World Religion Day: High Atlas Foundation Grows Trees In Nurseries Built On Moroccan Jewish Community Land

Aberrahim is the caretaker at the Akrich nursery, the first of the High Atlas Foundation’s fruit tree nurseries built on land lent in-kind by the Moroccan Jewish Community. Courtesy/HAF

High Atlas Foundation News:

Today is World Religion Day, and the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) is celebrating its interfaith fruit tree nurseries, which are built on land lent in-kind by the Moroccan Jewish community and are enhancing livelihoods for Muslim farming families around Morocco.

These nurseries champion the notion that Morocco’s multicultural past and present, and the preservation of it, should


Los Alamos National Laboratory 2020 Year In Review

Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

Los Alamos Daily Post

Looking back over 2020, Director Thom Mason said it is the 13,000 Laboratory employees that he is most proud of … how they have stepped up and met the challenges of a global pandemic.

LANL Director Thom Mason

Just shifting that large number of employees from working onsite to working remotely was quite an endeavor and Mason commended the employees on having adapted so well.

“Those employees that had to be onsite were safer by not having more people here,” he said during a recent


New Algorithm Mimics Electrosensing In Fish

Weakly electric fish are specially adapted to traverse obscured waters without relying on vision; instead, they sense their environment via electric fields. Courtesy/SIAM

SIAM News:

While humans may struggle to navigate a murky, turbid underwater environment, weakly electric fish can do so with ease. These aquatic animals are specially adapted to traverse obscured waters without relying on vision; instead, they sense their environment via electric fields.

Now, researchers are attempting to adapt these electrosensing techniques to improve underwater robotics.

Scientists have


New Mexico Has First Case Of B117 Coronavirus Variant

DOH News:
SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) announced today the state’s first case of the B117 coronavirus variant.
A male in his 60’s has the variant; he is associated with travel to the UK in December. He is recovering from very mild illness; no hospitalization was required.
To this point, DOH has identified no close contacts within the state.
The B117 coronavirus variant first emerged in the UK in September, 2020. It has since spread to multiple countries and several U.S. states.
There is no evidence that the variant has an impact on the severity of COVID-19 cases, nor on current


U.S., Canada Complete Nuclear Material Shipping Campaign

Acting NNSA Administrator Dr. William Bookless. Screenshot/LADP

Atomic Energy of Canada Limited President and CEO Richard Sexton. Screenshot/LADP

NNSA News:

  • Material had been used to create life-saving medicines

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) announced the completion of a multi-year campaign to repatriate 161 kilograms of highly enriched uranium (HEU) liquid target residue material from Chalk River Laboratories in Ontario, Canada, to the Savannah River Site in Aiken,


DOE/NNSA: Los Alamos Field Office Proposes Facility For Isotope Production Used In Cancer Therapies


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office has issued a categorical exclusion (CX) determination to construct and operate a Light Manufacturing Facility to support DOE/NNSA’s Isotope Production Program.

The Light Manufacturing Facility will be used to for the processing of alpha emitting isotopes that will be shipped throughout the country and be used for varying cancer therapies.

The CX is available here.


Air Force Research Laboratory Engineer Award Winner Dr. Odell Reynolds Proclaims A First For U.S. Space Force

Air Force Research Laboratory engineer Dr. Odell Reynolds speaks at the ceremony where Air Force Chief Scientist Dr. Richard Joseph presented him the 2019 Harold Brown Award. The ceremony was Dec. 16, 2020 at AFRL’s Starfire Optical Range on Kirtland AFB. U.S. Air Force photo by A1C Ireland R. Summers

AFRL News:

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE — Air Force Research Laboratory Senior Engineer Dr. Odell Reynolds received the 2019 Harold Brown Award from Chief Scientist of the Air Force Dr. Richard Joseph, in a ceremony Dec. 16, 2020 at AFRL’s Starfire Optical Range (SOR) on Kirtland Air Force Base.

The Harold


‘Trees For The Future’ Reaches 200 Million Planted Milestone


SILVER SPRING, Md. — Sustainable agriculture nonprofit “Trees for the Future” (TREES) has planted more than 200 million trees around the world.

Tens of thousands of farmers planted the trees on their own land over the last three decades in conjunction with agroforestry training provided by TREES.

“We are ecstatic to reach this milestone, it’s a memorable step in our mission to create a more sustainable food system while planting trees,” Executive Director John Leary said. “We could not have done this without the hard work and determination of the farmers we serve, the talent and


AI World Society History Of AI 2020 Awards Recognizes People; Achievements That Are Pioneering, Influential

As a champion of democratic values and trained scientist who places humanity at the center of AI innovation, Dr. Ursula von der Leyen – president of the European Commission is recognized for HAI 2020. Courtesy/AIWS

AIWS News:

BOSTON, MA — The AI World Society Thursday announced the History of AI 2020 Awards. The HAI Awards recognize people and achievements in the AI world that are pioneering, meaningful, and influential.

The History of AI 2020 Awards for Achievement go to:

AlphaFold – the solution to a 50-year-old grand challenge in biology, developed by DeepMind. “This breakthrough


Glimpse Of What’s New In COVID-19 Research At LANL

LANL continues working to better understand and mitigate the impacts of the pandemic. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory continues its work to better understand and mitigate the impacts of the pandemic.

Here’s a brief look at some of the research underway:

Infrastructure analysis and decision support

Los Alamos developed the Modeling Epidemics for Decision Support with Infrastructure Analysis (MEDIAN) to understand interdependencies between critical infrastructures and public health measures such as contact tracing and diagnostics as it relates to pandemic