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Spencer: War And Other Historical Memorials Aren’t Created Equal

on August 27, 2017 - 10:23am

Memorial in Frank Ortiz Park. The camp was at what is now the Casa Solana residential area. Courtesy/N. Mesa Mutts 

By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo.

Shovel them under and let me work—
I am the grass; I cover all.

And pile them high at Gettysburg
And pile them high at Ypres and Verdun.
Shovel them under and let me work.

Two years, ten years, and the passengers ask the conductor:
What place is this?
Where are we now?

I am the grass.
Let me work.

Grass, by Carl Sandburg

There is quite a bit of uproar over the de-emphasis of United States Civil War

EPFL: Urban Butterflies Under Threat Of Extinction

on August 26, 2017 - 9:11am

Small white butterfly (Pieris rapae). Photo/©Magali Deschamps-Cottin

 

By SANDRINE PERROUD
EPFL

According to an École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) study, butterflies living in urban areas face the threat of consanguinity and potential extinction. The research drew on the fields of genetics and urban development to quantify the trend across an entire city.

“Our research illustrates what is probably a widespread phenomenon: a drastic reduction in biodiversity in urban areas.

World Futures: Cyber (Part One)

on August 25, 2017 - 11:56am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In the recent past, White Rock and parts of the Los Alamos National Laboratory lost electrical power for about six hours.

The power loss was caused by a lightning strike that essentially destroyed a pole supporting power lines delivering electrical energy to the affected area, causing an array of circuit breakers in the Norton Substation to be tripped. It was an inconvenience.

But what if the outage had lasted longer? In Part One, let’s visit a bit of history and the intellectual development of warfare.

If

CDC: Travelers To Europe ... Protect Against Measles

on August 25, 2017 - 11:03am

CDC News:

With the peak summer travel season under way, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reminding travelers to Europe and other global destinations to take steps to protect themselves against measles amid outbreaks of the disease.

More than 14,000 cases of measles have been reported in Europe since January 2016, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. In the past year, 35 people across Europe have died from the disease, according to the World Health Organization.

“Most measles cases in the United States are the result of international

DNA Detectives Crack Case On Biothreat Look-alikes

on August 24, 2017 - 4:51pm

Principal investigator Jean Challacombe, left, assisted by Cheryl Gleasner who runs the sequencing machines, and who participated in the sequencing of most, if not all, of the Francisella genomes sequenced at Los Alamos. The device shown is an Illumina NextSeq 500, used in high-throughput sequencing in the laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Distinguishing virulent from harmless bacteria could aid biological surveillance

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory are improving the identification of the bacterium that causes tularemia (“rabbit fever”) and considered a “Category A”

AGU: Elevated Zinc And Germanium Levels Bolster Evidence For Life On Mars

on August 24, 2017 - 4:39pm
This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows a site with a network of prominent mineral veins below a cap rock ridge on lower Mount Sharp. The APXS instrument on Curiosity discovered unusual material in these veins that has the highest germanium concentrations found in Gale Crater. Courtesy/NASA
 
AGU News:
 
New data gathered by the Mars Curiosity rover indicates a potential history of hydrothermal activity on the red planet, broadening the variety of habitable conditions once present there, scientists report in a new study.
 
Researchers found

Explore Contemporary Cuba With Classes At SAR Oct. 3

on August 24, 2017 - 9:37am
SAR News:
 
SANTA FE  Investigate the nature of social life in Cuba today, during a four-week class that begins Oct. 3, 2017, at the School for Advanced Research (SAR), taught by Dr. Paul Ryer, director of Scholar Programs. 
 
The class is offered to the public in conjunction with an already sold-out SAR field trip to Cuba, led by Professor Ryer and Peggy Gaustad of Cuba Cultural Travels, Nov. 1-8, 2017. These classes continue SAR’s tradition of offering classes to the general public (with discounts for SAR members) on topics of current social and cultural relevance.
 
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LANL Officials Present Update To Community Leaders

on August 24, 2017 - 6:28am

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan told Los Alamos community leaders Wednesday morning that the Lab is committed to executing its national security mission safely and securely while the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) carries out their process of finding a new contractor.

“We will remain strong through the transition as we work on what the Lab does on behalf of the nation,” he told more than 270 gathered for updates from McMillan,

Pearl Harbor Survivor Visits Los Alamos

on August 24, 2017 - 6:20am

 

World War II veteran Dr. Harley Jolley dines Monday at the Blue Window Bistro during his visit to Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Veteran Harley Jolley, his son Stuart, daughter-in-law Jackie, and grandsons Samuel, left, and Jonathan in front of 15th Wing Headquarters which served as Squadron Headquarters in Hawaii for the 11th Bombardment Group in 1941. Courtesy photo

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

World War II veteran Dr.

Los Alamos/Japan Project Hosts Two September Events

on August 23, 2017 - 3:37pm

Hand-folded origami crane. Courtesy photo

LA HISTORY MUSEUM News:

 
Community Welcome Tea & Conversation
Sunday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. in the Pajarito Room, Fuller Lodge

In celebration of our global partnership, Los Alamos History Museum is thrilled to welcome Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum staff on their historic visit to Los Alamos. Please join us for this special event with Hiroshima Museum Director Kenji Shiga and Outreach Manager Kahori Wada. Also with us for the event will be the UNM students from Los Alamos who joined us in Hiroshima for the memorial ceremony.

World’s Tech Leaders Call On UN To Ban Killer Robots

on August 23, 2017 - 8:02am

Courtesy/Element Al

HSNW News:

An open letter by 116 leaders of robotics and artificial intelligence companies from 26 countries urges the United Nations against opening the “Pandora’s box” of lethal robot weapons.

A key organizer of the letter, Toby Walsh, Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at UNSW, released it at the opening of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2017) in Melbourne, the world’s pre-eminent gathering of top experts in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics. Walsh is a member of the IJCAI 2017’s conference committee.

UNSW

Los Alamos Folks Travel Far Afield For Solar Eclipse

on August 22, 2017 - 10:25am

Los Alamos residence gather for a total eclipse party in Sun Valley, Ida., from left, Larry Maassen, Bill Heinz, Chris Ortega, Bill McArthur, Stan Heinz, Jennifer McArthur, JoAnn Heinz and Helen Ortega. Photo by Mary Beth Maassen

James Gourdoux of Los Alamos traveled to Oregon to view the solar Monday witnessed and experienced the eclipse in the ‘totality’ zone in Madras. Photo by James Gourdoux

In Madras, Ore., Monday when wildfire smoke from 30 miles away blew in, the partially eclipsed sun took on a reddish glow. Photo by James Gourdoux

More Scenes From 2017 Solar Eclipse

on August 22, 2017 - 10:01am

Scenes from the solar eclipse viewed Monday from Los Alamos. Photo by William Mead

Scenes from the solar eclipse viewed Monday from Los Alamos. Photo by William Mead

Scenes from the solar eclipse viewed Monday from Los Alamos. Photo by Aria Villareal

Scenes from the solar eclipse viewed Monday from Los Alamos. Photo by Aria Villareal

Scenes from the solar eclipse viewed Monday from Los Alamos. Photo by Aria Villareal

Stories, Stars And A Film At Nature Center Friday

on August 22, 2017 - 8:02am
Eclipes. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center has a special planetarium show by Dr. Galen Gisler at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25 where he will share stories from the total eclipse and point out objects visible in our night sky.
 
The full-dome film From Earth to the Univers e will play in the planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26-27
 
Dr. Galen Gisler worked with PEEC and high school students from Los Alamos to collect data during the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.

Pearce On Trump’s Military Strategy In Afghanistan

on August 22, 2017 - 7:35am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement Monday after President Trump outlined his military strategy in Afghanistan:

“The United States has been sending our nation’s troops into harm’s way in Afghanistan since 2001. As a new Administration working to devise a strategy for winning the war in Afghanistan, it is imperative that President Trump seek the advice of his Generals and military leaders.

Scenes From Solar Eclipse Viewing At Overlook Park

on August 21, 2017 - 11:01pm

Retired Los Alamos scientist Johnathan Thron utilizes his Astroscan telescope to view this morning's solar eclipse from his vantage point on the lawn at Overlook Park in White Rock. He recalled as a young boy seeing an Astroscan telescope in the Edmund Scientific Company catalog and how cool he thought it was. He purchased this one about five years ago at an estate sale. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Johnathan Thron, left, and Duncan MacArthur view this morning's solar eclipse from Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Duncan MacArthur,

Ally Mackey Watches Solar Eclipse

on August 21, 2017 - 10:33pm

Ally Mackey of Los Alamos seems fascinated by this morning's eclipse of the sun. Courtesy photo

Scenes Of Solar Eclipse Viewing In Nebraska

on August 21, 2017 - 5:38pm
Kerry Habiger of Los Alamos flew his plan and several local friends to view the solar eclipse this morning at the Fairmont Airfield in Nebraska. Courtesy/Kerry Habiger
 
Scene of people watching the solar eclipse this morning at the Fairmont Airfield in Nebraska. Courtesy/Kerry Habiger
 
Scene of people watching the solar eclipse this morning at the Fairmont Airfield in Nebraska. Courtesy/Kerry Habiger
 
Former Los Alamos resident Gary Warren and his wife Marilyn traveled from their home in Denver, four hours to Alliance, Nebr., this weekend to enjoy the festivities and wait for the

Los Alamos Checks Out Solar Eclipse

on August 21, 2017 - 4:10pm

A group of people check out the solar eclipse this morning on the deck of the Los Alamos Teen Center. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 

Jessica Morgan models her special glasses at this morning's viewing of the solar eclipse from the deck of the Los Alamos Teen Center. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 

Andy Fox checks out the solar eclipse this morning from the sidewalk in front of his department store in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Ronda Jones observes the solar eclipse from the parking lot in front of Shannon Corporation on Central Avenue.

View Of Solar Eclipse From Valle Grande

on August 21, 2017 - 4:01pm

View of the solar eclipse at 11:50 a.m. today from the Valle Grande where it was quite cloudy, but once in a while the sun would peek through, allowing a good view. Photo by Laurie Waters

Scenes Of Solar Eclipse Viewing At Nature Center

on August 21, 2017 - 3:30pm

People gathered this morning at the Los Alamos Nature Center to view the solar eclipse. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene of solar eclipse this morning from the Los Alamos Nature Center.  Photo by Robert Beberniss

Scene from solar eclipse viewing this morning at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from solar eclipse viewing this morning at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

PEEC staff project the telescope view of the eclipse onto a white board this morning at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Chris

LAPS: Solar Eclipse Safety Reminder

on August 20, 2017 - 2:28pm

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

Greetings from the Superintendent’s Desk!

Well … it looks like we may have clouds and maybe even rain during Monday’s Solar Eclipse. In any case, this spectacular event offers a rare teachable moment about science and safety.

In Los Alamos, the Partial Eclipse begins at about 10:22 a.m. when the Moon touches the Sun's edge. The Maximum Eclipse will be at about 11:46 a.m. when the Moon is closest to the center of the Sun.

Here are some safety reminders for students and staff on Monday: 

  • The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or

NOAA Satellites To Capture Moon’s Shadow Against Earth During 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Monday, Aug. 21

on August 20, 2017 - 5:29am

Photo by NASA/NOAA

NOAA News:

While most of America will be looking up during the solar eclipse Monday, America’s newest weather satellite, NOAA's GOES-16, will be looking down on the earth, tracking the moon’s shadow across the United States with its highly sophisticated Advanced Baseline Imager.

And NOAA plans to issue images of the eclipse from GOES-16 and its other polar-orbiting and geostationary satellites as they become available.

The satellite’s imager will provide three, high-resolution, color animations and still pictures of the eclipse.

LAHS Students Travel To Wyoming For Eclipse

on August 19, 2017 - 10:30am

From left, Maddie Mas, Maya Rogers, (on shoulders are Isabelle Crooker, Beth Short), LAHS Science Teacher Steph Miller and husband/volunteer Mark Mitchell, Prescott More, Elijah Pelofske, School Board Member/Volunteer Steve Boerigter, Stephen Gulley and Jack Benner. LAHS Science teacher/trip coordinator Deborah Grothaus isn’t on the trip due to prior commitments. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

Eight Los Alamos High School students left Friday, to travel to Wyoming as part of the Citizen Continental-America Telescopic Eclipse Experiment.

The students are traveling with LAHS Science teacher Steph

Solar Eclipse Extravaganza At Valles Caldera Monday

on August 19, 2017 - 7:45am

A park ranger uses special solar glasses to safely view the sun at the Valles Calderas. Courtesy/NPS

VCNP News:

The Great American Eclipse is coming, and everyone is invited to the Valles Caldera National Preserve to watch it.

Join rangers to witness and learn more about this spectacular natural event, free of charge, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21 at the Valle Grande Entrance Station on N.M. 4. The maximum partial eclipse will be reached at approximately 11:45 a.m. MDT, Monday.

To safely view a solar eclipse, special-purpose solar filters are mandatory!

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