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Researchers Discover How ‘Cryptic’ Connections In Disease Transmission Influence Epidemics

on November 21, 2018 - 3:13pm
Researchers Kate Langwig, Joseph Hoyt and Jennifer Redell tag bats with fluorescent dust and observed their movements to track hidden connections that can spread disease within and between bat species. Courtesy/Virginia Tech
 
VIRGINIA TECH News:
 
Diseases have repeatedly spilled over from wildlife to humans, causing local to global epidemics, such as HIV/AIDS, Ebola, SARS and Nipah.
 
A new study by researchers of disease transmission in bats has broad implications for understanding hidden or “Cryptic” connections that can spread diseases between species and lead to large-scale

Pearce Announces Candidacy For State GOP Chair

on November 21, 2018 - 10:11am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce (NM-02) is running for chairman of the State GOP. Courtesy photo

From the Pearce For Chair Campaign:

Hobbs – U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce (NM-02) announced Tuesday his candidacy for chairman of the Republican Party of New Mexico.

If elected by the Republican Party’s State Central Committee Dec. 8, Pearce will serve a two-year term as chairman.

“As I campaigned for Governor over the past two years, I met New Mexicans in every corner of the state and from all walks of life who share a burning hope for a brighter future. Although we were not successful Nov.

Food Safety Alert: Don’t Eat Romaine Lettuce!

on November 21, 2018 - 7:23am

The CDC cautions consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home to not eat it and to throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. Courtesy photo

CDC News Alert:

The Centers for Disease Control, (CDC), public health and regulatory officials in several states, Canada, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) infections linked to romaine lettuce.

The CDC is advising that U.S.

LANL: Eight Los Alamos Projects Win R&D 100 Awards

on November 20, 2018 - 8:16am

Eight LANL projects win R&D 100 Awards at R&D Magazine’s annual ceremony. Courtesy photo
 
LANL News:
 
Eight Los Alamos National Laboratory technologies win R&D 100 Awards at R&D Magazine’s annual ceremony in Orlando, Fla. Three of the inventions also win Special Recognition Awards, including a Gold award for corporate social responsibility.
 
“The Laboratory’s eight R&D 100 award winners show how scientific excellence in the name of national security can also benefit society as a whole,” Laboratory Director Thom Mason said.

Udall, Grijalva Lead 118 Members Of Congress On Bicameral Amicus Brief To Protect National Monuments

on November 20, 2018 - 7:43am
U.S. SENATE News:
 

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) have led 26 Senators and 92 House members to submit an amicus brief in support of plaintiffs in five cases before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that challenge the Trump administration’s decision to significantly diminish the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in southern Utah.

 
In the brief, the lawmakers argue that under the Constitution, no president has the power to shrink or reduce national monuments since that power resides with

DOE Releases RFI/Sources Sought For EM ICP

on November 19, 2018 - 6:06am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a Request for Information (RFI)/Sources Sought for the Environmental Management (EM) Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) - Radioactive Waste Management Complex (RWMC) Closure and Other Mission Objectives acquisition at the DOE Idaho National Lab (INL) Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) Site in southeast Idaho.
 
The EM ICP mission objectives is currently being performed by Fluor Idaho, LLC and expires May 31, 2021.
 
The RFI/Sources Sought is seeking to solicit input via capability statements from interested parties with

DOI Announces FY 2018 Energy Revenue Disbursements Climb To $8.93 Billion

on November 18, 2018 - 9:51am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced that Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) disbursed $8.93 billion in Fiscal Year 2018 from energy production on federal and American Indian lands and offshore areas.
 
That figure represents an increase of $1.82 billion over the previous year.
 
“President Trump’s energy dominance strategy is paying off and local communities across America are the beneficiaries,” Zinke said.

Red Cross Tips For Safer Thanksgiving Holiday

on November 17, 2018 - 10:19am
 RED CROSS News:
 
PHOENIX, Ariz. — Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and millions of people will soon take to the road and kitchen to share the holiday with loved ones.
 
Because Thanksgiving is a peak time for congested travel and home cooking fires, the American Red Cross asks everyone to follow the steps below to help stay safe this holiday.
 
COOKING SAFETY
 
Each year, Thanksgiving is one of the leading days for home cooking fires.

AGU: Winter Temperatures Linked To Increased Crime

on November 17, 2018 - 9:54am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Milder winter weather increased regional crime rates in the United States over the past several decades, according to new research that suggests crime is related to temperature’s effect on daily activities.
 
A new study published in GeoHealth, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, finds U.S. crime rates are linked to warmer temperatures, and this relationship follows a seasonal pattern.
 
The findings support the theory that three major ingredients come together to bring about crime: a motivated offender, a suitable target, and the absence of a

Vox Podcast Features Linda Anderman Of Los Alamos

on November 16, 2018 - 9:37am

Graphic of volumetric measurements. Designed by Laura Anderman

Linda Anderman

COMMUNITY News:

 
Linda Anderman of Los Alamos has been researching and studying measurement and metric system history for the past six years. She has a blog about measurement and the metric system here: https://milebehind.wordpress.com/.
 
Vox recently interviewed her on the subject for a podcast airing sometime today. Find Vox podcasts here: https://www.vox.com/pages/podcasts
 
Find a printed story about the new standard from Vox here: 

NIST: Historic Vote Ties Kilogram And Other Units To Natural Constants

on November 16, 2018 - 8:48am

The U.S. delegation at the 26th General Conference of Weights and Measures where more than 55 countries voted to redefine four of the seven base units for the International System of Units (SI).  L-to-R: Eric Lin, director, Material Measurement Lab, NIST; Claire Saundry, director of International and Academic Affairs Office, NIST; Willie May, U.S.

Udall, Markey, Blumenthal Call For FTC Investigation Into Manipulative Marketing In Children’s Apps

on November 16, 2018 - 7:24am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Wednesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), members of the Senate Commerce Committee, called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to launch an investigation into new evidence of manipulative marketing in apps directed at children.
 
A new study authored by public health experts in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics reveals numerous instances of young children’s games using advertising techniques that appear to be unfair and deceptive practices as defined by Section V of

Report Shows Economic Impact Of Public Lands

on November 16, 2018 - 5:31am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has released the Department's Economic Report for Fiscal Year 2017, which shows that for the first time in several years, economic growth and jobs supported by federal lands both increased.
 
According to the report, under President Donald J. Trump and Secretary Zinke's first year in office, the economic output of Interior's federal lands and resources increased by $400 million to $292 billion and the number of jobs supported increased by 230,000 to 1.8 million jobs.

Udall On FDA’s Proposal To Limit Sales Of E-Cigs

on November 15, 2018 - 9:34am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees the budget for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has released the following statement after the FDA proposed plans to restrict the sale of e-cigarettes, and e-cigarette maker JUUL Labs subsequently announced that it would take steps to curtail sales of its flavored products in retail stores.
 
The FDA’s proposal and JUUL Labs’ announcement comes after mounting public pressure in response to a surge in vaping using e-cigarettes among

New Mexico Human Resources System Upgrade Receives National Recognition

on November 15, 2018 - 7:57am
NMDOIT News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico Department of Information Technology (DoIT) has announced it has received the 2018 State IT Recognition Award for Business Process Innovations from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO).
 
The award recognizes DoIT’s work to modernize the Statewide Human Resources, Accounting and Reporting (SHARE) system.
 
“Under the leadership of Governor Martinez, state government has continuously improved the way it operates in order to better serve the citizens of New Mexico,” DoIT Acting Secretary Estevan Lujan said.

AGU: Powerful Solar Storm Likely Detonated Mines During Vietnam War

on November 15, 2018 - 7:50am
A solar flare bursts off the left limb of the sun in this image captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. Courtesy/NASA/SDO/Goddard/Wiessinger
 
AGU News:
 
A strong solar storm in 1972 caused widespread disturbances to satellites and spacecraft, and may have led to the detonation of mines during the Vietnam War, according to new research showing the event may have been a more devastating solar storm than previously thought.
 
In a new study in Space Weather, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, researchers pieced together data and historical records related to the solar activity

Luján, House Democrats Introduce Legislation To Protect Native American Voting Rights

on November 15, 2018 - 7:47am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has introduced the Native American Voting Rights Act of 2018, landmark legislation to provide the resources and oversight necessary to protect Native Americans’ access to the ballot box.
 
The bill incorporates principles of self-determination into the electoral process, meaning that Indian Tribes and their members will be the decision-makers when it comes to ensuring their communities and members have equal access to their constitutional right to vote.

New Research Released From American Express Ahead Of Small Business Saturday

on November 14, 2018 - 9:16am
 
SBS News:
 
Shoppers across the U.S. are getting ready to Shop Small on Small Business Saturday, celebrated this year Nov. 24, and their local economic impact could be significant.
 
According to the new Small Business Economic Impact Study from American Express, an average two-thirds ($0.67) of every dollar spent at a small business stays in the local community.
 
Small Business Saturday was created in 2010 by American Express as a way to help get more customers through the doors of small businesses and has grown to become a permanent fixture of the holiday shopping weekend.

DEA Releases 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment

on November 13, 2018 - 4:47pm

 
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon has announced results of the 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment, which outlines the threats posed to the United States by domestic and international drug trafficking and the abuse of illicit drugs.
 
“This report underscores the scope and magnitude of the ongoing opioid crisis in the United States,” Acting Administrator Dhillon said. “The information in the report represents data and critical intelligence from our law enforcement partners that was gathered over the past year.

Justice Department Awards More Than $67 Million To Combat Human Trafficking

on November 13, 2018 - 1:11pm
DOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has announced awards of more than $67 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 grant funding to support state, local and tribal jurisdictions’ efforts to protect human trafficking victims, prosecute those who commit trafficking crimes and support coordinated community responses to human trafficking throughout the United States
 
“Human trafficking is a particularly perverse and illegal form of evil that enriches its perpetrators by exploiting its victims in atrocious ways,” OJP’s Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Matt

UNM-LA Designated EMT National Registry Test Site

on November 13, 2018 - 5:45am
At the Advanced Adult Airway station, student Michael Crockett demonstrates his skill for proctor Kenny Anderson. Photo by Steve Dawald

Student Joe Martinez performs CPR on the manikin at the Cardiac Arrest Management station, observed by proctor John Bialy. Photo by Steve Dawald

UNMLA News:

UNM–Los Alamos (UNM-LA) was recently designated as a test site for the National Registry Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam.

The University is now authorized to offer Basic, Advanced and Paramedic Psychomotor National Registry exams. Tests will be scheduled and coordinated as needed.

Through

Arrests On Federal Borderlands Increase By Nearly 4,000 Percent Under Trump/Zinke Surge Operations

on November 13, 2018 - 5:20am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that in the first six months of a pilot program to provide an increased Interior law enforcement presence on identified Interior lands along the US-Mexico border, arrests of illegal aliens entering the United States increased by nearly 4,000 percent.
 
In May of 2018, Secretary Zinke directed a Border Support Surge initiative, which coordinated law enforcement officers from the Department of the Interior and the U.S.

USDA Announces Investments To Improve Rural Electric Infrastructure And Increase Grid Resilience

on November 12, 2018 - 7:47pm
USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett Nov. 8 announced that USDA is investing $1.6 billion in 46 rural electric utility infrastructure projects to improve electric reliability and resilience in 24 states.
 
“Reliable and affordable power is an underpinning for economic development and quality of life,” Hazlett said. “Under the leadership of Secretary Sonny Perdue, USDA is committed to being a strong partner in building prosperity in rural communities through the sustainment and modernization of rural electric infrastructure.”
 
The

Udall, Heinrich Announce $4.347 Million For Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Supply Project

on November 12, 2018 - 1:52pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Supply Project will receive a total of $4.347 million from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s (BOR) fiscal year 2019 budget.  
 
The project, when complete, will deliver a reliable water supply to Cannon Air Force Base, Clovis, Grady, Elida, Melrose, Portales, Texico, and Roosevelt and Curry counties. An additional $7.65 million will be allocated to other projects along the Rio Grande, for Isleta Pueblo, and the Carlsbad area.
 
In October,

HSNW: Unhackable Computers

on November 12, 2018 - 5:52am

Unhackable computer under development with $3.6M DARPA grant. Courtesy/U-M

HSNW News:

  • Relying on firmware security rather than software patches

By turning computer circuits into unsolvable puzzles, a University of Michigan team aims to create an unhackable computer with a new $3.6 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Todd Austin, U-M professor of computer science and engineering, leads the project, called MORPHEUS.

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