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LANL Profile: Bill Priedhorsky

Bill Priedhorsky, the program director for Laboratory-Directed Research & Development. Courtesy/LANL

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Bill Priedhorsky, director of the Laboratory-Directed Research & Development (LDRD) program, has been walking for several hours.

The whisper of his passage across the desert disappears as thoroughly as the morning dew dries under the unrelenting heat of New Mexico’s sun. He leans on a hiking pole and takes in his surroundings.

There are convoluted shadows on the rocks all about him—nature is a gifted sculptor, using erosion to craft all types of interesting and bizarre


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Explore Asteroids Friday; Saturday In Planetarium

Explore the risks asteroids pose to Earth and what mankind might be able to do about them Friday and Saturday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Local asteroid expert Galen Gisler will lead a talk at 6 p.m. Friday, May 24, and the nature center will show the full-dome film ‘Incoming!’ at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25. Courtesy/PEEC
 
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Explore the risks asteroid impacts pose to the Earth this Friday and Saturday at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium. At 6 p.m., Friday, May 24 astronomer Galen Gisler will host a talk about the effects of asteroid impacts and what mankind

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SFI: ‘Toward A New Understanding Of Aging, Adaptation And The Arrow Of Time’ Tonight

The Gardens of Ninfa, Italy. Built on the site of a Roman temple to the water nymphs, Ninfa grew into a thriving medieval town of 150 houses. In 1382, it was sacked during Papal wars, and a malaria outbreak left it a ghost town. It is now a public garden. Courtesy photo
 
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SFI Community Event “Toward a New Understanding of Aging, Adaptation, and the Arrow of TIme” with Jean Carlson at 7:30 p.m. today, May 21 at The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St., Santa Fe, NM.
 
While time and age in standard dynamical systems are treated as simple clocks that run

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Registration Open For ‘Night With A Nerd’ June 13

projectY cowork News:

The community is invited to join Dr. Mel Strong for “Night with a Nerd” 6-8 p.m., June 13 at ProjectY cowork, 150 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos.

New Mexico’s “monsoon season” is responsible for about half of its annual precipitation. But why does New Mexico have a monsoon? Why does it start and end at particular times of the year? Why does it vary? How is it changing?

This talk will address these questions and more as the mechanisms behind the monsoon are explored. Mini lessons in meteorology will be distributed throughout the talk, and beautiful time-lapse


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Giant Impact Caused Difference In Moon’s Hemispheres

Artist’s depiction of a collision between two planetary bodies. New research suggests the stark difference between the Moon’s heavily-cratered farside and the lower-lying open basins of the nearside were caused by a wayward dwarf planet colliding with the Moon in the early history of the solar system. Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The stark difference between the Moon’s heavily-cratered farside and the lower-lying open basins of the Earth-facing nearside has puzzled scientists for decades.
 
Now, new evidence about the Moon’s crust suggests

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AGU: Study Finds 24 Percent Of West Antarctic Ice Is Now Unstable

An iceberg at Marguerite Bay on the Antarctic Peninsula. New research finds 24 percent of West Antarctic ice is now unstable. Courtesy/Andrew Shepherd
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In only 25 years, ocean melting has caused ice thinning to spread across West Antarctica so rapidly that a quarter of its glacier ice is now affected, according to a new study.
 
Scientists at the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM), based at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, have combined 25 years of European Space Agency satellite altimeter measurements and a model of

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LANL Director Emeritus Terry Wallace Traces Gold’s Cosmic Journey In Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Los Alamos

Terry Wallace

LANL News:

  • From stars to the Amazon, free lectures explore the story of gold

 

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Emeritus Terry Wallace will discuss the cosmic and tectonic journey made by the metal gold in three Frontiers in Science public lectures beginning May 20 in Albuquerque. 

 

“Gold is one of the most fascinating of the 4,500 mineral species on Earth, and no mineral (or metal) evokes more emotion,” said geologist Wallace. “But it also has an incredible scientific story: a gold nugget is made of material that was not born in our planet or even our solar


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Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory Tour Highlights Research, Partnerships

From left, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar listening last week to environmental scientists Teresa Matthews and Mark Peterson of the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory discuss EM-funded research. Courtesy/ORNL
 

DOE News:

 
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar last week visited Oak Ridge National Laboratory where they learned about a partnership between EM and DOE’s Office of Science to identify effective and affordable solutions for mercury cleanup that can

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Viome Researchers Visit Senior Center Friday

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COMMUNITY News:

Viome’s research and development team members Ryan Toma and Nathan Duval, who work on product development and clinical studies, will be on hand 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center to answer questions about their program and recruit participants for a study.

“We are currently recruiting for a study, which aims to understand how human gene expression varies across different populations,” Toma said. “Our study is trying to recruit participants from diverse populations, specifically over the age of 50.”

The participants will schedule a time


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New Study Finds Island Lizards Are Expert Sunbathers, And It’s Slowing Their Evolution

A diminutive little tree lizard soaks up the sun in the Caribbean. Photo by J. Salazar
 
VIRGINIA TECH News:
 
If you’ve ever spent time in the Caribbean, you might have noticed that humans are not the only organisms soaking up the sun.
 
Anoles – diminutive little tree lizards – spend much of their day shuttling in and out of shade. But, according to a new study in Evolution led by Assistant Professor Martha Muñoz at Virginia Tech and Jhan Salazar at Universidad Icesi, this behavioral “thermoregulation” isn’t just affecting their body temperature.
 
Surprisingly, it’s also

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