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Los Alamos Researchers And Supercomputers Help Interpret Latest LIGO Findings

on October 18, 2017 - 6:56am
LANL News:
 
Astrophysicist Chris Fryer was enjoying an evening with friends Aug. 25, 2017, when he got the news of a gravitational-wave detection by LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory.
 
The event appeared to be a merger of two neutron stars—a specialty for the Los Alamos National Laboratory team of astrophysicists that Fryer leads. As the distant cosmic cataclysm unfolded, fresh observational data was pouring in from the observation—only the fifth published since the observatory began operating almost two years ago. ​
 
“As soon as I heard the news, I knew

It's Easy To Be Green! County Green Team Promotes Environmental Sustainability

on October 18, 2017 - 6:19am

Chamisa Elementary School fifth graders Kylie Lavarez and Ella Miranda discuss the Chamisa Eco-Green Evolution program with the public along with fourth grade teacher Megan Lee, right, Tuesday afternoon at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. They participated in the County Green Team's informational event, which brought together local organizations and County departments to educate the public on how to be environmentally sustainable. Lee explained Chamisa Elementary won the County's Business Recycler of the Year award; in part because of its lunch recycling program.

Daily Postcard: Fall Foliage In Los Alamos

on October 18, 2017 - 5:50am

Daily Postcard: Fall foliage fills the trees around Los Alamos. Photo by Corrina Hughes

AGU: Scientists Determine Source Of World’s Largest Mud Eruption

on October 17, 2017 - 11:30am
May 29, 2006, mud started erupting from several sites on the Indonesian island of Java and hasn’t stopped since. The eruption became known as Lusi and is the most destructive ongoing mud eruption in history. Courtesy Adriano Mazzini/The Lusi Lab Project.

Adriano Mazzini stands on top of dried mud from the Lusi eruption. Mazzini’s new research shows that deep underground, Lusi is connected to nearby volcanoes. Courtesy Adriano Mazzini/The Lusi Lab Project.

 

Lusi’s relentless sea of mud has buried some villages 40 meters (130 feet) deep and forced nearly 60,000 people from their homes.

Pajarito Astronomers Host County-Sponsored Dark Night Oct. 21

on October 17, 2017 - 7:01am
COMMUNITY News: 
 
The Pajarito Astronomers will hold a County-Sponsored Dark Night at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park. Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze.  
 
A crescent moon, Mercury, Saturn with its rings and moons, Uranus, Neptune and some Orionid meteors will potentially be visible during the evening. There will be a tour of the summer and fall constellations, the Milky Way, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.

NNSA And Partners Launch Project To Reduce Use Of Radioactive Source Based Devices

on October 17, 2017 - 5:43am
NNSA News:
 
NEW YORK, NY  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has partnered with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) to launch the first citywide initiative to reduce the reliance on risk significant devices in medical and research applications.
 
This combined effort will serve as a way to reduce the risk of a terrorist acquiring this material for a radiological dispersal device (“dirty bombs”).
 
NNSA’s Acting Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear

Daily Postcard: Autumn At Ashley Pond Park

on October 17, 2017 - 5:07am

Daily Postcard: Couples spend time Sunday afternoon at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LANL: Chemical Treatment Improves Quantum Dot Lasers

on October 16, 2017 - 5:29pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Chemist Jaehoon Lim works on an apparatus that synthesizes quantum dots along with Los Alamos researcher Young-Shin Park (also with the University of New Mexico Center for High-Technology Materials). In a paper published in Nature Nanotechnology, Los Alamos colleagues Kaifeng Wu and Victor Klimov worked with Lim and Park to demonstrate that negatively charged quantum dots show promise for low-power laser applications or quantum dot laser diodes. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

  • Doctored dots release laser light more efficiently, use less power

One of the secrets to

County Green Team Hosts Informational Event Tuesday

on October 16, 2017 - 4:29pm

Scenes From Open House Of E. Irving Couse

on October 16, 2017 - 6:35am

The studio and home of E. Irving Couse in Taos, one of the founding members of the Taos Society of Artists during a Oct. 7 open house. Photo by Sharon Snyder

Photo by Sharon Snyder

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Cosponsors Bill To Standardize Cost Of Climate Pollution

on October 16, 2017 - 6:30am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, cosponsored legislation led by U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) to standardize the metric used by federal agencies to measure the cost of climate pollution.
 
The Pollution Transparency Act counters a directive from the Trump administration to federal agencies to ignore existing metrics—uprooting years of progress and economic certainty—and an attempt made this week by the Department of Interior in the revised BLM methane rule to change the

Indigenous Leader Appeals To Japanese Prime Minister: Stop Rainforest Destruction For Tokyo 2020 Olympics

on October 16, 2017 - 5:20am
TO News:
 
SARAWAK / MALAYSIA  On the anniversary of the first Tokyo Olympics, Matu Tugang, headman of the Indigenous Penan community of Long Jaik from Sarawak, Malaysia, delivered an urgent plea to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to stop Japan’s use of wood from a company that is destroying their forests and their livelihoods.
 
Japan has been using tropical timber from Sarawak to construct the New National Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Evidence gathered at the Stadium construction site by NGOs in April 2017 confirmed the use of plywood supplied by Shin Yang, a company

Daily Postcard: Autumn In The Jemez

on October 16, 2017 - 5:13am

Daily Postcard: Autumn colors in the Jemez. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

DOE Awards Contract For Liquid Waste Services At Savannah River Site

on October 15, 2017 - 7:14am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Thursday announced the award of a contract to Savannah River EcoManagement, LLC for Savannah River Site Liquid Waste Services.
 
The contract is cost-plus-award-fee and includes an indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract line item. The total estimated value of the contract is approximately $4.7 billion. The period of performance includes a base period of seven years (including a transition period of 90 days) and an option period of three years. Three proposals were received in response to the solicitation.
 

Daily Postcard: Hiking On Pajarito Trail

on October 15, 2017 - 6:48am

Daily Postcard: Hiking Friday on Pajarito Trail, out of Rendija Canyon. Photo by Stephanie Nakhleh

Longest Yard Sale In New Mexico To Draw Bargain Shoppers And Leaf Peepers Oct. 21-22

on October 14, 2017 - 6:13am
 
JMTS News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — The Jemez Mountain Trail Sale will draw more than 150 vendors and leaf peepers to the Jemez Valley 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 21-22 to sell and buy new and used items and enjoy priceless views of the changing fall colors along the Jemez Mountain Trail Scenic Byway (N.M. 4).
 
The 14th annual Jemez Mountain Trail Sale – the longest yard sale in New Mexico – begins at San Ysidro near the intersection of N.M. 550 and N.M. 4 and continues 12 miles past Jemez Springs to La Cueva. The sale covers more than 30 miles.
 
Off N.M.

Birds Flock Around Birdfeeder On Camino Encantada

on October 14, 2017 - 6:05am

Birds flock around birdfeeder at a home on Camino Encantada. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Birds show their territorial side around a birdfeeder at a home on Camino Encantada. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Birds flock around birdfeeder at a home on Camino Encantada. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Birds flock around birdfeeder at a home on Camino Encantada. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Birds flock around birdfeeder at a home on Camino Encantada. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Rotary: Bob Hull Speaks On Solar Storms

on October 14, 2017 - 6:03am
Bob Hull, principal engineer for Los Alamos Technical Associates and an Honorary Rotarian, spoke at Rotary Tuesday about space weather and continuity planning for geomagnetic solar storms. Hull is a graduate of Florida State and Stanford with degrees in geochemistry and environmental engineering, with major studies in oceanography, hydrology and geology. Photo by Rob Metcalf

PEEC Organizes Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve Tour

on October 13, 2017 - 9:34am
Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Sunday, Oct. 22, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center offers a guided tour of the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve south of Santa Fe. The tour is free and will be led by Natali Steinberg who has been a docent at the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve for thirteen years. 
 
Advance registration is required at www.peecnature.org
 
The Santa Fe Botanical Garden's Leonora Curtin Wetland is a 35-acre preserve that includes a rare natural cienega (marsh in Spanish). It hosts a bountiful diversity of plants and wildlife,

NMDOT Is Ready For Winter Weather

on October 13, 2017 - 8:08am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico Department of Transportation crews are prepared to clear the roads and highways as the state begins to experience the winter weather season. Last year, NMDOT crews removed snow and ice from over a million pass miles.
 
“Our crews across the state are ready to respond to winter weather so we can keep the traveling public safe,” NMDOT Secretary Tom Church said. “If you must get behind the wheel during winter weather conditions please take the necessary precautions and give our crews plenty of room to do their job.

Meow Wolf: Freak Or Treat Halloween

on October 13, 2017 - 7:58am
Courtesy image
 
MEOW WOLF News:
 
SANTA FE  Meow Wolf continues the tradition of maximalist Halloween celebration with Freak or Treat: a multi-tentacled series for guests to experience all together or à la carte. 
 
Freak or Treat will have five nights of performances, a first-ever “Trick or Treat” inside the exhibition and three nights of music designed to appeal to your inner dance monster.
 
Live Halloween Performances:
  • 6-8 p.m. Oct. 26, 27, 28, 29 & 30
  • Free with the cost of admission
If you liked last year’s House of Halloween you’ll want to return for Freak or Treat.

Daily Postcard: Morning Frost On Hummingbird Feeder

on October 13, 2017 - 7:11am

Daily Postcard: A bit of frost Tuesday morning covers a local hummingbird feeder. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Fun, Food And Gifts At PEEC-nic Sunday

on October 12, 2017 - 8:36am
Chick Keller helps a child safely view the sun at last year’s PEEC-nic. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) invites you to take part in their fall party 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Los Alamos Nature Center. PEEC’s annual membership meeting, fondly called PEEC-nic, is open to the public, not just members, and it’s free!
 
To celebrate PEEC has special activities planned, including hands-on activities for kids and adults, a chance to meet PEEC’s live animals, delicious desserts, and sun viewing through PEEC’s solar telescope, with the help

NMED Confirms 'Boil Water Advisory' Issued By Mora Inn And RV Park Water System

on October 12, 2017 - 7:35am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department's (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau (DWB) is confirming a required "boil water advisory" for the Mora Inn and RV Park Water System in Mora County.
 
Mora Inn and RV Park Water System was required to issue the advisory Monday after bacteriological contamination (E. coli) was detected in repeat drinking water samples from the water system’s distribution system. Mora Inn and RV Park Water System is required to notify their water system users of this finding.
 
Mora Inn and RV Park Water System is a non-transient non-community public

Conservation Voters New Mexico Statement On Rollback Of EPA’s Clean Power Plan

on October 12, 2017 - 7:10am
NMCV News:
 
SANTA FE  Tuesday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced a proposed rule to revoke the Clean Power Plan.
 
In response, Conservation Voters New Mexico Executive Director Demis Foster released the following statement:
 
“It is critical that we take action to address climate change and the Clean Power Plan is a very positive step in the right direction. Administrator Pruitt’s efforts to revoke the Clean Power Plan will harm New Mexicans.
 
“The Clean Power Plan positively impacts clean air for communities across New Mexico.

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