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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

AGU: Combination Of El Niño And 2016 Ecuador Earthquake Likely Worsened Zika Outbreak

on October 16, 2017 - 6:25am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Zika virus outbreak in coastal Ecuador in 2016 was likely worsened by a strong El Niño and a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck the region in April, according to a new study.
 
new research commentary suggests the earthquake left more people exposed to disease-carrying mosquitos, and climate variability associated with the 2014-2016 El Niño event created more favorable mosquito breeding grounds.

Indigenous Leader Appeals To Japanese Prime Minister: Stop Rainforest Destruction For Tokyo 2020 Olympics

on October 16, 2017 - 5:20am
TO News:
 
SARAWAK / MALAYSIA  On the anniversary of the first Tokyo Olympics, Matu Tugang, headman of the Indigenous Penan community of Long Jaik from Sarawak, Malaysia, delivered an urgent plea to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to stop Japan’s use of wood from a company that is destroying their forests and their livelihoods.
 
Japan has been using tropical timber from Sarawak to construct the New National Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Evidence gathered at the Stadium construction site by NGOs in April 2017 confirmed the use of plywood supplied by Shin Yang, a company

Great Firewall Of China Closes Loopholes

on October 13, 2017 - 3:45pm
RWB News:
 
In the months prior to the Communist Party of China’s 19th Congress, which begins Oct. 18, President Xi Jinping has been deploying a major arsenal of repressive measures against online social networks with the aim of perfecting the “Great Firewall” that censors the Internet in China.
 
Just weeks ahead of the Congress, which is expected to renew Xi’s mandate for another five years, the US encrypted messaging app WhatsApp suddenly began malfunctioning in China, in a sign that a new turning-point had been reached in the Party’s censorship.

World Futures: Money, Trade, Value And Time (Part 1)

on October 13, 2017 - 8:01am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

    
This series of articles examines money as a means of facilitating trade, the impact of value perception, and the compacting of perceived time. To do this, it is best to examine the historical perspective and understand the needs of the evolving system of humanity together with the impact of technology on how we do business.

In 3,000 B.C., the estimated population of the world was 14 million people.

Los Alamos Daily Post Hits 8,000 FB Friends!

on October 10, 2017 - 1:21pm

DAILY POST News:

The Los Alamos Daily Post has surpassed 8,000 friends today on Facebook!

The local newspaper began operations Feb. 7, 2012 and became the Official Newspaper of Record in January of this year under a contract with Los Alamos County, which runs through 2023.

The Daily Post is published online seven days a week and its print edition is mailed each Thursday to every home and business in Los Alamos and White Rock. The Post also has readers throughout New Mexico, across the United States and in 129 countries around the world.

The Los Alamos Daily Post is owned and operated by

Los Alamos Japan Project Exhibition Opens At Mesa Public Library Today

on October 10, 2017 - 7:04am

Cranes in the exhibit at Mesa Public Library. Photo by Katy Korkos

Panel from Los Alamos Japan project display. Courtesy/Los Alamos History Museum

LIBRARY News:

The Los Alamos/Japan Project exhibition in the Upstairs Art Gallery at Mesa Public Library, which will be on display through Nov. 21, will celebrate its opening with a reception 4-6 p.m. today.

This exhibit at the Mesa Public Library tells the ongoing story of the Los Alamos/Japan Project—an expansive, long-term project to develop dialogue with international museum colleagues and pursue understanding between Los Alamos, Hiroshima,

Happy Columbus Day

on October 9, 2017 - 5:52am

Columbus Day celebrates Christopher Columbus's Discovery of the Americas in 1492. Courtesy/wikipedia

COLUMBUS DAY News:

Columbus Day is a national holiday in many countries in the Americas and elsewhere, which officially celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas Oct. 12, 1492.

The landing is celebrated as "Columbus Day" in the United States, as "Día de la Raza" ("Day of the Race") in many countries in Latin America, as "Día de la Hispanidad" and "Fiesta Nacional" in Spain, where it also is the religious festivity of la Virgen del Pilar, as Día de las

JILA’s 3-D Quantum Gas Atomic Clock Offers New Dimensions In Measurement

on October 9, 2017 - 4:44am
JILA’s three-dimensional (3-D) quantum gas atomic clock consists of a grid of light formed by three pairs of laser beams. A stack of two tables is used to configure optical components around a vacuum chamber. Shown here is the upper table, where lenses and other optics are mounted. A blue laser beam excites a cube-shaped cloud of strontium atoms located behind the round window in the middle of the table. Strontium atoms fluorescence strongly when excited with blue light. Courtesy/G.E. Marti/JILA
 
NIST News:
 
JILA physicists have created an entirely new design for an atomic clock, in

World Futures: Accuracy And Precision (Part Four)

on October 7, 2017 - 3:59am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

    
In this series we have looked at accuracy and precision with a continuing question of how much do we need. We started with some definitions and explored randomness and the value of Pi, the ratio of a circle to its diameter.

Then we looked at standardiztion of how we measure physical things, primarily in the scientific-engineering domains but also relating to commerce, and again explored randomness.

Bradbury Science Museum Question Of The Month: Why Not Harness Lightning For Renewable Energy Source?

on October 6, 2017 - 8:07am

Lightning striking behind LANL's main technical area. Courtesy/BSM

BRADBURY SCIENCE MUSEUM News:

Given that lightning generates so much electricity, why don’t we harness it as a renewable energy source?

While it’s true that a single lightning bolt could power the entire city of Santa Fe for about a minute, there are some issues with capturing lightning as an energy source.

First, while there are some areas of the planet (like the Sangre de Cristo mountains near Santa Fe and the Florida coast) that get a higher than average number of lightning strikes, getting lightning to exactly strike our

CIR: Special Cuba Briefing Oct. 10

on October 3, 2017 - 7:50am
CIR News:
 
Hear Amb. Vicki Huddleston offer CIR members a special briefing on Cuba at 12-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the CIR Conference Room at 413 Grant Ave., Suite D in Santa Fe.
 
The talk is free to CIR members and $5 for nonmembers. Parking is available on the west side of the Wells Fargo building.
 
What exactly is happening in the famed island nation these days? From Friday's NY Times: "Just when it seemed that Cuba was on track to become something of a routine destination for Americans, tensions and tactics reminiscent of the Cold War have once again complicated travel to

Los Alamos Rotary Club Welcomes Youth Exchange Student Julian Baier Of Austria

on October 2, 2017 - 7:47am

Vincent Chiravelle, president-elect of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, welcomes Rotary Youth Exchange student Julian Baier of Austria during Baier’s presentation Sept. 26 about his hometown, Neustift , a village of 70 people in lower Austria. Baier, 17, will be hosted by the Rotary Club in Los Alamos through the school year. He has two older sisters who also were Rotary Youth Exchange students; his cat, Jeanie, has an Instagram account with more than 6,500 followers. Baier has just joined the Los Alamos High School Golf Team and has interests in business, marketing and computer science.

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