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  • State Notes 08-24-12

    Lobo men’s basketball reveals 2012-13 schedule

    ALBUQUERQUE — University of New Mexico men’s head basketball coach Steve Alford has announced the 2012-13 schedule earlier this week and it includes 20 contests against teams that qualified for the NCAA tournament last season.

  • Shooter Dead, People Hurt Outside Empire State
  • LANL Foundation awards scholarships to returning students

    Students who had suspended their educational careers are back on track thanks to the award of 12 scholarships from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation’s Regional College/Returning Student Scholarship Fund.

    Each student receives a $1,000 scholarship to pursue a two-year degree regionally or certification leading to a career. The grants are made possible by employees at LANL, Los Alamos National Security, LLC., contractors and friends in the community.

    This is the third round of returning scholarships from the LANL Foundation, which awards an additional $400,000 in scholarships annually to recent high school graduates through the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund.

    The latest winners are:

    ·      Matthew Glass of Santa Fe, a therapeutic adventure coordinator, who seeks an associate degree from Santa Fe Community College in teacher education and plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in secondary education .

    ·      Adrienne Mahrenholz of El Prado, who has a bachelor’s degree in recreation and sports management, and now is studying at UNM-Taos for an associate degree in nursing and plans to earn a master’s to become a nursing administrator.

  • Today in History for August 24th
  • Armstrong banned for life; titles vacated -- VIDEO extra

    The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency erased 14 years of Lance Armstrong's career Friday — including his record seven Tour de France titles — and banned him for life from the sport that made him a hero to millions of cancer survivors after concluding he used banned substances.

    USADA said it expected cycling's governing body to take similar action, but the International Cycling Union was measured in its response, saying it first wanted a full explanation on why Armstrong should relinquish Tour titles he won from 1999 through 2005.

    The Amaury Sport Organization that runs the world's most prestigious cycling race said it would not comment until hearing from the UCI and USADA, which contends the cycling body is bound by the World Anti-Doping Code to strip Armstrong of one of the most incredible achievements in sports.

    Armstrong, who retired a year ago, said Thursday that he would no longer challenge USADA and declined to exercise his last option by entering arbitration. He denied again that he ever took banned substances in his career, calling USADA's investigation a "witch hunt" without a shred of physical evidence.

    He is now officially a drug cheat in the eyes of his nation's doping agency.

  • Raw Video: Explosion on La. Interstate

    Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge has reopened after being closed due to a multi-vehicle crash involving a tanker truck leaking a flammable liquid. Crews performed a "vent and burn" technique late Wednesday night in order to stop the leak.

  • ChemCam laser analyses yield clean, clear results

     

     Members of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover ChemCam team, including Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists, squeezed in a little extra target practice after zapping the first fist-sized rock that was placed in the laser’s crosshairs last weekend.

    Much to the delight of the scientific team, the laser instrument has fired nearly 500 shots so far that have produced strong, clear data about the composition of the Martian surface.

    “The spectrum we have received back from Curiosity is as good as anything we looked at on Earth,” said Los Alamos National Laboratory planetary scientist Roger Wiens, Principal Investigator of the ChemCam Team. “The entire MSL team was very excited about this and we popped a little champagne.”

  • Raw Video: Mars Rover, Jettison to Touchdown

    NASA has recently release video of the NASA Curiosity rover landing from the jettison of the head shield to the touchdown.

  • Yellow Dubmarine pays tribute to the Beatles

     Some might say the Beatles were the most popular and influential rock band of the 20th Century and most wouldn’t argue too much about that.  From 1962-1970, the Beatles had 54 songs that made it to #1 on the Billboard Music Charts in the U.S. and UK.
    On Friday, a reggae, ska, dub, rock, punk and rock steady Beatles tribute band, Yellow Dubmarine, will play at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Yellow Dubmarine play and have recorded those 54 #1 songs, plus they’ve recorded the entire “Abbey Road” album.
     Dub is a genre of music, which grew out of reggae and reggae grew out of ska. Ska music is a type of fast dance music that came from Jamaica, using a lot of brass. Rock steady slowed the tempo and often resulted in love, R&B or blues songs. Then came reggae in the 60s, with emerging superstars like Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff and other greats. Most reggae focuses on politics, protest, black consciousness and the Rastafarian spiritual movement.
    Dub features electronic instrumental remixes emphasizing drums and bass with lots of reverb and echo. This combination of Jamaican music is how Yellow Dubmarine play the Beatles’ greatest hits.

  • Laser research holds more promise for cancer treatment

    Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have observed for the first time how a laser penetrates dense, electron-rich plasma to generate ions. The process has applications for developing next generation particle accelerators and new cancer treatments.
    The results, published online Aug. 19 in Nature Physics, also confirm predictions made more than 60 years ago about the fundamental physics of laser-plasma interaction. Plasmas dense with electrons normally reflect laser light like a mirror. But a strong laser can drive those electrons to near the speed of light, making the plasma transparent and accelerating the plasma ions.
    “That idea has been met with some skepticism in the field,” said Rahul Shah of LANL’s plasma physics group. “We think that we’ve settled that controversy.”
    The team, which also included researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany and Queens University in Belfast, UK used the 200 trillion-watt short-pulse TRIDENT laser at Los Alamos National Laboratory to observe the transparency phenomenon at 50 femtosecond resolution. Until now, those dynamics have been witnessed only in computer simulations.