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Udall Encouraged By Growing Support For Constitutional Amendment

on September 14, 2014 - 2:27pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

  • Disappointed GOP sided with corporations and billionaires in filibuster of measure to limit influence of big money on American elections
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall led the Senate in rallying historic support for a constitutional amendment on campaign finance. The amendment, S.J. Res. 19, won 54 votes, a majority of the Senate, but failed to reach the 60 votes needed to overcome the Republican filibuster and advance to a final vote.
 
An outspoken critic of the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions,

WIPP: Waste Hoist Transformer Replacement Nearly Complete

on September 13, 2014 - 9:43am

WIPP has been disposing of legacy TRU waste since 1999, cleaning up 22 generator sites nationwide. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Cleaning and soot removal activities on the waste hoist and associated components have been completed at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

One additional repair is necessary before the hoist can be powered, inspected and returned to service.

Employees are currently working to replace the electrical transformer necessary to operate the hoist.

Heinrich: President's Counterterrorism Strategy Makes Sense

on September 12, 2014 - 7:39am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement Wednesday on President Obama's speech on the terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL):

"I remain adamantly opposed to returning American combat troops to battlegrounds in the Middle East, but I believe the President's counterterrorism strategy outlined tonight makes sense and stands in stark contrast to the previous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"ISIL has barbarically killed and tortured

Heinrich Statement on 13th Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

on September 11, 2014 - 8:54am

Courtesy photo

 

NATIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks:

"Today our nation pauses to remember those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. We will never forget them or the brave first responders who risked their lives to help their fellow Americans.

Fourteen LAHS Students Named Semifinalists in 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program

on September 10, 2014 - 4:07pm

The 14 LAHS students named semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program pictured with LAHS Principal Dr. Deborah Belew-Nyquist, front left, and Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn, front right, and from front, left to right, Sally Grindstaff, Leyla Akhadov, Sarah Wallstrom, Sara Stubben, Katharine Margevicius, David Murphy. Back, left to right, Daniel Ben-Naim, William Zhao, Colin Redman, Harrison Williams, Alexander Swart, Benjamin Reichelt, AJ Makela and Vincent Tang. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

LAHS News:

Today officials of National Merit Scholarship

WIPP: Additional Areas Cleared in Underground Facility

on September 10, 2014 - 3:56pm

WIPP: personnel continue to work diligently to restore normal access to the WIPP underground facility. The graphic identifies areas that have been surveyed for radiological contamination. The areas highlighted in green have been found to be contamination free. The surveys are conducted on the salt surfaces of the mine, but also include survey and release of any equipment or other structures located in these areas. Individuals conducting radiological surveys are trained on use of radiation detection equipment and the actions that are required should they identify radioactive contamination.

Udall Warns Utility Consumers About Scam During Service Outages

on September 10, 2014 - 11:44am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, which oversees and funds the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), warned New Mexicans about scams directed at utility customers. 
 
The FTC recently issued a consumer alert about scammers who claim to work for a utility company and seek cash payment for reconnecting service during power outages caused by severe weather or other events. 
 
The scammer may dress in a uniform, display a fake identification card, and claim that the

DEA Releases New Rules Creating Convenient, Safe, Secure Prescription Drug Disposal Options

on September 9, 2014 - 8:45am

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) Final Rule for the Disposal of Controlled Substances, which implements the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, was made available online Monday for preview by the Federal Register at https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2014-20926.pdf

The Act, in an effort to curtail the prescription drug abuse epidemic, authorized DEA to develop and implement regulations that outline methods to transfer unused or unwanted pharmaceutical controlled substances to authorized collectors

Heinrich Highlights National Labs R&D Program

on September 8, 2014 - 11:46am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE - During a visit to the University of New Mexico's Science & Technology Park Aug. 28, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., was briefed on Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) projects from Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.

The projects ranged from software that helps prevent cybersecurity attacks to reducing water usage for the energy industry.

In an effort to foster and develop research in the area of national security, Congress in 1992 authorized national laboratories to begin the LDRD program.

FEMA Region 6 Urges Public To 'Be Disaster Aware, Take Action To Prepare'

on September 8, 2014 - 11:15am

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FEMA News:

September is National Preparedness Month, so the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region 6 office is urging the public to “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action To Prepare.”

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is part of a campaign called America’s PrepareAthon! The theme this year for NPM is “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action To Prepare.” Emergency managers are asking individuals, families, friends and co-workers to take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day on or around Sept.

Veterans of USS Curtiss Visit Los Alamos

on September 5, 2014 - 3:35pm
Veterans, spouses and widows of veterans of the USS Curtiss during a tour Thursday of the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 
Archive photo of the USS Curtiss. Courtesy/LANL
 
STAFF REPORT

Some 25 WWII veterans, spouses and widows of veterans of the USS Curtiss paid a special visit Thursday to Los Alamos. 

Members of the American Legion Riders escorted the group during their visit. Los Alamos National Laboratory Historian Alan Carr presented a talk to the group at the Bradbury Science Museum on the Lab’s history and impact on the world.

"We were privileged

WIPP Personnel Completing Preparations For Underground Facility Rock Bolting Activities

on September 5, 2014 - 3:31pm

Mining personnel install a rock bolt that helps stabilize the rock formation in the WIPP underground facility. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Personnel at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) are completing preparations to resume rock bolting activities maintaining the WIPP underground facility in a safe and stable condition as the recovery process continues.

At WIPP, rock bolts are typically installed in a pattern that optimizes the bolt’s effectiveness to ensure stability of disposal rooms and access tunnels.

Udall, Heinrich Invite Outstanding N.M. High School Students to Apply for U.S. Senate Youth Program

on September 5, 2014 - 12:13pm

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U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced the beginning of the statewide application process for the highly competitive United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP), and encouraged outstanding New Mexico high school juniors and seniors to apply.

Two New Mexico students will be selected as delegates to the 53rd annual Washington Week program.

Comedian Joan Rivers Dies At Age 81

on September 4, 2014 - 1:45pm

Joan Rivers

Comedian Joan Rivers has died at the age of 81. 

Rivers was undergoing surgery on her vocal cords Aug. 28 at a clinic in New York City when she stopped breathing and had to be transported to Mount Sinai Hospital.

Her daughter Melissa announced that her mother passed away peacefully at 1:17 p.m., today surrounded by family and close friends.

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Chamisa's Adelaide Jacobson Attends Robotics Academy At Carnegie Mellon University

on September 4, 2014 - 7:50am
Chamisa teacher Adelaide Jacobson is among those who participated in the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Academy. Courtesy photo

LAPSF News:

Funded by a Professional Development Grant from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, Chamisa Elementary School teacher Adelaide Jacobson joined a diverse group of educators from around the United States, Indonesia, Ireland, Madagascar, Qatar and Viet Nam for a week in July at the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Robotics Academy in Pittsburgh, PA..

Of the 24 “teacher students” in the course, Jacobson estimates that about 75 percent teach at

WIPP: Employees Can Enter Radiological Buffer Areas

on September 3, 2014 - 5:39am

WIPP News:

Work continues to recover areas of the WIPP underground facility and steadily move toward resuming normal operations.

Radiological control technicians and geophysical engineers enter the facility regularly to evaluate the different zones for radioactive contamination and structural integrity. Zones determined to be structurally sound and within release limits for radioactive contamination are reclassified as radiological buffer areas.

Employees can enter radiological buffer areas in the underground facility without respirators and will be able to start restoration activities,

Udall Announces $2 Million Grant For New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services

on September 2, 2014 - 2:46pm
U.S. SENATE News:

New pilot program seeks to improve veterans’ access to health care and benefits in rural and underserved communities

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services has been selected to participate in a new pilot program to help better serve rural veterans.

The department will receive $2 million in federal grants to increase access to health care and benefits for veterans and their families living in rural and underserved New Mexico communities. The N.M.

Labor Day Celebrates Union Movement Achievements

on September 1, 2014 - 11:06am
First labor Day Parade in New York City in 1882. Courtesy/wikipedia.org

Staff Report

Today is Labor Day, an annual celebration of workers and their achievements, which originated during one of American labor history’s most dismal chapters.

In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living.

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AHF: A Secrecy Sieve

on August 31, 2014 - 11:29am

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AHF News:

 

In 1944, General Leslie Groves commissioned a history of the Manhattan Project. The Department of Energy has just released the 36-volume, declassified history. There are many interesting stories in the texts, from the science to counterespionage programs. Science blog io9 did a story on the "Manhattan District History," focusing on the security leaks investigated during the project.


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"Since September 1943, investigations were conducted of more than 1,500 'loose talk' or leakage of information cases and corrective action was taken in more than

Explosive Interest In WGN's 'Manhattan'

on August 30, 2014 - 9:19am

Scene from WGN's television show 'Manhattan.' Courtesy/wgnamerica

AHF News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The WGN America television show “Manhattan” has galvanized the interest of millions of viewers. Shown on Sunday nights, national audiences are riveted by the dramatic tension between rival groups of scientists and the omnipresent security police in Los Alamos in 1943.

“Manhattan” follows the scientists as they confront the challenges of making a workable atomic bomb while dealing with an intrusive military force, intense rivalries, and strained marital relations where couples can no longer

Los Alamos Photographer Phillip Noll's Work Displayed At Smithsonian Beginning Sept. 3

on August 29, 2014 - 12:37pm
Phillip Noll's photograph of Mt Sneffels goes on display at the Smithsonian Sept. 3. Courtesy/Phillip Noll
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

So far this year, 4.9 million people have walked through the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. While this massive number has viewed flora and fauna from all over the world, starting in September, the crowds will see Los Alamos represented on the museum’s walls.

Phillip Noll during a photo shoot. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Photographer Phillip Noll of Raven Images earned honorable mention in the Wilderness50 photography contest.

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Senators Visit Sandia to Discuss Tech Transfer

on August 28, 2014 - 7:45am

Senators Tom Udall and Richard Durbin meet with scientists at Sandia National Laborator. Courtesy/Office of Sen. Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Tuesday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. visited Sandia National Laboratories with fellow Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois to discuss ways to support New Mexico's national labs and promote technology transfer to create new well-paying jobs.

Udall welcomed Durbin, who chairs the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, to receive an update on Sandia's work on the B61 Life Extension Project.  

Udall has fought to maintain adequate funding for this and

Yellowstone Supereruption Would Send Ash Across North America

on August 27, 2014 - 10:34am
An aerial flight over Yellowstone’s Midway Geyser Basin in 2004 shows Grand Prismatic Spring and Excelsior Geyser Crater, which drain into the nearby Firehole River. Courtesy/USGS
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the unlikely event of a volcanic supereruption at Yellowstone National Park, the northern Rocky Mountains would be blanketed in meters of ash, and millimeters would be deposited as far away as New York City, Los Angeles and Miami, according to a new study.
 
An improved computer model developed by the study’s authors finds that the hypothetical, large eruption would create a

Today is Women’s Equality Day

on August 26, 2014 - 9:21am

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Women’s Equality Day

By JUDY PRONO
AAUW Los Alamos

Today is Women’s Equality Day. This day marks the anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote 94 years ago.

Thousands of women and their allies worked for decades to make that day in 1920 possible. It took years of lobbying and demonstrations, passing out pamphlet after pamphlet, publishing editorials and giving speeches to make it happen.

The right to vote was a great step in women gaining equality—many of today’s elected leaders are sticking up for women and their rights because

JILA Team Finds First Direct Evidence Of 'Spin Symmetry' In Atoms

on August 25, 2014 - 11:10am

Illustration of symmetry in the magnetic properties—or nuclear spins—of strontium atoms. JILA researchers observed that if two atoms have the same nuclear spin state (top), they interact weakly, and the interaction strength does not depend on which of the 10 possible nuclear spin states are involved. If the atoms have different nuclear spin states (bottom), they interact much more strongly, and, again, always with the same strength. Image by Ye and Rey groups and Steve Burrows/JILA

NIST News:

Just as diamonds with perfect symmetry may be unusually brilliant jewels, the quantum world has a

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