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Luján Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

on September 18, 2016 - 12:06pm

Hispanic Heritage Month: Embracing, Enriching, Enabling. Courtesy/

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

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

“As we celebrate the 28th anniversary of Hispanic Heritage Month, we recognize the longstanding contributions that the Hispanic community has made throughout our nation’s history.

Giant Algal Bloom Sheds Light On Formation Of White Cliffs Of Dover

on September 17, 2016 - 8:59am
The White Cliffs of Dover have been a symbol of England at least since Roman times. New research is teaching scientists more about how this great structure came to be. Photo by Immanuel Giel/Wikimedia Commons
This microscopic view of a coccolithophore shows the saucer-shaped calcite plates the algae build around themselves. Scientists suspect the plates help coccolithophores survive and evade predators. Photo by Alison R. Taylor/University of North Carolina Wilmington Microscopy Facility/Wikimedia Commons
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Ceremony Marks 50th Anniversary Of Vietnam War

on September 16, 2016 - 11:27am

Veterans News:

The 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War will be commemorated at a special 10 a.m. ceremony Sept. 30 in Las Vegas, N.M. at Veterans Park at the intersection of Mills Avenue and Fourth Street across from the Gene Torres Golf Course.

A nationwide initiative was issued by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in 2008 to honor America’s Vietnam War veterans, and to also commemorate the 50th anniversary of our country’s involvement in the war, which lasted from November 1955 to May 1975. A 2012 Presidential Proclamation extended the commemoration through Veterans Day 2025.

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LAHS Student Studying In Bosnia And Herzegovina On State Department YES Abroad Scholarship

on September 16, 2016 - 8:02am

LAHS student Darcy Turin atop the 564′ tall Avaz Twist Tower in Sarajevo. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos High School student Darcy Turin has been awarded a YES Abroad scholarship for 2016-17 from the U.S. Department of State. She is living with a host family and studying in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the academic year.

Turin is one of only 65 competitively selected students from across the nation who has received a scholarship to participate in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad program.

Four Steps That Could Help Keep Hackers From Hijacking 2016 Election

on September 12, 2016 - 10:27am
Gary S. Miliefsky
SnoopWall Inc.
It’s a provocative question that reads like the cover blurb for a paperback spy novel, but it’s drawing serious attention in these days of cyber crime. Could hackers disrupt the U.S. presidential election and, if they did, what would be the implications for our democracy?
“Theoretically, there are several things a hacker could do to interfere with the election,” says Gary S. Miliefsky, CEO of SnoopWall (, a company that specializes in cybersecurity.
“They could delete names from a voter list so that when

Rendering The Unthinkable: Artists Respond To 9/11

on September 11, 2016 - 9:20am

‘Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11’. Courtesy/ 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York

‘World Trade Center as a Cloud’, 2011 by Christopher Saucedo. Pressed linen pulp on handmade paper. Three panels, each 40 inches x 60 inches. Saucedo, a Brooklyn native, created these images by pressing layers of fine white linen pulp onto a large blue field. The forms reference floating clouds, but on closer inspection can be seen as an ethereal representation of the World Trade Center. The artist’s brothers Stephen and Gregory Saucedo, both New York City firefighters, responded on Sept.

Multiple Perspectives On The Atomic Bomb

on September 8, 2016 - 9:50am

LANL: Funding Boosts Exascale Computing Research

on September 7, 2016 - 10:37am

High-performance computing produces scientific tools such as this visualization from LANL depicting  global water-surface temperatures, with the surface texture driven by vorticity. Regions of warmer water (red) adjacent to the Gulf Stream off the eastern coast of the U.S. indicate the model’s capability to simulate eddy transport of heat within the ocean, a key component necessary to accurately simulate global climate change. A new generation of exascale computers could boost scientific capabilities to new levels. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

In today’s Department of Energy Exascale Computing

Heinrich Travels To Iraq To Discuss Fight Against ISIL, Visits With Troops From New Mexico

on September 7, 2016 - 10:26am
During his recent national security trip to Iraq, Kuwait and the Horn of Africa, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich spends time with troops from New Mexico. Courtesy photo
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich with Lt. Col. Benjamin Ward of Albuquerque and 1st Lt. Sarah Hyatt of Rio Rancho during his visit Sept. 2 to Camp Arifjan in Kuwait. Courtesy photo
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich with Lt. Col. Benjamin Ward of Albuquerque and 1st Lt. Sarah Hyatt of Rio Rancho during his visit Sept. 2 to Camp Arifjan in Kuwait. Courtesy photo

Planet Found In Habitable Zone Around Nearest Star

on September 6, 2016 - 5:29pm
ESO News:
Astronomers using ESO telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri [0].
The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth and is the closest exoplanet to us -- and it may also be the closest possible abode for life outside the solar system.

Hunt For Ninth Planet Reveals Extremely Distant Solar System Objects

on September 5, 2016 - 8:55am
An artist’s conception of Planet X, courtesy of Robin Dienel.
An illustration of the orbits of the new and previously known extremely distant Solar System objects. The clustering of most of their orbits indicates that they are likely be influenced by something massive and very distant, the proposed Planet X. Courtesy/Robin Dienel
Washington, D.C.— In the race to discover a proposed ninth planet in our Solar System, Carnegie’s Scott Sheppard and Chadwick Trujillo of Northern Arizona University have observed several never-before-seen objects at extreme distances from

Mother Teresa Is Named A Saint

on September 4, 2016 - 9:01am

Today named a saint, in 1979, Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the poor and dying. Courtesy photo 

Staff Report

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered today in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City to celebrate the canonization of Saint Teresa of Kolkata, as she will now be known. 

“Mother Teresa, in all aspects of her life, was a generous dispenser of divine mercy, making herself available for everyone through her welcome and defense of human life, those unborn and those abandoned and discarded,” Pope Francis said.

Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in 1910, she set

History On Tap: Los Alamos-Japan Partnership Initiative At UnQuarked Wine Room At 5:30 p.m. Today

on September 1, 2016 - 12:45pm

Los Alamos Creative District News:

Join the Los Alamos History Museum for History on Tap at 5:30 p.m. today for an engaging discussion about the new Los Alamos-Japan partnership initiative begun this spring.

This is a long-term project to develop dialogue within an international museum community and pursue understanding between Los Alamos, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki. Members of the team of Los Alamos Historical Society staff who traveled to Japan in March to begin this cross-cultural exchange will share stories from the trip and lead a discussion of the project.

History on Tap at 5:30 p.m.

Heinrich Among Senators Urging Obama To Raise Financial System Security Issues At G-20 Summit

on August 31, 2016 - 7:24am
By Mary-Louise Hoffman

A group of six Democratic U.S. senators including Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico) wrote a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to address cybersecurity of financial institutions when he meets with his international counterparts at the G-20 Summit Sept. 4-5 in Hangzhou, China.

The senators said in their joint letter published Monday they believe the increase in the number of cyber attacks on the financial services industry creates “significant” risks for the global financial system and economy.

CIR: Seminar On Modern India Postponed To Sept. 14

on August 30, 2016 - 2:26pm
CIR News:
The Seminar on Modern India has been postponed until has been postponed until 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14.
This seminar is at CIR Office, 413 Grant Avenue, Suite D. This event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP to Martha Wallace: 505.986.8434.

Martha and Ray Wallace will offer an interactive seminar on modern India.

NNSA Announces Elimination Of Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) From Indonesia

on August 29, 2016 - 9:34am

NNSA Deputy Administrator Anne Harrington

NNSA News:

  • All of Southeast Asia Now HEU-Free, Reducing a Major Proliferation Threat

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), Indonesian Nuclear Industry, LLC (PT INUKI), the National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN), and the Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (BAPETEN) of the Republic of Indonesia announced the completion of a collaborative effort to down-blend Indonesia's stocks of highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low enriched uranium (LEU).

With the completion of this operation, Indonesia

Robot Electrocutes Invasive Lionfish In Coral Reefs

on August 24, 2016 - 3:01pm
Courtesy photo
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.