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Destructive Khapra Beetles Discovered In Household Goods Shipment From Saudi Arabia To Philadelphia

on September 29, 2016 - 7:21am
The Khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium), photographed by the US Department of Agriculture, originated in South Asia and is one of the world’s most destructive pests of grain products and seeds.It is considered one of the 100 worst invasive species in the world.Infestations are difficult to control because of the insect's ability to survive without food for long periods, its preference for dry conditions and low-moisture food, and its resistance to many insecticides.There is a federal quarantine restricting the importation of rice into the U.S,. from countries with known infestations of the

Presidential Proclamation: Death Of Shimon Peres

on September 29, 2016 - 6:31am

Shimon Peres

From the Office of the President:

Shimon Peres, one of the last surviving members of Israel’s founding generation who during his long career served as the nation’s defense minister, minister of foreign affairs, prime minister and president has died at 93.

President Barack Obama has issued the following proclamation:


As a mark of respect for the memory of Shimon Peres, former President and Prime Minister of Israel, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States of

Newman And Chathasaigh Perform In New Mexico

on September 28, 2016 - 11:44am
Chris Newman and Máire Ní Chathasaigh. Courtesy/
Chris Newman and Máire Ní Chathasaigh will be presented in concert at 7 p.m., Saturday Oct. 1, at Apple Mountain Music, Albuquerque. Admission is $20; for reservations call 505.237.2048 or go to
The celebrated partnership of Chris Newman, “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” (fROOTS), with Máire Ní Chathasaigh, “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (Scotland on Sunday), is a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque,

Deep Moonquakes Reveal Thickness Of Lunar Crust

on September 28, 2016 - 11:30am
Photo of the Moon. Courtesy/NASA
LANL News:
Charlotte Rowe of Los Alamos National Laboratory's Geophysics group and collaborators from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have reported the first use of the seismic interferometry technique applied to study the internal structure of the Moon. The Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets published the research and featured it as an Editor’s Highlight.

During the NASA Apollo missions, astronauts installed seismometers on the near side of the Moon to record moonquakes.

Secretary Moniz Announces Removal Of All Highly Enriched Uranium From Poland

on September 26, 2016 - 8:17am

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

NNSA Helps Poland Become 31st Country Plus Taiwan to Be HEU-free 

VIENNA – At the 60th IAEA General Conference, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz has announced that the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), in cooperation with Poland, the Russian Federation and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has successfully repatriated 61 kilograms of Russian-origin highly enriched uranium (HEU) from the Maria Research Reactor in Otwock-Swierk, Poland.

The shipment removes the last known HEU from Poland,

Garage Sale For Orphans 8:30-Noon Saturday

on September 23, 2016 - 2:25pm

Volunteers are hard at work getting everything ready for Saturday's Garage Sale for Orphans at First Baptist Church. Courtesy photo

The community is invited to check out the many items for sale Saturday, Sept. 24 for which the proceeds benefit the orphans of Ferrier Village, Haiti. Courtesy photo


Members of First Baptist Church of Los Alamos announce that they have already received overwhelming support in the form of donations for their Garage Sale for Orphans, happening Saturday, Sept. 24.

This means they have a large amount of items for sale, including children's toys and

Introducing The Daily Minor Planet: Delivering The Latest Asteroid News

on September 22, 2016 - 9:26am
CfA News:
Have you ever wondered what piece of cosmic debris is whizzing past the Earth right now? Do you crave up-to-the-minute information about asteroids large and small? Well you’re in luck because today you can subscribe to a new service: the Daily Minor Planet.

Developed through a partnership between scientists at the Minor Planet Center and volunteers from the Oracle Corporation, the Daily Minor Planet will deliver reports on the latest asteroid happenings straight to your inbox.

“Most people don’t realize how common asteroid flybys are,” said Matt Holman, director of the Minor

CIR Fall 2016 Lecture Series Begins With 'China/Japan Confrontation In The East China Sea' Oct. 8

on September 21, 2016 - 8:13am
CIR News:
Council on International Relations’ Fall 2016 lecture series on the China Seas begins with a talk by Ambassador Michael Armacost of Stanford University’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.
Armacost is a former ambassador to Japan and the Philippines and his talk is entitled: The China/Japan Confrontation in the East China Sea.
The talk is 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Forum at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michael’s Dr. Tickets are $20 for non-members and $15 CIR members.
Register at or call 505.982.4931.

Universal News: This Just In - Gravity Waves Are Real

on September 18, 2016 - 12:18pm
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) in Livingston, La. Courtesy/CalTech
Los Alamos Daily Post

Gravity waves were detected in the universe for the first time on Sept. 14, 2015, a hundred years after they were predicted by Albert Einstein in his general theory of relativity. Even at the speed of light, they took 1.3 billion years to get here. The first detected gravitational waves were produced by a specific cataclysmic event, identified as two black holes coalescing, releasing enough energy in the last fraction of a second to warp time and space.


Luján Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

on September 18, 2016 - 12:06pm

Hispanic Heritage Month: Embracing, Enriching, Enabling. Courtesy/

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

“As we celebrate the 28th anniversary of Hispanic Heritage Month, we recognize the longstanding contributions that the Hispanic community has made throughout our nation’s history.

Giant Algal Bloom Sheds Light On Formation Of White Cliffs Of Dover

on September 17, 2016 - 8:59am
The White Cliffs of Dover have been a symbol of England at least since Roman times. New research is teaching scientists more about how this great structure came to be. Photo by Immanuel Giel/Wikimedia Commons
This microscopic view of a coccolithophore shows the saucer-shaped calcite plates the algae build around themselves. Scientists suspect the plates help coccolithophores survive and evade predators. Photo by Alison R. Taylor/University of North Carolina Wilmington Microscopy Facility/Wikimedia Commons
AGU News:


Ceremony Marks 50th Anniversary Of Vietnam War

on September 16, 2016 - 11:27am

Veterans News:

The 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War will be commemorated at a special 10 a.m. ceremony Sept. 30 in Las Vegas, N.M. at Veterans Park at the intersection of Mills Avenue and Fourth Street across from the Gene Torres Golf Course.

A nationwide initiative was issued by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in 2008 to honor America’s Vietnam War veterans, and to also commemorate the 50th anniversary of our country’s involvement in the war, which lasted from November 1955 to May 1975. A 2012 Presidential Proclamation extended the commemoration through Veterans Day 2025.

New Mexico

LAHS Student Studying In Bosnia And Herzegovina On State Department YES Abroad Scholarship

on September 16, 2016 - 8:02am

LAHS student Darcy Turin atop the 564′ tall Avaz Twist Tower in Sarajevo. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos High School student Darcy Turin has been awarded a YES Abroad scholarship for 2016-17 from the U.S. Department of State. She is living with a host family and studying in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the academic year.

Turin is one of only 65 competitively selected students from across the nation who has received a scholarship to participate in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad program.

Four Steps That Could Help Keep Hackers From Hijacking 2016 Election

on September 12, 2016 - 10:27am
Gary S. Miliefsky
SnoopWall Inc.
It’s a provocative question that reads like the cover blurb for a paperback spy novel, but it’s drawing serious attention in these days of cyber crime. Could hackers disrupt the U.S. presidential election and, if they did, what would be the implications for our democracy?
“Theoretically, there are several things a hacker could do to interfere with the election,” says Gary S. Miliefsky, CEO of SnoopWall (, a company that specializes in cybersecurity.
“They could delete names from a voter list so that when

Rendering The Unthinkable: Artists Respond To 9/11

on September 11, 2016 - 9:20am

‘Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11’. Courtesy/ 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York

‘World Trade Center as a Cloud’, 2011 by Christopher Saucedo. Pressed linen pulp on handmade paper. Three panels, each 40 inches x 60 inches. Saucedo, a Brooklyn native, created these images by pressing layers of fine white linen pulp onto a large blue field. The forms reference floating clouds, but on closer inspection can be seen as an ethereal representation of the World Trade Center. The artist’s brothers Stephen and Gregory Saucedo, both New York City firefighters, responded on Sept.

Multiple Perspectives On The Atomic Bomb

on September 8, 2016 - 9:50am

LANL: Funding Boosts Exascale Computing Research

on September 7, 2016 - 10:37am

High-performance computing produces scientific tools such as this visualization from LANL depicting  global water-surface temperatures, with the surface texture driven by vorticity. Regions of warmer water (red) adjacent to the Gulf Stream off the eastern coast of the U.S. indicate the model’s capability to simulate eddy transport of heat within the ocean, a key component necessary to accurately simulate global climate change. A new generation of exascale computers could boost scientific capabilities to new levels. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

In today’s Department of Energy Exascale Computing

Heinrich Travels To Iraq To Discuss Fight Against ISIL, Visits With Troops From New Mexico

on September 7, 2016 - 10:26am
During his recent national security trip to Iraq, Kuwait and the Horn of Africa, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich spends time with troops from New Mexico. Courtesy photo
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich with Lt. Col. Benjamin Ward of Albuquerque and 1st Lt. Sarah Hyatt of Rio Rancho during his visit Sept. 2 to Camp Arifjan in Kuwait. Courtesy photo
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich with Lt. Col. Benjamin Ward of Albuquerque and 1st Lt. Sarah Hyatt of Rio Rancho during his visit Sept. 2 to Camp Arifjan in Kuwait. Courtesy photo

Planet Found In Habitable Zone Around Nearest Star

on September 6, 2016 - 5:29pm
ESO News:
Astronomers using ESO telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri [0].
The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth and is the closest exoplanet to us -- and it may also be the closest possible abode for life outside the solar system.

Hunt For Ninth Planet Reveals Extremely Distant Solar System Objects

on September 5, 2016 - 8:55am
An artist’s conception of Planet X, courtesy of Robin Dienel.
An illustration of the orbits of the new and previously known extremely distant Solar System objects. The clustering of most of their orbits indicates that they are likely be influenced by something massive and very distant, the proposed Planet X. Courtesy/Robin Dienel
Washington, D.C.— In the race to discover a proposed ninth planet in our Solar System, Carnegie’s Scott Sheppard and Chadwick Trujillo of Northern Arizona University have observed several never-before-seen objects at extreme distances from

Mother Teresa Is Named A Saint

on September 4, 2016 - 9:01am

Today named a saint, in 1979, Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the poor and dying. Courtesy photo 

Staff Report

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered today in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City to celebrate the canonization of Saint Teresa of Kolkata, as she will now be known. 

“Mother Teresa, in all aspects of her life, was a generous dispenser of divine mercy, making herself available for everyone through her welcome and defense of human life, those unborn and those abandoned and discarded,” Pope Francis said.

Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in 1910, she set

History On Tap: Los Alamos-Japan Partnership Initiative At UnQuarked Wine Room At 5:30 p.m. Today

on September 1, 2016 - 12:45pm

Los Alamos Creative District News:

Join the Los Alamos History Museum for History on Tap at 5:30 p.m. today for an engaging discussion about the new Los Alamos-Japan partnership initiative begun this spring.

This is a long-term project to develop dialogue within an international museum community and pursue understanding between Los Alamos, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki. Members of the team of Los Alamos Historical Society staff who traveled to Japan in March to begin this cross-cultural exchange will share stories from the trip and lead a discussion of the project.

History on Tap at 5:30 p.m.

Heinrich Among Senators Urging Obama To Raise Financial System Security Issues At G-20 Summit

on August 31, 2016 - 7:24am
By Mary-Louise Hoffman

A group of six Democratic U.S. senators including Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico) wrote a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to address cybersecurity of financial institutions when he meets with his international counterparts at the G-20 Summit Sept. 4-5 in Hangzhou, China.

The senators said in their joint letter published Monday they believe the increase in the number of cyber attacks on the financial services industry creates “significant” risks for the global financial system and economy.

CIR: Seminar On Modern India Postponed To Sept. 14

on August 30, 2016 - 2:26pm
CIR News:
The Seminar on Modern India has been postponed until has been postponed until 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14.
This seminar is at CIR Office, 413 Grant Avenue, Suite D. This event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP to Martha Wallace: 505.986.8434.

Martha and Ray Wallace will offer an interactive seminar on modern India.

NNSA Announces Elimination Of Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) From Indonesia

on August 29, 2016 - 9:34am

NNSA Deputy Administrator Anne Harrington

NNSA News:

  • All of Southeast Asia Now HEU-Free, Reducing a Major Proliferation Threat

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), Indonesian Nuclear Industry, LLC (PT INUKI), the National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN), and the Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (BAPETEN) of the Republic of Indonesia announced the completion of a collaborative effort to down-blend Indonesia's stocks of highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low enriched uranium (LEU).

With the completion of this operation, Indonesia