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International Dignitaries Tour NEDO Smart House

on September 18, 2012 - 1:46pm

Dignitaries from Japan join officials from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County, Gov. Susana Martinez and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan in Monday's NEDO Smart House Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., Los Alamos County Council Chair Stover, NEDO Chairman Kazuo Furukawa and other dignitaries tour the NEDO Smart House Monday. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Local, state, national and international officials tour the NEDO Smart House including this garage area.

Powering Up the Los Alamos Smart Grid & Smart House

on September 11, 2012 - 11:20pm

Let the Demo Begin!  Powering up the Los Alamos Smart Grid & Smart House

By Greg Kendall

  • First international project in the U.S. to demonstrate how to provide a significant proportion of renewable power on the electric grid to meet a community’s residential needs.


A $52 million state‐of‐the‐art, international smart grid project will power up at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at 1925‐D Trinity Dr. in Los Alamos, a high desert residential community of scientists, engineers and their families.

At the event, the New Energy and Industrial Technology and Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan, Los

Glacial Thinning has Sharply Accelerated at Major South American Icefields

on September 6, 2012 - 9:10am

The thinning of the Grey Glacier in Patagonia is visible by comparing the current glacier with the bottom of the vegetation line on the surrounding mountains — where the glacier reached until recently. Photo by Andres Rivera

American Geophysical Union News:

WASHINGTONFor the past four decades, scientists have monitored the ebbs and flows of the icefields in the southernmost stretch of South America's vast Andes Mountains, detecting an overall loss of ice as the climate warms.

A new study, however, finds that the rate of glacier thinning has increased by about half over the last dozen

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Is It Really Cheating If You Don't Get Caught?

on August 24, 2012 - 11:17am

Column: On the Mesa Facing North by Greg Kendall

Today, Lance Armstrong threw in the towel in his fight to clear his name in the ongoing Tour De France doping scandals.  Armstrong issued a statement that has been published in an earlier Los Alamos Daily Post story (see link below.)

In his statement, Armstrong discusses how "enough is enough" after dealing with claims that he cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning his seven Tours since 1999.

As I read through his statement, I kept looking for one sentence from Armstrong, "I never used performance enhancing drugs to help me win."

ChemCam Laser First Analyses Yield Beautiful Results

on August 24, 2012 - 7:09am

This photo mosaic shows the scour mark, dubbed Goulburn, left by the thrusters on the sky crane that helped lower NASA's Curiosity rover to the Red Planet. It is located 16 to 20 feet (5 to 6 meters) to the left of the rover's landing position. The sky crane appears to have uncovered an outcrop of loosely consolidated rocks during the rover's landing. The mosaic consists of six images from the remote micro-imager (RMI) on the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument, shown around an image from the Mast Camera for context.

Order of Merit Awarded to DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart

on August 9, 2012 - 7:20am
Photo:DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart is awarded the Order of Merit by Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez. Courtesy/DEA
 
DEA News:

Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez has awarded the Order of Merit to DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart for her effort and commitment to battling global drug trafficking.

The Order of Merit of Duarte, Sanchez, and Mella is the principal order of the Dominican Republic, and is conferred by the President to both civilians and militaries for distinguished services.

Founded in 1931 as the Order of Merit of Juan Pablo Duarte and

Curiosity Lands on Mars!

on August 5, 2012 - 11:49pm

NASA News

NASA's Curiosity rover has landed on Mars. Curiosity is a car-size, one-ton rover that touched down on Mars at 11:31 a.m. Monday. The landing marks the beginning of a two-year prime mission to investigate.

Courtesy Photos. First photos sent to NASA from Curiosity within minutes of landing on Mars.

Los Alamos County Councilor Apologizes for Behavior During Trip to Russia

on July 31, 2012 - 3:06pm

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Ron Selvage apologized today for an indiscretion he had with a woman while on an official visit to Moscow and Sarov last September.

"I did make a mistake on the Russian trip and it's something that I regret and that I'm going to be paying for," Selvage said this morning. "My wife and I are working through this and we would appreciate some privacy during this difficult time."

The mistake Selvage is referring to is an inappropriate relationship he had with Nora Arbuckle, a member of the Sister Cities Initiative who works at Los Alamos High

Barranca K-Kids Win Second at International Conference

on July 20, 2012 - 4:30pm

Photo: Barranca K-Kids Winning Float. Courtesy photo

Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos First Vice President Don Casperson carried a float made by students from Barranca Mesa Elementary School K-Kids Cub to New Orleans earlier this month.

The float was an entry in a contest for all K-Kids Clubs around the world in support of "Project Eliminate."

The Los Alamos float took second place at the international convention. First place went to a float from a Kiwanis Club in Malaysia.

The Barranca K-Kids constructed their entry from a standard size shoebox.

Their float depicts the flags of the 34

Day Three of Hunger Strike for Los Alamos High School Graduate

on July 18, 2012 - 9:26pm

Alaric Balibrera is on day three of his hunger strike in protest of the continued development of nuclear weapons at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com.

Staff Report

Alaric Balibrera grew up in Los Alamos and is a graduate of Los Alamos High School. He studied film and television at UCLA.

Balibrera currently lives in Santa Fe, working as a screenwriter. Balibrera told the Los Alamos Daily Post that as young boy he played in Acid Canyon.

He is one of a number of hunger strikers participating in this protest.

NNSA Completes Fourth International Meeting on Next Generation Nuclear Safeguards

on July 12, 2012 - 8:54am

NNSA News:

Laser Ablation Absorbance Ratio Spectroscopy Environmental Sampling (LAARS-ES) ... A scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, is developing a unique destructive analytical capability—funded by NNSA’s Office of Nonproliferation and International Security and the Next Generation Safeguards Initiative—to provide timely detection of undeclared HEU production. Courtesy/NNSA

HANOI, VIETNAM – The U.S.

Northern New Mexico Cultural Exchange Nannies Keep Up Safety Education at Los Alamos Pool

on July 9, 2012 - 6:57pm

Cultural Care Au Pair News:

Northern New Mexico Au Pairs. Courtesy photo

Au pairs from France, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela and Australia met at the Aquatic Center for continuing safety education.

Scientists from around the world are not the only international residents in northern New Mexico.

There is also a vibrant group of young people from around the world who have come here to work, study and live with a U.S. family for a year – these young people are au pairs.

As part of their year-long program, they participate in mandatory safety training sessions, including a summer water-safety

NNSA, Euratom Conclude Second Joint Steering Committee Meeting

on July 2, 2012 - 2:44pm

NNSA News:

NNSA and Euratom meet in Brussels. Courtesy/NNSA

BRUSSELS – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) have concluded the second Joint Steering Committee meeting under a 2010 Agreement in the field of nuclear material safeguards and security research and development.

The Agreement provides a framework for technical cooperation in nuclear safeguards, border monitoring, nuclear forensics, export controls, and physical protection of nuclear materials and facilities.

The meeting served as an opportunity to reinforce

Meeting with the Elders in Afghanistan

on June 29, 2012 - 9:49am

Dr. Bob Fuselier of Los Alamos, foreground, with Dr. Mohammad Kharoti, center, during meeting with elders from Helmand Province village in Afghanistan recently. Courtesy photo
 
By Dr. Bob Fuselier
Report from Afghanistan

Not knowing the language of the people you are visiting obviously slows the process of getting to know one another.

At the GVS-AEC, however, the language barrier didn’t keep the staff and students from making us feel at home.

Any meeting was accompanied by smiles and tea served by someone who worked in some capacity in the compound that housed the AEC: the cook, the

Local Doctor Aided Troop Withdrawal from Iraq

on June 16, 2012 - 5:51pm

Dr. Paul Daly, MD, has served four mobilizations with the Army Reserves. Photo by Sharon Stover

Staff Report

Dr. Paul Daly, MD, spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos during a recent lunch meeting about his military experiences in Iraq.

Daly lives in White Rock and is a colonel in the Army Reserve. He returned in late December from his fourth mobilization.

During this deployment, Daly was assigned to the 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command (ESC) Brigade as its command surgeon.

The 310th ESC is based out of Indianapolis, Ind., but draws soldiers from several neighboring states.

Watch NASA live with Transit of Venus

on June 5, 2012 - 6:49pm

View the live feed from NASA as they watch the Transit of Venus on a large screen.

http://venustransit.nasa.gov/transitofvenus/

Open World Leadership Center Official Here for Russian Visit

on June 4, 2012 - 2:31pm

District 43 Rep. Jim Hall, R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval counties is participating in a tour with a group of visiting Russians scheduled at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe at 9 a.m., June 13 followed by a meeting at 10 a.m. with Gov. Susana Martinez.

Lawry Mann of the Los Alamos-Sarov Sister Cities organization announced that Maura Shelden, the head of public relations for the Open World Leadership Center in Washington, D.C. will travel to the area for the event.

Mann reported that Shelden said her organization wants to use the Los Alamos exchange program as a “poster child” for their

Los Alamos Daily Post Launches 'Social' Page

on May 31, 2012 - 9:50pm

Check out the new "Social" page on the Los Alamos Daily Post!

We are now showing the Post's Tweeter and Facebook feeds. On the Post's Tweeter feed you will find retweeted stories that are of interest to Los Alamos.

Retweets are small story blurbs from around Los Alamos, the state of New Mexico and beyond. 

The staff of the Los Alamos Daily Post selects only stories to "retweet" that are likely to be of interest to past and present Los Alamos citizens.

You can click on the links within the retweets to view the full external stories that are described.

It is a great way to see what is

Los Alamos Man in Afghanistan Calls for Support

on May 31, 2012 - 7:19am

Photo by Dr. Mohammad Khan Kharoti

Editor's note: Local veterinarian Bob Fuselier, is in Afghanistan representing the Afghan Sister Villages education project. The project includes Los Alamos High School students communicating by computer with students in an Afghan school. Fuselier is seeking support to build a school in a second village. Fuselier's colleague, Dr.

Anticipating Annular Eclipse of the Sun May 20

on May 13, 2012 - 10:40am

Observing Blog by Kelly Beatty

The May 20 solar eclipse will be the best such event visible from the U.S. in decades — with a stunning annular ring observable from California to Texas.
 
Eclipse-lovers haven't experienced a "central" solar eclipse from U.S. soil in nearly two decades (1994 be exact.)
 
But those of you out west will soon have a good chance of seeing one on May 20, 2012, when the path of an annular eclipse covers a wide swath from northern California to the Texas Panhandle.

May's event is called an annular or "ring" eclipse because the Moon passes directly in front of the Sun but

Smart Meters: What’s the Buzz?

on February 29, 2012 - 12:00am

DPU News

While many smart meter advocates are enthused by the cost savings that smart meters can bring to electric customers, opponents are often concerned about protecting the privacy of their electric usage data.

“There is irony in the privacy issue,” said Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith. “If a smart meter eliminates the monthly need for a utilities meter reader to be stepping around your property, that could be viewed as an enhancement to privacy. It depends on the individual’s definition.

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