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Cost Of Nukes

on August 25, 2015 - 11:21am

Nuclear power plant cost-effectiveness measure - interactive tool roots discussions about the cost of nuclear energy in hard evidence. Courtesy/commons.wikimedia.com

HSNW News:

Despite the ever-changing landscape of energy economics, subject to the influence of new technologies and geopolitics, a new tool promises to root discussions about the cost of nuclear energy in hard evidence rather than speculation.

Over the last two years, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has developed the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Cost Calculator, an online interface that provides a nuanced look at the economic

Los Alamos Rotary Exchange Student Nicholas Criscuolo Spending Year In Holland

on August 22, 2015 - 8:04am

Rotary Club of Los Alamos outbound student Nick Criscuolo, bottom row third from left, with other exchange students spending this school year in Holland. For more information on hosting or being an exchange student, contact Lisa Harris or Rob Metcalf at losalamosrye@gmail.com. Courtesy photo

DOE Selects U.C. Berkeley To Lead Consortium For U.S.-China Research Center’s Energy-Water Track

on August 22, 2015 - 7:09am
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected the University of California, Berkeley to lead a consortium of university, nonprofit, utility, and national laboratory partners in a new technical track under the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) that addresses water-related aspects of energy production and use.
 
Once the award is finalized, the U.S.

Letter To The Editor: About That Divine Wind

on August 16, 2015 - 11:24am

By LAWRY MANN
Los Alamos   

We lived in Iwakuni, Japan from 1956 to 1958. I was a meteorologist in the Navy for Fleet Air Wing Six.

Iwakuni was about as far from Hiroshima as Los Alamos is from Santa Fe – we traveled there often. We also visited Nagasaki.

Working for me was a Japanese PhD meteorologist. He plotted weather observations from China and Russia that we received in Morse code. He was vastly over qualified but it was the best paying job available. 

We worked from 1600 to 0800 because that was when FAW-6 planes went on patrol.

AGU: Melting Glaciers Feed Antarctic Food Chain

on August 11, 2015 - 11:47am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Nutrient-rich water from melting Antarctic glaciers nourishes the ocean food chain, creating feeding “hot spots” in large gaps in the sea ice, according to a new study.
 
New research finds that iron stored in the region’s glaciers is being shuttled by melting water to open areas of the ocean, called polynyas, where it stimulates growth of phytoplankton, ocean algae that form the base of the marine food chain.
 
Krill and fish thrive on phytoplankton, and these smaller animals support penguins, seals and whales that feed and breed in the polynyas that ring the

Santa Fe Institute’s Main Building Renamed After New Mexico Scientist Murray Gell-Mann

on August 10, 2015 - 11:07am

Dr. Murray Gell-Mann

SFI News:

A ceremony this morning is being held to rename Santa Fe Institute’s main building after legendary New Mexico scientist Murray Gell-Mann.

For 30 years, no one has been a more significant presence at the Santa Fe Institute than Dr. Gell-Mann and this event will honor New Mexico’s most prominent scientific figure by naming its iconic main building after him.

The naming takes place during a special ceremony at which Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales will commemorate Dr. Gell-Mann’s lifelong contributions to science and to New Mexico.

Upcoming Events Announced Commemorating 70th Anniversary Of End Of WWII

on August 10, 2015 - 9:43am

Courtesy image

HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:

Los Alamos Historical Society and Museum announces upcoming events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII:

LECTURE

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m. Fuller Lodge.

New Mexico State Historian Rick Hendricks will talk about the role New Mexico played in World War II.

FILM

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 6:30 p.m. Fuller Lodge.

The Atomic Film Festival presents "Japan's Longest Day," a film about the decision to surrender.

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book signing

Thursday, Aug. 13, 5:30-7 p.m. Bethe House.

Reading and book signing with James Kunketka,

Peace Activist John Dear Speaks To Los Alamos

on August 10, 2015 - 8:24am

Peace activist John Dear calls on community to abolish nuclear weapons. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Peace activist John Dear listens as civil rights activist Rev. Jim Lawson addresses the crowd at Sunday's nonviolence rally at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from Sunday's protest rally. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Internationally known peace activist John Dear gathered with more than 300 protesters Sunday at Ashley Pond Park in Los Alamos to commemorate the anniversary of the bombing of

Russians Hack Pentagon's E-mail

on August 7, 2015 - 7:42am

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter

HSNW News:

  • Government-backed hackers breach Joint Chiefs e-mail server

Russian government-backed hackers have managed to hack the Pentagon’s unclassified e-mail server used by the office of the Joint Chiefs. Military officials said Thursday that the sophistication of the attack shows that it has been conducted by hackers with the resources typically available only to states.

The e-mail system was taken offline as soon as the intrusion was detected.

CNN reports that the attacks on the Pentagon’s e-mail system resembles the type of attacks launched by Chinese

Governor Joins US-Mexico Summit Panel Discussion

on August 7, 2015 - 7:07am
State Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
EL PASO, Texas — Gov. Susana Martinez joined the 2015 U.S.- Mexico Summit Thursday at The University of Texas in El Paso, where she will participate in a panel discussion, “Moving People and Trade – What Does the Ideal U.S.- Mexico Border Look Like?”
 
Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that New Mexico leads the nation in export-related job growth at 107 percent. New Mexico doubled exports to Mexico last year and nearly quadrupled them since Governor Martinez took office. 
 
And the latest data from the Department

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Addresses Iran Accord

on August 6, 2015 - 10:45am

DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

CHICAGO — United States Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz, the nuclear physicist who played a central role in helping conclude the Iran nuclear agreement, will join The Chicago Council on Global Affairs for a roundtable discussion moderated by ambassador Ivo H. Daalder, president of the Council, Friday, Aug. 7.

The discussion will cover the landscape of the historic deal — its key provisions, structured implementation and global implications.

Rotary Presents Inbound And Outbound Students

on August 5, 2015 - 8:20am

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is excited to have such a vibrant youth program this year including from left, Kayleen Lederman, outbound to Belgium; Krissi Wallis, inbound from Germany; and Faith Koh, returning from a year abroad in France. Not pictured are Nick Criscuolo who is now in Netherlands and Leslie Thalmann, who also just returned from a year abroad in Belgium. For more information on hosting or being an exchange student, contact Lisa Harris or Rob Metcalf at losalamosrye@gmail.com. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Griggs: Dateline New Orleans

on August 3, 2015 - 7:44am

David H. Griggs standing on the levee at the French Quarter Festival, with a freighter sailing past on the Mississippi. Courtesy photo

 

By DAVID H. GRIGGS
Formerly of Los Alamos

A Month In New Orleans

I sat on the levee and watched the broad Mississippi River flow past. I munched on a succulent crawfish pie, and nursed a refreshing WWOZ Mango Freeze.

Behind me on the Accura Stage, Allen Toussaint entertained the French Quarter Festival with such old favorites as Southern Nights, Summertime, Mother-in-Law, Fortune Teller, and A Certain Girl.

LANL: Mechanism Discovered For Controlling Ultracold Chemical Reactions

on July 31, 2015 - 12:50pm

The two reaction pathways (direct and looping) combine to determine the overall reaction rate for the chemical reaction. The ultracold reaction can be turned on or off depending upon whether the interference between the two pathways is constructive or destructive. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Discovery has important technological applications

Researchers have discovered a new interference mechanism in ultracold chemical reactions, one which has important technological applications in precision measurements, sensing and quantum computing.

“Remarkable progress in cooling and trapping molecules in

Research Promising For Bomb Proof Planes

on July 27, 2015 - 10:13am

Dr. Andy Tyas is leading the research on a bomb-proof lining developed by an international team of scientists. Courtesy photo

SECURITY News:

A bomb-proof lining developed by an international team of scientists, including academics from the University of Sheffield, has successfully contained blasts in a series of controlled explosions in the luggage hold of a Boeing 747 and an Airbus 321.

The Fly-Bag, which lines an aircraft’s luggage hold with multiple layers of novel fabrics and composites, was tested under increasing explosive charges on disused planes last week at Cotswolds Airport.

A

¡Fiesta Los Alamos! Fundraiser Draws Sell Out Crowd

on July 26, 2015 - 5:46pm

Speaking from the heart, Los Alamos Rotary STARS members Michael Erickson and Laura Loy thank the sold out crowd at Satuday's ¡Fiesta Los Alamos! fundraiser at Fuller Lodge. Proceeds will provide shelter for parents of children receiving medical treatment in Cd. Juarez. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Members of the El Camino Real Rotary Club of El Paso share in the festivities at Saturday's event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

A sold out crowd of more than 220 people gathered Saturday evening at Fuller Lodge for the ¡Fiesta Los Alamos!

Local Family Heading To Africa As Missionaries

on July 26, 2015 - 8:35am

The Blake Family of Los Alamos

COMMUNITY News:

The Blakes, a Los Alamos family of five, plans to enter full-time mission work with SIM (sim.org) in Niger, Africa.

Carrie (Valentine) Blake, daughter of Allen and Judy Valentine, grew up in White Rock. She, along with her husband Sean and their teenagers Caitriona, Garrett and Derrick are leaving in August for French language training in Paris to prepare for their mission work in Galmi, Niger.

The Blakes will join the SIM team at the Galmi Hospital in Niger.

African Prince Visiting Los Alamos: 'Elders Are Revered'

on July 24, 2015 - 9:07am
Prince 'Zuko'  Jongisilo Pokwana ka Menziwa and his wife Nosizwe visit Chimayo. Courtesy photo
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos attracts international attention as well as visitors from around the world. One of those individuals who recently crossed oceans and time zones to visit the town was Prince “Zuko” Jongisilo Pokwana ka Menziwa and his wife Nosizwe from the AmaZizi Tribe of the AbaThembu Kingdom in South Africa.

Originally, Zuko planned to perform at the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, as well as Los Alamos’ ScienceFest this weekend, with the South

Luján Statement On 70th Anniversary Of Trinity Test

on July 17, 2015 - 11:33am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement Thursday on the 70th anniversary of the first test of an atomic bomb detonation at the Trinity test site in southern New Mexico:
 
“Today, we honor the memory of those who have fallen ill or passed on due to radiation exposure from the Trinity test. On this day 70 years ago, rural New Mexico became ground zero for the detonation of the first nuclear bomb.

Hosting Exchange Students Can Be Life Changing

on July 15, 2015 - 3:58pm

Exchange students in a trip to Bandelier National Park. Courtesy photo

 

By CINDY PARKER, ERDT/SHARE!
Los Alamos

Hosting exchange students has changed our lives. It could change yours.  

Our family made the choice to host exchange students in the school year 2006-2007. It has been a wonderful experience and I am proud to say that we have hosted six very different students from Germany, Belgium, Spain and Mexico. It is so fundamental to who we are that when we recall a year or activity we usually remember it by which student we were hosting!

Wenzel, our very first German student brought

United States Is First Country To Reach Pluto

on July 14, 2015 - 2:53pm

Despite traveling at the speed of light (186,000 miles per second), it took four and a half hours for this photo to reach Earth as it crossed the 3 billion miles between here and Pluto. Courtesy/The White House

 

The WHITE HOUSE News:

This morning, the United States became the first country to reach Pluto -- and the first country to explore the entire classical solar system: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.

NASA's New Horizons interplanetary probe has been making its way to Pluto since Jan.

Curiosity Rover Finds Evidence Of Mars’ Primitive Continental Crust

on July 13, 2015 - 4:07pm

Igneous clast named Harrison embedded in a conglomerate rock in Gale crater, Mars, shows elongated light-toned feldspar crystals. The mosaic merges an image from Mastcam with higher-resolution images from ChemCam’s Remote Micro-Imager. Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech/LANL/IRAP/U. Nantes/IAS/MSSS

LANL News:

  • ChemCam instrument shows ancient rock much like Earth’s

The ChemCam laser instrument on NASA’s Curiosity rover has turned its beam onto some unusually light-colored rocks on Mars, and the results are surprisingly similar to Earth’s granitic continental crust rocks.

This is the first discovery

Letter To The Editor: Former LANL Physicist Discusses Israel’s Nuclear Weapons

on July 12, 2015 - 7:35am
By DOUGLAS REILLY, Ph.D.
Retired from LANL, US DOE, IAEA, and EURATOM
 
I realize that the Los Alamos Daily Post usually does not cover national news. However, I believe most of its readers are aware of the Iran nuclear talks and Israel’s, the United States’ and the world’s desire that Iran not develop nuclear weapons.

Unfortunately, very little is heard about Israel’s hundreds of nuclear weapons (atomic and hydrogen) and its ability to deliver them anywhere in the world, including the USA.

My wife, Dotty, and I are residents of Los Alamos.

Los Alamos Girl Scout Aids Sea Turtles In Panama

on July 11, 2015 - 11:25am

Jennifer Necker of Los Alamos completed the NAUI Open Water Certification training while volunteering for conservation work this summer in Panama. Courtesy photo

Jennifer Necker of Los Alamos spent 14 days volunteering in Panama in conservation efforts to protect endangered sea turtles. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Jennifer Necker of Los Alamos spent 14 days volunteering in Panama in conservation efforts to protect endangered sea turtles and exploring new depths while learning to scuba dive coral reefs.

During the last week of June and first week of July, the

Neutrons Find ‘Missing’ Magnetism Of Plutonium

on July 10, 2015 - 12:36pm

Doug Abernathy, left, ARCS instrument scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Marc Janoschek, Los Alamos National Laboratory, prepare their sample for experiments at the Spallation Neutron Source. Photo by Genevieve Martin/ORNL.

 

LANL News:

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Groundbreaking work at two Department of Energy national laboratories has confirmed plutonium’s magnetism, which scientists have long theorized but have never been able to experimentally observe.

The advances that enabled the discovery hold great promise for materials, energy and computing applications.

Plutonium was first

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