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Letter To The Editor: Syria

on April 12, 2017 - 7:35am
By DOUG REILLY
Los Alamos
 
The recent chemical attack (ID'ed as Sarin gas) is horrific, to be sure, whoever has done it. WAR IS HORRIFIC! When we respond to killing by killing more people, we only guarantee there will be further killing.
 
President Assad, in my opinion, has done exactly what the USA would do if faced with another civil war, i.e. fight the rebels.
 
In addition, the USA’s actions have been responsible for prolonging the dying and suffering of the Syrian people, and the millions of refugees from Syria and other states in the middle east.

Letter To The Editor: Respect, Justice And Compassion Is The American Way

on April 12, 2017 - 6:50am
By KATE GARDUNO-KING
Los Alamos

Treating all people with respect, justice and compassion seems like something we can all agree on, doesn’t it? I was surprised to find this statement being treated as controversial as I watched the April 4 County Council meeting.

Councilor Pete Sheehey proposed a resolution stating that “we support and observe the fundamental American value that all people, including immigrants and refugees, should be treated with respect, justice and compassion.” This sounds simple enough.

Letter To The Editor: Show Me A Legal Immigrant Who Has Not Been Vetted

on April 11, 2017 - 8:17am
By That Concerned Citizen
Los Alamos

Reply to Martha Jones (link) and Dave Jones (link), thank you to both of you for some historical background on US immigration laws. That was definitely interesting for me as an immigrant that learned US history later in life. Some rules are puzzling for me in the context of modern history and that they have been applied in the past, does not make them right. It should rather be a lesson for a better future.

I do not feel knowledgeable enough to talk about the discussions in the Los Alamos County Council meeting but want to point out that bigger cities

Letter To The Editor: Council Meeting Thoughts

on April 10, 2017 - 2:26pm
By DAVE JONES
Los Alamos
 
I attended the Los Alamos County Council meeting Tuesday night to support President Trump’s temporary immigration ban and to oppose the proposed resolution relating to immigration.
 
Here are a few of my takeaway thoughts from that meeting:
 
Councilor Antonio Maggiore stated that, because the Council went beyond their purview many times and have gotten away with it, they could continue doing so. That’s not my opinion. What that tells me is that we need to watch the Council more closely and prevent them from going beyond their purview in the first place.
 

Heinrich Statement On Recusal Of Nunes From House Russia Investigation

on April 10, 2017 - 9:42am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the recusal of Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) from the House Intelligence Committee’s probe of Russian election meddling last year amid ethics accusations:
 
“Chairman Nunes’ bizarre behavior and inappropriate coordination with the White House compromised the integrity of the House investigation.

Letter To The Editor: There Will Be A Time For Compassion But For Now Immigrants Must Be Vetted

on April 10, 2017 - 8:31am

By MARTHA JONES
Los Alamos

After reading the proposed resolution constructed by Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey, and agreed upon by Council Chair David Izraelevitz, I too am voicing my opinion.

The history of immigration in our country has had different issues to take into consideration over the past two centuries. Our government has had to implement various policies and procedures about immigration to fit our needs. From the very early days in 1875 restrictions and policies barred convicts and prostitutes from entering.

Luján Statement On U.S. Missile Strikes In Syria

on April 7, 2017 - 10:23am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) today issued the following statement after Thursday night's U.S. missile strikes in Syria:

“Syria’s use of chemical weapons against civilians and children is a despicable and heinous act,” Luján said. “While this missile strike was clearly meant to deter their use, chemical weapons need to be dealt with by a global coalition.

PEEC: ‘Racing To Extinction’ At Reel Deal April 13

on April 7, 2017 - 7:50am
Movie poster for ‘Racing To Extinction’. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Reel Deal Theater will show at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13, “Racing Extinction”, an undercover documentary exposing the hidden world of endangered species and the race to protect them from mass extinction.

This film is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, students and children. Tickets are available at the Reel Deal Theater.

Produced by Oceanic Preservation Society, the group behind the Academy Award®-winning film The Cove, Racing Extinction brings a voice to the thousands

CIR Statement On Proposed State Department Budget

on April 6, 2017 - 10:01am
By CHUCK CASE
President of the Board of Directors
Santa Fe Council on International Relations
 
Since its founding in 1965, the Council on International Relations (CIR), has hosted international visitors through the State Department’s International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP). This venerable program has been a key element in citizen diplomacy between our country and other countries worldwide for the past 77 years, described by the State Department itself as its “premier professional exchange program.”
 
Approximately 5,000 emerging leaders visit the United States each year and more than

Letter To The Editor: Immigrant Is Not A Bad Word

on April 6, 2017 - 7:51am
By That Concerned Citizen
Los Alamos
 
Dear Mr. Savage,
 
I am glad to see that you acknowledge the constitution and call human beings born in the US “citizens” (link).
 
In the present political climate in this country (including the present administration and immigration enforcement), there are areas where it is viewed differently. Way too often the news reports White Straight Americans (predominantly among those who voted for Mr. Trump) equate people who do not look “acceptable” to them to terrorists or illegal immigrants and are aggressive against them.

NASA: Star Discovered In Closest Known Orbit Around Likely Black Hole

on April 3, 2017 - 4:59pm
Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/University of Alberta/A.Bahramian et al.; Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss 
 
NASA News:
 
Astronomers have found evidence for a star that whips around a black hole about twice an hour. This may be the tightest orbital dance ever witnessed for a likely black hole and a companion star.
 
This discovery was made using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory as well as NASA's NuSTAR and CSIRO's Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA).
 
The close-in stellar couple — known as a binary — is located in the globular cluster 47 Tucanae, a dense cluster of stars in our galaxy

Griggs: Chihuahua Part 3 - Wooly Mammoths & The Train ‘El Chepe’

on April 3, 2017 - 4:58pm
The Museum of the Mammoth (El Museo del Mamut). Photo by David H. Griggs/ladailypost.com
 
The Museum of the Mammoth (El Museo del Mamut)
 
By DAVID H. GRIGGS
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post

On arriving in Chihuahua, I discovered with great joy that the city hosted “El Museo de Mamut” – the Museum of the Mammoth. I did not realize that mammoths had lived as far south as Mexico.

Since childhood I have been fascinated with those big wooly mammoths, the iconic animals of the Pleistocene Ice Age.

Could Fast Radio Bursts Be Powering Alien Probes?

on April 3, 2017 - 4:39pm
 
CFA News:
 
CAMBRIDGE, MA ― The search for extraterrestrial intelligence has looked for many different signs of alien life, from radio broadcasts to laser flashes, without success.
 
However, newly published research suggests that mysterious phenomena called fast radio bursts could be evidence of advanced alien technology. Specifically, these bursts might be leakage from planet-sized transmitters powering interstellar probes in distant galaxies.
 
"Fast radio bursts are exceedingly bright given their short duration and origin at great distances, and we

AGU: Last Remnant Of North American Ice Sheet Likely To Disappear In 300 Years

on April 3, 2017 - 10:33am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The last remaining piece of the vast ice sheet that once covered North America is doomed to vanish in the next few centuries, a new study finds.
 
Rising temperatures in the Arctic have caused the Barnes Ice Cap to melt at an extraordinary pace, and nothing short of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere can prevent it from completely disappearing, according to a new study modeling the ice cap’s behavior.
 
Under a business-as-usual greenhouse gas emissions scenario, the study’s authors project the ice cap will disappear within the next 300 years.

Griggs: Rotary Works For Clean Water And Sanitation On Lake Atitlán, Guatemala March 2017

on April 2, 2017 - 6:22am

Villa Tangara, Panajachel, Guatemala. Photo by David Griggs/ladailypost.com

 

By DAVID GRIGGS

Foreign Correspondent

Los Alamos Daily Post

 

A friend recently told me that Rotary clubs in the US and Canada raise money, and in Central America the Rotary clubs spend it.

 

Since retiring, I have spent four winters in Guatemala. After seeing the wonderful programs that are supported down here by Rotary, I joined a club on Lake Atitlán. I have attended annual regional Project Fairs, first in Antigua, Guatemala, and subsequently in Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador.

Los Alamos Photo Club Hosts 22nd Annual Show

on March 31, 2017 - 11:12am
Dust. Photo by Martin Cooper
 
Leap of Faith. Photo by Bob Walker
 
LAPC News:
 
The Los Alamos Photo Club is hosting its 22nd Annual Show April 3 through April 28 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library. The public is invited to the April 3 opening as well as to the April 18 Club walk-through.  Both events will allow guests and participants to view submitted works and to interact informally with the photographers
 
The show is intended to give people who live and work in Los Alamos a chance to display their photos in a formal setting. Entries are not juried.

Can The Southwest Endure A Change In Climate?

on March 31, 2017 - 10:03am
From left, retired National Weather Service Meteorologist Deirdre Kann; in-depth environmental journalist  Laura Paskas; and David Stuart, an archeologist with lessons learned from the ancient Chaco Canyon culture in New Mexico, gave climate-related presentations Tuesday at the Society for Applied Anthropology conference in Santa Fe. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com
 
According to Bill deBuys, author and full-time humanist, climate change leads to an enervating depression trap. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

In case there were any

World Futures: PEOPLE ... Sustainable Long Term Encapsulation – Including Mental

on March 31, 2017 - 9:51am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

• World Futures:  What Do We Need?

In the domain of science fiction (e.g., Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, Star Trek…) we see space vehicles zooming around the universe with human beings on board seemingly doing well pursuing a mission, discovering new worlds, finding new life forms, and engaging in combat.

Many aspects of the voyage, however, are taken for granted since it is a fictional universe. Perhaps most important in the “for-granted” category are energy, mass, time, and the sanity of the humans.

The space vehicle is a capsule

Los Alamos High School Graduate Kevin Johnson Becomes CEO Of Starbucks April 3

on March 31, 2017 - 8:58am
LAHS 1978 graduate Kevin Johnson, left, takes the helm of Starbucks April 3 from retiring CEO Howard Schultz. Courtesy photo
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos High School 1978 graduate Kevin Johnson will become chief executive office and assume full responsibility for Starbucks global business and operations April 3. 

Johnson, his sister Kerry Hinsch and brother Dr. Tim Johnson all grew up in Los Alamos and graduated from LAHS. Dr. Tim Johnson, an optometrist at Eye Associates of New Mexico, still resides in Los Alamos.

Los Alamos County Council Considers Resolution On Treatment Of Immigrants And Refugees April 4

on March 30, 2017 - 7:57am
Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Council members will consider adopting a resolution regarding the just treatment of immigrants and refugees in the United States when it meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 4 at the Municipal Building.

Councilor Pete Sheehy was instrumental in having the resolution prepared. He read a letter to his fellow councilors at a February work session asking them to consider discussing the issue with County residents and consider passing a resolution on the issue.

 The letter stated that courts would

Los Alamos Church Members On Mexico Mission

on March 29, 2017 - 8:55am
More than 50 members of United Church of Los Alamos and Unitarian Universalist Church prepare to depart for Mexico Monday to build homes for the poor over their spring break vacation. Photo by Laura Erickson
 
COMMUNITY News:

On the first official day of spring break Monday, more than 50 members of the United Church of Los Alamos and the Unitarian Universalist Church saddled up for a long drive and an even longer work week.

The Mexico Mission campers, comprised of half teens and half adults headed for Puerto Penasco Mexico to build homes for the poor.

EM, UKAEA Expand Collaboration On Robotics

on March 25, 2017 - 6:45am

Acting EM Assistant Secretary Sue Cange and Rob Buckingham, director of the Center for Remote Applications in Challenging Environments, shake hands after signing the Statement of Intent. Courtesy/DOE-EM

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Energy Office of Evironmental Management (EM) and the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Agency (UKAEA) have agreed to further collaborate to develop and apply robotics to nuclear decommissioning tasks.

Representatives from EM and the UKAEA earlier this month signed a new Statement of Intent (SOI), providing the framework for exchange of information

PEOPLE: Human-Machine Interface – Who or What Controls What or Whom?

on March 23, 2017 - 2:40pm

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

• World Futures:  What Do We Need?

The human-machine interface controls communication between the human and the machine.  Historically, it was intended to allow the human to have full control over the machine within the physical aspects of the machine’s capabilities.  As a simple example, consider the control switch on an electric range or cook-top.  

There is a knob labeled High-Medium High-Medium-Medium Low-Low-Warm-Off, or maybe the numbers 10 through 0.  

The human selects a setting that turns on (or off) a burner or heat element on

LANL: Ultrafast Measurements Explain Quantum Dot Voltage Drop

on March 22, 2017 - 9:50am

A femtosecond laser pulse launches a photocurrent transient in a quantum dot solid, which is time-resolved using ultrafast sampling electronics. This technique provides unprecedented insights into early time photoconductance in quantum dot assemblies for solar cells and photodetectors. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Insights pave way for solar cells and photodetectors based on tunable nanoparticles

Solar cells and photodetectors could soon be made from new types of materials based on semiconductor quantum dots, thanks to new insights based on ultrafast measurements capturing real-time

Breaking The Supermassive Black Hole Speed Limit

on March 21, 2017 - 11:08am

Quasar growing under intense accretion streams. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

A new computer simulation helps explain the existence of puzzling supermassive black holes observed in the early universe. The simulation is based on a computer code used to understand the coupling of radiation and certain materials.

“Supermassive black holes have a speed limit that governs how fast and how large they can grow,” said Joseph Smidt of the Theoretical Design Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, “The relatively recent discovery of supermassive black holes in the early development of the universe

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