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LANL: Modified Quantum Dots Capture More Energy From Light And Lose Less To Heat

on October 7, 2019 - 1:31pm

Doping a quantum dot with manganese (right half of graphic) speeds the capture of energy from a hot electron to 0.15 picoseconds, outpacing losses to phonons in the crystal lattice. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers discover a new approach for capturing energy from light-generated, ‘hot’ electrons, avoiding wasteful heat loss

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have synthesized magnetically-doped quantum dots that capture the kinetic energy of electrons created by ultraviolet light before it’s wasted as heat.

 

“This discovery can potentially

New Mexico State Land Office Responds To ‘Shell Company’ Cypress Inc. Contest Of Lease Cancellation

on October 7, 2019 - 1:06pm

STATE LAND OFFICE News:

 

 

SANTA FE State Land Office General Counsel, Ari Biernoff, released the following statement regarding Cypress Inc.’s contest of the Land Office’s cancellation of two agricultural grazing leases:

“Commissioner Garcia Richard stands by the decision to terminate the business relationship with Epstein and his enterprises. The leases that she inherited with Cypress, a shell company, should have never been awarded in the first place.

“The State Attorney General also determined these leases were improper and should be cancelled.

“After everything that’s occurred,

World Futures: Data, Information And Knowledge Part 2

on October 7, 2019 - 12:58pm

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In part one, we looked at data and read a display of data - letters of the alphabet, numbers and spaces.

They were arranged in an orderly fashion to provide information. One particular sentence had 132 characters, 27 spaces, and two punctuation symbols. In 8-bit computer coding this amounts to 1,288 ones and zeros and if seen in computer talk would be meaningless, at least to newspaper readers.

But when ordered and presented in the form a human computer (the brain) can recognize through a sensor (the eyes), it becomes information.

LAAC Prepares For World Record Pumpkin Carving!

on October 7, 2019 - 12:56pm

Michael Venticinque of New Mexico Farmers Marketing Association shows off 65 bins filled with pumpkins. The total weight is more than 32,000 pounds. The pumpkins will be delivered to Los Alamos Oct. 25, the day before the Los Alamos Arts Council attempts to earn the Guinness World Record for 'Most People Carving Pumpkins Simultaneously'. The Arts Council thanks Steve Ness of Ness Farms, Venticinque and Dan Lucero of Pueblo Fruits & Vegetables, Inc., for their hard work and support to make this attempt possible. Participants in the world record attempt should arrive by 2:45 p.m. Oct.

LANL: Ancient Oasis Once Existed On Mars ... New Findings From ChemCam Show Dynamic Climate

on October 7, 2019 - 12:19pm

The ChemCam – short for ‘chemistry’ and ‘camera’ – sits atop NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover. It shoots a laser at Martian rocks to analyze their chemical make-up, which gives researchers clues into the planet’s past habitability. The instrument was developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory in conjunction with the French space agency. Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

LANL News:

 

The surface of Mars was once home to shallow, salty ponds that went through episodes of overflow and drying, according to a paper published today in Nature Geoscience.

 

These findings result from an analysis of

New Mexico Delegation Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort In Project ECHO To Expand Telehealth Care

on October 7, 2019 - 12:11pm
Congressional Delegation News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) led a group of 39 lawmakers Wednesday in calling on Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to support Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), a telehealth mentoring model developed in New Mexico that enhances health care and workforce capacity in underserved areas.
 
Project ECHO provides community-based primary care teams with the

NMEDD Announces New Members Of Technology Research Collaborative Board

on October 7, 2019 - 11:48am
 
NMEDD News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Economic Development Department's (NMEDD) Science and Technology Division has named new board members for the Technology Research Collaborative (TRC).
 
The TRC was formalized in 2003, with the goal of promoting technology commercialization in New Mexico, increasing high-paying jobs and diversifying the economy.
 
In Fiscal Year 2020, the TRC will serve as mentors to science & technology businesses in New Mexico. The board's short-term goals include leveraging its expertise to assist businesses applying for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

Senate Committee Funds Cattlemen’s Mass Mustang Roundup & Incarceration To Tune Of $35 Million

on October 7, 2019 - 11:28am
AWA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Senate Appropriations Committee passed a Fiscal Year 2020 spending bill Thursday that includes a $35 million in funding to implement a potentially catastrophic mass mustang roundup proposal.
 
The proposal is promoted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the so-called “American Mustang Foundation” and other agribusiness lobbying groups and, shockingly, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the ASPCA, and Return to Freedom, a sanctuary.
 
The proposal, misleadingly dubbed a “Path Forward for Wild

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