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Global Christmas Project Collection Sites Announced

on October 30, 2017 - 6:19am
Courtesy photo
 
SAMARITAN'S PURSE PROJECT News:
 
This month, several locations in the multi-county Northeast New Mexico Area Team will serve as drop-off sites for the Samaritan's Purse project, Operation Christmas Child—joining nearly 5,000 U.S. locations collecting gift-filled shoeboxes for children in need around the world.
 
During the project's National Collection Week, Nov. 13 – 20, Los Alamos residents will transform empty shoeboxes into gifts of hope filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys.

2017’s Best Baseball Cities & World Series Facts: Dodgers vs. Astros

on October 27, 2017 - 9:03am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With the 2017 World Series in full gear and tickets to see the games live costing hundreds to hundreds of thousands of dollars, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its Best Baseball Cities report to go along with its World Series Facts – Dodgers vs. Astrosinfographic.

To determine the best places to be a fan of America’s second most followed sport, WalletHub compared more than 360 U.S. cities with at least one college or professional baseball team across 31 key metrics.

LWV Forum On Spent Nuclear Fuel Nov. 2

on October 26, 2017 - 3:42pm
 
LWV News:
 
The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos will present the forum, “Spent Nuclear Fuel Disposal from Power Reactors” 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2, in the Jeannette Wallace Room, Building 5 at UNM-LA.
 
Despite the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 that was to have managed the disposal of high-level nuclear waste through safe, permanent disposal, the high-level waste produced by power plants is still not stored in a permanent location. Instead it is currently located in 78 separate installations across the country.

AGU: Scientists Use Seismic Waves When Touched Down To Measure Tornado Intensity

on October 25, 2017 - 11:20am
Tornado with dust and debris cloud forming at surface. Photo by NOAA Photo Library/Flickr
 
AGU News:
 
Seismic waves generated by tornadoes when they touch down could be used to measure a twister’s intensity, according to a new study.
 
The new research examined a catastrophic tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri in May 2011 and revealed the size of seismic waves produced by the tornado on the ground correlated with its strength.
 
The results suggest researchers can estimate a large tornado’s strength by measuring the seismic waves it creates, a finding that could open the door to

UN Flag Flies At Skip And Hedy Dunn Residence

on October 25, 2017 - 9:26am

 

Skip and Hedy Dunn fly the United Nations flag Tuesday at their residence in White Rock in honor of United Nations Day. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Skip and Hedy Dunn flew the United Nations flag Tuesday at their residence in White Rock in honor of United Nations Day.
 
In December 2015, the UN accomplished an unbelievable task; 195 nations -- almost the whole world -- committed to the Paris Climate Accord. Seeing as how it is often difficult to be in accord with even one, loved person (e.g. spouse), this is truly incredible.

The United States of America brokered artfully

U. S. Senators Udall, Heinrich Cosponsor USA RIGHTS Act To Reform Secretive Warrantless Spy Program

on October 24, 2017 - 3:46pm

U.S. SENATE News:
  • Bill Reforms FISA Sec. 702 to Protect Americans' Security and Liberties, Reduce Secret Law and Focus Spy Program on Foreign Threats

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced bipartisan legislation they are cosponsoring that reforms a sweeping, secretive government spying program to protect the constitutional rights of Americans, while giving intelligence agencies authority to target foreign terrorists, criminals, and other overseas intelligence targets.

The USA RIGHTS Act reforms Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence

SFCC Presents 'From Days Of Infamy To Days Of Remembrance' Nov. 2

on October 24, 2017 - 9:05am
SFCC News:
 
Santa Fe Community College’s Center for Diversity and Integrated Learning (CDIL) presents From Days of Infamy to Days of Remembrance, a multimedia presentation commemorating the 75th anniversary of Japanese-American incarceration, at 6 p.m. Thursday Nov. 2, in Boardroom Room 223 at SFCC, 6401 Richards Ave..
 
Nikki Louis, a Japanese-American writer who spent her early childhood in WWII American prison camps will be in attendance and participate in a conversation after the presentation. 
 
Free event. Call 505.428.1467 for information.

Shin: If Sanctuary Schools, Then Why Citizenship?

on October 24, 2017 - 7:09am
By LISA SHIN
Los Alamos

On Oct. 13, 2017, the Los Alamos Public School Board passed an immigration resolution, under which the immigration status of students would not be recorded or reported to federal immigration officials. The resolution would be the first step in creating a policy aimed at supporting our students.

I applaud efforts to welcome and not alienate, those from diverse ethnic backgrounds. When I was in grade school, there were no such efforts to protect me from the ridicule of classmates or the mockery of a teacher.

Rotary: Los Alamos Students Get Pinkies Painted Purple To Eradicate Polio ... Tuesday Is World Polio Day

on October 23, 2017 - 11:34am
Ty Morris of Pinon Elementary School participates in the Purple Pinkie event recently hosted by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos to bring awareness to polio and its eradication. Photo by Oliver Morris
Kaya Loy, right, and a friend show their purple pinkies during a special even hosted  by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos to bring awareness to polio eradication. Photo by Laura Loy
Aspen Elementary teacher Stacy Martin and Rotarian Alison Pannell support the eradication of polio through a recent Purple Pinkie event. Photo by Mary Beth Maassen

ROTARY News:

In recognition of World Polio Day, Oct.

Laura Gonzales Gives Talk At Rotary Club

on October 23, 2017 - 5:04am

Rotarian Laura Gonzales speaks about the Rotary Club Foundation to Rotary Club of Los Alamos members Tuesday at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Rotarian Laura Gonzales speaks at Tuesday's Rotary Club of Los Alamos Tuesday at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Rotary Welcomes Visitors From Nepal

on October 23, 2017 - 4:45am

Rotarian Tribhuvan Sharma from Pokhara, Nepal, addresses the crowd Tuesday at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos at Cottonwood on the Greens as his wife Vabma Sharma videos the event. The Sharmas are visiting their daughter and son-in-law who live in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Rotarian Tribhuvan Sharma from Pokhara, Nepal, presents a prayer scarf to Rotary Club of Los Alamos President Laura Loy during Tuesday's lunch meeting at Cottonwood on the Greens as his wife Vabma Sharma looks on. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Rotary Club of Los

NNSA: Production Of W76-1/Mk4A Arming Fuzing Subsystem Completed On Time And Budget

on October 21, 2017 - 10:53am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has completed production of the U.S. Navy-sponsored Arming Fuzing Subsystem in support of the W76-1/Mk4A Life Extension Program (LEP) on time and on budget.
 
The subsystem is a key component of the W76-1 LEP that will extend the original warhead service life from 20 to 60 years.
 
“Completing this subsystem is a major achievement for NNSA and the many gifted engineers, scientists and technicians dedicated to serving our vital national security mission through stockpile

NIST: How Bright Is The Moon, Really?

on October 20, 2017 - 10:56am
Moonset on the NIST campus. These white domes will house the equipment used in the moon brightness experiment. Eventually the domes and equipment will be moved to the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. Courtesy/Jennifer Lauren Lee/NIST
 
NIST News:
 
The “inconstant moon,” as Shakespeare called it in Romeo and Juliet, is more reliable than his pair of star-crossed lovers might have thought. Now researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) plan to make the moon even more reliable with a new project to measure its brightness.
 
Scientists put the moon to work

LAPS Students Create Libraries For Kenyan Schools

on October 20, 2017 - 9:01am
Courtesy photo
 
Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Each of the seven Los Alamos pubic schools is well on its way to creating school libraries in Kenya. Chamisa, Barranca and Pinon elementary schools have already reached the 1,000+ book goal. Mountain and Aspen elementary schools are very close to that goal, while Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School are still actively soliciting books so they, too, can create 1,000 book libraries.
 
Book donations (preschool-8th grade reading level) can be dropped off at any of these school.

World Futures: Money, Trade, Value And Time Part 2

on October 20, 2017 - 8:30am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute


In last week’s column, we looked at Uruk 5,000 years ago and saw the emergence of cuneiform, a system of writing, apparently used to document trades and inventory.  

Flash forward to 1394 A.D. and Prato, Italy. Francesco di Marco Datini ordered wool from Mallorca, an island off the coast of Spain about 1,342 km away.  

Remember, the order had to be written and delivered before any product fulfillment could be achieved and there was no airmail or Internet.

LAHS Graduate Danekah Olguin Heading To Japan

on October 20, 2017 - 8:14am

Los Alamos High School 2017 graduate Airman Danekah Olguin. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Los Alamos High School 2017 graduate Danekah D. Olguin completed basic military training in August at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.

 

She completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values and physical fitness as well as basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits towards an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

LANL Scientists, Engineers Receive 2017 Fellows Prizes

on October 19, 2017 - 11:26am

Laboratory Fellows Prize recipients from top left,Tess Light, Nikolai Sinitsyn and Harshini Mukundan. Bottom, from left: Eric Flynn and Brian Albright. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Flynn, Mukundan, Sinitsyn, Albright and Light honored for outstanding research, leadership

Five Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have been awarded the Laboratory’s prestigious Fellows Prize in the areas of science or engineering research and leadership: Eric Flynn, Harshini Mukundan and Nikolai Sinitsyn were awarded the Fellows’ Prize for Outstanding Research, and Brian Albright and Tess Light were awarded

DOJ: First Ever Indictments Against Designated Chinese Manufacturers Of Deadly Fentanyl And Other Opiates

on October 19, 2017 - 10:50am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Justice Department announced today that federal grand juries in the Southern District of Mississippi and the District of North Dakota returned indictments, unsealed Oct. 17, against two Chinese nationals and their North American based traffickers and distributors for separate conspiracies to distribute large quantities of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues and other opiate substances in the United States. 
 
The Chinese nationals are the first manufacturers and distributors of fentanyl and other opiate substances to be designated as Consolidated Priority

AGU: Waves In Lakes Make Waves In The Earth

on October 19, 2017 - 6:22am
Yellowstone Lake. Photo by Miguel Hermoso Cuesta
 
AGU News:
 
Beneath the peaceful rolling waves of a lake is a rumble, imperceptible to all but seismometers, that ripples into the earth like the waves ripple along the shore.
 
In a study published today in the Journal of Geophysical Research Solid Earth, scientists at the University of Utah report that these small seismic signals can aid science.
 
As a record of wave motion in a lake, they can reveal when a lake freezes over and when it thaws.

Rotary Hosts Naturalization Ceremony: 15 New Citizens

on October 18, 2017 - 9:54am

Saturday, Oct. 14, Rotarian Jim Nesmith, with the help of other members of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, arranged a Naturalization Ceremony for 15 new U.S. citizens. From left, Manvendra Dubey, Tudor Oprea, Judge M. Cristina Armijo, and Rotarian Jim Nesmith. Photo by Anthony P. Derieux

Judge Cristina Armijo conducted the Naturalization Ceremony at Fuller Lodge hosted by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos. Photo by Jim Nesmith

Los Alamos Researchers And Supercomputers Help Interpret Latest LIGO Findings

on October 18, 2017 - 6:56am
LANL News:
 
Astrophysicist Chris Fryer was enjoying an evening with friends Aug. 25, 2017, when he got the news of a gravitational-wave detection by LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory.
 
The event appeared to be a merger of two neutron stars—a specialty for the Los Alamos National Laboratory team of astrophysicists that Fryer leads. As the distant cosmic cataclysm unfolded, fresh observational data was pouring in from the observation—only the fifth published since the observatory began operating almost two years ago. ​
 
“As soon as I heard the news, I knew

NNSA Completes FPU Of W80-1 Alt 369

on October 18, 2017 - 6:08am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has completed the First Production Unit (FPU) of the W80-1 Alteration (Alt) 369.
 
This accomplishment is an important step toward maintaining nuclear capabilities that will help deter attacks on the United States and its allies.
 
“The dedicated team at Pantex went above and beyond to complete this milestone before fiscal year 2017 came to a close,” said Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton, NNSA’s principal assistant deputy administrator for military application.

Mars Geologic Features Get New Mexican & Spanish Names From El Camino Real

on October 17, 2017 - 11:17am
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  With names like Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos, and a giant crater the size of the Valles Caldera, future maps of the planet Mars will contain a lot of names familiar to the people of New Mexico.
 
Suggested by a member of the Mars Rover team based in New Mexico, the names are of cities and locales along the legendary El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro and are being used to name features visited by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity during an important phase of its mission.
 
“As part of mapping Mars’ surface, we name rocks and places investigated by

NNSA And Partners Launch Project To Reduce Use Of Radioactive Source Based Devices

on October 17, 2017 - 5:43am
NNSA News:
 
NEW YORK, NY  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has partnered with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) to launch the first citywide initiative to reduce the reliance on risk significant devices in medical and research applications.
 
This combined effort will serve as a way to reduce the risk of a terrorist acquiring this material for a radiological dispersal device (“dirty bombs”).
 
NNSA’s Acting Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear

LANL: Chemical Treatment Improves Quantum Dot Lasers

on October 16, 2017 - 5:29pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Chemist Jaehoon Lim works on an apparatus that synthesizes quantum dots along with Los Alamos researcher Young-Shin Park (also with the University of New Mexico Center for High-Technology Materials). In a paper published in Nature Nanotechnology, Los Alamos colleagues Kaifeng Wu and Victor Klimov worked with Lim and Park to demonstrate that negatively charged quantum dots show promise for low-power laser applications or quantum dot laser diodes. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

  • Doctored dots release laser light more efficiently, use less power

One of the secrets to

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