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Los Alamos History Museum Director Judith Stauber Meets With Masahiro Sasaki In Hiroshima

on August 9, 2017 - 10:09am

In the past weeks, many visitors to the Los Alamos History Museum folded origami cranes to be sent to Japan in tribute to a young girl named Sadako, who folded more than 1,000 cranes, hoping to get her wish of recovering from radiation exposure from the bombing of Hiroshima. Sadly, it was a wish that was not granted. Sadako’s brother, Masahiro Sasaki, met with Los Alamos History Museum Director Judith Stauber during her current visit to Hiroshima.

Celebrate Perseid Meteor Shower At Valles Caldera

on August 7, 2017 - 11:07am

Perseid meteor shower. Courtesy/SPACE.com

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – The Valles Caldera National Preserve will celebrate the height of the Perseid meteor shower with a star party Saturday, Aug. 12. The preserve’s main gate will reopen 8-11 p.m. for this free event.

The star party will take place near the Valle Grande Entrance Station. Park staff and volunteers will provide short talks and telescopes for viewing. Visitors are encouraged to bring personal telescopes, blankets, and chairs for their stargazing pleasure.

Proclamation Of Friendship From Los Alamos County Presented To Officials In Hiroshima, Japan

on August 6, 2017 - 6:50am

Kenji Shiga, director of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, holds a Proclamation of Friendship from Los Alamos County. With him are Yasuyoshi Komizo, chairperson of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation; Judith Stauber, museum director of the Los Alamos History Museum; and Michael Redondo, member of the board of directors for the Los Alamos Historical Society. Courtesy photo

Representing Los Alamos, Michael Redondo and Judith Stauber respond to members of the Japanese media in Hiroshima. Courtesy photo

 

By SHARON SNYDER
Publications Director
Bathtub Row Press

A Los Alamos team arrived

Los Alamos History Museum Team Visits US Embassy In Tokyo, Japan

on August 5, 2017 - 5:23pm
Los Alamos History Museum Director Judith Stauber and Los Alamos Historical Society Board Member Michael Redondo met Aug. 3 with colleagues at the US Embassy in Tokyo. Courtesy photo
 
By SHARON SNYDER
Publications Director
Bathtub Row Press

Los Alamos History Museum Director Judith Stauber and Los Alamos Historical Society Board Member Michael Redondo met Aug. 3 with colleagues at the US Embassy in Tokyo. They shared news of the developing partnerships with our counterpart museums in Hiroshima and Nagasaki as well as their plans to attend the memorial ceremonies Aug. 6 and Aug.

World Futures: Efficiency (Part Two)

on August 4, 2017 - 6:06am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In the previous column we looked at the world (earth) and concluded that it is best to maintain its temperature as a “constant” for the sake of humanity. At the same time it was noted that the release of earth’s stored energy from coal, gas, oil, etc., increases the “free” energy available.  

While this may be useful in the short run, the efficiency in maintaining the earth’s average temperature is affected by the chemicals and compounds released during energy extraction (e.g., greenhouse gases). It is better

Veterans Ben And Cresta Bateman Continue To Serve

on August 3, 2017 - 11:48am
Veterans Ben and Cresta Bateman of Los Alamos continue serving fellow warriors. Courtesy photo
 
Ben Bateman, left, with his forward observer on patrol in Iraq. Courtesy photo
 
Ben Bateman at a memorial for two of his comrades during his deployment in Ramadi, Iraq in 2007. Courtesy photo
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

He served his country for eight and a half years as a commissioned officer in the U. S. Army, including three years as a Special Forces officer and a Green Beret. She spent seven and a half years in the Army as a Logistics Officer.

NASA: Total Solar Eclipse Monday, Aug. 21

on August 2, 2017 - 2:46pm

Total solar eclipse Aug. 21. Courtesy/NASA

NASA News:

All of North America will be treated Monday, Aug. 21, to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights ... a total solar eclipse.

This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Ore. to Charleston, S.C. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk.

NASA created this website (link) to provide a guide to this amazing

NASA Contracts With University Of Alabama At Birmingham To Develop New Orbiting Hardware

on August 1, 2017 - 9:49am
This conceptual drawing of Iceberg shows the modular nature of the units. Unlike MELFI's permanent structure, these units can be removed from the rack and returned to earth in the event that they ever need repairs or refurbishing. Courtesy photo
 
UAB News:
 
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.  NASA has a plan for the future of space research, and it is counting on University of Alabama at Birmingham engineers to help make it a reality.
 
The UAB Engineering Innovation and Technology Development research group recently received a contract worth $6.2 million over the next three years to design and build

LANL: Single-Photon Emitter Has Promise For Quantum Info-Processing

on July 31, 2017 - 1:00pm

LANL researchers have produced the first known material capable of single-photon emission at room temperature and at telecommunications wavelengths, using chemically functionalized carbon nanotubes. These quantum light emitters are important for optically-based quantum information processing and information security, ultrasensitive sensing, metrology and imaging needs and as photon sources for quantum optics studies. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Carbon nanotubes form first known tunable room-temperature quantum emitters at telecom wavelengths

Los Alamos National Laboratory has produced the first

Supreme Court Asked To Prevent Email Providers From Hiding Crime Evidence On Overseas Servers

on July 31, 2017 - 10:15am

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE -- Attorney General Hector Balderas has joined a bipartisan coalition of 33 states and Puerto Rico to support the U.S. Department of Justice’s request in United States v. Microsoft, that the U.S. Supreme Court decide whether email service providers can shield evidence of a crime from law enforcement by storing data outside the United States.

“New Mexico’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force does critical work protecting our children and we hope that the Supreme Court agrees with our law enforcement coalition so that work is not jeopardized,” Attorney General

General Lori Robinson Statement In Light Of Friday's North Korean ICBM Launch

on July 31, 2017 - 10:02am
General Lori Robinson
 
NORAD News:
 
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.  North Korea’s launch on Friday of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile was detected, closely tracked, and determined not to be a danger to North America. 
 
However, this provocative launch served as yet another reminder of North Korea’s continued threat to the United States and our allies with their missile program.

Smith's Marketplace Pharmacist Katherine Fry Nominated For Kroger Community Service Award

on July 29, 2017 - 7:02am
A woman on a mission. Smith's Pharmacist Katherine Fry will visit Haiti in September with the help of Kroger for her 6th mission trip. She was recently nominated for a national award and selected as the highlighted story for District 6. Courtesy photo
 
Mothers in Haiti carry infants far and sometimes wait hours to receive the most basic of care for their children. The life-saving efforts are assisted by local Heroine Dr. Katherine Fry and donations from Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
 
 
By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Los Alamos

Dr.

Annual Sackcloth And Ashes Hiroshima Day Peace Vigil Comes To Los Alamos Aug. 5

on July 28, 2017 - 8:47am

Scene from a previous sackcloth and ashes peace vigil gathering at Ashley Pond Park. Courtesy/CCNS

CCNS News:

 
People are scheduled to gather at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 at Ashley Pond Park in Los Alamos to participate in the annual sackcloth and ashes peace vigil to commemorate Hiroshima Day.
Former Catholic priest John Dear and Jay Coghlan of Nuclear Watch New Mexico, will be speaking at the Peace Vigil.
There will be a quiet walk, then sitting in sackcloth and ashes for 30 minutes, then returning to the park, where participants will reflect together on the experience as well as the

Local Businesses And Organizations Share Stories About Los Alamos Ranch School Boys

on July 27, 2017 - 5:04pm

Sandra West, left, and Elizabeth Turner hold a profile of Luna Leopold, an earth scientist and hydrologist. The profile is on display at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center at the Los Alamos Nature Center. It is one of more than 30 panels about Los Alamos Ranch School students now on display around town. Photo by Aimee Slaughter

 

By HEATHER MCCLENAHAN
Los Alamos Historical Society

Marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Los Alamos Ranch School, local businesses and organizations have teamed with the Los Alamos Historical Society to share stories about some of the

DOE Issues RFI For Hanford 222-S Lab Contract

on July 27, 2017 - 5:01pm

The U.S. Department of Energy headquarters in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/DOE

DOE News:

CINCINNATI — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center today issued a Sources Sought/Request for Information (RFI).

The RFI is seeking interested parties with specialized capabilities necessary to successfully perform all or a portion of the elements of scope for a potential upcoming competitive DOE Office of Environmental Management (EM) procurement for the 222-S Laboratory Analytical Management and Services at the DOE Office of River Protection (ORP),

World Futures: Efficiency (Part One)

on July 27, 2017 - 4:56pm

World Futures:  What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

Efficiency is a measure of avoiding waste while doing things well and successfully. Let’s consider it from two perspectives:  the world (part 1) and humanity (parts two, three and four).

The world exists with essentially one energy source – the sun. You can argue that there also is coal, natural gas, oil, wind, ocean currents, and on and on.  But without the daily supply of energy from the sun, these other sources would rapidly run out.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Holds Listening Session On Human Trafficking In New Mexico's Indian Country

on July 27, 2017 - 8:57am

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, held a stakeholder meeting on ways to more effectively prevent, prosecute, and improve data collection on human trafficking in Indian Country.

Federal data on human trafficking in Native communities is limited, but available information suggests human trafficking in the United States frequently targets vulnerable populations, which would include Native Americans who disproportionately face high rates of poverty and trauma.

In order to address the

Sen. Heinrich Statement On Russia Sanctions

on July 26, 2017 - 10:00am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted 419-3 to approve legislation, which has been long opposed by the Trump administration, sanctioning Russia, Iran and North Korea:

“Expanding sanctions against Russia sends a strong message that there will be real consequences for undermining our democratic process.

LANL Information Scientist Herbert Van de Sompel To Receive Paul Evan Peters Award

on July 26, 2017 - 9:51am

Herbert Van De Sompel, an information scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will recieve the Paul Evan Peters Award.

LANL News:

  • Networked infrastructure to support scholarship among his contributions

Herbert Van de Sompel, research scientist at the Research Library of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Award from the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), the Association of Research Libraries, and EDUCAUSE.

The award recognizes notable, lasting achievements in the creation and innovative use of network-based information

County Presents Proclamation Of Friendship To Hiroshima, Nagasaki

on July 25, 2017 - 7:17am

From left, Los Alamos Historical Society Board Member Michael Redondo, County Council Chair David Izraelevitz and Los Alamos History Museum Director Judith Stauber show off the proclamation and paper cranes that will be delivered to the Nagasaki and Hiroshima in August. Izraelevitz presented the proclamation Monday at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos Historical Society board member Michael Redondo and Los Alamos History Museum Director Judith Stauber will present a Los Alamos County proclamation of frienship to the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and

NOAA’s Climate.Gov: Natural Wetlands, Tropical Agriculture Cause Methane Increases, Not Oil And Gas

on July 24, 2017 - 7:59am
Courtesy/NOAA
 
NOAA News:
 
“Agricultural and wetland emissions” from the planet’s tropical areas, not oil and gas activities in the United States, are more than likely responsible for a post-2007 global increase in methane levels, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate.gov.
 
But regulating or mitigating those methane sources could be difficult or impossible.
 
“Both of the likely contenders for the recent increase in emissions could be tricky to mitigate,” wrote Climate.gov’s Rebecca Lindsey and Michon Scott.

NNSA Spearheads International Effort To Convert Ghana Reactor To Low Enriched Uranium Fuel

on July 23, 2017 - 7:51am
NNSA in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/NNSA
 
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  A team of experts from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, the International Atomic Energy Agency, China and Ghana completed the conversion of Ghana’s GHARR-1 Miniature Neutron Source Reactor from highly enriched uranium to low enriched uranium fuel July 13.
 
These reactor conversions allow important research to continue while enabling the removal and disposal of HEU fuel, eliminating the risk that this weapons-usable material could be stolen or diverted for malevolent use. 

World Futures: Who Do You Trust – Or Is It Whom? Part Three

on July 21, 2017 - 8:40am
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
In the previous two columns we explored how we make collective decisions for saving earth and humanity. These decisions encompassed both the what and the how, with how being the creative or most difficult part. We looked at the Special Theory of Relativity, cold fusion, reporting on a survey, the U.S. Constitution, the Communist Manifesto, and the Paris Agreement. Now it is appropriate to explore implications for parts of the List of 18.
 
Energy: How do we make alternative energy affordable?

LANL: Neutrino Research Takes Giant Leap Forward

on July 20, 2017 - 4:31pm

This illustration shows the 800-mile/1300-kilometer path from Fermilab to the Sanford Underground Research Facility, straight through the earth. Courtesy/Fermilab
  • The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment will send particles 800 miles to a mile-deep detector in South Dakota

LANL News:

In a unique groundbreaking ceremony July 21 at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, S.D., an international group of dignitaries, scientists and engineers will mark the start of construction of a massive experiment that could change our understanding of the universe.

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