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ScienceFest Curiosity Challenge Goes Live!

on July 14, 2017 - 10:57am

ScienceFest News:

This year ScienceFest attendees will have the chance to compete with one and other in an exciting and interactive scavenger hunt.

Participants can accumulate points by completing challenges and experiencing all of the entertainment ScienceFest has to offer. The person or team with the most points at the end of the challenge will win a brand new Yeti cooler!

Joining the challenge is easy.

DREAM BIG: Free Screening Reel Deal 10am Saturday

on July 14, 2017 - 10:44am


What does it mean to be an engineer? Bechtel Corporation, one of the lead teammates of Los Alamos National Security LLC, is joining with Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos ScienceFest to present a free, one-day-only showing of an inspirational movie about engineering called “Dream Big: Engineering Our World.”

The movie is showing at IMAX theaters and science museums across the country but we’ve arranged for a screening in Los Alamos as part of the ScienceFest celebration.

Dream Big takes viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a

ScienceFest Schedule: Friday July 14

on July 14, 2017 - 9:07am

ScienceFest News:

Today's shedule of activities for ScienceFest 2017:

SCIENCEFEST CONCERT: The Peterson Brothers Band
Ashley Pond Park Stage

FREE admission

Fuller Lodge Lawn
Bring your family tent and sleeping bags to take advantage of this once in a life-time opportunity to camp at Fuller Lodge Lawn. Art & crafts, snacks, campfire songs and S’mores Wars!
FREE admission

Los Alamos History Museum
Each year the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum receive

ScienceFest Schedule: Thursday July 13

on July 13, 2017 - 4:58pm

ScienceFest News:


Fuller Lodge
The most anticipated party of the year. Join us for an old fashioned Ranch School evening at Fuller Lodge and Lawn to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Los Alamos Ranch School. Dinner, drinks, music, campfire stories and songs, root beer floats and s’mores. Live auction of props from WGN’s Manh(A)ttan TV show.
Tickets in advance only


Los Alamos History Museum
Each year the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum receive thousands of donated paper cranes

LANL: Algae Production Research Gets Boost

on July 13, 2017 - 10:55am
An aerial view of a 30,000L raceway, where Sapphire validates the performance of its cultivation strains by testing them at increasing spatial scales. Courtesy/Saphire Energy Inc. 
LANL News:
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of three projects to receive up to $8 million, aimed at reducing the costs of producing algal biofuels and bioproducts.
One of the projects involves Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Shawn Starkenburg working with Alina Corcoran of Sapphire Energy at its Las Cruces, New Mexico field site, evaluating rationally designed

COUNTY: Rocket-Fueled Family Fun Night Friday!

on July 13, 2017 - 10:53am

Start the ScienceFest Weekend off with a bang at the Rocket-Fueled Family Fun Night 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 14, at the Walkup Aquatic Center. 
The floating island will be set up in the pool and the bounce house on the patio. Other activities will include a cannonball contest in the deep end, and a coin treasure hunt in the shallow end with great prizes for the winners. There is no additional cost for this night besides your regular admission into the pool. Come join in the fun!

Greenland’s Ocean Bloom Likely Fueled By Iron

on July 12, 2017 - 10:55am

Satellite photo of glacial meltwater runoff from the Greenland Ice Sheet. A new study finds iron particles washed off Greenland’s rocks and soil and ferried into the sea by the meltwater are driving a recently-discovered summer algal bloom. Courtesy/NASA



Iron particles catching a ride on glacial meltwater washed out to sea by drifting currents is likely fueling a recently discovered summer algal bloom off the southern coast of Greenland, a new study finds.

Microalgae, also known as phytoplankton, are plant-like, marine microorganisms that form the base of the food

Distant Earthquakes Trigger Underwater Landslides

on July 3, 2017 - 6:29am
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — New research finds large earthquakes can trigger underwater landslides thousands of miles away, weeks or months after the quake occurs.
Researchers analyzing data from ocean bottom seismometers off the Washington-Oregon coast tied a series of underwater landslides on the Cascadia Subduction Zone, 80 to 161 kilometers (50 to 100 miles) off the Pacific Northwest coast, to a 2012 magnitude-8.6 earthquake in the Indian Ocean – more than 13,500 kilometers (8,390 miles) away.

Former Los Alamos Resident Dr. Jessamyn Fairfield Receives Institute Of Physics' Award

on July 1, 2017 - 9:08pm

Dr. Jessamyn Fairfield is the 2017 recipient of the Institute of Physics' Mary Somerville Medal and Prize. Courtesy photo


Dr. Jessamyn Fairfield of the National University of Ireland Galway and former Los Alamos resident is the recipient of the 2017 Mary Somerville Medal and Prize.

She received the medal and prize for her work as a speaker and writer on physics for a popular audience, and for having organized and hosted many innovative events bringing physics to the Irish public.

Fairfield has an extensive and varied track record of bringing physics to the public, including

Los Alamos Scientist Sherri R. Bingert Honored

on June 29, 2017 - 11:36am

Sherri R. Bingert


Sherri R. Bingert, retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) after 28 years where she was a Guest Scientist, received the "Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy" award from the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) for her outstanding career achievements.

Established in 1968, the award was presented by MPIF President Patrick McGeehan at POWDERMET2017, the International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials, in Las Vegas, Nev.

UbiQD Expands New Mexico-Based Team

on June 28, 2017 - 9:22am

UbiQD VP of Business Development Steve Reinhard, Operations Manager Liseth Garay and R&D Chemist Nicolai Archuleta have joined the company at 134 Eastgate Dr. in Los Alamos. Courtesy/UbiQD


UbiQD, LLC, a New Mexico-based nanotechnology materials development company headquartered in Los Alamos, announced today that it has welcomed three new employees to its team. Two fulfill key business roles for the startup, and all three have Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees. Steve Reinhard has joined UbiQD as the vice president of Business Development, Liseth Garay as

James M. Boncella, Los Alamos Actinide Chemist, Named Fellow In American Chemical Society

on June 26, 2017 - 10:35am

James M. Boncella selected as a 2017 Fellow in the American Chemical Society. Courtsy/LANL 

LANL News:

James M. Boncella, deputy group leader in Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Inorganic, Isotope and Actinide Chemistry group, has been selected as a 2017 Fellow in the American Chemical Society (ACS). 

The ACS Fellows Program recognizes members who have both made exceptional scientific contributions and who have provided excellent volunteer service to the ACS community.

Boncella was selected as Fellow for his seminal discoveries in actinide chemistry and for his long and distinguished

LAF&SF Features Bob Reinovsky Wednesday

on June 26, 2017 - 9:29am

The community is invited to attend the LAF&SF talk by Bob Reinovsky Wednesday at 1738 N Sage Loop. Courtesy/ESA/Hubble, NASA

LAF&SF News:

Bob Reinovsky continues the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum summer series Wednesday, June 28 by speaking on “Hopelessness”. 

The theme of the summer series talks is “Hope: Science, Religion and the Future”.

The meeting formats include a light supper at 6 p.m., talk at 6:30 p.m., followed by questions for the speaker and then table discussions. These talks are in the Fellowship Hall of the Unitarian Church at 1738 N Sage Loop in Los Alamos.


Scientists Solve Mystery Of Unexplained 'Bright Nights'

on June 26, 2017 - 7:12am
The different layers of Earth’s airglow can be seen from the International Space Station as it orbits Earth. The very thin green layer above the bottom of the window occurs 95 kilometers (59 miles) above Earth’s surface; the red region above is a different type of airglow. The rectangle represents the portion of the airglow measured in a single WINDII image. Courtesy/American Geophysical Union
AGU News:

AGU: Extraordinary Storms Cause Massive Antarctic Sea Ice Loss In 2016

on June 25, 2017 - 6:39am
American Geophysical Union
A series of unprecedented storms over the Southern Ocean likely caused the most dramatic decline in Antarctic sea ice seen to date, a new study finds.
Antarctic sea ice – frozen ocean water that rings the southernmost continent – has grown over the past few decades but declined sharply in late 2016. By March of 2017 – the end of the Southern Hemisphere’s summer – Antarctic sea ice had reached its lowest area since records began in 1978.
In a new study, scientists puzzled by the sudden ice loss matched satellite images of Antarctica with

Crowd Gathers For Georgetown Theologian, Professor John Haught Lecture At Fuller Lodge

on June 24, 2017 - 6:17am

A crowd turned out Thursday at Fuller Lodge to hear Professor John Haught lecture on ‘Science, Religion, And Cosmic Purpose’. Photo by Morrie Pongratz

Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum News:

A crowd gathered at Fuller Lodge Thursday evening to hear Georgetown Theologian, Professor John Haught, lecture on “Science, Religion, and Cosmic Purpose”.

Professor Haught addressed the question of whether the universe may reasonably be said to have a purpose. Professor Haught said that evolution has shown us that there is a cosmic drama or story and it is still unfolding.

The Curious Case Of The Warped Kuiper Belt

on June 23, 2017 - 7:36am
A yet-to-be-discovered, unseen ‘planetary mass object’ makes its existence known by ruffling the orbital plane of distant Kuiper Belt objects, according to research by Kat Volk and Renu Malhotra of the UA's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. The object is pictured on a wide orbit far beyond Pluto in this artist's illustration. Courtesy/Heather Roper/LPL
UA News:
TUCSON, Ariz. — An unknown, unseen “planetary mass object” may lurk in the outer reaches of our solar system, according to new research on the orbits of minor planets to be published in the Astronomical Journal.
This object

SFI: The InterPlanetary Project Panel Discussion July 18

on June 22, 2017 - 4:57am
SFI News:
At 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 18, The InterPlanetary Project's kick-off event is a panel discussion at the historic Lensic Performing Arts Center in downtown Santa Fe.
Panelists will consider questions like these: What will it take to become an InterPlanetary civilization? How should we address the most pressing problems of Earth to tackle a challenge at this scale? What will success mean for future generations?

AGU: Wildfires Pollute Much More Than Previously Thought

on June 21, 2017 - 7:33am
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Summer wildfires boost air pollution considerably more than previously believed.
Naturally burning timber and brush launch what are called fine particles into the air at a rate three times as high as levels noted in emissions inventories at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new study. The microscopic specks that form aerosols are a hazard to human health, particularly to the lungs and heart.
“Burning biomass produces lots of pollution.

Highly Anticipated 2017 ScienceFest Celebrates 100th Anniversary Of Los Alamos Ranch School

on June 20, 2017 - 4:01pm
The highly anticipated annual event, Los Alamos ScienceFest returns this year from July 13–16 and features events packed full of science, adventure, learning, and fun.
This year’s theme celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Los Alamos Ranch School and features special events that allow participants to step back into the past and experience the fun of old-fashioned Ranch School days and summer camps, as well as informative tours and events for the entire family.
The Los Alamos Ranch School started in 1917 as a boys’ school that combined academic studies and

Pajarito Astronomers Hold Dark Night June 24

on June 19, 2017 - 3:32pm
The Pajarito Astronomers is holding a County sponsored Dark Night at 8:30 p.m. (sunset), Saturday, June 24, at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park in White Rock.
Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. Jupiter and its moons and Saturn with its rings and moons should be visible during the evening. There will be a tour of the summer constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Distinguished Theologian To Speak At Fuller Lodge In Los Alamos Thursday And Friday

on June 19, 2017 - 7:16am
Professor Haught stands in front of Darwin. Courtesy photo
“Why is there something rather than nothing?” This question is posed by two scientists in this month’s issue of Physics Today.
This question also intrigues the members of the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum ( and they have invited noted theologian, Distinguished Professor John Haught from Georgetown University, to Los Alamos to help answer it.
Professor Haught will be in Los Alamos to speak at 7 p.m., June 22 and June 23, at Fuller Lodge.

Los Alamos Faith And Science Forum June 22-23

on June 17, 2017 - 6:58am

Distinguished Professor John Haught from Georgetown University is coming to Los Alamos June 22-23 to help answer the question,‘Why is there something rather than nothing?’ Courtesy photo


“Why is there something rather than nothing?” This question is posed by two scientists in this month’s issue of Physics Today. This question also intrigues the members of the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum ( and they have invited noted theologian, Distinguished Professor John Haught from Georgetown University, to Los Alamos to help answer it.

Professor Haught will be

A Robot Named Rasmussen

on June 16, 2017 - 9:06am

Looking into the robot Rasmussen at the Project Y STEM Center in the Pueblo Complex on Diamond Drive. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Members of the Project Y Team 4153 robotics club with their robot Rasmussen. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

Rasmussen is a robot built at the Project Y STEM Center in Los Alamos by high school students and their adult mentors. She is named after Jane Rasmussen who was a part of the Manhattan Project and used early computers at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“Jane Rasmussen was not necessarily in the limelight but she

Los Alamos Scientist Awarded Giuliano Preparata Medal

on June 15, 2017 - 10:35am


Los Alamos scientist Dr. Thomas Claytor was awarded the Giuliano Preparata Medal June 8 in Piedmont, Italy. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos

A Los Alamos scientist known for a modified cold fusion experiment in which he repeatedly got radioactive tritium produced in a low energy system, has been presented with the prestigious Giuliano Preparato Medal. Dr.