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Debate Flares Over AI To Detect COVID-19 In Lung Scans

Medical staff perform a CT scan of a Covid-19 patient at Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan, China. STR/AFP/Getty Images

HSNW News:

A series of studies, starting as a steady drip and quickening to a deluge, has reported the same core finding amid the global spread of COVID-19: Artificial intelligence could analyze chest images to accurately detect the disease in legions of untested patients.

Casey Ross writes in STAT that the results promised a ready solution to the shortage of diagnostic testing in the U.S. and some other countries and triggered splashy press releases and a cascade of hopeful headlines.


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Catch Of The Week: COVID-19 Stimulus Check Scams

By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

COVID-19 relief is on the way from the federal government, and even though they haven’t printed a single stimulus check yet, the bad guys are already trying to get their share.

There are already reports of scammers who claim to be calling about the federal government’s COVID-19 stimulus package. These calls claim that you can get your money immediately if you just give the caller your debit or credit card information. They might claim you qualify for $1,000-$14,000 in federal relief funds; in some cases, they might claim it is “grant money”. The government will not


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Governor Issues Proclamation For Vietnam Veterans

NMDVS News:

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has issued a message and proclamation designating Sunday, March 29: “National Vietnam War Veterans Day” in New Mexico.

“As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to take a moment to recognize our Vietnam War veterans on this day: March 29…National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

“March 29 is the day our nation recognizes the men and women who were denied a proper welcome upon returning home from their service in Vietnam.

“Today many in our nation may debate the merits of that war. However, in issuing a state proclamation declaring the day as “National


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Los Alamos Book Author Takes Readers On Journey Of Her Life Experiences Through War, Peace And Love

Los Alamos resident Mia McLeod, author of ‘Oma’s Story in Times of Peace and War: A Memoir,’ and her husband, John. Courtesy photo

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

At age 90, it’s no surprise that Los Alamos resident Mia McLeod has a lot of stories to tell.

Some of them are packed into her new book, “Oma’s Story in Times of Peace and War: A Memoir.”

“I have a lot more stories,” McLeod said. “I decided 400 pages was long enough, so I had to leave some out!”

This not to mention the stories her husband John has to tell. Maybe he needs to write a book, too.
They shared their story


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AGU: Darkness, Not Cold, Likely Cause Of Mass Extinction

Roughly 66 million years ago an asteroid slammed into the Yucatan peninsula. New research shows darkness, not cold, likely drove a mass extinction after the impact. Courtesy/NASA

AGU News:

New research finds soot from global fires ignited by an asteroid impact could have blocked sunlight long enough to drive the mass extinction that killed most life on Earth, including the dinosaurs, 66 million years ago.

The Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event wiped out about 75 percent of all species on Earth. An asteroid impact at the tip of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula caused a period of prolonged cold


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Episode 2 Of The Space Policy Show: Game Changer – Blockchain In The Space Sector With Karen Jones March 26

The Space Policy Show is brought to you by The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy. Courtesy photo

AEROSPACE News:

Tune in to The Space Policy Show, brought to you by The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy.

We know working from home can be isolating, stressful and potentially boring. We are here to help keep you connected to the latest in the space policy community! The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy is offering a series of online webcasts and virtual meetings as an opportunity to stay engaged with the larger space


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Catch Of The Week: COVID-19 Phishing Via LinkedIn

Screenshot of a COVID-19 phishing message. Courtesy/Becky Rutherford

By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

COVID-19 phishing scams… so hot right now. Check out the latest and greatest, straight from my inbox (First screenshot of the phishing message above. Second screenshot is posted at the bottom of the story).

LinkedIn is a great way to build your professional network and make connections, but this is not the kind of connection I want to make. Yes, this is relatively obvious, but let’s go over the signs that this is malicious:

Do I know the sender? Am I expecting information about a government grant


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Skolnik: In An Outbreak, Delays Kill

By RICHARD SKOLNIK
Los Alamos

As our governor has correctly and repeatedly said, the US federal government is still failing to address COVID-19 with sufficient urgency. In an outbreak, every day of delay leads to cases and deaths that should never occur. In due course, history will correctly attribute many of these deaths to government indifference, delays, and incompetence.

In states like New Mexico, more people filed for unemployment last week than at any time in history, including the great depression. Jobless claims for the US as a whole rose from 70,000 to over 280,000, as COVID-19 began


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Congressional Delegation Urges State Department To Quickly Repatriate New Mexicans Abroad Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

New Mexico Congressional Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small today sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging the Department of State to take immediate action to repatriate New Mexicans living, working, and traveling abroad and to provide these same New Mexicans with all necessary medical care while these plans are being executed.

“As the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis continues to evolve, our offices have been contacted by numerous


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Denman Glacier Retreats Nearly 3 Miles In 22 Years

Researchers are concerned that the unique topography beneath East Antarctica’s Denman Glacier could make it even more susceptible to climate-driven collapse. Courtesy/NASA

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — East Antarctica’s Denman Glacier has retreated 5 kilometers, nearly 3 miles, in the past 22 years, and researchers at the University of California, Irvine and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are concerned that the shape of the ground surface beneath the ice sheet could make it even more susceptible to climate-driven collapse.

If fully thawed, the ice in Denman would cause sea levels worldwide


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