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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.

Chinese New Year Lantern Festival Feb. 11

on February 7, 2017 - 10:58am

Members of the Los Alamos Middle School WEB Crew and friends celebrate Chinese New Year Friday, Jan. 27, educating their peers about the year of the Rooster and other cultural traditions. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

The annual lantern festival takes place Feb. 11 and students made dozens of lanterns for classroom displays. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

Udall To Sponsor Global Trade Conference For Local Businesses To Help Them Grow New Mexico's Economy

on February 3, 2017 - 2:31pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Feb. 1, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he will be holding a conference for New Mexico businesses of all sizes Feb. 21, at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, to help business leaders and entrepreneurs learn about ways they can take advantage of international trade opportunities.
 
Titled "Growing New Mexico's Economy—Exporting to Global Markets," the all-day conference will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about regional developments that impact them, network with fellow business leaders

World Futures: What Do We Need? STUFF - Energy Storage | Conversion | Distribution | System Efficiency

on February 3, 2017 - 7:16am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

At the most basic level, all life as we know it is dependent on energy. To function, a living entity must either acquire energy or use energy stored within itself or cease to exist as a living entity. In this description, a dormant entity is not living, rather is waiting activation.

As human beings our existence requires a continuing source of energy. Indeed the evolution and complexity of our diverse life support structure has increased our need for energy many fold.  But how do we measure it? In terms we can fathom?

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

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