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Daily Postcard: Harvest Moon Viewed From White Rock

Daily Postcard: A rare sighting of the Harvest Moon viewed at about 1:48 a.m. today from White Rock. The Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, the beginning of fall, which this year is Sept. 23. It’s different from other full moons because it rises at roughly the same time for several nights running, giving more light. According to Farmers’ Almanac contributing astronomer Joe Rao, this combination is typically a once-in-a-20-year occurrence, but unfortunately, you’ll have to wait even longer than usual for your next chance to see it in the U.S. Rao said the


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U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Secures Funding For New Mexico’s National Labs, WIPP, Nuclear Safety…

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M), senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, voted to advance key legislation to provide strong funding for New Mexico’s national labs, technology transfer efforts, environmental clean-up projects, the Waste Isolation Pilot Program (WIPP), and Tribal energy programs throughout the state.

Udall joined the Senate Appropriations Committee in voting unanimously to advance the Fiscal Year 2020 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill to the Senate floor.

“This funding will help bolster New Mexico’s thriving


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LAHS Student Aims To End Malnutrition In The World

Havard University student Garyk Brixi and Los Alamos High School student Lillian Peterson at the International Science Fair in May in Phoenix, Ariz. Courtesy photo
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

Malnutrition is the leading cause of death for children globally and Lillian Petersen, a senior at Los Alamos High School, along with her partner Garyk Brixi of Maryland, is doing something about it.

They created computer software that can help inform aid organizations on the most effective way to treat malnourished children. Malnutrition is a clinical


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Serna Releases Position Statement On Climate Change

Marco Serna

From the Marco Serna for Congress Campaign:

Española – Third Congressional District candidate Marco Serna has made public his position paper on Climate Change.

While highlighting that climate change was very real and a threat to our survival, he rejects the “Green New Deal” proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and three of his opponents in the 2020 Democratic Primary.

“I join with the National AFL-CIO in opposing the Green New Deal. If the 10-year plan was implemented, it would have a devastating effect on New Mexico’s economy and the state budget,” Serna said. “It has the potential


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Science On Tap: Earthquake Forecasting Sept. 16

Feynman Postdoctoral Fellow Daniel Trugman. Courtesy/LANL

Los Alamos Creative District News: 

The community is invited to join the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16 at projectY cowork, 150 Central Park Square.

This “On Tap” features a conversation with Daniel Trugman, a Feynman Postdoctoral Fellow with the Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Division.

In the United States, earthquakes are the most frequent natural disaster. While the U.S. experiences hundreds of thousands of earthquakes annually,


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NIST: Can High-Tech Sniffer Help Keep Us Safe?

The PLOT-cryo device can be used to detect very low concentrations of airborne chemicals such as those that might signal the presence of spoiled food, clandestine graves, and chemicals in fire debris that might show evidence of arson. Courtesy/Megan Harries

NIST News:

Science stinks.

So thought Megan Harries as she measured drops of putrescine and cadaverine — the chemicals that give decomposing corpses their distinctive, terrible odor — into glass vials. She then placed the vials on the floor of a shipping container, walked outside, and closed the door behind her.

Harries, a postdoctoral


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