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Leuser Ecosystem And Tropical Rainforest Heritage Of Sumatra Remains ‘World Heritage at Risk’

on July 7, 2017 - 10:14am
Waterfall. Courtesy photo
 
TRHS News:
 
KRAKOW, POLAND  The 41st World Heritage Committee session has voted unanimously to retain the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra (TRHS) on the List of World Heritage In Danger due to threats facing its globally significant rainforests.
 
Panut Hadisiswoyo, founder and director of the Orangutan Information Centre, and civil society spokesperson at the World Heritage Committee meeting issued the following statement:
 
“The World Heritage Committee has confirmed the need to take decisive action to address current and emerging threats facing

Facebook And Google Say They're Joining Net Neutrality Day Of Action July 12

on July 7, 2017 - 9:06am
INTERNET News:
 
Representatives for Facebook and Google have told multiple reporters that the web giants plan to participate in the Internet wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality scheduled for July 12 to oppose the FCC’s plan to slash Title II, the legal foundation for net neutrality rules that protect online free speech and innovation.
 
Twitter, Reddit, Netflix, Amazon, Kickstarter, Etsy, Vimeo, Private Internet Access, Mozilla, OK Cupid, Imgur, PornHub, Medium, and hundreds of other major sites are also participating.
 
“We have not heard directly from either Facebook or

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

on July 7, 2017 - 8:41am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In the winter or spring of 1973, I attended a required lecture by Walter Cronkite, the anchor of CBS Evening News and “the most trusted man in America.” At the end of each broadcast he said “And that’s the way it is.” I was 31years old and I believed him. Again, it was a required lecture. I was lucky attendance was required.

During the lecture Mr.

Net Neutrality Day Of Action July 12 May Be the Largest Online Protest In Years

on July 6, 2017 - 7:30am
FFTF News:
 
Urban Dictionary, Bandcamp, Automattic (who run WordPress) and Discord are among the latest major web platforms to join the Internet-wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality scheduled for July 12 to oppose the FCC’s plan to slash Title II, the legal foundation for net neutrality rules that protect online free speech and innovation.
 
Twitter, Reddit, Netflix, Amazon, Kickstarter, Etsy, Vimeo, Private Internet Access, Mozilla, OK Cupid, Imgur, PornHub, Medium, and dozens of other major sites also are participating.
 
More than 50,000 people, sites and organizations have

Scenes From Bandelier Naturalization Ceremony

on July 5, 2017 - 8:14am

Fifteen newly-sworn United States citizens at Bandelier National Monument Tuesday with Superintendent Jason Lott, far right, and Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz, second from right, who was the guest speaker. Courtesy photo

Nicholas Maestas, left, representing U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan and Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz at Tuesday's naturalization ceremony at Banderlier. Courtesy photo

Some of the new United States citizens being sworn in at Tuesday's naturalization ceremony at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy photo

Representing VFW Post 8874

Girl Scouts Of America Show Support To US Servicemen And Women With Local Million Thanks Drive

on July 4, 2017 - 11:31am

The Girl Scouts of America show support to the servicemen and servicewomen of America, by assisting with the local A Million Thanks drive. The Albuquerque North Stake of the LDS Church held a Leadership Conference for Girl Scouts recently and used the A Million Thanks project as their service project. Our local program received over 100 cards from girls of all ages. Five bundles were sent to local and regional young men serving across the United States and in South Korea. The goal of the project is to regularly sent mailings to boost the spirits of our military.

Four Local Experts Discuss Recent Discoveries In Astronomy At Nature On Tap Thursday

on July 4, 2017 - 8:40am
PEEC News: 
 
The community is invited to discuss the latest findings in astronomy Thursday at Nature on Tap.
 
Local astronomers and astrophysicists Dr. Joyce Guzik, Dr. Paul Arendt, Dr. Galen Gisler and Dr. Steve Becker will provide an engaging discussion about black holes, the upcoming solar eclipse, NASA's latest probes, the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, the night sky and upcoming planetarium shows.
 
Nature on Tap is part of a series of conversations about art, history, nature and science. PEEC is hosting Thursday's talk 5:30-7 p.m. at UnQuarked in Central Park Square.
 
Joyce

Happy Independence Day Los Alamos!

on July 4, 2017 - 7:42am

Signing the Declaration of Independence. Courtesy/military.com

Staff Report

July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States.

Each year on July 4th, Independence Day, Americans celebrate this historic event.

Conflict between the colonies and England was already a year old when the colonies convened a Continental Congress in Philadelphia in the summer of 1776. In a June 7 session in the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall), Richard Henry Lee of Virginia presented a resolution with

Distant Earthquakes Trigger Underwater Landslides

on July 3, 2017 - 6:29am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — New research finds large earthquakes can trigger underwater landslides thousands of miles away, weeks or months after the quake occurs.
 
Researchers analyzing data from ocean bottom seismometers off the Washington-Oregon coast tied a series of underwater landslides on the Cascadia Subduction Zone, 80 to 161 kilometers (50 to 100 miles) off the Pacific Northwest coast, to a 2012 magnitude-8.6 earthquake in the Indian Ocean – more than 13,500 kilometers (8,390 miles) away.

Korean War Veteran Paul Elkins Tells His Story: Part 1

on July 2, 2017 - 8:09am

Korean War Veteran Paul Elkins of Los Alamos shares his experiences prior to and during the war. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

MSgt. Paul Elkins. Courtesy photo

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Editor's note: This is the first in a two-part series about Korean War Veteran Paul Elkins of Los Alamos.

Last month marked 67 years since the beginning of the Korean War, sometimes called the Forgotten War, in which almost 40,000 Americans died and more than 100,000 were wounded.

Former Los Alamos Resident Dr. Jessamyn Fairfield Receives Institute Of Physics' Award

on July 1, 2017 - 9:08pm

Dr. Jessamyn Fairfield is the 2017 recipient of the Institute of Physics' Mary Somerville Medal and Prize. Courtesy photo

SCIENCE News:

Dr. Jessamyn Fairfield of the National University of Ireland Galway and former Los Alamos resident is the recipient of the 2017 Mary Somerville Medal and Prize.

She received the medal and prize for her work as a speaker and writer on physics for a popular audience, and for having organized and hosted many innovative events bringing physics to the Irish public.

Fairfield has an extensive and varied track record of bringing physics to the public, including

World Futures: Water Water Everywhere

on June 30, 2017 - 10:05pm

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

 “Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink,” from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1797-1798. On Earth, 97 percent of the water is saline, in oceans, seas and saline ground water.

Per Wikipedia, “Fresh water is naturally occurring on the Earth’s surface in ice sheets, ice caps, glaciers, icebergs, ponds, lakes, rivers and streams, and underground as ground water in aquifers and underground streams.” Approximately 3 percent of Earth’s water is fresh water.

Pearce Backs Bills For Safer Communities, Calls For Better Immigration System

on June 30, 2017 - 2:15pm
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C.  Congressman Steve Pearce yesterday released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3003, No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, and H.R. 3004, Kate’s Law, to combat sanctuary cities and enhance public safety. H.R. 3003 will work to prevent sanctuary cities by withholding certain federal grants from cities that refuse to comply with our nation’s immigration laws. 
 
“We in New Mexico know firsthand the challenges that come with a broken and outdated immigration system.

Pearce Introduces Bill To Honor Bataan Veterans

on June 29, 2017 - 8:01am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Tuesday introduced legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the troops and nurses who fought in the defense of Bataan, Corregidor, Guam, Wake Island and the Philippine Archipelago during World War II.
 
“This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Bataan Death March. The events associated with the March, and the March itself, hold tremendous historical significance for New Mexico. Nearly 2,000 of the men involved were members of New Mexico National Guard units.

Nuclear Crisis Group Urges Steps To Prevent Nuclear Conflict

on June 29, 2017 - 7:53am
NCG News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Global Zero’s Nuclear Crisis Group (NCG), a newly-formed team of seasoned diplomats, military leaders and national security experts from nuclear-armed and allied countries, released a set of urgent recommendations to avoid the use of nuclear weapons and called on national leaders to act now to reduce the unacceptably high risk of nuclear conflict.
 
The report comes as U.S. President Donald Trump meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Washington to discuss, among other things, the escalating crisis on the Korean Peninsula. Specifically:
  • The

Bandelier Hosts Annual Naturalization Ceremony July 4

on June 28, 2017 - 5:57pm

A previous Naturalization Ceremony at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS Photo 

BANDELIER News:

For Americans, July 4th is traditionally a day to celebrate freedom and independence. For the sixth year, Bandelier National Monument is proud to partner with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to host a naturalization ceremony at the park on that day.  

Fourteen candidates, after working for years to fulfill their requirements, will be taking the oath and becoming the newest citizens of the United States.  

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m.

Rotary: Interact Fundraiser For International Project

on June 28, 2017 - 7:35am

New Mexico History Museum Explores Turn Of The Century Syria In A Post ISIS World

on June 27, 2017 - 11:48am
Portrait: Femme arabe Syrienne, photograph by Bonfils ca. 1899 – 1900. Courtesy/NMHM

Album of Mideast archaeology explorations conducted by Howard Crosby ButlerPortrait: Femme arabe Syrienne, photograph by Bonfils ca. 1899 – 1900. Courtesy/NMHM 

 

NMHM News:
 
SANTA FE  As Syria’s ongoing civil war, staggering death toll, and displacement of thousands of refugees threatens to destroy Syrian culture, the Palace of the Governors displays seven albums of photographs of historic sites in Syria taken between 1899 and 1909.
 
Entitled Syria: Cultural Patrimony Under Threat, the exhibition

Forty Percent Of Travelers Contract Infectious Disease On Vacation ... Tips To Help Return Unscathed

on June 27, 2017 - 6:04am
Dr. Brent W. Laartz
 
HEALTHCARE News:
 
Dr. Brent W. Laartz thought he was in for the ride of his lifetime when he set out on a horseback riding excursion in Costa Rica.
 
Admittedly younger and more naïve than he is today, Laartz – an infectious disease specialist and author of the book How to Avoid Contagious Diseases (www.drlaartz.com) –  failed to take some of the precautions necessary to avoid becoming one of the 40 percent of travelers every year who bring back an unwanted souvenir of a major illness from their trip.
 
“While on vacation it becomes entirely necessary to be more

Scientists Solve Mystery Of Unexplained 'Bright Nights'

on June 26, 2017 - 7:12am
The different layers of Earth’s airglow can be seen from the International Space Station as it orbits Earth. The very thin green layer above the bottom of the window occurs 95 kilometers (59 miles) above Earth’s surface; the red region above is a different type of airglow. The rectangle represents the portion of the airglow measured in a single WINDII image. Courtesy/American Geophysical Union
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.

Pearce Leads Hearing To Combat Trafficking Cultural Artifacts That Fund Terrorist Organizations, Activities

on June 25, 2017 - 9:20am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, chairman of the Terrorism and Illicit Finance Subcommittee, led a hearing to examine the best ways to combat the trafficking of cultural artifacts that fund terrorist organizations and activities:

“During times of conflict we see an increased interest in the theft, fraud, looting, and trafficking of priceless religious and cultural sites for artifacts and other antiquities.

AGU: Extraordinary Storms Cause Massive Antarctic Sea Ice Loss In 2016

on June 25, 2017 - 6:39am
By LAUREN LIPUMA
American Geophysical Union
 
A series of unprecedented storms over the Southern Ocean likely caused the most dramatic decline in Antarctic sea ice seen to date, a new study finds.
 
Antarctic sea ice – frozen ocean water that rings the southernmost continent – has grown over the past few decades but declined sharply in late 2016. By March of 2017 – the end of the Southern Hemisphere’s summer – Antarctic sea ice had reached its lowest area since records began in 1978.
 
In a new study, scientists puzzled by the sudden ice loss matched satellite images of Antarctica with

The Curious Case Of The Warped Kuiper Belt

on June 23, 2017 - 7:36am
A yet-to-be-discovered, unseen ‘planetary mass object’ makes its existence known by ruffling the orbital plane of distant Kuiper Belt objects, according to research by Kat Volk and Renu Malhotra of the UA's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. The object is pictured on a wide orbit far beyond Pluto in this artist's illustration. Courtesy/Heather Roper/LPL
 
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — An unknown, unseen “planetary mass object” may lurk in the outer reaches of our solar system, according to new research on the orbits of minor planets to be published in the Astronomical Journal.
 
This object

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Questions Key Officials On Security Of U.S. Elections In 2018 And Beyond

on June 23, 2017 - 7:25am
Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned key officials Wednesday during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing to further examine Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. elections.
 
The hearing featured two panels and focused closely on Russia’s cyber efforts against our election systems in 2016, our response efforts, potential threats to our 2018 and 2020 elections, and how we are postured to protect against those threats. 
 

Local Swimmers Brave Alcatraz Sharkfest Competition

on June 23, 2017 - 7:10am
Nathan Romero, a lifeguard at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center in Los Alamos, competing June 4 in the Alcatraz Sharkfest swimming event. Courtesy photo
 
Los Alamos native Daniel Preston competes in the Alcatraz Sharkfest event. Courtesy photo
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY 
​Los Alamos Daily Post 
 

Locals Nathan Romero and Daniel Preston were strangers until a unique swimming competition tied them together. Both competed June 4 in the Alcatraz Sharkfest.

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