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PEOPLE: Human-Machine Interface – Who or What Controls What or Whom?

on March 23, 2017 - 2:40pm

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

• World Futures:  What Do We Need?

The human-machine interface controls communication between the human and the machine.  Historically, it was intended to allow the human to have full control over the machine within the physical aspects of the machine’s capabilities.  As a simple example, consider the control switch on an electric range or cook-top.  

There is a knob labeled High-Medium High-Medium-Medium Low-Low-Warm-Off, or maybe the numbers 10 through 0.  

The human selects a setting that turns on (or off) a burner or heat element on

LANL: Ultrafast Measurements Explain Quantum Dot Voltage Drop

on March 22, 2017 - 9:50am

A femtosecond laser pulse launches a photocurrent transient in a quantum dot solid, which is time-resolved using ultrafast sampling electronics. This technique provides unprecedented insights into early time photoconductance in quantum dot assemblies for solar cells and photodetectors. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Insights pave way for solar cells and photodetectors based on tunable nanoparticles

Solar cells and photodetectors could soon be made from new types of materials based on semiconductor quantum dots, thanks to new insights based on ultrafast measurements capturing real-time

Breaking The Supermassive Black Hole Speed Limit

on March 21, 2017 - 11:08am

Quasar growing under intense accretion streams. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

A new computer simulation helps explain the existence of puzzling supermassive black holes observed in the early universe. The simulation is based on a computer code used to understand the coupling of radiation and certain materials.

“Supermassive black holes have a speed limit that governs how fast and how large they can grow,” said Joseph Smidt of the Theoretical Design Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, “The relatively recent discovery of supermassive black holes in the early development of the universe

LANL: Less Radiation In Inner Van Allen Belt Than Previously Believed

on March 21, 2017 - 7:55am

This artist’s rendering of the Van Allen Probes mission shows the path of its two spacecraft through the radiation belts that surround Earth, which are made visible in false color. Courtesy/NASA  

LANL News:

  • New study shows scientists the ‘snowflake in a rainstorm’

The inner Van Allen belt has less radiation than previously believed, according to a recent study in the Journal of Geophysical Research. Observations from NASA’s Van Allen probes show the fastest, most energetic electrons in the inner radiation belt are actually much rarer and harder to find than scientists expected.

Meet David Williams Of White Rock

on March 20, 2017 - 8:58am
David Williams of White Rock takes a break at the Pig & Fig. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

During a recent stop at the Pig & Fig in White Rock, the Post bumped into local resident David Williams while he was enjoying his usual cup of cappuccino. Of Welsh heritage, he was born in Watford, just north of London, England, in 1936. His father worked on the de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito, which served during and after World War II. Constructed almost entirely of wood, it was nicknamed “The Wooden Wonder”, and affectionately known as the “Mossie”.

House Subcommittee Probes Nuclear Weapons Windfall

on March 18, 2017 - 10:41am

LANL Director Charlie McMillan appears Thursday before House Armed Services oversight and investigations subcommittee in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/HASC webcast

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

President Trump’s budget priorities were on parade in the House Armed Services subcommittee hearing Thursday, as the White House was releasing a sketch of its fiscal plans for the next 18 months. The White House projection for the nuclear security enterprise proposes strong support for a “nuclear force that is second to none.”

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan spoke

White Rock Elementary Schools Invite Community To Multi-Cultural Fair March 22

on March 17, 2017 - 4:18pm

World Futures: What Do We Need? PEOPLE - Food Production And Dietary Requirements

on March 17, 2017 - 8:34am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

• World Futures: What Do We Need?

The food we consume comes from two sources:  plants and animals.   If we state that animals get their food from plants, it could be argued that all food comes from plants. The food provides two things – energy and nutrients: energy to run our highly complex bio-machinery and nutrients to keep the bio-machine in good repair – maybe. But the bio-machine can abuse the system, both willingly and unwillingly.

In the article referenced under Medicine, it was noted that “…it looks as if people in the United States

Itching To Travel For Spring Break? Learn How To Get Prepared For A Safe And Healthy Journey

on March 17, 2017 - 8:12am

Courtesy image

LAMC News:

As winter’s hold weakens, hopeful spring breakers will make their way to balmy beach resorts, rugged rain forests and coastal cruise ship destinations.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) wants you to be informed and make smart choices wherever your spring break plans take you.

The CDC Travelers’ Health website is a great first stop to make sure that you are proactive, prepared and protected when it comes to your health while traveling:

Before you go

  • Find out about vaccines and any health concerns at your destination.
  • Pack smart and prepare a travel health kit

Freedom Of The Press ... Sunshine Week Editorial

on March 16, 2017 - 6:35am
By CHRIS WOOD, President
New Mexico Press Association

Recognizing that a representative government is dependent upon an informed electorate, the intent of the legislature in enacting the Inspection of Public Records Act is to ensure, and it is declared to be the public policy of this state, that all persons are entitled to the greatest possible information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of public officers and employees.

Beware The Ides Of March: A Warning For All Republics

on March 15, 2017 - 9:52am
By JAMES ROBINSON
Los Alamos GOP Chair

On this day, 2061 years ago, Roman Dictator Julius Caesar was brutally assassinated by Roman Senators in the Roman Senate.

The event was the culmination of Caesar’s victory in the Civil War with his rival Consul Pompey the Great. After the victory, Caesar contributed on to a regime change in Egypt, and returned to Rome as triumphant leader. As he concentrated his power, Caesar reportedly denied the offer to make him King of Rome. He reportedly did this three times.

AGU: Increase In Extreme Sea Levels Could Endanger European Coastal Communities

on March 15, 2017 - 5:18am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Massive coastal flooding in northern Europe that now occurs once every century could happen every year if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, according to a new study.
 
New projections considering changes in sea level rise, tides, waves and storm surge over the 21st century find global warming could cause extreme sea levels to increase significantly along Europe’s coasts by 2100. Extreme sea levels are the maximum levels of the sea that occur during a major storm and produce massive flooding.
 
The increase in frequency of these events that are

Los Alamos Daily Post Surpasses 7,000 FB Likes!

on March 14, 2017 - 2:59pm

Staff Report

The Los Alamos Daily Post extends its heartfelt appreciation to the local community and readers around the world for helping the Post’s Facebook page hit 7,000 “likes” this week!

Along with this latest milestone, Publisher Carol A. Clark and her team have had a lot to celebrate so far this year. On Feb. 7, they celebrated the fifth anniversary of the online newspaper and the Post becoming the official newspaper of record in Los Alamos County.

Reaching 7,000 Facebook likes is another sign that readers in the area are enjoying the instant availability of local news and certainly

McMillan To Testify At House Armed Services Panel

on March 13, 2017 - 8:03pm

LANL Director Charlie McMillan

Staff Report

The public will get a first glimpse under the hood of the next era of American nuclear weapons this week, when key officials in the complex stand for questions during a hearing of a House Armed Services subcommittee scheduled for Thursday.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan is set to be among those appearing before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. The meeting at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Letter To The Editor: Strip ’Em To Their Skivvies And Light One Off!

on March 12, 2017 - 9:19am
By Dr. T. DOUGLAS REILLY
Los Alamos
 

Back in the 1970's, Harold Agnew,* third director of Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (LASL), presented a Director's Colloquium to explain his congressional testimony regarding a proposed Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). He feared the world's leaders would soon forget the destructive power of nuclear weapons, so he proposed the following:

“Every five or so years, gather the world’s leaders on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific, ‘strip ’em to their skivvies,’ and ‘Light one off!’ First they’d be blinded 10 or more seconds by the light, then

Second Grade GATE Students Transform Class Into Ancient Egypt

on March 11, 2017 - 2:04pm

Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus chats with students at the museum March 3 at Baranca. Courtesy/LAPS

Parents, students from other classrooms, Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus and Board Member Andrea Cunningham visit the museum. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

“I always use project based learning in my class,” explained Ms. Shipley, the GATE teacher at Barranca Elementary School.

So, when her second-grade students wanted to learn about Ancient Egypt, they didn’t open a textbook. Instead they transformed the classroom into a museum.

They needed artifacts and they needed to be able to answer

Los Alamos Historical Society Hosts ‘Visual Peace: War Transformed’ At Fuller Lodge 5:30 p.m. Tuesday

on March 11, 2017 - 7:29am

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:

 

As part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s annual lecture series on the theme Multiple Perspectives on the Atomic Bomb, the Los Alamos Historical Society invites the community for Visual Peace: War Transformed, a special cross-cultural evening of art, film and dialogue. The event is Tuesday in Fuller Lodge. 

 

Starting at 5:30 p.m., there will be an exhibit and reception for Artists Masaru Tanaka, a photographer born in Hiroshima, and Betsie Miller-Kusz, a painter born in Los Alamos.

Udall Votes Against Friedman For Ambassador To Israel

on March 11, 2017 - 7:08am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  March 9, in the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall voted against confirming David Friedman for ambassador to Israel.
 
Udall cited Friedman's litany of well-documented, extreme, and inflammatory positions and statements maligning members of the Senate, the Obama administration, other public officials, and prominent Jewish organizations. 
 
The Committee advanced Mr.

Scenes From Los Alamos ‘Day Without A Woman’

on March 10, 2017 - 11:14am
Los Alamos County Councilor Chris Chandler speaks to a crowd of some 200 people gathered Wednesday at Ashley Pond Park for the Day Without A Woman! event as part of International Women's Day. The goal of the rally was to highlight the economic power and significance that women have in the US and global economies, while calling attention to the economic injustices women continue to face. ‘No doubt many of you are worried about the things that are happening in our country,’ Chandler said.

LANL: Perovskite Edges Can Be Tuned For Optoelectronic Performance

on March 10, 2017 - 9:53am

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and their research partners are creating innovative 2D layered hybrid perovskites that allow greater freedom in designing and fabricating efficient optoelectronic devices. Courtesy/LANL

 

How it works, from sunshine (yellow beam) to LED light and photovoltaics -- Edge-states at the edges of the 2D perovskite layers lead to dissociation of electron-hole pairs (excitons) to free carriers for efficient photovoltaics of more than 12 percent (left). Dissociated carriers captured and located at the edge-states live longer while being protected from

LANL: Scientists Discover Unexpected Oxidation State For Molecular Plutonium

on March 10, 2017 - 8:52am

Scientists from LANL and University of California-Irvine explore a new oxidation state of plutonium. Courtesy/LANL 

LANL News:

  • New chemical form paves the way for additional transuranic revelations

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in collaboration with the University of California – Irvine (UCI) have uncovered a significant new chemical attribute of plutonium, the identification and structural verification of the +2-oxidation state in a molecular system.

“This finding marks out plutonium, already known for its extremely complex chemistry, as the actinide element with the

World Futures: PEOPLE - Non-Invasive Observation Technology

on March 10, 2017 - 8:16am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

• Terahertz And Overcoming the Observer Effect

In science, the term observer effect refers to changes that the act of observation will make on a phenomenon being observed. This is often the result of instruments that, by necessity, alter the state of what they measure in some manner.

A commonplace example is checking the pressure in an automobile tire; this is difficult to do without letting out some of the air, thus changing the pressure.

Los Alamos Rotary Helps Himalayan Stove Project

on March 8, 2017 - 6:56am
Los Alamos Rotary Club President Rob Metcalf, left, presents Taos Rotarian George Basch with a check for $1,000 in support of the Himalayan Stove Project, the international program he directs that distributes free, clean-burning and efficient cookstoves to people of the Himalayas. Basch and the Himalayan Stove Project will receive the Citation of Merit from the Explorer's Club, March 25, in New York City. Photo by Laura Loy

Community Packs Ambassador Huddleston's Talk

on March 8, 2017 - 6:15am

This is a pic from  the AAUW talk tonight. The library was packed. More chairs had to be brought in!! Will send you via email some info that you can out with the pic if you want to. Ambassador Vicki Huddleston presents, 'Our Woman in Havana', Tuesday evening to an overflow crowd  at Mesa Library. Several of the women and men in the audience are Cuban Americans. In her talk sponsored by the American Association of University Women, Ambassador Vicki Huddleston discusses the political  realities of the relationship between various U.S. presidents and the United State's relationship with Cuba.

United Church Of Los Alamos Hosts 32nd Annual Trip

on March 7, 2017 - 5:32pm
Group photo. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Auctioneer Mike Lipiatt will step up to the microphone Sunday, 2-5 p.m., to volunteer his time and golden, melodious tones, to raise money to build homes for the poor during spring break.
 
The United Church of Los Alamos will host its 32nd annual trip, once again joined by the Unitarian Universalist congregation to make life better for the less fortunate.
 
The church has actually been on six additional summer trips in addition to the annual trips, crafted and organized by church members, Randy and Laura Erickson.
 
The dynamic

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