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Lighter-toned bedrock that surrounds fractures and comprises high concentrations of silica—called “halos”—has been found in Gale crater on Mars, indicating that the planet had liquid water much longer than previously believed.

Halos on Mars could mean a longer life-friendly past

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Picture of the Week: Visualizing ocean asteroid impact

Pew! Pew! Curiosity’s ChemCam zaps a half million Martian rocks

Pew! Pew! Curiosity’s ChemCam zaps a half million Martian rocks

ChemCam instrument aboard Mars Curiosity rover passes milestone 21 Sep, 2017

21 Sep, 2017

Discovery of boron on Mars adds to evidence for habitability

Discovery of boron on Mars adds to evidence for habitability

The discovery of boron on Mars gives scientists more clues about whether life could have ever existed on the planet. 05 Sep, 2017

05 Sep, 2017

CubeSats have one major shortcoming, but not for long

CubeSats have one major shortcoming, but not for long

Over the past decade and a half, satellites the size of a toaster have opened up new possibilities for using space. 10 Aug, 2017

10 Aug, 2017

If these (Martian) rocks could talk

If these (Martian) rocks could talk

It’s no coincidence that Death Valley and Mars have boron in common. Boron typically occurs in arid locations where water has evaporated. 19 Jul, 2017

19 Jul, 2017

Rover findings indicate stratified lake on ancient Mars

Rover findings indicate stratified lake on ancient Mars

A long-lasting lake on ancient Mars provided stable environmental conditions that differed significantly from one part of the lake to another. 01 Jun, 2017

01 Jun, 2017

What is the universe made of?

What is the universe made of?

A team of physicists and astrophysicists are using supercomputers to simulate the Big Bang nucleosynthesis and the early universe to unprecedented precision. 17 Apr, 2017

17 Apr, 2017

Breaking the supermassive black hole speed limit

Breaking the supermassive black hole speed limit

A new computer simulation helps explain the existence of puzzling supermassive black holes observed in the early universe. 21 Mar, 2017

21 Mar, 2017

Confessions of a dark matter detective

Confessions of a dark matter detective

Sifting through data from HAWC's mountain-top water barrels looking for the fingerprint of dark matter 15 Feb, 2017

15 Feb, 2017

First-ever GPS data release to boost space-weather science

First-ever GPS data release to boost space-weather science

The data comes from space-weather sensors developed by Los Alamos National Laboratory on board the nation’s Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites. 30 Jan, 2017

30 Jan, 2017

Top Los Alamos science stories of 2016

Top Los Alamos science stories of 2016

From discoveries on Mars to breakthroughs in cancer research, from national security science to materials science, 2016 has proven to be another productive year for Los Alamos National Laboratory achievements. 21 Dec, 2016

21 Dec, 2016

First detection of boron on the surface of Mars

First detection of boron on the surface of Mars

The boron was identified by the rover’s laser-shooting Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument, which was developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory in conjunction with the French space agency. 13 Dec, 2016

13 Dec, 2016

Picture of the Week: Visualizing ocean asteroid impact

Picture of the Week: Visualizing ocean asteroid impact

Scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory are using high performance computing to investigate how an asteroid’s kinetic energy is transferred to the atmosphere and ocean. 09 Dec, 2016

09 Dec, 2016

Picture of the Week: Planets unlikely to form around binary stars

Picture of the Week: Planets unlikely to form around binary stars

Comparing computer simulations to observations aids understanding of binary star formation. 13 Oct, 2016

13 Oct, 2016

Safe solid rocket design for small satellites

Safe solid rocket design for small satellites

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a rocket motor concept that could pave the way for CubeSats zooming across space. 13 Oct, 2016

13 Oct, 2016

Confessions of a Martian rock

Confessions of a Martian rock

When scientists analyzed the chemical make-up of a Martian rock, they expected to find lots of basalt, the building block of all planets. 25 Jul, 2016

25 Jul, 2016

Mars rover’s laser can now target rocks all by itself

Mars rover’s laser can now target rocks all by itself

New software is enabling ChemCam to select rock targets autonomously—the first time autonomous target selection is available for an instrument of this kind on any robotic planetary mission. 21 Jul, 2016

21 Jul, 2016

ChemCam update - Manganese oxides on Mars

ChemCam update - Manganese oxides on Mars

A recent discovery of manganese oxides in Martian rocks might tell us that the Red Planet was once more Earth-like than previously believed. 30 Jun, 2016

30 Jun, 2016

Using supercomputers to probe the early universe

Using supercomputers to probe the early universe

Los Alamos researchers developed a computer code, called BURST, that can simulate a slice in the life of our young cosmos. 05 Jun, 2016

05 Jun, 2016

Zapping rocks on Mars

Zapping rocks on Mars

After nearly 1,500 rock zaps, ChemCam has uncovered some surprising facts about the Red Planet, including the discovery of igneous rocks. 16 May, 2016

16 May, 2016

Science in 60 - Tiny satellites, big science

Science in 60 - Tiny satellites, big science

When cube satellites first sprung on the scene in the late 1990s, they were seen as cheap, cute and novel. 05 May, 2016

05 May, 2016

The space weather threat... and how we protect ourselves

The space weather threat... and how we protect ourselves

The Sun continually ejects high-energy electrons, protons, and other nuclei that bombard the Earth, producing space-weather effects such as the beautiful northern lights but also others that can destroy satellites and disrupt our lives here on Earth. 24 Apr, 2016

24 Apr, 2016

Why Mars?

Why Mars?

The allure (and challenge) of colonizing the red planet 17 May, 2016

17 May, 2016

Numerical simulations shed new light on early universe

Numerical simulations shed new light on early universe

The code simulates conditions during the first few minutes of cosmological evolution to model the role of neutrinos, nuclei and other particles in shaping the early universe. 21 Apr, 2016

21 Apr, 2016

Space scientist tapped for French knighthood

Space scientist tapped for French knighthood

Roger Wiens was awarded the honorary title of chevalier (knight) in France’s Academic Order of Palms for his work in forging strong ties between the French and American scientific communities. 11 Apr, 2016

11 Apr, 2016

Study finds surprising variability in shape of Van Allen Belts

Study finds surprising variability in shape of Van Allen Belts

Understanding the shape and size of the belts, which shrink and swell in response to magnetic storms coming from the sun, is crucial for protecting our technology in space. 23 Feb, 2016

23 Feb, 2016

Gravitational waves found, black-hole models led the way

Gravitational waves found, black-hole models led the way

Gravitational waves were predicted by Einstein’s theory of general relativity in 1916, and now, almost exactly 100 years later, the faint ripples across space-time have been found. 11 Feb, 2016

11 Feb, 2016

Machine learning helps discover the most luminous supernova in history

Machine learning helps discover the most luminous supernova in history

Machine-learning technology developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory played a key role in the discovery of supernova ASASSN-15lh. 14 Jan, 2016

14 Jan, 2016

New Mars rover findings revealed at American Geophysical Union conference

New Mars rover findings revealed at American Geophysical Union conference

A group of scientists revealed that the Curiosity rover found much higher concentrations of silica at some sites the rover has investigated in the past seven months. 17 Dec, 2015

17 Dec, 2015

Curiosity ChemCam finds high-silica Mars rocks

Curiosity ChemCam finds high-silica Mars rocks

Scientist have found much higher concentrations of silica at some sites the Curiosity rover has investigated in the past seven months than anywhere else it has visited. 17 Dec, 2015

17 Dec, 2015

Science in 60 - The hunt for Antarctic meteorites

Science in 60 - The hunt for Antarctic meteorites

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Nina Lanza has signed up to spend nearly six weeks in a tent on the Antarctic ice sheet. 08 Dec, 2015

08 Dec, 2015

Curiosity Rover confirms existence of a large ancient lake on Mars

Curiosity Rover confirms existence of a large ancient lake on Mars

New findings released today in the journal Science show substantial bodies of water likely existed on the surface of the planet in its early history. 08 Oct, 2015

08 Oct, 2015

Young, Jupiter-like planet discovered

Young, Jupiter-like planet discovered

A team of researchers has discovered a Jupiter-like planet within a young system that could provide a new understanding of how planets formed around our sun. 13 Aug, 2015

13 Aug, 2015

Picture of the Week: Plasma cubed

Picture of the Week: Plasma cubed

Drawing on expertise from astrophysics, applied mathematics, fluid mechanics, data management, and computer science, a interdisciplinary multi-institution research team including Los Alamos scientists have discovered that turbulence may be key to solving the mystery of "fast magnetic reconnection" that has puzzled physicists for decades. 03 Aug, 2015

03 Aug, 2015

Curiosity rover finds evidence of Mars’ primitive continental crust

Curiosity rover finds evidence of Mars’ primitive continental crust

This is the first discovery of a potential “continental crust” on Mars. 13 Jul, 2015

13 Jul, 2015

NASA agreements advance Mars exploration, Los Alamos Rover instrument a key component

NASA agreements advance Mars exploration, Los Alamos Rover instrument a key component

Los Alamos National Laboratory is coordinating with the French science and engineering team on developing SuperCam. 17 Jun, 2015

17 Jun, 2015

Mars Rover’s ChemCam Instrument gets sharper vision

Mars Rover’s ChemCam Instrument gets sharper vision

NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover’s “ChemCam” instrument just got a major capability fix, as Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists uploaded a software repair for the auto-focus system on the instrument. 21 May, 2015

21 May, 2015

Uncovering the mysteries of cosmic explosions

Uncovering the mysteries of cosmic explosions

An automated software system developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory played a key role in the discovery of supernova iPTF 14atg and could provide insight, a virtual Rosetta stone, into future supernovae and their underlying physics. 20 May, 2015

20 May, 2015

 Picture of the Week: Gamma-ray Bursts: infographic

Picture of the Week: Gamma-ray Bursts: infographic

Today with the help of sophisticated tools like the ground based RAPTOR robotic observatory system that can find, and study on its own, transient optical events, and the High Altitude Water Chernekov (HAWC) Gamma Ray Observatory, designed to study the origin of the very high energy cosmic rays, and observe the most energetic objects in the known universe, Los Alamos scientists continue to work on solving different pieces of the gamma ray puzzle. 26 Mar, 2015

26 Mar, 2015

HAWC Observatory to study universe’s most energetic phenomena

HAWC Observatory to study universe’s most energetic phenomena

Inaugural ceremony to mark completion of powerful system to detect gamma rays and cosmic rays 20 Mar, 2015

20 Mar, 2015