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Local Students Given Opportunity To Study Abroad

on December 11, 2017 - 9:15am
ASSE News:
 
Qualified high school students are offered a unique opportunity to spend an academic year, semester or summer holiday in Europe, Asia, North or South America, Australia or South Africa as part of the ASSE International Student Exchange Program.
 
Students, 15 to 18 years old, qualify on the basis of academic performance, character references and a genuine desire to experience life abroad with a volunteer host family.
 
Families abroad are carefully screened to provide a caring environment in which students can learn the language and culture of their host country.

Library Books Are Off To Kenya!

on December 9, 2017 - 4:52am

Students carry box of books to U-Haul truck. Courtesy photo

Students, faculty and community members help load books into U-Haul truck. Photo by Morrie Pongratz

EDUCATION News: 

A sendoff celebration for the African Library Project was held Tuesday, Nov. 28 in the Sullivan field parking lot. 

A U-Haul truck decorated with balloons and a sign for the African Library Project was loaded by kids of all ages from all the schools in Los Alamos with boxes of books headed to Kenya, Africa, to make 12 school libraries.

Communication 1: Impediment Of Language Barriers

on December 8, 2017 - 6:47am
By SONYIA WILLIAMS
Los Alamos World
Futures Institute
Student Intern

One of the most prevalent obstacles standing in the way of universal communication among mankind is the language barrier. This language barrier, defined by the Oxford Dictionary as being “a barrier to communication between people who are unable to speak a common language”, prevents worldwide communication between people of all countries, cultures, and, most of all, languages.


But what steps have been taken to surpass this barrier?

Today Marks Attack On Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941

on December 7, 2017 - 3:32pm

Trump Affirms Jerusalem Is Capital Of Israel

on December 6, 2017 - 11:32am

LIBERTY COUNSEL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Donald Trump has affirmed that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and promised to begin the process of relocating the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem.

“Trump's affirmation that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel represents a significant and long overdue shift in U.S. policy,” said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, president of Christians in Defense of Israel, and founder and chairman of Covenant Journey.

In every country worldwide, the U.S.

History On Tap: ‘From Bride Price to Gay Propaganda: 90 Years Of Sexuality Legislation In Central Asia’

on December 6, 2017 - 11:13am

HISTORY ON TAP News:

Join the Los Alamos History Museum for History on Tap, with an engaging discussion led by Samuel Buelow. History on Tap, part of the On Tap series presented by the Los Alamos Creative District, is 5:30 p.m. Thursday at UnQuarked, 145 Central Park Square ... don't forget that UnQuarked now serves food!

Buelow will speak on the topic “From Bride Price to Gay Propaganda: 90 Years of Sexuality Legislation in Central Asia” Control of gender and sexuality has featured heavily in modernizing projects across the globe. The Soviet Union was no exception regarding those efforts.

Letter To The Editor: Do You Realize What Our Country Is Doing To The Yemeni?

on December 5, 2017 - 8:58am
By Dr. T. Douglas Reilly
Los Alamos

Yemen is one of the Arab world’s poorest countries. If you’ve followed the humanitarian disaster in Yemen, you’re aware of the worsening famine and cholera epidemic; especially as they affect children. The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that it’s possible over 2/3 of the children may die of malnutrition in the next few months.

The United Nations now considers Yemen the worst humanitarian crisis, even surpassing South Sudan.

LANL: First Efficacy Study Announced For HIV-1 Preventive ‘Mosaic’ Vaccine

on December 4, 2017 - 9:24am
LANL theoretical biologist Bette Korber. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
International partners are announcing the first efficacy study for an investigational HIV-1-preventive “mosaic” vaccine. Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson are joining forces with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and National Institutes of Health on this study, and they have enlisted the aid of top researchers worldwide to conduct the trial.
 
The HIV-1 mosaic vaccine in the trial was originally designed at Los Alamos National Laboratory by theoretical biologist Bette Korber and her team.
 

Scenes From Annual Creche Show

on December 3, 2017 - 6:31am
This unusal rock creche is one of the many on display from around the world Saturday at the annual Creche Show inside the Los Alamos LDS Church. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from the annual Creche Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from the annual Creche Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from the annual Creche Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from the annual Creche Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from the annual Creche Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 

World Futures: Money, Trade, Value And Time Part 8

on December 1, 2017 - 7:33am
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World
Futures Institute

In part seven of this series we ended with three types of money on the table: gold (and other precious metals), fiat money (paper notes or data entries on a cyber ledger) backed by a government entity, and bitcoins backed by trust in no one other than the users.

In all cases, value is accrued by perception and is essential for timely trade (in exchange for goods and services). And we use government controlled banking systems to facilitate the process except when the monetary medium is physical (paper money or gold) or non-government bits and

Aspen Instructional Assistant Shaves Head For Cause

on November 25, 2017 - 6:20am

Aspen Instructional Assistant Trey Pereyra volunteers to have his head shaved if students meet their goal of raising 1,000 books and $500 ... they exceeded that goal by 200 books and $100. Courtesy photo

Honoring his promise, Aspen Instructional Assistant Trey Pereyra has his head shaved if students meet their goal of 1,000 books and $500, which they exceeded. Courtesy photo

ASPEN News:

The students of Aspen Elementary School found an unusual way to celebrate Tuesday the collection of 1,200 books and $600 in shipping fees to make a library for Kamayoge Primary School on Mfangano Island,

World Futures: Money, Trade, Value and Time Part 7

on November 23, 2017 - 10:15am

ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World
Futures Institute

Last week we explored the Federal Reserve System and how money is added to a country’s financial system through the granting of loans for doing or making something of value.

The money growth occurs because value is produced, or should be. As a result of effort expended, paid for with money, a product of value enters the market place and people consume it. In return, the consumers “earn” the product of value by producing something of value, be it a product or service.

Quantum Dots Amplify Light With Electrical Pumping

on November 21, 2017 - 8:20am

A collage showing a transmission electron microscopy image of the improved quantum dot and its representation, left, the schematic of the device, which nicely illustrates “current-focusing” idea, center, and the device under operation at right. Courtesy photo

LANL News:

Los Alamos achieves light amplification with electrically stimulated quantum dots, critical step towards solution-processible laser diodes

In a breakthrough development, Los Alamos scientists have shown that they can successfully amplify light using electrically excited films of the chemically synthesized semiconductor

World Futures: Money, Trade, Value And Time (Part Six)

on November 19, 2017 - 5:50am
ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World
Futures Institute

Last week we looked at the banking system in the United States and the emergence of the Federal Reserve System (The Fed) and its 12 Federal Reserve Banks. At the end of the article, we examined a current dollar bill (paper), noting that it says “Federal Reserve Note.” In the United States, this is legal tender, meaning that it is valid for meeting a financial obligation.

Heinrich Statement On DHS Decision To Accept DACA Applications Delayed By Postal Service

on November 17, 2017 - 8:49am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) decision to allow those rejected because of mail delays to resubmit their renewals for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Senator Heinrich led a group of Democratic Senators in sending a letter to DHS calling on the department to take immediate action. 
 
“I’m pleased that Dreamers whose applications were rejected due to Postal Service delays will be able to resubmit their renewals for

Los Alamos German Language Meetup Monday

on November 16, 2017 - 6:21am
COMMUNITY News:
 
Los Alamos German Language Meetup at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20.
 
For German speakers who want an opportunity to converse for an hour over snacks, beer and Gemütlichkeit, gather at the Blue Window Bistro’s bar.
 
Register at meetup.com. Bis dann! 

Recent Talks At Rotary Club Of Los Alamos

on November 15, 2017 - 6:14am
At the Nov. 14 Los Alamos Rotary Club meeting, Christine Glidden of the Rotary Club of Rio Rancho describes her Rotary International Grant and the inspiration behind founding the non-profit 'Women To Be' that provides reusable feminine hygiene products for young and adult women in Nepal. The project will expand to Zambia in 2018. Glidden is seen here, center, with UNM student Kristin Joe, Rotary President Laura Loy, Andrew Chapuma - emissary to the King of Zambia, Bemba Tribe and International Service Chair Jean Gindreau. Photo by Rob Metcalf

Diane Kessel Knight, an accomplished Rotarian

New Mexico Dinosaurs Draw Big Crowds In Japan

on November 14, 2017 - 1:17pm
Opening day of the ‘A Great Journey of Dinosaurs exhibit at the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Fukui, Japan, July 7, 2016, in front of the animatronics Bistahieversor sealeyi, a tyrannosaur dinosaur known only from New Mexico. Photo by Thomas Williamson
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  New Mexico dinosaurs and other extinct reptiles drew huge crowds in Japan, during a yearlong three-city tour of the nation. During a collective 218 days on exhibition at three venues, the exhibition drew more than 588,000 visitors.
 
“The Japanese we worked with combined cutting-edge robotics

LANL: Scalable Clusters Make HPC R&D Easy As Raspberry Pi

on November 14, 2017 - 8:00am

The BitScope Pi Cluster Modules system creates an affordable, scalable, highly parallel testbed for high-performance-computing system-software developers. The system comprises five rack-mounted BitScope Pi Cluster Modules consisting of 3,000 cores using Raspberry Pi ARM processor boards, fully integrated with network switching infrastructure. Image: Bitscope. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

  • System with thousands of nodes brings affordable testbed to supercomputing system-software developers

A quest to help the systems software community work on very large supercomputers without having to

African Library Project Fundraiser Dec. 2

on November 12, 2017 - 6:13am

Reporters Without Borders: After Lack Of Medical Care In Prison, Chinese Blogger Dies

on November 11, 2017 - 7:40am
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is saddened to learn that the dissident Chinese writer and blogger Yang Tongyan died this week as a result of inadequate medical care while imprisoned for nearly 12 years by the Chinese state, suffering the same fate as Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo.
 
Aged 56, Yang Tongyan died Nov. 7 after being “released on medical grounds” in August from Nanjing prison in the southeastern province of Jiangsu and undergoing an operation to remove a brain tumour.
 
A well-know member of the pro-democracy opposition who wrote under the pen name of Yang

World Futures: Money, Trade, Value And Time Part 5

on November 9, 2017 - 7:01am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

We finished last week’s article by observing the creation of the Bank of England in 1694 to raise money for its war against France. Note that war does not produce tradable things of value but does consume things of value.

This is not intended to debate warfare because it may be essential for a country to maintain itself or its diplomatic bargaining position. But there is a cost, there is a consumption of value. And this affects the exchange of goods and services – trade.

In France, under Louis XIV

Los Alamos-Japan Project Conversation At Mesa Public Library Thursday

on November 8, 2017 - 6:04pm

Hiroshima Museum Director Kenji Shija, Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation Chairperson Yasuyoshi Komizo, Los Alamos Historical Museum Director Judith Stauber and Los Alamos Historical Society board member Michael Redondo. Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Museum

LIBRARY News:

The public is invited to a conversation at the Library, 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, about the Los Alamos Japan Project that has been initiated by Los Alamos History Museum director Judith Stauber. An exhibit about the Project is on display in the Upstairs Art Gallery at Mesa Public Library through Nov. 21.

‘Peace’s New

AG Balderas Files Supreme Court Brief To Require Out-of-State & Online Retailers To Pay State & Local Taxes

on November 8, 2017 - 7:23am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
SANTA FE  Monday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to grant review and reconsider the Court’s outdated “physical presence” rule, which restricts states’ ability to collect certain taxes from out-of-state retailers.
 
With the decline of brick and mortar shopping and the rise of online shopping, out-of-state retailers – including online retailers – have used the physical presence rule set forth in Bellas Hess, and later reaffirmed in the U.S.

Redeemer Lutheran Church In Los Alamos Continues Visual Tour Of Luther Lands Sunday

on November 8, 2017 - 7:00am
Redeemer Lutheran Church in Los Alamos continues its visual tour Sunday of places associated with Martin Luther. Courtesy photo​
 
By Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier
Redeemer Lutheran Church
Los Alamos
 
In our next lecture, we will look at some pieces painted by Lucas Cranach the Elder. Before there was Instagram and Snapchat, artists portrayed people and places chronicling the events of the day. In addition, images taught the people about God and divine things.
 
We will begin our visual tour in the town of Möhra where Martin Luther’s parents Hans and Margarethe were married.

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