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Letter To The Editor: Trump’s Misleading Attacks On Mex­ico

on February 2, 2017 - 9:16am
By JOSEPH A. D’ANNA
Los Alamos

Throughout the election process and now as President, Donald Trump has viciously and relentlessly attacked Mexico and its people over trade and immigration. In reality, Trump’s attacks are baseless and contrived.

First, there is no rational basis to blame Mexico for the NAFTA trade agreement involving the US, Mexico and Canada. Mexico did not initiate NAFTA, and it did not coerce the US government to sign the trade agreement.

The Reagan administration initiated negotiations with Mexico to expand the global economy, the negotiations were concluded with

CIR: Emile Nakhleh On Trump And The Middle East

on February 1, 2017 - 9:31am
Professor Emile Nakhleh
 
CIR News:
 
As the world takes an increasingly isolationist, nativist turn, how do we navigate between our values–such as a commitment to cultural diversity–and our national self-interest, which may feel that such an approach to diversity opens opportunities for instability and terror?
 
CIR brings Professor Emile Nakhleh this Thursday to Santa Fe. In exploring the interplay between our national interest and values, he will help us put some context into President Trump's recent ban on immigration from several Middle Eastern countries. 
 
Thursday, Feb.

First GPS Data Release To Boost Space-weather Science

on January 30, 2017 - 9:32am

An image illustrating the six orbital planes in which GPS satellites (‘navigational satellites’ or ns) fly around Earth. This configuration shows the orbits just before the start of this solar cycle’s biggest geomagnetic storm, which occurred March 17, 2015. The darkest orbital lines indicate the position of the satellites in that moment; the lightest lines indicate where they were 12 hours prior. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

Today, more than 16 years of

Udall On Trump Immigration Executive Order

on January 30, 2017 - 7:10am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement on President Trump's executive order banning refugees and immigrants to the U.S. from several majority Muslim nations:

"President Trump's anti-muslim, anti-immigrant executive order is shameful, and it is an affront to our history and our values. Beyond its moral repugnance, I believe there are serious constitutional problems with this new Trump policy.

World Futures: What Do We Need?

on January 29, 2017 - 8:45am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

An Introduction

The Los Alamos World Futures Institute is a start-up, not-for-profit organization focused on identifying needs for Earth and Humanity. While time horizon is infinite, the practical horizon is much shorter, defined by where we are and where we are going. The identification of needs can contribute to the entrepreneurial spirit of Los Alamos and other locales but, more importantly, can ensure a better future for ourselves and our posterity. Let us get started.

Often men and women collectively have attempted to project

AGU: The Shifting Landscape Of Science

on January 29, 2017 - 7:58am
By Eric Davidson, President, American Geophysical Union
By Chris McEntee, Executive Director/CEO, American Geophysical Union

It has been said that our greatest fears lie in anticipation.

Doomsday Clock Slips Toward The Brink – An Analysis

on January 28, 2017 - 11:26pm
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

A vital tradition with global significance transpired this week, when a new time was posted for the Doomsday Clock under the guidance of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a magazine of science and public affairs founded by Manhattan Project scientists in 1945.

The timekeeping ritual began in

Skier Alex Mueller Shares Adventures In Antarctica

on January 26, 2017 - 4:01pm

One of Alex Mueller's shots of the landscape in Antarctica. Mueller shared a number of his photos during Los Alamos Mountaineers' meeting Tuesday night at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Alex Mueller 

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Alex Mueller was in a meeting at Lawrence Livermore when he got a call; a friend asked if he would like to take the ski trip of a lifetime. So in November 2014, Mueller packed his bags, picked up his skis, flew on a plane to Argentina before boarding an ex-Russian ice breaker vessel to Antarctica.  

Mueller was among 70 travelers who

Extreme Space Weather-Induced Electricity Blackouts Could Cost U.S. More Than $40 Billion Daily

on January 26, 2017 - 7:57am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The daily U.S. economic cost from solar storm-induced electricity blackouts could be in the tens of billions of dollars, with more than half the loss from indirect costs outside the blackout zone, according to a new study.
 
Previous studies have focused on direct economic costs within the blackout zone, failing to take into account indirect domestic and international supply chain loss from extreme space weather.
 
“On average the direct economic cost incurred from disruption to electricity represents only 49 percent of the total potential macroeconomic

Heinrich On Reports Of Executive Order On Reinstating Interrogation Policies

on January 25, 2017 - 3:17pm

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement regarding media reports that the Trump Administration is considering an executive order to reinstate the CIA detention and interrogation program:

"Any attempt to roll back prohibitions against torture is out of step with American principles and ruins our global credibility on human rights.

“The CIA’s use of ‘black sites’ and ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ resulted in a dark chapter in our history, and was filled with gross

Heinrich Secures Agreement From Trump Administration To Not Vacate Management Of Nuclear Stockpile

on January 24, 2017 - 9:35am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) secured an agreement from the Trump Administration that it would not vacate the management of the nation's nuclear stockpile.

"I'm pleased the Trump Administration listened to my concerns and agreed to maintaining continuity in the leadership of the NNSA during the transition. The administration came dangerously close to allowing the management of our nation's nuclear stockpile to go on auto-pilot," Heinrich said.

Seafloor Valleys Found Below West Antarctic Glaciers

on January 22, 2017 - 8:32am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Glaciologists have uncovered large valleys in the ocean floor beneath some of the massive glaciers flowing into the Amundsen Sea in West Antarctica.
 
Carved by earlier advances of ice during colder periods, the troughs enable warm, salty water to reach the undersides of glaciers, fueling their increasingly rapid retreat.
 
“These oceanic features are several hundreds to a thousand meters deeper than what we thought before,” said Romain Millan, a graduate student in Earth system science at UCI and lead author of the new study.

Explore Your Universe: Astrophysics For Everyone

on January 17, 2017 - 8:27am

The destructive bombardment of a planet. Courtesy image

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos Community Education will again offer “Explore Your Universe: Modern Astrophysics for Everyone.” The class meets 2:35-3:30 p.m., Tuesdays beginning Jan. 17 and running through May 9.

 

In this class, students will explore modern, unsolved research problems in astrophysics, guided by mentors who work as astrophysicists at Los Alamos National Laboratory spanning a wide range of expertise.

Benefit Spaghetti Dinner, Dance & Bake Sale For Gabriel Huerta Jan. 27

on January 16, 2017 - 10:14am

DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg Meets With Drug Control Officials In China

on January 16, 2017 - 10:03am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  At the invitation of the China Ministry of Public Security (MPS), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg visited China this week to discuss issues of mutual concern and to build on DEA’s existing relationship with Chinese counter-narcotics law enforcement authorities.  
 
Rosenberg emphasized the increased cooperation between the DEA and the MPS and recognized China’s actions toward combating global synthetic drug trafficking and illicit money laundering.

Los Alamos’ Alex Kirk Signs With Anadolu Efes

on January 16, 2017 - 9:56am

Courtesy image

SPORTS News:

Alex Kirk of Los Alamos has signed with Anadolu Efes Sports Club, a Turkish professional basketball team based in Istanbul, Turkey. He'll be with the team Thursday in Barcelona, Spain.

Anadolu Efes is the most successful club in the history of the Turkish Basketball Super League, having won the league's championship 13 times.

The home of Anadolu Efes S.K. is the Abdi İpekçi Arena in Istanbul, which has a seating capacity of 12,270 people for basketball games. The club has its own practice facility built in 1982 in the district of Bahçelievler.

Governor Welcomes International Manufacturer To New Mexico With Up To 175 New Jobs

on January 15, 2017 - 7:46am
STATE News:
 
BELEN — Gov. Susana Martinez welcomes international manufacturer Keter Plastics to Belen with up to 175 new jobs.
 
The company will invest $36 million to renovate and expand an existing facility. New Mexico beat out California, Arizona and Nevada for the expansion. The new positions will include manufacturing and production, technicians, engineers, managers and others.
 
“This is great news for Belen and yet another positive result from fighting to grow and diversify our economy,” Martinez said.

Are Planets Like Those In ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Really Out There?

on January 15, 2017 - 7:16am
Stormtroopers in the new Star Wars film ‘Rogue One’ wade through the water of an alien ocean world. NASA scientists believe ocean worlds exist in our own galaxy, along with many other environments. Courtesy/Disney/Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM
 

NASA News:

In the “Star Wars” universe, ice, ocean and desert planets burst from the darkness as your ship drops out of light speed. But these worlds might be more than just science fiction.

Some of the planets discovered around stars in our own galaxy could be very similar to arid Tatooine, watery Scarif and even frozen Hoth, according to NASA scientists.

Hubble Provides Interstellar Road Map For Voyagers’ Galactic Trek

on January 15, 2017 - 7:04am
Artist’s rendition of Voyager 1’s View of  the Solar System. NASA

NASA News:

NASA’s two Voyager spacecraft are hurtling through unexplored territory on their road trip beyond our solar system. Along the way, they are measuring the interstellar medium, the mysterious environment between stars. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is providing the road map — by measuring the material along the probes’ trajectories as they move through space.

Heinrich Questions Defense Secretary Nominee On Threats To U.S., Temperament Of Trump Administration, Nuclear Weapons, National Labs

on January 13, 2017 - 4:17pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), questioned President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Defense Retired General James Mattis, Thursday during a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing.
 
Heinrich asked Mattis about the key threats to the security of the United States. Mattis replied, "I would consider the principle threats to start with Russia."
 
 
Earlier in the hearing, Heinrich invoked the Cuban

Mountaineers Meeting Features Alex Mueller On Skiing And Climbing Around The World

on January 13, 2017 - 7:14am
Alex Mueller making friends with a penguin. Courtesy photo

MOUNTAINEERS News:

Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 24 at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a presentation by Alex Mueller.

In late 2014, Mueller had the luck of traveling to Antarctica to go ski mountaineering with a team of friends and a boatful of great people. It really was the trip of a lifetime, and is accessible to everybody. As his journey to this point started on a visit to France, he will be showing photos of skiing and climbing from Chamonix, Argentina and Antarctica.

Social time begins at  at 6:45

Despite Mounting Tensions, Hecker Holds On To Rational View Of Nuclear Context

on January 9, 2017 - 10:30pm
Former LANL Director Sig Hecker speaks at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com
 
Audience members listen as Sig Hecker speaks Friday evening in Santa Fe. Photo by Roger Snodgrass
 
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

As a president-elect tweets cryptic notions about nuclear weapons and appears to embrace a former adversary of the Cold War, tens and perhaps hundreds of thousands of Americans are discussing national security uncertainties in the global nuclear arena.

“We are entering uncharted territory,” said Sig Hecker, former Los Alamos

Heinrich Questions Intelligence Officials On Russian Hacking Of U.S. Election

on January 5, 2017 - 11:21pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich questions senior intelligence officials on foreign cyber threats. ScreenShot/LADP

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned senior intelligence officials about cybersecurity threats, including Russia's hacking of the U.S. presidential election.

The committee received testimony from Director Of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, Jr.; Under Secretary Of Defense For Intelligence Marcel J. Lettre II and Admiral Michael S.

Veterans Apologize To Japan For Using Nukes

on December 29, 2016 - 7:55am
VFP News:
 
ST. LOUIS, MO  Veterans For Peace, a national organization made up of military veterans and military family members, released an apology to the people of Japan for  U.S. usage of nuclear weapons. 
 
This apology is in conjunction with a call to President Obama to also apologize to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his upcoming visit to Pearl Harbor.
 
Veterans For Peace expresses our deepest condolences to all those who were killed and maimed, and to their families.

CIA, FBI, DHS And ODNI Sued For Records On Russian Interference In The 2016 Election

on December 28, 2016 - 7:28am
MWP News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Meltwater Press reports that the CIA, FBI, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) are in violation of the Freedom of Information Act.
 
Investigative journalist Jason Leopold and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) PhD candidate/Harvard Klein Center for Internet & Society research affiliate, Ryan Shapiro, filed a lawsuit Monday against the FBI, CIA, DHS and ODNI.

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