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Fighting fires before they spark

Fighting fires before they spark

With warm, dry summers comes a deadly caveat for the western United States: wildfires. Scientists say the hot, dry climates found west of the Mississippi, along with decades of fire suppression efforts, are creating a devastating and destructive combination – leading to fires like the ones currently burning in California.


It’s a problem biologists at The University of New Mexico are looking to put a damper on. Now, new research from UNM is giving forest and fire management teams across the country the upper hand in reducing the severity of these events.

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D.I.Y. Private Investigation

D.I.Y. Private Investigation

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a private investigator, investigating everything from internet stalkers to missing persons? Meet “Jessamyn Jones” a.k.a. Jessamyn Lovell, senior lecturer and visual artist at The University of New Mexico’s College of Fine Arts. She is creating art and adventure in her current project, “D.I.Y. P.I. (Do It Yourself Private Investigation),” where she takes you into the world of private investigation.

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Guiding the random laser

Guiding the random laser

At its most basic level, a random laser is precisely what its name implies; random. It’s random in the spectrum of light it produces and in the way that light is emitted, making what could be an extremely versatile laser source, nearly useless for most practical applications.
So, how do you control some of the randomness to make useful devices? It’s a question that’s led a team of researchers at The University of New Mexico to a discovery that’s taking laser technology to the next level.

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UNM scientist pursues ultrafast laser technology to increase network speeds tenfold

UNM scientist pursues ultrafast laser technology to increase network speeds tenfold

A project to develop new ultrafast laser transmitter technology at The University of New Mexico is expected to have a revolutionary impact on the physics of semiconductor lasers, with potential applications that could result in ten times the speed of current fiber optic networks.

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Grant funds political activism study at UNM

Grant funds political activism study at UNM

A new, National Science Foundation (NSF) grant is allowing researchers at The University of New Mexico to study how people are responding to the current political environment in the United States.

Earlier this spring, the NSF awarded UNM Political Science Professor Lonna Rae Atkeson a one year, $30,000 grant to research, “RAPID: Emotion Regulation, Attitudes, and the Consequences for Political Behavior in a Polarized Political Environment.” (NSF Award 1743846).

“Rarely do higher education faculty get awarded a timely grant,” Atkeson said. “But this funding comes at a time when it is particularly interesting to see how emotions are contributing to the political conversation.”

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