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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

Ambassador Vicki Huddleston Speaks In Los Alamos Tuesday Evening

on March 6, 2017 - 4:37pm

Ambassador Vicki Huddleston

COMMUNITY News:

“Our Woman in Havana” is the title of a talk by former Ambassador Vicki Huddleston slated for 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 at Mesa Public Library.

Sponsored by the AAUW of Los Alamos, the talk is based on her years “as one of America’s top Cuba hands”. She will address events such as the Elian Gonzalez custody saga and the post-9/11 decision to use Guantanamo as a prison for terror suspects.

Huddleston’s talk promises to be interesting with everything from stories of spies to an argument she had with Fidel Castro at a cocktail party.

Huddleston

Letter To The Editor: About International Women’s Day At Ashley Pond Wednesday

on March 5, 2017 - 9:51am
By DOUG REILLY
Los Alamos
 
International Women’s Day is celebrated much more around the world than here in the USA. When I as working at the IAEA in Vienna, my closest colleague was Russian. I learned that at the Russian Embassy this was the biggest celebration of the year. The men dressed in their best suits and the women in their best dresses. There was a feast for everyone and, of course, many toasts.
 
Another thing I learned in Russia, Kazakhstan, and other countries in the FSU is that at any gathering THE THIRD TOAST IS TO THE WOMEN, even if no women are present.

It would be

World Futures: What Do We Need? PEOPLE - Medicine

on March 5, 2017 - 8:54am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
  • DNA Manipulation, Invasive/Non-invasive Techniques, Distribution, and How Far Do We Go?

Medicine is a broad category applicable to humans and animals inhabiting Earth. In most cases it deals with sustaining life as we know it and has an inherent hierarchy that has humans at the top. Accordingly, this list item is primarily concerned with medicine for humanity, noting that animals have a major role in the human existence.

First is discovery. Chance favors the prepared mind is a quote attributed to Louis Pasteur, who discovered pasteurization.

AG Balderas Issues Statement About Jeff Sessions

on March 4, 2017 - 7:15am
Attorney General Hector Balderas. Courtesy photo
 
AG News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement Thursday regarding Attorney General Jeff Sessions:
 
“As a chief law enforcement officer, I take testimony extremely seriously, whether it be in the courtroom or before the United States Senate. There were questions asked about conversations with Russia and that information was omitted by Attorney General Sessions during his testimony.
 
“Attorney General Sessions needs to promptly address the omission, and he needs to immediately

Heinrich Opposes Confirmation Of Rick Perry For Secretary Of Energy

on March 3, 2017 - 8:33am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement opposing the confirmation of former Texas Governor Rick Perry, President Trump’s nominee for U.S. Department of Energy Secretary.

“I want – and we all need – Rick Perry to be successful as our next Secretary of Energy.

Griggs: Dateline - City Of Chihuahua

on March 1, 2017 - 8:33am
Zorba the Greek. Courtesy/bibliocity.blogspot.com
 
By DAVID GRIGGS
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Heading south from the border towns of El Paso/Ciudad Juarez, the comfortable Mexican bus navigates the eight-hour ride to the City of Chihuahua. Although I did not see any of the little dogs, which are named after the city, I did have a wonderful time exploring the sights and museums and food.
 
Casa Chihuahua
 
One of my first stops was Casa Chihuahua, the former Federal Palace and now a museum.

NMVC On Indiscriminate Immigrant Raids

on February 24, 2017 - 7:25am
NMVC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, issued the following statement regarding the recent immigration raids in southern New Mexico:
 
“We are disturbed at the news of immigration raids in southern New Mexico and urge immigration officials to keep the best interests of all of our children and families at heart going forward.
 
“As a nation built on ingenuity, America can craft common-sense reforms to our immigration system that improve our economy and keep us safe while maintaining our American values of inclusion and equality of

Among Our Distant Cousins: An Extinct Pig-Turtle With Tusks

on February 23, 2017 - 5:01pm
Christian Kammerer is a paleontologist at the Museum fur Naturkunde (Museum of Natural History) in Berlin, studies mass extinctions and the ancestors of mammals. The photo was taken with a timer in the Paleontological Institute in Moscow while he was examining fossils of mammal-related ancestors from the Ural Mountains. Courtesy photo
 
Artist’s recreation of Bulbasaurus by M. Celeskey. Courtesy image

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

Naturalists worry about endangered species and the threat of a sixth great extinction in the contemporary world, which some fear might sweep our own

World Futures: What Do We Need? STUFF - Infinite Recycling

on February 23, 2017 - 4:58pm

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In our world today there is much concern about recycling of materials that have been assembled with energy to create something for use by humanity.  

Referring to the Plass table shown in column 2, note that decay and respiration add CO2 to the atmosphere. It can be argued that this is essentially the recycling of organic, carbon-based materials readying them for reconstruction via photosynthesis. Essentially solar recycling of formerly living materials – it is organic.

But what about non-organic materials?

Professor Emerita Denise Fort: How Can U.S. Retain Scientific Leadership In Environmental Protection?

on February 23, 2017 - 7:27am
By DENISE D. FORT
Professor Emerita UNM School of Law
Former director, NM Environmental Improvement Division
 
The upheaval in Washington, D.C. that is occurring now has one surprising objective - the discrediting of scientists. Science is under attack in numerous ways.
 
The assertion that climate change is a Chinese hoax was bad enough. Now the Administration has nominated a climate denier to head the EPA, taken down web pages that inform the public about agency work, and threatened to slash funding at EPA.
 
The threat comes from the Congress as well; 114 representatives have

China Announces Scheduling Controls Of Carfentanil And Other Fentanyl Compounds

on February 22, 2017 - 2:12pm
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  China’s National Narcotics Control Commission last week announced that scheduling controls against four fentanyl-class substances -- carfentanil, furanyl fentanyl, valeryl fentanyl, and acryl fentanyl -- will begin March 1, 2017.  
 
This announcement is the culmination of ongoing collaboration between the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Government of China, and reaffirms the shared commitment to countering illicit fentanyl.
 
"Fentanyl-related compounds represent a significant and deadly component of the current opioid crisis.

Udall On Trump's Plans For Mass Deportation

on February 22, 2017 - 2:05pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement in response to recently released memos from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security establishing new guidelines for carrying out President Trump’s immigration orders:
 
"President Trump’s guidelines amount to a plan to begin mass deportations. These plans are unrealistic, inhumane, bad for the economy, and an extremely inefficient use of already thin resources.

NNSA Elite Unit Marks 20 Year Anniversary

on February 21, 2017 - 12:25pm

NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

Counter, respond, and if necessary mitigate a nuclear or radiological incident quickly. This critical mission is the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) JTOT (Joint Technical Operation Team) Program, which marks its 20th anniversary this month. 

JTOT is an agile, task-organized unit, ready to react at a moment’s notice to support nuclear and radiological weapons of mass destruction incidents.

World Futures: What Do We Need? STUFF - Distributed Manufacturing - Volume/Density/Mass

on February 19, 2017 - 9:38am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In the not so distant past of world history, humans were primarily concerned with survival. Their time was spent engaged in activities at the lowest levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy, primarily focused on food and shelter. As the human population grew, the fabrication of other things such as tools, weapons, fabricated shelters, things of comfort, and even concocted food stuffs grew with the organization of civilization. Then the industrial revolution occurred and manufacturing bloomed.

In the revolution, depending on the product produced,

Ambassador Vicki Huddleston Discusses Cuba March 7

on February 18, 2017 - 6:40am

Ambassador Vicki Huddleston

COMMUNITY News:

Ambassador Vicki Huddleston presents a talk, “Our Woman in Havana”, 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 at Mesa Public Library.

Huddleston’s talk is based on her years as one of America’s top Cuba hands. She has been an eyewitness to key moments of history as well as to backroom policy debate, in her roles as a principal policy maker on Cuba at the State Department and as the chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana.

Huddleston will provide a behind-the-curtain view of such controversial episodes as the Elián González custody saga and the post-9/11

Udall Calls For Investigation Of NSA's Flynn And Russia's Involvement With Trump Administration

on February 16, 2017 - 7:16am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday on the resignation of National Security Adviser General Michael Flynn.
 
Udall called for a full independent investigation into the influence of the Russian government on the Trump administration and the 2016 election. 
 
“General Flynn’s resignation underscores the urgent need for a full investigation into this administration’s troubling associations with the Russian government.

Heinrich Demands Answers On Trump Administration's Handling Of Classified Information

on February 14, 2017 - 2:34pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

In a letter sent to Acting Director of National Intelligence, Heinrich asks for answers regarding the process used to grant access to classified information.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, is calling into question the manner in which the Trump Administration has been accessing and handling sensitive and classified information.

“We’ve seen a pattern of carelessness and lack of accountability from this administration that puts our

FBI: Romance Scams

on February 13, 2017 - 10:13am

Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

  • Online Imposters Break Hearts and Bank Accounts

They met online. He said he was a friend of a friend. The woman, in her 50s and struggling in her marriage, was happy to find someone to chat with. “He was saying all the right things,” she remembered. “He was interested in me. He was interested in getting to know me better. He was very positive, and I felt like there was a real connection there.”

That connection would end up costing the woman $2 million and an untold amount of heartache after the man she fell in love with—whom she never met in person—took her for every cent

Los Alamos Teens Needed For Citizen Science Mission

on February 11, 2017 - 8:37am
 
SCIENCE News:
 
Café Scientifique Los Alamos is hosting a Teen Science Café at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 9 in the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
 
The presentation will focus on the Sun’s Corona Observed During A Solar Eclipse.
 
Café Presenter, Dr. Galen Gisler of Los Alamos National Laboratory will present on sun’s corona, which is normally visible only during a total solar eclipse and why this is important. He also will talk about the upcoming solar eclipse Aug. 21 and the path it will be take to seen as a full solar eclipse across the US.
 
Eight Los Alamos

Los Alamos Research On Cancer’s Origins Key Part Of Huge Grant

on February 10, 2017 - 8:41am

Ludmil Alexandrov, Los Alamos National Laboratory, part of a team seeking to build a much deeper understanding of DNA damage – what causes it and how it leads to cancer. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • $25 million from Cancer Research UK funds Big Data analysis identifying mutational signatures of cancer​

Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher Ludmil Alexandrov has been announced as a member of one of the first four global research teams funded under Cancer Research UK’s “Grand Challenge,” which seeks to revolutionize the understanding of cancer and its prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

The

World Futures: What Do We Need? STUFF - Product Distribution

on February 9, 2017 - 9:05pm

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

As an example consider bottled water. Not the fancy kind loaded with non-water molecules or perhaps carbon dioxide (CO2). Just plain water - H2O. At a local grocery price level “ordinary” bottled water can be purchased for $3 to $4 for 24 pints or half-liters (16 oz. or 500 cc. bottles). This equates to $699 to $932 per thousand gallons.

The local price for tap water, which is very drinkable, is about $4.20 per thousand gallons plus a fixed fee of $7.93 per month no matter how many gallons are consumed for a maximum cost of $12.13 per

Sheehey: Trump’s Executive Order On Immigration

on February 8, 2017 - 7:52am
By PETE SHEEHEY
Los Alamos County Councilor

Editor’s note: Councilor Pete Sheehey delivered the following statement at Tuesday’s County Council work session in White Rock:

President Trump’s Jan. 27 Executive Order suspending visits or immigration to the US from seven Muslim-majority countries for three months, and stopping processing or entry of any refugees for four months, has caused tremendous controversy.

The courts will decide whether or not this order violates anyone’s rights to due process or equal protection under the US Constitution and law. I am compelled to speak on this today.

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