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Tales Of Our Times: Some Magic In The Works Is ‘Electronic Nose’ Technology

Tales Of Our Times

By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Some Magic In The Works Is ‘Electronic Nose’ Technology

We humans, like the animals that talk in children’s stories, possess at least five senses—hearing, sight, smell, taste, and touch. Electrical versions of hearing at long distance began with the invention of the telephone in 1876. Radio made strides in 1895, which led to a commercial broadcasting station in 1920. Electronic sight (TV broadcasting systems) came to fruition in the 1930s.

For the next 70 years, few concepts were heard that might lead to electronic


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Father Theophan: Learning

A cup created by Father Theophan. Photo by Father Theophan

By Father Theophan
Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church
Los Alamos

Although I had been waiting for it for months, yesterday, it came as a surprise when I was able to
receive my COVID-19 vaccine. I’m grateful and a little sore today and the light at the end of the tunnel
seems a little brighter at the moment. It’s been an interesting year to say the least, equal parts fear,
frustration, and growth.

For many, I’m sure, this past year was an unmitigated disaster. Losing loved ones, losing one’s job,
losing connections with friends and family, none


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Why Do We Keep Doing The Same Things Over And Over?

By JACCI GRUNINGER MS,C-IAYT, ERYT500
Los Alamos

“In Indian and yogic philosophy, samskaras are the mental impressions left by all thoughts, actions and intents that an individual has ever experienced. They can be thought of as psychological imprints. They are below the level of normal consciousness and are said to be the root of all impulses, as well as our innate dispositions. Through yogic practices, such as meditation, it is possible to look within and come into contact with one’s inner samskaras, below the threshold of consciousness…” Source: yogapedia

As yogis, we are looking for freedom


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Amateur Naturalist: Birds And Hints Of Spring Arriving

 An owl plucks its dinner from below the snow. Photo by Ann Colby

By ROBERT DRYJA
Los Alamos

Hints that spring is arriving are appearing in different ways with birds. One hint includes deer. Deer have been grazing on grasses and shrub leaves throughout the winter.

Smaller branches of trees have been bitten off and bark chewed away. This means that deer toward the end of winter are becoming hard pressed to find traditional food sources. They now will eat the seed from bird feeders. Perhaps bird feeders now should be called deer feeders.

Snow has accumulated deeply. A distinct tunnel may been going down


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LANL: Fighting The Next Outbreak Before It Starts

By J. PATRICK FITCH and
KIRSTEN TAYLOR-MCCABE
Los Alamos National Laboratory

COVID-19 is not the first global pandemic and it certainly won’t be the last. As the light at the end of the tunnel of this pandemic is in sight, now is the time to take stock in what we’ve learned over the last 12 months—and prepare for the future.

Specifically, the last year has taught us that an effective response against a disease outbreak depends on timely integration of expertise and data across academia, industry, and government. As we move forward, we must continue to foster this integration and our capabilities


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Gessing: New Mexico Session Another Missed Opportunity

By PAUL J. GESSING
Rio Grande Foundation

New Mexico is in one of the most unusual economic times in its history. Profound forces have impacted our State over the last year in unforeseen ways.

The Gov. and COVID shut down much of our State for much of the past year. COVID is declining, but New Mexico remains among the most locked-down states in the nation; Oil and gas prices plummeted last April due to the pandemic and an international price war, but have come roaring back and produced $300 million in “new” money and a budget surplus; Democrats in Washington recently passed a $1.9 trillion dollar “stimulus”


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McClenahan: Librarian Charlotte Serber Was Top Woman Leader In Los Alamos During Manhattan Project

Charlotte Serber’s badge photo. Courtesy/Project Y

By Heather McClenahan
Los Alamos Historical Society

Many stories about women in the Manhattan Project, such as those of the “Calutron Girls” of Oak Ridge and the “Computers” of Los Alamos, report that the women did not realize the enormity of the project they were working on.

Whether turning dials on big machines or crunching huge mathematical calculations, the women knew they were contributing to the “war effort” but did not know they were assisting in the making of an atomic bomb.

That is not the case with Charlotte Serber, who had an important


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