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Morning Snow Scenes From Los Alamos

on December 12, 2015 - 3:52pm

A snowy scene this morning along Diamond Drive. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Snow falls at the intersection of Diamond and Arkansas this morning. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

A solitary apple topped with snow this morning hangs onto a branch of this tree growing on Walnut Street. Photo by A.S. Clark

 

Luján Participates In Gold King Mine Spill Hearing

on December 12, 2015 - 1:12pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District participated in a hearing in the Housr Natural Resources Committee on the Department of Interior’s report on the Gold King Mine spill. 
 
Luján highlighted the importance of ensuring that all those who were impacted by the spill are made whole and the need to take steps to improve the notification process in case of future disasters.
 
“One of the other failures that took place was after the spill took place.

Snow Falls On Quemazon

on December 12, 2015 - 11:14am

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas as Mulani enjoys a romp in the snow this morning in Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Mulani plays in the snow this morning in Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Secretary Moniz Announces San Francisco As Site Of Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial

on December 11, 2015 - 8:53am
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz
 
DOE News:
 
PARIS – U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that the United States will host the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) in San Francisco, California in June 2016.
 
The announcement was made at an event in Paris during the COP21 UN Climate Negotiations.
 
The annual meeting of energy ministers and other high-level delegates from the 23 CEM member countries and the European Commission, taking place June 1-2, will provide an opportunity for the major economies to collaborate on solutions that advance

SFI: Mutualism - What Do We Know... Dec. 14

on December 11, 2015 - 8:12am
Judie Bronstein, University of Arizona
 
SFI News:
 
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) seminar, "Mutualism: What Do We Know, and Where Do We Go From Here?" is 12:15 p.m., Monday Dec. 14, at Collins Conference Room in Santa Fe.
 
Abstract: In this talk, I review the checkered history of the study of mutualism, a field that has only coalesced in the past 20 years.
 
I will identify six major research directions, then present our own recent work on hawkmoth-plant relationships to show how they can be integrated to move our understanding forward.
 
I conclude by discussing pressing issues surrounding

WIPP Workers Perform Filter Replacement

on December 10, 2015 - 3:32pm
Radiological workers ready used filters for off-site disposal. Courtesy/WIPP
 
WIPP News:
 
As recovery operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant continue, increased work activity in the underground results in higher levels of airborne salt dust, increasing the frequency with which filters are replaced. Last week, workers performed a filter replacement on WIPP’s Underground Ventilation System.
 
WIPP’s ventilation system has two filter units. Each unit has 84 separate filters arranges in four layersmoderate efficiency filters, high efficiency filters, and two layers of HEPA

Rain, Snow, Wind And Colder Weather Returning

on December 10, 2015 - 3:08pm

NWS News:

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a weather advisory for northern and central New Mexico favoring the northern mountains, northeast highlands and maybe far northeast plains.

Strong to potentially damaging winds are expected, followed by wintry weather beginning late tonight through Saturday night. Key Impacts:

  • Significant cool down from near record highs Thursday-Friday to 5 to 15 degree below normal temperatures during the weekend.
  • Snow accumulations Friday night through Saturday night favoring the Colorado border area with secondary impacts to the

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Insect Camouflage

on December 10, 2015 - 10:54am
By ROBERT DRYJA
Los Alamos

Insects have different kinds of camouflage to hide themselves. A praying mantis may grow to be up to six inches long, but how many people have seen such a large one?

A praying mantis may be so well camouflaged that it can capture a hummingbird that is coming to a flower for nectar.

A praying mantis selects plants that match its color rather than changing its color to match a plant.

Brown praying mantis. Courtesy photos

 

 

 

 

 

Rosy praying mantis. Courtesy photos

 

 

 

 

 

Green praying mantis. Photo by Sally King/Bandelier

 

 

 

 

 

Ceres’ Bright Spots Likely Brine Deposits

on December 10, 2015 - 10:20am

This image, made using images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows Occator crater on Ceres, home to a collection of intriguing bright spots. The bright spots are much brighter than the rest of Ceres' surface, and tend to appear overexposed in most images. This view is a composite of two images of Occator: one using a short exposure that captures the detail in the bright spots, and one where the background surface is captured at normal exposure.

Planetarium Showing 'Exoplanets' Film This Weekend

on December 9, 2015 - 11:42am

Exoplanets poster. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center is bringing Exoplanets back to the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium at 2 p.m., Dec. 12 and Dec. 13.

Exoplanets takes audiences on a journey to observeplanets beyond our solar systemand uncover the science and astronomy behind their discovery. This full-dome film was produced by Casper Planetarium.

Tickets may be purchased by phone or at the nature center for $6 for adults and $4 for children. This movie is recommended for ages four and up. The movie starts promptly at 2 p.m. and seating is limited.

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