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Los Alamos-UK Collaboration Unveils Hidden Molecular Machinery In RNA Processes

on October 13, 2016 - 3:38pm
Artist’s impression of a long, non-coding RNA system. Grey/blue/red indicates main long non-coding RNA. Green, showing a second RNA interacting with long-noncoding RNA. Magenta ribbons and blue barrels indicated RNA-interacting proteins. Courtesy/LANL


A special stretch of ribonucleic acid (RNA) called COOLAIR is revealing its inner structure and function to scientists, displaying a striking resemblance to an RNA molecular machine, territory previously understood to be limited to the cells’ protein factory (the ‘ribosome’) and not a skill set given to mere strings of RNA.

“We are

LANL: Rocket Motor Concept Could Boost CubeSat Missions

on October 13, 2016 - 9:21am


Artists concept of a CubeSat on-board propulsion system. Courtesy/Inside Out Visuals

LANL News:

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a rocket motor concept that could pave the way for CubeSats zooming across space. These small, low-cost satellites are an easy way for scientists to access space, but are lacking in one key area, on-board propulsion.

“The National Academy of Sciences recently convened a meeting to look at science missions in CubeSats,” said Bryce Tappan, an explosives chemist at Los Alamos National Laboratory and lead researcher on the CubeSat

Science Magazine Reviews ‘Doomed To Cooperate’

on October 9, 2016 - 10:18am
Los Alamos

Science magazine, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), typically selects on average only two to three science books to review each week, so the fact that a review of Sig Hecker's two-volume set, "Doomed to Cooperate" appeared in the Sept. 23, 2016 issue of Science is a significant recognition of this literary effort at the national level.

This book set, published by the Bathtub Row Press under the auspices of the Los Alamos Historical Society, deals with the cooperative efforts of Russian and American scientists to

China Town Hall - Live Webcast With Dr. Henry Kissinger Followed By Interactive Panel Discussion

on October 9, 2016 - 8:48am
Dr. Henry A. Kissinger
CIR News:
Live webcast discussion with Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, former Secretary of State, moderated by Mr. Stephen A. Orlins, President, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations followed by an interactive panel discussion with Mr. Brian Goldbeck and CIR Board President, Mr. Herb Thomas, both retired from U.S. State Department, previously stationed in China.
Date: 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18
Location: Southwest Annex, Santa Fe University of Art & Design, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive
Cost: $20 Non-members; $15 CIR Members
The Council on International

E-Book Version Of Doomed To Cooperate Now Available

on October 8, 2016 - 10:06pm
Doomed to Cooperate book cover. Courtesy photo
Doomed to Cooperate, a two-volume set of books sharing stories of lab-to-lab collaboration between the United States and Russia following the collapse of the Soviet Union, is now available as an e-book.
Published by Bathtub Row Press, the imprint of the Los Alamos Historical Society, the new digital format readers a way to engage with more than 100 Russian and American papers, vignettes, and interviews.

Doomed to Cooperate: How American and Russian Scientists Joined Forces to Avert Some of the Greatest Post–Cold War

2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Awarded To Yoshinori Ohsumi

on October 6, 2016 - 9:17am


The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has today decided to award the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to Yoshinori Ohsumi for his discoveries of mechanisms for autophagy

This year's Nobel Laureate discovered and elucidated mechanisms underlying autophagy, a fundamental process for degrading and recycling cellular components.  

Yoshinori Ohsumi

The word autophagy originates from the Greek words auto-, meaning "self", and phagein, meaning "to eat". Thus,autophagy denotes "self eating". This concept emerged during the 1960's, when researchers first

Research Suggests Saturn’s Moon Dione May Harbor Subsurface Ocean

on October 6, 2016 - 8:41am
An image of Saturn’s icy moon Dione, with giant Saturn and its rings in the background. New research suggests Dione harbors a subsurface ocean. Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
AGU News:
By The Royal Observatory of Belgium
A subsurface ocean could lie deep within Saturn’s moon Dione, according to a new study using publicly available data from the Cassini mission to Saturn.
In 2013, images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft hinted that Dione had a subsurface ocean when the moon formed, but the new study suggests the ocean could still exist today. The study was

Police Arrest Pigeon Carrying Threatening Note

on October 6, 2016 - 7:46am

Pakistani spy pigeon apprehended in India. Courtesy/lahoremonitor

HSNW News:

The Indian police said they have taken a pigeon into custody after the bird was found carrying a threatening note against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The pigeon was detained near India’s heavily militarized border with Pakistan. The Financial Times reports that India’s Border Security Force (BSF) officers found the bird at Pathankot in the northern state of Punjab. Punjab has suffered many terrorist attacks from Pakistan-based Islamist militants.

“We took it into custody last evening,” Pathankot police

NNSA And Bulgaria Partner To Complete Nuclear Detection Architecture

on October 4, 2016 - 10:43am
NNSA News:
SOFIA, BULGARIA  Representatives of the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), the U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria, and the Bulgarian government this week celebrated the completion of Bulgaria’s nuclear detection architecture, which will enhance efforts to prevent smuggling of dangerous radioactive materials across its borders.
National and foreign dignitaries, including U.S.

Feeling the Burn: Understanding How Biomass Burning Changes Climate

on October 4, 2016 - 9:48am

Allison C. Aiken is a chemist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division. In 2014, at the age of 34, she was named one of  The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds by Thomson Reuters for being in the top 1 percent of geoscientists to have her work cited. She is posing in front of a crab sign on Ascension Island, where she installs instruments to collect data about black carbon aerosols. The island is tropical, but very isolated with rugged volcanic terrain and dominated by non-native species.

The Nobel Prize In Physics 2016: David J. Thouless, F. Duncan M. Haldane, J. Michael Kosterlitz

on October 4, 2016 - 9:26am


The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics 2016 with one half to David J. Thouless of the University of Washington in Seattle and the other half to

F. Duncan M. Haldane of Princeton University and J. Michael Kosterlitz of Brown University “for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter”.

They revealed the secrets of exotic matter:

This year’s Laureates opened the door on an unknown world where matter can assume strange states.

Nature On Tap: Recent Discoveries In Astronomy Oct. 6

on October 2, 2016 - 11:00am

PEEC News:

The community is invited to this week's Nature on Tap to discuss the latest findings in astronomy. 

Local astronomers and astrophysicists Dr. Paul Arendt, Dr. Galen Gisler and Dr. Rick Wallace will provide an engaging discussion about black holes, NASA's Juno probe, the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, the night sky, and upcoming planetarium shows 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 at UnQuarked in Central Park Square.

Arendt received his PhD in physics at Ohio State University and now works in commercial manufacturing and the Applied Research & Development of Materials department at Los

U.S. And Chinese Drug Enforcement Agencies Meet On Synthetic Opioid Efforts

on October 2, 2016 - 7:33am
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg
DEA News:
The heads of the national drug-control agencies for the United States and the People’s Republic of China met last week at DEA Headquarters in Arlington, Va., to discuss ways to stop the flow from China to the United States of deadly synthetic drugs. 
This meeting with Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg and Director General (DG) Hu Minglang from the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) of the Ministry of Public Security follows an announcement by President Obama

Construction Of World’s Most Sensitive Dark Matter Detector Moves Forward

on October 2, 2016 - 7:16am
Tomasz Biesiadzinski, left, and Jeremy Mock install a mini version of the future LZ dark matter detector at a test stand at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The white container is a prototype of the detector’s core, also known as a time projection chamber (TPC). For the dark matter hunt, LZ’s TPC will be filled with liquid xenon. Courtesy/ SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

LBNL News:

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory reports that the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ), a next-generation dark matter detector that will be at least 100 times more sensitive than its predecessor, has cleared another

How B Reactor Worked And Its Mysterious Failure

on October 1, 2016 - 8:50am

Physicist Enrico Fermi. Courtesy/AHC


On Sept. 26, 1944, the B Reactor, the world's first full-scale plutonium reactor, started up at Hanford. The next day, it mysteriously shut down. “The reactor went dead, just plain dead! Everybody stood around and stared,” physicist Leona Woods Marshall recalled.

After working all night, scientists led by Enrico Fermi calculated that the problem was being caused by Xenon, an element produced during the nuclear reaction.

Vintage Rolls-Royces Tour Los Alamos

on September 29, 2016 - 7:42am
Fourteen vintage Rolls-Royce cars with owners from Europe toured Los Alamos Monday. The drivers stopped for lunch at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Avenue. Photo by Chris Clark/
Photo by Chris Clark/
Photo by Chris Clark/
Staff Report
Fourteen vintage Rolls-Royce cars with owners from Europe toured Los Alamos Monday. The drivers stopped for lunch at Time Out Pizzeria at 1350 Central Ave., in downtown Los Alamos. 

History of the Rolls-Royce:

In 1884 Henry Royce started an electrical and mechanical business.

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.