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LANL: Leaky Plumbing Impedes Greenland Ice Sheet Flow

on December 25, 2016 - 8:33am
On the Greenland Ice Sheet, the ice flow more than doubles in speed in many regions during summer, as surface melt drains to the bed and lubricates the motion. This acceleration sends ice to the sea faster. However, the motion also slows down in late summer, fall, and winter, which largely offsets the summer speedup. New modeling data shows that a complex drainage system beneath the ice holds the giant sheet back more than previously understood. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Surface meltwater that drains to the bed of the Greenland Ice Sheet each summer causes changes in ice flow that cannot be

Princeton Study: Electron-Photon Small-Talk Could Have Big Impact On Quantum Computing

on December 23, 2016 - 8:34am
In a step that brings silicon-based quantum computers closer to reality, researchers at Princeton University have built a device in which a single electron can pass its quantum information to a particle of light.
The particle of light, or photon, can then act as a messenger to carry the information to other electrons, creating connections that form the circuits of a quantum computer.
The research will appear today in the journal Science. A PDF is available on request.

Aspen's K-Kids 'Duct The Halls' With Teachers

on December 23, 2016 - 8:16am
Aspen teachers RaeAnn Harp and Allison Washburn are duct taped to a wall for a worthy cause. Courtesy photo
Courtesy photo
Courtesy photo
Two adventurous teachers at Aspen School, RaeAnn Harp and Allison Washburn, spent much of Tuesday morning getting duct-taped to the dining hall wall (and also having some fun, they would surely admit!) to help raise money toward shipping libraries of books to African primary schools, a project started by retired teacher and former club sponsor Sharon Allen.
Thanks to their enthusiasm and great leadership at the helm of

LANL’s Short Animation On Asteroid Ocean Impacts Takes A First Prize

on December 21, 2016 - 3:03pm
Asteroid visualization team. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post
For the second year in a row, a Los Alamos data visualization team won the Best Visualization and Data Analytics Showcase Award at Supercomputing 2016 in Salt Lake City last month.
The content of their 4-minute video illustrates varying degrees of threats from different types and sizes of asteroids landing in the ocean.
There’s a lot of traffic bustling about in the vicinity of Earth, not only the objects that orbit the planet, but also asteroids that orbit the Sun, which brings the objects

Top Los Alamos Science Stories Of 2016

on December 21, 2016 - 10:02am

LANL News:

  • Scientific advances underscore the Lab’s integrated, multidisciplinary capabilities 

From discoveries on Mars to breakthroughs in cancer and solar cell research, as well as shedding new light on the nature of plutonium, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s 2016 accomplishments highlighted the Lab’s unique capabilities for carrying out its essential national security mission in a broad range of disciplines.

LANL: DNA Markers Distinguish Between Harmless And Deadly Bacteria

on December 21, 2016 - 8:16am
Scanning electron micrograph of a murine macrophage infected with Francisella tularensis strain LVS. Macrophages were dry-fractured by touching the cell surface with cellophane tape after critical point drying to reveal intracellular bacteria. Bacteria (colorized in blue) are located either in the cytosol or within a membrane-bound vacuole. Courtesy/NIAID
LANL News:
The virulent pathogen that causes the disease tularemia, or “rabbit fever,” was weaponized during past world wars and is considered a potential bioweapon.
Through a new study of the coccobacillus Francisella, Los

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell Leads Call To Protect National Laboratory Employees From Blacklisting

on December 19, 2016 - 10:39am

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA15) today led 26 members of Congress, including Ben Ray Luján (NM-03) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01), in sending President-elect Donald Trump their vow to defend the scientific freedom of employees at the Department of Energy’s 17 National Laboratories, following reports that Trump’s transition team sought personal information regarding department employees’ work on climate change.

Swalwell’s district includes Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Laboratories.

RSF: 74 Journalists Killed Worldwide This Year

on December 19, 2016 - 7:29am

RSF News:

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reports that at least 74 professional and non-professional journalists have been killed in connection with their work in 2016.

Some were killed while out reporting. Most were clearly deliberately targeted victims of deadly violence.

This is fewer than in 2015, when 101 journalists were killed. But the fall is not encouraging because it is due largely to the fact many journalists have fled countries that became too dangerous, especially Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan and Burundi.

Roger This: Time To Give Deterrence A Rethink

on December 17, 2016 - 8:01am
Los Alamos Daily Post

There is a big difference between a nuclear deterrent and nuclear deterrence theory. The nuclear deterrent refers to the weapons, programs and systems capable of exacting an unacceptable toll on the country or party committing an initial strike.

Deterrence theory describes how one country or party prevents another from using weapons of mass destruction by threatening to use the deterrent if attacked. We say “party” these days because factions of a country or organizations without a country might get their hands on nuclear weapons sooner or later.

Udall Among Senators Calling For National Intelligence Estimate Of Russian Tampering In US Election

on December 16, 2016 - 9:51am
u.S. SENATE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Bob Casey (D-Penn.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) in calling for a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) to determine the extent of Russian intervention in the 2016 presidential election, accompanied by an unclassified summary of its key judgments by Jan. 20, 2017.
An NIE is the formal, authoritative assessment of the Director of National Intelligence related to a particular

LANL: First Detection Of Boron On Surface Of Mars

on December 13, 2016 - 2:42pm

ChemCam target Catabola is a raised resistant calcium sulfate vein with the highest abundance of boron observed so far. The red outline shows the location of the ChemCam target remote micro images (inset). The remote micro images show the location of each individual ChemCam laser point (red crosshairs) and the B chemistry associated with each point (colored bars). The scale bar is 9.2 mm or about 0.36 inches. Courtesy/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/LANL/CNES-IRAP/William Rapin

LANL News:

  • New finding provides more clues about water habitability

Boron has been identified for the first time on the surface

Reporters Without Borders: 2016 Round-Up ... Number Of Journalists Detained Continues To Rise

on December 13, 2016 - 7:25am

RSF News:

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is today releasing its annual worldwide round-up of journalists who are detained, held hostage or missing. The numbers are rising dramatically.

A total of 348 journalists are currently detained worldwide – 6 percent more than were detained at this time last year. The number of detained professional journalists in Turkey has risen 22 percent after quadrupling in the wake of the failed coup d’état in July.

More than 100 journalists and media contributors are now in Turkish jails.

NORAD Tracks Santa's Annual Christmas Journey

on December 11, 2016 - 6:46am
Many parents throughout North America have fond memories of tracking Santa Claus' sleigh on Christmas Eve, thanks to the NORAD Tracks Santa® program.
For decades, NORAD (the North American Aerospace Defense Command) has been the primary media source of information about Santa's progress on his annual holiday sleigh ride. 
News about Santa will become even more robust and cutting edge this year with the help of a growing tech company, NEWSLINE360™, based in Chicago and Vancouver, BC.

American Federation Of Teachers New Mexico React To Release Of 2015 PISA Report

on December 10, 2016 - 9:01am
AFT News:
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement: 

“The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) annual Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) report was released today and describes the performance of 15-year-old students across a variety of countries.
“This year’s report, while focused heavily on science proficiency, revealed among the 35 participating countries, the United States performed average in science and reading, but performed below average in mathematics.

Udall On 75th Anniversary Of Bataan Invasion

on December 9, 2016 - 4:24pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday U.S. Sen. Tom Udall commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Bataan invasion, which began Dec. 8, 1941 – just hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor – when soldiers from the 200th Coast Artillery Regiment became the “first to fire” to defend the Philippines from Japanese bombers. 
The 200th Coast Artillery Regiment was made up of members of the New Mexico National Guard and were deployed to the Philippines before the onset of hostilities against the Japanese in September 1941.
While severely outmanned and

Community Invited To Assist Foreign Exchange Student With Special Service Project Saturday

on December 9, 2016 - 12:17pm

A Shelterbox kit. Courtesy/Shelterbox USA

Los Alamos

Once upon a time, an organization existed in town called, “Youth Helping Youth.” While they longer are operating under that name, there are plenty of youth helping youth and many others that continue to make this community thrive.

One such youth is Ida Mattila, a 17-year-old young lady from Finland. She is in the United States as a foreign exchange student with the Los Alamos Rotary Club and just like the local Rotary organization, has a commitment to service.

This Saturday, with the help of the Los Alamos Chamber

Whacking At Wicked Problems Of Nuclear Weapons

on December 9, 2016 - 9:42am
William Perry, left, and Eric Schlosser converse at the Lensic Theater this weekend during the nuclear weapons summit in Santa Fe. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/
An unarmed Minuteman III ICBM blasts out of the silo during an operational test launch Feb. 25, 2015 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. U.S. Air Force photo courtesy of 30th Space Wing Public Affairs

Los Alamos Daily Post

The Minuteman III, the fixed land-based missile of the American nuclear triad, was the obvious loser during several dialogues on nuclear weapons in Santa Fe this weekend.

Dec. 7, 1941 ... A Date That Lives In Infamy

on December 7, 2016 - 8:02am

The forward magazine of the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Shaw (DD-373) explodes Dec. 7, 1941 during the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor. Courtesy/wikimedia

Photograph taken from a Japanese plane during the torpedo attack on ships moored on both sides of Ford Island shortly after the beginning of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. View looks about east, with the supply depot, submarine base and fuel tank farm in the right center distance.

Could There Be Life In Pluto’s Ocean?

on December 5, 2016 - 12:33pm
View of Pluto with color-coded topography as measured by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft. Purple and blue are low and yellow and red are high, and the informally named Sputnik Planitia stands out at top as a broad, 1300 km- (800 mile-) wide, 2.5 km- (1.5 mile-) deep elliptical basin, most likely the site of an ancient impact on Pluto. New Horizons data imply that deep beneath this nitrogen-ice filled basin is an ocean of dense, salty, ammonia-rich water. (Photo: P. M. Schenk LPI / JHUAPL / SwRI / NASA)
Pluto is thought to possess a subsurface ocean, which is not so much a

DOE Secretary: U.S. Commits To IAEA Monitoring For Six Metric Tons Of Plutonium Disposition

on December 5, 2016 - 7:14am

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

VIENNA – At an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conference, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz today announced the United States is embarking on an effort to dilute and dispose of six metric tons of excess plutonium from the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, and that the United States is prepared to work with the IAEA in 2017 to develop a monitoring and verification plan for the disposition process.

Below are Secretary Moniz’ remarks at the conference, which begin with a message from President Obama to the conference:


Ronald Reagan: Christmas According To Marx & Lenin

on December 5, 2016 - 6:35am
President Ronald Reagan
ORLANDO, Fla.  Between his campaign against President Gerald Ford in 1975-76 and his race against Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan delivered more than 1,000 radio broadcasts.
In fact, Reagan wrote most of those three-minute broadcasts himself. In one broadcast during the Christmas season, Reagan shared a story about Christmas in the Ukraine before and after communism.

In an effort to resist Christians, communist leaders secularized a favorite Ukrainian Christmas carol, “Nova Radist Stala” (Joyous News Has Come to Us).
The original

Local Fundraising For Europe 2016 Educational Trip

on December 5, 2016 - 6:29am
Have a college student studying for finals? Want to surprise them with a fun gift? Send them a personalized care package this week.

Local high school seniors are putting the care packages together to raise funds for their educational tour in Europe next summer.

Care packages are $30 and will be shipped this Friday. They will be filled with items to help college kids through their exams such as: hot cocoa, inspirational quotes, tea, Emergen-C packets, stress balls, pens, pencils, tissues, jokes, candy, homemade goodies, a supportive note, local treats, and more.

To order,

Creches Displayed From Across Globe

on December 4, 2016 - 8:53am
More than 200 Nativity Scenes are displayed Saturday at the 23rd Annual 'Crèches from Around the World' exhibit at the Los Alamos chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Los Alamos. The event is part of the WinterFest Weekend festivities in Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Scene from Saturday's 23rd Annual 'Crèches from Around the World' exhibit at the Los Alamos chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Scene from Saturday's 23rd Annual 'Crèches from Around the World'

Heinrich: Declassify Information Regarding Russia And U.S. Election

on December 2, 2016 - 9:58am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined several of his colleagues on the Senate Intelligence Committee in sending a letter to President Obama urging him to declassify information relating to the Russian government and the U.S. election.
“We believe there is additional information concerning the Russian Government and the U.S. election that should be declassified and released to the public,” wrote Heinrich and his colleagues in their letter.

EDGE Bioinformatics Brings Genomics To Everyone

on November 29, 2016 - 9:59am

Los Alamos’s Cheryl Gleaner, left, demonstrates to students how to use EDGE bioinformatics to analyze their sequence data. At its annual Sequencing and Bioinformatics Training in June, Los Alamos hosted 34 participants from 10 countries to train them in sequencing and analysis, including the use of EDGE bioinformatics. EDGE tools are used in eight countries and within several government laboratories in the United States. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • New platform enables rapid genomic-sequence data analysis 

A new bioinformatics platform called Empowering the Development of Genomics Expertise