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Robot Electrocutes Invasive Lionfish In Coral Reefs

on August 24, 2016 - 3:01pm
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RISE News:
A US non-profit company has designed an innovative method of controlling the spread of lionfish threatening to devastate fish stocks and coral reef ecosystems in warmer ocean waters.

Robots In Service of the Environment (RISE) joined deep ocean research charity, Nekton, on its maiden voyage in the North Atlantic to test a prototype being developed to operate remotely in deep water to locate and deliver a fatal electric shock to the invasive species.

Nekton’s research vessel was off the Bermudian coast conducting the XL Catlin Deep Ocean Survey, a pioneering

AGU: Climate Change Could Cause Major Decline In Antarctic Krill Habitat By 2100

on August 19, 2016 - 7:53am
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Antarctic krill, small crustaceans key to the Antarctic marine food web, could lose most of their habitat by the year 2100, according to a new study published online in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).
Researchers combined climate simulations with a krill growth model to find that changes in water temperature and sea ice in Antarctic waters could shrink krill habitat by as much as 80 percent by the end of the century, potentially causing a decline in krill that could ripple throughout the entire marine food

Isotope Research Opens Possibilities For Cancer Treatment

on August 19, 2016 - 7:49am
The triumphant research team during the acquisition of the first actinium X-ray Absorption Fine Structure analysis (on the screen). From left, Thomas Hostetler (SSRL), Chantal Stieber (former Los Alamos), Maryline Ferrier (Los Alamos), Juan Lezama Pacheco (Stanford) and Stosh Kozimor (Los Alamos). Courtesy photo

LANL News:

  • Computer models supporting spectroscopy unlock behavior of actinium-225

A new study at Los Alamos National Laboratory and in collaboration with Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource greatly improves scientists’ understanding of the element actinium.

A Mountaineer’s Story: Temples, Tigers, & Tak-Taks

on August 17, 2016 - 10:47am
Join Melissa Bartlett Aug. 23 as she reveals her unique experiences in Thailand. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Los Alamos Mountaineers host a presentation Tuesday, Aug. 23 by adventurer Melissa Bartlett detail her month-long trek through Thailand.
The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting will start at 7 p.m. and cover information about upcoming outings and Bartlett's talk begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
In 2015, Bartlett hopped on a bus in Southeast Asia.

Rotary Interact Students From Los Alamos High School Welcome Exchange Student Ida Mattila From Finland

on August 16, 2016 - 4:47pm

Rotary Interact students from Los Alamos High School welcome the Rotary Club of Los Alamos’s new exchange student, Ida Mattila, second from right, from Finland. From left, Mikayla Hanawalt, Interact Club President Faith Koh, Mattila and 2016 graduate Leslie Thalmann. Koh and Thalmann both traveled abroad in 2014-15 as Rotary Youth Exchange students to France and Belgium, respectively. To learn more about Rotary Youth Programs, contact Club President Rob Metcalf at 670.8336. Photo by Rob Metcalf

Los Alamos Kiwanis Keeps Project Eliminate Promise

on August 14, 2016 - 3:07pm
Don Casperson, center, spoke at Los Alamos Kiwanis recently, updating the club on the organization’s national and regional conventions and on Project Eliminate, a campaign to wipe out maternal and neonatal tetanus worldwide. He is shown holding a t-shirt from the regional convention in Albuquerque. At left is Cheryl Pongratz, who presented him with a Secundino Sandoval print—a gift from the club. At right is Los Alamos Kiwanis President Lisa Wismer, who holds a plaque saying that the club’s donations have saved the lives of 20,800 babies. Photo by Morrie Pongratz

NASA’s Kepler Mission Verifies 1,284 New Planets

on July 31, 2016 - 1:20pm
This artist’s concept depicts select planetary discoveries made to date by NASA’s Kepler space telescope. Image by W. Stenzel/NASA

NASA News:

NASA’s Kepler mission has verified 1,284 new planets – the single largest finding of planets to date.

“This announcement more than doubles the number of confirmed planets from Kepler,” said Ellen Stofan, chief scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. “This gives us hope that somewhere out there, around a star much like ours, we can eventually discover another Earth.”

Analysis was performed on the Kepler space telescope’s July 2015 planet

NASA Mars Rover Can Choose Laser Targets On Its Own

on July 30, 2016 - 8:07am
NASA News:
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is now selecting rock targets for its laser spectrometerthe first time autonomous target selection is available for an instrument of this kind on any robotic planetary mission.

Using software developed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, Curiosity is now frequently choosing multiple targets per week for a laser and a telescopic camera that are parts of the rover’s Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument.

Sack Cloth And Ashes Memorial At Pond Aug. 6

on July 30, 2016 - 8:06am

John Dear, speaking to protesters in 2014, is scheduled to attend this year's Sack Cloth and Ashes Memorial Saturday, Aug. 6 at Ashley Pond Park in Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ 

Pax Christi New Mexico is hosting its annual Sack Cloth and Ashes Memorial Saturday, Aug. 6 in Los Alamos. Individuals such as this fellow meditating at the pond in 2014, will gather to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


CCNS News:
To commemorate the 71st anniversary of the U.S.

Mars Rover’s Laser Can Now Target Rocks All By Itself

on July 29, 2016 - 8:45am
NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover autonomously selects some targets for the laser and telescopic camera of its ChemCam instrument. For example, on-board software analyzed the Navcam image at left, chose the target indicated with a yellow dot, and pointed ChemCam for laser shots and the image at right. Courtesy NASA

LANL News:

New software is enabling ChemCam, the laser spectrometer on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, to select rock targets autonomously—the first time autonomous target selection is available for an instrument of this kind on any robotic planetary mission.

Heinrich Welcomes DOJ Request To Retrieve Stolen Acoma Pueblo Shield

on July 28, 2016 - 3:26pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) welcomed the news that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking a warrant to retrieve a stolen Pueblo of Acoma religious shield that's being held in France.
The shield was scheduled to be sold off by the EVE Auction House in Paris in May, but was cancelled after the Pueblo of Acoma, Senator Heinrich, and others worked to halt the sale.

"The Department of Justice's request to retrieve this sacred shield is welcome news, and I will work to ensure it's brought back to the Pueblo of Acoma where it belongs," Heinrich

BOLO For Aging Terrorists

on July 27, 2016 - 11:49am

HSNW News:

Dutch police detectives are on the lookout (BOLO) for three aging German far-left militants who have disappeared decades ago but who have emerged as the main suspects in a series of recent heists.

Ernst-Volker Staub, 61, Burkhard Garweg, 47, and Daniela Klette, 57, are former members of the violent Red Army Faction (RAF) — also known as the Baader-Meinhof gang — a German militant group, which terrorized Germany (then: West Germany) in the 1970s and 1980s with a campaign of bombings, arson, kidnappings and killings.

DutchNews reports that the Dutch and German police suspect

Democrats Brace For More Email Leaks

on July 26, 2016 - 8:18am


Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, said Sunday that Friday’s release by WikiLeaks of Democratic National Committee (DNC) internal emails was the work of Russian government hackers. The leak, Mook said, was part of an effort by President Vladimir Putin and people in his circle to weaken Clinton and increase the chances of a Donald Trump victory in November.

Trump has made many favorable, even admiring, comments about Putin and his leadership style, and Trump’s proposals would make U.S. foreign policy more accommodating to Russian interests in Europe, the

Talk On Cruises For Every Style Thursday

on July 25, 2016 - 2:08pm

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The "Los Alamos & Santa Fe People Who Love Travel" Meetup Group is meeting Thursday, July 28 for a presentation about the many styles of cruising. 

The presenter is Tom Wyant, cruise expert and owner of Enchanted Trek Travel in White Rock.  He will present a slide show to provide examples of the many different styles of cruising, the differing travel experiences that they offer, and some of the many possible destinations.

This month's presentation will be given at 6:30 p.m.

SFCIR: Reserve Space For India Of Contrasts Tour 2017

on July 25, 2016 - 9:24am
THe Santa Fe Center for International Relations (SFCIR) invites the community to learn more about fascinating India, by joining Martha and Ray Wallace on their tour of India in February 2017.  
To view an outline of the India of Cnotrasts: Desert Rajasthan and Tropical Kerala itinerary, click here.
To learn more about the itinerary and cost for the trip, email Martha and Ray at or phone: 505.986.8434.

To reserve your space for this unique travel adventure, send your $500 deposit per traveler to India Adventures LLC, One Morning Glory Circle,

ACEEE To Rank U.S., 22 Other Major Countries On Energy Efficiency

on July 20, 2016 - 10:42am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Which major nation has the most energy-efficient economy? Is the United States ahead of or behind other nations—including the U.K., China, Germany, India, South Korea, Australia, and Japan—when it comes to energy efficiency?

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) will issue its 3rd edition of the International Energy Efficiency Scorecard report measuring the energy efficiency of 23 of the world’s largest energy-consuming countries.
The new ACEEE scorecard will be released during a phone-based news event at 11 a.m. EDT/4 p.m.

World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2016 Released

on July 19, 2016 - 8:50am

The year 2016, marking the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl catastrophe and the 5th year since the Fukushima disaster started unfolding, strangely might go down in history as the period when the notion of risk of nuclear power plants turned into the perception of nuclear power plants at risk. Indeed, an increasing number of reactors is threatened by premature closure due to the unfavorable economic environment. Increasing operating and backfitting costs of aging power plants, decreasing bulk market prices and aggressive competitors.

The development started out in the U.S., when

Oppenheimer Lecture: National Academy Of Sciences President Examines Question Of Climate Intervention

on July 18, 2016 - 7:20pm

National Academy of Sciences President Marcia McNutt will deliver the 46th annual J. Robert Oppenheimer lecture Wednesday night in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

A few years back, the American geophysicist Marcia McNutt was one of three distinguished scientists who were asked by a British publication -- if they could go to any time in the past, which event would they most like to see. At that time she was executive director of the U.S.

Local Dancers Prepare For Performances In China

on July 18, 2016 - 10:15am

Two local dancers, Claire DeCroix and Louisa Belian, are attending a five-week ballet intensive program at Long Beach Ballet in Long Beach, Calif. The program consists of three weeks in Long Beach, followed by two weeks of dancing in several locations in China. The dancers are in their third week and have been working hard to learn all the dances for the trip to China. Courtesy photo

An Open Book: To Those Who Help Us Speak

on July 14, 2016 - 9:51am
Los Alamos

One of my clearest memories of high school was watching Mr. Cipolla, a vigorous young social studies teacher, pacing back and forth across the blackboard in his tight pants popular in the 70s, the top of his shirt opened to reveal impressive amounts of chest hair. He would wave the chalk in his hand and prompt us to think deeper about the historical period we were learning that day or even current events. “Pay attention guys,” he scolded us during the Watergate era. “This stuff will be in the history books!”

He was colorful and loud and spirited, even

Hunter College Creates Super Sniffer Mice

on July 12, 2016 - 7:49am

Destined to be the bomb detector of the future. Courtesy/

HSNW News:

Researchers at Hunter College, part of the City University of New York, have created super-sniffer mice that have an increased ability to detect a specific odor, according to a study published 7 July in Cell Reports. The mice, which can be tuned to have different levels of sensitivity to any smell by using mouse or human odor receptors, could be used as land-mine detectors or as the basis for novel disease sensors.

The technology, a transgenic approach to engineering the mouse genome, could also

Tips To Becoming More Generous

on July 11, 2016 - 7:51am

Gregory Baumer was a 25-year-old analyst at a Boston private equity firm pulling down $250,000 a year. Why not drop $1,000 a month for dinners out with his wife? Baumer was a Spender. Courtesy photo

EMSI News:

Americans like to think of themselves as generous people.

John Cortines was earning six figures as a petroleum engineer for a major oil company in Louisiana. He so delighted in the prospect of shoring up wealth for his young family that his online banking password was ‘retire_at_40!’ Cortines was a Saver. Courtesy photo

And often, the numbers back that up, such as a recent report

2016 International Santa Fe Folk Art Market Ends Today

on July 10, 2016 - 7:52am
Today is the last day of the International Santa Fe Folk Art Market 2016. Los Alamos residents Patricia, Melina and Paulina Burnside are helping out as volunteers for the second year with interpretation for Mexican and Peruvian Artist. Photo by Nathan Burnside
ART News:

Over the past 13 years, the organization known as the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market has been providing opportunity to folk artists at the world’s largest market of its kind.

The organization has expanded programs to meet the specific challenges that folk artists are facing in the global marketplace.

Dawn Maps Ceres Craters Where Ice May Accumulate

on July 9, 2016 - 9:32am
This artist's concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft heading toward the dwarf planet Ceres. Courtesy: NASA/JPL-Caltech


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Scientists with NASA's Dawn mission have identified permanently shadowed regions on the dwarf planet Ceres. Most of these areas likely have been cold enough to trap water ice for a billion years, suggesting that ice deposits could exist there now. The findings were published this week in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.
"The conditions on Ceres are right for accumulating deposits of water

Flipping Crystals Improves Solar-Cell Performance

on July 6, 2016 - 11:46am

Three types of large-area solar cells made out of two-dimensional perovskites. At left, a room-temperature cast film; upper middle is a sample with the problematic band gap, and at right is the hot-cast sample with the best energy performance.  Image courtesy Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Perovskite research team spin-casts crystals for efficient and resilient optoelectronic devices

In a step that could bring perovskite crystals closer to use in the burgeoning solar power industry, researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Northwestern University and Rice