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Elie Wiesel And The Holocaust

on July 5, 2016 - 7:53pm
By Dr. T. DOUGLAS REILLY
Los Alamos

The death of Elie Wiesel (weasel in German) brings many stories of his life; his internment in Auschwitz-Birkenau and Bürgenwald, his many books, and his insistence the world must never forget. I've been to Warsaw and seen the monument to the many Poles who died in concentration camps like Auschwitz-Birkenau; it's at the site of the bus station where Poles were herded onto buses that took them to the railroad station, where they were taken, like cattle, to the various camps.

Bathtub Row Press Launches Doomed To Cooperate

on July 5, 2016 - 6:48pm
Former LANL Director Dr. Sig Hecker signing the book for LANL Director Dr. Charlie McMillan. Courtesy photo
 
HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:
 
Bathtub Row Press, the publishing house of the Los Alamos Historical Society, released this week Doomed to Cooperate: How American and Russian Scientists Joined Forces to Avert Some of the Greatest Post-Cold War Nuclear Dangers, a two-volume, 976-page series of essays edited by former laboratory director Siegfried Hecker.
 
The book tells the remarkable stories of nuclear scientists from two former enemy nations, the United States and Russia, who

Bee Deaths Threaten Summer Picnics And Barbecues

on June 28, 2016 - 11:21am
No bees, no food conference. Courtesy photo
 
ENM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Chile, watermelon and juicy tomatoes are among the summer staples at risk if bee colonies continue to collapse at unprecedented rates, beekeeper Tyler Schutte and Environment New Mexico said at a conference Thursday..

Bees pollinate most of the world’s most common crops, including seasonal favorites such as peaches, asparagus, and cherries. But the U.S. is losing about a third of its bee colonies each year, alarming beekeepers, farmers and chefs along with environmental advocates.

Community Invited To Book Signing Of Doomed To Cooperate, Edited By Siegfried Hecker, 7 p.m. Today

on June 28, 2016 - 9:27am

COMMUNITY News:

Bathtub Row Press announces the release of Doomed to Cooperate, edited by Siegfried Hecker.

The community is invited to attend the release celebration and book signing of this long-awaited title at 7 p.m., today in historic Fuller Lodge. 

“This is a task that never ends, and Sig Hecker, who has done more than any other American to strengthen US and Russian scientific cooperation, tells us how critical it is for this nuclear work to be revived today.”  — Sam Nunn, former US Senator and Co-Chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative.

The two-volume sets can be purchased this

Letter To The Editor: Brexit ... Mourning Exit From EU

on June 26, 2016 - 10:41am
By Dr. T. DOUGLAS REILLY
Los Alamos

I think I may wear black today (June 24) in mourning for the UK voting to leave the EU.

In early 1975, we left home in New Mexico to move to Italy. We took three months to get there, driving across the US, sailing on a Russian ship, Mikhail Lermontov, to La Hague, and then through France and northern Italy to Ispra. For almost 2.5 years, I worked in the Joint Research Centre of the European Communities (EURATOM).* 

In late 1978, we arrived back in Los Alamos after taking three months driving through Europe, mainly France; taking a ferry to England;

Bathtub Row Press Releases New Book On US-Russian Lab-To-Lab Cooperation

on June 24, 2016 - 11:29am

Dr. Siegfried Hecker

BOOK RELEASE News:

Join the Los Alamos Historical Society, Dr. Siegfried Hecker and contributing authors for the release of Doomed to Cooperate 7-9 p.m., June 28 in Fuller Lodge.

This new title from Bathtub Row Press presents the story of the US-Russian lab-to-lab cooperation that spanned more than two decades.

Doomed to Cooperate: How American and Russian Scientists Joined Forces to Avert Some of the Greatest Post–Cold War Nuclear Dangers tells the remarkable story of nuclear scientists from two former enemy nations, the United States and Russia, who reached across

IRS Reminds Taxpayers To Report Foreign Accounts

on June 22, 2016 - 6:00am

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen

IRS News:

PHOENIX – The Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers who have one or more bank or financial accounts located outside the United States, or signature authority over such accounts that they may need to file an FBAR by Thursday, June 30.

By law, many U.S. taxpayers with foreign accounts exceeding certain thresholds must file Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, known as the “FBAR.” It is filed electronically with the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCen).

“Robust growth in FBAR filings in

Genomics Conference Started When Human Genome Sequencing Finished

on June 16, 2016 - 3:59pm

The 11th Annual Sequencing, Finishing, Analysis in the Future Meeting June 1-3 had more than 300 people in attendance, a capacity audience in the ballroom at the La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

An annual conference of researchers, technologists and funders in the soaring field of genomics held its 11th event June 1-3 in Santa Fe. The conference has grown from about 70 people when it began in 2006 to more than 300 this year.

Chris Detter, founder and chairman of the organizing committee of the 11th

NASA: Largest Planet Discovered To Orbit Two Suns

on June 16, 2016 - 3:39pm
Artist's impression of the simultaneous stellar eclipse and planetary transit events on Kepler-1647. Courtesy/Lynette Cook
 
NASA News:
 
If you cast your eyes toward the constellation Cygnus, you’ll be looking in the direction of the largest planet yet discovered around a double-star system.
 
It’s too faint to see with the naked eye, but a team led by astronomers from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and San Diego State University (SDSU) in California, used NASA's Kepler Space Telescope to identify the new planet, Kepler-1647b.
 
The discovery was

Beautiful Instance Of Stellar Ornamentation

on June 15, 2016 - 8:56am
The glowing gas cloud LHA 120-N55 in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Courtesy photo
 
ESO News:
 
In this image from ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), light from blazing blue stars energizes the gas left over from the stars’ recent formation. The result is a strikingly colorful emission nebula, called LHA 120-N55, in which the stars are adorned with a mantle of glowing gas. Astronomers study these beautiful displays to learn about the conditions in places where new stars develop.

LHA 120-N55, or N55 as it is usually known, is a glowing gas cloud (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emission_nebula)

CBP Seizes 14 Rolls Of Contraband Bologna

on June 12, 2016 - 8:00am

Fourteen rolls of Mexican bologna found in vehicle. Courtesy/CBP

BORDER PATROL News:

EL PASO -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations Agriculture Specialists working at the El Paso, Texas area port of entry Thursday seized 14 rolls of Mexican bologna.

Bologna is a prohibited product because it is made from pork and has the potential for introducing foreign animal diseases to the U.S. pork industry.

The seizure was made at approximately 9 a.m.

Graduating Seniors Leave On 14-Day European Tour

on June 9, 2016 - 9:09am

Los Alamos High School graduating seniors left town with their teacher Lynn Ovaska at 2:45 a.m. Wednesday, flew to Atlanta and are now on their flight to Madrid. The group will spend 14 days touring Spain, France and Italy. Trip highlights include Madrid, Barcelona, Carcassonne, Provence, Avignon and the Roman Ruins in France, Nice, Pisa, Florence, Assisi, Rome, Pompeii, and Capri. The young travelers are most excited to visit the Prado museum (since the Louvre is closed in Paris), Sagrada Familia, Roman ruins in southern France, experience European championship football excitement, culture

Chicken Little And The Sitting Ducks: On The Question Of Planetary Defense

on June 7, 2016 - 12:23pm

In 2014, the spectacular Comet Ison grazed the sun and disappeared. Courtesy/Hubble Space Telescope

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
LOS ALAMOS DAILY POST

Glen Wurden, LANL plasma physicist, has conceived an insurance policy for planetary defense. Courtesy/LANL

Glen Wurden, a plasma physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. has an idea about how the world could end: he thinks there is agood chance it maybe more with a bang, than a whimper.

Also an amateur astronomer, Wurdenis especially focused onasteroids and comets, random missiles whizzing around the solar system and occasionally colliding

Black Boxes And The Cloud

on June 7, 2016 - 11:04am

Professor David Stupples, City's Professor of Electronic and Radio Systems, says the time has come for the flight data recorder (FDR) and the cockpit data recorder (CDR) - the black box found on aircraft - to be stored in the cloud. The usually orange-coloured flight recorder is an electronic recording device used in the event of an aviation accident (or incident) investigation. Courtesy/city.ac.uk

Professor David Stupples of Electronic and Radio Systems at City University of London says the time has come for the flight data recorder and the cockpit data recorder - the black box found on

Heinrich Backs Legislation To Protect U.S. Electric Grid From Cyberattacks

on June 6, 2016 - 1:53pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of Sen. Martin Heinrich:

“Cybersecurity is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation.” U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine), Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), all members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to introduce The Securing Energy Infrastructure Act of 2016, a bill to protect critical U.S. energy infrastructure from potentially catastrophic cyberattacks.

The legislation would examine

Los Alamos Teens Return To Haiti

on June 5, 2016 - 10:35am

Members of the First Baptist Church of Los Alamos Haiti Mission Team. Courtesy photo

Last year’s Los Alamos Youth Team pouring the foundation for the handicap home in Haiti. Courtesy photo

FBCLA News:

A group of 18 teenagers and adults from First Baptist Church of Los Alamos Youth Group left Friday on a mission trip to Les Cayes, Haiti. They are partnering with a local church in Les Cayes to continue work from last summer.

Primarily they are building a permanent facility for a local ministry that houses handicap and special needs teens and young adults.

'A Climate For Change' With Cynthia Scharf Monday

on June 4, 2016 - 7:53am
Senior Officer Cynthia Scharf
 
UN News:
 
Cynthia Scharf, senior officer and speechwriter to the United Nations Secretary-General on climate change and sustainable energy is presenting the lecture, "A Climate for Change: What the Paris Agreement Means for Us, for our Children, and the Future of Climate Action".
 
 Scharf's talk is 7-9 p.m. Monday, June 6, at United Church of Santa Fe (corner of St. Michael's Drive and Arroyo Chamiso) at 1804 Arroyo Chamiso Road.
 

This lecture is free and open to the public. Click here for more information.

Zika Virus Hits New Mexico

on June 2, 2016 - 8:26pm

Aedes aegypti in Tanzania. Photo by Muhammad Mahdi Karim/www.micro2macro.net

 

Staff Report:

The New Mexico Department of Health announced Wednesday a second confirmed case of the Zika virus in the state.

The first case was discovered in March  in a 46-year-old Bernallilo County man who was infected while traveling in Central America. The second case, announced Wednesday, involves a 40-year-old Bernalillo County woman who aquired the virus while traveling to the Caribbean.

Zika virus disease has been in the news for several weeks now and has many individuals concerned.

Heinrich Statement On Paris Auction House Canceling Sale Of Acoma Shield

on May 31, 2016 - 8:58am

Image of a 19th century Native American shield. Courtesy/english.illinois.edu

 

From the Office of Sen. Martin Heinrich

ALBUQUERQUE  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., issued the following statement Monday after the Eve auction house in Paris announced that it is canceling the sale of a shield used in religious ceremonies at Acoma Pueblo:

"This is welcome news, and I am pleased that pressure from the Pueblo, federal officials, and the public at large forced the auction house to cancel its sale. But it never should have come to this.

Mallorca Travelogue Thursday

on May 30, 2016 - 7:22am

CIR: 'Europe's Economic Divide' Thursday

on May 25, 2016 - 9:14am
CIR News:
 
International Lecture Series #4 presents "Europe's Economic Divide" with speaker Dr. Gary Hufbauer, Reginald Jones Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26 at The Forum, Santa Fe University of Art and Design at 1600 St. Michael's Dr.
 
Dr. Gary Hufbauer is a Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and formerly a Senior Director of Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to that, Dr.

Nature Center Talk: Dr. Roger Wiens Reveals Discoveries From Curiosity Mars Rover

on May 24, 2016 - 7:46am

Curiosity rover’s three-year journey reveals fascinating information about the history of Mars. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Dr. Roger Wiens will discuss the search for life on Mars at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 31 at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. His talk will reveal discoveries from the Curiosity rover’s journey and the next steps for exploring this intriguing planet. This is a free talk organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

Dr. Roger Wiens discusses Mars at Tuesday talk. Courtesy/PEEC

The 1-ton Curiosity rover has been trekking toward the 3-mile-high Mt.

Griggs: Reflections From 2016 Uniendo America y Project Fair In Tegucigalpa, Honduras

on May 24, 2016 - 7:01am
Mayan Families is an NGO based in Panajachel, Guatemala. Mayan Families presented information on a wide range of their programs: Water filters; Onil fuel-efficient cook stoves; Microloans program; Well Mother, Well Baby Program; Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic; Student Sponsorship Program; Preschool Nutrition Centers; San Jorge Feeding Center Renovations; Mayan Families Diabetes Program. “What we do: Educate, Feed, Heal, Shelter”. Photo by Liam Bluer
 
By DAVID GRIGGS, Member
Rotary E-Club of Lake Atitlán-Panajachel, Guatemala
 
The Rotary clubs in Central America are divided into two

LAHS’s Wilbur Wang Wins Study Trip To Germany!

on May 23, 2016 - 8:30pm

German Study Trip winner Wilbur Wang with LAHS German Teacher Anita Boshier. Courtesy photo

EDUCATION News:

Wilbur Wang of Los Alamos High School, a Level 4 gold medal in the National German Exams, has been awarded an all‐expense‐paid summer study trip to Germany.

He was selected as a national winner after scoring in the 96th percentile on the Level 4 2016 National German Exam.

After qualifying with this high score on the National German Exam, Wang submitted a letter in German to his future host family, responded to several short essay questions in German and in English and was then

Coffee Sales At LANB Benefit Student European Tour

on May 22, 2016 - 12:32pm

Courtesy poster

EDUCATION News:

To cover final costs of their educational tour of Spain, France and Italy, 14 graduating seniors are selling bags of kosher, organic and fresh-roasted, Fair Trade coffee, at Los Alamos National Bank this week.

Stop by the lobby of LANB, 2-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to support these amazing graduates. Travelers depart June 8, a week after graduation, to see the cultural and historical sites of the Prado Museum, La Sagrada Familia, Carcassonne, Nice, Pisa, Assisi, St. Peter's Basilica, Roman Colosseum and Pompeii.

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