to public policy, is an actual virtue,” the scholar Tom Nichols writes in his timely new book, “The Death of Expertise.” “To reject the advice of experts is to assert autonomy, a way for Americans to insulate their increasingly fragile egos from ever being told they’re wrong about anything.

Rally For Science In Santa Fe ... But Not Los Alamos

on April 19, 2017 - 9:30pm
By JODY BENSON
Los Alamos

Los Alamos isn’t hosting a Rally or a March for Science. Santa Fe is, though. It will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Earth Day, at the Roundhouse. Get out there with your dedication and brilliance. Remember, there is no planet B, and scientists can prove it. 

The organizers of the March state: “The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter.

Science On Tap: Seeing Inside Fukushima April 20

on April 18, 2017 - 10:12pm

LA CREATIVE DISTRICT News:

In March 2011, a tsunami slammed into the coast of Japan and initiated the meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Radiation levels inside the buildings there are still lethal, but the cleanup needs to proceed.

Come and listen to Chris Morris, of the Lab’s Los Alamos Neutron Science Center, talk about how our scientists are using people-friendly particles called muons to help assess the status of the nuclear fuel inside the damaged reactors.

Periodic Model Predicts Spread Of Lyme Disease

on April 18, 2017 - 5:34pm
SIAM News:
 
PHILADELPHIA, PA — Lyme disease is among the most common vector-borne illnesses in North America, Europe, and some parts of Asia. A spirochete bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi causes the disease, and blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) are responsible for the majority of North American transmissions.
 
Commonly known as deer ticks, blacklegged ticks exhibit two-year life cycles with the following four stages: eggs, larvae, nymphs, and adults. Larvae primarily attack white-footed mice, then become nymphs upon obtaining a blood meal.

Letter To The Editor: Let’s Stand Strong Against Anti-Science Forces

on April 18, 2017 - 7:07am
By STEPHANIE NAKHLEH
Los Alamos

This Saturday, April 22, people from all over northern New Mexico will gather in Santa Fe in support of science. As the event organizers put it, “The March for Science champions science as a pillar for the advancement of human knowledge, progress and prosperity. We unite on April 22, Earth Day, as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for the freedom of science in the interest of the common good, and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.”

In Los Alamos, we benefit especially from federally-funded science,

March For Science - Santa Fe April 22

on April 18, 2017 - 6:53am
 
SCIENCE News:
 
SANTA FE  In the wake of the Women’s March on Washington comes the March for Science, this Saturday, April 22.
 
People across the world have been posting photos of their poster board signs proclaiming #WhyIMarch (for science): I march for the planet. I march for truth. I march for clean water for BEER. Other signs elaborate: Climate change is not a Chinese hoax. Science is real. Science is not a liberal agenda. Earth needs thinkers not deniers. And so many more!
 
Scientists and non-scientists from across New Mexico are marching together April 22 to support

Fifty Taos 2nd Graders Tour Bradbury Science Museum

on April 17, 2017 - 5:20pm

Fifty Ranchos Elementary School 2nd graders on a field trip Thursday to the Bradbury Science Museum, made possible by the generous sponsorship of Los Alamos National Bank. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

Staff Report

Fifty 2nd graders from Ranchos Elementary in Taos took a field trip to the Bradbury Science Museum Thursday, April 13 thanks to the generous sponsorship of bus transportation provided by Los Alamos National Bank.

The Bradbury Science Museum Association, the museum's non-profit education outreach partner, in collaboration with Los Alamos National Bank, is providing the much needed

NASA's MAVEN Mission Reveals Mars Has Metal In Its Atmosphere

on April 12, 2017 - 6:13pm
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Mars has electrically charged metal atoms (ions) high in its atmosphere, according to new results from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft. 
 
The metal ions can reveal previously invisible activity in the mysterious electrically charged upper atmosphere (ionosphere) of Mars.
 
"MAVEN has made the first direct detection of the permanent presence of metal ions in the ionosphere of a planet other than Earth," said Joseph Grebowsky of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland and lead author of a new study detailing MAVEN’s results.
 
"Because metallic

LANL: On-The-Range Detection Technology Could Corral Bovine TB

on April 12, 2017 - 12:13pm

In cattle, Mycobacterium bovis causes the disease, which easily spreads among large herds, periodically resulting in the quarantine and destruction of thousands of cattle in the United States, Canada and abroad and restricting international shipments. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Biomarker-based assay offers ranchers immediate, on-site test results

A research breakthrough allowing the first direct, empirical, blood-based, cow-side test for diagnosing bovine tuberculosis (TB) could spare ranchers and the agriculture industry from costly quarantines and the mass slaughter of animals infected with

AGU: ‘Cold’ Great Spot Discovered On Jupiter

on April 12, 2017 - 8:57am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A second Great Spot has been discovered on Jupiter by astronomers, rivaling the scale of the planet’s famous Great Red Spot and created by the powerful energies exerted by the great planet’s polar aurorae.
 
Dubbed the ‘Great Cold Spot’, it has been observed as a localized dark spot, up to 24,000 kilometers in longitude and 12,000 kilometers in latitude, in the gas giant’s thin high-altitude thermosphere, that is around 200 degrees Kelvin cooler than the surrounding atmosphere, which can range in temperature between 700 degrees Kelvin (426 degrees Celsius)
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UbiQD Announces Record Efficiency From Its Cadmium-Free Quantum Dots

on April 10, 2017 - 8:08am

Prototype electricity-producing quantum dot window developed by UbiQD, one square foot in size, sits on a rock outcropping near the company's headquarters in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

BUSINESS News:

  • Large-area solar harvesting window prototype development accelerating

UbiQD, LLC, a New Mexico-based quantum dot manufacturer, announced today that it has achieved greater than 80 percent quantum yield, or optical efficiency, for its quantum dots over a broad spectrum from the visible to the near infra-red (550 nm to 1000 nm peak emission). For some colors between orange (600 nm) and deep red

Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott And Dr. Olivia Carril Share Science Project Data

on April 9, 2017 - 7:09am

Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

BANDELIER News:

Find out what scientists are learning about the ecosystems in Bandelier.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott and Dr. Olivia Carril will discuss findings in recent science projects conducted in our local national monument including the first-ever survey of native bees in Bandelier, and likely the first systematic survey ever conducted on the Pajarito Plateau.

Dr. Olivia Carril. Courtesy photo

It is estimated that there are between 1,000 and 1,400 bee species in New

Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Announce $1.6 Million To UNM To Train STEM Students And Workers For Labs Jobs In Microsystems Technology

on April 6, 2017 - 8:54am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham have announced a funding award of $1.6 million to the University of New Mexico to train STEM workers for jobs specializing in the development of microsystems.
 
The money will go to UNM's Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME) program, which provides materials, models, and professional development activities for microsystem technicians to develop a workforce that is prepared for research and development and industry manufacturing positions in this growing

Four LAHS Students Win Coveted Spots At ISEF

on April 4, 2017 - 11:22am

LAHS students heading to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair May 14-19  in Los Angeles, from left, Alex Ionkov, Priyanka Velappan, Lillian Peterson and Sophia Li. Courtesy photo

EDUCATION News:

Four Los Alamos High School students recently won coveted spots to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) May 14-19, 2017, in Los Angeles, Calif. Winners of all expense paid trips to the Intel Fair are Sophia Li (11th grade), Lillian Peterson (9th grade) and team project of Priyanka Velappan and Alex Inokov (11th grade).

This is the 13th straight year

March For Science Santa Fe April 22

on April 4, 2017 - 8:17am
 
MSSF News:
 
SANTA FE ― Join the March for Science - Santa Fe April 22 at the State Capitol in Santa Fe.
 
The March for Science champions science as a pillar for the advancement of human knowledge, progress, and prosperity. Folks will unite April 22, Earth Day, as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for the freedom of science in the interest of the common good, and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.
 
“The March for Science is a celebration of science, and of public engagement with science, but it’s not only about

NASA: Star Discovered In Closest Known Orbit Around Likely Black Hole

on April 3, 2017 - 4:59pm
Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/University of Alberta/A.Bahramian et al.; Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss 
 
NASA News:
 
Astronomers have found evidence for a star that whips around a black hole about twice an hour. This may be the tightest orbital dance ever witnessed for a likely black hole and a companion star.
 
This discovery was made using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory as well as NASA's NuSTAR and CSIRO's Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA).
 
The close-in stellar couple — known as a binary — is located in the globular cluster 47 Tucanae, a dense cluster of stars in our galaxy

Could Fast Radio Bursts Be Powering Alien Probes?

on April 3, 2017 - 4:39pm
 
CFA News:
 
CAMBRIDGE, MA ― The search for extraterrestrial intelligence has looked for many different signs of alien life, from radio broadcasts to laser flashes, without success.
 
However, newly published research suggests that mysterious phenomena called fast radio bursts could be evidence of advanced alien technology. Specifically, these bursts might be leakage from planet-sized transmitters powering interstellar probes in distant galaxies.
 
"Fast radio bursts are exceedingly bright given their short duration and origin at great distances, and we

AGU: Last Remnant Of North American Ice Sheet Likely To Disappear In 300 Years

on April 3, 2017 - 10:33am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The last remaining piece of the vast ice sheet that once covered North America is doomed to vanish in the next few centuries, a new study finds.
 
Rising temperatures in the Arctic have caused the Barnes Ice Cap to melt at an extraordinary pace, and nothing short of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere can prevent it from completely disappearing, according to a new study modeling the ice cap’s behavior.
 
Under a business-as-usual greenhouse gas emissions scenario, the study’s authors project the ice cap will disappear within the next 300 years.

State Science & Engineering Fair Underway Today

on April 1, 2017 - 12:36pm
Today 21 Los Alamos Public School students are competing at the New Mexico State Science and Engineering Fair. The local students qualified for the state fair by earning top spots atMarch 4 Northeastern New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair. Judging concludes this afternoon with an awards ceremonies beginning at 6 this evening. Courtesy photo

Can The Southwest Endure A Change In Climate?

on March 31, 2017 - 10:03am
From left, retired National Weather Service Meteorologist Deirdre Kann; in-depth environmental journalist  Laura Paskas; and David Stuart, an archeologist with lessons learned from the ancient Chaco Canyon culture in New Mexico, gave climate-related presentations Tuesday at the Society for Applied Anthropology conference in Santa Fe. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com
 
According to Bill deBuys, author and full-time humanist, climate change leads to an enervating depression trap. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

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