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Governor Kicks Off First Space Valley Summit

on January 10, 2020 - 8:12am

Spaceport Authority Executive Director Dan Hicks fastens a pin on the lapel of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Wednesday during the Space Valley Summit at NMSU in Las Cruces. Courtesy photo

Spaceport Authority Executive Director Dan Hicks facillitates the first Space Valley Summit. Courtesy photo


Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham kicked off New Mexico’s first Space Valley Summit Wednesday at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

The event brought together federal and state leaders of New Mexico’s space industry.

Facilitated by Spaceport Authority Executive Director Dan

AGU: Searching For Oldest Ice In Antarctica

on January 10, 2020 - 6:10am
Robert Mulvaney (dressed in black) and the Beyond EPICA surveying team. Courtesy/British Antarctic Survey
AGU News:
Drilling engineer and ice core scientist Robert Mulvaney has driven thousands of kilometers over Antarctica in the past few years in a snow tractor, creeping slowly over one of the highest points of the ice sheet, near a location known as Dome C.
He’s looking for the perfect place to drill one and a half million years into the past.

LANL Scientists And International Partners Create 3-D Image Of Heart RNA Structure For First Time

on January 9, 2020 - 1:43pm

The first 3-D images have been created of an RNA molecule known as ‘Braveheart’ for its role in transforming stem cells into heart cells. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Work could lead to new strategies in regenerative medicine for heart conditions

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and international partners have created the first 3-D images of a special type of RNA molecule that is critical for stem cell programming and known as the “dark matter” of the genome. 

“As far as we know,” said corresponding author Karissa Sanbonmatsu, “this is the first full 3-D structural study of any

Study: Deforestation Changing Animal Communication

on January 9, 2020 - 6:57am

Howler monkey. Courtesy/UofW

University of Waterloo News:

Deforestation is changing the way monkeys communicate in their natural habitat, according to a new study.

This study, led by an anthropologist at the University of Waterloo, offers the first evidence in animal communication scholarship of differences in vocal behaviors in response to different types of forest edge areas.

Working in a tropical lowland rainforest in Costa Rica, the researchers examined how human-caused forest habitat changes have affected vegetation and, in turn, the rate and length of howling by the group-living

Journey Into World Of Fractals At Nature Center Friday

on January 7, 2020 - 4:28pm

Explore the fascinating world of fractals at 7 p.m. Friday in the planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Journey into the never-ending world of fractals in an amazing tour of science, math and art at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Peter Polko will show the award-winning, full-dome planetarium show “Fantastic Fractals”. This show takes viewers on a tour of the fractals in nature and zooms through infinitely complex mathematical fractions.

Featuring original music, the show is both educational and highly entertaining and is appropriate

Scientists In The Spotlight: Nathan Debardeleben And Linda Anderman At Bradbury Science Museum Jan. 11

on January 7, 2020 - 7:37am
Nathan Debardeleben and Linda Anderman. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
Scientists in the Spotlight: Nathan Debardeleben and Linda Anderman will meet community members 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Bradbury Science Museum.
Supercomputing Reliability
Nathan Debardeleben, with the Lab’s High Performance Computing Design Group, started designing, programming and tinkering at an early age. At the Lab, Debardeleben uses his knowledge to help build the latest supercomputers and keep them running in tip-top shape—no matter what the environment throws at them.

Science On Tap With Hisato Yamaguchi Jan. 13

on January 7, 2020 - 6:54am
LANL scientist Hisato Yamaguchi examines a material for night vision goggles that is coated with atomic armor one atom thick. A piece of paper is 500,000 atoms thick. Courtesy/BSM
BSM News:
Science on Tap with Hisato Yamaguchi: a conversation about how this research at Los Alamos contributes to the Lab's national security mission, at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 13, at projectY Cowork, 150 Central Park Square.
Yamaguchi studies initial corrosion processes using surface science techniques and synthesizes atomically thin, two-dimensional protection crystals for the Finishing

The Manhattan Project Electronic Field Trip Feb. 4

on January 7, 2020 - 6:21am
Film crew at the replica guard gate in Los Alamos. Courtesy/BSM
BSM News:
The National WWll Museum in New Orleans is presenting the Manhattan Project Electronic Field Trip Feb. 4. This interactive streaming exploration will feature live polling and Q&A, so students can participate without ever leaving their classroom.
Answering student questions on-location at the WWll Museum will be Sharon Squassoni, research professor at George Washington University and member of the Science and Security Board at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The experience is geared for grades 7-12.

Nature On Tap: Updates In Astronomy; Celestial Objects And Expansive Skies Monday, Jan. 6

on December 31, 2019 - 5:20pm

A black hole. Courtesy/extremetech


The community is invited to join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Los Alamos Creative District for Nature On Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6 at projectY cowork.

This On Tap will feature a combination of science and cheer with Peter Polko and Felicia Krauss, who will take a light-hearted look at cosmology, the supermassive black holes at the center of galaxies, and the connection between the two in two 20-minute talks. 

Nature On Tap is sponsored by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in

NMMSH: Free Telescope Workshop Jan. 4

on December 31, 2019 - 9:53am
A telescope can help inspire a lifelong interest and appreciation in nature and science, but the first step is learning how to use it. Bring your new telescope and everyone interested to the free telescope workshop Jan. 4 at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Courtesy/Air & Space Magazine
ALAMOGORDO The New Mexico Museum of Space History education department is holding a free telescope workshop beginning 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 in the front classroom of the Tombaugh Building in Alamogordo.
The focus of the workshop will be on showing new telescope users the

AGU100 Blogosphere: Llamas Could Help Replenish Plant Life After Glaciers Retreat

on December 31, 2019 - 9:14am

Plot used to sample landscapes in the Andes and the Alps. Photo by Anaïs Zimmer/UT-Austin

A llama near the village of Patacancha in the Peruvian Andes. Photo by Lauren Lipuma
AGU100 Blogosphere
  • Unexpected gardeners might help plant communities colonize newly exposed land

The rapid retreat of glaciers from alpine regions around the world could result in widespread ecosystem losses, according to new research. Now, scientists are exploring a hairy solution to this hairy problem in the form of llamas.

As glaciers retreat with increasing speeds, they leave behind bare

Virginia Tech Student Entrepreneurs Showcase Their Emerging Desktop Robotics Company At Autodesk Expo

on December 30, 2019 - 5:58am
From left, Kaelum Hasler, Bradley Turner and Martin Angst represented their emerging desktop robotics company at the Autodesk Expo in November. 'Rendyr epitomizes the potential of Virginia Tech students to change the world through launching a new venture while pursuing their degree,' said Sean Collins, director of the Apex Center for Entrepreneurs.

Spaceport America Announces Test Operations Of ABL Space Systems

on December 29, 2019 - 6:55am
ABL Space Systems, a company founded by former SpaceX engineers, recently completed a successful test campaign of its E2 rocket engine at Spaceport America.
“Spaceport America provided the perfect location and support staff for us to test the E2 rocket engine,” ABL CFO Dan Piemont explained. “Our team did a great job rapidly activating our deployable test site, and we are happy with how E2 performed. This campaign was an important step toward bringing the RS1 launch vehicle to market.”
When operational, RS1 will fill an important role in the global launch

NMMSH: Free Launch Pad Lecture On Comets Jan. 3

on December 29, 2019 - 6:55am

Comet Bennet was discovered Dec. 28, 1969 by John Caister Bennett in Pretoria, South Africa. It was widely visible by April 1970 and was slated to be photographed April 14 from Apollo 13, but a critical malfunction in the spacecraft prevented the crew from taking the photos. Courtesy/


ALAMOGORDO – From early effects on world history to intergalactic interlopers, take a fascinating look at the sometimes terrifying but always beautiful and fascinating world of comets.

Harbingers of doom in the past, comets today provide a fascinating look into the early days of the

New Technology Tested At Los Alamos County Airport

on December 26, 2019 - 7:51am
Crews prepare a drone for launching via catapault Nov. 8 at Los Alamos County Airport. Courtesy/LAC
A parachute carries the drone back to the ground. Courtesy/LAC
Los Alamos Daily Post

The pavement on airport runways and taxiways is essential; however, its maintenance and repair does not come cheap. But an innovative piece of technology could change that, and the Los Alamos County Airport recently played a role in putting this new technology to the test.

Officials from New Mexico Department of Transportation aviation division as well as

American Geophysical Union: Scientists Use Satellites And Social Media To Detect Potential Famines

on December 25, 2019 - 1:01pm
Oxfam delivers food aid to Turkana, Kenya during an ongoing food crisis fueled by drought. This year, below-average rains caused crop production to fall nearly 50 percent. Courtesy/Irina Fuhrmann/Oxfam under Creative Commons 2
AGU News:
Deaths due to famine have fallen precipitously in recent decades, but undernutrition, which affects one in five children worldwide, remains rampant. Now, researchers are using satellite imagery and social media to detect food-scarce regions before they become full-blown crises.
Molly Brown of the University of Maryland conducts research for

EDD: Grants For Science And Technology Start-Ups

on December 25, 2019 - 12:58pm
EDD News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Economic Development Department is offering a new small grants program to science and technology start-ups, Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes has announced.
The Business Start-Up Grants can be used by potentially high-growth, for profit companies in New Mexico in the science and technology fields with fewer than 50 employees.
Applicants must demonstrate the potential to create jobs or generate additional private investment, be headquartered in New Mexico, and provide a letter of good standing or Certificate of Compliance with the state Taxation

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Introduces Bill To Promote Transmission Infrastructure Growth Across Nation

on December 23, 2019 - 8:01am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced the Electric Power Infrastructure Improvement Act Friday to provide a new investment tax credit that will help promote the construction of regionally significant transmission projects across the U.S.
Heinrich's legislation will help drive investments needed to not only alleviate the current strain on existing transmission lines, but improve the resilience of the grid and support new projects that connect modern renewable energy resources to the power demands of regional

LANL Director Thom Mason Speaks To LACACIS On Leveraging Science Against National Security Threats

on December 21, 2019 - 1:14pm
LANL Director Thom Mason addresses members of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security Thursday at the United Church of Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Thom Mason presented a talk Thursday evening about leveraging the nation’s scientific base against national security threats.

Mason was the guest speaker at a meeting of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security meeting at the United Church of Los Alamos.

Counting Photons Routine Enough To Need Standards

on December 20, 2019 - 9:42am

As part of a research project to help establish standards for photon-counting detectors, NIST physicist Thomas Gerrits adjusts the laser beam hitting a detector. The squiggly overhead light helps researchers see the lab setup without disturbing the detectors, which are insensitive to blue light. Photo by J. Burrus/NIST

NIST News:

Since the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) built its first superconducting devices for counting photons (the smallest units of light) in the 1990s, these once-rare detectors have become popular research tools all over the world.

NASA Sending New Generation Rover To Mars

on December 18, 2019 - 9:20am

Cadets in the Museum’s summer camp Wheels Up program test high-altitude pressure suits they built to protect marshmallows. Cadets were given nitrile gloves, sealable food bags, and tape and told to use their imagination. Their designs were tested in a vacuum jar. Registration for summer camp in Alamogordo and Las Cruces is now open and available on the Museum’s website. Courtesy/NMMSH


ALAMOGORDO – In mid-August 2020, NASA is sending a new generation rover to Mars as part of the Mars Exploration Program.

The mission will search for signs of past microbial life, characterize the

University Of Arizona Looks Toward Work On NASA’s Potential Asteroid-Hunting Space Telescope

on December 16, 2019 - 10:07am
UA News:
TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Arizona is spearheading work that would begin efforts to construct a space-based infrared telescope that could provide the capabilities NASA needs to search for asteroids and comets that pose impact hazards to Earth, called near-Earth objects, or NEOs.
Professor Amy Mainzer of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona will provide technical leadership for the projected mission, to be in partnership with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

‘Extraordinary’ Occurrence In 2019 US Tornado Season

on December 16, 2019 - 7:17am

Aerial image shot by a drone shows a Home Depot store Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 in Dallas, Texas, that was obliterated after a destructive nocturnal tornado ripped through the area. Photo by John Humphress/SevereStudios

AccuWeather News:

Last year, the U.S. set a record low for the number of fatalities with just 10 people killed, the lowest number since tornado fatality record-keeping began in 1875.

AccuWeather Global Weather Center – A pair of unforgettable tornadoes bookended the 2019 U.S.

AGU: Thunderquakes Make Underground Fiber Optic Telecommunications Cables Hum

on December 15, 2019 - 11:40am
Telecommunications lines can pick up the rumble of thunder underground. Courtesy/AGU
AGU News:
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Telecommunications lines designed for carrying internet and phone service can pick up the rumble of thunder underground, potentially providing scientists with a new way of detecting environmental hazards and imaging deep inside the Earth.
The new research presented Friday at AGU’s Fall Meeting and published in AGU’s Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres marks the first time thunder has been heard underground by a telecommunications fiber optic array, according to

Wright Brothers Institute, AFRL Begin New Partnership With Office Of Secretary Of Defense

on December 14, 2019 - 10:16am
WBI News:
Wright Brothers Institute (WBI), the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) have officially partnered to examine future Air Force capabilities.
This $1 million agreement will leverage WBI’s Artificial-Intelligence-based platform, Wright-AI (Advanced Intelligence) to analyze and predict disruptive, emerging technologies that may have a military application and impact the future battlespace.