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The Curious Case Of The Warped Kuiper Belt

on June 23, 2017 - 7:36am
A yet-to-be-discovered, unseen ‘planetary mass object’ makes its existence known by ruffling the orbital plane of distant Kuiper Belt objects, according to research by Kat Volk and Renu Malhotra of the UA's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. The object is pictured on a wide orbit far beyond Pluto in this artist's illustration. Courtesy/Heather Roper/LPL
 
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — An unknown, unseen “planetary mass object” may lurk in the outer reaches of our solar system, according to new research on the orbits of minor planets to be published in the Astronomical Journal.
 
This object

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Questions Key Officials On Security Of U.S. Elections In 2018 And Beyond

on June 23, 2017 - 7:25am
Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned key officials Wednesday during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing to further examine Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. elections.
 
The hearing featured two panels and focused closely on Russia’s cyber efforts against our election systems in 2016, our response efforts, potential threats to our 2018 and 2020 elections, and how we are postured to protect against those threats. 
 

Local Swimmers Brave Alcatraz Sharkfest Competition

on June 23, 2017 - 7:10am
Nathan Romero, a lifeguard at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center in Los Alamos, competing June 4 in the Alcatraz Sharkfest swimming event. Courtesy photo
 
Los Alamos native Daniel Preston competes in the Alcatraz Sharkfest event. Courtesy photo
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY 
​Los Alamos Daily Post 
 

Locals Nathan Romero and Daniel Preston were strangers until a unique swimming competition tied them together. Both competed June 4 in the Alcatraz Sharkfest.

World Futures: Feeding Humanity

on June 23, 2017 - 6:58am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

During the past 20 columns, 18 areas worthy of study regarding future needs were considered, generally independently. It is appropriate now to consider a few questions related to multiple items on the list. Let’s get started.

In 1798, The Reverend Thomas Robert Malthus, in “An Essay on the Principle of Population”, examined population growth and growth of the available food supply. He believed that population growth is exponential while growth of the food supply is arithmetic.

AGU: Wildfires Pollute Much More Than Previously Thought

on June 21, 2017 - 7:33am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Summer wildfires boost air pollution considerably more than previously believed.
 
Naturally burning timber and brush launch what are called fine particles into the air at a rate three times as high as levels noted in emissions inventories at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new study. The microscopic specks that form aerosols are a hazard to human health, particularly to the lungs and heart.
 
“Burning biomass produces lots of pollution.

Life, As We Know It, Depends On ... Pollinators

on June 21, 2017 - 6:49am

National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them. More than 75 percent of the Earth's flowering plants depend on bees, butterflies, birds, bats, and other pollinators. Yet scientists have noted that these hardworking insects and other animals are in trouble. Our own well-being and the welfare of our planet rests upon their wings. 

Ten years ago the U.S.

Punxsutawney Phil Mysteriously Resurfaces Just In Time For New Mexico Summer Solstice At 10:24 P.M. Tonight!

on June 20, 2017 - 9:17pm

Punxsutawney Phil mysteriously resurfaces at an undisclosed location in Los Alamos just in time to enjoy New Mexico's summer solstice at 10:24 p.m. tonight. The elusive Phil was last spotted around town in February ... for details, click here. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

WHEN IS THE SUMMER SOLSTICE 2017?

The summer solstice falls on Wednesday, June 21, 12:24 A.M. EDT. For time zones further west, the solstice falls on Tuesday, June 20 as follows.

  • Tuesday, June 20, 11:24 P.M. CDT
  • Tuesday, June 20, 10:24 P.M. MDT (Los Alamos time zone)
  • Tuesday, June 20, 9:24 P.M. PDT

WHAT IS THE SUMMER

Klotz Responds To Center For Public Integrity's Series On Safety Culture At NNSA Sites

on June 20, 2017 - 9:00am

NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Safety is paramount at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). We have uncompromising standards for our plants and laboratories to perform work in a safe and secure manner that protects our employees, our facilities, and the public.

An article published Sunday by the Center for Public Integrity (CPI), the first in a planned series on safety at NNSA sites, attacks the safety culture at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) without offering all of the facts and the full context. 

In 2013, LANL, in consultation with

Letter To The Editor: Saudi Arabia, Iran And US Politics

on June 17, 2017 - 8:47am
By Dr. T. DOUGLAS REILLY
Los Alamos
 
Saudi Arabia:
 
Consider Saudi Arabia and the status of women:
  • It is the only country in the world where women can not drive.
  • The reason is the belief that driving injures a woman's ovaries.
  • A male must drive a woman to work.
  • From age 8 to death a woman must wear a black burkah whenever she is outside the house in major cities like Riyahd, Mecca and Medina. In some smaller villages women may be able to uncover their faces, and may wear collorful head scarves.
  • Women are second, if not lower, citizens because of the Law of Guardianship.
  • A woman's Guardian

Heinrich Votes To Codify And Expand Russia Sanctions

on June 16, 2017 - 9:14am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, voted for bipartisan legislation that codifies and expands sanctions against the government of Russia in response to its cyber-attacks and interference in elections; its violations of the territorial integrity of Ukraine; and its continuing aggression in Syria.
 
The legislation, the Countering Russian Aggression and Cyberattacks Act of 2017, passed the Senate overwhelmingly by a vote of 97 to 2.
 
“This bipartisan

Los Alamos Scientist Awarded Giuliano Preparata Medal

on June 15, 2017 - 10:35am

 

Los Alamos scientist Dr. Thomas Claytor was awarded the Giuliano Preparata Medal June 8 in Piedmont, Italy. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos
 

A Los Alamos scientist known for a modified cold fusion experiment in which he repeatedly got radioactive tritium produced in a low energy system, has been presented with the prestigious Giuliano Preparato Medal. Dr.

World Futures: The List Of 18

on June 15, 2017 - 6:32am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

During the past 19 columns, each item in the List of 18 has been presented with, hopefully, enough background to better define each item and hint at the challenges in each area. Before moving on, a summary of the list is useful for contemplating the interaction between each item in affecting the future of earth and humanity. 

In scanning the list, keep in mind Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and that the lowest or basic level includes air, water, food, clothing, shelter and reproduction.

Worry About Aging Belgian Nukes

on June 13, 2017 - 2:06pm

Tihange 2 nuclear reactor. Photo by Michielverbeek - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5747203

By Homeland Security News Wire:

More micro-cracks have been discovered at the Belgian Tihange 2 nuclear reactor near the German border. safe. The worries in Germany about radiation leaks from the old reactor are strong.

Last year, the government of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which is on the other side of the Belgian-German border, purchased iodine tablets for distribution to the public in the event of radiation leak.

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 11 And Final

on June 13, 2017 - 12:42pm

Yekwan Sunwoo of South Korea with his gold medal and the Van Cliburn trophy. Courtesy photo

Americans Daniel Hsu (bronze medalist) and Kenneth Broberg (silver medalist) share their excitement with gold medalist Yekwon Sunwoo. Courtesy photo

Gold medalist Yekown Sunwoo hugs his host mom. Courtesy photo

 

By Ann McLaughlin
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

Fort Worth, proudly known as Cow Town, has been Piano Town for three weeks. The Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition came to a close there Saturday and what a close it was!

Bass Performance Hall was sold out

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 10

on June 10, 2017 - 7:20am
American Daniel Hsu brings the chamber music portion of the Cliburn to a close. Courtesy photo 
 
Rachel Cheung, the finalist from Hong Kong, enjoys the audience's response to her performance of Brahms. Courtesy photo 
 
Russia's Gregory Tchaidze performs with the Brentano String Quartet. Courtesy photo 
 
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association
 

Following a practice that began with the very first Cliburn Competition, all competitors are required to learn a brand new work written especially for the competition.

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 9

on June 9, 2017 - 5:45pm
Yekwan Sunwoo of South Korea and the Brentano String Quartet play as one. Courtesy photo
American Kenneth Broberg enjoys the final moment of his performance with the Brentano String Quartet. Courtesy photo
 
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association
 

The “plays-well-with-others” round of the Cliburn Competition has begun.

First, Cliburn competitors are required to choose one of five piano quintets to play with the Brentano String Quartet.

Los Alamos Middle School WEB Crew Honored

on June 8, 2017 - 3:22pm

Student leaders from the Los Alamos Middle School WEB Crew transition program were recently honored by former Los Alamos Scientist and Laboratory Fellow, Dr. Mudundi Raju and wife Devi, also of the Mahatma Gandhi Medical Trust. Pictured from left, LAMS Assistant Principal Anna Vargas-Gutierrez, Principal Mike Johnson, Logan Black, Dr. Mudundi Raju, Kevin Clarke, Dr. Mudundi Raju's wife Devi, Ignatius Kuropatwinski, Esperanza Chavarria, Bernadette Lauritzen, Evelyn Berninger, Gabriela Segundo-Canales and Dr. Mudundi Raju's neice. Dr.

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 8

on June 8, 2017 - 2:30pm

By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association
 

Los Alamos Concert Association Board member and friend Dorothy Amsden asked me what happens to the competitors in the Cliburn Competition who are eliminated at the end of each round. “Do they remain for the rest of the competition or do they return home, tail between the legs, poor things?” she wondered.

While there must certainly be some tremendous disappointment, these pianists are not neophytes.

Los Alamos/Japan Project Partners With Green Legacy Hiroshima To Safeguard Atomic Bomb Seeds

on June 7, 2017 - 4:36pm

Courtesy/LAHM

Los Alamos History Museum News:

The Los Alamos/Japan Project is proud to announce its newest partnership with Green Legacy Hiroshima, an organization dedicated to safeguard and to spread worldwide the seeds and saplings of Hiroshima's atomic bomb survivor trees. The Los Alamos History Museum is the grateful recipient of four varieties of second-generation, atomic bomb tree seeds-camphor, ginkgo, holly, and persimmon.

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 7

on June 7, 2017 - 2:07pm

Cliburn finalists, standing, from left, Americans Daniel Hsu and Kenneth Broberg, South Korean Yekwon Sunwoo, Russian Yuri Favorin, and seated: Rachel Cheung of Hong Kong and Georgy Tchaidze of Russia. Courtesy Photo 

 

By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association
 
It was a long and busy last day in the Cliburn Competition semi-final round.
 

Kenneth Broberg of the U.S. shot up in my estimation after a magisterial performance of the Liszt B-minor sonata.  Italian Leonardo Pierdomenico sank just a little after a nice but not stellar recital.

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 6

on June 6, 2017 - 10:01am

Russian competitor Georgy Tchaidze enjoys a standing ovation with Fort Worth Symphony conductor Nicholas McGegan. Courtesy Photo 

Rachel Cheung of Hong Kong, the only woman still in the Cliburn contention. Courtesy photo

 

By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association
 

At this point in the Cliburn Competition, the jury has heard more than 52 hours of music and there are many hours to go. Committing to serve on a Cliburn jury is a major commitment for people who already have busy performing and teaching schedules.

The 10-member jury headed by Chairman and

Sen. Heinrich To Question Former FBI Director Comey In Senate Intel Committee Hearing Thursday

on June 6, 2017 - 9:03am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, will participate in a hearing at 8 a.m. Thursday entitled “Russian Federation Efforts to Interfere in the 2016 U.S. Elections”.

Sen. Heinrich is expected to question former FBI Director James Comey when he testifies before the Committee.

The hearing will stream live online.

Christian Science Annual Meeting 2017 Calls Forth Best In People Across Denominational And National Lines

on June 6, 2017 - 6:04am
The First Church of Christ, Scientist, also known as The Mother Church, is in Boston, Mass. Courtesy photo

Christian Scientists sing at The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston. USA. Courtesy photo

 

CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST News:
 
BOSTON — In today’s culture of political divisions and religious strife, Christian Scientists spoke at their church’s annual meeting of “a new spirit” emerging, which is calling forth the best in people across denominational and national lines.
 
In an interview, the chair of the denomination’s board of directors, Allison Phinney, pointed to the

AG Balderas Joins 'We Are Still In' Coalition Of Governors, AG’s, Mayors, Business & University Leaders To Maintain Commitments To Paris Climate Agreement

on June 5, 2017 - 2:09pm
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Following President Donald Trump’s announcement last week that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, Attorney General Balderas and 18 attorneys general have joined forces with governors, mayors, business leaders and universities across the country pledging to maintain their commitment to fighting climate change and abiding by the principles of the global agreement.
 
The 19 state attorneys general joining the coalition today include:
 
Xavier Becerra, California Attorney General, George Jepsen, Connecticut Attorney General, Matt Denn,

Asteroids And Cosmic Origins At Planetarium

on June 5, 2017 - 2:07pm
 
PEEC News:
 
What are the chances that an asteroid will hit Earth? Friday, June 9, Dr. Galen Gisler will prelude the new film Incoming! with a discussion about the cosmic risks associated with asteroids. This special show takes place at 7 p.m. in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.
 
Incoming!, a film that traces the paths of comets and asteroids, will play in the planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11. The film takes a close-up look at interstellar collisions that have impacted Earth—as well as those still pending!
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center will be

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