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Daily Postcard: Doe And Buck Spotted At Bandelier

on December 17, 2018 - 7:08am

Daily Postcard: A doe and buck are spotted during a walk Saturday afternoon at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Los Alamos Nature Center Earns State Award

on December 15, 2018 - 7:45am
The Los Alamos Nature Center has received the Top HAT Award for Outstanding Attraction from the New Mexico Hospitality Association. PEEC Educator Sandra West, right, accepts the award for PEEC. Courtesy/NMHA
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Residents and visitors have ample opportunities to explore the local natural landscape, thanks to the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Whether it is hiking excursions, planetarium shows or summer camps for students, the center showcases all the things the great outdoors offers.

Daily Postcard: Early Morning At Pajarito Ski Area

on December 15, 2018 - 7:29am

Daily Postcard: View this morning of Pajarito Ski Area as captured by the webcam from the top of the lodge. Courtesy/Pajarito

Study Finds Organic Food Worse For Climate

on December 14, 2018 - 7:54am
The crops per hectare are significantly lower in organic farming, which, according to the study, leads to much greater indirect carbon dioxide emissions from deforestation. Courtesy/Yen Strandqvist/Chalmers University of Technology
 
Chalmers University of Technology News:
 
Organically farmed food has a bigger climate impact than conventionally farmed food, due to the greater areas of land required.
 
This is the finding of a new international study involving Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, published in the journal Nature.
 
The researchers developed a new method for

Farm Bill Agreement Includes Boost For Access And Habitat Programs

on December 14, 2018 - 7:22am
TRCP News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on provisions to be included in the 2018 Farm Bill, setting lawmakers up to pass legislation that makes significant investments in land and water conservation and boosts support for hunting and fishing access.
 
This is welcome news to farmers, ranchers, landowners, and sportsmen and women, who depend on farm bill programs to restore and improve wildlife habitat, enhance water quality, and make private acres available for hunting and fishing.  
 
“We’re relieved to see a Farm Bill move forward before

NOAA: Remote Coral Reefs In Better Condition Than Those Near Human Populations In U.S. Pacific

on December 14, 2018 - 7:20am
Corals at Pagan Island, an uninhabited volcanic island in the Mariana Islands archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, seem to have fared much better than other areas. Here is a close-up of an Acropora coral, typically more susceptible to bleaching events, which appears to be doing just fine. Courtesy/NOAA
 
NOAA News:
 
Coral reefs in remote, uninhabited areas of the American Pacific are generally in good condition, while reefs in the regions that are closer to human populations show more signs of impacts, according to five status reports on reef ecosystems released Thursday by NOAA.
 
The

AGU: New Research Finds Tornadoes Form From The Ground Up, Contrary To Popular Thought

on December 14, 2018 - 6:46am
A tornado May 25, 2012 in Galatia, Kansas as it was decaying. Courtesy/Jana Houser
 
Shot of the EF-3 tornado near maximum width and peak intensity May 31, 2013 in El Reno, Okla. Courtesy/Nick Nolte, CC-BY-3.0
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — New research challenges existing assumptions about how tornadoes form.
 
Historically, scientists assumed tornado rotation began in storm clouds, creating a funnel that travels downwards. This theory matches what storm chasers commonly observe visually in the field.

Daily Postcard: Buck Nibbles Birdseed At Local Home

on December 13, 2018 - 7:25am

Daily Postcard: A buck is spotted eating birdseed spilled on the grass of a home recently on Camino Encantado. Photo by Thai Ha

Science On Tap: Tapping Into Algal Diversity For Biofuels Discussion At UnQuarked Dec. 17

on December 12, 2018 - 4:43pm
Amanda Barry. Courtesy photo
 
CREATIVE DISTRICT News:
 
Join the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 17, at UnQuarked Wine Room.
 
The discussion will feature Amanda Barry of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and her research on algal diversity.
 
Algae is not the first thing that comes to mind when most people think of Los Alamos or its global security mission. However, for Amanda Barry of the Lab’s Bioenergy and Biome Sciences group, algae is the answer to one of the world’s most pressing issues – energy security.

Oak Ridge Crews Finish Preparing Site For New Mercury Treatment Facility

on December 12, 2018 - 4:12pm
Crews constructed two secant pile retaining walls to retain soils, control water seepage, and provide a deep, secure foundation for the water intake structure. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:
 
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. DOE's Oak Ridge Office of EM (OREM) has completed site preparations necessary to begin construction of the Outfall 200 Mercury Treatment Facility.
 
This vital piece of infrastructure will help fulfill OREM’s regulatory commitments to reduce mercury levels in the East Fork Poplar Creek and enable large-scale cleanup and demolition to start at the Y-12 Natonal Security Complex

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